Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Asgard Miniatures or not......


I have been trying to identify this dwarf figure for some time and came across an old 1978 'Battle for Wargamers' magazine with a review for Asgard Miniatures and McEwan Miniatures....now it certainly doesn't appear to be McEwan although the sculpting style is not too similar to the others in the Asgard FD line........do you know if this is FD8 Dwarf in Plate Armour?



Slightly larger pic of the relevant part.............



Base markings which do not appear on others in the FD range......


Comparison with FD6 Dwarf Halberdier....


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Bottom 3 pics courtesy of Boki Gromdal at Stunties

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Copplestone Castings new tank......and what a monster it is....


Mark Copplestone is one of the industries top figure sculptors....a long established favorite of mine. He has, reasonably recently, been getting sculpts of Pulp / VBCW (that's 'A Very British Civil War' to you and me) WW1 etc etc vehicles made........by Richard Kemp of 'The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company'. I just had to have the pics in one 'easy-to-gawp-at' place.....check out Copplestone Castings website...

Mark IX Beast Super-Heavy Tank (with Accessory Pack)


1920 Rolls-Royce Armoured Car


Armstrong-Whitworth Armoured Car


Garford-Putilov Heavy Armoured Car


Izhorski-Fiat Armoured Car


Lanchester 6 x 4 Mk. II Armoured Car


Lancia 1ZM Armoured Car


Leichter Kampfwagen II (LK. II)


Medium C `Hornet` Female Tank


Medium C `Hornet` Male Tank with 6pdr Gun


Mgebrov Single-Turret Armoured Car


Mgebrov Twin-Turret Armoured Car


Mini-Sub


Putilov Half-Track Armoured Car


Snowcat


Vickers Independent Heavy Tank


Vickers Medium Mark III Tank


Vickers Medium Mk. II Tank


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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Dragon Magazine Fantasy Forge


Back in the 70s and early 80s Dragon Magazine had a semi-regular feature called 'Fantasy Forge'. It was a centre spread of minis available - a most poured over section for me as most of them weren't available in England.......the joy of reading the magazine was that miniature companies advertised in it - most other magazines were probably great for gamers but the lead content was normally left wanting.......grrrrrrr.




No post like this would be complete without some of the accompanying ads.....oh to visit the 70s again with a full wallet..................




Friday, 6 July 2012

Otherworld Miniatures Giant


Sculpted by John Pickford, I painted this for the Frother's game at Salute 2010. Richard Scott of Otherworld Miniatures had offered one to be used as a prize in the Frotherheim game that year and, like a fool, I volunteered to paint it with2 weeks to go.......Bruenor Odinson painted the display figure for Otherworld at the same time......it was a fun time having no sleep and posting work in progress pics on Frothers. Richard ended up giving me this copy and donated another as the prize in the game.

The parcel arrived.......................


How much was the postage????


No.5......


Ahhh, the contents......including 3 head variants..


and a small version of the Otherworld Minis idol


now the drilling and pinning commenced....


that was the first stage completed............


brilliant patchwork jacket and trousers....


with my 'tidy' work space in the background..


and the flesh starts bringing it all together....


although this is what happens when you miss a mold line due to overtired eyes.......


getting the accessories added to his belt....


and another mini idol discovered on the base....


his nifty waistcoat colour scheme c/o your friendly internet reptile search....


just a couple of close ups of the head......
  


and the eyes still haunt me now........

  
 as finished as it is going to be............


and a quick one of me the morning before Salute.. 2 hours before the train was due, still willing the mattcoate to dry....