Support Smaller Figure Companies: Annie Norman and Bad Squiddo Pigeoneers of WW2

Always a personal touch, last time a herbal tea bag, this time a Dr Carrot doodle by Annie and Co.

My Bad Squiddo order arrived a day or two ago. I unpacked and checked it ready for the next 2021 Spring Flower Show in the Village Hall.

https://badsquiddogames.com

Always a pleasure to see the lively and stylish quality of the graphics on all the Bad Squiddo packaging, as I posted about back in 2018:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/fembruary-3-annie-normans-bad-squiddo-land-girl-picnic-and-a-cuppa/

I don’t usually go to wargames shows as there are none that near me anyway.

I know that not attending these shows due to the pandemic closures has affected lots of manufacturers, big and small. I thoroughly support someone’s suggestion on their blog or Facebook forum that we should buy what we would have browsed and bought at a show. Many figure companies that have not mothballed during the pandemic have been doing their best to keep going through their online shop offer.

In addition to the small purchases that I make throughout the year to put away for Christmas to help my family out on the difficult task of what to buy me as a gift, I have bought ahead of time these beautiful and unusual Bad Squiddo female Pigeoneers of WW2 and pigeon baskets.

I don’t game in 28mm. These will get painted up as part of my #FEMbruary female figure painting challenge for 2021.

They should do well as a possible painting diorama vignette entry on the next Spring Flower Show (this year’s show was another casualty of Lockdown). The wonderful Doctor Carrot and Potato Pete figures are for another future project but could also form an alternative Spring flower show entry in the mixed craft section?

The last 2019 Flower Show diorama to showcase or promote ManCraft or Boycraft in a mostly female art and craft section was Annie’s Land Girls, a tribute to her Land Army Nan. https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/huzzah-for-boycraft-flower-show-craft-success/

When I posted this in Baggy’s Cave the Bad Squiddo Facebook fan group, it made Annie Norman cry!

Whoops. I made Annie Norman cry. I didn’t think the gloss toy soldier painting was that bad. 🙂

Sorry Annie! Bad Squiddo – a great smaller ‘mini’ company to support. Annie Norman does a very relaxed and informal visual Sunday coffee morning hangout on YouTube and there is also the Baggy’s Cave Facebook group.

In future posts, I will share some more Christmas stowings away of a small Infantry skirmish sized order from Paul at Early War Miniatures Dutch and Danish 1940 range in 20mm and a patrol or two of Sergeants Mess Boy Scouts also in 20mm (1:72 metal).

Support your favourite Miniature makers – buy early for Christmas. Or now …

Why? Because you’re worth it! They need the cash flow. It’s our gaming version of the government “eat out to help out” scheme for restaurants in the U.K.

Watch this space.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 9 August 2020.

10 thoughts on “Support Smaller Figure Companies: Annie Norman and Bad Squiddo Pigeoneers of WW2”

    1. Buying ‘Minis’ – It’s something we can all do to support our hobby (and ourselves in our Models for Heroes sense that modelling is good for our mental health and sense of community). Win / Win!

      The Pigeoneers should be great – I have a 1950 copy of Osman’s Pigeons in WW2 book and Gordon Corera’s recent book on Leopold Vindictive and Operation Columba.

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  1. I’ve been a-buying plenty of late but a timely reminder for me to check out the lovely Bad Squiddo range as it’s my pseudo-birthday coming up next week (long story)! Mrs Marvin might have a request coming her way. I remember well your entry for the crafts section and was well chuffed (I don’t recall being tearful) that you’d flown the flag so brilliantly for all us modelling people.

    Those Pigeoneers are really great, I haven’t seen them before. I’ve been feeling (very unusually for me) apathetic in choosing my next painting assignment. The Mrs was genuinely stunned when I told her I was feeling uninspired about my painting pile. Maybe Annie’s imaginative range is just what the Doctor (Carrot) ordered?

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