Attractive 42mm pound store plastic conversions by Rob Young on the Eastern Garrison website https://easterngarrison.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/1897-playing-at-converting-chinese.html
Exploring the whole thorny issue of scale and size, I am curious about whether these Poundland 36mm figures are close to 1:48 scale.
I found this on the 1-48 Tactic website: http://1-48tactic.com/game.htm
What 1-48 means and how big are these figures?
1:48 is an exact scale, it means that the scaled models are 48 times smaller than the actual size of the real object.
It is sometimes referred to as quarter scale because a quarter inch represents one foot and is equivalent to the model trains 0 scale in USA (note that in the UK 0 Scale is more commonly 1/43.5 or 7mm to the foot and in the rest of Europe 0 Scale is 1:45 !).
Tamiya and other scale model makers offer a wide selection of military vehicle models and figures in this scale and there a number of ready to play die cast models available too. (1-48 Tactic website)
This is useful to know, even though I don’t think I have any 1:48 scale materials. There will be plenty of bashed ones online.
An average standing man in 1:48 scale is approximately 36mm tall, 1-48TACTIC figures are therefore fairly close in size to the commonly called 32mm (when measured to the eyes) or “heroic scale” wargame figures, but are more realistically proportioned. (1-48 Tactic website)
Other websites also suggest that 36mm high figures like my Poundland plastic warriors are similar to 1:48 scale. Big Lee’s Miniature Adventures BLMA website http://www.blmablog.com/p/scale-guide.html suggests that:
1/48 is 33.5mm to eye line, 36mm to scalp, equivalent to US O Gauge which is 0.25 inches to the foot and referred to as “quarter inch scale”. Popular for plastic aircraft kits (Tamiya). (Translated from a table on BLMA website)
Wikipedia suggests that https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1:48_scale is also (close to) the scale of Lego Minifigures! I checked and the Lego figure looked a little bigger to the head top / scalp. “At this scale, 1/4 inch represents 1 foot. It is similar in size to 1:50 scale and 1:43 scale which are popular for diecast vehicles.” Quarter inch scale is mentioned again.
On its https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_modelling_scales article it mentions that many rail enthusiastsfreely intermix “mix 1:43 scale, 1:48 scale and 1:50 scale die-cast models with 0 scale model trains.”
The Miniatures Page TMP website article on scale seems to agree that somewhere between 1:43 and 1:48 scale is about 35/36mm and also O Guage, This is useful to know if I need some railway components to my figure gaming. Unpainted O gauge or 1:48 civilians for railways sold en masse also offer conversion figure possibilities. http://theminiaturespage.com/ref/scales.html
Tamiya 1:48 kits have been mentioned several times and I checked their website. Figures appear about 36/37mm, so slightly taller than my Poundland plastic warriors (35/36mm) and obviously far more finely detailed. There are tanks, planes and a few useful battlefield accessories. http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/32512g_infantry/index.htm
Doll’s House scale 1:48
1:48 seems to be a dolls house size as well, with some rather fine and expensive accessories
And some attractive figures but not in the Pound Store Plastic Warrior budget price range, the waitress figure for example is 37mm.
Malcolm’s Miniatures models has 1:48 scale wall and paving moulds for air drying clay (Das) which look very useful at £5 each. Presumably it works with FIMO too. http://www.malcolmsminiatures.co.uk/1%3A48+moulds
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN March 1st 2018
Late last weekend my Colonial pound store plastic desert warrior conversions went into action against my Redcoats.
I have been working on these figures for many weeks and finally it was a chance to use them on my 192 Hexes of Joy game board, complete with extra added pink deserty Hexes.
Somewhere in the foothills of Generica, a patrol is overdue.
The initial dispositions are shown below, a Redcoat column marching up the valley to rescue the missing Patrol of the 3rd (Foot and Mouth) Highlanders, who were camped at the old gatehouse in the Pass.
Either side on the high ground of the valley are amassed Generican desert Warriors with rifles (bottom left) or long spears and shields (top right).
A heliograph operator flashes back information, summoning reinforcements. The Redcoats look to be outnumbered!
Generican desert riflemen with their long jezails or muskets line the rocky valley walls.
Will any reinforcements arrive in time? A slouch hatted company of local Militia are in Reserve nearby.
Will Private Widdle and the other 3rd Foot and Mouth Highlanders be rescued and the Pass held?
Being bunched up by the terrain, the first few volleys from the Redcoats were ineffectual before the Generican spearmen charged down the right hand Valley slopes into melee. With no savings throws, the initial casualties were high for both sides. Fixed bayonets met sword and shield. The Redcoat officer, leading from the front sword in hand, was soon downed.
Luckily, the d6 was rolled for when the Redcoat reinforcements of rifle militia would arrive in game turns. They rolled a two, so soon more rifles and boots on the ground will be stomping up the valley.
The following blogpost part 2 shows the conclusion of the skirmish:
Rules are my hexed up Close Little Wars, some of the simplest Donald Featherstone rules designed for natives and troops in cluttered terrain, originally in North American forests but here used in rocky desert. The cluttered terrain is made up of Heroscape hex tiles, now many percent extra deserty with the help of some painted Hexes!
Previous posts illustrate the conversions of cheap Pound Store 32-36mm plastic modern infantry into colonial figures.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 3 February 2018
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
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.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 28/29 January 2018.
In this post I am going to compare different figure conversions from the same few Poundland 36mm pound store plastic figures, available for £1 for 100 (now 80).
Above are 19th Century / Victorian style Colonial infantry variations converted from a modern infantryman.
These Boer / Confederate type figure conversions are made from some of the odder Poundland figures.
A heliographer figure is made from a modern machine gunner.
This marching figure has many possible uses from desert warriors, to Colonials and Boers or Confederates.
These figures have been shown on a previous blogpost during conversion, including the bush or slouch hat using a label reinforcer.
Next to come – little green men!
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 28 January 2018.
The original pound store plastic 36mm figures are shown alongside the conversions. These kilted colonial figures have been made and painted from modern figures using kilts from PVA glue and tissue paper.
These are inspired by rewatching Carry on Up The Khyber and represent the 3rd (Foot and Mouth) Highland Infantry, those ‘Devils in Skirts’. This isolated guard patrol of three Highlanders form part of the focus or rescue part of my latest Colonial skirmish game.
You can see more of these pound store conversions and of Carry on Up The Khyber film stills that inspired the painting scheme:
More 36mm pound store figure conversions on the next blog.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, on 28 January 2018.
A new set of Desert or Ancient Warriors to add to the Desert Warrior Riflemen previously shown here on the blog:
The “penny dreadful” Pound Store figures £1 for 100 (now 80) plastic 36mm figures from Poundland offer great conversion potential.
These spearman are converted from a Rambo-esque machine gunner. Desert robes are added with PVA, tissue paper and paint.
The patterned shields are upholstery pins ordered online from China.
The hands are drilled to take a garden wire pin or shield and ridiculously long spears seemed to work best.
As well as white desert robes, I tried a black robed warrior as well. The modern water bottle becomes a mysterious bottle or dagger and sword hilt
Officer type figures with swords were made from different figures.
More conversions rolling off the painting table on the gaming hex boards in blogposts this week.
Desert spearmen on the heights – A glimpse of my current colonial game on my portable 192 hex game board.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 28 January 2018.