Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas one and all!


Tis' the season to be jolly and all things etc. Hope 2017 is a better year than this one with its various problems from countless celebrities dying to terrorism around the globe. Drink tea and paint lead, a far better approach to things.


A wonderful post from Realm of Chaos a couple of years back regarding things Citadel and Xmas;



Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Kev Adams - Zombies of Karr-Keel


A Facebook hobby friend, Brian Kirkell, has funded a set of Kev Adam's sculpts. I'm in for 3 sets and thought I'd post the details here as I know there are many of Kev's fans amongst us. I'll leave the wording to Brian, directly copied off his Facebook group....all pics and illustrations remain the copywrite of Bryan, Lisanne Lake and Laura Jordan. They are used here with permission. I've added spaces to his email contact to prevent any potential spam botting etc....


In January, my wife asked me what I wanted to do for my 40th birthday. I think she was expecting me to say I wanted a big party like I threw her for her 40th last year, but, I'm a geek... err, Oldhammer enthusiast... and a party just wasn't what I had in mind. What I really wanted was to blow a ridiculous sum of money adding new minis to my collection of C18 Kev Adams zombies, a new host of shambling corpses. Remarkably, she was totally cool with that, setting in motion a series of events which led to the creation of this group.


Alright, everyone. The first set of zombie greens has been photographed and packed back up for shipment to the mold maker. They'll be on the way on Monday, and the flow of beautiful white metal should begin shortly.
With that, I'd like to start offering the first set of 10 zombies for pre-order at the price of US$40 + shipping to give me a sense of how many sets to run and help you all organize group international shipment. See the picture on this post (above) for the minis included in the first set.
Pre-orders will be taken until January 3rd. And, similar to Kickstarter, there will be stretch goals. If 225 sets are sold during the pre-order period, all sets purchased will come with an 11th zombie. If 300 sets are sold during the pre-order period, all sets purchased will come with an 12th zombie. Pictures of the 11th and 12th zombies will follow this post.
To make a pre-order, please PM me on Facebook or e-mail me at bkirkell @ hotmail.com (spaces added here to prevent spam bots), and provide the following information: (1) the number of sets you want, (2) your shipping address including country, (3) whether you want shipment separately or as part of a group, and (4) whether you want shipment in a box or padded envelope. I will collate this information, and will put the people who are interested in a group shipment to their country in contact with each other.
When you send in your pre-order, please make payment via PayPal to bkirkell @ hotmail.com (spaces added here to prevent spam bots). In the comments, please let me know your e-mail address or Facebook handle, so I can tie your payment to your order. The payment amount should be US$40 times the number of sets ordered. Do not include shipping. Although I priced out expected shipping costs, I'll be invoicing these separately once I have a final weight on the set. It is possible that shipping will be less than expected, and I want you to benefit from that and not me. I will not ship your minis until shipping is paid for.
All orders after January 4th will be priced at US$50 + shipping and will not count toward the pre-order stretch goals. Additionally, I will not be assisting in establishing group shipments for orders after the pre-order date. However, these sets will include any stretch goals achieved.
Thank you all for supporting this project. As discussed throughout, the proceeds will be funneled directly into creating more wonderful sculpts to full out the City of Karr-Keel with hordes of undead. If this is particularly successful, we'll see the Necroburgher, fleshy constructs, bands of adventurers, and much more in the future. Let's keep this ball rolling!
Best regards,
Brian

More pics now, including potential extras as per above.

Fernand Pepin


Friedrik Klemm


Heinrich De Bolsak


Jac & Daw


 Lady Ahra fon Karr-Keel


Monkey on Globe


 Rufos Chugg


 The Jester


 The Jongleur


The Mayor (illustration by the incredible Lisanne Lake)





The Puppeteer


Wymore Pedervast


Quick edit - Bryan just told me - The painting by Lissanne is a rendering of the original concept art for the Mayor drawn by my sister-in-law, Laura Jordan. Laura's portfolio of zombie concept drawings has been instrumental to achieving the look and feel of the minis in this project, and you can see the drawings with the character descriptions lower down in the group feed.












I'm not connected with this in any way barring being a fan of Kev Adams and purchasing a few sets for myself but this sort of thing is to be encouraged! Tell Bryan I sent you!


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.

Edit 22nd January 2017 - my PayPal payment for the book was refunded without having being taken by Barry so no idea what is happening there......

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