Richard Ansell. Very sad News
It is with tremendous sadness that I must report the passing of the hugely talented sculptor and great friend of not just me but all of the Lard Island crew. Sadly Richard passed away on the 11th of February due to complications with an old injury. On the way to have exploratory surgery to repair old wounds, he suffered a heart attack from which he did not recover.
Richard was a tremendously talented sculptor who in an age of ‘heroically proportioned’ figures, developed his own far more anatomically correct style. His work over the years was voluminous, sculpting ranges for companies such as The Assault Group, Fife & Drum Miniatures, Crann Tara Miniatures, Warlord Games, Hasselfree Miniatures, Brigade Games, Rif-Raf Miniatures, Minden Miniatures and even some of the limited edition figures produced by TooFatLardies.
As well as appreciating Richard’s attention to detail in his sculpting, I am most fortunate to have been a regular gaming friend. His interest in military history was matched by his sense of fun; his quiet, well-considered and understated wit made him many friends and his departing will leave an empty chair in the Lard Island Mess which will not be filled again.
These are, of course, very difficult times for his wife, Coral. Richard’s work bench was understandably full of projects but with so many other issues for her to attend to, I have made contact with the companies who we know Richard was currently working for. However, this may not be everyone. If Richard was undertaking work for you and you need a point of contact, then emailing me at TooFatLardies via our web site will allow me to act as a conduit when the appropriate time arrives.
As a tribute to Richard, I have contacted a couple of figure manufacturers who have kindly agreed to share some of the images they have of Richard’s work. The following images were kindly supplied by Fife & Drum Miniatures. Their range, all sculpted by Richard, may be be found at Fife & Drum
The following images were provided by Crann Tara Miniatures whose range may be found here: Crann Tara
Finally, I have to say that the figures that “Tricky” sculpted of the Lard Island four; Sidney, the immaculately attired German officer; Nick, the portly Unteroffizier gorging on an oversize sausage; Biffo, the Commando thinking about where to throw the grenade whose pin he has just removed; me, apparently the connoisseur of the grape, considering the joy of the latest newly liberated vintage (and definitely not just a old drunk who has just found a stash of booze, let’s be clear on that!). Each figure a well considered study of a friend and executed with skill and humour.
These will always serve as a great reminder of a much missed friend. Not to mention that timeless hero, Hugh Jarce, based on the popular comic book hero Captain Hurricane and sculpted to celebrate some long-forgotten release.