This blog is about my private venture into having Mr. John (Poshgoblin) Pickford doing me a small range of 28mm dwarf miniatures that will fulfill my personal need for more dark, sinister and vicious dwarfs.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

State of nation

A few of you have noticed that there's no "how can I get some" information on here anymore and rather a few of you have then jumped to direct messaging to find out more ...! I've been very happy for your interest and returning support 😍 but I have had to disappoint so many of you. For that I am very sorry. So sorry to have let you down - and not been able to help you expanding your armies😒
Situation here is, that besides a small surplus of some Ewal Dvergar characters, SoS's and Space Adventures, I've been without surplus in a very, very long time.

This has mainly been due to uncertainties and now the full effect of Brexit, but also Covid19 have had rather an effect on my little foray into miniatures making. Getting new castings made has proved very problematic, extremely slow and also become so much more expensive. My casting costs has raised like 20% (if not more) due to added national VAT, customs duties and new carrier fees etc. Continued UK production, private venturing and small order batches has proved really bad "business" - and as this is a hobby I can't go "all in", unfortunately.

And I've not only been looking at casting difficulties. Postage charges has gone trough the roof, last couple of years, as well. Most of my surplus has always been shipped abroad and the general price rise and Covid19 recommendation about using registered posting methods only have meant that its more than tripled my postage expenses.

So I've been thinking a lot about what to do and I came to the obvious conclusion: "on last order to fulfil my needs and call it done". And finally, this last order has now arrived here, in the cave. And now, I've got all the bits here needed to keep me occupied for another 10 years, 

I have achieved a lot of what I set out to do, those 10 years ago. I've created my own unique looking Chaos Dwarfs army. Yes, there was more I would have loved to add, but I'm really happy about what's been made (and also of what I've been able to make available to others). I have created something dear to my heart. Something out of my own imagination (and John's complex mind-set as well πŸ˜‚). I've created a range that has become a part of what I am and therefor something I could never part with. It's been so rewarding and fun. 

And a new door has opened

As I just said, the Ewal Dvergar are very dear to my heart. The initial set was a birthday present from my wife for my 40th, so selling of the range has never been an option for me. It left me with limited options.
First, I thought a lot about moving casting to continental Europe, but I've failed in finding a trustworthy caster able to re-use the existing moulds and who cast to the same high quality as Griffin Moulds JJP. My second option would have been finding a UK based "distributor", but it was never a real option either, as packaging is a nightmare due to my un-professional mould layout and many, many bits. So I've come to terms with my final decision. I'm done, been there and done that.... it's the end of my wonderful journey 😊

But then, a certain person planted an idea in my head, a little seed that's been growing post Brexit and during lock down. Its still just a little stem, but strong enough for me to tell you about it. The person is Jamie Loft, owner of the OS Miniatures Company and manufacturer of some stunning miniatures including a great complementary range of Chaos Dwarfs, also created by John Pickford.

Jamie came up with a proposal that could bring the Ewal Dvergar to a broader audience, still with the same high quality and gave me control of my little babies. So, I've agreed on the terms and have now made a partnership with the OS Miniatures Company (OSM). OSM will soon be taking over manufacturing, distribution and sale of all the John Pickford Ewal Dvergar in my range.

Though OSM also use Griffin Moulds JJP the transition will take some time, as new moulds are needed, for making the range suitable for professional production and sale. The miniatures and the unique-build-concept will stay the same, but OSM will lay them out as they see fit, and probably complement the different unit types with more alternatives.

I can't say anything about time frame for the transition. That's up to OSM to plan and decide. But I shall keep you all posted, of course.

However, one thing I'm certain about is that when it happens, OSM will give the Ewal Dvergar the love and the attention they deserve - and with this new deal I should be getting time and opportunity to expand the range further. Something I'll be looking much forward to.

For now, all the Sjoerd Trouwee pieces (like Sweyn, Olaf/Oluf and the Sons of Siegward) and other non-Ewal Dvergar miniatures will remain on here, as blog minis.

All the best

- C

Sunday, 20 January 2019

The Colour of Magic

Morning all.

A pair of Sorcerers have received a lick of paint and I wanted to share them with you.

Here is your book, Sire

Here, take your god-damn book, biiiiiip!

All the best,

- C

Friday, 4 January 2019

New castings has arrived

Took a fair bit longer than expected, but I've just received the casts of the Ewal Patriarch (2 variants), Acolyte (2 variants) and the Lance Knight Command Upgrade pack.

In this batch you also find a old but familiar face, the: Asylum Doctor/Faceless Stalker from the  2006 FU UK! Sculpting Contest: "Asylum". Yes, it's here after lot of  pestering and persuasion Mr. White Knight has kindly allowed me casting him up. He really is a true gentleman, ain't he?

Friday, 18 May 2018

Heavy lance knights on boars and the soon to come "command upgrade"

As promised, a few assembled new boar knight. Also shown is the command upgrade consisting of a musician on boar and a standard dragon banner hand (suitable for the ordinary heavy lance knights).

Command upgade - new musician and a separate dragon standard hand

The EDK-02 Lance Knights on boars have been added to the "how to..." section.

The EDK-11 Heavy Lance Knights Command upgrade is off for a "production mould" soon.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Heavy Knights with Lances on boars

I've just received the first few spins from the new production mould for the Heavy Knights with Lances on Boars.

I haven't assembled any of them yet, but here's a couple of pictures of the new bits to build them. Will work on a couple of them tonight so you all can see what a great job John did.

Lace knights with option for one of them to have a sword or lance

6 new helmets

Armoured/barded boars

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Boar Knights by Blue in VT

Can't believe it! I was so sure I've published these. I had a request regarding my boar's and I wanted to point out how well the mix with old Marauder Miniatures Orc Boars, but I couldn't find the darn post. I was rather certain that I've made it it, but apparently not ... shame on me, and sorry Blue :(

Cause last year, good friend Blue in VT (Chris Sabick) of Blue's Maraudering Miniatures has actually painted five of the Ewal Boar Knights and he did a stellar job. Blue even mixed my knights and boars with different Ewal Dvergar sets but also other manufacturers like Marauder Miniatures and Old School Miniatures with good results ...

I better make up for that - because they are totally awesome - so here they are. Blue's wonderful Boar Cavalry

Marauder Miniature boar and a OS Miniatures cannon crew head

Out of the box Ewal Boar Knight

Again out of the box Ewal Knight

Ewal Knight on Marauder boar

Ewal warrior head on a Ewal knight body and boar

Stunning work, Blue. Thank you for permission using these here. So, sorry for the delay :-(

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Ewal sorcery - Patriarch and Acolyte

I've been wanting these for such a looooong time, but I've given the rank and file units priority, but with the Heavy Boar Knights almost done it's time to add a bit of magic to the range of Ewal Dvergar.

During the winter John has not only completed the heavy cavalry (lance knights on barded boars) but also build me a pair of multi part wizards.

The Ewal Sorcery will consist of a Patriarch - a battle-harden heavy armoured old wizard - and a Acolyte - a younger and less experienced servant - that do his best to help but also got a few tricks up his sleeve as well.

Ewal Patriarch - Old wizard in magical armour

The Ewal Patriarch has the choice of five different helmet, three right hands (staff, sword and hammer) and five right ones (2 staffs, severed head, 2 scrolls).


And here's some of the different builds that can be done:

Sword and severed head

Staff and open scroll

Hammer and scroll roll

Hammer and staff 1

Hammer and staff 2

Ewal Acolyte - young wizard
The Ewal Acolyte is a single piece body scultp with a separate hand system. The Acolyte is dressed in a cape and carries all the gear needed for battle including the big book of the Ewal Magic tired to his back. The Acolyte has a bare face but it's a face that shows his commitment in battle. The Acolyte has lost his eye but due to his enthusiasm and commitment he has been rewarded and a magical glass eye has been inserted as a replacement.

The Acolyte has a choice of five right hands (Sword, sacrificial dagger, staff, hammer and an open hand) and three left ones (staff, book, open hand)

Broadsword and staff 1

Sacrificial dagger and book

Open right hand and staff 1

Staff 2 and open left hand

Hammer and open left hand holding an orb

Now off for master moulding they go :)