The Plastic Soldier Company

I was rummaging through my photos from Derby and realised that I had a couple of rather nice shots I hadn’t shared yet. They’re the Plastic Soldier Company stand, showing some of their rapidly growing range of 15mm and 1/72nd and 28mm models. The reason this is at all relevant is that I’ve got a pile of their models to review, and I’ll be doing that over the next week or so. This is a sort of introduction, in case you’re not familiar with their range.

They are producing new kits at a prodigious rate, and seem to have a great nack for getting everything you need on a single sprue, balancing the detail of the kit with the practicality of a wargaming model. I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen so far, and without wanting to jump the gun on any later comments, I think they look to be coming out on top for 15mm models, certianly. And they’re cheaper than the competition too, which is never a bad thing.

Some German infantry here. I particularly like the medic.

And a mixed bag of armour. I’ve left these images pretty big so you can see the detail. You can see their latest models (the unpainted 251s) at the front.

 

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12 Responses to The Plastic Soldier Company

  1. Keith says:

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on these as I’ve been looking at them as cheaper alternatives to the flames of war models which are just so expensive.

    • Quirkworthy says:

      If I can beg or borrow some of their competitor’s models then I’ll do some direct comparisons too, as I think they’d be interesting. Unfortunately I can’t afford to buy everything that comes out, so that’ll have to be a bit of wheeling and dealing ;P

  2. They are really nice and compared to Forge in Battle they are way better (FiB really has problems with vehicle proportions) and also quite cheap.

    If I have to complain about something it will be on a high level and only two things:
    > Still have to build their portfolio (BF and others have way more stuff to choose from)
    > It takes me a little bit more to clean up than a BF resin tank.

    • Quirkworthy says:

      You’re right that they have fewer things out so far, but they are churning them out at a rare old speed, so I think they’re getting there. BF are an older company by quite a few years so the relative portfolio size is only to be expected. Having said that, TPSC are quite responsive to their fans and have changed the sequence of releases to fit what their customers have asked for, which is a good sign. I expect what would work best is using TPSC for the bulk and when you feel the need to model something that was fielded by a single unit of French SS for one thursday afternoon in October ’44 then you can go to BF ;P

      Gamers do love their rarities 🙂

      I’ll comment on the clean up when I’ve had a chance to build some of them. In general though, I’d rather be modelling in plastic than resin as it’s much easier to work with, more convertible and plastic glue sticks things in a permanent way that superglue just doesn’t.

      • Hm, sure superglue does not melt it, but GF9 is quite a potent superglue that I love to work with. BTW the bast plasticglue I can recommend is: “UHU plast special”, comes even with a metal needle-nozzle tha can easily be cleaned with a lighter in cas it should clog up.

      • Quirkworthy says:

        I’ve not tried GF9 superglue, though I have tried half a dozen brands, including various expensive ones, runny ones, thick ones, etc. I just don’t like them. These days I only use superglue if I want a temporary bond. A friend of mine recently told me it was the perfect thing to stick the slightly bendy plastic of the DUST models together with, so I may try that. That’s about its last gasp for me though. I hate sticking things back together after they’ve been painted, and that happens all the time with superglue; never with 2 part epoxy; very rarely with plastic cement.

        I’ve been using Humbrol liquid plastic glue for years, but the pots do last for ages. I’ll have a look at the UHU when I come to get a replacement.

      • Sam Dale says:

        Dude, if superglue isn’t doing it, pinning + superglue does it almost every time for me. If you’re familiar with Lich Lord Terminus (the big Cryx caster with the wings), he’s a bit of a nightmare to stick together because of the wings. There’s not a very large contact area between the wings and the body, and those are big wings. I put two pins in each join, and he’s been rock solid ever since.

        (I’m not keen on the drying time on the 2-part epoxy, which is why I stopped using it.)

      • Quirkworthy says:

        Yeah, pinning is a good idea for those small joints, especially when the material is heavy. I would rather it dried faster too, but then I’d rather it took its time to make a bond that won’t break rather than falling apart at the slightest excuse. I have never had a bond break that was glued with Araldite 2-part epoxy (in anything, never mind models), and I’ve used it for about 35 years. It will generally hold bonds without pinning too (and drilling into non-lead metal is a pain).

  3. Sam Dale says:

    Ooo? Cheap 251s? I’ll be having some of those.

    Just those, some Panthers and maybe some aircraft, and I’ve got everything on the WWII 15mm shopping list.

    (And maybe some Lahti AT rifles…)

  4. Hola las fotografias estan muy buenas, solo le queria pedir un favor, me gustaria hacer algunas comparaciones:

    Tanque de 15mm contra una figura de 28mm
    Tanque de 1/72 contra una figura de 28mm
    Tanque de 15mm contra una figura de 15mm

    Estoy creando un wargame y me gustaria ver estas comparaciones para darme una idea antes de comprar las figuras, pues tengo pensado comprar infanteria de Bolt action 28mm con vehiculos de 15mm de plastic soldier company o bien 1/72.

    Por favor le agradeceria.

    • Quirkworthy says:

      I don’t have all the models to hand to take those pictures for you, I’m afraid. However, I’ve done these comparisons myself in the past and would recommend sticking to the same scale for infantry and vehicles. If you’re familiar with photographs of real armies and battles, mixing scales looks wrong.

      No tengo todos los modelos a mano para tomar esas fotos para usted, me temo. Sin embargo, he hecho estas comparaciones a mí mismo en el pasado y lo recomendaría pegue a la misma escala para infantería y vehículos. Si está familiarizado con las fotografías de los ejércitos y batallas reales, mezclando escalas se ve mal.

      (via Google translate)

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