Saturday, March 3, 2012

Green vs. Tan - Send in the Clones

On the home stretch now with the A-H Hussars.  Should have pictures in a week or so. In the meantime, here's some more miscellaneous stuff from the not too distant past.

These are mostly all cheap plastic army men straight off the discount and grocery store racks. You know the type, "Attack Force !" etc., 40-45mm clones of their superior 54mm brethren. I wonder how many kids actually play with them these days ?  As a lark, I tried out painting them like wargames figures. 

Green. Mixture of guys here, the tanks are LeClercs. One diecast, the other a paper model.



Tan.  The soldiers are a real mixed bag: some Airfix clones, an old Rambo set,  a Timmee style machine gunner who started life as a dayglo Walmart birthday cake decoration, and a couple of Green Berets gone rogue. I built the T-90 and BTR-80 from 1/48 Korean motorized kits. I believe these have been recycled through a few companies, now, Frog-Fuman, Bandai, now Kitech. The fit quality ranges from decent to abysmal depending upon the kit.




Where am I going with these ? Nowhere really. It was a fun exercise but when I get back to building squads for Combat Storm, it will be with the 1/35 - 54mm plastics. There's just more available. For me, part of the fun of playing with army men is the personality of the larger figures.  I've also picked up a few sample Brickarms weapons (intended for Lego minifigs) to convert US weapon-toting soldiers to bad guys. They're quite good, wasn't sure about the scale and consequently didn't get too many. But now that I have them in hand, for the larger 54mm figures I think they'll make for some nice conversions. 

5 comments:

  1. They painted up surprisingly well for rip offs of ripoffs. If you hadn't painted them so well they would have passed muster in a plastic window box in the 60's.

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  2. It's amazing what a difference you can make with a decent paint job, they realy stand out as something special.

    Regards, Brian

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  3. Ross & Brian,

    Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen !

    Regards,
    Steve

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  4. Wow, I'm impressed! I bought a couple of packets of these figures about a year or so ago. But thought they were so bad, even painting wouldn't help - some of them would almost qualify to be "flats". Now, how do i grab them back from y little boy? ;)

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  5. Thanks, Rob. You made me laugh there. You may have to buy a couple more bags for yourself, at least they're dirt cheap.

    Regards,
    Steve

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