Some of my blog readers were pretty accurate in their view of what was in this earthy pile of broken lead. They variously identified: a bronco cowboy, an old toy racing car, a weird gnome, highlanders in kilts and guardsman. Well spotted!
The strangest of the lot was a metal dwarf or garden gnome figure. It might even be Father Christmas with the red paint?
As I cleaned the dry earth from inside and out, I recognised some broken bits as fragments of old lead toy soldier figures that I have in my collection by Britain’s and other makers.
Where I could, I checked them against my originals.
I use Gloss Acrylic paints and will eventually varnish the figures to get that old toy soldier look.
As I began to clean ready for undercoat and painting, I started on some simple traditional repairs using glue, wire and matchsticks.
Repairs may not be pretty but they are designed to be robust, using what materials I have to hand, and aiming to get these lovely figures fighting on the tabletop or in the garden again soon.
Another order of recast heads from Dorset Soldiers will be required soon to finish these figures.
I shall post pictures of the completed figures, like RLS’ poem The Dumb Soldier, back from the earth when suitable new recast heads arrive.
A very satisfying few days of tinkering and mancrafting.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, Bank Holiday weekend May 5 / 6 2018.
Around at the moment in pound stores and seaside gift stores are these mixed bag of evolved , morphed, degraded or downsized ‘pirate’ versions of Airfix WW2 figures – Combat Mission 80 soldiers for around £3.50 – £4.00.
After buying the first bag, attracted by one of my favourite poses of the charging rifleman, I bought two more bags to get more of this pose.
The graphics for these suggest a more modern Iraq / Afghanistan “Desert Storm” type of content than the generic WW2 figures that are really inside.
The header illustration is more typical of the other Combat Mission figures that I bought recently which retailed at just over a penny each, whereas these 80 soldiers cost about 4 to 5 pence each (2017).
So whilst these 80 soldiers are not quite pound store prices, they are cheap in comparison to the Airfix originals. The equivalent 54mm / 1:32 WW2 Airfix figures would today at a average box price of £7 for 14 figures cost you about 50 pence per Airfix figure.
The probable inspiration for this figure can clearly be seen alongside the original Airfix German infantryman. Over 40 years of Hong Kong / China Made cloning has reduced the detail and the original size into what looks more like a Britain’s lead charging soldier.
As well as a half dozen similar figures painted in this toy soldier style c.2007/8, I now have 24 new charging infantry to paint up (out of 240 new plastic figures for around £11). They have shrunk a bit over the years to roughly 42mm, rather than the original 54mm.
One part of the attractive old toy soldier look is to have multiple figures of the same pose to make up units.
I look forward to painting up this 30 strong unit of charging infantry, having used my other metal or hollowcast similar charging figures for inspiration.
I will show the other 9 poses (such as those below) for the rest of the Combat Mission 80 Soldiers set in Part 2 (my next blog post).
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN for the Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog on a rainy 10th June 2017.