The large amount of casting metal I have at the moment ( care of 'B' ) has set me thinking of revamping my 54mm Toy Soldier collection . The above box bought cheaply at a car boot sale set me off on the 'home casting' hobby and I've got about 60 + figures cast up and painted .
The original concept was to play with them outside in the garden - as H.G. Wells did, but the combination of the British weather , a new dog and the fear that the neighbours would think me even weirder than they do at present - the project stalled .
I did try a couple of games indoors on my wargaming table but the lack of suitable scenery was a problem .
The figures themselves are I think some of the older Prince August multi part moulds which are the very devil to cast and fit together - needing large amounts of 'Green Stuff' and super glue to construct them .
Then there was the problem of an enemy . The moulds make up a British soldier with a selection of heads ( peaked cap , bearskin etc. ) , so what to do about an opponent for this vaguely Edwardian army ? . Luckily Irregular Miniatures came to the rescue , as they do various separate heads for their 54mm range of figures , so I purchased some heads with 'Picklehaubes' and started forming a German army .
There still remains the problem of suitable terrain , it occurred to me that seeing I was using 'Toy Soldier' type figures I should use stylised 'Toy Soldier' scenery - with a 'Toy Town' feel about it . So I've started making up some , now I hate making scenery ( only slightly worse than painting limbers and teams ) so this will be a testing time but I hope to be able to show some of the results soon .