Good and bad news for this entry. Starting with the good first.
Portal issue 23 is now love and available for free download. Lots in this issue including the winner of the recent Wamp DarkSword miniatures competition, Orki. Its a stunning piece of work in which he explains how he did it, and the technique he used to produce a very realistic marbling effect for its column and floor.
Some miniature reviews, and an interesting piece from Scott Radom about the conversation stopping power of admitting you paint little lead men for a hobby.
I also conclude my Sculptors spotlight piece on Nick Lund too, this one centering on the Grenadier years.
Now for the bad news.
This was posted on the MH forum yesterday, and indeed has appeared on may forums since, and rightly so.
While preparing for his weekend shows, Andy Lyon of Ainsty's van was robbed:
"All my boxes of show stock are gone, all my display models and figures are gone and all my boxed pieces for on the bottom of the racks are gone. Two racks of blistered minis are gone too."
It has a substantial retail value plus is about a years worth of stock that he's built up. It was stolen near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.
If anyone sees Ainsty, Crooked Dice and Rogue Miniatures blisters for sale on the cheap can they let Andy know.
Please pass this on to any other forums your frequent.
So please keep a look out on ebay, ebid etc to see if any of his stock appears. Also if you are offered the above products cheap at a show or car boot, please inform Andy. This is a nasty crime that is going to set him back quite a bit, and in the current climate that’s the last thing anyone needs.
With Mirliton doing their usual thing of taking August off and shutting down all production, I have that rarest of things, a definite last order date, the 12th July. Now I have to make my order minimum for this to actually work, otherwise it will be sometime in early September before the next order can be placed.
For those waiting for pre-ordered Mirliton products, I hope to have them in stock towards the end of next week, 21st to 23rd June.