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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2012 7:20 p.m. PST

I am in the process of resurrecting my old Plastic Wars(TM) web site's useful pages. One of the topics still applicable today, is my old painting guide. It is simple, extremely fast, and it produces passable results. Here is the link. Cheers!

BigNickR12 Oct 2012 10:18 p.m. PST

this is indeed useful info that I have passed along to several of my buddies who don't paint.

as an aside, what type of tanks are those… I used to love the things when i was a kid and I've always wondered their model/nationality

Grelber13 Oct 2012 7:46 a.m. PST

I assumed they were based on the US M-60 series tanks.

I used to have lots of infantrymen like that--the good guys got painted (really badly), the bad guys not so much. At least by this point, I wasn't using Testor's to paint them the most vivid, awful colors imaginable.



Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 8:18 a.m. PST

M-60 is what I've heard from others, too. The lure of gaming with Army Men is strong: they're insanely cheap, easy to get, easy to paint. I saw some new figures, around 30-35mm scale, which would pair up with those tanks really well (the tanks come with the 54mm figures, but they are a much smaller scale). I was tempted, but I have, literally, thousands of 54mm Army Men already, and my rules were designed for the 54mm figures.

The painting guide is the one thing that is really useful from my old site. It is so easy, and fast, to paint up these figures, and they look pretty good on the table, too. I know a lot of people, in years past, enjoyed my painting guide, so that is why I wanted to resurrect some of the old pages again. I am glad you found it useful.

I found some rub-on transfers for 54mm figures, as well, so it is possible to mark them with unit patches, as well as rank; eyes are available, but that is too tedious for me. Cheers!

martinjpayne13 Oct 2012 8:26 a.m. PST

Rounded front to the hull means they are based on M-48 Pattons, not M-60's.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 11:19 a.m. PST


They are M-48 series tanks, probably M-48A3. Same engine deck as teh M-60 but the boat like front hull is the give away that it is an M-48. The large mantlet and tall cupola are also features of the M-48 series.

The M-60 hull front is a straight line from side to side, the M-48 is curved, very distinctive differences. As the two series progressed they look more and more alike as they underwent improvements.

Mike "Bunkermeister" Creek

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Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2012 8:35 a.m. PST

Do you have any copies of "plastic wars' you'd like to sell?

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2012 8:51 a.m. PST

No, not currently. They are 8.5" x 5.5" booklets, around 96 pages. 10+ years ago, I was selling them for $15 USD/copy (rulebook + 2 pages of counters + 4 pages of quick reference cards). Today, that would barely cover the cost of production, as they were photocopies, bound by me, with a deep-throat stapler.

If you are serious, I can put together a new copy for you, but the price would be $20 USD [all monochrome: cardstock cover on the 96-page booklet, 2 pages of cardstock counters, 4 pages of cardstock quick reference cards (two copies)]. Let me know: plasticwars[-at-]gmail[-dot-]com. Cheers!

Lions Den Inactive Member06 Nov 2012 1:11 p.m. PST

Why not sell a PDF or post one for Free.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2012 8:34 a.m. PST

It would be a lot of work to convert it to PDF format, and I expect the sales volume would be quite small, as well as the profit. I really don't want to get back into the gaming business, as my niche was very small, with little return on my investments. By offering it for free, I would insult anyone who paid for them, years ago.

There are many sets of free army men rules available already. Try searching the Internet for them. Cheers!

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