Had a great time this weekend at Carronade – Falkirk’s premier wargames show – and met up with old and new friends and made a few new ones.
I don’t recall ever posting about my ‘purchase’ stash before – it’s not something I feel strongly about – but I do enjoy reading other folks reports. So I thought I’d give it a bash as I picked up quite a mix of things.
First up – New items (i.e. not bargains).
I clocked the availability of these Time Bandit miniatures a while back. Sculpt-wise they are fantastic. They are a little ‘large’ compared to 28mm dwarves but, well, so what. £17, the second biggest spend of the day.
I thought I’d try enhancing my bases a little and at the same time pick up some ‘flowers’ for the public park in my little fantasy town.
Biggest spend of the day! A whopping £30 for 30 painted and based Gripping Beast lead Dark Age miniatures (I was being sarcastic about the whopping). The paint job is tabletop ready but I will need to work on them a bit – especially the spear colours, yuk! – and, as you can see from front and centre mini I’ll be rebasing them.
I’ve only been able to identify a few of them from the Gripping Beast website so if anyone is the wiser do please let me know what minis they are (not that it will influence how I use them).
And yes Tim, their purchase is entirely your fault (in the nicest possible way) as possible forces (or expansion forces) for the imminent SAGA campaign you are running. Looking forward to it!
Okay – I’ve already got a small collection of Rohan bought off eBay along with the rest of the population of Middle Earth. And I have a mind to use them as the base for a SAGA campaign force (sticklers for historical accuracy can *&$! off). However they are either unpainted or very badly painted (means stripping and repainting). These however are ready to battle – aside from some base painting adjustments – see the sore thumb in the front row). More importantly, they come from the collection of Ian Holt who was a good wargaming friend of mine back in my Edinburgh days. Ian passed away suddenly a couple of years ago and is sorely missed. The thought of giving them play-time makes me happy – though I’m not even sure if Ian ever gamed with them or not. Catch Jim Duncan at 3:45pm and he’ll let you have 24 of them for £10.
50p each, possible dark age riders to replace a couple of the early medieval proxies I have lined up for some action.
Snotlings. I have a few. They are the core of my 15mm goblinoid army. Yes, 15mm. Grotesque and cartoony, they add a bit of light-heartedness to a rather stinky army. These are a few found in a rummage box for 25p each.
Way back when I had no money I always wanted to pick up this guy – for the life of me I can’t recall his name and haven’t googled it yet – but he’s a classic from GW, a woodland Lord. He’s missing his right hand so I negotiated the figure to the left for a custom replacement. £3. Wanted a wizard dwarf. £1. (He’s not staying pink!)
I’ve since completed Orion, The Wood Elf King, including right hand spear modification here on this post:
How Big is your God? Miniature scale in “Of Gods and Mortals”
Rummage bin. £1 for a nice, if non-dramatic, Wargames Foundry dark age huscarl.
Painted this chap up too:
Another Northern Wind: Rohan, Vikings and a very old Citadel miniature
Poor chap I bought these from at the B&B was having a miserable day so my negotiation skills only managed to shave of a few quid. £19 for the Scale75 and WF Flesh set.
If I see 15mm fantasy I tend to pick it up. Some Peter Pig orcs and high elves. £3.50.
Maybe the best and worst bargain of the day! I’d considered buying a set of Dreadball last year when Mantic were running a sale (maybe get my son interested). But I didn’t bother. Base game set (rrp £50), 2 season books and an extra team. £15. Why do I say ‘Maybe the worst bargain”? Well, if I never play it then it’s money down the drain! (Like a few other games I might have acquired…)
Anyway, that’s the lot – aside from the Citadel carry case I bought off the wonderful Dave to protect the 30 Gripping Beast Saxons I’d just bought. He’s not in to haggling very much 😉
And an extra thank you to Tim for the loaner copy of SAGA to review.
In my opinion a fairly conservative, inexpensive, considered and fruitful shopping trip. A bit of fantasy, a bit of sci fi, a bit of historical, a bit of terrain, a bit of paint supplies.