Actually, on Friday night I was at a bit of a loose end. The Siege (a game that will be forever capitalised) had paused for the night and antipixi was playing toy cars with the other remaining geeks and gamers, so Bryan Ansell who up until that point had always been a near-mythical name on the 3rd Ed. rulebook and slightly manic looking chaos general gave me a tour of his gaff.
|Look on my mullet, ye mighty, and despair!|
|You can see where the lead gets poured. As an engineer-by-training, this was fascinating to me.|
The photos are from the alcove before the main store room. I saw one shelf of about fifty molds that seemed to be labelled "Misc." and another several shelves that had no visible labelling at all. Apparently, some of them haven't been used for about twenty five years (think about it, that's 1989 - what treasures they might contain!). In all, there are over seventeen TONS of molds. The mind boggles. It was while discussing these "unknown" molds that Bryan said two things which I think are really interesting for Oldhammer figure enthusiasts, archeogamers, if you will.
- Foundry intends to catalogue their molds so that you could ring up and have cast for you ANY model they have released at any point
- Bryan is fairly sure he has not only the rights to produce the historical figures from the golden era of Citadel (already available in e.g. The Baron's War range which are mostly ex-Citadel Perry "Feudal" sculpts), but also ANY figure that had been fully discontinued by GW/Citadel at the point he left. The only reason he hasn't pursued it so far is that it "would have seemed rude". However, as one of the Foundry chaps who was chatting with us pointed out, no-one is left who would mind. Watch this space, eh?!
I also got a guided tour through the small sample of Bryan's fifty thousand or so personal collection that were on display, including a whole squad of sphincter beasts. Horrible little sculpts, but a slice of nostalgia none-the-less. Sadly my photo was terribly blurry so I won't inflict it on you. Here are a few of the pieces that were there, but you'd need to head over to Eldritch Epistles or Realm of Chaos 80s for a more detailed run down of what they are and their significance. I just enjoyed the feeling of being inside a pre-issue 125 White Dwarf!
|Love these wizards|
|The flash makes them a bit garish, but can you spot the metal originals that became the AHQ henchmen? Oh, and knights, woop!|
|More Feudals. Good inspiration for heraldry for me.|
|So chaotic they even affected my photo|
|Those wizards again, but Bryan had opened up the cabinet so I could get better pictures by this point. Look at all those demons lurking below...|
|Lurid chaos thugs|
|Probably the best painted miniature of its time, says Bryan. Hard to disagree.|
|Ok, it seemed a waste not to - some blurry sphincters. Hideous.|
And that's it for BOYL reports for this year from me. I'm already planning next year (getting a weekend pass is top of the "to do" list) but there'll be plenty more gaming before then. In fact, I already have a battle report for what may be the Best Game Ever - my sons' first game of 3rd Ed, with me GMing. Yeah baby, the geek is strong in these two.