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A nice little haul…

3 Mar

The Car Boot Sale season isn’t yet in full swing but I did manage to pick up a few nice items this morning:

First up, a copy of the Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets trivia game. This comes with 8 plastic figures riding broomsticks, three balls with wings (useful for making winged monkeys amongst other things!) and an 8 sided dice. Not bad for a quid.



I also managed to track down a copy of the Cluedo game with painted miniatures. Here they are:


Ten figures- they are approximately 40mm in height. I am thinking about converting the three women on the left to be ‘Golden Compass’ witches. The rest may well be used as parents or Hogwarts tutors in a Harry Potter battlegame. Watch this space.


Here we have a cactus and a Gormiti figure. The nice chap (Polish, I think) wanted to give these to us for free but i gave him 20p in the end!

And finally, a box of 25mm modern soldiers for 50p. They have separate bases and are articulated at the waist (they separate into two halves). The poses are a bit weird but I think they may make suitable conversion fodder or be a good source of arms, legs and heads!



Heroes and House Elves

17 Feb

I’ve long harboured a desire to re-fight the Battle of Hogwarts in the comfort of my own dining room…

There are no off-the-shelf ready made Harry Potter miniatures but that is not necessarily a bad thing. We have managed to assemble or create a fair few suitable models over the past few years.

Some of them are here:


houselvesHouse Elf Liberation Front- these are Games Workshop Snotlings- a mixture of plastic and metal models. No conversion needed except to paint them flesh rather than snot green!

dumbledores army


Dumbledores Army!

From the left- Fred (or George), Luna, George (or Fred), Neville, Harry, Ron, Ginny, Hermione.

Fred and George are ‘O’ scale schoolboys- model railway figures I picked up in a shop a while ago- no idea of the manufacturer.

Harry and Ron are themselves- plastic figures from a small HP tie-in game. Neville, I think, was also originally a Ron figure from a similar source.

Luna’s body is that of an Irregular Miniatures woman police officer. The head is from a Heroclix figure.

Ginny was originally a Ground Zero Games female vampire slayer- ie a Buffy and Hermione was a GZG FBI agent- ie Dana from the X-Files. Being small 25mm adults they make good 28mm teen witches.



The Owl Service

10 Feb

Owls are very useful in fantasy games- from Harry Potter to Narnia (9 minutes 20- he’s a hoot!).

Ours were scratchbuilt from Milliput with wings coming from the oversized headgear of a plastic Dwarf.

We then made a mould from silicone rubber and cast a few in white metal…