Many gamers of a certain age will remember Ian Weekley - master model builder. The first recollection I have of seeing an Ian Weekley modelling article was in the early 1980s.
I don’t recall whether that first article was in Miniature Wargames magazine or in Military Modelling, as articles appeared in both magazines at that time. Casting quickly around, there is an article by Ian in the October 1983 issue of Military Modelling where he builds Wolfsschanze, a medieval castle. Incidentally, the magazine also includes an article on gaming Wandewash.
|Military Modelling article|
The first issue of Miniature Wargames also contained an article entitled Small Buildings for the Battlefield.
|Miniature Wargames No. 1|
I recall reading all of his articles that I could find, trying to follow his instructions with no success at all : ( I also recall wanting a building made by him but I had to send “5 IRC’s” for a catalogue. I was in my final year at school, had no idea what an IRC was. Worse still, I had no cash…
In 1989, I read an article in Practical Wargamer paying tribute to 10 years of Battlements, Ian’s model building business. I still wanted a model. Anyway, I never got around to ordering a building from him before he retired due to ill health from custom model building in 1991. He continued with a resin range which is now owned, I believe, by Coritani.
|Practical Wargamer article|
Imagine my delight when I found one of his models on eBay recently. I bid and won : )
|photo from eBay auction|
The fort arrived and requires a little work to bring it up to scratch. It is, after all, some 30 years old and seen many a game. Although not as sophisticated as a lot of models nowadays, it has a charm of its own. Better still, it is a piece of wargaming history!
The fort will be perfect for one of the European forts that were built in India. What models did he make specifically for India? Here are two I have located:
I have recently commissioned a Sultan's Retreat from Herb at HG Walls, based upon the article by Ian.
Anybody have a Moghul Stronghold they would like to part with? : )
Ian died five years ago this month. Such a loss to the hobby. His Obituary is here: