Vacancy: Despatch Operative UK

The Role
Footsore Miniatures UK are looking to recruit a full time despatch operative to work 5 days a week at our site in Nottingham, UK .  We are looking for someone with experience of picking, packing and despatching direct orders in a timely fashion with the ability to work under their own initiative.  You will need to be able to work well as part of a small team, be able to work on your own and have a willingness to develop the role and get stuck in - as Footsore in the UK develops so will you!

• Picking, packing and helping with customer order despatch.
• Working some weekends and covering holidays.
• Stock replenishment and basic warehousing.

Working at Footsore Miniatures UK
At Footsore we are looking for people who love a challenge and are looking to develop and grow with this young company. 
A good attitude and willingness to go that extra mile are far more important than qualifications and experience.

How to Apply
Drop us an E-mail to – with your CV and a covering letter giving us a snapshot of who you are, your experiences and interests and we’ll take it from there!

Closing date is 24th May 2017

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FREE Early Saxon Noble in all March 2017 orders

According to tradition, the Saxons first entered Britain en masse as part of an agreement to protect the Britons from the incursions of the Picts (among others) so in response to us unleashing Picts over the last couple of months and in an act of responsibility (as we are responsible chaps here at Footsore Miniatures) inside every order placed during March 2017 we will be including an Early Saxon Noble* to protect you from our recent Pict incursion.

To receive your free Early Saxon Noble just place an order in either our US webstore ( or our UK webstore ( and we will include a randomly selected noble from 03ESX100 Early Saxon Nobles.  If you have already placed an order with us over the last few days - during March 2017, we will be sending you a Early Saxon Noble shortly. 

*Please note you will be RANDOMLY sent one of the Early Saxon Nobles as shown in the image along with a complimentary base and spear so you can get him fighting Picts as quickly as possible.

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Byzantines for Saga

Welcome reader to this my first article on Saga for the lovely people here at Footsore miniatures. I probably should introduce myself I'm James, 30 something geek who enjoys a game of Saga as often as I'm able to. 

I'm going to talk about the army I took to the UK Grand melee last year, I chose Byzantines and picked the cracking range from Footsore. Why Byzantines? Well I was going to take my Vikings but after a long time playing them fancied a change and after reading the scenarios I decided that my other faction of Steppe tribes should be left at home. I wanted a mixed arms force with a little of everything and narrowed it down to the Byzantines or the Moors. In the end I couldn't decide so got my other half to pick for me and she chose the 'Roman looking ones' so I was set. 

I knew very little about the Byzantine empire when I began other than watching a few programmes on Constantinople but what I did know is I wanted Cataphracts, to me that that symbol of near eastern cavalry (even if historically speaking saga is set a little to early for what most people think of when it comes to cataphracts but there is lots of debate so figured I'd get away with it!). 

I took a look at the army options the Byzantines and they are quite flexible the warlord must be mounted and the you get mounted Hearthguard either normal or with bows ( both types known as Kavallaroi) Warriors with spears and shields  known as Kontaratoi) or bows (known as Toxatoi) and then levy armed with javelins (know as Psiloi).

I thought cataphracts are best represented by Hearthguard so I began with two units of four as I knew I had to have them (I should mention of course strictly speaking cataphracts can only be taken when you use the Basileus however I thought as there is only one type of mounted melee cavalry in the list I'd get away with it)

Next I took a look at the battle board, the Byzantine board is very different compared to others I have played with. It benefits units supporting each other with abilities like Friendly shields to transfer hits from one unit to another in a manner similar to Warlords resilience and Strategikon that gives extra attacks to a unit that has a friendly unit close by. However the main ability that caught my eye was Basileus which allows you to load up fatigue on your warlord for one big push activating one unit per fatigue your warlord takes importantly your units don't gain fatigue for this activation.

With this in mind I went about picking my list, a warlord to join the Hearthguard followed by two foot warrior units with spears and shields, a unit of Levy with javelins and third a unit of Hearthguard on horse with bows, the historical names were hard to remember so I discarded them quickly! 

The plan in my head was the cataphracts would deploy behind the wall of spearman and could break left or right to strike where needed. The levy would be broken down into a unit of 5 and a unit of 7 this maximises the number of shots (as you always round up so it gives 7 shots vs 6 for one unit of 12) and with Scouting letting you to activate up to 3 units of levy without fatigue allowing them to shoot twice and not end up with fatigue. The Horse archers would then move to support where needed the idea was the movement of 12" would let me get into position to use the situational abilities.

I placed an ordered with Footsore and got cracking with the practice games and painting, I used the the late Roman range of models to construct my army, with some minor conversions. I was impressed by the foot warrior sculpts the most with a black spray and simple dry brush with silver and a light silver to finish the armour came up great. For colours I did a lot of googling and found a ton of inspiration the Byzantine army could be super colour full! I opted for neutral colour tunics and robes with simple red and blue trims that let me pick the units apart. Unlike most armies in Saga it was nice to have a uniformed look to the army. The cataphracts where done in a similar way but finished with gold to befit their status. I'm not the best painter but I was really happy how they came out in.

You will notice in the photos there are no painted horse archers and a unit of regular warrior with bows takes their place. In the next article I will discuss how the practice games went and why I made this change before the event.



Author: James Blair
James Blair is a 30 something wargamer from Coventry UK. He has played miniatures games for over 20 years, is a passionate hobbyist and enjoys a wide range of games from Saga to X Wing. He also writes for the Konflikting Opinions blog. Having played Saga got 3 years it has become his favourite game with the Steppe tribes being his preferred faction. 


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FREE Viking Warrior with every order - February 2017

For the whole of February 2017, which is the 1st to the 28th, EVERY order placed with Footsore Miniatures will receive The Old Warrior for FREE, that is right a FREE Viking for everyone.

All you have to do get your hands on him is place an order in either our US store ( or our UK store ( as both stores are participating in this giveaway.

Please note The Old Warrior will be supplied without a base but more importantly, be aware you will have to buy your own beer when you reach Valhalla.

Any questions at all regarding this please contact us at

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The Footsore Wishlist

If you are anything like us and like to spend your time browsing miniature websites dreaming up new armies and then forgotten where you saw the perfect miniatures to buy on pay day a few days later help is at hand.

We have included a wishlist function for both our US and UK websites where when you are logged in to your account you can save the miniatures to your wishlist, save this selection for later and then come back to it at a later date.

So what does it look like and where can I find this amazing piece of techno-magic?

Well on the desktop version of our website it looks like this..

The red circle and attractive arrows I have created with my professional Photoshop skills are pointing out where the wishlist is located - it is the number with the heart icon after it. By clicking on this icon you will be taken to your wishlist page which looks like this.

On the mobile version of our website you do not get the heart icon next to the cart instead the wishlist is added to the bottom of the menu, which looks like this…

To add a product to your wishlist browse the product as if you are going to buy it and below the buy now button is the option to add the product to your wishlist instead…

There is lots of other functionality available you can delete the products from your wishlist, add them to your cart and best of all you can share your wishlist with friends and family - great for birthdays and Christmas.

If you have any questions at all about using the wishlist please contact us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Remember though you must be signed into an account on the store for the wishlist to be saved.

Go and try it out now at either the US website or the UK website.

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US & UK websites

We have updated our UK website with a new design to match our newly launched US website for our new US business - made and shipped in the USA. As part of this new design we have included two flags in the top right corner next to the cart to indicate which store you are currently in. The larger flag denotes which store - in the case shown below we would be in the UK site and shopping in GBP. To swap stores all you have to do is click on the smaller flag.

The new US Website can be found at and the UK Website remains at

We have also enabled onsite payment via credit & debit cards during checkout for our UK web store. You can still pay via PayPal too however this change should make checking out a lot easier for card payments. We just wanted to make you aware of this improvement and that we have a lot more planned for both websites.

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Footsore Miniatures YouTube Channel

We now have a YouTube channel, with our first three videos launched with lots more videos planned so come and subscribe so you don't miss any of them. More importantly please share the videos with your gaming chums.

An example video from the first series focusing on the work bench and getting your Footsore Miniatures ready for painting and eventually for battle. In it Bill Thornhill takes us through how to make a spear from florist wire in readiness to arm one of his Dark Age Footsore Miniatures.

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Writers for the Footsore Miniatures Blog

Footsore Miniatures are looking for four Saga players (maybe more), who play regularly to get involved with us by agreeing to write articles on playing Saga, collecting warbands and especially on the tactics they like to use. We would also be keen to be involved with tournament players too.

We are planning on setting up a blog on our site all about gaming and painting for gamers and painters primarily around our miniatures. We would be looking for one article a month it doesn't have to be 1000s of words it can be lots of pictures and a few words or just a short sharp article that hits the spot. You will be fully credited for all your work.

At this stage all we ask is for you to write an example article of around 500 - 1000 words including images about your interest in Saga. The idea of this is so we can have an example of your work and for you to have a taste of your style.

Rewards for writing for us are a generous discount to consistent contributors plus we are looking for people to become friends of Footsore and you always look after your friends.

If you send an email to expressing an interest we can take it from there.

Our first article by an independent writer is live and its a cracking read by Monty Luhmann presenting his SAGA Do’s and Don'ts.

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Price Rise - 1st February 2017

Firstly as Musketeer Miniatures and now as Footsore Miniatures we have been able to keep our prices the same, however with the recent changes in the economy we are going to have to put in place a price rise our first in well over six years.

We have tried to manage this the best we can, which means infantry packs are staying at £6 as these are the bulk of what you need however cavalry will be going from £9 to £10 and command packs will be increasing from £6 to £9 as this is an area we feel has been underpriced.

The price rise will go in to effect on the 1st February 2017 please take the opportunity over the coming days to purchase your miniatures at the current price.

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UK Events 2017 (Update)

To make sure Footsore Miniatures are available at as many events as possible in the UK we work with the tireless Andy Lyon of Ainsty Castings to enable him to take as much of our Footsore Miniature range as possible on his travels.

Andy and the team at Ainsty Castings have been selling high quality resin terrain and miniatures for many years now. They go to over 30 war games shows a year. Andy himself is a Saga master and foremost expert on all things Dark Ages which ties in nicely with a lot of our miniatures.

Along with a full range of Saga rules he carries over 80 packs of the Footsore Miniatures range. So whether you are into Late Romans, Saxons, Goths, Arabs or even the award winning Dark Age Irish be sure to stop by their stand. He may even have one of our new releases or two to sell you!  

If you want to look at the range before you buy get yourself along to these shows during 2017...

Show Calendar 2017
Chillcon - Sheffield 27th May
PHALANX - St Helens June 17th
VALHALLA - Farnborough June 18th
BARRAGE - Stafford July 9th
CLAYMORE - Edinburgh August 5th
BRITCON - Manchester August 12th & 13th
PARTIZAN - Newark August 20th
BORDER RIEVER - Newcastle September 2nd
HEREWARD - Peterborough September 3rd
COLOURS - Newbury September 16th (TO BE CONFIRMED)
DERBY - October 7th
LEICESTER - October 8th
SELWG - London October 22nd
FIASCO - Leeds October 29th
CRISIS - Antwerp November 4th
WARFARE - Reading November 18th & 19th
BATTLEGROUND - Stockton on Tees November 25th
WARGAMER - Birmingham December 3rd

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New Anglo-Saxon Warband, Picts and Historicon 2016

Today we are releasing the second in a series of Skirmish Warband deals the Anglo-Saxons and as we did with the Dark Age Irish we are giving you your warlord for free. We are also showing off the soon to be released Picts as we get ready for Historicon 2016, we hope to see you there.

Anglo-Saxon Skirmish Warband for Saga

This Anglo-Saxon Warband is designed to be suitable for a 4 point SAGA force. It provides you with a solid core of troops that can be then further customised and built upon for bigger games, and just like in the SAGA rules we give you your Warlord for free.

Anglo-Saxon 4pt Saga Warband

The warband consists of the following;

1x Warlord and banner man
2x Thegn (Hearthguard) units (4 figures each)
2x Fryd (Warrior) units (8 figures each)

 Every model is different! Banners, spears and bases not included.

Keep your eyes open for more warbands from us in the coming months as we plan to release as many as we can.

Sneak Peak: Picts

If you follow our Facebook Group you will have already had a sneak peak at our major release for this month which are the Picts and Scots.  If you are going to Historicon 2016 in a couple of weeks you could be lucky enough to get your hands on the first of these models before they are released later in July - early August 2016.

Footsore Miniatures Picts

Footsore Miniatures Pict Warlord

Historicon 2016

Footsore miniatures will once again be partnering up with Warlord Games to provide sponsorship of the greatest Historical convention in the USA if not the world!

The first 3000 people who attend the show will receive the special edition figure: Into the Valley of Death. Exclusive to this year's Historicon show!

Footsore will as always have a huge range of Dark Age figures and for the first time at a US show, our entire Late Roman, Early Saxon, Romano-British and Goth ranges. Perfect for building your Saga, Hail Caesar and WAB armies, Or just indulging in some personal painting projects.

There will also be a huge amount of Bolt Action and Antares sets for you to get you hands on as well as play demo games with the team at the booth.

Bill Thornhill, sculptor extraordinaire will be on hand to talk you through his latest evil plan to have the Picts and the Scots released for you for the FIRST TIME at the show itself, obviously while stocks last.

So come and see us at this years premier convention - we are the first booth in front of the door in the dealer room!!

Andrew, Bill & Tiegen
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New Irish Skirmish Warband ideal for SAGA and Brodir

Today we are releasing the first in a series of Skirmish Warband deals which is the Dark Age Irish and as we are a nice lot at Footsore we are giving you your warlord for free. We also have Brodir a key leader who fought on the opposite side to Brian Boru in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, a lovely sculpt by Bill!

Irish Skirmish Warband

This Dark Age Irish warband is designed to be suitable for a 4 point SAGA force. It provides you with a solid core of troops that can be then further customised and built upon for bigger games, and just like in the SAGA rules we give you your Warlord for free.The warband consists of the following;

Warlord and bannerman

2x units of 4 Fianna (Hearthguards) 

2x units of Warriors

Every model is different! Banners, spears and bases not included.


According to his description in Njal's saga, Brodir was tall and strong, with long black hair that he wore tucked in under his belt, and he was clad in a coat of mail "which no steel could bite.”

Brodir was a key leader who fought on the opposite side to Brian Boru in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Njal's Saga names Brodir as the killer of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Both Boru and Brodir died in the battle, although accounts differ as to who killed whom.

Njal's saga explains during the battle Brodir killed Brian and cried out: "Now let man tell man that Brodir felled Brian." at which two of Brian's followers, Ulf and Kerthialfad, returned to the king, and captured Brodir and the remainder of his men. According to the saga, “Ulf the Quarrelsome cut open his belly, and led him round and round the trunk of a tree, and so wound all his entrails out of him," while Brodir's men were "slain to a man”.

Brodir is supplied unpainted and may need some assembly a base is not supplied.

Modeling Accessories Section

We have added a new section to our webstore which we plan to populate with useful items for modeling, the first being steel javelins, spears and pikes. Now you are able to arm your reinforcements at the same time when you order from us.

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