2018 started with the disappearance of the old UK pound coin, traded in at Poundland for more ‘penny dreadful’ toy soldier tubs. These steadily decreased from 100 figures (32mm-ish) for £1 to 80 figures, 70 figures and then gone in my local stores for now… Poundland Defence Cuts!
First rule of Pound Store Plastic Warriors: Buy ’em when you see ’em! They won’t be there next week / month / year / visit.
Above top – from early 2018 – an unfinished blog post photo of a rare mismould amongst these cheap Poundland penny-ish figures, destined for elite sub machine gun and Commando beret use. No mismould left behind!
Over on my other Man of TIN blog, sister to this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, I have been reviewing my past gaming year https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/new-gaming-year-irresolutions-2019
December was an Advent Calendar of tiny blogposts using up unfinished drafts and 12ish days of Twixmas into the New Year. Time for some …
Pound Store Plastic Warriors has a few of its own unfinished blog posts including this one about my uniform sketches for a retro toy soldier look for cheap plastic modern figures. A kind of Postmodern Jukebox approach for plastic tat?
One of the challenges of painting up Imagi-Nations from a motley combination of pound store plastic warriors, homecast and repaired hollowcast metal figures is a coherent uniform scheme that can unify the diverse figures into different armies or groups.
Occasionally as an Airfix child I dream of the restrictive but comforting safe joys of real historical uniforms and their painting guides – and then do my own thing anyway!
In the spirit of H.G. Wells in Little Wars, I started with Army Red and Army Blue.
Reference note: I drew these sketches in 2017/18 before discovering the much more ‘official status’ of the Funny Little Wars army lists and colours.
Pound Store Plastic Warriors Plans for 2019?
Keep collecting more seaside soldier plastic tat. It stops it getting into the oceans. Maybe we should rename the blog Pound Store Plastic Eco-Warriors?
I have some more ideas for (42mm) FIMO polymer clay figures to fill some figure gaps.
The rest of my 2019 plans are those Irresolutions of the Man of TIN blog.
I look forward to hearing about your undone 2018 plans and your 2019 Irresolutions via the comments and reply section.
Happy New Year! Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 3rd January 2019.