Thursday, June 16, 2011

Still Alive Out Here and A Blast From The Past!!

I know I have been quiet since coming back from MFCA. I'm still alive and I have been busy. I've primed a few figures, some are new and some are older commissions owed to two old friends. I will post the new projects in my next blog update. The pieces for others will show up a bit later on in their progress.

And now for a bit of news. As many of you may remember I was the guy behind Fort Duquesne Military Miniatures many years ago. Due to a drastic life change back then I sold the business off and took a leave of absence from life ( and some would say my senses ;-)). Much of the line was sold to someone here in the states and from what I see these days hasn't really seen much life. However part of the line was sold to a company in Japan with the hopes that it would see a new life in a burgeoning figure market that was just starting over there. In the end that part of the sale went horribly wrong and has colored part of my life ever since. 

I have spent the last year trying to get something of my old line back from the people that I sold the masters to years ago. Well after a lot of aggravation I have the samurai busts and figures back in my possession and I have found a new home for them that will remain a mystery until that individual decides to make his own announcement. Unfortunately all but two of the masters arrived back to me in some state of damage with the worst being the old mounted samurai kit. I have taken the responsibility of repair seriously which is slowing these beauties from getting to there final destination. However after ten years off the market I think a little more patience will be rewarded soon. I hope that this is as good a piece of news for some out there as it is for me. These kits were an important part of Augie and my life and getting them back has meant more to me than anybody out there will ever know. 


  1. It most certainly is, my friend!!! :):):)

    That all but two were damaged is a bit disconcerting, but ultimately no biggie. If you'd like, I'd be more than happy to work on restoring the busts (and my figures--I am guessing that at least one of them did not make the passage without incident) to their former glory and make improvements/updates where necessary/feasible.

    Let me know. . .


  2. Would love to see some of your work!

    You do great stuff now, would like to see some of your past masters - and am glad to hear they are returning 'home'



  3. Me too - sounds very intresting - can't wait to see them :)

  4. I hope Jim doesn't mind, but you can see my renditions of our busts here:

    The peripheral eight were produced by Jim. The centrepiece was a one-off in 1/6th scale that I did in 2008-2009.

  5. Thanks Jamie, I wish I could say that they were my masters but they were only my castings. I ran a line where my expertise was casting. The beautiful work was that of others like my friend Augie here. As much as good quality casting takes knowledge, the art is from others skillful and imaginative hands.

  6. I appreciate Jim's candor, but I will be the first to say that casting IS an art, and Jim was a Master! My confidence in the mastery of HIS art allowed me to create the best that I could without any reservations. Grazie, Maestro!