C27 Goblin Fanatic

With my general apathy towards many figures deemed to be ‘Classic’ in the Oldhammer community the entire early/mid 80s C27 Goblin Fanatic range should be on my antipathy list.

Let’s face it, they were a pretty ropey set of miniatures. These figures were overly ‘cartoony’, crudely sculpted by anyone’s standards and the weapons they had were preposterous – just what was that giant boomerang all about?

That said I can’t bring myself to even consider disliking them even though they tick every box on my ‘everything wrong with miniatures in the 80s’ list.

I only own this one now (I used to own 4 of the ball and chain figures as fanatics in my Goblin regiments) but as much as I love them I can’t see myself buying anymore unless I spot a real bargain along the way…

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2 thoughts on “C27 Goblin Fanatic

  1. Azazel

    I don’t think I ever had any of these pre-slotta Fanatics. The entire concept of them just hits the crazy and lighthearted part of Warhammer that always used to be present amongst the dirt and darkness of the background.

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    1. Somet Post author

      You say you never owned any but at the time I bought my 4 original fanatics in 1985 I was buying lots of Goblinoids so it seems strange I only managed to buy a single blister of them. I also bought a couple of blisters of Lesser Goblins (soon to be erased from Warhammer history and replaced by Snotlings) around this time too and never managed to add more to them either. I can only assume the shop I used couldn’t/didn’t get more from GW/Citadel.

      The fanatics show up on eBay fairly regularly and tend not to sell for silly prices so there must have been plenty of them out there – just not in my old neck of the woods.

      The Goblins in 1st Edition Warhammer and the Forces of Fantasy supplement were particularly splendid I thought. It was a shame some of the details for these were lost in the 2nd and 3rd Editions of the game when Goblins became a more generic bunch of Orc lackies.

      Night Goblins made a comeback from 4th Edition onwards of course but they were cartooned down a lot in the fluff as part of the whole ‘Gobboes fing’ I’ve moaned about before. I much preferred their earlier incarnation.

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