Friday, 11 May 2012
How It All Began
One evening the phone went. "You're looking for old Minfigs. I've got some" a voice barked at me. It was the legendary John T. Tuckey. The old minifigs he had turned out to be Ancient Egyptians, which I definitely didn't want. However, John T. Tuckey was a very hard man to resist. Two months later I called in at his house in Somerset on the way back from a holiday in Devon. Despite still being totally opposed to owning the figures he had to offer - and by then he had found even more - bought all of them. The figures JTT sold me were the original Minifig S range Egyptian range (they were remodelled a few years later in much slimmer style). He had bought them in the 1970s from a wargamer in Kent who was also a farmer. The farmer-gamer had painted them in a detailed and eccentric style, highlighting the noses with white flashes that gave them a hint of Adam Ant. The shield patterns were equally novel, shaded geometric shapes in odd tones of orange and blue.
When I got home I began to unpack the figures. My daughter - who was five - came into the room. She started helping me, lining them up on the desk top. "These are the best soldiers you ever bought," she said when they were all arranged in rows, "You must keep them forever". I have never gamed with them, they are wrapped in tissue paper in a box in the wardrobe.
Posted by camsell59 at 07:33