So we left our hero wading through his booty from the Final Shelf of Discovery in his nice and tidy garage. He had reached the final box, the box which he hoped would hold all the treasures he thought.
|Goodies a plenty|
|I would certainly hope I could make a better job of painting this up now a days|
|Airfix poly tanks on the right, not sure what make the kit on the left is|
|More Airfix poly goodness with a mix of other bits and pieces. The cannons we used to fire matchsticks from and that was our to hits rather than rolling dice|
|Technically labelled a ferry but it always doubled up as a beach assault craft in our childhood games|
|Beer mat basing from the days before laser cut mdf. Mostly Citadel from the early/mid 80s|
A real mix of fantasy figures including Citadels first generation of Lord of The Rings figures (Gandalf riding Shadowfax, Ithilian Rangers and wood elves), Lone Wolf fighting fantasy novel figures and assorted warriors and such.
I spy with my little eye boxes of figures and other goodies. Packed really well as you can see, but looking complete the Airfix Coastal Defence set along with some spare bits (from somewhere) and I think the landing craft is from a Matchbox set, Beach Assault maybe.
|Already hording figures at that early stage, still on sprue Germans are a beautiful sight|
|Airfix and Matchbox mix of US Infantry, there might even be some marines in there|
|Plastic Allsorts. Think these might have come from a friend many many years ago. I can spot Airfix NATO ground crew for sure and some gloss enamelled German infantry, plus various others|
The final box of our odyssey, is this the one that would this hold the fabled motherload of figures? Well judging by the scrawl in the corner (in my Mum's writing I think), YES!
|Ooooo what mystery posters are these????|
|Well that helps date all this a little more|
|Barely a single day of peace since the end of WWII, and that was back in the mid eighties, hasn't improved much since either!|
|Gnasher badge complete with googlie eyes|
Well this really is a blast from the past, my Beano - Dennis The Menace Fan Club membership card and badges (and my elder sisters as well I think), wonder if they are still valid?
|Here we go, just look at that wonderful box art Matchbox had|
|My dad used to save old tobacco tins for me and my sister and fill them with coppers (1p & 2p coins) when he used to be away for weeks and months with work. They certainly came in handy for me after the cash was spent|
|Didn't think I had so many plastic Napoleonics|
Shame they aren't the RHA sets
|No recollection of ever even having WWII French|
|A snapshot of my childhood|
So there we go, my figures all found, the garage horde all sorted and a mammoth painting project born. I guess I will have to catalogue them all in more detail at some point and perhaps decide what I am going to do with them all. For instance I'm not too interested in Nappies so the boxes of them might go on evil bay at some point.