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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Apr 2020 5:13 p.m. PST


I have been painting 54mm Armies In Plastic brand Sudan campaign figures over the past couple of weeks. I really liked the way that the Camel Corps rider and camel turned out.

Click the link to my blog (Der Alte Fritz Journal) for more pictures.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2020 5:31 p.m. PST

Very nice!

dBerczerk10 Apr 2020 5:35 p.m. PST

The Armies in Plastic figures are great value for the money and paint up nicely.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2020 7:12 p.m. PST

Two thumbs up to you both.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Apr 2020 11:47 p.m. PST

Oops, here is the link to my blog page:


bobspruster11 Apr 2020 6:42 a.m. PST

Nicely done! Do you plan to mount the figs or do you think you can get by with the bases as is? (I have a 54mm project in the wings.)

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Apr 2020 8:46 a.m. PST

I think that the Camel and cavalry bases are large enough that they don't need bases.

The Dervish infantry will be mounted on 40mm round bases from Litko. This seems to be large enough to accommodate all of the variants in the plastic bases of each figure.

The British and Egyptian infantry will be mounted on 1-inch by 2-inch rectangular bases. I would rather have 1x2 with rounded corners but I can't find them on the Litko site. There is some company that sells dark brown MDF bases that you purchase in a Chinese takeout carton, but I can't recall the company's name. Can anyone help me find this company?


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2020 3:49 p.m. PST

Nicely done – looking good!

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2020 5:36 p.m. PST

Der Alte Fritz, beautiful!!!!

dBerczerk11 Apr 2020 6:06 p.m. PST

You can also trim down the various plastic bases of each AiP Dervish infantry figure to where they fit comfortably on your 40mm round bases. The plastic cuts quite easily with a sharp craft knife, but do be careful.

sausagesca13 Apr 2020 10:22 a.m. PST

How soft is the plastic? They look quite robust and might not bend too much….
Love your finish on the figures.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2020 7:18 a.m. PST

They are soft plastic, similar to the Airfix HO figures. They are designed so that there aren't many thin bendable bits hanging out away from the figure so I'm not too worried about the paint chipping off. I've replaced swords and spears with wire pieces and some of the Egyptian bayonets were trimmed off and replaced with wire ( all of the Egyptian poses save one have thick enough rifle ends to accommodate the drilling of a hole and inserting a piece of wire to make a new bayonet).

AICUSV19 Apr 2020 3:29 p.m. PST

I just painted my first group of AiP 54mm figures (in fact they are the first 54s I've painted in over 40 years). I was truly surprised at how easy they were and how well they turned out. The figures are for my Grandson (8 years old) who wanted toy soldiers like in his video game. The game is about a toy chest war, WWI Germans types fight Care Bears and Unicorns. He's always the soldiers.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2020 2:40 a.m. PST

Very nice work on a charming new/old school figure, Der Alte Fritz! I hope to see your "big" Sudan armies in action in future posts. Maybe it's the pale blue tunic but somehow he reminds me of my 54mm Britain's Ltd. "Deetail" French Foreign Legion mtd. officer on horseback from many, many decades ago. A happy memory, thanks for inspiring it!

AICUSV20 Apr 2020 9:13 p.m. PST

You truly did a great job on these figures. I've enjoyed painting the group for grandson so much I ordered a couple of boxes for myself today. I plan to do a Blue Army (WWI Germans) vs. a Red Army ( their British Colonials). They appear to be tough to work with a far as converting. Tried to drill a hole in the base of a figure, couldn't do it. Any idea what type of glue will work on this type plastic (I plan to change a couple heads and want to change an arm or two)?

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Apr 2020 12:03 a.m. PST

I just cut off heads with an Exacto knife and then drill a hole in both head and torso and stick a pin in the head to secure it to the torso. I use super glue and have had no problems with the glue. I use a regular pin vise to drill into the soft plastic like a hot knife thru butter.

AICUSV21 Apr 2020 2:36 p.m. PST

Thanks – the pin vice may work better than my power drill (it would do a thing).

sausagesca22 Apr 2020 12:39 p.m. PST

Thanks for the feedback, DAF.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Apr 2020 2:50 a.m. PST

Thank you all for your kind comments. Keep checking in on my blog as my output of painting is really gearing up.

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