FEMBruary BMC Plastic Army Women as the Revolutionary Woman’s Army of Parazuellia

Isobel Black as Captain Juanita Negra in The Magnificent Two 1967 (RareFilm)

Following up my recent viewing of the 1967 Morecambe And Wise film The Magnificent Two as potential games material –

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2021/03/05/the-magnificent-two-1967-imaginations-uniforms-the-womens-revolutionary-army-of-parazuellia/

I have finished the last gloss varnish of the 54mm new BMC Plastic Army Women in the guise of the Women’s Revolutionary Army of Parazuellia in time for FEMBruary’s end.

Gloss varnish finish for khaki and olive drab figures is a matter of taste. I wanted to achieve that gloss shiny toy soldier look, complete with cheek dots as if Britain’s or other hollowcast figure makers had carried on production past the early Sixties. Gloss varnish also protects the paintwork from the rough and tumble of the garden or the game table.

As these are Revolutionary forces from the Parazuellian ImagiNation of Central or South America, I am using darker than normal skin tones for these women. Usually when I paint darker skin tones, I use a gold or copper cheek dot, rather than flesh pink. Cheek dots add toy soldier style and some definition or highlights to the face.

I photographed them first on a white background outdoors.

The Women’s Revolutionary Army medical team with added Airfix multipose rifles or pistols.

Some shots taken outside show the wider range of random olive drab, khaki and green grey uniforms of these Revolutionary forces, along with the Red scarf. All paints are matt or gloss Revell Aquacolor Acrylic with Humbrol gloss spray varnish.

BMC team added a loose hair braid on this figure

Nicely modelled prone sniper, could also be converted into an LMG with Multipose Bren Gun

This grenadier or bomber now has an Airfix belt pouch or knapsack for her grenades

The uniform painting colour scheme is based on the film costume designs of Anna Duse (1908-1992) in The Magnificent Two film.

President Eric! One of the random Revolutionary Army vehicles – a Dingo scout car?

Some further uniform close ups from the RareFilm screengrab – tan uniforms are those of the President’s of Governmnet forces. Green are the revolutionary figures.

https://rarefilm.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/The-Magnificent-Two-1967.mp4.jpg

More uniform details of dress uniform and field uniforms of different colour greens and khaki.

I took a few literal ‘screenshots’ of the TV to grab some more uniform reference details, however fuzzy on pause. There are some excellent short glimpses of a women’s cavalry unit

Isobel Black on horseback as part of the Women’s Revolutionary Army cavalry section – note the rifle holder

Some of the standing figures with the utility KP ‘Castro’ Field caps might make good dismounted cavalry figures.

I have yet to use my remaining Airfix Multipose scrap to convert any BMC figure to ones wearing the British WW2 steel helmet or tin hat for the Women’s Revolutionary Army figures.

Margit Saad and Isobel Black wearing WW2 tin hats in The Magnificent Two.

Finally two odd figures added to the Women’s Revolutionary Army forces – a rare plastic 54mm female skateboarder figure from Toy Boarders / Vat19.

and a spare Rosie the Riveter figure from BMC – Rosita the Riveter? – prior to varnish

Next stop is to create some of the men’s Revolutionary Army figures and then some Government Troops in Tan from the much copied BMC and Timmee type pound store plastic figures.

Viva General Carla! Viva Torres!

Blog posted for FEMBruary by Mark Man of TIN 5 March 2021

No Mixed Bathing (FEMbruary 2021)

No Mixed Bathing (No Running, Diving, Bombing, Heavy Petting or Smoking in the Deep End)

It’s FEMbruary – and the first of my believable female miniatures heads towards the painting table. The BMC Plastic Army Women from last year’s BMC Kickstarter.

These are not Pound Store figures themselves but complement that style of plastic figure, often pirated or cloned that ends up in pound stores.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/snowball-fight-at-camp-benjamin-bmc-plastic-army-women-arrive/

Before I paint a trial handful of these new Army Women, I took the time to give them all a bath and scrub to remove any mould releasant.

All 105 of the figures, 3 stretchers plus 3 dogs and their leads ready for a wash and brush up!

Last seen wearing … snow gloves and cold weather gear for a Christmas 2020 game.

So the BMC Plastic Army Women was my first Kickstarter which arrived in time for FEMbruary … but I also stocked up on an extra FEMbruary project just in case for this year (or next) – Bad Squiddo WWII Pigeoneers!

Beautifully packaged Bad Squiddo Miniatures

You can read more about the FEMbruary figure painting challenge set up by Alex at Lead Balloony at my fellow blogger Marvin’s post here: https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.com/2021/01/17/fembruary-2021/

FEMbruary – Open to all to join in!

I have some interesting plans for 2021 for these plastic army women figures … watch this space!

Meanwhile the Arma-Dad’s Army Elizabethan project trundles quietly across the painting table as well.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 1 February 2021

Snowball Fight at Camp Benjamin – BMC Plastic Army Women arrive!

After months watching and reading about these new figures being designed, mastered and made as my first ever Kickstarter pledge, these BMC Plastic Army Women are finally here – and well worth both the patient wait and the effort by Jeff Imel and team at BMC.

What better way to celebrate their time under the Christmas tree than a snowball fight with some of these new recruits out on the parade ground and assault course soon after they were unwrapped?

Camp Benjamin is named after the comedy film Private Benjamin (1981) with Goldie Hawn about American female army recruits in training.

I tracked down some suitably plastic pound store items that match their traditional army men or women style such as this rope bridge and towers, the odd plastic wall sections as well as other snowball fight cover made from white Lego and old Playmobil snow sections.

Add some Christmas trees and you have that spirit of the Snow Ball!

Turn 3 – already some of the snowballers can shoot from behind Snow cover

Snowballing round the base of the Rosie the Riveter statue (also a BMC copper colour freebie)

Turn 6 – base to base, toe to toe snowball scrapping and snow melee

Turn 11 – Close up snowball fighting
The final turn – the last of the Tan figures goes down in close melee.

Each of the squads of four had a box of chocolate rations (colour themed Lego block tan or green) in their sentry box, something to be defended.

Victory Conditions / End of Game either:

a) all four of the rival squad defeated after 6 snowball hits on each

Or

b) capture of the rival squad’s chocolate rations

Range measured in lolly sticks.

Firing per single figure rolling 1 standard d6 dice

Long Range (LR) 3 lolly sticks – 6 required to hit target

Medium Range (MR) 2 lolly sticks – 5 or 6 required to hit target

Close Range (CR) 1 lolly stick – 4,5 or 6 required to hit target

If target hit when behind partial cover (low snow wall etc), roll casualty saving throw of 1d6 – 6 means deflected / saved by the cover, otherwise 1-5 counts as normal snowball hit (lose a point)

Movement is one half lolly stick per figure per turn. Anything like climbing fences, walls etc takes one turn.

IGO YUGO rules. Roll two suitably coloured dice (in this case, tan and green) – highest score moves first, other side second, first side to move shoots first, second side to move shoots second.

Solve any melee as they happen or after firing, as you wish.

Each figure (numbered or named as you wish e.g. Green 1, Green 2 …) needs to have a tally kept of life points – use spare d6, tally chart etc.

Figure removed when hit by 6 snowballs.

Snow Melee

If figures are touching bases, this counts as Snow Melee – extreme close range fir snowballing, close enough to shove snow down each other’s necks sort of thing.

Attacker is whichever colour side went first – roll on dice

Roll one d6 per two duelling figures in melee

1 or 2 – Hit on attacker – loses one point

3 – Both attacker and defender hit – both lose one point

4 – Both sides miss

5 to 6 – Hit on defender – lose one point.

(Melee system adapted from Gerard De Gre via Donald Featherstone Solo Wargaming and simplified by Kaptain Kobold)

Rules

Snowball Fight variations – Alan Gruber, Duchy of Tradgardland – six life points for each character, one point lost each time hit by a snowball.

https://tradgardland.blogspot.com/2020/12/snowball-fight-game.html

Our original rules – Scouting Wide Games / snowball fights:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/packing-sugar-at-freddie-snowball-fight-wide-games-scenario/

Blog posted by Man of TIN, 27 December 2020

BMC Plastic Army Women Kickstarter final days to back this project

Only a day and a half left on the BMC Plastic Army Women Kickstarter which finishes 18 December 2019:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bmctoys/plastic-army-women

Images from the 2019 BMC Plastic Army Women Kickstarter newsletter / website

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bmctoys/plastic-army-women

Jeff Imel at BMC has smashed his first 6 stretch goals and is close to the final one to add a K9 and Dog handler to the range of poses.

I’m pledged for a few bags next Christmas 2020 and they do UK / International shipping.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bmctoys/plastic-army-women

Previously on Pound Store Plastic Warriors:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/tag/bmc-plastic-army-women-project/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog 16 December 2019

Plastic Army Women Kickstarter Now Live

The BMC Plastic Army Women Kickstarter is now live. Her(e) is the following news from Jeff Imel at BMC Toys USA:

I’ve backed my first Kickstarter for the BMC Plastic Army Women figures Project:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bmctoys/plastic-army-women

I’ve put down for a bag of 24 figures plus shipping . If all goes well, this time next year BMC should be shipping around the US and sending a pack off to me in the jolly old U.K.

Hoorah!

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN on 14 November 2019

BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Update 5

Kickstarter opening due in next few days – looking good so far

Find out more at https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/bmc-toys-plastic-army-women-project-update-5

Pictures copyright BMC Toys

BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Project Update #4

https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/tagged/plastic-army-women

New sculpt photos released – Update No. 4 on the Christmas 2020 releases of Plastic Army Women by Jeff Imel at BMC toys can be read here:

https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/tagged/plastic-army-women

Sign up for the newsletter to keep updated about the project and crowd type funding.

An African-American woman soldier is included as they have made up a significant part of the current female American military.

That’s #FEMBruary 2021 sorted!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN 22 October 2019

BMC Plastic Army Women Update No. 3 September 2019

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A quick update from his most recent newsletter https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/bmc-toys-plastic-army-women-project-update-3 on how Jeff Imel and his BMC Plastic Army Women Project is coming along, with tweaking of more realistic hairstyles under the GI style helmet and consideration of first and future poses.

It sounds like the first four female poses might be available in the US by “Christmas 2020”.

Hopefully they will be available in the U.K. without too heavy international shipping costs.

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The Good Guys and The Bad Guys?
Fascinating to watch the American News Channel interviews with Jeff Imel of BMC in his workshop and the young American girl who wrote to him about “why no Plastic Army Women?”, as she shows at home off her collection of plastic figures including the “bad guys” led by a skeleton and the “good guys”.

Thinking of Mitchell and Webb in their famous “Are We The Baddies?” WW2 sketch, this is what many of our historical and fantasy games so often boil down to – the good guys versus the bad guys (if you take sides, that is).

This is some part of the spirit of simple gaming that I aim to recover in my hobby. I’m sure H.G. Wells would approve of these ground-level plastic Little Wars, which he described as “a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys’ games and books”. Plastic Army Women would of course add an extra dimension to this Wellsian Floor Games mix.

Back to the figure designs:

It is fascinating to see the female figures evolving through the concept drawing into the early sculpt stage, shown here in these BMC copyright drawings (screenshots from the BMC website and email newsletters).
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After showcasing the revised female officer figure, Jeff Imel says in his latest email:
“I discussed the next figure, possible other poses, and worked out some details and timelines. The next figure will be standing and firing a rifle. This is a pose that I’m always told there aren’t enough of in sets and is always in demand when setting up a living room battlefield. This next figure will likely be a little less of an hourglass figure than the prototype. We’re going to try to have some different body types, faces and hair in the set instead of all the figures being identical characters. Speaking of weapons, I’m leaning towards an M14 for the rifles. I’m not aiming for 100% historical accuracy with this set, but I think the M14 will look good, and matches the uniform period well. The next figure will likely be prone firing a rifle, and I’m thinking of adding a scope and bipod to the M14 make her more of a sniper.”

I like the level he is approaching this as the best poses for the “living room battlefield” unlike some of the weird and useless poses from Airfix, Timpo and other plastic Army Men manufacturers.

Jeff says on his newsletter / email:

“Please continue to let me know your thoughts. I am behind on answering messages and comments, but I’ve read, and appreciate, all of them. I’ve heard all the requests for pre-orders and suggestions for specialty poses like radio operator and medic loud and clear (over). I’m considering a crowdfunding campaign in November as a way to take pre-orders and expand the figure selection.”

Here’s a link to the full update on the BMC Toys blog that is full of photos and recent news stories: https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/bmc-toys-plastic-army-women-project-update-3

Sign up for the newsletter via the BMC website to keep informed of what is happening with this interesting BMC Plastic Army Women project. It adds more figures to the “believable female Miniatures” debates over #FEMbruary, Annie at Bad Squiddo’s quest for believable female gaming miniatures.

All screenshot images copyrighted from the BMC website.

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN, September 2019.

BMC Plastic Army Women Female Toy Soldiers Project Update 2019

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BMC Plastic Army Women logo – Screenshot from the BMC Toys website 31/08/2019
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How it Started … the story so far

Jeff Imel at BMC Toys USA recently sent out an email to those interested in his plastic 54mm Army Women Project:
“I’ve got some exciting news about the BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Project. The story about young Vivian’s “Why aren’t there Plastic Army Women?” letter has been circulated widely over the past month. The CBS Evening News will feature Vivian in an ‘On the Road’ segment at the end of the program tomorrow (Friday, August 30th). Steve Hartman (host of On the Road) even took some time to ask me about the project.

“The interest in Vivian’s letter has already helped increase subscribers to this newsletter from about 200 to nearly 500 (my goal is 2000). The extra attention and support has prompted me to get this project in gear, so I’ve had a bunch of new art created and will have a full update this weekend. In the meantime, I’ve created a handy link to share the blog posts. Thanks for your support, Jeff Imel at BMC Toys”

PlasticArmyWomen.com

https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/tagged/plastic-army-women

Concept drawings and prototype figures (images copyright of BMC Toys) :

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Concept sketches

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If you want to support this 54mm BMC Plastic Army Women project or know more, visit the PlasticArmyWomen.com web page, sign up for the newsletter or look at https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/tagged/plastic-army-women

Should add some interesting figures for modern mixed and female units as well as Amazonian style ImagiNations troops.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 31 August 2019

B.P.S. Blog Post Script
Having seen the BMC website, I now recognise the originals of pound store figures as https://bmctoys.com/products/bmc-iwo-jima-marines, which sometimes turn up as clone or pirate figures in cheap plastic figure sets. Hence putting this post out on my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog. https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/pound-store-us-marines/
Also seen here: https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/milk-carton-creation-no-1-cheap-landing-craft/