Monday, 5 February 2018

IMPORTANT POST - PLEASE READ! Items stolen from Trader at PAWS 2018

Not my normal post, but I have just found out that a small wargames business was targeted at PAWS Wargames show. Roughly £400+ of stock was stolen. This is by no way any reflection on the PAWS club who must be horrified that this has happened.

The Trader concerned was Gydran Miniatures Studio and the items taken include:

Seven boxes of the large sets - 3 x heavy support, 2 x breacher and 2 x crisis units.
Approximately 20 Blisters of various types from the dweorg and space critter range as well as several raider and space critter small sets.

The breacher and heavy weapon sets have only just been made available and therefore numbers out there will be few.

I'd like to ask the wargames community to be vigilant for these items and if seen please contact Gydran Miniatures Studios. It would be appreciated if other bloggers share this post and make this hobby an unsafe place for thieves.

More Details from Gydran Miniatures Studio

Good morning, everyone.
As some of you may know we were at PAW 2018 this year for the second year in a row. It was great to see some familiar faces and catch up with some of the amazing members of our miniature and games industry here in the UK.
Unfortunately something happened during the show that somewhat soured the experience for us. On the Sunday it came to light that over £400 worth of stock was stolen in one go on the Saturday in the form of an orange and black plastic crate being removed from the stall while the staff were being distracted and several packs of resin bases being removed in what we now believe to be the same theft. We are pretty sure we know who the culprits are and it has been reported to the show organisers who are disgusted that it has happened.
We would ask any of you at the show that saw anything to let us know. Also if you see any of our products being sold online other than via Bad Squiddo Games, the ebay seller zmm-online or our webstore at to please report it to us. There is no camera surveillance in the hall where we were and for the first time ever doing shows we didn't have our normal security camera up (we were very busy and it was forgotten).
The theft consisted of several of our large Elsor-Varo sets including Heavy Support, Breachers and Crisis units. At least 20 blisters of assorted types and several small sets including the Dweorg Raiders and Space Critters.
It's never a nice thing to have anything stolen. We are a small company and the theft has left us in disbelief that someone could do that. We urge you all to spread the word and share this as far and wide as possible. Lets create enough heat under this that the thieves find it near impossible to sell their ill gotten goods.
If you are the thieves and reading this, if you return the goods to the PAW venue we will not take it any further. However, if we catch you we will prosecute you to the full extent of the law.
Thanks guys, and remember to share as far and wide as you can!

Below is an example of the type of product taken.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Ebay Sales

In case any of my blog followers are interested, I'm downsizing my collection and have listed a number of units on eBay. These are my WSS British, Crimean War Russians, ACW Confederates, amoung other things. 

If you click on the link below the link to eBay will appear (don't know why it does it like that...?!)

Monday, 29 January 2018

Natal Native Contingent

A little kick start of my own, a return to the Anglo-Zulu War. Warlord Games 28mm plastic Natal Native Contingent. I have a plan for a scenario based around the death of Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, to be played using The Men Who Would be King rules. I have purchased all the figures needed and am in the process of painting them up for the game.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Kickstarter - Freyja's Wrath

Just a quick post, tonight at 18:00 (GMT) Bad Squiddo Games have their next Kickstarter happening.  This time we're offered more Shieldmaidens, Beavers, Moose and Norse Goddesses! There is a particularly lovely Seer model sculpted by the talented Shane Hoyle. All this and ravens too, might be worth adding something interesting to your Viking war bands, I'm thinking of using some models in Dragon Rampant as well as RPG settings. 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Early Saxon Warlord

It's been a while, well what seems like a very long time for me since I last posted, and so a very belated Happy New Year!

To resume posting I thought I'd offer up an Early Saxon Warlord that I've painted up with the intention of leading the invasion forces for SAGA and Dux Britanniarum by Too Fat Lardies. These figures are 28mm from the superb Footsore Miniatures range which are a real pleasure to paint. The flag is from Little Big Man Studios

The traditional New Year reflection has seen me look at my wargaming collection with a critical eye.  Looking back over my blog posts it has become apparent that a number of projects have stuttered and my main interest of 18th Century has suffered. In addition I have started another army as part of a joint project with the newly formed club (more of this in another post). I have come to the conclusion that I may have bitten off more than I can chew, quite a common complaint I hear you say! I have slowly been sorting out and selling off parts of the collection in an attempt to rationalise, some it hasn't even reached the page of the blog! 

One project that I'm contemplating selling off is the Crimean War Russians. I'm still mulling this over. If anyone is interested in acquiring these figures please drop me a line, it might just tip me over the edge!

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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Era of the Princes Rus



A little Christmas greeting and some pictures of my recently completed Era of the Princes Rus, 4 points for SAGA. I will be increasing this set to 6 points in the near future, the figures are purchased and in the queue. These are 28mm figures from Gripping Beast with Little Big Men Studios shields and banner. I will be posting a completed army in the New Year, yes I've actually completed an army, 15mm though, but for now I'll keep you waiting....especially as I'm not quite ready to reveal as my flags are in the post!

I hope you all have a peaceful and enjoyable holiday period, and that Santa brings you parcels of lead and plastic to see you safely through the New Year.

Happy Gaming!

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Friday, 8 December 2017


Finally the Toy Story opponents for the Minions in the Battle of the Sand Box. I'll be adding a few more soldier units as the Minions have received some further reinforcements this week. I haven't yet decided on stats for Dragon Rampant, but will be along the lines of the Minion force, perhaps Woody, Bullseye and Jessie being Elite cavalry? Buzz will have Flying ability, of course....and maybe shooting with lasers?

Also photographed are some the terrain I've got ready, a part buried Pringles tube, and some children's wooden blocks, these were off eBay, but I've since seem some similar in the local supermarket going cheap. I'm also thinking of wandering terrain in the form of a discarded crisp packet roaming the battlefield, direction to be decided by D10 for distance and direction by scatter dice. 

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