Monday, 27 December 2021

A belated Merry Christmas to one and all!

 

I've be remiss in posting this due to a very bad back... better now but still waiting for it to go again. Courtesy of the wonderful Tony Yates.


I hope everyone had a good time and got lots of lead... we had a no present festive day for the first time, just got together for a lovely meal which was great. 


Thursday, 23 December 2021

We (almost) have another dragon!


Well, as we come close to 2022 I thought it good to show the dragon sculpt... John Pickford has really pulled out the stops on this one... not sure if it'll be resin or metal as yet but it's a wonderful piece of sculpting art. Furled wings to follow....



He will, of course, be our second dragon... the first being Noggin the Nog's Groliffe the Ice Dragon, treasurer of the Dragon's Friendly Society (established clerical grade.) sculpted by Martin Buck...




Don't forget to become a Politico (top left, grow the lead revolution please) or even hit 'The Little Soldier Company' banner at the top and pick up some pieces... every little helps. 

Also, if you would care, you could buy me a cup of coffee at the link below... miniature collecting is thirsty work.


Saturday, 18 December 2021

Jack Scruby Table Top Talk - April 1963

 

Once again, courtesy of a friend's PDF wizardry, we have another issue of Table Top Talk magazine in to download via my Google Drive... Volume 2, number 4.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YMNmDr1AI6wMlM8_JJf94L_YjDgUjrH1/view?usp=sharing



As always; enquiries@deartonyblair.co.uk


Don't forget to become a Politico (top left, grow the lead revolution please) or even hit 'The Little Soldier Company' banner at the top and pick up some pieces... every little helps. 


Also, if you would care, you could buy me a cup of coffee at the link below... miniature collecting is thirsty work.


https://ko-fi.com/davidwood


Saturday, 11 December 2021

Shot Tower Studios - the early 80's again.

 

Well, back in the early 80's I worked for Games workshop in the Manchester store... it was a great time to be collecting lead and I was literally like a kid on a candy store... I was in charge of miniatures and built a good relationship with a certain John Stallard who was in trade sales at the time. I discovered Shot Tower Studios through (I think) a White Dwarf ad and got permission to order them in for the store. They were never big sellers (except when we put them on clearance once the shop started more to the 'Citadel' only and in blisters times) but they were lovely pieces, drop cast and lacking in quality on any human figures but the diorama pieces were lovely and I only wish I'd kept the listing that I ordered from... I chatted to the owner and sculptor, Jim Dendy, regularly for the few months we stocked them and, as per the listing, wish I could remember those conversions! Lots of the sets had moving parts and some were quite intricate such as the secret trap in the staircase. A French hobby friend has written a booklet on the company and background and will hopefully publish it at some point. It does make great reading. In the meantime here are my pics from over time (a couple off various sources and all kudos to them including the wonderful Karl Tebb). A lot of the pieces were engraved on the rear with Jim's name and some details. 

There are also a lot of images on the Lost Minis WIKI and also on Stunties. There really is a taste of the Dragontooth City of Magic sets about these. 


 























The burglar sculpt was typical of any non scenery pieces.






Unknown dwarf (?), possibly based on a WWI German officer? Passed over to Kev at Stunties who has him as a limited edition piece.


Possibly linked to the dwarf biplane set? Here missing the lower wings. Better pics on Stunties via the link at the top.


Well, if anyone has more information please let me know. I would love to find a listing as I remember there being quite a lot more to the range.


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Sunday, 14 November 2021

Salute 2021 ... there and back again.

 

Well, it wasn't 'that' time of year again as Salute had been put off a number of times due to the little known pandemic... I say little known as so many people weren't bothering to wear masks. Could be worse I suppose... a friend is currently on a ventilator haven't decided against being vaccinated. Nuff said.

I'd had my original hotel booking cancelled (hotel closed die to the pandemic) a few weeks ago so booked the Marriott Moxy close to Excel... very nice it was although I didn't eat or drink there... there was meant to be a complimentary cocktail but when I went down to the bar area there was no-one about... the Fox@Excel called!

The obligatory pic of me over the road from the Tower of London... less hair but at least the chin is hidden...


The hotel... neat and tidy and all you could need although the view from the window wasn't up to much...



The usual pre Salute drinks started at The Fox... bear in mind if you're meeting people at the Fox that there are two... one at the other end.



I have no idea where we ended up eating, only that they didn't have an alcohol licence so I had to pop out for wine...


The day itself... I walked over and got there for 09.30 or so... a few people already queuing and the South London Warlord people out in force. To enter Excel itself you had to show proof of double vaccination or a negative test. I got a wristband last night but they change the colour daily. Lots of sanitiser about as well.


Joining the queue... not as long as previous years although it did pick up a little...



The freebie mini sculpted by Paul Hicks, a lovely piece.



A tote bag to hold everything in...


Those wonderful pieces of our history... the Hurricane and the Spitfire...



First pics were of the Frothers Unite game, 'Project Fear', all based around the joys of Brexit... 


Trumpageddon... Miko had scratchbuilt a Trump blimp... good lad.


My cultists on the left...









Well done lads for picking up (yet another) award!


Cosplay was minimal this year but very good...


Popped over for a chat with David Holland at Northumbrian Tin Soldier... their ranges go from strength to strength. Those below are the upcoming tributes to the old Citadel FA, fantasy adventurer range.




Wonderful (and licensed) Time Bandits minis!









Various games on throughout the day... top effort from so many people. One year I will join in a game!



Cerberus Studios had some very nice pieces...





Superb large scale Alien game...




Black Scorpion were there... so good.




Some nice Red Dwarf minis, not sure if they were licensed or not... does anyone know?



Studio Miniatures display cases are wonderful to behold!







A much needed pint for lunch... ended up giving out biscuits to sustain us...


There was a Star Trek convention on as well so loads of great looking Trekkies around...



New to me, Pandyman Entertainment, thoroughly pleasant peeps.













Wojcek, sculptor for Warlord Games was masked and chatty as always. Top bloke.


Duncan Rhodes (of Games Workshop fame) has just launched a paint range via Kickstarter...
















Wargames Foundry... always a pleasure to visit... Diane had me handing out flyers for a Warhammer artwork event coming in December too. Looks rather interesting!



Harry doing his bit...


Me to show the size of their display...


And another for Warmonger!


The wonderful Twilight scenery...















The obligatory floor shot...


Nice chat to Nicolas Evans about his Planet 28 rules... inspired by Laserburn... very few pages making it my sort of skirmish game! The minis on show were nice as well (courtesy of https://mammoth-miniatures.onlineweb.shop/). They were released via Kickstarter earlier this year;




Some nice card standees...


The speed painting competition, always a popular event...


Towards the end of the day I needed to pop to the loo and the nearest was upstairs... never seen the show from above before.


Perry Miniatures' painted 3-ups.



On the way to the pub later I walked passed the Trekkie show... would have loved to pop in but buying a ticket for a quick look wasn't affordable.




After the pub I was left to fend for myself... Chinese restaurant down the road called as it does most years. You're not alone with a Salute programme and a bottle of red wine of course.



If there are duplicate pics forgive me as a gremlin jumped in... all in another great Salute... April 9th 2022 is the next one!


Now comes the cheeky bit, if you enjoy the blog you might think of joining it (top of the page on the left, become a Politico) and even leave a comment or two... makes me feel wanted and loved. Also, if you would care, you could buy me a cup of coffee at the link below. Every little helps.