Footsore Miniatures & Games Limited
Footsore Miniatures was established to provide high-quality 28mm metal miniatures for gamers and collectors alike. Its foundation is built on the old Musketeer Miniatures range of figures sculpted by the designer, Bill Thornhill.
With the addition of other sculptors such as Matthew Bickley, Paul Hicks and Stavros Zouliatis it now offers high-quality 28mm metal and resin miniatures and tabletop games such as Gangs of Rome and Mortal Gods.
Based in Nottingham, UK and owned by Mark Farr and Andy Hobday, friends for over 20 years who collectively bring more than five decades of gaming experience, Footsore Miniatures & Games is managed by Mark and ships all over the world. Since taking over, both tabletop games and resin 28mm miniatures have been added to the catalogue.
Footsore (Miniatures) is named after the plight of the millions of men (and women), who have humped their paraphernalia of war along the long dusty roads of history.
Mark has been an avid gamer as long as he can remember.
Starting with Airfix kits and later moving onto metal miniatures. Mark has been through most rule sets over the years beginning with the likes of Donald Featherstone and regularly emptying his local library of all their wargaming books (and returning them of course).
In the early 80s, Games Workshop released Warhammer first edition and an incurable addiction was born.
Mark moved from the’ Marches’ up to Nottingham to work for Games Workshop in Sales and worked his way through several areas of the business learning mould making and casting along the way.
After his time at Games Workshop, he also worked for Wargames Foundry and Warlord Games.
Mark is a prolific collector and painter owning many miniatures though his first love has always been ‘sword & shield’ armies.
Running Footsore Miniatures & Games is a dream come true (who wouldn’t want their own Toy Soldier Company) as it ticks all of Marks boxes, nicely detailed easy to paint miniatures in evocative poses and a company with a reputation for high quality and excellent value troops. Mark is the Managing Director of Footsore Miniatures & Games and the man in charge.
When Andy’s Dad bought him the book “The Warlock of Firetop Mountain” over 30 years ago little did he know this would be the catalyst for his lifelong obsession with miniature wargaming.
From playing lots of role-playing games he came across the first edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles which gave him a reason for owning all the dwarf figures he had collected over his various dungeon adventures.
An interest and passion for historical gaming began with the purchase of Samurai Blades and Cry Havoc by Standard Games and has continued since Samurai (Sengoku period - Warring States) and Medieval (The Barons War) being the periods he enjoys the best.
Andy has been lucky enough to turn his hobby into a career. Joining Games Workshop in the early 1990s he worked his way around the business starting in the retail stores and ending up at Head Office in Nottingham as Head of IT (UK Sales).
Andy also worked for Warlord Games as their IT & web manager and championed the Beyond the Gates of Antares Sci-Fi game which he used to play a lot. He was the author of the Strike on Kar’A Nine introductory book having conceived the new Antares introductory box set. He is also the co-creator of Test of Honour the Samurai Miniatures game with Graham Davey - which was released March 2017 by Warlord Games. Version two was released in the summer of 2019 via Grey for Now Games with the manufacturing being carried out by Footsore Miniatures & Games.
He has written and produced Mortal Gods a skirmish game based in Ancient Greece which sold out its first print run on preorder and recently released The Barons' War a Medieval skirmish game which also strays into the earlier period (mis)known as the Dark Ages.
Owning a share in a miniatures company, including his own casting machines is the dream of the 14-year-old Andy made into reality.
Footsore Miniatures & Games is a supporter of Arcane Scenery & Models. Owned and marshalled by Steve Wood if you have not checked out their website then go there right now as it is a Pandora’s box for all modellers and gamers!