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Ice & Fire miniatures

I know a lot of my fans were disappointed when Testor's plans to produce various ranges of ICE & FIRE miniatures and collectibles came to... well, very little. Testor's managed to release only one set in two years, and had major breakage problems trying to ship it. Many other figures were designed, sculpted, even cast, but never released. We all had great intentions, but for various complex reasons things just did not work out.

I am hoping that the second time will prove the charm. I've got a new deal in place, this time with DARK SWORD MINIATURES, who will be showing the first batch of figures at GenCon. Dark Sword is a much smaller outfit than Testor's... but that's good, I think. It means this new range of figures is very important to the company. At Testor's, the project almost seemed like an afterthought, and often got forgotten.

I won't natter about the miniatures here, however. Check out the story on my news page for more details, and follow to link to Dark Sword's own website to see pictures of the first set of minis.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about the miniatures, Tom Meier, Dark Sword, what characters you'd like to see next, etc. Feel free to comment.

I am, however, getting bloody sick of all the off-topic comments, and the trolls who use any LJ post of mine, regardless of subject, as another excuse to slam me about DANCE being late. I can't stop you from posting such comments, of course... but I can and will remove 'em, and ban the posters. LJ makes that pretty easy, I'm glad to say. And life is too short to deal with trolls.


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Aug. 14th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
I love the minis. Fantastic job that the people at Dark Sword have done.

"life is too short to deal with trolls"

If only I could convince the masses of this.

I know Dances will come....and I will buy it the day it's released. (and have it finished by the next) :D
Aug. 14th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
As long as it's as good as the others have been . . . I don't care how long I have to wait.

The miniatures sound awesome.
Aug. 14th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Why always the Hound?
Hey am I the only guy that liked Ser Gregor Clegane or what? Come on, the Mountain was one of the best set up characters in the novel I thought. The man's legend somehow managed to be bigger than he himself was!

I vote for Ser Gregor! Although I am dying to see Jaime . . .
Aug. 14th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Ice & Fire miniatures
First off seeing as how there seem to be both minor and major characters already made I'd love to see Qhorin Halfhand! It'd specially make sense since it says that the Jon Snow figurine was modelled after the time right before their fight.

And a few questions:

I like the figures but I'm a bit confused about the painting of the figures. Do you buy the paint seperately? Where do you get it if so? Does it take someone with talent to do a good paint job?
Aug. 14th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Re: Ice & Fire miniatures
If you hunt around, you'll find a number of guides and tutorials for miniature painters from starter to expert level. Here's one, and here's another which may be helpful.

Suitable paints can be found at local hobby shops, and you should probably consult employees there as to just what you need as a start (possibly starter painting kits already exist). I'm not sure if Dark Sword's blister packs will include color suggestions -- if so, I'd suppose they'll settle on a particular manufacturer's line (like Reaper, Armory, etc.) of paints as guides, and you may want to go with that.
Re: Ice & Fire miniatures - arvernian - Aug. 14th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 14th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
As for the trolls... Long ago you mentioned in an update something about encouraging such people to get a life. I've been doing my best to follow that advice.
Aug. 14th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
Trolls are dumb
Trolls are dumb and I have been truly grateful for being able to read one of the most amazing series ever to be put to pen. Ice & Fire means a great deal to me and because of that I will staunchly support you and your vision and wait till the Earth dims if necessary for the next chapter.

Loyal Fan,

Aug. 14th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
The green Jon Snow had wonderful detailing. He is one of my favorite characters.

Dany with a dragon would probably be a popular choice. I would certainly buy her as a gift for a friend of mine.

Aug. 14th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
I'd like to see Arya. She's by far my favorite character. Though Dany and one of her Dragons would be awesome as well.

My fiance and I can wait for A Dance with Dragons. He's started to re-read the series and I need to freshen myself up as well.

It something WORTH waiting for. So the trolls can go sit on a pike and spin or something.
Aug. 14th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Hi everyone!

Jim from Dark Sword Miniatures here.

First off, thanks for all of the kind words and of course thanks for the requests on which characters you want to see.

George, Tom and myself discussed in detail what we wanted in round 1 (about 12-13 miniatures) of this miniatures line months ago as we pulled this concept together. Jaime and Cersei Lannister, Ser Loras and a few more Night's Watch minis are up next. The fan in me wants to see everyone done right away (of course), but Tom Meier is only human and he only has so much time in a month to dedicate to this line as he is in high demand from toy companies, general duties around the house and of course his own miniatures company. We wanted to mix in assorted background people and troop types into this line every so often for flavor.

The wolves will all be done (eventually) along with the dragons at various stages of their lives - so no worries there. Dark Sword has some impressive dragons in our line already and it will be fun to add some four limbed versions (hind legs and wings only - some people call these wyvrens vs. your traditional six limbed dragons with four legs and two wings) from Westeros into the mix. All of your favorite characters will be represented as well. Come to think of it, I do recall George and myself discussing having you folks help determine the order of which certain miniatures are sculpted and produced. We should look at getting a poll pulled together so we can involve everyone in round 2 of the miniature draft where you select who gets their number called in the second round.

For those folks attending Gen Con this week (just got done packing our display models up for the trip - a metal version of Jon Snow being one of them), swing by the Elmore Productions booth right by the artshow to say hi as I will be there all show. Tom Meier and Dave Summers (Dark Sword sculptors) will be in and out of the booth throughout the show as well. I would love to get your thoughts on seeing the actual metal minis in person right there.

Thanks again and I will do my very best to ensure these miniatures are available for purchase as quickly as possible. I am also going to track down some sort of miniatures starter kit for people that wanted to collect this new line but need some advice on cleaning the pewter miniatures and gluing them together for display. If you want to then try your hand at painting them up, you will be ready to go and get your start in this wonderful hobby. And for the record - you do not have to paint the miniatures to collect them. Approx 99% of my pewter miniature collection is unpainted as they are just stunning to have displayed as bare pewter or inked pewter (more of an antique look).


Aug. 14th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, a response from Dark Sword, very cool! I was about to re-comment about inking pewter minis to get the most detail out of them, but you beat me to the punch!

Looking at your info your account was created today. Will you be posting updates (asoiaf and otherwise) on your LJ account?
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Aug. 14th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
I am, however, getting bloody sick of all the off-topic comments, and the trolls who use any LJ post of mine, regardless of subject, as another excuse to slam me about DANCE being late.

I can't believe someone would be so dense! O___O Or so RUDE. I adore your work and will wait as long as I need to for the next installment.
Aug. 14th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
Love the level of detail on Jon, hell them all!
Cant wait to see a minature of Arya, omg and a dragon! Given the detail on these am sure a dragon is going to look amazing from Meier
Aug. 14th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
But there's no wargame for the figures, like Testors was planning?
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Aug. 14th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Wow, those miniatures are neat. I love the detail on the Hound.
Aug. 14th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
It would be rad to see Dany's dragons as miniatures at some point.
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