Well last week I gave you a little insight into my former life as a “Miniatures Mogul” (ha ha, I made myself laugh then! Sorry), Anyway after we had the first of the Dick Garrison range out I thought we needed to add a second range, but I really didn’t have the money to start paying another sculptor to start making figures for a range that I really didn’t think would be a big money spinner for us, I hasten to add at this point that this was only ever going to be a nonprofit hobby business (well the nonprofit bit was optional, but ultimately inevitable!).
Anyway I had often thought it would be a bit of a laugh to produce a game based around Christmas, this was inspired by the fact that the one day a year when we had the all the furniture moved back and the dining room table out to its full extent was “Christmas”, and of course the tablecloth was snow white (well if you ignored the gravy stains!). So Santa and his pals was what I would do next!
Now this is a perfect example of what a complete idiot I am, in as much as I thought, “I should be able to sculpt all these myself, I mean how hard can it be!”, so some greenstuff was bought (I’d never used it before as the first things I’d tried to sculpt, were the “Raymen” as sold by “Irregular Miniatures” that I’d got half way through before discovering my allergic reaction to Milliput and sending them to Ian to finish then off).
Armed then with a cocktail stick and a knife and a quick tutorial I printed off of the net (I seem to think it was by a teenage boy who made his own Warhammer figures) I set to work on “Santa” and “Mrs. Claus” (above), more but sheer luck than judgement and skill these actually came out reasonably OK, if a little (a little!) rough by professional standards, so I cracked on and ended up with a small range of twenty figures, some of which I actually still think came out alright, and taking the cost of a sculptor out of the mix meant we eventually made a bit of a profit on these chaps, money that was then ploughed back into the “Dick Garrison” range (see non-profit!).
Gradually as the range grew I think my sculpting got a little better, and of course I added to my collection of tools. One of my favorite items in this range was actually one of the simplest to make, this being the “Snowman casualty marker” (or a melted snowman), this was originally just going to be a “freebie” we threw in with orders over a certain amount, but that many people wanted to buy more that we ended up adding him to the range proper.
One thing that I was rather proud of (in a strange way) was we actually made a “Top ten” list of the “sickest Christmas related items” on the internet one year, in amongst the “Reindeer poo, sweet dispenser” and the “Turin Shroud tea towel”, oh the joy of being listest amongst such vaunted Christmas presents, I was quite giddy with the accolade I’ll tell you.
So there you have it, a testament to my somewhat twisted sense of humor, these were really the figures I learnt to push the putty about on, in some ways I would like to go back and have another go at them, now I have (a little) better idea of what I’m doing, but hopefully in another fifteen years’ time I might have more again (though probably not!).
Now, though these were the only complete range of figures I did for “Wargames Supply Dump” but they weren’t the only figures I did, so next week in the last of these special posts, I’ll list a few of the other figures I did for the Miscellaneous range along with some of the 20mm ones….
But till then, stay safe.