Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Chaz Elliott artwork identification - help!

Chaz Elliott (yes, he of Games Workshop fame!) is about to start selling his collection of figures and artwork. I know that his artwork appeared in various old issues of White Dwarf, the Rogue Trader rulebook and numerous other publications, but it would be great to pin down exactly where some of the artwork can be found. So, a bit a of detective work is needed: can you help to ID the sources of the following images? Please leave your comments below if you manage to positively ID the source.

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Friday, 13 June 2014

The Bryan Ansell collection: Space Marine Scouts (Rogue Trader era)

Just a quickie today to showcase some of the painted Games Workshop/Citadel Miniatures Space Marine scouts in Bryan Ansell's collection. A mixture of metal and plastic (from the Advanced Space Crusade set). Some of the plastic scouts are particularly well-painted, and the metal scouts look great with the face paint!

Friday, 30 May 2014

Unreleased unseen Heroquest (?) prototype figures (Bryan Ansell's collection)

This is potentially something a bit special. I say "potentially" because there's a bit of a mystery surrounding the origin of these figures. They were all found in a zip-lock bag in Bryan Ansell's collection with "HEROQUEST" written on the bag in marker pen. Although I can say for sure these are unreleased sculpts, I cannot be certain on their link with Heroquest. First the figures, then the reasons for why they are a mystery:




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The link these figures may or may not have with Heroquest (or Advanced HQ, or any of the expansions) is a mystery for the following reasons:

1. We already know what the metal prototypes for the first five figures (Barbarian, Wizard, Dwarf, Chaos Warrior, Elf) - for both HQ and AHQ - look like. They have been published in early issues of White Dwarf and they are not the same figures as the ones above. The barbarian is very close, but still different. So if the above figures are HQ/AHQ prototypes, why would two prototypes have been produced for these figures? That doesn't rule out that there could have been more than one prototype of course.

2. I am not aware of any knight figures in the HQ/AHQ games.

I posted these images on www.yeoldeinn.com, a HQ site, and one of the responses I received was as follows:

"The one's referenced in the OP are likely those used by a by a GW employee (Ansell?) that was playtesting Hero Quest. Stephen Baker, Roger Ford, and Ben Rathbone were all key in HQ's development, but as evidenced by the WD adventures, other GW employees had access to playtesting. Any mini in the Citadel range was fair game for use.

Talisman was already out. Advanced Heroquest was developed 18 months after the development of Hero Quest. Ansell's bag o' minis resemble the Heroes from Talisman and Advanced Heroquest better. The Knight particularly matches the AHQ Warrior and Talisman Knight Templar better. Additionally, the Elf better matches the AHQ Elf and Talisman Wood Elf, both which also start with a long bow and sword. Same for the Ansell Dwarf--he is equipped with a hammer and shield, same as the AHQ Dwarf. Even the more mature-looking, bearded Wizard of AHQ better fits the OP wizard. Only Talisman featured a chaos warrior as a Hero.

Interestingly, the knight and chaos warrior figures as Heroes also saw release in Warhammer Quest, the GW successor of Advanced Heroquest and Hero Quest."

So, HQ, AHQ, Talisman? Or a mixture of all three? Or something else?

At a guess I'd say that some are definitely Jes Goodwin sculpts, and the others possibly Aly Morrison? I spoke to Bryan and Kev Adams about these figures, and Kev told me that Jes and Aly occasionally swapped figures and worked on different parts of the same figure.

If anyone out there can shed light on these figures I would be delighted to hear from you.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Unreleased Rogue Trader adventurer (Bryan Ansell's collection)

Today's offering from the Ansell horde is yet another unreleased Rogue Trader Adventurer:

This figure is labelled "Feral Shaman" on the tab and was produced in 1987. I don't know who sculpted it but at a guess I would say Trish Carden or Aly Morrison. Could be wrong though. No idea who painted it but it was part of the collection of Bryan's painted Rogue Trader Adventurers that can be found in this advert from White Dwarf 99:

I have no idea what he's carrying under his arm - any suggestions? Also, does anyone recall reading about feral shamans in the old Rogue Trader rulebooks or White Dwarfs, or do you think he's just a "generic character"?

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Unreleased playtest/prototype Titan (Bryan Ansell's collection)

Work and family commitments have resulted in a lull in my blog posts recently, but now I'm back and my unreleased cup overfloweth. I've got plenty of fine figures to show you, both from Bryan Ansell's collection and also ones I've accumulated for my own personal collection over the last few months. So, on with the show.

***PLEASE NOTE*** this blog post has been updated since the start of the day. I initially though I was blogging about an unreleased Rogue Trader era robot but it appears it's an unreleased playtest/prototype Titan.

Today's offering was found in Bryan's collection and is an imposing Citadel Miniatures unreleased playtest/prototype Titan sculpted by Bob Naismith (thanks for confirming that Bob!):

The figure in the image above was carefully assembled from six components parts as follows:

Confirmation that it is indeed a prototype Titan came from Apocolocyntosis over at the Tactical Command forum. Apocolocyntosis shared this great image that shows the above Titan in the bottom left corner:

I don't know what the symbol (if symbol it is) above the head is meant to represent, but a top-down view reveals the double-headed Imperial Eagle crest on each shoulder:

This view also reveals what appears to be three holes possibly for weapon mounts, although no weapons were present with this sculpt. Interestingly, the figure that appears in the bottom left of the earlier image is also without weapons.

So, what do you think? Is it a figure you would like to have owned?

More stuff from Bryan's collection very soon, including yet another unseen unreleased Rogue Trader adventurer, and another unseen unreleased Tyranid!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Happy Birthday to my blog! A review of the year

It was a year ago today that I started this blog, and what a year it's been! Some incredible unreleased and previously unseen Games Workshop figures have emerged in the Bryan Ansell collection; Tim Pollard's collection has revealed some fascinating surprises; Dave Perry's painted old-skool figures have wowed us; and I've started gaming and painting again after a 25 year break! There's plenty more to come in my second year - and I might even do some more painting and gaming.

The blog has attracted 157 followers, and another 51 people are my google+ followers. Does that count as 208 followers?! I guess so...Anyway, the blog appears to have had around 133,000 pageviews which I'm delighted about because more people need to see the stuff in these collections. So please spread the word!

Please indulge me as I revisit some of my favourite posts of the past year.

The blog kicked off with preparations for the forthcoming Oldhammer Weekend at Wargames Foundry, which was still 6 months away at that time, but much needed to be done. My first post offered some suggestions for chaos beastmen colour schemes, based on some of Bryan's beastmen to be seen in the pages of the Realm of Chaos books. Continuing with the beastmen theme, I began documenting the contents of Bryan's "Cabinets of Chaos" which revealed some truly stunning figures.

Being a huge fan of John Blanche's painted figures and artwork, it was a pleasure to see these early JB figures in Bryan's collection last April.

A further post in April 2013 also revealed that Ivan Bartleet's incredible War Altar of Nurgle was alive and well in Bryan's collection.

Xaxus Chaos-Thrall revealed himself in May, and it was truly a moment of childhood memories for me to see this Compendium 1 converted figure in the flesh. Converted by Bryan, painted by John Blanche - what a heritage!

In June, a retrospective of a Rogue Trader event held at Wargames Foundry in 2012 focussed on Bryan's Genestealer Cult, which not only included some wonderfully painted figures, but also some rare unreleased figures and Dale Hurst's scratch-built limousines.

I started a series of posts on the Rogue Trader Space Marines in Bryan's collection back in July (there's more to come of these).

I blogged about Dale Hurst's Tzeentch warband in Bryan's collection last August and it's great to see so many of these have survived.

At the end of August Wargames Foundry revealed that they had discovered the moulds for the ex-Citadel Blandford Warriors and Mercenaries, which raised the exciting prospect of what other ex-Citadel goodies are yet to be revealed in the Foundry "vault."

The end of August also so Oldhammer Weekend running at Foundry, and Bryan brought along a large selection of his painted figures to display. Envious Oldhammerers spent lots of time drooling over those cabinets!

I co-GM'd a Rumble in the Jungle game over the Oldhammer Weekend using Warhammer 3rd edition rules. There was plenty of Norse/Amazon/Orc/Gorilla/Pygmy action - it was a blast!

Anyone who attended the Oldhammer Weekend will never forget the site of Nico's Realm of Chaos army on the table. There are no words...

One of the highlights of blogging about Bryan's painted figures that appeared in old White Dwarf adverts came in October, when a post about painted Rogue Trader Adventurers revealed these bombshells:

I had the pleasure of bringing Dave Perry's wonderful painted miniatures to my blog last October, which started with some excellent Jes Goodwin Chaos Champions.

We've not seen the last of Dave's figures yet.

October also saw the start of some mind-boggling discoveries of unreleased figures in Bryan's collection. We had Rogue Trader era Adeptus Arbites, an unknown figure from the Rogue Trader rulebook, an Adeptus Administratum, and the "8 ball trooper."

In December I had an opportunity to trawl through Tim Pollard's collection of miniatures, looking for some rare gems. He didn't disappoint and revealed a prototype metal Dark Future car, a mulit-part metal Rogue Trader Space Marine, and a guitar-playing Space Marine!

In January I covered the unreleased metal prototype Wizards of Morcar figures (Heroquest expansion) in Dave Perry's collection. Or at least they were - Dave no longer owns them. Not only are these beautifully painted, but I need all of them except for the orc - help me someone!

In February the very rare and much sought after Nuln Spearman appeared on ebay and in a flash he was gone, along with his equally rare Guard Captain companion. *SIGH*

February also saw the discovery of an unreleased Rogue Trader Ork weapon platform in Bryan's collection. A simple but highly desirable (in my opinion!) piece of kit.

Speaking of desirable, March saw the revelation of yet another unreleased Rogue Trader era figure - an Adeptus Mechanicus - plus the "Ymgarl Genestealer," which led to much moaning and gnashing of teeth!

So there you have it, some of my personal favourites of the last year. I hope you've enjoyed following my blog over the last year, and rest-assured we haven't seen the end of these collections yet. Far from it.