As a final piece of set dressing, I was keen to furnish the Witchfinder game board with some non-playing characters and livestock. Now, I have form for being distracted, the slightest whim often leading to the abandonment of full blown and even well established ideas. However, given the immediacy of the game, this was a luxury that I couldn’t afford to indulge in. So it was that I found myself dipping within an inch of my life in a bid to get things finished and on the board.
It made no difference, whether it be bovine, buxom beauty or Blacksmith’s boy all were bound for the dip. In my haste I wasn’t as careful as I should have been and allowed the staining substance to build up and pool, which had the adverse effect of making everything appear dirty. Some of this was remedied in the highlighting stage, but nonetheless it was an important lesson learnt.
So a final selection, destined to breathe life into the 'Vale of Muchwhinging'. We have cattle and sheep from 'Warlord Games', with Musket Men and villagers from 'Redoubt Enterprises'. There should have been more, but here then, hangs a tale. I placed an order with Redoubt back in June 2018. I was surprised to see that ownership had passed to Mr. Andy Grubb, but happy in the knowledge that one of my favoured collections of miniatures was still going to be available for purchase. Given the logistical difficulties involved in the transfer of the operation Mr. Grubb had very sensibly posted a polite notice forewarning customers to an inevitable delay. All of this is perfectly reasonable, not to mention understandable. Whilst disappointed that my order wasn’t ready for the game some weeks later, it wasn’t the end of the world, but I was starting to be troubled by the delay. I wrote, and continued to write, but to no avail; I may as well have been shouting in the wind.
The amount concerned was not so much that I was overly worried, but the principle of the thing was starting to bother me so, now some six months later, I decided that one last push was in order. I had read on one of the many online forums that Mr. Grubb was a splendid chap, but that there had been definite issues arising over the change of ownership. One gentlemen suggesting that a simple email would normally resolve any issue, he even supplied the email address. As I looked closer, I could see that this was a different address to the one on the invoice that I had been using and decided to give it a go.
Within hours I received a reply that could not have been more apologetic and within days the missing items arrived safely here at Awdry Towers, with yet more apologies and some bonus miniatures. So thank you Mr. Grubb and here’s to a long and profitable tenure as proprietor of a such a wonderful range of miniatures.