White Tower Miniatures is run by Matthew Thair in response to his wife and a good few collectors suggesting he turn his converting into a full blown company producing new designs. Having been a converter of figures for many years, he had created comissions for many collectors around the world as a hobby. Matthew also writes for Plastic Warrior on Converting and the history of Plastic toy soldier production. Most recently he has written the Plastic Warrior Robin Hood Special, a subject very close to his heart as you can see in the ranges available from White Tower Miniatures.
The company takes pride in all the aspects of the business being produced in the U.K. As too much design, sculpting and production is being done through China, good for profit but not so good when all the figures start to look the same.
Matthew designs and researches all the figures, but the majority of the sculpting is undertaken by one of four U.K. based sculptors. All the casting is undertaken by those very talented guys at Tradition of London and finally the painting is again all Matthew's work. A small number of designs are produed under licence from Replicants, as the sculptor Peter Cole had produced some Robin Hood figures over twenty years ago that never got into production. Being a big Robin Hood fan Matthew asked his good friends at Replicants if he could get these figures out for the first time. This has led to another set of English civil war figures being produced and other designs may be licenced in this way.
Another feature of White Towers production is the box art; again designed and researched by Matthew Thair. The idea is to include a quote or story snippet to go with each figure, this is intended to give the figure a real sense of place, giving the collector a glimpse into the idea behind the design and a flavour of the figures character.
Being a small company means White Tower Miniatures can paint to order and is open to collector's ideas and suggestions. We have undertaken commission figures for societies and collectors and many of the designs you will see on the site come from our collectors. So if you have a great idea we will make it!
I hope this gives you a little insight into White Tower Miniatures.