I’ve mentioned before my predilection for the official AD&D miniatures produced under licence by Citadel in 1985. Of course that wasn’t the only line of licenced miniatures they were producing at this time. Another particularly splendid range (assuming you ignore the gargantuan 30mm Boromir mounted on a tiny 25mm scale horse) was the official Lord Of The Rings miniatures range.
This small set of figures was only part of Citadel’s range for a couple of years before the Lord of the Rings licence from Tolkien Enterprises moved on to Mithril Miniatures – presumably because Games Workshop wanted to concentrate their efforts on the more profitable Warhammer game line. Like all the figures designed at this point in time by Citadel they clearly show the transition in technical improvements in comparison to a lot of the ‘lumpy’ and poorly sculpted pre-slotta models in production from only the year before.
This particular goblin miniature (like other mounted figures across Citadel’s ranges then) was blister packed with another figure to represent the same miniature on foot. I never bought this blister but did manage to own the mounted goblin and wolf through a trade with a friend in 1986. I had plans for it to join my large Goblinoid Army in the ranks of the wolf riders however when the time came to paint and assemble these in the late 80s this model had disappeared – presumably a casualty of poor storage as I certainly don’t remember trading it.
Recently wanting to own this figure again had me searching for several months to try and buy a bargain on eBay as a replacement. This met with no success so in the end I bit the bullet and bought this one for about £7.
Back in the late 80s when I originally painted my wolf riders wolves were painted without any thought to how wolf fur actually looked. They were all the victims of a monotone coat of bluey grey like ‘Elf Grey’ or black with lighter grey highlights. This wasn’t just me trying to speed dry brush my way through regiments – it was the accepted norm that even GW studio painters used. There had also been a universal agreement by this point that Goblins had green skins and red eyes.
So with no desire to paint this as a green skin goblin on a plain grey wolf here’s my version with a nod towards more variation found in wolf fur colouration and a different take on goblin skin tone.