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NOW TAKING PRE ORDERS FOR
TRIPLES
SHEFFIELD 17TH &18TH MAY
Because of the size of our range, we can only take a relatively small selection of our models to shows with us: We would need at least 100 feet of wall space for us to fit in most of the models that we currently have in production, and at shows we are usually limited to around a 20ft stand. So, if there is anything in particular that you would like to pick up from us at the show then let us know and we will be very happy to bring it along with us.

Email pre orders to customers@wargamesfoundry.com

OUR GOODBYE TO ST ANN’S SALE
So that you can say goodbye to our old factory properly, we are having a sale for anyone who turns up here in person. Scroll down for more details.

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George Washington in the American War of Independence - sculpted by Alan Perry

FOUNDRY ARE MOVING TO A SPACIOUS AND  PLEASANTLY ECCENTRIC REGENCY BUILDING IN THE NORTH NOTTS COUNTRYSIDE!

Unfortunately it's going to take considerable effort for us to sort it all out! We've been working on it for about a month now, but we have some months left to go.

Here is a photo. Our closest town is Newark upon Trent: which is where Citadel started out 30 odd years ago, and where Partisan still takes place.

Wargames Foundry are Relocating

First: Some Ancient History

Newark has had a long-standing connection to English Civil Warto Citadel/Games Workshop/Foundry and to the Ansells.

In (probably) 1977 my father started Citadel in a couple of upstairs rooms in the "Folk Museum" on Millgate in Newark. The Folk Museum is still there: though it is sad and empty now.

It never did really turn into a proper Folk Museum though. It is a huge canal side building, and the only Folk Museuming that really took place was when my father's friend Phil Reardon took some space for his wood turning operation in one of the wings, and one of the upstairs spaces in the main warehouse section was taken by an elderly chap who printed woodcuts and engravings.

Then my father moved into the unit with Phil.

north west frontierPhil called my father and said he had found the cheapest industrial space in the Midlands: so my father moved the newly founded Citadel operation in with Phil. This enabled Phil and my father to work together making wooden toys. They called themselves Tanglewood Toys and made simple cars and trucks with pokerworked wooden Victorian men. We don't have any of the cars and trucks that we do have some of the pokerworked wooden men kicking around though. This was going on in parallel with my father casting the new Citadel models sculpted by himself, the 15-year-olds Michael and Alan Perry, and Humphrey Leadbetter (who went on to do the "Little Bear" stop animation TV series) they also cast the Ral Partha, Asgard and Chronicle fantasy ranges. Also very low melting point "fuses" for the mining industry. Meanwhile my father was still working producing pokerworked pictures of (mostly) British birds: which he sold for seven years through the Focus Gallery in Nottingham.imperial romans

Previously, Phil, who had a van, had taken my father and partners at Asgard to wargame shows. Now he did the same for the Citadel team. Coincidentally Phil and Citadel simultaneously attended the Model Engineer Exhibition in that van. Phil was a remarkable wood turner, and lathe manufacturers would vie to have him demonstrate their machines. He would turn a wooden frisbee so thin that it would visibly ripple as it flew across the exhibition space.

Phil had been involved in the early days of Peace News: he came to be in Newark because Mike Heron of the Incredible String Band made him a present of a derelict cottage on the canal there. He never did get round to restoring that cottage, but he moved to Newark anyway. He is remembered now for the still popular set of wood turning tools he invented.

medieval swissLater, Citadel moved into a very large room in the main part of the Folk Museum warehouse, with 40 foot wide sliding doors opening directly on to the Trent Canal. It was a huge, tall open space. They bought the biggest garden shed they could find and stuck it in the middle of the floor so that they had somewhere to use as an office and to get warm on cold days. From the Folk Museum they moved into a largish Victorian building on Victoria Street, close to the centre of Newark, for some years. It was there (in the big upstairs room) that they assembled the early Games Workshop games like Doctor Who, Super Power, Cosmic Encounter, Blood Royale, Warrior Knights, Calamity (!), Railway Rivals and not forgetting Steve Jackson’s Warlock of Fire Top Mountain. Finally the Citadel wing of Games Workshop moved (with most of the staff) on to a largish 1970's printing and gilding factory in Eastwood and my father bought Steve and Ian out.darkest africa

The great big shed ended up in my grandfather’s garden: it’s still there now.  

Meanwhile, my grandfather, Cliff, was running Foundry. It was Cliff that found the St Anne's premises. It had been unsaleable for years as the land was owned partly by the council and partly by Nottingham Boys High School. A new assessment of the ground rent was due in a couple of years, and when you rang the High School to find out what the new rate might be they told you that you should buy it and find out. Cliff managed to negotiate a deal in the end and we ended up with a huge amount of space on the less celebrated side of Nottingham.
 

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It's Goodbye to St Ann's then

It will be very strange to leave St Ann's and central Nottingham: we have been here for over 14 years. Our premises here are made up of a 1970s motorcycle showroom tacked onto an 1861 abattoir.

When we moved in there, the first thing we had to do was concrete up the blood channels in the abattoir bit: in Victorian times the blood just ran down the channels out into the gutter on to the street. No one had ever got round to filling them in for nearly 140 years.

victorian blood guttersThe really strange coincidence is that our new premises near Newark comes with two abattoirs: we have just filled in the blood channels again: one of them was just a crude concrete job again, but this time the second set up was a sophisticated Victorian system of underground cast-iron pipes. See photo.

During our time here, St Ann's became famous as the "gun crime capital of Europe", all that was some years ago now. Even then there was never really much of a sense of danger: it was just the drug dealers shooting at each other.

Parking on our street has always been unwise though, and whenever our casters spot someone parking up outside on the road they would shout “I wouldn’t park there mate”. They were almost always ignored. You would think that strangers would spot the gutters filled with diamonds of broken glass. There is always a good chance that someone has parked right across the entrance to our car park too. With our new premises we have a long driveway and our own country lane, we can offer almost infinite parking facilities (as long as you don’t mind the odd bit of mud). We won't be able to pop out to get lunch and/or comic books in Nottingham in any more though.

 

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So that you can say goodbye to our old factory properly, we are having a sale for anyone who turns up here in person. Visitors to our factory can buy any three packs priced at our standard £12 GBP price and get a fourth £12 pack for free. The packs all have to be in stock of course: but we have pretty good stock to hand at the moment and for the foreseeable future.

The packs you buy as part of the Goodbye St Ann’s Sale don’t count towards any other offers or deals that we might have on.

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ONLY A MONTH TO GO!

hundred years warWe only have a month left to get out of St Ann's. Fortunately we have plenty of stock, which is going into the single storey stable block you can see that the right of our photo. That area is going to be our shop. We have 100 feet of newly wheeled blister racks that will be rolling in there in four weeks time: so there will be no disruption to our mail order.

On the left hand side of the courtyard, you can see the old carriage houses which we are now feverishly readying for casting and mould making and for the storage of production and master moulds. We need 200 linear feet just for our production moulds and more for our master moulds.

The rooms on that side have views six or seven miles out over theseven years war flood plain of the Trent.

If you stood on the spot where I was standing when I took the photo and turned round through 180°, you would be looking at the back of the church of St Leonard (patron saint of lepers: at one time this was the site of a leper colony). It was here that all the Irish warriors that could be captured after the Battle of Stoke Field were hung. Down the lane a bit and across the road is the site of the actual battle. During the months of nice weather we work with Travel Editions to feed, entertain and inform groups of 100 people who are interested in learning about the bloodiest battle in British history. We will be entertaining four such groups over the next couple of months. Wars of the Roses tour link.


SALUTE 2014

I’m off to Salute in the morning: so it’ll be a few days before I get back to this missive!

We’ve dug out all sorts kevin adams orcsof barely released and never released items to take this year's Salute. This includes a Victorian Egyptian Adventure range, unseen Trojans (including 11 chariots (!) apparently there are actually 15: but I couldn’t find the others) , Napoleonic Mamelukes, unseen Hittites, Carthaginians, Ancient Spaniards and barely released Persians We have also discovered stocks of loads of Kevin Adams Orcs and suchlike many of which have barely been seen by the public. In fact Kevin himself will be coming along to keep them company.

Right then. It’s time for bed at this end. I hope to see some of you tomorrow. I will get back onto this newsletter as soon as I have recovered from the weekend.

 

Cheers


Marcus

 

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Home Guard Heroes

World War II British Home Guard: Sculpted by the legendary Michael and Alan Perry. These have become increasingly more popular over the last few months and we have just rebuilt our World War II pages with nicer pictures.

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Napoleonic Bavarians sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry. These have been missing from our website for some time because they were unfortunately missed out from the original import of products to this version of our website, but we are pleased to finally welcome them back.

Wars of the Roses

These are our original Perry sculpted Wars of the Roses models: released as Men at Arms by Citadel Miniatures in 1984. Nearly 30 years later and they are still popular for Late Medieval Armies. See some nice conversions of some of these models in our old news archive HERE.

World War Two Germans

World War II Germans by Michael and Alan Perry: Very popular as opponents for our World War II Brits.

Myceneans, Minoans and the Trojan Wars sculpted by Alan Perry. Many of these models are actually useful for any Bronze Age army.

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These are the original 1984 ex Citadel Samurai sculpted by Aly Morrison. They are based on Kuniyoshi prints of actual Samurai.

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These are some of our Landsknechts or Swiss as sculpted by Alan Perry. Our Renaissance pages have links to a nice series of articles by George Gush, and we have a rough guide to painting Landsknechts written by the Perrys themselves.

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These are the Medieval Guns that originally went with our Wars of the Roses range, but they are useful for all sorts of things: even India all the way up to the 19th Century.

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Our ex Citadel Pack Animals are from 1983 and sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry. We think the Camel was actually from a much earlier range of Citadel Arabs, and could be one of the oldest models we still manufacture.

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These Early Medieval or Barons Wars models are the original ex Citadel Feudals from 1986 and sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry.

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The link in this picture actually goes to our paints. If you would like to see the 1983 Perry sculpted Wars of Religion range (otherwise know as Elizebethan) click HERE.

All the models on this page were painted using Foundry Paints.kevin1.png

The Foundry painting method uses three shades of each colour: building up in layers from dark to light to easily achieve a realistic three dimensional shaded effect without the need for blending.  The three layers of colour give real depth and subtlety to your work.  You will be able to start painting in the Foundry style straight away. With a little care you will soon be producing very fine, high quality models that would grace anyone's model soldier collection. We have arranged the colours in sets of three; each set provides a main colour, partnered with the shade and highlight colours that we would choose to use ourselves. 

All our paint pots contain a whopping 20ml of paint, and we have range of 288 different individual colours organised in matched sets of three. You can also purchase our pots individually.

ARMY DEALS

1. WHEN YOU BUY THREE IDENTICAL PACKS:
YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EXTRA IDENTICAL PACK FOR FREE.

2. WHEN YOU BUY ANY EIGHT STANDARD PRICE PACKS FROM THE SAME RANGE:
YOU WILL RECEIVE TWO EXTRA STANDARD PRICE PACKS OF YOUR CHOICE FROM THAT RANGE FOR FREE.

3. WHEN YOU BUY ANY SIXTEEN STANDARD PRICE PACKS FROM THE SAME RANGE:
YOU WILL RECEIVE SIX EXTRA STANDARD PRICE PACKS OF YOUR CHOICE FROM THAT RANGE FOR FREE.

List which extra packs you’d like in the comments box when you place your order. Otherwise, we’ll make sure that we choose something appropriate for you.
The official list of Ranges that qualify for our Discount Army Deals can be found HERE.
 
Regrettably, you can’t combine offers, or count packs that are bought as part of a deal such as a collection. However, we will be happy to supply you with as many different offers as you like!

We will be providing FREE SPEARS with appropriate models. We’ll just stick them in your box for you.

Click here for the Foundry News Archive. It's really just a list of most of the email newsletters we've sent out in the past. If you are interested in that sort of thing then we would recommend signing up for our email newsletters for releases, offers and other goings on here at Foundry when they are first announced.

Unfortunately many of the images in our news archive don't work any more. In thefuture we plan to work through and restore them, but for the time being: sorry about that!

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Renaissance
Unreleased Michael perry Renaissance Knight
Presenting our current giveaway model: the dismounted Knight. Sculpted by Michael Perry and unreleased until now.

We're not sure why he was never actually released but from now on we will be sending him out free with every order made on our main website until we sort out our next giveaway model.

He reminds us of T.H. White's King Pellinore.