Friday, May 31, 2013

Plasticine Dreams

Here are some more of those cheap made in China toys I've been messing with. These guys are French style troops with plasticine hats, coats and packs, and toothpick guns and bayonettes.
The command grouping. An officer, a flag bearer, a pioneer and a drummer.

On their way to 48 ranks each some day.

These are an odd pose that I'd thought I'd use. They are the "Follow Me!" WW2 US G.I. officer waving his hand and a pistol. Plasticine tricornes and a toothpick gun and now they are marching enthusiastically. At least I hope so....

Some Pom-pom trees, just a nail, a poker chip and one of these fluffy pom-poms you see at the craft stores.

The start of something new. French style hussars from plastic cowboys and indians I bought from a guy in Thailand. I removed the head and an arm and replaced with 20 gauge florist wire from Michaels. Then I built up the arms with a thick contact cement, and added plasticine for detail. The horses are Giant knock offs, but these are thicker with sturdy legs.

A French General

A shame this picture didn't turn out. I'll replace it eventually. Again, this is a chopped up cowboy figure.

A French Hussar General from the Funcken Lace Wars book, and an ADC.

I rather like these guys.

Arquebusiers de Grassin from the Funcken book. Riding two to a horse. On a sad note, I read online that Mr. Funcken recently passed away. He was a real talent and very influential to many wargamers. In point of fact, I recently purchased 2 seasons of "Callan, and one of Mr. Funcken's book was used by a character as a reference.

A full regiment of Imagi-nation Dragoons. These are all the Thai cowboy figures with plasticine additions, including the trumpet and flag.

The full regiment. Silly pose perhaps, but these guys are loaded for bear! Pistols and carbines and no reins!

Here's a look at those Thailand imports. Very affordable and with new poses I've never seen before. The plastic is nice and soft, carves easily, is easily drilled, takes glue and acrylic paint. I've more on the go. I'll post again soon.


  1. Very pleasant results: compliments for your creativity!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments, as always.

  2. Do you have a link or an eBay ID for the chap you got them from? They are new poses...seem to be based on some European Bubble-gum premium Tarzan - African native figures from the 1960's!

    Wonders never cease!

    1. I found these on an ebay search. I was looking for plastic Romans from Thailand. (I had purchased quite a number of the Romans in sets with barbarians - about 100 all told per box - for $10 each.) Anyway he dropped from sight and I stumbled on these and bought around 500 men and horses. I finally got 'round to doing something with them. My original idea was to make battery horses for all my guns, 4 horse and 2 riders each, but these chaps are really hand for other purposes.

  3. These look great considering what the original figure looked like, really well done.

    1. Thank you. But the large numbers of the Charles Grant style units do take some time...

  4. Not bad at all, Doug. I particularly like the Cowboys -> Dragoons. These are 20mm or some other scale ?


  5. Hello Doug! I really like your units of brightly colored soldiers, and the conversion work that you are doing with all of those plastic cowboys and indians is really interesting. Thank you for adding my blog (the Grand Duchy of Stollen) to your list of followed sites by the way. I've done the same for yours.

    Best Regards,


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  8. Excellent and creative conversions. I'm amazed to see that these are 20mm figures; I thought they were more BMC sized, looking at the pictures.

  9. Thank you again, Ion. I actually did many of these while watching "On The Buses", I bought a dvd collection on Amazon.