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DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2018 10:39 p.m. PST

Seeing the earlier one about Game Design – wanted to make sure we didnt miss the other Category of people who really brought Miniatures to the Table

Jack Scruby (Greenwood/Scruby)
Peter Guilder (Hinchliffe)
Duke Seigfield (Heritage)
Dick Higgs (Minifigs)
Forest Brown (Martian Metals)
Perry Brothers (Multiple)
Al Younghouse (Frontier Miniatures)

For Plastic
Airfix – Not sure who led the HO plastic and later 1/32 plastic efforts

Alcibiades Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2018 11:36 p.m. PST

Mustn't forget Peter Laing who started the 15mm revolution.

Giles the Zog06 Jan 2018 3:41 a.m. PST

Bryan Ansell (Citadel/Foundry)

skinkmasterreturns06 Jan 2018 4:31 a.m. PST

I have to give credit to GW in its ealier days,I think they were quite influential with their painting and modeling examples.

stephen m06 Jan 2018 5:25 a.m. PST

Who started GHQ? I put them up with any other designer or sculptor. First minis I bought back in the early '70s.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

Nick Lund – his variations on a theme figures for orcs, goblins, etc launched a whole new approach to figures.

Vallerotonda06 Jan 2018 7:40 a.m. PST

Neville dickinson – Minifigs
Hadn't heard of Dick Higgs

Dadster Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 7:53 a.m. PST

Steve Carpenter Minifigs as well

PigmentedMiniatures Fezian Inactive Member06 Jan 2018 8:58 a.m. PST

How about Russ from Old Glory, his company has had a impact

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 9:07 a.m. PST

I assume you mean "Duke Seifried" instead of "Duke Seigfield"?

I assume most of you gents have seen this?:


Dave Schmid Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

Chuck from Quality Castings Inc.

parrskool06 Jan 2018 10:23 a.m. PST


Spencer Smith

mikeda06 Jan 2018 10:42 a.m. PST

stephen m
The guy who started GHQ is Gregg Scott inmortalized as the Egg of Cott by Dave Arsnen. Owing to a fued going back to the start of d&D blackmoor.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 12:12 p.m. PST

And Richard Houston--for 22 years the provider of one of the most complete 20mm ranges of all manner of guns and vehicles for WW II.

And not to forget Houston's Ships--his (roughly) 1:1000 range of pre-dreadnoughts, his complete 1:1200 ACW naval collection, 25mm Colonials and Naval Guns and Fittings, among other ranges.

A major player and innovator!


Darrell B D Day06 Jan 2018 1:07 p.m. PST

Neville dickinson Minifigs
Hadn't heard of Dick Higgs

Dick Higgs was the sculptor. Neville – the entrepreneur. He is still a regular at shows in the south of England as a punter and always open to a bit of old-timers' banter.

Let us no forget the wonderfully eccentric Marcus Hinton.


rmaker06 Jan 2018 3:31 p.m. PST

While Gregg Scott started GHQ, much of the original sculpting was done by Randy Hoffa (later of CinC) and Jim Clark.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 10:25 p.m. PST

Perry Brothers
Richard Houston

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2018 5:46 a.m. PST

Tom Meir, Ral Partha Colonials

Dave Allsop, FrieKorps 15

corona66 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

I know that I owe my entry into the hobby to Donald Featherstone. He wrote history books, wargaming books and wargaming rules while editing Wargamer's Newsletter, which not only supplied excellent wargaming content but also ran ads, and therefore business addresses, for many of the gentlemen named above. And he was the physio for Southampton, one of my favourite English soccer teams.

Old Peculiar07 Jan 2018 3:38 p.m. PST

If you are going to mention Peter Gilder, then you also need to flag up Frank Hinchliffe. I also would add Spencer Smith!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2018 6:06 p.m. PST

Hmmm. No one else noticed that there's an error on the Courier Timeline in 1970? Those fifteen cent "ready cast" Scruby figures were not 15mm. They were 30mm--a little thin, perhaps, but full height. There were jokes about "Scruby semi-rounds."

(Oh. And remember unskilled labor was being paid about $1.25 USD to $1.50 USD an hour. You had to wash a lot of dishes for a CLS regiment of 72 Swedes or Westphalians.)

BW195907 Jan 2018 8:28 p.m. PST

How about Stan Glanzer, sculptor of the 15mm Heritage ACW, NAPS and Ancients

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2018 4:31 a.m. PST

Can't forget Airfix and Airfix Magazine. Inspiration for us all in our childhood and youth.
Don't forget Rich and the crew at Too Fat Lardies who revolutionised skirmish wargaming and continue to do so.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

I'm not young but I never bought any of the original rule books or figures from the list of the OP. However, I do appreciate that those more modern rules writers, sculptors and casters that I do buy from are standing on the shoulders of giants.

And Dave Jackson, thanks for the link.

Fitzovich16 Mar 2018 4:37 a.m. PST

I would add Bob and Joyce Boyle of Greenfield Hobby Distributors. They made it much easier for your favorite local game store to be able to stock a wide variety of miniatures in a variety of scales. They were folks that took care of the Retail store operators, do they could take care of you.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2018 11:06 a.m. PST

ROCO for 1/87 plastic tanks got me started, and greatly influenced Wargamer's Digest and Frank Chadwick for WW2 game and scenario design.

ESCI for 1/72 plastic tanks.

Tom Meier for all of Ral Partha's work after he came on board!

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