Spl-Attack, Spl-Attaque and Spl-Attergy Games – Close Little Paint Wars? Rules 1.0

A quickly converted chess board and some Wilko Heroes pound store ‘paintzooka’ soldiers

Sometimes you struggle to find a use for all those ‘useless’ toy soldier poses you get too many of.

Bazooka man. Mine detector man. Flamethrower man. You know the ones. The ones you can’t usually properly use, as nobody can use too many of these heavy weapons poses. The ones they sometimes seem to manage to cram too many of into the average pound store bag or playset of toy soldier figures. Not mentioning lying down man, clubbing with rifle man etc.

I have been exploring over the last year or two some non-lethal games, non-fighting or non-lethal strategy games where no one gets hurt or ever dies. These range from Scouting Wide Games, snowball fights rules and Home Guard training games. Such games would be good for public participation or library gaming without the militaristic connotations that put some parents off toy soldier games or wargames.

I have noticed an interesting cross over between wargames, board games, and video games. YouTube has a series of lectures by the now retired American academic and board game collector George Phillies on board wargames design for video game design students.

There is an interesting crossover into other pop culture aspects, where a video game becomes a film (Tomb Raider, Assassins Creed, Angry Birds movies).

Sometimes a video game becomes a physical toy and game (Angry Birds again), books, a collectible card game or short lived plastic figure range (Fortnite etc). which prove useful for sci-fi figure gaming minis (see The Works store in the U.K.).

I thought about turning this video game into another form whilst playing on the family games console the Nintendo ‘paint warfare’ classic Splatoon. (This is almost as much fun as Nintendo Mario mini game Splatarazzi but that’s another story …)

Splatoon is a very successful video game that has now spawned a series of games, Splatoon 2 etc. It can be played solo or as a four game multiplayer game.

Nintendo Splatoon 1 trailer

https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Wii-U/Splatoon-892510.html

Nintendo Splatoon 2 YouTube trailer

https://youtu.be/_brdPvSQ3gE

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The object of the game Splatoon is to cover as much of the area with your paint colour. You can hit opponents to slow them down. You can hit enemy players to knock them out of the game temporarily, once they have lost all their health and life points, sending them back to their spawn point or baseline.

Different weapons have more paint coverage.

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Movement and Firing

So for our figure poses the following suggestions (rules draft 1.0):

A (flamethrower) paint-thrower squirts 2 whole squares straight ahead or diagonally.

A mortar fires a paint bomb 3 or more squares away.

The mine detector paint roller covers just the one square that it moves into.

The paint-zooka fires at a single square two squares ahead.

Additional figure: A grenade Man could be throwing paint bombs into the face of the critics and paying gallery public, oh no, sorry, that’s modern art and art history.

Ammo refill as many times as you like. There are only 64 double sided squares to put on the same number of squares on your chessboard.

Figures move one square at a time and can fire on that turn. Fire can be forwards, backwards, diagonal, straight.

Exception: climbing hill or obstacle, you only move that turn – no firing.

Like chess, each side moves one figure each turn. IGOYUGO.

Splatoon the video game is a fast moving shooter / shootemup (paintemup?) with time limits. Solo or several players, setting a short Wellsian time limit to move one figure (or more if you decide) per turn should capture this feel.

A square that has previously been painted can be easily repainted by the opposition. Just turn over the square to the opposite colour.

A time limit or turn limit can be used to see who finally covers most squares in their paint colour in the time – victory!

Too many on each side in this tryout?

What you need

A chess board, hex board or other gridded surface.

Some cheap useless poses of Pound Store Plastic Soldier figures

As many two colour reversible squares as you have in the game board. 64 for a chess board.

I made these squares by paper glueing two different colours together then drawing with pencil a grid of my chess board sized squares on one side of the paper only. When cutting these out, you can add several more two colour sided sheets of paper, if you are careful, speeding up the task.

Add some obstacles – this hill is made of a fence post cap with square grid of paper glued in to match the chessboard. Add a tree. Add a wall. The original Splatoon game is 3D urban industrial skate park territory.

Wilko Heroes (OOP) paintzooka guys … too many men?

Poundland 32mm paintzooka guys … one just climbed the hill, no firing allowed that turn.

To establish some more complexity, a wider range of poses and weapons of other Pound Store figures could be used.

TimMee type 54mm standard pound store infantry types: paint-thrower, paint-zooka …

You may have come across non-lethal paint balling. This is another possibility of hits on players, recorded in various ways such as plastic rings or washers over their weapon / head etc. In Splatoon the enemy or opposing side can be hit by paint and have to respawn on their baseline, wasting their painting time.

Paint Hits on Players

Paintzooka hit on nominated enemy target – Roll 5 or 6 to hit target / figure

Mortar paintbomb – roll 6 to hit at 2 to 3 places at nominated target / figure

Paint-thrower – roll 6 to hit at 2 squares distance at nominated target / figure

Paint roller – no offensive capability? (Mine detector figure)

Once several hits (2 or 3) have been received, the figure goes back to baseline and starts again.

Featherstone savings throws (d6 roll of 5,6 ‘not wounded’) can be added as you require for complexity.

Add in modifiers for being behind cover as you wish.

So there you are – Spl-Attaque, Spl-Attack, Spl-Attergy. Call it what you will. Some quick play draft game rules to play around with over the next couple of months to make a Featherstone simple game, he having frequently used the phrase that wargames are like a game of “chess with a thousand pieces” (and others would no doubt add, as many variations of the rules as there are players). Enjoy rules tinkering!

Blog posted by Mark Man of (paint) TIN, 29 – 30 June 2020. All riches from playing this game should be credited and copyrighted to Mark Man of TIN.

Why the name Splatoon anyway? “S-Platoon – The first casualty of Paint Wars is the Furniture …”?

References screenshots to Splatoon by Nintendo are not ‘unintendo’ to infringe their copyright or IP, purely for reference. Why not buy the original videogame?

Pound Store Undefended? Pound Store Plastic Warriors further defence cuts 2018 2019

 

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70? 80? My First “Shelfie” – Poundland,  Blog Reconnaissance photo,  February 2018

Further Defence Cuts Threatened – Official – the pound now buys fewer and fewer troops.

October 2017 – a UK pound (old or new) bought 100 soldiers of the Battle Squadron and its Epic Battles.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/off-to-poundland-on-a-mission/

January 2018 – a UK pound bought only 80 soldiers.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/20-less-pound-store-plastic-warriors-for-your-pound/

Mid February 2018 – the same UK pound bought you only 70 troops.

The Epic Battles are now slightly smaller. Watch this space for Further Defence Cuts. (February 2018) 

Poundland Defence Forces Update late 2018 

Mid to late 2018 – The Epic Battles tubs of 100, sorry 80, sorry 70 figures are now none!  Now is the time to invade Poundland … other than a few jointed 6 inch action figures, which don’t really count.

Pound Land is now defenceless. They have no troops left.

Do not be alarmed – these penny dreadful figures can be found in various packs online if you search.

The only Pound Store figures in Pound Land (UK) were these chunky blind bag / box Awesome Little Green Men – I bought three £1 boxes ‘on spec’ (December 2018) to see what these were. Going going gone January 2019 … now series 1 is ‘unavailable’ these collectibles are worth £5 to £6.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/01/05/awesome-little-green-men-1-boxes/

https://awesomelittlegreenmen.mgae.com

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What each £1 box might contain … the expensive future of collectible toy soldiers?

 Awesome Little Green Men Series 2 features the inevitable Zombies … but only available in the USA.

The moral of this story about Pound Store Plastic Warriors: Buy ’em when you see ’em! They may not be there next time.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/where-on-earth-do-i-find-this-stuff/

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, drafted 19 February 2018, posted January 2019. 

Where on earth do I find this stuff?

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Pound Store green and tan army men with more colourful traditional toy soldier paint style 

Or “Where did you get that tat, where did you get that style?”

Regular reader CT asked in the comments section, after reading my link to the DeathZap! Blog post: “Where on earth do you find this stuff? Please answer in your blog” 

Answer 1: Portal sites

Where I find interesting new sites featuring Pound Store Plastic figures and budget wargaming ideas partly comes down to spending far far far too much time searching the web for similar and inspiring blogposts, starting out at great portal sites and bloggers such as Bob Cordery at Wargaming Miscellany and Ross MacFarlane at Battle Game of The Month.

http://wargamingmiscellany.blogspot.com

https://gameofmonth.blogspot.com

Everyone has their own regular or portal sites. From there, I push on exploring other people’s blog rolls and favourite websites. Some blog sites used to have a random button at top for ‘next blog along’, which turned up interesting new blogs and bloggers.

I don’t  regularly buy any gaming or Toy Soldier magazines,  although if I do find them in larger branches of newsagents, I usually quickly scan through the contents pages to see if it is worth buying that month.  More money for figures and hobby materials!

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There is a quirky and interesting little book by Iain Dickie, former editor of Miniature Wargames, which is now out of print but widely and cheaply available online secondhand, called Wargaming on a Budget. Well worth tracking down.

Answer 2: the simple joy of cheap plastic tat from Pound stores

Sometimes bloggers who are into similar scales or sources of figures find me; for example, the Wargaming Pastor behind the Death Zap! Website contacted or followed me. Checking out his website I noticed the same Poundland penny dreadful figures that I have been busy this year converting into various different gaming figures. So I put a link to his site, emails followed …

 

 

 

Sadly my local Poundland shop no longer stocks these handy tubs of figures for a penny each. They are available bagged on various online sources, slightly more expensively. I stocked up on a few tubs as the numbers of figures began to drop from 100 to 80 to 70 figures per £1 tub in Poundland stores.

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That seems to be the rule of thumb  for cheap pound store, toy shop  and seaside plastic figures. They often aren’t around for long, maybe just for one season, so best stock up on lots when you see them! At such cheap prices compared to metal gaming figures, it is daft not to stock up. You never know when they might come in handy. You might not see them again ever or at least for a long while.

Playsets give you a range of figures and accessories with the slight charming complication  that they often do not match in scale.

Car boots, jumble sales, charity shops, online auction site job lots, supermarket or online “party bag” or “party favours” sections, cake decoration sites, all have been a source of cheaper plastic figures.

Answer 3 – Serendipity and geography of Tat

Different parts of the country seem to have different figures in stock, different countries have different pound, euro or dollar store figures.

Plastic Tat Envy? What isn’t easily or cheaply attainable in your own part of the world always looks more interesting, but often the shipping or postage is off putting on a budget.

How cool the Tim Mee Galaxy laser team space figures look, but they are currently not easily available in the UK, likewise some other cheap American historical figures.

You make do with what is available – that is half the challenge!

Doug Shand’s pirated Airfix Australian clones are not available in the UK but he makes great conversion use of them.

http://dougssoldiers.blogspot.com/2012/08/dollar-store-thirty-years-war.html

http://dougssoldiers.blogspot.com/2013/05/plasticene-dreams.html

Conversion by paint, scalpel, flame and glue along with a bit of imagination is usually required to make the most of the cheap degraded pirated figures that turn up.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/pound-store-plastic-warrior-conversions-and-comparisons/

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A few simple paint conversions of Pound Store 30/32mm figures …

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/02/03/pound-store-colonial-skirmish-part-1/

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What I liked about the recently passed Thor Shiel’s websites was his lack of snobbery about using whatever branded and unbranded plastic figures you had available wherever you are.

http://www.thortrains.net/armymen/armymen1.htm

So that is where I get some of my stuff … I’m not sure if this answered CT’s question ?

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on 5th December 2018.

On my other blog, Man of TIN, I am counting down to Christmas with my Advent Calendar of mini blog posts and pictures, clearing through the backlog of unposted blog post drafts of 2018.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com

 

 

 

More Fun for Less – Party Favor Plastic Cowboys and Indians

A good toy slogan to have “More Fun for Less.” These funexpress.com Made In China Cowboys and Indians have a couple of interesting poses, some of which echo the familiar Airfix and Britain’s Deetail Cowboys and Indians.

They were ordered online from a UK “party favors” shop, an interesting but sometimes expensive place to find plastic figures.

They are marked MARIES 0415 funexpress.com on the base. They were £3.60 including postage, so 36p each.

The plastic figures are slightly larger than the usual 54mm figures but close enough, the last picture gives a size comparison with similar Britain’s 54mm lead hollowcast figures.

Two of the plastic figures alongside a Britain’s hollowcast lead cowboy and repaired Indian.

I look forward at some point to painting these in Gloss toy soldier style.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 20 July 2018.

Pound Store Snow Troops

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36mm  Pound Store Plastic Warriors in the snow and ice today.

Inspired by the Tradgardmastre of the Duchy of Tradgardland

http://tradgardland.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/winter-in-medieval-tradgardland.html

More on snow and ski Troops on my other blog:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/snow-and-ski-troops/

Blogposted by Mark, Snow-Man of TIN, 2 March 2018.

 

Pound Store Colonial Skirmish part 1

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?

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/pound-store-plastic-carry-on-up-the-khyber-colonial-highlanders/

Opening Moves

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:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/02/25/pound-store-skirmish-part-2/

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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

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.

Pound Store Plastic Warrior Conversions and Comparisons

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.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/pound-store-plastic-colonial-infantry-on-the-painting-table/

Next to come – little green men!

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

20% less Pound Store Plastic Warriors for your Pound

Now only 80 figures per £1 tub where once there were 100 …

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/20-less-pound-store-plastic-warriors-for-your-pound/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on my occasional Sidetracked blog on the themes of my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 26 January 2018

Work In Progress from Pound Store Plastic Rambos to Spear Warriors

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From Rambo machine gunner to colonial or ancient spear warrior …

These are some of my WIP  Work-In-Progress on the painting table.

One of the more awkward of the 12 figure poses  for conversion from the Poundland tub of £1 for 100 36mm plastic figures is this Rambo style bare-chested machine gunner figure, a figure beloved in different scales of many pound store toy soldier makers.

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Work so far

Out with the scalpel and off with the machine gun barrel and magazine. The cartridge belt get some incorporated into or covered by the tissue paper robes later on.

Next hot glue gun the plastic figure to a penny base. Post 1992 in the U.K., these pennies are magnetic cupro-nickel, useful for later storage and transport. The figure’s original plastic base overhangs the penny so I have trimmed it back with snips and scalpel as far as possible.

Out with the mini hand drill and finest drill bit (bought from Prince August) to drill the right hand to take a wire spear made from stiff uncoated garden wire.

Drill a hole through the left hand to take a pin shield. The shields used are patterned upholstery pins ordered online, which took weeks to come free post delivery from China. Standard drawing pins would suffice. The long pin tail can be cropped with metal snips later on.

A small strip of tissue paper attached round the legs with white PVA glue ( a small dob of this in a plastic milk bottle top palette)  makes a suitable robe effect,  and scrap of tissue to helmet and back of head. This needs time to dry overnight.

The spearman are not based on any particular troop type. The hefty pike of a spear seems ridiculously long for now but looked odd cut shorter. It can be transformed into a flagstaff or standard. It can be trimmed down later as needed. I may add with hot glue gun a wire or Fimo scabbard for a sword or not. A wire sword can be fashioned by trimming down the spear, if I change my mind.

This PVA and tissue paper robes were done using the same approach to the completed Pound Store desert warriors and kilted colonials (see link below). They easily cover up the modern trousers and any obvious modern military kit.

Undercoat with white acrylic before the painting proper begins.

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That is as far as I have got for now … as I said, it’s all WIP / Work in Progress.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/pound-store-plastic-colonial-infantry-on-the-painting-table/

They currently share the WIP painting table with the generic Boer / Confederate / Mexican / Cowboy / Bandits and the Kilted Colonials from Carry On up the Khyber, both of which are almost finished.

All good inexpensive fun conversions starting with a penny plastic figure.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN for my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 12 December 2017.