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Finieous Fingers – ‘The World’s Greatest Thief’, Miniatures & More…..

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The world was introduced to Finieous back in October 1976, courtesy of TSR’s Dragon Magazine Volume 1, No.3. The creator, J.D.Webster apparently based his characters on friends he gamed with.After moving from Dragon Magazine, both Finieous and the then…

Ral Partha CS1 Wood Elf with Bow…..Tom Meier Old School.

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I haven’t painted any of the Ral Partha Collector Series in a long time so decided to have a go on one that had turned up in a job lot. Having completed one I have the caught the bug for more but I have no idea where my box of them are so he will have …

Ral Partha CS1 Wood Elf with Bow…..Tom Meier Old School.

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I haven’t painted any of the Ral Partha Collector Series in a long time so decided to have a go on one that had turned up in a job lot. Having completed one I have the caught the bug for more but I have no idea where my box of them are so he will have …

Asgard Miniatures Bugbear or Halloween Goblin? Conundrums indeed!

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Back in the 1970s that glorious old supplier of lead, Asgard Miniatures, released FM24, Silent Shambler, Halloween Goblin. It was designed by either Tony Ackland or Bryan Ansell, not sure which of them…….Painted version here by Mark StevensonI…

Asgard Miniatures Bugbear or Halloween Goblin? Conundrums indeed!

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Back in the 1970s that glorious old supplier of lead, Asgard Miniatures, released FM24, Silent Shambler, Halloween Goblin. It was designed by either Tony Ackland or Bryan Ansell, not sure which of them…….Painted version here by Mark StevensonI…

Gary Gygax ‘The Untold Story’ – Interview from 1989…..

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

Just came across this when perusing old magazines. This was from GM Magazine, January 1989. Hopefully scanned at a decent enough [email protected]

Gary Gygax ‘The Untold Story’ – Interview from 1989…..

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

Just came across this when perusing old magazines. This was from GM Magazine, January 1989. Hopefully scanned at a decent enough [email protected]

In times of war……do something else……

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

“You are brave. You are handsome. You are strong. In battle none dare approach you for fear of the strength of your swords…..”More artwork for the upcoming Noggin the Nog Kickstarter……[email protected]

In times of war……do something else……

Posted on August 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

“You are brave. You are handsome. You are strong. In battle none dare approach you for fear of the strength of your swords…..”More artwork for the upcoming Noggin the Nog Kickstarter……[email protected]

Wargames Foundry release the BOYL minis…

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Wonderful sets of old Citadel minis along with some by the old school maestro Tony Yates. These were on sale at the recent ‘Bring Out Your Lead’ event but are now on general release. Well worth a punt if I do say so myself……having already picked them up at the show of course 😀.
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/b-o-y-l-2017
A missing warrior from the Blandford series.
Lord of Chaos by Tony

Hobbs, a missing Citadel medieval figure
Medieval artillery crew

Ninjas, lots of Ninjas!

Tony’s wonderful Warmaster and Blade Wife.

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Wargames Foundry release the BOYL minis…

Posted on August 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Wonderful sets of old Citadel minis along with some by the old school maestro Tony Yates. These were on sale at the recent ‘Bring Out Your Lead’ event but are now on general release. Well worth a punt if I do say so myself……having already picked them up at the show of course 😀.
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/b-o-y-l-2017
A missing warrior from the Blandford series.
Lord of Chaos by Tony

Hobbs, a missing Citadel medieval figure
Medieval artillery crew

Ninjas, lots of Ninjas!

Tony’s wonderful Warmaster and Blade Wife.

[email protected]

Bring Out your Lead part deux…………….

Posted on July 31st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have to admit I was pressured into coming to BOYL by my good friend Tony Yates…..he knows of my occasional social anxiety issues however knew, as I do so well, that only by jumping in feet first can I overcome them. And overcome them I did. Thank God! What a fantastic weekend I spent with like minded fellows and personalities of the hobby.
My loot from Friday on the hotel bed.

Classic artwork on display…should really have taken a better pic.

Bryan (Ansell) brought along a load of his and Kev (Adams) head and shield sculpts. Fascinating.

Impressive game on display on Sunday…

With Maria Ansell’s help I was able to find a bunch of John Pickford sculpts for myself and Clam (Clamshells and Seahorses blog)….

Further below you’ll see the unreleased sculpts that Maria and Marcus have found. Check out Clam’s John Pickford site here. It’s a real treat to have someone as passionate as Clam in the hobby.

A poor pic of one of the cabinets’ zombies. There’s a fair few I don’t recognise amongst the old classic pre-slotta Citadel and Ral Partha et.

Kev Adams spent Saturday (and Sunday) sculpting heads for people on figures they’d brought along. He made about £250 for charity and really enjoyed himself. When I left on sunday he was chin wagging away with Bryan and Tony Ackland. Top bloke.

Quick pic of myself and Tony Ackland. The stories Tony told me about the hobby (and his love of geology) were fantastic, occasionally grim, sometimes funny and often shocking. I spent most of Friday and Saturday chatting away to him and Bryan along with Marcus and Maria.

A pic with Bryan and Tony from Friday courtesy of Mark Stevenson. 

Random pics of the games. There was a real passion throughout the gathering.

Maria Ansell and my buddy tony Yates.

Tony was doing sketches throughout Saturday. He’d brought a bunch of his sculpts along as well. So many I still need to find!

  
Tony sketched me a Donald Trump to go along with my Bob Olley sculpt. This will take pride of place in my collection.


Various old Citadel Eternal Champion minis, lovingly painted….

An unreleased John Pickford giant demon. Clam is desperate for this piece and I can see why. Absolutely massive though.

The 3 alternative heads that Maria had found.
A lovely variant of one of the Orcling handmaidens. Bryan said there are a couple more somewhere.

Some of Bryan’s shield and base designs.  

3 more of tony Yates’ sculpts that will hopefully be molded up at some point.

3 unreleased Mark Sims (I think) dwarves…

A couple of unreleased Squig types

Who couldn’t love Orclings with chainsaws….

Unreleased Kev Adams dragon.

Unreleased Orc variant

Unreleased John Pickford pony – released with baggage in the lovely Halfling Adventurers set.

Get the Halfling set here. Everyone should have these guys in their collection!

An unreleased John Pickford Orc King on war dragon. The missing wings were a mystery until Clam sent me a link explaining everything….here.

A demon that never made it the release stage for some reason. Clam has it via an old list as DM005 Golztariusbous The Ever Turning. 

  
Now a highlight of my weekend was joining Marcus in the hidden dungeons of the Foundry network whilst he made up a mold of some of the unreleased minis they’d found.
These pincers belong to Steve Turton, Foundry’s main caster and mold maker who just celebrated 24 years in the field. They were given to him by Marcus’s grandfather, Cliff Ansell, when he first started. I have to say they oozed history.
One of the old casting machines that has seen years of faithful service and probably given to birth to millions of figures! I love the lead wallpaper at the rear……
Marcus showed me how to make a metal vent in the mold and I did the one going to the hopper type at the top of the mold here…..
And the first spin…..
Marcus prepping the mould with constant interruptions from me….
A little piece of unknown 40K history…..the original unfinished greens for the Space Marine Lizard mounts. 
And finally I had a request for one of my Maggie minis to be used as a head swap for a 40K miniature……the only relevant mini I had in the hotel room was the BOYL one……as you can see it wasn’t really compatible. Another failed sale.
Overall a fantastic weekend that I would recommend to one and all. Lots of places to stay around the area at reasonable rates and a very friendly bunch of enthusiasts running BOYL supported by the most wonderful Ansell family.
Comments below or email me as usual on;
[email protected]

Bring Out your Lead part deux…………….

Posted on July 31st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have to admit I was pressured into coming to BOYL by my good friend Tony Yates…..he knows of my occasional social anxiety issues however knew, as I do so well, that only by jumping in feet first can I overcome them. And overcome them I did. Thank God! What a fantastic weekend I spent with like minded fellows and personalities of the hobby.
My loot from Friday on the hotel bed.

Classic artwork on display…should really have taken a better pic.

Bryan (Ansell) brought along a load of his a Kev (Adams) head and shield sculpts. Fascinating.

Impressive game on display on Sunday…

With Maria Ansell’s help I was able to find a bunch of John Pickford sculpts for myself and Clam (Clamshells and Seahorses blog)….

Further below you’ll see the unreleased sculpts that Maria and Marcus have found. Check out Clam’s John Pickford site here. It’s a real treat to have someone as passionate as Clam in the hobby.

A poor pic of one of the cabinets’ zombies. There’s a fair few I don’t recognise amongst the old classic pre-slotta Citadel and Ral Partha et.

Kev Adams spent Saturday (and Sunday) sculpting heads for people on figures they’d brought along. He made about £250 for charity and really enjoyed himself. When I left on sunday he was chin wagging away with Bryan and Tony Ackland. Top bloke.

Quick pic of myself and Tony Ackland. The stories Tony told me about the hobby (and his love of geology) were fantastic, occasionally grim, sometimes funny and often shocking. I spent most of Friday and Saturday chatting away to him and Bryan along with Marcus and Maria.

A pic with Bryan and Tony from Friday courtesy of Mark Stevenson. 

Random pics of the games. There was a real passion throughout the gathering.

Maria Ansell and my buddy tony Yates.

 

Tony was doing sketches throughout Saturday. He’d brought a bunch of his sculpts along as well. So many I still need to find!

  
Tony sketched me a Donald Trump to go along with my Bob Olley sculpt. This will take pride of place in my collection.


Various old Citadel Eternal Champion minis, lovingly painted….

An unreleased John Pickford giant demon. Clam is desperate for this piece and I can see why. Absolutely massive though.

The 3 alternative heads that Maria had found.
A lovely variant of one of the Orcling handmaidens. Bryan said there are a couple more somewhere.

Some of Bryan’s shield and base designs.  

3 more of tony Yates’ sculpts that will hopefully be molded up at some point.

3 unreleased Mark Sims (I think) dwarves…

A couple of unreleased Squig types

Who couldn’t love Orclings with chainsaws….

Unreleased Kev Adams dragon.

Unreleased Orc variant

Unreleased John Pickford pony – released with baggage in the lovely Halfling Adventurers set.

Get the Halfling set here. Everyone should have these guys in their collection!

An unreleased John Pickford Orc King on war dragon. The missing wings were a mystery until Clam sent me a link explaining everything….here.

A demon that never made it the release stage for some reason. Clam has it via an old list as DM005 Golztariusbous The Ever Turning. 

  
Now a highlight of my weekend was joining Marcus in the hidden dungeons of the Foundry network whilst he made up a mold of some of the unreleased minis they’d found.
These pincers belong to Steve Turton, Foundry’s main caster and mold maker who just celebrated 24 years in the field. They were given to him by (I think) his father when he first started. I have to say they oozed history.
One of the old casting machines that has seen years of faithful service and probably given to birth to millions of figures! I love the lead wallpaper at the rear……
Marcus showed me how to make a metal vent of the mold and I did the one going to the hopper type at the top of the mold here…..
And the first spin…..
Marcus prepping the mould with constant interruptions from me….
A little piece of unknown 40K history…..the original unfinished greens for the Space Marine Lizard mounts. 
And finally I had a request for one of my Maggie minis to be used as a head swap for a 40K miniature……the only relevant mini I had in the hotel room was the BOYL one……as you can see it wasn’t really compatible. Another failed sale.
Overall a fantastic weekend that I would recommend to one and all. Lots of places to stay around the area at reasonable rates and a very friendly bunch of enthusiasts running BOYL supported by the most wonderful Ansell family.
Comments below or email me as usual on;
[email protected]

Bring Out Your Lead!

Posted on July 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Courtesy of those wonderful folks at Wargames Foundry, for the first time I am travelling along to a weekend of Oldhammer in East Stoke, Newark. 
OLDHAMMER!
FIFTH ANNUAL OLDHAMMER 2017
The fifth Oldhammer: Bring Out Your Lead! event is fast approaching and will be held at our shop in East Stoke near Newark, Nottinghamshire on the 28th, 29th and 30th of July.
“BRING OUT YOUR LEAD is the annual gaming event that brings together the best of the tabletop retrogaming community.
There will be demo games, participation games, a spectacular amount of vintage fantasy and science fiction miniatures on display, old-school gaming paraphernalia, great beer and much more.
The event is open to casual moochers, as well as the hardcore Oldhammer fanatic, so feel free to drop in and see what’s going on.
…And, whilst the event is all about celebrating old games and old figures – any and all games and figures are welcome”
For more info: https://bringoutyourlead.co.uk/
There is even a show mini…a 40K Imperial Guardette….sculpted by the inimitable John Pickford… 
All pics above c/o of the BOYL and used purely for the purpose of pushing people into the joy of old lead.
As most know, I am not a gamer….merely a hoarder of dusty lead. Back in the 70s and very occasionally the early 80s, I played D&D and Warhammer. That was my lot. The Lead God called and I was willing. I am hoping to spend some time with various luminaries such as Tony Yates, Steve Casey, Kev Adams, Tony Ackland, Bryan (and Marcus) Ansell and to finally meet up with the Oldhammerers from across the hobby……

Car parked up in the grounds…..middle of nowhere, what’s not to love…..

Various cabinet pics of drool-worthy painted legends….

Bryan and Maria Ansell photobombing my shot :)

40K Inquisition style vehicles, scratch built and not released unfortunately….

Slann on Cold Ones painted by the great Kev Adams….he came along on Saturday to sculpt heads for people at a bargain price of £10 for charity. I’ll post pics later. A visitor was chatting away slightly confused, I gently pointed out this was Kev Adams and his jaw hit the ground as he hadn’t realised. He will be bringing models on Sunday for Kev to put a head on!

I was speaking all day with Tony Ackland however only took one pic of the artwork he brought along! This firearm was created using an airbrush…

Various pics from the display cabinets. Maria and Marcus have spent days organising these lovingly so we can drool to our hearts’ content…..first 3 pics are a bunch of (very) old sculpts mostly by Tony Yates from back in the day for playtesting Rogue Trader rules…..Steve Casey generously presented me with a bunch of old Citadel baggies containing some of these but I thought them better placed with Foundry so passed them over to Marcus and Mariah. 

Miniatures that Marcus has cast up for the show, some re-released old Citadel/Foundry, some unreleased Citadel and some of the maestro Tony Yates’ sculpts.

Today’s loose loot.

Yay! My own copy of the event mini.

Freebie resin mini courtesy of Curtis Fell, the mad genius behind Ramshackle Games. The character is a mayor in a scenario game at BOYL.

Pics below later :)
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Bring Out Your Lead!

Posted on July 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Courtesy of those wonderful folks at Wargames Foundry, for the first time I am travelling along to a weekend of Oldhammer in East Stoke, Newark. 
OLDHAMMER!
FIFTH ANNUAL OLDHAMMER 2017
The fifth Oldhammer: Bring Out Your Lead! event is fast approaching and will be held at our shop in East Stoke near Newark, Nottinghamshire on the 28th, 29th and 30th of July.
“BRING OUT YOUR LEAD is the annual gaming event that brings together the best of the tabletop retrogaming community.
There will be demo games, participation games, a spectacular amount of vintage fantasy and science fiction miniatures on display, old-school gaming paraphernalia, great beer and much more.
The event is open to casual moochers, as well as the hardcore Oldhammer fanatic, so feel free to drop in and see what’s going on.
…And, whilst the event is all about celebrating old games and old figures – any and all games and figures are welcome”
For more info: https://bringoutyourlead.co.uk/
There is even a show mini…a 40K Imperial Guardette….sculpted by the inimitable John Pickford… 
All pics above c/o of the BOYL and used purely for the purpose of pushing people into the joy of old lead.
As most know, I am not a gamer….merely a hoarder of dusty lead. Back in the 70s and very occasionally the early 80s, I played D&D and Warhammer. That was my lot. The Lead God called and I was willing. I am hoping to spend some time with various luminaries such as Tony Yates, Steve Casey, Kev Adams, Bryan (and Marcus) Ansell and to finally meet up with the Oldhammerers from across the hobby……
Pics below later :)
[email protected]

Oldhammer Citadel Combat Card dwarf wizard…..a little commission…

Posted on July 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

My good pal Kevan over at Stunties asked me to paint this piece up some while back….probably took me the better part of a year to get it back to him of course but it was a fun job on an unreleased mini. Well, a fan sculp of an unreleased mini from wh…

Citadel Combat Card dwarf wizard…..a little commission…

Posted on July 13th, 2017 under Posted by

My good pal Kevan over at Stunties asked me to paint this piece up some while back….probably took me the better part of a year to get it back to him of course but it was a fun job on an unreleased mini. Well, a fan sculp of an unreleased mini from wh…

McEwan miniatures have returned………..

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

John McEwan has finally given in to popular demand and re-released his old role playing miniatures. These are gems that I picked up via Games Workshop mail order back in the 70s. I couldn’t afford many but still have a wonderful dungeon double doorway …

McEwan miniatures have returned………..

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

John McEwan has finally given in to popular demand and re-released his old role playing miniatures. These are gems that I picked up via Games Workshop mail order back in the 70s. I couldn’t afford many but still have a wonderful dungeon double doorway …

Lamming Miniatures – little job lot….

Posted on June 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

As the picture shows…..so happy to pick these up. They’ll be joining the painting queue once the old ‘secret projects’ are completed…..a selection of ancient Egyptian types and the friends/foes…..I remember reading an interview with Bill Lamming …

Lamming Miniatures – little job lot….

Posted on June 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

As the picture shows…..so happy to pick these up. They’ll be joining the painting queue once the old ‘secret projects’ are completed…..a selection of ancient Egyptian types and the friends/foes…..I remember reading an interview with Bill Lamming …

Apocalypse Miniatures – Olde World Into the Wild….

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

A good hobby friend, Ryan, runs Apocalypse Miniatures and has commissioned the wonderful Tony Harwood of Dampf’s Modelling Page to sculpt a fantasy village in the Oldhammer / Olde Worlde style…..these are really very nice pieces. My miniatures n…

Apocalypse Miniatures – Olde World Into the Wild….

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

A good hobby friend, Ryan, runs Apocalypse Miniatures and has commissioned the wonderful Tony Harwood of Dampf’s Modelling Page to sculpt a fantasy village in the Oldhammer / Olde Worlde style…..these are really very nice pieces. My miniatures n…