Lost and Found
Pottering around the garden gathering leaves before work, I spotted this lone warrior, left behind on duty months or years long ago after some forgotten garden game – just like the one in the Robert Louis Stevenson RLS’ poem The Dumb Soldier.
“Hallo? Hallo? Come in Base, over.”
His radio aerial was almost intact when I found him but now needs some repair.
Long has he been on duty reporting back to base on all he saw.
When he finally gets painted, he shall get rewarded for his long service with some corporal or sergeant stripes. I have marked his base up to remind me.
The Dumb Soldier poem can be found in my blogpost here:
This figure is one of mine, lost long ago. I have found figures before on beaches, as well as bought wrecked figures from metal detectorists and repaired them back to gaming use.
I’m not alone it seems in finding figures on beaches as this plastic pollution / beachcombing report from Cornwall Live website shows:
Cornwall Live gallery: Modern plastic beach soldier finds includes a copy of Matchbox US Infantry.
Whilst even more unusual are the well weathered and wave shaped, beach battered figures found on a beach shown on Etsy:
November 2019 Screen shot Magic SeaFox on Etsy
I recognise the Britains Kneeling Officer washed overboard from the Assault boat, two recent plastic clones of a (Matchbox) American and a China made Pound Store set German infantryman.
I wonder – What’s the most interesting thing that has turned up in your garden or on beach-combing trips?
Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 29 November 2019