Too likely to rain to do any homecasting in the garden so I headed to the coast. In a nearby seaside town I found no new seaside shop plastic soldiers but two charity shop ‘pound bags’ of random plastic toy horses.
When making my Pound Store conversions, Doug Shand in the comments asked about horses for making these cheap figures into cavalry. I tried casting some Prince August Holger Erikkson forty millimetre scale horses. A bit too big and wide. I scoured the internet for cheap horses but it was difficult to find any I judged from pictures to be the right scale.
I think the larger horses are closer in size to 28 to 30mm figures than my Pound Store 32mm-ish conversions, unless you want big troops or natives on small ponies.
I placed several Spencer Smith metal and plastic horses and infantry on or alongside the horses to see if they were suitable. Some figures like the AWI tricorne officer might work on horseback. However Spencer Smith already do perfectly good cavalry. I have few 28mm figures but put a WW2 Russian female officer from Bad Squiddo on horseback for comparison.
As with all toy horses, many of them have no base and do not stand up on their own. The smaller ones (smaller than most of the Airfix ones) may be slender OO railway modelling horses (and the solitary cow).
Farewell to the Horse?
The horse book (being partly based in Germany) should be interesting to read in relation to the email comments that Tony Adams at The Miniature Wood Screw Army has made to me about the Not Quite Mechanised state of the horse drawn German Army of WW2, compared to the more motorised transport of the armies of Britain, France and America. Amptly illustrated here on these online forums:
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 …
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?
This whole airship business might be because I have just finished the second MortalEngines 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.
They will hopefully compliment my Flash Gordon style 1930s airship or starship troopers converted from Pound Store 32mm plastic figures
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
Whilst picking up The Unincredibles ‘bootlego’ superheroes in Poundland this weekend, I spotted a sight for sore eyes.
A lone tub of the 32mm-ish PennyDreadful figures (as I call them after Ross Macfarlane said about them).
Ross MacFarlane of Battle Game of The Month blog described these cheerfully as “some of the crudest cheap plastic toy soldiers that I’ve ever seen but you have managed to rescue them and transform them into brave warriors!”
I had not seen these tubs in the pound store for months.
Forlornly, it was one stray tub of these Soldiers that must have been lurking at the back of a shelf, and sadly with a quarter less contents. When I first bought these it was 100 soldiers for £1. Now it is 70 soldiers for £1.
As somebody wisely commented on my blog, these are now not quite so Epic Battles. 30% less Epic.
I bought the tub anyway, for old times sake, as they will always come in useful.
The proportions of figures in each tub seems to vary quite widely too – this one seemed to have a high proportion of bazookas and machine gunners.
They could become great little figures with a bit of work.
Blogposted by Mark, easily pleased Man of TIN, on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 12 February 2019.
What 1-48 means and how big are these figures?
1:48 is an exact scale, it means that the scaled models are 48 times smaller than the actual size of the real object.
It is sometimes referred to as quarter scale because a quarter inch represents one foot and is equivalent to the model trains 0 scale in USA (note that in the UK 0 Scale is more commonly 1/43.5 or 7mm to the foot and in the rest of Europe 0 Scale is 1:45 !).
Tamiya and other scale model makers offer a wide selection of military vehicle models and figures in this scale and there a number of ready to play die cast models available too. (1-48 Tactic website)
This is useful to know, even though I don’t think I have any 1:48 scale materials. There will be plenty of bashed ones online.
An average standing man in 1:48 scale is approximately 36mm tall, 1-48TACTIC figures are therefore fairly close in size to the commonly called 32mm (when measured to the eyes) or “heroic scale” wargame figures, but are more realistically proportioned. (1-48 Tactic website)
1/48 is 33.5mm to eye line, 36mm to scalp, equivalent to US O Gauge which is 0.25 inches to the foot and referred to as “quarter inch scale”. Popular for plastic aircraft kits (Tamiya). (Translated from a table on BLMA website)
Wikipedia suggests that https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1:48_scale is also (close to) the scale of Lego Minifigures! I checked and the Lego figure looked a little bigger to the head top / scalp. “At this scale, 1/4 inch represents 1 foot. It is similar in size to 1:50 scale and 1:43 scale which are popular for diecast vehicles.” Quarter inch scale is mentioned again.
The Miniatures Page TMP website article on scale seems to agree that somewhere between 1:43 and 1:48 scale is about 35/36mm and also O Guage, This is useful to know if I need some railway components to my figure gaming. Unpainted O gauge or 1:48 civilians for railways sold en masse also offer conversion figure possibilities. http://theminiaturespage.com/ref/scales.html
Tamiya 1:48 kits have been mentioned several times and I checked their website. Figures appear about 36/37mm, so slightly taller than my Poundland plastic warriors (35/36mm) and obviously far more finely detailed. There are tanks, planes and a few useful battlefield accessories. http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/32512g_infantry/index.htm
Doll’s House scale 1:48
1:48 seems to be a dolls house size as well, with some rather fine and expensive accessories