Saturday, 11 September 2021

Drunken dwarves and gnolls and some frogs... what's not to like...

 

Well, amongst other bit and bobs, I've managed to finish the bar room staff set from The Little Soldier Company. Sculpted by John Pickford with the Westies being based on my Arya and his Meg.

https://thelittlesoldiercompany.co.uk/product/bar-room-brawl-staff

Also managed to finished a limited edition tribute to the old Citadel Fantasy Tribe 'Drunken Gnolls' from Satanic Panic Miniatures, sculpted by Martin Buck and available here.


Whilst we're at it, there's a new company on the block called White Mouse Miniatures who have some charming frogs for you all...

https://www.whitemouseminiatures.com/


That's all for now... lots more to come shortly though...

enquiries@deartonyblair.co.uk


Saturday, 21 August 2021

Flash Gordon - home casting kits from the 1930's...

 

This is via a good hobby friend, Andrew Campbell. 

'Random old  school, and I mean *really* old school, miniatures discovery of the day. 

Apparently there was a company called the Home Foundry Manufacturing Company back in the 30s, possibly through the 40s or later, which sold home casting kits for miniatures. 

Most were historical (for casting toy soldiers), but at least one set dipped into the sci fi realm - a Flash Gordon home casting kit. Who knew that home casting of sci fi figures went back that far?'







My Google skills have only brought up modern casting foundries so have, so far, turned up no more information... over to you please readers!

Thanks to 'Joss Sticks on Jupiter' we have a link to painted ones!


The Flash Gordon serial debuted in 1936 so there were probably quite a lot of 'toys' out there at some point. IMDB has some more info on the serial here and, of course, YouTube has countless clips etc but you can see the entire first series here; 



Miniature wise there have been (and are) a lot of proxy types. My favourite current proxy ones are those from Hydra Miniatures. There is a game from the Pinnacle Entertainment Group that includes a few minis here (sculpted by the great David Sonderquist of Bronze Age Minis who has the best John Carter series in his SciFi section). There are the (currently unavailable I think?) Jim Bowen sculpts from Monolith Designs. Brigade Games have a few as well. If you do 15mm gaming there are some nice Hawkmen and sled riders from The Scene. Paper ones for the RPG from DriveThruRPG. Let me know if I've missed any please...

54mm 'Toy Soldier' types are about as well...



Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Two miniature purchases you really NEED to get...


 I've had to cut back so much due to the lovely prospect of losing the house but these 2 had to come first... both very well priced and excellent sculpting...

First of all is a tribute to the old Tom Meier Ral Partha classic Jabberwocky... based on the Tenniel sketch which is one of legend...

This is released by Jamie Loft at Old School Miniatures...

 https://www.oldschoolminiatures.co.uk/the-jabberwocky-1118-p.asp


All you need to know about the creature is here;

https://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/resources/analysis/poem-origins/jabberwocky/

Ral Partha still have the old sculpt available, perfectly cast up by Jacob Fathbruckner;

https://ralparthalegacy.com/products/49-0051

The second purchase was a set of Ratnik villager sculpts... cheap as chips and totally awesome... image purloined off their site purely for their promotional purposes...


'Sculpted by the very talented Igor Karpov. This is the first set of 10 figures which are part of a range of 18th Century civilians Igor will be releasing. Cast in metal these 28mm figures are suitable for most 18th century games'.

Available here for pre-order;

https://www.gamingfigures.com/product/16664/Ratnik-Miniatures-18th-Century-Civilians

More soon, just need to get my act together usual. In the meantime here's a pic of my schmoo Arya...

See y'all soon.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Games Workshop featured on TV in 1984

Courtesy of the Original Oldhammer Artwork Channel on YouTube... some great memories in this and an awful lot of geek time spent recognising the miniatures in use... I believe the female dwarf (Dwarf Queen from the old Dwarf King's Court boxed set) used by Ben Elton is a John Blanche paint job... keep your eyes peeled! A younger Tim Olsen is seen at the old Dalling Road Games Workshop back when there was only one shop...


Monday, 29 March 2021

That da**ed collecting bug... Oldhammer eat your heart out...


Well, with a Kickstarter or two under my belt it was time to collate the eBay finds of the last few months... some a little older that a US friend had sent over but all good stuff to add to the lead mountain... lots of Minifigs Mythical Earth and Sword & Sorcery... oh the joy!

Some Citadel AD&D minis... unfortunately they'd had their slottas taken off but still nice to find. Two versions disappeared to a friend in America to complete his collection. I'll find them again one day!


Lovely miscellany of old Citadel DA, Grenadier AD&D and early Ral Partha elves.


A handful of Minifigs repairs... so many broken ones appear that I thought it was type to get the drill out.


Vulcan Miniatures... hopefully from 'The Court of Fools' as per the old ad below. Early Bob Naismith sculpts.



Ackland Miniatures bagged Citadel Spacefarers 54mm pieces... one more still to get in the baggie though. Tony said the giant robot sentinel in the Spacefarers 25mm range was originally destined for these...


This was an interesting 'bid on a whim' - turns out to be a Michael Perry early large scale sculpt, now believed to be related to RAF apprentices - groundcrew - RAF Halton (info C/O Chaz Elliott who painted one back in the day).




More Minifigs...


An Asgard Snark Dragon and the old McEwan bag header...


More Minifigs!


Three of the 4 Dragontooth Personalities I was missing...




Dragontooth Crocodile Giant... accompanied by a hand-sculpted weapon by a friend, Michael Booker... thank you!



More Minifigs along with a lone Garrison S&S demon...


Finally a Nick Bibby Citadel Chaos Demon...

That's it for now... as if it wasn't enough... who needs to pay the mortgage! Any comments or similar lots to get rid of please give me a shout on;

enquiries@deartonyblair.co.uk

Saturday, 13 March 2021

The rise of the Khamaí!

 

A Kickstarter to raise funds for the expansion of those little chameleon-like devils... sculpted by John Robertson for The Little Soldier Company, there are two new sets forthcoming, a command and a beast handler pack...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1896378744/the-rise-of-the-khamai



The Command Pack...


The Beast Handler and his two hounds...


Please back it if you can or give it a bit of a push if you can't. Every little helps and it'll also hopefully help more miniatures to be commissioned at some point for various ranges...


Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Looking for TTG Reaper rules and Attack of the Fungoid Trolls...


A long time ago, well, around 1978, in a galaxy not so far from Nottingham, two young men by the name of Richard Halliwell and Richard Priestley penned a set of rules for tabletop gaming... it was published by Tabletop Games and set the world by storm... sort of. Only Mr Halliwell's name appeared on the front of the first edition... apparently they had run out of Letraset! The first edition was ringbound, followed later by the second edition which featured both names on the front... Rick Priestley had finally arrived! Both versions were illustrated by the wonderful Tony Ackland and Tony Yates.

Well, I'm after the original sets of rules and the later expansion, Attack of the fungoid Trolls (penned by both Richard Halliwell and Bryan Ansell)... I can offer cold, hard cash or trade stuff... email me and let me know!

enquiries@deartonyblair.co.uk

My two sets... slight difference in size...

The short supplement included a separate sheet of counters...


Images of the original rules and the supplement are c/o 'The Miniatures Page', links attached to the pics.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Hinchliffe Robin Hood additions...

 

Well, some joyful additions appeared in the post yesterday morning (thanks Hans) and I'm getting close to completing the range. Wish I could find where I've put the rest of the collection (including a lot from  Hinds Figures. I bought most from him a few years back but then they got put on the back burner and then into the attic when I had a storage sort out... http://www.hindsfigures.com/ - click on Hinchliffe, 25/28mm, Medieval and then Robin Hood. These are gorgeous old Peter Gilder sculpts and a worthy addition to anyone's collection. 


From the Hinchliffe Medieval range, 'King Richard' and his followers arriving to chase the pesky Sheriff away...


I managed to pick up the bridge from '1109 The Bridge of Encounter Robin Hood and Little John' a few weeks back...



The range is slowly being added to the Lost Minis WIKI so please send me any decent pics to add!

A bunch more blog posts about the range (plus an Asgard Miniatures one) here

As always give me a shout on enquiries@deartonyblair.co.uk if you happen to have any old minis that need a new home!

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Gary Gygax, November 1971 Game Report - The Battle of Brown Hills

 

Whilst researching Minifigs Middle Earth range, I came across this article in Wargamer's Newsletter (No.116, November 1971) by the master himself and thought I should share immediately! Full cudos to http://www.fourcats.co.uk/mags/ who have been scanning the Newsletters for the world to enjoy.





Hopefully of high enough quality to read easily enough, probably best to download then you can enlarge them. I'll be uploading a Peter Laing 15mm catalogue soon. Please think of becoming a Politico and joining the site top left.