Colour Schemes for Imagi Nations Uniforms

 

 

 

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Modern toy soldiers don’t have to be dull colours in my Imagi-Nations world …

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 …

Housekeeping!

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?

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Army Grey, Army Green
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Army Yellow, Army White
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Air Force Red, Air Force Blue but  as yet no Navy, Blue or other colour wise.

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.

http://www.thevirtualarmchairgeneral.com/800-Funny-Little-Wars-Product-Page.htm

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?

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One of the small joys of Christmas 2018 …

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.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/new-gaming-year-irresolutions-2019

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.

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The Washing of The Spears

 

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Not the famous book about the Zulu Wars and a ritual after battle but the next stage of my Poundland Mission accomplished.

Having acquired four new tubs of Poundland’s finest 36mm figures with my last four old round pound coins, like most plastic figures, it pays back in time and paint later  to give them a quick detergent wash and scrub.

This gets rid of any mould releasant grease or spray that may be on these plastic figures, even though they are a harder plastic than the Airfix figures, which also  suggested a quick wash and a gentle scrub /  brush in detergent before painting.

The Drying of the Spears 

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The Drying of The Spears – This ritual always feels something slightly agricultural or cookery based, spreading the washed figures out to dry on a suitable spare towel. They have a satisfying  rattle …

Hence the rituals of Washing of the Spears, and the Drying of the Spears, the next stages in preparing these odd “penny dreadful” figures for conversion into Generican native warriors.

Will they be Zulu-like ? Will they be desert warriors like my last trial set?

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Some of my  Imagi-Native Pound Store Plastic warriors so far …

Hmm …What sort of hostile Imagi-Natives?

North and South Generica have a wide range of habitats and associated hostile tribes, as does North and South Farica, all my own Imagi-Nations. These will add to the young Bronte family’s  North and South Pacific Imagi-Nations of Gondal (N) and Gaaldine (S) along with the West African based kingdoms or colonies of Glasstown and Angria, slowly being explored on my Man of TIN blog.

 

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What sort of hostile native to make, ready to defend their lands or spread their own empire? Ladybird Soldiers book c. 1974/5

Will they be warlike Jumblies with heads of green and hands of blue and a fundamentally flawed navy and amphibious capability? I’m reading a biography of Edward Lear at the moment as a bit of melancholic yet still lighter relief  from the intense dark Victorian Gothic of the Brontes.

Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve …

http://www.nonsenselit.org/Lear/ns/jumblies.html

For they’ve been to the Lakes, and the Torrible Zone,

And the hills of the Chankly Bore”

 

More Washing of The Spears (and Rifles)

There is an interesting series of blog posts at Megablitz and More by veteran blogger Tim Gow on preparing and painting plastic figures.

It is always fascinating to see how different people do similar tasks differently or similarly to your own way of doing things. http://megablitzandmore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/painting-54mm-plastics-duffers-guide.html

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 28 October 2017.