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42mm and 54mm figures

Post by FreddBloggs » Sat May 11, 2019 5:00 pm

I am seeing people being attracted to these bigger figures (indeed an attraction myself) and I was wondering if others can explain what attracts them as well for me.

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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by Essex Boy » Sat May 11, 2019 5:33 pm

42mm for me rather than 54mm.

I'm rather taken by the heft of the figures. And to rarity, which takes me back to me Airfix days of making do. And because of the toy soldier style. And because, at the moment at least, the games are firmly planted in the 'just for fun' camp.

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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by tim.w » Sat May 11, 2019 8:33 pm

Lots of pros. 54's look fab as a wargame. Myself and Tim H have done many games over the years, check back through the photos of past Aytons. Some of my favourites have been ACW and WWII Far East were great and Tim H's AWI painted to collectors quality are just stunning.

42mm can be based as 28mm but have a lot more presence on the table when using small 6 and 12 man units for A Gentlemans War. I dont have many yet but will be adding to the few I have soon.

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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by Tim Hall » Sat May 11, 2019 11:21 pm

Fredd, I always loved toy soldiers as a boy, then moved on to wargames (25 and 28 mm) 'cos that's what all the cool kids were doing, toy soldiers became a lot naff and I was very pretentious about the whole thing. Then in 2004 I went to the London Toy Soldier show and fell in love with them all over again. Also, another big factor, my eyesight is not what it was and I find painting the smaller scales a lot harder. But in a nutshell, I am collecting, converting and painting the sorts of toy soldiers I had in my mind's eye as a kid, and now I have the experience, skills and budget to do them justice. Plus they look awesome when arrayed on a battlefield. And shiny toy soldiers, be they 42mm or 54mm are just a joy to play with and look at.
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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by grizzlymc » Sun May 12, 2019 1:29 am

Yes, for many of us it is a childhood thing. Not that I would abandon COTOTs

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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by FreddBloggs » Sun May 12, 2019 7:53 am

I remember timpo knights and cowboys as a kid and the odd Britains, but toy soldiers to me were airfix polythene ww2s in 54mm/1,32.

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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by Essex Boy » Sun May 12, 2019 9:20 am

FreddBloggs wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 7:53 am
I remember timpo knights and cowboys as a kid and the odd Britains, but toy soldiers to me were airfix polythene ww2s in 54mm/1,32.
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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by World2dave » Sun May 12, 2019 9:24 am

Same here, we had nary 2 farthings to rub together and a box of Airfix figures was an awesome birthday present. I do like the look of 42mms now, but it's more aesthetic appreciation (and, literally, a bit of the 'ooh shiny!' effect) than personal nostalgia for me.

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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by Jeremy » Sun May 12, 2019 9:36 am

In SA, Britons were only for the posh nobs (given exchange rate and shipping). 1/72nd and 1/76th Matchbox from when I was little ‘un

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Re: 42mm and 54mm figures

Post by FreddBloggs » Sun May 12, 2019 10:36 am

Essex Boy wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 9:20 am
FreddBloggs wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 7:53 am
I remember timpo knights and cowboys as a kid and the odd Britains, but toy soldiers to me were airfix polythene ww2s in 54mm/1,32.
Blimey! You must be the same generation as Purps and Jamie?

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