Forgotten Heroes 2017, the Epilogue (Jez Winstanley)

“The calendar has been flipped from June to July, signifying that what passes for Summer here in the UK is upon us but, more importantly, that this year’s Forgotten Heroes event is over.

When I came up with this crackpot idea last year, I was expecting maybe three or four participants, drawn from my immediate blogging circle, creating a single character each. 2016 saw 8 participants from three continents producing 22 figures during the month of June. But that was last year…

The dynamic Roger Webb, who has been ably scouring the blogs of those taking part this year and reposting their ‘works in progress’ to the main Forgotten Heroes site, has also kindly provided me with the overall stats for 2017 – this year we had 14 participants, from 7 different countries, with a total of 32 figures created. And what creations they were! We’ve had robots, both ‘in disguise” and otherwise, Masters of the Universe, a whole slew of obscure comic book characters, including Judges, vigilantes, patriots and cat-themed heroes, and not forgetting a certain floronic alien invader with a penchant for the odd song or two.

The enthusiasm and sheer inventiveness of everyone who took part should be applauded, as whilst I may have come up with the initial idea, its the people taking part that make Forgotten Heroes such a fun and memorable event. Thank you all for your participation and the support you extended to your fellow creators.

And, of course, special thanks must go to Roger for the ‘admin’ side, as without him there wouldn’t be a central location where you can see everyone’s creations in one place.

Forgotten Heroes will return in 2018 and it would appear that the majority of those who took part this year are already planning NEXT year’s entries…certainly I’ve got a few ideas buzzing around in my head already.

Best wishes to you all,

              Jez’

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14 thoughts on “Forgotten Heroes 2017, the Epilogue (Jez Winstanley)”

  1. Many thanks for this Jez, and I’m sure I speak for all of us, when I say thanks also for coming up with such a wonderful idea in the first place. I can see this growing and growing the possibilities are almost endless, and it been a joy being introduced to all the heroes that I had certainly never heard of, as well as rediscovering some that I thought I’d forgotten.

    Just one thing, if we get many more people taking part next year, you will have to write a longer epilogue, or I wont be able to fit in all the pictures!!

    Cheers Roger.

    (Oh and if anyone is interested there were 56 posts (including this one) and 244 pictures taken this year too).

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  2. Thanks to all involved for keeping this project running and producing such great figures. I’ve said before that I’m not really a modeller or painter, preferring to play games rather than produce toys for them, but this challenge forces me to push my skills for at least one month each year, and that can’t be bad.

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    1. You are most welcome Alan, I think you do yourself a great injustice saying that you are not modeller or painter, perhaps you should be because I can certainly see some talent there.

      Hope to see you back next year.

      Cheers Roger.

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  3. Well I certainly enjoyed myself.

    I got back into the toy soldier hobby after I came across a magazine article written for the 7TV pulp television rules, the piece concentrating on a superhero and sidekick battling against an arch-villain. Five or so years later and I’ve still not progressed beyond painting up the odd superhero figure conversion – though I’ve since realised the chap who wrote the magazine article is a fellow blogger and FH participant. Since the start of this year’s FH I’ve watched a handful of superhero movies (I’ve avoided them in the past) and looked at a comic book for the first time in over twenty years. My enthusiasm for playing around on the table with superheroes has been reignited too – I only wish I knew where to start (advice very much welcome).

    Cheers for running FH, I’ll certainly take part next year (and finish off my Retro Girl at some point).
    Roy

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    1. “Five or so years later and I’ve still not progressed beyond painting up the odd superhero figure conversion”, and why would you want to? I’ve been messing about with mini’s for nigh on thirty years now, and I’m still doing the same! If something works why change it.

      As for where to turn for Superhero gaming advice, you could do a lot worse than look down the participant list to the right. Alan (Kaptain Kobold) for instance has a great little set of rules free on his site, Simon and Jez both have some super batreps (pun intended) on their sites, and there’s not a great deal Bryan, Hills and Steve or the Piper don’t know about this type of game.

      I look forward to seeing what you come up with next year, and yes you really must finish “Retro Girl”, I now have my eye on someone (well a couple of someone’s) else for next year now.

      Cheers Roger.

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  4. Thank you so much (to Roger Webb) for your amazing hard work in pulling this all together .. you`re a star Roger, and your hard efforts are massively appreciated by us four emerald musketeers (of which Jez is a treasured honoury member) . It was a pleasure to take part and an honour to be asked. Thanks guys…. and to Jez for coming up with the idea in the first place.

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    1. Thank you Steve, it’s nice to feel wanted. I originally came up with idea of the blog as a place where people without there own blogs could still take part and get there work out to the rest of the participants, but after I got it up I found that it is actually just a nice place to collate all the different entries in one place, and also give people the chance to go off via the links back to each others blogs, where hopefully they will find something else of interest.

      At the end of the day I say lets use this technology to get like minded people who would never have contacted each other otherwise together. We’re a weird bunch, but lets all be weird together.

      Cheers Roger.

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  5. Bless you Roger and Jez. I am still in awe at all the amazingly skilled people there are out there, and feel honoured just to have been invited to be a part of it all. To all I never got round to commenting on, it was not lack of desire to do so, only time restraint. I think you and ALL your entries are marvellous.

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    1. Thank you Hils, there certainly are some very talented people out there (you being one of them, if you don’t mind me saying). I must admit I too never had the chance to say everything I wanted to on all the posts (often I just had time for a quick…”re-posted to the FH site”). The other thing that has amazed me throughout both years of this now, is how terribly humble and self depreciating people are, it does seem that we all hold each others work in high regard (even if we don’t hold our own), strange that in what is essentially a competitive hobby, people are so supportive and well un-competitive! How many other hobbies can you think of like that.

      Never mind being honoured to take part, we we’re honoured to have you (and Steve). You are of course cordially invited back next year.

      Cheers Roger.

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      1. THANK you so much xxx

        I learned pretty much all I know about this amazing hobby from Stevie who is fundamentally an avid, devoted, passionate solo gamer (even though we run two clubs and play regular weekly events and private home sessions etc), he has made solo play into what he calls `his art form` hehe. Playing solo I have learned from him that there is no competitiveness, and that has carried through to me, and I enjoy to share rather than compete 🙂

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  6. I love this international event and hope to be involved next year. I love making miniatures of characters from my childhood. I also love seeing other people’s work. I would have totally forgotten about characters like Bannanna Man if not for this event. As a kid growing up in the 80’s I always wanted to have miniatures of my favorite heros but there was not the selection we have now. My mom helped me convert and paint my first miniatures. She also was always on the lookout for cool miniatures all the time. She got me an original Grenadier Masters of the Universe Paint and Play miniatures set and she sat and painted it for me. I remember her siting and enjoying painting each figure for me as I looked on. Unfortunately she past away this year. But I think about her a lot and the enjoyment we had doing projects together.
    Best regards,
    Mike Boynton

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    1. What a lovely sentiment Mike, and nice to hear that you have enjoyed taking part. I think what you have said about wanting but not being able to get figures and toys from your childhood echo’s my own experience a lot, I always wanted toys that could interact with each other and so could be part of a new adventures created by me, but the problem was always that, e.g He-man the Thing and say Bullet man, were all wildly out of scale with each other (though you can put up with this up to a point when you’re seven) to this day I think this is something that definitely drives me when it comes to the figures I create or convert. I also think this need to re-create or hold on to your childhood is something that resonates throughout the gaming community as a whole, just look at the number of gamers who are making/ playing games about GI Joe, Dr Who, even Scooby Doo etc.. Adult life is hard work, and it’s nice to retreat back into the exciting freedom we had as children when rather than worrying about next months mortgage payment all we had to worry about was could our Star Wars figure of Luke rescue Han from the prison planet he was being held on?

      I too have many happy memories of building stuff with my mum, from puppets of the Teacher from the Pink Floyd, The Wall album too a Bobsleigh for Action Man (GI Joe, in the US), there never seemed to be anything she couldn’t make one way or another. Though we lost her twenty six years ago now, I still miss her.

      I really hope you will join us again next year, it’s always a pleasure seeing what you come up with, and receiving you E-mails.

      Cheers Roger.

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