Friday, February 1, 2013
15mm French House for Napoleonics to WWII - DS
I paid a call on the Armory during a trip visiting relatives. The owner's son, Skip Lipmann, gave me a tour of the facility. They had just opened up a retail store front as I guess Baltimore didn't have any gaming stores to speak of. Skip was a nice guy and I enjoyed the couple of conversations we had over the years talking shop and gaming. Armory Distribution was a typical warehouse full of all the products needed to stock hobby stores. It smelled of cardboard! Having worked in a warehouse before that smell always makes me nostalgic.
The production area for Gallia was located inside the warehouse and consisted of a couple of long work tables attended by an older woman, whose name I do not recall. She checked the orders, poured the resin, and packed the final products to be shipped.
Incidentally, the terrain boards I use to photograph the figures on were a product line made by Skip. They are 1' x 1' styrofoam and have a couple different different features on them. There are roads, rivers, creeks, depressions/ditches, and shoreline. A couple of them have a painted green or straw colored area that one might use for forests or wheatfields. Skip found a spray flock for the grass that made production quicker than gluing it down by hand. They are nice and convenient but not great. I would like to try my hand at making some more realistic and varied terrain boards someday.