Japanese monks and temple building in 28mm
Born in Wales, John studied Fine Art at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (apparently correctly spelled). After graduating in 1984 John started a career in theatre design by moving to London where he designed for many of the smaller local theatre companies. These ranged from Stage Electrician with English National Opera, prop maker, scenic carpenter, to scenic artist on 'Phantom of The Opera'. After 4 years, John move back to live in South Wales, where he worked as a freelance designer in Welsh language theatre and television. In 1995 John emigrated to Canada where he continued to design, winning various awards. Canada seems also his artistic home - have a look at his range and you know what I am talking about. In 1998 John spent the summer working as a model maker in Toronto, with Brian Cole Models (we will have to talk about those later). After getting married he moved to live and work in Hong Kong where he now produces his fine but still quite small range.
Traditional hand-painted metal toy soldiers produced in China (which ones are not these days) and are 60mm scale, measured from foot to top of head.
Here some examples from the only existing series, the struggle over the North American colonies in the 1750s.
French and Woodland Indians in a diorama
British Rangers and Re gular Infantry
The Retreat of Montcalm
28mm Figures and Building
These are unpainted metal figures and resin buildings. The Figures measure 28mm from foot to eye level and are mostly designed for Tabletop games a la Warhammer.
The subjects are a little wilder:
A Japanese Building
An African River Boat
I am looking forward to John's next series on the Seven Year War 1756 to 1762 and in particular the Lange Kerle of the Prussian army (produced in 75mm?).
Tags: Figures and Toy Soldiers