Hello! Welcome to Bad Squiddo Games, home of Believable Female Miniatures, Baggy the Bag and Annie - The Dice Bag Lady. Bad Squiddo Games provides gamers and painters around the world with the largest selection of female miniatures out there. As well as manufacturing my own line, I carefully hand pick stock from over 50 different manufacturers. This means you have as wide a choice as possible to get that perfect miniature, and it’s a great way to bring many companies to work together in what is a small and friendly industry.
Just like a large portion of the industry, Bad Squiddo Games is a one-person business set up, owned and run by me – Annie Norman. However, I do work with some absolutely outstanding sculptors, casters, painters and concept artists – both in talent and personality – which make up the “Bad Squiddo Family”.
Phil Hynes, John Morris, Alan Marsh, Shane Hoyle, Jo Brumby, Tim Prow, Martin Baker, Delaney King, Kev White, Mark Evans and Andrew May are the putty pushers behind the madness so far, with Paul Cubbin and Andrew Taylor (and John Morris again!) bringing them to life with stunning paint jobs. They all deserve a mention and clap here as the company would not be what it is without them.
The number one aim for Bad Squiddo Games is to create and supply the miniatures that would have made the hobby far far better for my 10 year old self. To welcome more young girls and women into wargaming and miniature painting, as well as providing diverse options to the entire gaming community. And yeah – cool toys!
Company owner Annie looking like a deer in headlights in excitement at the Women of the Red Army launch at Salute 2016.
Who the heck am I? Well hello, I am Annie, you may have also heard of me in regards to my previous business “The Dice Bag Lady”. I credit my mum (Hi mum) with introducing me to the hobby via some dusty old White Dwarfs as a young girl, as well as encouraging me along as I got more and more into it. Like most people, my interest waved up and down over the years but it was always there. It was in 2010 that I made a strong decision to find a local group and get my game back on. I was studying Fine Art at the time and made myself a funky dice bag for my new shiny dice.
As is the case with these stories, I made more for friends, then more for people around the tournament scene, and before I knew it, they were all over the world and I had quit my university course and then my job. “The Dice Bag Lady” is a legacy I am very proud of, and it is amazing to still see them floating around in such abundance. It was sadly brought to an end in 2015 by a series of wrist injuries brought on directly from such intense embroidery and crochet (rock and roll!). Don’t craft too hard kids, it’s not worth it, listen to your Auntie Annie!
Following this, much like a Japanese pocket monster, I evolved into “Bad Squiddo Games” and began the next chapter: Miniatures. Gaming wise, I played around the Warhammer Fantasy tournament scene quite heavily for a few years, before discovering just how many games there are out there (thanks trade shows!) and have tried many games at least once, with SAGA, Frostgrave and Iron Cross currently winning. I naturally play a lot less now, whenever I can squeeze time away from this.
Fielding "Norman's Normans" at SAGA Grand Melee 2014
What is a Bad Squiddo? What is a good squiddo? Baggy the Bag was the mascot of The Dice Bag Lady, and when it switched to a miniatures company, I didn’t want to lose him, but “Baggy Miniatures” sounds a bit horrible. The squiddos are squid like creatures which feature in a lot of the cartoons based on Baggy. They have a love/hate relationship. The Squiddos are usually pictured smiling, and Baggy is usually frowning. Poor fella.
Baggy being hunted down by a big load of squiddos.