“Harry the Hammer and Friends” Warhammer exhibition opens in East Stoke

Running until Sunday 12th December, miniatures makers The Foundry is hosting Harry The Hammer & Friends, an exhibition of art from the private collection of Bryan and Diane Ansell, at Stoke Hall, in East Stoke.

“Harry The Hammer”, the cover of the first edition of Warhammer by John Blanche
“Harry The Hammer”, the cover of the first edition of Warhammer by John Blanche

On display are 20 pieces of Warhammer original art that were used for various Citadel and Games Workshop publications, dating back to 1983; artwork and dioramas from the Nottinghamshire company that created the game.

Warhammer, today a global brand, started life in 1983, at 10 Victoria Street, Newark, which was then the headquarters of Citadel, the miniatures division of Games Workshop. The game was a collaboration between Bryan Ansell, Richard Halliwell (Hal) and Rick Priestley, with the internal illustrations created by artist Tony Ackland and the box art cover painted by local fantasy artist John Blanche.

“Chaos Broo” by John Blanche, the cover of the first Citadel Compendium
“Chaos Broo” by John Blanche, the cover of the first Citadel Compendium

Art on display in this exhibition includes “Harry The Hammer”, the cover of the first edition of Warhammer by John Blanche; Lichemaster and his Retinue” by Ian Miller; “Chaos Broo” by John Blanche, the cover of the first Citadel Compendium; and “The Challice of Doom”, the winning entry in the vignette category of the first ever Golden Demon painting competition by Ivan Bartlett.

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Based in East Stoke, The Foundry manufacture the world’s largest range of 28mm white metal miniatures for gamers, collectors, modellers and painters. They also have a comprehensive range of 350 different paints.

The Factory Shop in the village of East Stoke near Newark, Nottinghamshire is open for visitors 9.00am to 4.00pm on weekdays.

• Harry The Hammer & Friends runs until 12th December at the Stoke Hall, Church Lane, East Stoke, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5QF | Buy your timed entry tickets here for £12 each

Please note, pushchairs, prams, backpacks and other large items will not be allowed inside the exhibition. No unaccompanied minors

For more information on The Foundry, visit www.WargamesFoundry.com

The art on exhibition is owned by Bryan & Diane Ansell. Most of it was used by Games Workshop and Citadel Miniatures on an assortment of products, such as games, books and miniatures, dating back to the 1980’s. References to any of those products is used for factual, historical, informational purposes only. GW owns intellectual property rights, copyrights & trademarks over its products. For more information visit their website. Foundry Miniatures, Bryan Ansell and Diane Ansell are not associated with Games Workshop in any way and this exhibition is entirely independent of Games Workshop

With thanks to Motörhead Mike for the heads up

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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