Happy International Star Wars Day

May the 4th be with you! Cross posted from my Man of TIN blog

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Some of my surviving vintage childhood Star Wars figures, each a month’s pocket money …

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/farewell-chewbacca-may-the-4th-be-with-you/

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Le Toy Van Space Rocket

 

 

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Le Toy Van’s lovely wooden space rocket and blue pound store Space Marines …

On my travels I spotted a seaside toy shop which had this lovely  wooden space rocket from Le Toy Van for only £5.

I thought it would fit perfectly for my 1930s space troops from  Poundland / pound store 32mm plastic toy soldier conversions from 2017:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/poundland-space-marines-platoon-on-parade/

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Choose your colour of space forces – little green men …

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/little-green-men-pound-store-plastic-space-warriors/

I also tried it out with one of my 50mm Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team Space Men. At this size, this would be more of  a personal space craft than a space troop or squad transport.

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Le Toy Van do the three styles of rocket seen on the label. You can also see the  porthole astronaut sticker that I removed to make it more versatile. 

Le Toy Van, a UK firm, have a shopping website https://letoyvan.com/products/space-rockets-1

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Three colours of rocket …

I would be very tempted to respray another one of these rockets a more 1930s gold or silver.

Flash, aaa – aaagh!

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 16 April 2019.

 

Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team figures

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An X Wing of sorts – cleverly converted jet model on an old fire station toy turnstile.

I wish Tim Mee toys (“Made in the USA”) were more widely and cheaply available in the UK. Whilst they can be tracked down online, the extra shipping to the UK makes them pricey.

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Captain Zap: Hands Up! The Turpentile:  Don’t Shoot, I’m an unarmed Armoured Space Turtle

Very kindly the Grand Duke of  Tradgardland, the Tradgardmastre himself sent  (via the D of T  P.O.)  these spare Tim Mee space figure poses for my collection and for Close Little Star Wars 54mm future adventures on the Back Yarden Planet.

Well it is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings …

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Definitely not Chewbacca or the Dredd Darth, sorry, Dark Lord.
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In space there are checkout jobs – or is this now  a self scan universe? Complete with unexpected RU1-2 droid in the bagging area. 
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Nicely detailed front and  back – I think Captain Zap with his laser pistol is channeling Flash Gordon and Dan Dare as much as Star Wars.
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Clever 2017 Tim Mee stickers for different teams or  space jets? Star Patrol vs Galaxy Laser Team.
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More Mercury 7 / Cosmonaut type suits. Very 60s …

These last figures look very Mercury 7 (think Sleeper 1990s Britpop album cover) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_Seven

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One of each pose  is enough for me as they should provide some good character figures to be supported and bulked out by Pound Store ‘space marine’ conversions and the lovely Airfix Star Warriors, Star Wars 54mm plastics and old Britain’s StarGards in my collection https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/in-a-garden-far-far-away/

Here is the Tim Mee website (search online for UK / USA suppliers but beware shipping!) https://timmeeusa.com/products/jl-timmee-galaxy-red-orange

Thanks to the Duke and Duchy of Tradgardland for this kind gift – a suitably magical  response is on its way. https://tradgardland.blogspot.com

These attractive figures wait on the painting table for suitable  colour scheme inspiration to strike. Hopefully sometime by International Star Wars Day on May 4th? Or the July moon landing anniversary?

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors 23 March 2019

Fantasy Plastic Warriors

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Not exactly Pound Store Plastic Fantasy Warriors  but a job lot picked up cheaply on EBay.
These figures are not to my knowledge usually sold in the UK so often have hefty shipping. There are multiple copies of each figure, which will allow flexible painting.

There are several female or androgynous figures in this set that might or might not  qualify as Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog contribution for #FEMbruary.

#FEMbruary is the online painting  challenge to find (and eventually paint) believable female gaming figures; some of these figures are almost heading  down the “chain mail bikini fantasy” road, depending how much bare flesh you choose to paint. https://leadballoony.com/2019/01/31/more-scumbos-and-the-fembruary-challenge/

Size: average 50-54mm except the dwarf / troll mid 40mms

Maker: ? Plastic. Base marked P2162-P1 China

Identified by James at Quantrills Toy Soldiers blog  as True Legends figures pictured here http://fantasytoysoldiers.blogspot.com/2014/09/toy-major-true-legends-mythical.html

I have  six types of these generic fantasy figures, plus the picture explains where a spare dragon and two trees came from.

1. The Sorceress, Princess, Queen Enchantress with ice cream staff

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2. The Screaming  Sorceress Enchantress Crone with Club  and Skull belt

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3. The Hunky Male (or Female?) Archer

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4.  The Hunky Male Conan type Barbarian swordsman with flowing locks and armoured loincloth

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5. The Angry Dwarf or Giant Troll depending on scale

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6. The Slinky Female Warrior with double swords

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Shades of crop top Tomb Raider here … would suit Ninjas.

A useful 50-54mm set, especially with some duplicates to paint up for different periods.

I can see these suiting Duelling games, Space games … another set for the painting table, but maybe not this #FEMbruary.

Any clue as to maker welcome.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 24 February 2019

Little Green Men Pound Store Plastic Space Warriors

I wanted to create a race of opponents for the Space Marines that I had previously made. I also wanted to capture that highly colourful 1950s Space look of Dan Dare or the 1930s Flash Gordon serials that survived into the 1980 Flash Gordon movie. To make these figures different from my blue and silver Space Marines I have painted them orange and gold, the joy of gloss Revell acrylics.

I also added a golden mantle or shoulder armour section using simple card label or hole reinforcers glued on and held in place with clothes pegs whilst they dried. When these ran out, I cut out the patterns in stiff drawing paper.

You can see their opponents the blue Space Marines here

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/poundland-space-marines-platoon-on-parade/

This is an attractive original figure, one of the ones that first attracted me to these penny figures in their £1 Poundland tubs.

The Space Commander figure is one of the most badly moulded and distorted of all the 12 pound store plastic warriors in the Poundland tubs. They make a possible space officer figure with a machine or Space pistol, along with a possible Desert Warrior with robes, shield and sword scabbard.

I look forward to getting these into action soon, using scaled down hex gameboard versions of my Close Little Star Wars rules.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/close-little-space-wars/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 28/29 January 2018.

Poundland Space Marines Platoon on Parade

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Poundland Space Marine Away Team ready for action

The last week has been spent working on a variety of Pound Store Plastic Warrior paint projects including my Poundland Space Marines, adding another twenty Space Marine figures and a Command and Comms team.

Apart from the varnish and a mild black wash over the darker faced Space Marines, they are pretty much done and ready for action. All I  need to do is create some opposition troopers.

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Pound Store Command and Comms Team for my Poundland Space Marines.

The Command and Comms Radio team came from a batch of a dozen bags of party bag filler Soldier copies of Matchbox figures that I bought last year or came free with some garage forecourt shop cheap vehicle kits.

These are 30mm-ish copies of Matchbox American infantry that sort of match my 36mm Poundland figures, previously shown on my “Pound Store Transport” blogpost in March: https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/pound-shop-transport-for-pound-store-figures/

The least impressive of the figures is the Poundland penny dreadful figure with the machine pistol / space blaster. I have some ideas on adding a shiny drawing pin riot or deflector shields to space-ify  these up a bit.

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Work in Progress on a Flash Gordon style Roman Gold and Orange Space Troopers to fight (alongside?) the finished light blue Space Marines. 

As possible allies or opposition, I have started work on some Flash Gordon / Star Wars rebel inspired bronze, gold and orange figures. Some Rebellious type troopers and Imperious SturmandDrangTroopers (in black and white) might also follow.

I like the bronze gold steampunk of the laser rifle and space blaster.

For space rules, I can downsize the Close Little Star Wars rules from last year’s Planet Yarden garden game.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/close-little-space-wars/

Several more pound store plastic warriors figure conversions to show this week.

Blogposted by Mark (Man of TIN blog) on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 5 November 2017.

Pound Store Surreal Space Planet Away Team

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Pound Store Plastic Space Marines Away Team  on a surreal planet

Away from home visiting the seaside for a few days over the rainy Bank Holiday weekend, I took a couple of items to improvise a quick away game, should I need one.

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My portable board game hex board with a 2D feel with the map symbols  but 3D figures and stone lumps. Halfway to 3D  or is that 2.5D?

I packed a small A5 tackle box of pound store plastic figures (£1 for 100 30-40mm figs), dice and stuff and the portable hex board cartridge  paper game board from my 2016 Easter away trips.

Pound store figures are good to take as if you lose or leave anything behind on your travel battles, it’s not the end of the world at a penny a figure.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/more-pound-store-warriors/

This is my pound store DIY version of the portable war game or Perry Twins’ popular new Travel Battle game.

Semi-Random Terrain Distribution By Featherstone Air Drop

Tucked inside the box lid are some passable or impassable map symbol type hex squares (marsh, river, impassable forest). Once the first river pieces were laid on fairly at random, the other hexes  were dropped from on high to randomise their placing.

This is something I remember as a technique using paper circles scattered from a converted Airfix plastic Dakota kit for scattering paratroops, the Dakota held at a suitable height over the calculated or miscalculated drop zone.

I first saw this in  a childhood borrowed library copy of Donald Featherstone’s Wargaming Airborne Operations (recently reprinted by John Curry). Airfix paratroop figures then replaced  the paper parachute circles wherever they landed, sometimes fatally in water, on rooftops or behind enemy lines.

I would love to try this outside in a back garden / Yarden game. It would even work for beaming or teleporting down  to another planet scenario. Beam ’em down!

The Featherstone Airdrop – Brilliantly odd game mechanic! 

These map symbol coloured hexes were improvised from thin white packaging card on my Easter 2016 holiday trip and can be lightly tacked down (like the game board) with a smidgin of  magic or Scotch tape.

Pretty it isn’t but practical and portable it is.

In my holiday ‘rainy day’ box I usually pack tape, scissors, a few fine liner pens or Sharpie pens and raid whatever watercolours, paints, cardboard or paper I can find to make game bits. Coffee stirrers are really handy and easy to come by, as are bits of stone etc.

These last saw action on holiday in Easter 2016 https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/close-little-wars-away-game/

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Ignore the Artemis blurb … look at the picture. No artist credited.  Invest in tiny tin men instead!

For the back drop, I found somebody’s leftover Saturday’s newspaper had an intriguing surrealist landscape advert. With a bit of camouflage (space palm tree cocktail stick stirrers from Tiger.com taped for weight to a spare dice behind gravel stones) to hide the outsize hunter figure, this folded over to form a surreal space backdrop for my improvised Away Team solo game.

I used my Little Close Wars rules improvised and hexed up from Donald Featherstone’s appendix to War Games (1962) https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/close-little-wars-featherstones-simplest-rules/

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For the melee sections I used the fast play Kaptain Kobold’s reduced dice version of Gerald De Gre’s  duelling rules taken from Donald Featherstone’s  Solo Wargaming.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/more-duelling-inspiration-mexicans/

I roll  a dice to see which side – silver space marines versus red planet natives –  are the Attackers, which the Defenders for the purposes of any Melee dice throws etc. if I ever forget. I use coloured dice for game counters for keeping track of hits (for speed each figure started a melee phase / round of only two combat or life points).

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A pink flamingo cocktail stick marker marked out which side were the Attackers, another nod to a different famous Don Featherstone, inventor of the pink lawn flamingo. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Featherstone_(artist) Another d6 dice was rolled to see what the melee result was on the Kaptain Kobold d6 Dice Table dice table. The other spare dice was busy propping up the space palm trees.

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Silver Space Marine Away Team versus the dancing Red Planet Native Defenders! 

Who won, who lost? The Away Team Silver Space Marines or the Red Planet Native Defenders?

The result is future history …

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I will finish on a close-up of the ‘profit hunter’ from the nonsensical Artemis advert, looking very much like the cavalry or cowboy ‘Rough Riders on Mars’ blog site. I should be able to mock this hunter figure up pretty easily in several scales using Prince August 40mm Holger Erickson cowboy Homecasts, Airfix or various 54mm and OO/HO cowboys.

This advert has great fun ‘alien desert’ terrain, easy to create from some of the more lurid plastic aquarium plants and terrain.

http://chrisminaturewargaming.blogspot.co.uk and the Rough Riders section which starts  here – also brilliantly odd! http://chrisminaturewargaming.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/rough-riders-on-mars.html

What a great hobby. How very Dr. Who! Which planet or time period next?  Where to next?

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A bit of light holiday paperback reading that I took along for rainy day reading, all Imagi-Nation  gaming related, except for The Bronte Project book. This Bronte related quick read by Jennifer Vandever  (‘romantic fiction’?) was one I picked out and read from amongst the ‘left behind’ selection of holiday books and magazines where I was staying. 

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, on my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 1 June 2017.