Shopping of Disinterest to the Widow

Herein your scrivener shall attempt an ever-expanding list the numerous websites, webshops and web-related web-based webbery that is surprisingly uninteresting to the Widow, given her tendency to take the form of a huge and grumpy crystal spider and the prevalence of the word ‘web’. Each site may in time receive a full in-depth review, but for now be it known that all of those listed have added to the Lead Mountain in some way over the years. (In no particular order of precedence, save the ultimate arbiter of order, the alphabet…) 

  • Alternative Armies A long time industry stalwart. Some of the earliest foundations of the Lead Mountain were based on AA products. Home of the controversial Fantasy Napoleonic game Flintloque, multiple fantasy ranges, 15mm Ion Age, Horde of the Things, and the re-released Fantasy Warlord range. Also purveyor of my own humble efforts at sculpting, expanding and re-working the Goblin Knights.
  • Bad Squiddo Games Empirical evidence that the female of the species does in fact game and facilitate gaming extensively. An interesting emporium of believably attired female wargaming miniatures, and a smorgasboard of bits and add-ons, all collated by the redoutable Annie Norman. 
  • Denizen Miniatures Mostly seeming to produce kits related to Formula 1 model kits, Denizen keep a select few true 25mm ranges tucked away on their site. They may be on the smaller side but they are nevertheless little gems. 
  • The Dice Shop Online In a wargaming world heavily populated with curious, unusual, unpronounceable or  seemingly utterly unrelated business names, the Dice Shop Online stands out as being totally prosaic, and exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a shop. Selling Dice. Online. 
  • Games Workshop Arguably the original root of the mountain, and one of the big boys on the block. Many love to hate them, many adore them, others harbour a secret desire for them. The scribe has recently dared to dabble his innocent toes back into the Hobby mire, and nothing has bitten him yet. The veteran might find that with the destruction of the old world, some of the old ways have crept back in to GW practices, and not necessarily the bad ones…
  • Hasslefree Miniatures The interminably grumpy and superbly talented Kev White  creates sublimely wonderful sculpts, often of a slightly NSFW style, but definitely Safe for adding a whole set of sub-workings to the Lead Mountain. (SFAWSSWTLM?)  
  • Heresy Miniatures Another alumni of the Great Beast of Lenton Mire, Andy Foster provides a wide range of weird things, including arguably the most arduous dragon ever made, and maggot men. Men who are also maggots. The armies of the Scribe have fought these things and they are truly ‘orrible in the best way imaginable. 
  • Krakon Games Oft found lurking near to the Dice-Bag Lady. Sculptor/Purveyor of a great deal of Fungus-related weirdness, niche items and general oddity. I mostly go here for the Party-Lizards which some name Fimir, of which Krakon produce an ever-increasing variety, who appear in a review here.  
  • Lucid Eye  We mostly come here for the Elvess, precious. Publishers of The Red Book of the Elf King (by Rick Priestly), with miniatures to match, among other things of equally eye-catching delight. 
  • Mithril Miniatures A venerable producer of collectible true-scale (32mm) miniatures from the world created by J.R.R Tolkien. Mithril insist on maintaining a limited catalogue of codes, so eventually everything here will be replaced by other newer designs, and these are intended to be collectors items and occasional roleplay tokens. Surely only a Fool of a Took would even attempt to collect an army made up of these? The scribe has two such. 
  • Mierce Miniatures Unpronounceable Midlanders create huge range of resin and metal beasties and warriors in a sort of Slainesque Dark Age manner. Great detail, bit fiddly, this Scribe has an army of them and he DID NOT THINK IT TOO MANY! 
  • Privateer Press Purveyors of Steam-powered (and monster-drive) tabletop brutality in Warmachine and Hordes respectively. Here’s a secret: The widow is rather good at this game, although the recent trend for using paper cutout scenery has been weighed, measured, and found to be a bit crap really. Still and all, a solid range of miniatures, now that some of the odder inconsistencies of scale have been ironed out. 
  • Skull and Crown Miniatures Recent creator of an attractive line of Undead miniatures under the Triumph of Death banner, homage to the now ancient Valley of the Four Winds Minifigs skeletons, the elite woodcutting skills of a fellow named Durer, and other such medieval art. 
  • Wargames Foundry Another one of the big boys, with a vast range of historical 28mm (and sometimes 25mm).
  • Warlord Games Purveyors of Bolt Action (28mm WW2), Black Powder (28mm Musket/pike), Hail Caesar (28mm Ancients), and sundry other ranges, including new kid on the block Fantasy Skirmish Warlords of Erehwon, which has piqued our interest.
  • Warmonger Miniatures  A subset of Foundry, consisting in the main of a large selection of orcs, some in a classic fantasy style, others of a Renaissance variety
  • Casting Room Miniatures Another sub-company of Foundry, extending the historical ranges, and offering some quirky fantasy efforts in the mix
  • Northstar Military Figures A great big heap of ranges, historical, fantasy and sci-fi, including the Oathmark plastics, Saga, & Frostgrave. 
  • Fenris Games Divinely crafted resin scenics, bases and assorted practicalities, importer of Bronze Age miniatures, & probably the most complete range of Cthulhu mythos-related figures in existence. Also fabulously strong. Like He-man strong. Powerful hands, like a Rock-biter