Befreiungskriege 1813-14

Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

One thing leads to another

Posted by Martin on November 12, 2012

Some of Roger Morrow's Poles, sculpted by Paul Hicks.

Some of Roger Morrow’s Poles, sculpted by Paul Hicks.

An example of Frank Hammond's Minden Miniatures sculpted by Richard Ansell.

An example of Frank Hammond’s Minden Miniatures sculpted by Richard Ansell.

It’s funny how things can seem to take on a life of their own. Before I started the BfK Limited Edition Figures Project, I had hardly taken any notice of other people who had commissioned figures for their own purposes. Now I find myself thinking of little else in hobby terms and I am constantly on the look out for other people afflicted with this same peculiar brand of insanity as me.

On top of that, I’ve talked myself into a situation where I actually need to find such people. Why? Because, following an e-mail discussion with Dan at Wargames Illustrated magazine, I’ve been commissioned to write a whole article about the gentlemanly eccentricity of privately commissioning one’s own figures. Now the intention is to base the core of the piece on my own little project, so I have plenty of time to plan things out and get the writing done. What I have realised, though, is that it would be a richer article if I could draw on the experience of others who have already trod this path. By which I mean people who have done it for personal rather than commercial reasons but may have chosen to defray at least some of the costs by making their figures available for sale.

Luckily, I already knew of a couple of foolhardy brave souls who have been at it far longer than me. One is Roger Morrow who has gradually been building his personal range of 1813 Poles; the other is Frank Hammond who has spent a number of years steadfastly satisfying his own stylistic preference for the kind of Seven Years War collection he wants. I am delighted to say that both these fine fellows have consented to answer my series of dilettante questions. Without giving away the game – you’ll need to wait for the article to be published – there’s a lot of commonality between what Frank and Roger have told me.

Despite already gathering plenty of material, I’m on the lookout for more examples of private figure commissions. So, if you’ve done it or know somebody who has and who is willing to submit to my interrogation for the article, please feel free to contact me.

6 Responses to “One thing leads to another”

  1. How about Kawe Weissi-Zadeh of Westfalia Miniatures – &

    A little different in that he has now started a company to sell his wares but his path doesn’t seem that different to an outsider such as mineself. He’s even after some of your Limited Edition figures.

    Eurekas 100 & 300 clubs are a little different. I’m not sure if they are of interest.

    von Peter himself

    • Martin said

      Thanks Peter. Kawe is a regular reader here and is indeed in e-mail contact with me about my Limited Edition Figures project. My impression is that Westfalia Miniatures is more of a commercial venture than a private commission but I’m sure Kawe will correct me if I have the wrong end of the stick.

      I’m familiar with the Eureka 100 and 300 Club model. It’s not what I’m planning to write about because it’s an out-and-out commercial venture by a figure company. Having said that, it’s a neat way to limit the risk on minority figure set/range. I wonder how long before Eureka considers migrating to a crowd funding service like Kickstarter?

      • Kawe said

        Hi Martin,

        Westfalia is far away from being a commercial(y viable) venture.
        Our releases most off all fill the gaps in our own collections.

        But that they do very well!

        Feel free to ask Questions if you like to have the German perspective
        on the micro-business topic.

        I might even push Niels to say some wise words about carts and the likes. :–)



  2. Burkhard said

    I am really looking forward to reading your thoughts here.

    I have long held the idea of doing a small commission myself (nothing Napoleonic for that matter) and it would be interesting to hear how things went for different people.

    Regarding others… Contact the people from Red Star Miniatures as well. I have known them for years and even though it looks very commercial, the basic idea behind it all was and still is to get their hands on minis they needed and no one produced.

    I think this is the case with many of these very small companies that have an extremely limited range. To get the minis they always wanted and no one would produce and eventually turning it into a business try to at least get the money back they had to invest.

  3. Emil said

    Hi Martin,

    I also regularly commission Paul Hicks to sculpt Thirty Years War for me.


  4. I think Bill Gaskin has commisioned sculpters for his penninsular war village Martin if this helps he had a large spread on his Village and his civil war stuff in the magazine a few years back,

    all the best

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