Friday 22 July 2022

Dragontooth Oliphant and Cumulus the Storm Giant...


Two Dragontooth giants… a little pun intended. Cumulus the Storm Giant and the Oliphant. Cumulus is hollow cast but still weighs in at 823g. His thunderbolt had been replaced with one made out of plastic card of some sort… broken anyway. The Oliphant weighs in at a mere 643g by comparison… I'm not 100% certain of the sculptor but I assume the late Tom Loback sculpted the Cumulus and possibly the Oliphant... I think someone else may have done the Haradrim? Both sculpts from the late 70's.

In fact I do have two pics that Tom sent me some years back... he did sculpt the Oliphant and this was painted by Steve Tofano.

Not sure on this painted example, just found it on my laptop... nice anyway!

The 1978 catalogue lists it although without any images...

The 1979 catalogue however features it on the front cover...

And on to Cumulus...

I believe this is Tom's painted one however I could be wrong. Please give me a shout if you know otherwise...

The 1978 Catalogue drawing...

That's it for now folks!

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Thursday 14 July 2022

Little Lead Soldiers Ltd - Greenwood & Ball


I picked up this little lot (every pun intended) off eBay recently as I'd never heard of them... according to the leaflet they are old Greenwood & Ball miniatures although they certainly didn't look like traditional G&B to me but then I did some research and found the company is still producing the miniatures... more below.

All supplied with these lovely stamped tin? bases...

The company's website;

They have many pics on the site and a full catalogue here. My pics at the top seem to be from the Greenwood & Ball old museum range... take a look at the website and have a good browse. They've moved to France now however have a full mail order service. Lots of interesting old school style miniatures.

Wednesday 6 July 2022

Bob Bard's Bulletin - May 1958


"...items of interest to military miniature collectors and historians"

Well, this seems to be amongst my earliest magazine / periodical sort of things... later editions includes listings of Herald Models, Britains, Parade Square, Helenic, Scheid Miniatures, Imrie Risley and more... a wonderful pathway into the history of the hobby. He released a 'Making & Collecting Military Miniatures' book in 1957 with a 'Note About The Author' on the rear;

'If you were to walk into Bob Bard's office, for a moment you would wonder of you had not taken steps back through the pages of military history for there a pageant of miniature arms, armor, banners and uniforms unfolds - minutely detailed officers and men from the ancient warriors of Rome and Greece through the colourful Napoleonic wars and America's fight for independence as well as the wars between the States right up to the fighting men of today.

Bob Bard has been a collector for most of his life. His interests have gone from stamps and coins to trains and airplanes to his present love "Military Miniatures". He is recognised in this highly specialized field as an authority and is consulted by many of the most important collectors.

Mr. Bard has been a contributing editor on the staff of several magazines and has been the subject of numerous feature stories.'

The book was released in paperback in 2011 and had a current hardback release in 2021 so it has certainly shown the test of time! If anyone has any updates on Bob please leave a comment below.

There is a set of 1959 / 1960 Bulletin's currently up on eBay (auction is nothing to do with me, just for interest);

If there's enough interest I'll post more issues (leave a comment below or email me).