Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Repainting old teams

Repaint.  A word that's frowned upon in subbuteo collecting circles. Collectors hate repaints and rightly so.  Spending your hard earned cash on what you think is an original to then find out is a fake is depressing.

I've fallen victim to a few repainters myself (!).  My view is the best thing that can be done with repaints is to strip them down and start again.

I'm not one for trying to replicate the original strips or colours of the subbuteo catalogue.  I like to be creative with my teams, as you can probably tell from previous posts.  I will be starting my own solo league shortly so with this in mind I thought I would start to paint up a few teams for the league.

First up we have this team

When i forst got this team I thought it was a Leeds 2nd kit from a dodgy picture taken on eBay.  My punt on the team didn't pay off as the figures had been repainted in a lovely yellow humbrol paint.  After stripping the figures down, I found out that the team originally was a ref 3 - WBA.  Unfortunately i'd left the paint stripper on for too long and the WBA paint came off also. So I decided to use this team for a repaint of my own.

Here's the next team i've repainted

A very worn moulded ref 1 needed a new bit of life.  I was in the pub one evening when I suddenly had inspiration to paint this team. I wonder where my inspiration came from?

Finally the third team

I don't know what this team was originally.  When it came into my posession it was "rainbow coloured".  I think someone must have just decided to throw pots of paint over the figures to "create" a strip.  Having stripped away the bad paint job, I decided that i wanted a black strip.  The tricolour stripes down the middle remind me of Italy, not my intention!

So it just goes to show that if you get a repaint in your collection they can be turned into something worthwhile with a little bit of time and imagination!

There are a few Santiago T2 players mixed in with the teams as previous players had breaks.  Can you spot them?

Friday, 9 September 2011

Bologna FC 2011/12 2nd kit

Ah the rossobl├╣,  I had to give it a go; well actually I had to give their current away kit a go.  Despite only being founded in 1993, Bologna are the 6th most succesful Italian team in the league.  Not bad going!


Painted on orginal Subbuteo LW figures and bases.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

1 year ago today.......

....the first blog entry was entered.

Fantasy Flicker has been going for 12 months today. 

Just wanted to say thankyou to those that have helped to promote the blog and an even bigger thankyou to all who have looked at my posts.

Here's to the next 12 months.


Saturday, 3 September 2011

Roy of the Rovers - Melchester Rovers

My mum used to buy me 3 comics a week when I was a kid; Shoot, Match and Roy of the Rovers.  Out of all 3, RotR was my favourite.

I painted up a 70's kit quite a few months back (can be found in an earlier post).  As I play my own subbuteo leagues at home, I thought it was about time Roy's men updated their kit.  So, with this in mind, and thanks to a recent purchase from a car boot sale for reference, Melchester Rovers have now been updated to their 1981 kit.

Here's how its turned out

L - R: Charlie "Cat" Carter, Roy Race, Blackie Gray

L- R: Blackie Gray, Paco Diaz, Nat "Grandad" Gosden, Noel Baxter

L-R: Noel Baxter, Vernon Eliot

L-R: Jimmy Slade, Duncan McKay

L-R: Mervyn Wallace, Vic "Superbrat" Guthrie

The figures and bases are original Subbuteo HW "walkers" from the 1970's