Sunday, 4 December 2016

Barry Minot - Necromancer Fantasy


Back in the early 80's, Barry sculpted some of the last figures he would release under his own name for the wargaming industry. He was engaged in movie work from his workshop at Elstree Studios which was taking up more and more of his time. I'm unsure if he planned expansions to the range or a ruleset however they take their rightful place in lead history.

Victorian Heroes & Horrors

NF1 Sherlock Holmes


NF2 Dr Watson (need this one)


NF3 The ultimate thief, Raffles


NF4 Super rotter, Moryarty (sic)


NF5 Jack the Ripper, with knife and doctor's bag


NF6 The Invisible Man (need this one)

No pic available (and no pun intended.....)

Monsters and Stuff

NF20 Giant horrific demon of the night (40mm)


I blogged an article on this mini a short while back here.

NF21 The Unholy Twins, pair of winged naked female angels from hell

(No pic and need these)

NF22 Dynamo Dan, the electric man


The other ranges released for a short while were 'The Perils of Flasher' and 'Highland Fantasy'. More of those on another post to come. 

Interestingly, he did sculpt the headpiece to the Staff of Ra for the Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark amongst many other movie pieces.


Very interesting article on the piece's after film history through eBay here.

A previous blog post detailing the Thane Tostig range is here. Many more of Barry figures are up on the Lost Minis WIKI where both I and many others have spent a long time sourcing examples for posterity. Mark Dudley has a few posts of Barry's old historical minis on his Ilkley Old School blog. Barry also sculpted a number of the classic historical 30mm Spencer Smith Miniatures lines which are available here. Tell them I sent you!

Barry has more recently written a book; 'Hitler's UFO' - pick up a copy off his site here.

As always, leave a comment below or give me a shout on deartonyblair@virginmedia.com

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Those cultists sir, need some discipline..........


A quick update and an exclusive direct from the devilishly handsome Mark Hides.........the Screaming Mob miniatures 'Mobstarter' has a new leader, a limited edition figure for anyone ordering £50+ on the Mobstarter.......freshly sculpted by the very sexy Chris Nicholls of Macrocosm fame, I'm pleased to present;

'The Discipline Master'




Lovely stuff and to be encouraged.....as per the previous post, Mark has a lot of ideas for more releases.

Just had a chat with Chris and he added;  'I just wanted to say about the miniature I 'Sculpted'. It's a modification of one of the line. Adam Gayford really should have the credit too, since I just used the existing greens as dollies.....'


Sunday, 27 November 2016

I see Cultists sir, thousands of them........


Ah the joys of seeing a friend releasing a new range......Cultists this time in the thousands....well, almost. Nineteen different packs up now although not quite ready for despatch as yet (a couple of weeks off) but that's 50 odd Cultists in order to allow us to endanger the world in the upcoming awakening of Great Cthulhu from where he lies dreaming....“Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" as we like to say ("In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming"). Once the stars are in the correct alignment we.....what? Say no more? Why?? What the??? No! Please! Nooooo............!!!!!!

Ahem, I'll carry on for now. Screaming Mob Miniatures is a new venture by Mark Hides, painter extraordinaire at Conflict in Colour, author of 'Real Life's A Bu**er - A Tale Of Sex, Dragons And Rock 'N' Roll' (which should be read if only because I am in it....mostly in the Dragons bit unfortunately) and all round top bloke. Mark and I go back many years to when he was running the bring and buy at Sheffield Triples and then running Dungeons & Starships, a mere hour's drive for me whenever he mentioned those words 'yes, Dave, we've got some old lead in for you'....

A few pics purloined from the store below, sculpted by Adam 'Whiffwaff' Gayford who I've not seen in a good while as he selflishly moved down South.....last seen getting in his wife's car after we shared a good few drinks in Manchester....... 

The figures have been molded by the very talented Chris Nicholls over at Macrocosm Miniatures who is currently sculpting a mystery limited edition mini.....details on Mark's site....

Update. Mark commented on the Dear Tony Blair Facebook page (what do you mean you're not a member, get over there and join us quickly!) ;

"Just to add, you should be able to get 500+ variants from the range, plus two special headsets (Plague Doctors and Followers Of The Squid Faced One) and if that was not enough, the palanquin is completely metal rather than the expected resin! Bow and crossbow carrying cultists are planned for the very near future, to round it out. Then, the fun begins with a new range. (About time too as I have had the greens since 2013)"





Mark has lots of plans for the range with head variations etc......I have seen them and they are pretty darned tootin'.

As always, comment below or email me at deartonyblair@virginmedia.com


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Archive Miniatures - 25mm historical sampler


Found another Archive sampler, sculpted again by Nevile Stocken. Their 25mm historicals line was only small however was very nice indeed especially for the time (mid to late 70s). Soft lead which of course is / was a problem with spear bending...also added a picture of code 100 which isn't listed anywhere that I can find...the only elephant is 079 Sudanese War Elephant....





There's a couple more images on the Lost Minis WIKI along with a listing here.



Friday, 4 November 2016

Archive Miniatures - 15mm Napoleonics sampler.


A break from my usual fantasy / sci fi collecting, I recently picked up a sample pack of these Nevile Stocken sculpts from the later 70s. Lovely little chunky figures although I have no idea what each one is - and I hang my head in shame as admit that..... They also had a 15mm Dark Ages range although I have yet to see examples (listing on Lost Minis).









Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Barry Minot - Giant Horrific Demon of the Night!


I have owned a couple of this miniature for a few years and was unable to identify it. A weird stick-like demon with the code NF20 on the base.


 It had come in a small job lot of miniatures that gave no hints as to its origin either.......then I thought 'Lost Minis WIKI'!! I searched on just the NF20 and it came up with one hit in Minot's short lived Necromancer Fantasy range. Of course I then realised I had put the listing up on the WIKI myself....doh! So, another piece of lead history identified....only another gazillion or more to go...I've listed one on eBay here with a day to go in the hope of bolstering my currently fast dwindling finances......there are repercussions to divorce after all!

There was more, however, to discover......whilst trying to identify it on the wonderful Facebook Group - Old School Miniatures, I found it was based on a painting by Salvator Rosa - The Temptation of Saint Anthony......


The demon was also used by a band 'Skeletal Family' formed in 1982 and still soldiering on...reading their biography it reads like my own musical past....very chequered!


They have a very 'Siouxsie & The Banshees' feel - have a listen to their album on Last FM here. The band are playing Manchester's Ruby Lounge in a couple of weeks.


Well, that's all for now. More soon!


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Tony Yates - Warmaster & Blade Wife now at Foundry!


A most wonderful parcel popped through my door today, 2 new sculpts by my good friend and wargaming aficionado Tony Yates, produced by Wargames Foundry. They're not on the site as yet but I'm told they do have some in stock. Ask them via email or ring but don't forget to tell them I sent you!







Tony just sent me the artwork for the characters;


Here are pics of the 'greens' - sculpts can be made from an epoxy putty which is a mixture of blue and yellow turning green.....American Tom Meier (of Ral Partha and Thunderbolt Mountain fame) introduced this putty in the late 70s when Milliput had been the general norm - 'Greenstuff' was found to hold much finer detail and be much easier to work with.....




Now, Tony sculpted many, many ranges over the years, including a number of lost ranges suitable for Lord of the Rings and Michael Moorcock's Granbretan (the Hawkmoon series, Boarmen and mounted Wolf Riders) along with about 30 Star Trek Klingons - these were made for a French company but they disappeared without payment......a friend sent me a couple of pics of Hobbits recently which Tony and I believe were from this time...the hunt is on and more news will be posted hopefully........ 



I was introduced to Tony's sculpts via Heroes Miniatures in the late 70s at a Northern Militaire. He told me that, like many of us, he was introduced into the hobby around the age of 6 via Airfix plastics - in this case French Foreign Legion painted by his Uncle. The rest is history and will be the subject of a future post.....

Some of Tony's sculpts and advertisements are below - his illustrations are legendary and numerous throughout the hobby. I still need to id a number of the sculpts but thought some group shots would be good....




My own few painted examples.....


A mixture of Plastiform and Heroes, painted by their studio painter at the time. I picked up a large lot but still have little idea of the identities as there are no Plastiform listings available...unless you know different?





A great set sent to me by the man himself from his own collection. Complete pride of place in my own collection now.....


Aliens anyone?


Various eldritch horrors from Heroes Miniatures............


Do please get in contact with Foundry and pick up these new pieces, I'd love to see more sculpted for the range. If you have any of Tony's sculpts up for sale or trade do get in touch with me!

Any questions or feedback comment below or on deartonyblair@virginmedia.com