Sunday, 15 February 2015

54 mm Pulp

Just a quick one.    Firstly, a big Welcome Aboard to James, of the The Dancing Cake Tin.   Thank you  for the very kind comments regarding my Blog.

Secondly, I inquired on that most esteemed of Forums - Littlewars, on the subject of 54mm Pulp.   A genre very well supported by the manufacturers of 28mm figures but not so much in this, the one True Scale!   The general consensus I gathered from the responses was that obviously Demand and Supply play a big factor in helping manufacturers decide what subjects to produce, but there was indeed a number of figures that could be converted with little or no effort.   The Marx Daktari and Gangster sets, Accoutrements Angry Mob set, AiPs Boers, cowboys etc.
Notwithstanding the above I thought I would have a go at converting a few figures myself.

From left to right they are as follows:
Tough with Baseball Bat -  Airfix Multi Pose with puttied trousers and cap.

Charbens Arab with DSG replacement sword

Dr H.W.Jones - Multipose with scratchbuilt Fedora.   Whip is from stretched sprue.   A fortunate accident...whilst stretching the sprue over the gas flame it slipped from my grasp and assumed a really good "whip"shape!   His belts were cut from thick foil from an aluminium roasting tray.   The buckles were cut from square mesh and superglued on.

Bad Guy - Knock off Chinese Red Indian torso, Dorset Soldiers Sikh head and lower body my own sculpt.   DSG scimitar.

Charbens Arab - as above and lastly,

Female Adventurer - Pirate from Pirate vs Skeltons playset with puttied additions.

Obviously a lot more work to be done, especially on the eyes.   Still trying to get rid of that "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"look.
Updates as the project progresses.


  1. The thing about eyes is that you really don't see any white above or below the iris. So paint the eyes first-the whole socket area should be white. The paint the iris as a vertical stripe down the middle. Then fill in the eyelids horizontally, leaving a patch of white on either side of the iris..

    1. Thanks Stu. I've taken that onboard. I did try to reduce the eye size on my second (or was it my third) attempt, but I still need to work on them!