Poundland Shelfie Toy Soldiers still £1 per 100

Good to see these versatile figures are still available in Poundland UK, surrounded by other intriguing toys. (I wonder what was so Totally Roarsome Toymania and DinoTastic?)

These Battle Squadron figures are still available in store or online


I have used and converted many of these penny plastic figures in the past, so wondered how they fit with other modern figures. Some of these conversions from modern to colonial, space and natives can be seen here:


L to R, MLS 30mm Officer, two 30mm Pilots SAE Madeira (Holger Eriksson) , then orange spaceman conversion from Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 28mm Wargames Atlantic conversion to mountain trooper and Warlord Games 28mm conversion.


I wondered how these pound store plastic warriors (which are about 30 to 32mm) mixed with 28mm plastic figures and new 30mm metal Marks Little Soldiers

– you can read more about them on my blog post here:


Big Combat Figures

I noticed the only other vaguely ‘toy soldier’ related item in PoundLand were these larger action figures range at £3 for a box of heavily armed eight military figures with outsize weapons!

They also have some vehicle back up above, a quad type bike? and inflatable boat. Possibly large scale enough or harder to loose / useful for garden gaming?

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 16 May 2023

Britain’s Stargard Space figures 1980s catalogues

Another site bookmarked for further inspiration

(Above) 1983 catalogue page from the fascinating We are the Mutants website, for example :


Several years of calendar scanned in already on this We Are Mutants site ready to explore, so I don’t need to do this for the space pages of my surviving 1980s Britain’s catalogues treasured and pored over as a youngster!

A few Star Gard and Alien figures survived from my teenage collection, although I have the Star Gard boxed set 9147 shown, picked up very affordably about 10 years ago.

Blog posted by Mark (Star) Man Of TIN, 12/13 / 21st April 2023.

Donald Featherstone in Outer Space Skirmish? Pure Sci-Fi Fantasy!

H G Wells – Little Wars – Donald Featherstone – Sci Fi Gaming – Fantasy Gaming – Gary Gygax – Skirmish Wargaming … and Pound Store Plastic Space Marines!

Crossposted from my Man Of TIN Two blog


Fantasy Toy Soldiers blog Sci Fi Figures posts

Bookmarked this interesting web site and post to explore later:


Whilst these plastic and metal original figures from the 1950s and 1960s may be hard to find, fragile and / or expensive, especially in the UK, they give a style guide or mood board inspiration for cheapo pound store figure conversions.

Watch this Space 🙂

Again thanks to Alan Tradgardland Gruber for this possible theme for our next Little Wars Revisited game at Woking or Stockport …

Blog posted by Mark (Star) Man Of TIN, 12 April 2023

One Page Rules Game Jam

This may be of interest to some of my readers?

Reposted from the Wargaming Pastor’s Death Zap Blog



Short simple rules are always more to my taste, as they are to The Wargaming Pastor


Rules you can easily keep in your head such as Featherstone’s Close Wars appendix to his 1962 War Games book.


or simple versions of his Ancients ACW and WW2 Rules


And Featherstone borrowed or reprinted in his Skirmish Wargames simple duelling rules by Gerard de Gre:


All good simple back of postcard / one page rules …

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 9 April 2023

Raiders from The Croissant Nebula?

In a year that has seen Chinese spy balloons and strange ‘alien’ shapes being shot down over the Americas, I stumbled at breakfast upon the secret behind the design of the enemy Cylon raider ships in Battlestar Galactica …

It must be some weird kind of cloaking device?

Last year’s January and February 2022 painting spree of these weird Cylon clone Airfix Space Warriors. 


Raiders from the Croissant Nebula, no doubt. 

Blog post by Mark Man Of TIN, April 2023

Celebrating Battlestar Galactica (Reboot being available again on BBC Iplayer including a great opening episode / mini series:

“Being made a museum of the Cylon War 40 years earlier, Galactica is drawn into conflict again when a shock attack on the home worlds of the 12 Colonies signals the enemy has changed tactics … and appearance.”

An interesting take on the internet connectivity of modern life and of Dad’s Army raiding of Military Museums (Titsfield Thunderbolt style) for usable weapons.


Having the Bottle to come out Tops in Tribal Warfare?

Somehow this post never got finished in 2018 but thanks to Alan Tradgardland Gruber’s memories in his comment on my Mother’s Day post on my Man Of TIN blog, I thought of Subbuteo and its odd influence on my gaming. Alan had memories of playing Subbuteo Cricket with his mother, which reminded me of this Subbuteo / bottle top tribal wargaming crossover.


Reading John Patriquin’s interesting blog Wargames Hermit, John was interested in recreating the free flowing rituals of Tribal Warfare as seen amongst the Dani people of New Guinea.

YouTube link West Papua 1963 https://youtu.be/JI4uirwxx1Y

John called into action his chessboard battlefield and good old Airfix Indians.




It reminded me of a strange article from an early 1983 Miniature Wargames No. 11 magazine called ‘Stone Age Wargames’ that used beer bottle top mounted Warriors as a bizarre Subbuteo / Wargames mash up to reflect the free flowing movement of such Tribal Warfare.

When I mentioned this to John, he too remembered this article!

I thought I would have a winter (2018) evening knock around to see how this might work with whatever figures and bottle tops I had to hand.


I believe this Stone Age Wargames article in Miniature Wargames c. 1982/83 rules were by Andy Callan.

Andy Callan, he of the Hair Roller Armies, the Maori Wars Rules using Peter Laing 15mm amidst dense carpet forests and who is still writing rules for the Peter Dennis Paperboys Series, Never Mind the Billhooks Rules etc.


Blog posted finally by Mark Man Of TIN, 20 March 2023

Mother’s Day toy soldier thoughts 2023

What proved to be my last Mother’s Day card that I drew and sent ‘home’ in 2016.

Some interesting memories from readers in response to the Mother’s Day post on my other blog, my first Man Of TIN Blog, about the influence their Mums as well as their Dads had on their early gaming life.


Crossposted by Mark Man Of TIN, 19th / 20th March 2023

Pound Store Plastic Warriors and New Years Gaming Resolutions 2023?

It’s been a quiet year on this Pound Store Plastic Warriors Blog.

What will 2023 bring?

Crossposted from my Man Of TIN Blog Two Post:


Happy New Year!

Posted by Mark Man Of TIN, NYE 31 December 2022

More Featherstone 1960s Close Wars Rules rebooted as SciFi by The Wargaming Pastor on the Death Zap Blog

You know how it is – you wait on this my Pound Store Plastic Warriors Blog for a Close Wars post to come along for ages and then, like London buses, two come along at once.

First, Roger Halvorsen on his Model Rails and Wargames blog reset these rules into the 1960s Bush Wars of Africa:


Next and independently, The Wargaming Pastor on his Death Zap blog (“Anyone can afford wargaming”) setting these simple rules (appendix) into a Sci Fi future. https://deathzap.co.uk/2022/12/16/battle-of-the-rulebooks-part-4-close-wars-by-donald-featherstone/

The Wargaming Pastor makes some “as you game” adjustments as he goes, which are worth reading through. Featherstone’s group melee rules or mechanism appear to cause the biggest issues.

I too sometimes use Featherstone’s simple Melee variation rules for individual combat using d6 dice throws, other times I use Gerard De Gre’s Parry and Lunge duelling rules.

To be fair, as the Wargaming Pastor says, these original core rules are designed for French-Indian Wars ‘troops versus natives’ cluttered forest skirmish, not at first view an obvious match for futuristic fighting in the urban jungles of other planets.

You will find an attractively photographed battle report by the Wargaming Pastor and more reflection on the pros and cons of the Close Wars rules.


Featherstone and Sci-fi Rules?

I had to do similar modifications when gaming with these Featherstone 1962 War Games rules on a past Wellsian garden Star Wars / Little Wars / Close Wars mash-up improvised game:



The original Close Wars rules can be found in my blog post here:


Not that Donald Featherstone was averse to fantasy and sci-fi gaming, as he left two unfinished or unpublished scenarios (one fantasy, one sci-fi) for his Skirmish Wargaming book that were edited and added by John Curry when he reprinted this classic book in his History Of Wargames Project. He has also reprinted Featherstone’s original 1962 War Games.

“This new edition, includes an additional fantasy scenario and a science fiction scenario: To Claim our Long-forgotten Gold (Third Age) [fantasy] and Mining Station Sigma 9 (Year 3015, the far future) and guidance on how to play solo skirmish wargames.”


I wonder what the next Close Wars variant will be?

Blog post by Mark Man Of TIN, 17 December 2022

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