Thursday, 12 September 2019

Dragontooth Rhino Riders - Old School meets Oldhammer


Way back in 1978, Tom Loback General Artworks, as Dragontooth Inc was first known, released upon the world a set of poorly sculpted Rhino Riders... they were made by Mike Gilbert, well known for his excellent drawing and rule writing skills. Mike's sculpting style was very crude however they really are so old school they deserve a place in the annals of miniature history. The rhinos themselves are not too bad so I wonder if they were sculpted by another of the team at the time? They could have been released earlier as Tom Loback (RIP) started the company up in 1975.


The first line drawing in the 1978 catalogue is, I think, by Mike although C79 has me a little confused.


The listing as it appeared in 1978...


They disappeared from the catalogue, along with the Mammalian Boar Riders by 1981. In fact Mike Gilbert, the sculptor, appears to have had most of his sculpts removed by then.

Onto the figures themselves...

RH1 Rhino Rider with Spear, standing...






RH2 Rhino Rider with Axe, charging...





RH3 Rhino Rider with Lance, charging...





Due to the slightly ornate helmet I thought a rear view would be nice...


BR4 Rhino Rider Officer with Sword...




This figure looks like he needs 2 weapons however he is only supplied with the sword, scabbard and shield...


Mike Gilbert, along with his (I assume) wife, Sheila, wrote and illustrated the Archworld Fantasy Miniatures Rules, released by FGU in 1979... This copy does have a pride of place in my library.







Barring the gold plated male centaur and the pegasus, I've never these pieces below. It would be nice to have a picture if anyone has them?


Another of Mike Gilbert's sculpts were the Gelmen... they were truly terrible however, as is my norm, I have a hankering for them...


Most Dragontooth scupts are pictured on the Lost Minis WIKI here.

Comments below if you will or direct to me on enquiries@deartonyblair.co.uk

Friday, 6 September 2019

Return to BOYL - Kev Adams' charity Oldhammer head sculpt finally painted...


Well, it's been a little while since BOYL and I finally got to finish painting the Orc that Kev did a head sculpt on. Proceeds went to Prostate Cancer UK, a worthy cause indeed. You can donate here if you care to. 

The original head sculpt...this is on the body of Zagerth the Executioner by Warmonger Miniatures... you can purchase it directly;



The Orcling executioner he came with. I passed this to a friend who could not be there this year.


My version... just needs varnishing now... the rat is a plastic Games Workshop one, a very useful item from (I think) some old Skaven sprues.






Borrowed off the Warmonger site is the finished original painted by the renowned Kevin Dallimore...


And below, more of Kev's head sculpts from the BOYL weekend...







Kev is a top bloke and a most excellent sculptor. He's been involved in the industry since forever it seems... lots of pics of his minis on this (no longer updated unfortunately) blog;


Any thoughts or comments pleace post below or email me on enquiries@deartonyblair.co.uk

Friday, 30 August 2019

Rospaks - hard plastic minis of previous times...


A while back I picked up a few packs of these hard plastic miniatures. I'd read about them in my youth in the Heroics & Ros advertisements and always fancied them but never threw caution to the wind. They were apparently only available from December 1981 - October 1982 before, depending on who you listen to, they stopped production due to financial considerations / were bought off by metal wargame miniature manafacturers... shades of a conspiracy methinks...

Advertisement from May 1982 (Military Modelling)


They were bagged up in polythene with a stapled card header...





Loose examples of AG2 Scythian Archers and Thracian Peltasts...





AG3 Greek Cavalry










The figures are a little poor in detail and quality, closer to soft plastic really, but they must have filled a niche as the production costs were rather high... kind of adds to the mystery of stopping production. Heroics & Ros are still going strong although they have changed hands a decade or so ago. They specialise in 1/300 wargaming miniatures and it's great to see them at Salute in London on my annual exodus. Long may they prosper. They did do a Sci Fi infantry range of which I picked a pack up a few years back (although they're no longer on the website), I must find it and take some pics.

There is an excellent article on Rospaks at The Plastic Soldier Review here with lots more pics.

If you have any extra images or anecdotes about Rospaks please comment below or email me on;