Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Inside the boxes of Green Army Men

I finally managed to open the two boxes of Green Army Men that I bought in Hawkin's Bazaar ... and this was what was inside:


The boxes contained:
  • 5 Officers with binoculars
  • 6 Officers/NCOs with Walkie-Talkies
  • 3 Officers/NCOs with submachine guns
  • 4 Heavy Machine Guns and Gunners
  • 7 Anti-tank Gunners with shoulder-held anti-tank weapons
  • 7 Engineers with flamethrowers
  • 8 Infantrymen throwing grenades (they might also be suitable for conversion to Mortar crewmen or Artillerymen)
  • 2 Infantrymen, kneeling, firing
  • 5 Infantrymen,standing, firing
  • 7 Infantrymen, lunging downwards
  • 7 Infantrymen, advancing
  • 3 Infantrymen, crawling
I am not quite sure what this force would equate to in LITTLE COLD WARS terms, but I would have thought that it was probably about equivalent to a battalion.

I am going to be quite busy over the next couple of weeks, but I hope to begin painting these figures at the end of June so that they will be ready by the middle of July.

16 comments:

  1. A NATO-style battalion runs to about 40 figures. The WARPACT equivalent about 30. There are a couple of sample orbats in the 'Files' section of the Little Cold Wars Yahoo group.

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  2. I gave a bundle of these sort of figures, unpainted and suitably sterilised to a friend of my wifes son who is not allowed 'proper' toys, only educational ones. I hope he gets to play with them from time to time.

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  3. Nice looking figures. I need to read up more on Little Cold Wars.

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  4. Hi Bob
    Gosh - these remind me very much of the style of figures that used to come as free gifts in cereal packets in the 1960's - do you remember shaking the box around to get whatever gift was in it out before anyone else? I wonder why they stopped doing that - perhaps it created too many wargamers! I think that Cornflakes and weetabix were the main ones - but my memory isn't great. I do remember a series that resembled and were to the same style and scale as the original series 1 British army figures - hopelessly crude - but free!! kind regards Ken

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  5. These look just like the "Matchbox" US Army figures that I still have somewhere. How big are they? The Matchbox figures are the classic AIRFIX "HO/OO" size, i.e notional 20 mm

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  6. Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear! When I saw your earlier post about these men I was immediately tempted. Now I have seen how nice they look in your latest pic. I know I will not be able resist buying some. The wargaming butterfly within me is getting the upper hand again. Even though I had no intention to do any modern games and certainly not at ths scale!

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  7. Matchbox did their WW2 figures in 1/32 as well. There are a lot of Chinese copies of them and of Airfix. Some are very good copies whilst others are crude but it looks like these are good ones.

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  8. Green Army Men, always a classic. Love the figures and the post! Good one!

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  9. Tim Gow,

    That is very helpful. I suspect that my Trigon Aggressor troops will be organised along WARPAC lines.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Jim Duncan,

    Good for you! Toy Soldiers are educational ... and children should not be stopped from using them.

    All he best,

    Bob

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  11. Sean,

    Little Cold Wars seems to be closer - in terms of figures and equipment -
    to the sort of wargames I played when I was young, and I think that you will enjoy reading about them.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  12. Ken H,

    The good old cereal packet plastic toy soldiers! I loved the anticipation of what you might get ... and nine times out of ten it was something I never found a use for.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  13. Ian Dury,

    They are very similar to the Airfix US Marine set, but in 54mm-scale.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  14. Alan Charlesworth,

    I must admit that I found the prospect of a Little Cold Wars project irresistable, especially when I saw these figures. I therefore sympathise with your predicament.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  15. James O'Connell,

    These are good quality 'Chinese copies' and are made from a fairly rigid plastic. With luck this should make them retain their paint.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  16. Jiaqi Lim,

    These are very nice figures ... and I look forward to using them.

    All the best,

    Bob

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