Victrix Limited is a new company owned by Julian Blakeney-Edwards and Stephen Hales.
I (Julian) have been fascinated by toy soldiers since the age of 7. I have fond and vivid memories of playing with Airfix plastic soldiers throughout my childhood. This passion extended into the real world and at the age of 22 I entered Sandhurst, subsequently commissioned into 3 Royal Anglian (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex) Regiment. A fascinating 6 year career with my regiment took me to Germany, Canada and Northern Ireland.
I have been commercially involved in the wargames and miniature world for over 10 years, predominantly with the figure and retail company, Chiltern Miniatures which I sold.
Steve, like myself, has been immersed in the toy soldier world since childhood, when his brother Ian Hales sparked a lifelong interested in the hobby. After a career in animation for TV, film and computer games, Steve set up Little Big Men Studios to design and manufacture shield and banner transfers.
We met in 2004 when I began stocking his transfers, and in 2007 we launched a range of Hussite figures through a joint venture, Kingmaker Miniatures.
Steve and I had been discussing for some time the feasibility of a 28mm hard plastic range. Our first discussions centred around Greeks and Persians, but then we both quickly realised that our true joint interest was in the Napoleonic period. Before you could say "at ready" we had decided to pour our heart and soul (not to mention a very large amount of money) into the launch of a new range of hard plastic 28mm Napoleonics, and so Victrix Limited was born.
We have put great emphasis on producing figures with real character, truly reflecting the look and feel of the Napoleonic period. A great deal of attention has been placed on the sculpting of faces, the look of the uniform and the pose of each figure. As the Duke of Wellington said on the eve of Waterloo;
"I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me".
We want our figures to look like soldiers and to scare the living daylights out of their metal opponents. We want to appeal to military modellers who will appreciate the detail of our figures and want to use them as performers in their dioramas and vignettes. More than anything we want to recreate the pleasure and excitement of collecting miniature figures and perhaps convince the younger generation there is more to this pastime than Elves and Dwarves.
Julian Blakeney-Edwards & Stephen Hales