In response to inquiries about the Prince August "Brave Tin Soldier" mold, hopefully today's post will provide some insight about this figure. I've also been curious about how it might work out with a 40mm project. When I asked Prince August about it, Michael said it was "around 40mm" but cautioned me that it was a representation of a toy soldier, not a real soldier.
I think he passes muster pretty well as an adequate miniature. The scale is going to be where people have a problem with him.
|"Son, you'd better shape up if you hope to graduate from this academy."|
Here he is posed next to a Zinnbrigade officer. Yes, on the smallish side - 35mm from the bottom of the shoes to the eyes. Rather on the cusp of being useful for a 40mm project but not quite. Too bad because he casts nicely, a simple figure with a deep drop so they're all good after the first cold cast.
Not so good with the ballerina, the base generally doesn't cast completely, although I think this could easily be solved by cutting a bigger channel for the metal flow. Unlike the soldier, she's a definite semi-flat, as I wish the soldier had been as well. Likely she's of no value to you warlike guys, not much use to me either although sooner or later I'll paint a few for our granddaughters.
A couple more shots showing the appealing simplicity of the figure. As cast, he does list slightly to the left, something a little bending or filing of the base can take care of.
Says Trumpton! to me. :-)ReplyDelete
Nice to see this figure 'in the flesh' been interested in it for a while.ReplyDelete
It is a very nice figure with a great paint job. I'd love to see it in 54mm.ReplyDelete
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Glad the post was of use to you fellows, and thanks for the kind words about the painting.ReplyDelete
Who's Trumpton, Simon ? I gather you're referring to the caption in the comparison shot with you as the victim braced at attention, but the reference is lost on me.
Trumpton was a animated BBC TV series for children and at times featured a military academy whose uniforms were very similar to your figureDelete
Ahh. Thanks, Mosstrooper.ReplyDelete
Thank you for posting pictures of the "Brave tin soldier". I have always wondered about this mold. After seeing your figures painted, I think it would be well worth having.ReplyDelete
Good that the post was of some value to you, John. Too bad about "not quite 40mm scale", but it's a good and simple figure.ReplyDelete