“A Bit of a Dick”

Well as stated last week I have now hung up my tools and paint brushes till the New Year, but does this mean you can get away from me, does it “heck as like”. Over the last few months I have had a couple of people asking to see some pictures of the miniatures I used to sell through “Wargames Supply Dump” the company I started and ran between 2004 and 2017, I can do this now as there is of course no commercial interest (you can’t buy these figures anymore, so if you missed the boat, where were you!). So anyway there isn’t room here to post pictures of all the figures so what I plan on doing is giving you a flavor of some of our ranges over the next few weeks, starting with our most popular range….Dick Garrison, Galactic Hero.

The main reason I started WSD was because I wanted a 30’s Sci/fi pulp range of figures and at the time there wasn’t any available so I thought I’d create my own, and I was lucky enough to gain the services of one of the great sculptors to do most of them for me in the shape of the inimitable “Bob Olley”, our original release consisted of seven figures, Dick Garrison, Felicity Goodbody, Khang (the compassionless), Prince Borain, Kassiopia (Khangs daughter), a Khang trooper and a Space Navy trooper. Here is Dick and Khang, both beautifully sculpted from my awful drawings and descriptions, I wanted Dick to have a look of the actor “Dirk Bogart” and I think Bob captured that admirably. Next we have Kassiopia the architype beautiful but ice cold imperial princes, again my pictures were dreadful so all the credit here really has to go to Bob, he was a joy to work with and a really funny chap too, the couple of phone conversations I had with him were a joy, though most of our work was done over the net.

Prince Volstratos next, bet you can’t guess who he was based on? I actually sent Bob pictures of my brother in-law as a base to work from, though in truth he does have a passing resemblance to a rather famous “shouty” actor. I’ll also include one of the two variations of “Khang” Robots in this section, they came with either legs of tracked lower sections (like the robot from lost in space), but the legged version was always the more popular though.

Bob wasn’t the only sculptor to work on the “Dick Garrison” line though, I was also put in touch with an American sculptor, Brad Shier, and he produced the “Retrovians” and “Aquillians”, the Retrovians were based on an old favorite comic strip of mine from “The Eagle” though their leader preferred a robotic tripod over a floating disc, He was described to Brad by me as a cross between the “Mekkon” and “Davros” I think he hit the nail pretty much square on (this image was painted by Brad as well). I painted up two different versions of this race, the “official” (I hate that term, paint them however you bloody want!), colour scheme  with turquoise and gold uniforms and what I like to call my “Earth Invasion” scheme, with the blue faces. The Aquillian’s were our under water race, I imagined them having water filled spacecraft, but that never came to fruition. Brad had the odd figure he’d sculpted without being commissioned and one of these was a Demon he’d done for a competition that he then modified into the “Garkkon Monster” after I offered to buy it. This figure was sold with a separate “Anchor” and we were often asked why? Truth is that’s just how brad had sculpted him originally and he sent it along with the finished green, so waste not want not, and that was cast up too.

The Garkkon wasn’t the only figure to be added from someone else’s existing range. The Valkyrie space pirates were originally Bob’s “Girls with guns”, but when he decided to sell the range off I thought they were a perfect fit with the rest of the “Dick” line, he later cheekily E-mailed me to say that he’d done some conversions of the original figures and would I be interested in them too? Of course I was so they were expanded upon.

There was one other sculptor (and I use the term loosely), to work on the “Dick” line, that being me, as I thought I’d have a go and so created the “Dragon Grub”, a rather nasty tunneling creature, that was a pretty simple design (basically a worm!) that I sculpted emerging from the earth. So there you have it the range that really got the ball rolling as far as WSD was concerned.

Next week I will be turning our attention to another of the WSD ranges the rather apt for this time of year…”Santa Claus Wars” range.

But till then, stay safe.

Cheers Roger.

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26 Responses to “A Bit of a Dick”

  1. Dave Stone says:

    What a wonderful range you had there Roger, very characterful sculpts by all involved and fit the genre perfectly

  2. Doesn’t matter whether you’re biased, those are nice minis and ones to be proud of! 🙂 I do like the robots and the Dragon Grub!

  3. What a marvellous trip back down memory lane, and spookily I have several of those very minis in my partially-painted challenge line ready for finishing. Are we going to see your 15mm Sci-Fi line at all? I believe those were the first minis I bought off of you at a show in Reading?

    • Thanks Simon, I will look forward to seeing what you do with them, I never actually had a 15mm sci/fi line, but did have a 20mm one (gods own scale!), a few of those will be appearing in the last post before Christmas.🎅🤶

      Oh talking of 15mm did the Barbarians arrive yet?

      Cheers Roger.

  4. Great Post Roger and I’m looking forward to the next one already! The figures themselves, along with the paint jobs, look excellent. Creating your own range of figures does sound like a great thing to do I must say. 🙂

  5. Great to see them in colour Rog. So much coolness here.

  6. Mut says:

    Those sculpts are just excellent, so much character and detail in each one.

    The pink shades are so vivid – is that Citadel?

    • Thanks Matt, Bob and brad did do wonderful work to be honest, no all the paints used were either “Horizon” (sadly no longer available I think), “Miniature Paints” , that I use a lot of still, and I think “Polish Crimson” (the pink on the Dragon Grub) which was a “Colour Party” colour.

      I’ve never really used much “Citadel colour” paint to be honest, I think I have three pots that I bought years ago.

      Cheers Roger.

  7. Carrion Crow says:

    Nice to see these again, Roger. I do have a fair few of the Retrovians, along with Dick, Felicity and Khang. Will we see your superheroes too? I know these were conversions of Dick Garrison figures, but I have a soft spot for these – especially Bulletman.

    • Thanks Jez, I don’t think “Ballistic man” 😉 and friends probably wont make an appearance, as I only have a limited amount of space (don’t want to make the posts too long and bore the pants off you all!).

      Cheers Roger.

  8. Oh Roger, how did I miss this post during my last review/catch up on blogs? Man I’m glad that I did actually catch it! It’s funny but the confluence of your meeting/knowing Buck Surdu and his GASLIGHT game and you and I meeting on the blog still amazes me. Fate no? I just remember seeing all the WSD stuff when I was just getting back into the hobby – and a message came out on TMP (and from Buck) that you were shuttering WSD! OH NO! I saw so many figures that you had that I desperately wanted for sci-fi platoons and my Combat Patrol retro sci-fi games. I definitely bought a small lead mountain and I still have a good number in my (getting longer) painting queue. So, I have a lot of Dick Garrison stuff to paint, to include platoons (yes platoons) of Khanopians, Valkyrie Space Pirates, and even some Space Munchkins. I have managed to finish a few key ones such as my Khang Robots I finished in 2017 (see https://markamorin.com/2017/08/24/khang-robots/) – these are great and have been in many battles! Also the Robo Sentry Guns (see https://markamorin.com/2017/08/08/robo-sentry-guns-from-wsd/) that I also finished in 2017, and have been great on the tabletop. Of course, I added my Garkkon to the Retrovian platoon (had no Aquilians unfortunately) – and they have had a couple of battles too (see here https://markamorin.com/2019/12/15/retrovians/). I still have big plans for the WSD stuff, and I will paint them all! (plus I will continue to share to the Lost Minis Wiki of course for posterity http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Dick_Garrison)!

    Cheers! Mark

    • Thanks so much Mark, sorry i didn’t notice this sooner, for some reason I had to approve this (don’t know why bloody wordpress!).

      It has been great seeing your wonderful renditions of our figures over the years, people like your good self were what made the business such a joy to run (well most of the time 😉).

      I still miss it, and don’t, if that makes any sense, Cheers Roger.

  9. angrypiper says:

    I’m so angry I don’t own any of these. I think you were getting out just when my retro sci-fi interest was waning. I had some Killer B and some Hydra, both of which are available in the States, but by the time I heard of you, it was too late.
    Thanks for showing these Roger. I really love them!

    • Thanks Keith, Killer B and Hydra are both really nice figures and great people to deal with also. Sorry you missed out, but at the time it just seemed prudent to pull the plug on the business. Glad you like them anyway.

      Cheers Roger.

  10. CG says:

    Are the molds for Dick Garrison remade and are you open to a private order?

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