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Painting Plastic Soldiers

Updated on April 12, 2014

Plastic soldier painting can be a very therapeutic hobby. I first got the bug as a 10 year old in the early 70s when I purchased my first box of Airfix 1/32 scale figures they were German Infantry and I spent hours playing with them and eventually bought another box of British Paras to fight against them . Time past and the figures where boxed up and placed to the back of the loft and forgotten about.

When in my teens I discovered a book on model soldiers and spent hours admiring the fantastic figures which had been skillfully hand painted. Inspired by this I spent a full weeks paper round money on paints and brushes and set to work painting the plastic airfix figures discarded years before. The results were not fantastic but after hours of practise I managed to produce figures of a reasonable standard, years past and life took its toll on my hobby and it was again boxed away and placed in the loft

Fast forward 20 years now in my forties. My wife buys me for Xmas a retro gift of plastic soldier figures and a set of paints , I spent the rest of the holiday lovingly painting those German Infantry figures. When I finished the final figure I placed it in the display cabinet next to the various family heirlooms. At this point my wife realised the monster she had created and envisaged hundreds of figures gathering dust on every shelf in the house, she announced. "You can't leave those there you'll have to get rid of them." Disheartened toiled with how and where I could dispose of my treasures.

Browsing ebay I noticed that there were figures similar to mine I put them up for sale Buy it now £50 , within hours they had been snapped up, Could this be the beginings of a self funding hobby I asked myself. I painted more and yes they sold funding the next batch .

That was three years ago ,in that time I have painted over 1000 figures of various WW2 armies and each figure I paint is as enjoyable as the last.

Armies in plastic Figures

French Navy Boxer Rebellion
French Navy Boxer Rebellion | Source
British Highlander WW1
British Highlander WW1
Russian Infantry Boxer Rebellion 1900
Russian Infantry Boxer Rebellion 1900
British Artillery Zulu War
British Artillery Zulu War
Camel Corp Egypt and Sudan 1880
Camel Corp Egypt and Sudan 1880
Chinese Boxers 1900
Chinese Boxers 1900
Colonial Indian Army
Colonial Indian Army
British Cavalry WW1
British Cavalry WW1
British Cavalry  Zulu War
British Cavalry Zulu War
Highlanders Egypt and Sudan 1880
Highlanders Egypt and Sudan 1880

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    • alocsin profile image


      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's too bad your wife didn't understand how much time and effort it takes to paint these. I used to paint metal figures myself but at 1/72 scale or smaller. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      7 years ago from Arizona

      Wow, it takes a good eye and much patience but the final masterpiece is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Wow, you did a really great job on the painting - I guess all the practice you have helps. A correction - "Time past..." should be "Time passed..."

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 

      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Now this is bringing back the memories for me! First I love the photos AND the great job you did painting these. My dad was an airplane modeler so I was brought up around this hobby thing. I built a few airplanes too!In fact I may be one of few than really appreciate this. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ


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