Some bad news about Dazed Miniatures – the range is being withdrawn from sale. The silver lining is a 30% off sale to clear the remaining stock.
All that the story on the RLBPS web site says is:
Dazed Miniatures was a partnership and it has been been ended by one partner (the Sculpter) withdrawing the licence to produce any of the figures we made. RLBPS still owns the molds but can not run them.
I wonder what it is with Richard Deasey’s lines? He sculpted the second half of the the HLBS prehistoric line and then took it away to found DZ Miniatures, which vanished soon afterwards. The mammals, but not the dinosaurs, reappearing years later from Strategem/Trent Miniatures whose own tribulations made getting hold of them sometimes frustrating (but they are currently available via North Star). And now this. Is there any chance that some of the best prehistoric miniatures will be available from a stable supplier (one with a working e-commerce facility would be really nice)?
In the mean time I need to work out how much I splurge on miniature mammoths, etc., taking Christmas, moving house and exchange rates into consideration. Couldn’t be a worse time for a closing down sale.
BTW, Foundry have a 20% off sale until the 10th November 2009. So now’s a very good time to pick up these new goodies.
At SELWG last month I picked up a “new” Smilodon from the “old” DZ range sold by Trent Miniatures. It’s in a walking pose rather than the leaping pose that’s been available for a while. This range is now available over the web from North Star though this additional Smilodon isn’t listed.
There have also been a few additions to the 10mm DinoMight range form Magister Militum.
MY Miniatures ice age range seems to have melted away from the web with the close of Geocities. Does anyone know if they have a new web site elsewhere?
Today was the SELWG show, back for the first time since 2006. So once again I had a nice stroll up the hill and then a few hours shopping and gawping at the games.
The renovated Crystal Palace Sports Centre meant that there was considerably more room for the Bring and Buy sale and for the first time ever I actually found something I wanted to buy. The B&B wasn’t helped by people standing in front of it chatting to their mates who were serving. Come on guys, I know that shows are a chance to catch up with old friends but not whilst they’re trying to run the most chaotic and crowded part of the whole show.
But the highlight was a buying these chaps and if you don’t get why they’re so exciting to me, take a look at the original paint scheme, and if that still means nothing to you then I can only say that this was a nostalgic trip back to my childhood.
I’ve been fascinated by Chalicotheres ever since I saw them on Walking with Beasts but up to now the only miniature representation has been the 1/72 scale David Krentz version, which whilst a better sculpt is small and pricey. So big kudos to Mega for bringing one of my favourite animals to life.
From tha questions in the old quiz I posted the other day, many are straightforward and a few are devious, I’m afraid that some are a little obscure or badly worded. But some I’m quite proud of, and these tend to have something in common.
Which 1985 film was directed by Steven Spielberg and featured Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey?
Easy for anyone with IMDB or Wikipedia access. But when I set this question it was aimed at undergraduates, most of whom would have been about ten when the film came out. It had been shown on telly (I remembering watching it) but all the same it wasn’t likely to spring to mind for most of the participants.
Who were the last nation to win football’s world cup in their own country?
Remember that this quiz is from 1997 so France were still a year away from winning. I’m sure lots of people would get this straight away as there’s a fair overlap between pub quizzers and football stat geeks. But for the rest of you, how many tournaments would you go back through before jumping to the ‘obvious’ wrong answer of England?
These questions are on topics – film, football – that people lots of people are interested in. They’re not even about obscure niches within those topics – Steve Spielberg and the World Cup can’t be called niche. But they are on the edge of, or just outside of, most people’s “comfort zone”. And that’s what I think makes a good pub quiz question.
So I found this file, last modified 10 June 1997, on a set of back ups and it’s a pub quiz that I ran in Balliol bar. In fact considering the date I suspect that this is the night that Lettice first clapped eyes on me and thought “nice guy, shame about the jumper”.
People on Facebook and Twitter said that they wanted to see the quiz, so here goes.
Well, here’s what I’ve been reading this year. I said there was a lot of graphic novels.
Over on the LiveJournal version of this blog you can fill in a poll to show which of these you’ve read as well (not necessarily in 2008). I understand that you can use OpenID to log into LJ rather than creating an account there but I’ve never tested it myself.
A History of Venice by John Julius Norwich
Counterknowledge by Damian Thompson
Dry Store Room No. 1 by Richard Fortey
jQuery in Action by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz
Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean by John Julius Norwich
Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography by Adam Ant
The Earth: An Intimate History by Richard Fortey
The Economic Naturalist by Robert H. Frank
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
A Spectacle of Corruption by David Liss
Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell
Flashman’s Lady by George MacDonald Fraser
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
Matter by Iain M. Banks
Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
The Coffee Trader by David Liss
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate
Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman
From Hell by Alan Moore
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by Alan Moore
John Constantine Hellblazer: Bloodlines by Garth Ennis
John Constantine Hellblazer: Family Man by Jamie Delano
John Constantine Hellblazer: Fear Machine by Jamie Delano
John Constantine Hellblazer: Joyride by Andy Diggle
John Constantine Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician by Andy Diggle
Lucifer: Inferno by Mike Carey
Lucifer: Mansions of the Silence by M Carey
Planet Hulk Omnibus by Greg Pak
World War Hulk by Greg Pak
Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon
Ultimate X-Men :Ultimate Collection Book 2 by Mark Millar
Ahistory by Lance Parkin
About Time 6 by Tat Wood
Doctor Who: Bullet Time by David A. McIntee
Doctor Who: Business Unusual by Gary Russell
Doctor Who: Companion Piece by Mike Tucker
Doctor Who: Emotional Chemistry by Justin Richards
Doctor Who: Endgame by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who: Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris
Doctor Who: Grave Matter by Justin Richards
Doctor Who: Halflife by Mark Michalowski
Doctor Who: Sometime Never… by Simon A. Forward
Doctor Who: The World Shapers by Grant Morrison
Faction Paradox: This Town Will Never Let Us Go by Lawrence Miles
Odds and Ends
Star Wars: Dark Empire II by Tom Veitch
Star Wars: Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore
Star Wars: Dark Tide 1 – Onslaught by Michael A. Stackpole
Star Wars: Dark Tide 2 – Ruin by Michael A. Stackpole
And finally, if dino fans put their money where their mouth is then Wargames Fcatory may create some plastic figures for us, on the suggestions list so far are Tyrannosaurus Rex and Small Carnivorous Dinosaurs. I think I may do a little research and suggest a small herbivores pack to give those meat eaters something to chase other than foolhardy time travellers.