I was joined in the Loftwaffe today by Leon Pengilley of Pendraken Miniatures, who had driven all the way from Middlesbrough down to Brighton and Hove to be interviewed. I haven't conducted a face-to-face interview at home like this since Guy Hancock in Battlechat 4, so be prepared for a bit of additional echo, a bit of traffic noise and the distant hum of a cooling fan, as I strove to combat the temperatures that soared here this afternoon.
We covered all manner of topics, including how Leon came to be involved in the Pendraken business with his father Dave – especially since Leon is not, in fact, a wargamer himself! We discussed the rise of 10mm as a popular size for wargaming and the growth of Pendraken as a business and the ardent fanbase it now has.
Leon also didn't flinch when I asked him about the embarrassing failure of their Blitzkrieg Commander III ruleset, and the amazing lengths that he and the team went to in order to put that right, a laudable effort that resulted in the recently released BKC IV which has been widely praised.
We also explored the challenges facing both the 10mm size and the wargames industry in general, and the threats and opportunities offered by new technology.
I really enjoyed my time with Leon and wish him every success. As you'll hear, he's enthusiastic, intelligent and committed to building a sustainable business that will be ready for the next Pengilley generation too!