Monday, March 12, 2012

Games Workshop Miniatures in Japan

I usually cover the sofubi side of the indy toy world, but there's much more going on in Japan, and when I get the chance, I like to shine a light on some of those other pursuits. Plus, you've got so much artistic cross-pollenation going on across different media these days - with sofubi, resin, wood, clay, etc. - that you never know what will lead to what. Anyway, I think fantasy miniatures are just plain cool, and the craftsmanship of creative types here never ceases to amaze me.

Games Workshop, a UK company, has branches in a bunch of places, including one in Nakano Broadway. Also, at events like Wonder Festival, they sometimes have booths. Today I stepped into the Broadway shop and took some snaps of the figures on display. Of course, miniatures are sold blank -  kind of like the way resin kits are displayed painted and sold blank at shows - but it's always nice to see how they can turn out.

Here are some dioramas and figures on display at the shop:

 More after the jump:

Some paint + equipment:

They sell paint + kits at the shop.
 Finally, a look at some of the figures for sale at the shop:

One of the coolest things about the Games Workshop website is it's up in multiple languages. Plus, it looks like figures are shipped from your country. So if you choose the USA as your location, prices and other info are in US dollars. They even have toll free numbers. Sade would be proud of these smooth operators!

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