Close Little Wars Simplified

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/15/close-wars-simplified/

A blog post all about American gaming librarian Jen B using simplified Featherstone rules with simple plastic 54mm figures to attract young or new entrants to the figure gaming hobby:

Photo by Jen B of her D-Day 75 simple drop-in library game.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, Regular (Library User) and 70s Airfix kid 15 June 2019.

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Geek Pride Day 25th May

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Just one of this last year’s pound store distractions to be proud of …

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog, celebrating my Man of TIN 3rd blogaversary and Geek Pride Day:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/25/happy-geek-pride-day-and-its-my-3rd-blogaversary-25th-may-2019/

BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) Tweeted:
It’s #GeekPrideDay. Here’s a Heart of the Matter clip about fantasy role-playing games, broadcast #OnThisDay in 1980 https://t.co/Y9HDGrXiw0

 

P.S. It’s not My Pound Store Plastics Warriors  blogaversary, that’s in September 2016.

Enjoy whatever your Geek is today!

Mark, Man of TIN the Glorious 25th of May 2019

Pound Store Plastic Boy Scout 32mm Conversions

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Some very rough and ready Boy Scouts – my Pound Store Plastic ‘penny dreadful’ figures 32mm conversions (with metal 42mm range LBB30 Little Britons Boy Scout figures in the background including Girl Scout conversions) 

As one source of scout figures for Wide Games, you can always convert cheap plastic figures from pound stores such as I have done with these 32mm plastic figures.

To read more about how this was done, read the post from my main Man of TIN blog:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/19/pound-store-and-homecast-boy-scouts-on-the-painting-table/

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Staves at the Ready: Be Prepared! 32mm Boy Scouts in the BIG outdoors. 

Girl Scouts in their fullish Edwardian Skirts could also be produced in the same way as I adapted metal Boy Scout figures https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/wide-games-and-the-early-girl-scouts/

Crossposted from my main Man of TIN blogsite where there is a Scouting Games Wide Games summary page 

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/wide-games-scouting-games-page/

Crossposted by Mark Man of TIN (1970s Cub Scout, Bronze Arrow, Retired) on 19 May 2019.

Recycled Fridge Magnet Bases

Recycling old fridge magnets into magnetic base strips for toy soldier storage boxes …

I found a small cache of these old disused flexible fridge magnets being thrown out at work, so before they were binned, I snaffled or scrounged them (with permission).

I have recycled them into either figure basing strips or the magnetic strips on the bottom of toy Soldier storage boxes, as the magnetic polarity ‘thing’ goes.

After peeling the shiny advertising paper label off, they are thin enough to easily cut with scissors. This has saved a pound or two on magnetic self adhesive tape and also saved a tiny patch of landfill.

Blog posted by Mark the scrounging Man of TIN on 12 May 2019.

1p and 2p coins to stay in UK circulation

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/1p-and-2p-copper-coins-to-stay-in-uk-circulation/

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog 9th May 2019.

Seaside Pound Store Plastic Clockwork Airships and Paddle Steamers

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Potential airships from  submarines? Sky boats from Paddle Steamers? 

I spotted these lovelies in a seaside plastic gift shop whilst looking for plastic pirates and other plastic ‘tat’.

Into my Pound Store modelling brain leapt the thought – steampunk airship bodies? Silver and bronze and wood panelled?

Civil War Paddle Steamer bodies, reversed and given some planking at rear?

They wind up well and on a smooth wood floor just keep rumbling for a long time along like speedy WW1 era landships.

These will all need a jolly good wash before painting, so they may have some proper launching, sea trials and naval manoeuvres first (otherwise known as “putting them into the bathtub”). Just to clean them up you understand …

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Imported or distributed by Kandytoys, purveyors of lovely beach toys and seaside plastic tat across the Southwest. 

My steampunk brain started working overtime on the dirigible possibilities of wiring     on a plastic bottle ‘gas barrage balloon’  and fixing the whole on a stand. Maybe Steampunk Submarines and Paddle steamers will be easier.

A bevy of WAAF style balloon handlers might be required for such dirigible beasts (they were not nicknamed ‘pigs’ by their WAAF crews just because of their shape). So far Bad Squiddo only does suitable crews in the form of WW2 Ack Ack searchlight Girls in 28mm, which may be a little small?

I have seen the beautifully painted original of  Laura Knight’s  detailed painting of such balloon girls, well worth seeing if you can http://www.damelauraknight.com/artwork/a-balloon-site-coventry-1943/

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Dame Laura Knight, Barrage Balloon site Coventry 1943 (Imperial War Museum collection Art.IWM ART LD 2750) Non-Commercial reuse. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/15503

This whole airship business might be because I have just finished the second Mortal Engines book by Philip Reeve and have the third one lined up.

Post apocalyptic / Futuristic ‘Municipal Darwinism’ (city eats city, town and suburbs). Steampunk with strong echoes of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Star Wars. Airships, mech troopers, predator cities on gigantic caterpillar tracks, submarine ice breakers …  what’s not too like? (Did I mention Steampunk enough?)

It’s not a million pulp or steampunk miles away from the Edwardian to 1930s era Scout ‘Wide Game’ ideas over on my sister channel, the Man of TIN blog.

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32mm Pound Store conversion Airship Troopers? 

They will hopefully compliment my Flash Gordon style 1930s airship or starship troopers converted from Pound Store 32mm plastic figures

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Pound Store conversion  32mm crews for scale of these futuristic steam punk Paddle streamers and sky boats. At the very least, bronzed and silvered up, they would make a great steam punk submarine and Paddle steamer base for gaming scenarios. 

Distracting Cheap plastic joy! More tat for the painting table?

Blog posted by Mark,  Man of TIN on 6 May 2019.

BPS – Blog Post Script

I have yet to see the much maligned Peter Jackson directed Mortal Engines movie, as  I became too busy near Christmas to see it in the cinema. I will catch up with it on DVD soon. Watch the Trailer here: https://youtu.be/IRsFc2gguEg

 

 

 

Happy International Star Wars Day

May the 4th be with you! Cross posted from my Man of TIN blog

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Some of my surviving vintage childhood Star Wars figures, each a month’s pocket money …

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/farewell-chewbacca-may-the-4th-be-with-you/