Sunday, November 19, 2017

Collecting John Pickford: the Alpine Dwarfs on Kickstarter

The OS Miniatures Company (OSM) are running their third Kickstarter campaign and again its involving John Pickford. This, third campaign, is all about a general release of the Alpine dwarfs - yes, those dwarfs I preview back in June 2017.

I've been fortunate to pick up a set of these skiing dwarfs as OSM sold a limited number of sets through their FB-page.

And they are truly magnificent:

So, if you like what you are seing - why not stop by the Kickstarter campaign and also have a look at the beautiful painted samples Jamie did - just click the widget here

Oh, and don't forget to check out the awesome stretch goal that'sjust been added - a  verynice little OSM signature piece - also by John:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Collecting John Pickford: Pig-faced Orcs

Prior to the Sporks I showed you Friday, John did a small range of Fantasy Pig-faced Orcs. The range were sculpted during 2010 (I believe), but again unreleased til 2012 when Foundry published the God of Battle's rule set, written by Jake Thornton.
In GoB the Pig-faced Orcs are part of The Thousand Tribes. In here Thousand Tribes are described as a loose confederation of tribal people how share similar believes of animistic spirits.and ancestor worship. The Pig-faced Orcs seems rather useful as such.

The original range consisted of following 8 sets:

  1. Orc Command (Chieftain, Champion, Shaman, Standard Bearer, Musician)
  2. Orc Warriors armed with a mixture of crude hand weapons (5 models)
  3. Orc Warriors Slightly armoured, armed with a mixture of crude hand weapons (5 models)
  4. Orc Warriors armed with a mixture of crude spears (5 models)
  5. Orc Warriors Slightly armoured, armed with a mixture of crude spears(5 models)
  6. Orc warriors with Crossbows and arrows (5 models)
  7. Orc warriors with bows and arrows (5 models)
  8. Orc Warrior characters (5 models - incl. Black Smith, forge, helper)

However, the initial release only included these 4 set - here (all available from Casting Room Miniatures):

TT402 - Pig Faced Orcs
TT403 - Pig Faced Orcs Command

TT407 - Pig Faced Orcs

TT408 - Pig Faced Orc Archers

But with the help of Maria Ansell and David Wood I can now "reveal" the missing codes from this wonderful range:

TT401 Pig Faced Orc warriors with hand weapons

TT404 Pig Faced Orcs with Crossbows

TT405 Shaman and forge

TT406 Pig Faced Orcs (slightly armoured) with hand weapons

So lets open them and see what's inside, shall we?

Wargames Foundry: TT401 Pig Faced Orc warriors with hand weapons

Wargames Foundry: TT404 Pig Faced Orcs with Crossbows

Wargames Foundry: TT405 Shaman and forge

Wargames Foundry: TT406 Pig Faced Orcs (slightly armoured) with hand weapons

All new pig-faced orcs have been added to the Wikia - here:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Collecting John Pickford: The Sporks (Unreleased Sci-fi Pig-faced Orks by Wargames Foundry)

Well, I said the next couple of updates would be about my Pickford BOYL-haul but to my dismay I've just realised, that I'd never shared my set of Pig Faced Sci-Fi Orks with you.

In 2012, when the Ansells took over the everyday management of Wargames Foundry again, John where about to finish a range of of Pig Faced Orks in Space with the working title "Sporks". The ranges consists of several sculpts and war gear items and got finished and delivered but stayed unreleased, unfortunately.

For a long time the only proof of their existence was this picture from Foundry:

But at BOYL 2015 people saw them and a few Oldhammers even picked up samples of these - and if you remember, I have (with kind permission of James Halloway (@Gonzo History: Gaming Edition)), shared these here on this very blog.

April 2017 I got approached by good friend Jamie L (@the OS Miniatures Company) who had purchased a set set of these unreleased Pickford Sci-Fi Orks of eBay. But as he didn't really had any plans for them, he offered me a chance of having them. One of those offers you can't refuse and a few days later 16 crisp Sporks landed on my desk. And how awesome they all looked

And now, they have all been photographed and documented on the Collecting John Pickford Wiki - but they deserve a blog-update here as well:

Wargames Foundry: Spork Command

Wargames Foundry: Sporks with pistols

Wargames Foundry: Sporks with assault weapons

Wargames Foundry: Sporks with heavy Weapons

Wargames Foundry: Spork Sergeant

Still a few more to be collected - like the weapons team on the original picture, the 5 jump-pack guys and the Dreadnought Axiom spotted at a visit at Foundry and then the beautiful Grotz standard bearer, I'v heard so much of, but never seen - but it's a start - a good start - and I'm very happy having all of these.

Only catch here really is, that I've committed myself painting them all up, but I can't come up with a colour scheme I like. So if you have any ideas feel free to comment and I'f you got any inspirational art or pictures please share.

Thank you

- clam