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I just found out today that Thunderbolt Mountain (Tom Meier's miniatures line) is planning to close its webstore and stop taking orders on December 25th. This isn't to say that Tom is "going out of business." More likely, Thunderbolt Mountain doesn't sell as well as Tom's work outside of his own company (he is responsible for a lot of brilliant sculpts in the Dark Sword line, as well as other lines and many toys). He told me once that he really loves sculpting, but doesn't care so much for casting miniatures (which he does only for TBM). Part of me is really hoping that Jim Ludwig takes up the line and continues to produce them through Dark Sword. For context, Tom is the sculptor who discovered Green Stuff. He defined the Ral Partha line, and even worked for a stint at early days Games Workshop. He is responsible for many of the very best faces sculpted in green stuff, and his anatomy and detail is precise enough to make people think the photos of the greens must be of much larger minis. The Thunderbolt Mountain line includes some really dashing minis- my favorites are the Noraland Fairies, the Slug-Eat-Your-Face and the Bushwoolies.