Monday, 26 November 2018

A vanity Noggin the Nog sculpt now cast up.....vanity we tells you!


Some years back, Pete Brown of The Mouldmaker mentioned his love of Noggin the Nog in a Facebook (I think) conversation and I got to thinking that there were no sculpts for this immortal series.......sooooooooooo.....I threw caution to the wind and sculpted one out of epoxy putty......the results were certainly not earth shattering ('I've seen worse' said Pete very diplomatically) however when the latest Noggin master mould was being made up there was space for my own piece........pure vanity and not a commercial release for obvious reasons!



Nog cavalry and new crows painted by the marvelous Andy Hides.... 


Masters of the Woodsman and Miner - note that the Miner can be used without the larger base on Nick Cases' boardgame 'Tales of the Northlands'.....


Poor pic of both versions of the flying machine and the Kickstarter badge painted again by Andy....


More soon!


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Lest we forget......



Dulce et Decorum Est, by Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime ...
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under I green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, --
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.


Sunday, 28 October 2018

Noggin the Nog Kickstarter coming to an end.......


Well, just under 3 days left......would certainly appreciate a share or two! So many minis to be produced!



The Miner and Woodcutter greens have been added now....




Peter Firmin's illustrations from Nick Case' game 'Tales of the Northlands'.



Noggin's Army is a personal favourite on mine.....






Monday, 15 October 2018

Tenoch range expanding.....Kev Adams does Oldhammer!


Quite a few more sculpts have been mastered including the idol alternative for the palanquin. Also a small range of 'Froglings' for which I have yet to work out a background......kind of typical Kev spaced out types :)






Froglings!


The palanquin idol to be produced in resin.....


The initial range out on the hunt......available here.







Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Noggin the Nog Kickstarter part 2!


Well, I finally got my act together and launched the 2nd of the Noggin Kickstarters for The Little Soldier Company. It's close to funding and runs to the end of the month with a planned fulfillment for December in time for Xmas. Please spread the word!




Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Eureka Miniatures - Hieronymus Bosch inspired Chaos Army


I first came across these delightful miniatures at Salute a couple of years back as Nic makes an annual trek over from Australia to regale us with his goodies. They are inspired by the nightmarish artwork of Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch and are sculpted by Mike Darpa. They go really with the Nightfolk over at Northumbrian Tin Soldier and also the original Valley of the Four Winds minis from Minifigs....Dave at Caliver is slowly re-releasing them (including some unknowns I've seen but have been sworn to secrecy). Please tell them I sent you if you go visiting.....

All pics taken off the Eureka site are used with permission and remain their copy-write of course!

100KASC09 Hog the Unfathomable and Wreckless Eric


100KAS29 Lucinda the Lune


100KAS001 Snailhead / 100KAS002 Armless Nihils


 100KAS003 Theo the Baiter / 100KAS004 Batface the biter


100KAS007 Harry Born yesterday / 100KAS009 Log


 100KAS016 Phil the unchastener / 100KAS20 Ugly Betty, child 3


 100KAS25 Little Olaf the Unsteady


100KAS28 Flappable Ned


My own Flappable Ned as a work in progress.....he's quite a large piece!


100KASC02 Cyril, Herald Reluctant and Bruce the persuader


100KASC06 Herald of the leash / 100KASC07 Belcher of the Unleashed


100KASL001 Kaiser Buddha, Chaos Lord


My loot from 2 Salutes......really need to pull my finger out and get these painted!


The full range is here. They are also available from Ian at Fighting 15s in the UK.

A good site for Hieronymous Bosch is here (just click no to the free coupon pop up).


Monday, 1 October 2018

There has been a great disturbance in the Force....Duke Seifried has died...


It is with a heavy heart indeed that I learned that the Duke has died. He contributed so much to the hobby over the years and will be missed by many. Rather than me waxing lyrical about his contributions I have copied his obituary below. So sad. Do take a look at this site which has many images of his work; https://dukepix.smugmug.com/


BRUCE “DUKE” SEIFRIED Obituary
Aug 19, 1935 - Sept 29, 2018


Bruce “Duke” Seifried, Janesville, WI was born on August 19, 1935, baptized on April 11, 1936, and confirmed January, 1947, at Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton, OH. He left us to play in the heavenly jazz band on Saturday, September 29, 2018, after a courageous nine and a half year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Duke graduated from Urbana High School in Urbana, Ohio, and from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1957 with advanced business studies from the American Management Association in Chicago.

Duke is best known for his work in designing and fabricating inter-active museum displays of historical and fantastical subjects that may also be played out as a game. He has termed these “Extravaganzas” and there are forty six of them finding homes throughout the world and in a
number of our American States. They are comprised of terrain, structures and hundreds of authentic figurines mostly an inch down to 5/8’s of an inch tall with all elements in scale. (This work may be observed at: DukePix.SmugMug.com) His work is prized by collectors and gamers alike with major collections in Monaco (1/3rd), also in: Australia, Bahrain, Italy, New Zealand & throughout the United States. In December 2017, a book, “Duke Seifried and the Development of American Miniature Wargaming” was published, edited by John Curry, UK, and Jim Getz, Ohio.

Duke was not just a pioneer in the miniatures wargaming hobby, he was one of the key founders. Without his creativity, talent, and energy the hobby and its associated businesses would not be what they are today. During his life Duke received many awards for his contributions: Historical Miniatures Gaming Society (HMGS) Scruby Award for lifetime achievement; charter member of the HMGS Legion of Honor for distinguished service to the hobby; Commander of the Legion of Honor at the time of his death; Game Master Lifetime Achievement Award (HMGS) and renaming of the Game Master of the Year Award to The Duke Seifried Game Master of the Year Award (HMGS); the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Hall of Fame; Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Origins Award (note that “Adventure Gaming” was a phrase coined by Duke). Perhaps Duke’s greatest honor from the wargaming world is that he was known to all as “Uncle Duke,” a sign of their genuine affection and respect for him. His other interest was jazz. Duke was primarily a jazz guitarist, arranger and string bass player. In recent years his credits include serving for many years with the Jack Farina Big Band, Jazz for Jesus and a computer-driven solo element (COOL JAZZ) featuring special arrangements he wrote as backgrounds and performed over as a single (thanks to techy friend, Dan Mackey). He played string bass for a number of churches he and his wife, Annette, attended. He also played for the Bert Blain American Heart Walk for 15 years. While living in Ohio, he performed with many combos and some well-known names.

Duke was involved with a number of vocations throughout the years: WLW-D Television, Kircher/Helton/Collette Advertising, Dynamic Displays, Custom Cast-Der Kriegspielers, Heritage USA, (both serving the tin soldier market), TSR (Dungeons & Dragons), Creative Concepts and Dry Foam Carpet Cleaning.

He is predeceased by his parents Opal (Willman) and William Seifried, Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife & best friend of 26 years, Annette Baker. His first wife, Ruth Nungesser Seifried (deceased) was the mother of his children, including: Shari (Ron) Gross, Bruce Seifried, Jonathan (Cary) Seifried, Laura Illanes, Samantha Seifried-Sipowicz and Shelly (Jim) Sawyers. There are also two adopted boys: Daniel Seifried and Benjamin Seifried. There are thirteen grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Mary Seifried, sister-in-law, Alice Gilbertson, along with step-children Jeff (Gaynell) Instefjord, Eric (Lyn) Instefjord, Kent (Lori) Instefjord and Lisa (Russ) Armstrong; also six step-grandchildren & two step-great grandchildren. He leaves behind many musician & adventure/wargaming friends. Duke donated his body to the UW-Wisconsin Medical School, particularly to research Pulmonary Fibrosis in hopes of one day finding a cure. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Hope Lutheran Church in Milton, WI located at 335 Dairyland Drive, 53563, The Building Fund for the Southern Wisconsin Humane Society located at 222 S. Arch St, Janesville, WI 53548. Jazz for Jesus will play at the memorial service to be held at Hope Lutheran Church in Milton, WI at a later date. No Flowers, please.

We are most grateful to Agrace Hospice, Kathy and Bob of Mercy Home Care, Dr. Jane Anderson, Mercy Clinic South, Dr. Jay Tuck, Mercy Lung Center and dear friends, Wayne and Diane Wiley, Gary and Belem Regan and Phil Moore for their constant concern and helpfulness, and Pastor Collette Gould for her many visits. We would also like to thank our friends for the many supportive emails and phone calls over the past few weeks.