There have been many attempts at barbarian miniatures over the 40+ years of fantasy wargaming/RPGs.
There seems to be two types of fantasy barbarian.
The first is the clean shaven, loin clothed, muscular sword waving type constantly wrestling either a giant serpent or lily skinned, scantily clad princess as per the R.E. Howard Conan stories.
The second is the bearded, fur wearing, frenzied axeman based on the historical stereotype of the Celt or Viking who spends his time stealing women and raping cattle.
Grenadier Miniatures in the early 90s created ranges to represent both types. Mark Copplestone had a splendid set of Conan inspired figures whilst Nick Lund offered an all together hairer bunch in his own inimitable sculpting style.
I am of course partial to both sets of figures. The Copplestone barbarians are still available from Mirliton however the Lund sculpts aren’t. I have a fair few Copplestone barbarians tucked away for a project that hasn’t happened yet and I was quite happy to leave them untouched as I managed to pick up these two Lund figures for Frostgrave.
It’s suprisingly difficult to pick up a single boar miniature suitable for Frostgrave.
The limited wild boar miniatures out there seem to be made either as scenery/tokens for games like SAGA (too tiny) or pork monsters resplendent in armour and saddles (massive) to be used as mounts.
A cheap compromise was found for my Frostgrave.
This is an old (1993) Games Workshop plastic boar from a junk eBay lot meant to be ridden by an orc. Not surprisingly that means it’s a horse sized beast in comparison to other animals in 28mm. It’s Hogzilla. It’s also missing it’s tusks. Meh, it’ll do. Next!
I’ve also painted up some more treasure tokens. Three money piles made by Dark Art Studio – cheap and cheerful and nothing to write home about, plus a couple of kitbashed tokens using various leftover sprue bits and an old Citadel brazier that I got in another job lot eBay auction.
Since returning to gaming and painting I’ve been fortunate enough to have played RPGs on pretty much a weekly basis. I’m currently DMing 5th Ed D&D ‘Storm King’s Thunder’ so I painted up some miniatures to represent the PCs where our larger combats use a battlemat.
This is a Ral Partha miniature available from RPE as part of their Dark Eye range. The PC was originally created as male but then the player changed the gender at the start of the first play session. There’s a fair few female Elf miniatures of course but a lot of them tend to be either Magic Users or Rangers; this seemed the best Ranger type to represent a female Rogue – Elves aways have bows no matter what.
There was some discussion about gender at character generation for this one too. The player originally settled on female so I got a Ral Partha Dwarf miniature to represent her.
By the next session they had changed her to a male Dwarf so I needed a new miniature! Rather than have the female Dwarf languish in my lead pile she got painted up along with the Citadel ‘Dwarf Lords of Legend’ Uther I decided to use.
There aren’t a lot of Tiefling miniatures out there to represent this PC. I toyed with alternatives for this including various Demon miniatures and Games Workshop Ungors.
In the end I settled for this Reaper Bones Hellborn miniature. I would have preferred it in metal but I couldn’t find one in the UK.
No one wanted to play a Cleric as their main PC despite the serious makeover they’ve had in 5th Ed. Their obvious strength is still ‘Team Medic’ though so the players rolled up one to accompany them. He also serves as a PC for any occasional guest players we get. This is a Heartbreaker Miniatures Dwarf sculpted by Kevin Adams – proving he’s not just the one dimensional Goblin creation machine we sometimes think he is!
Half Elf Warlock
You’ll need to stretch your imagination a bit with this one. The player is keen on casting ‘mage armour’ on his PC so wanted a miniature with suitably impressive looking armour – even if this magic only gives him the equivalent AC of leather armour!
This is a Heartbreaker Miniatures Elf Warrior figure sculpted by Chaz Elliott. It reminds me of the Citadel Stormbringer miniatures by Jes Goodwin.There’s a definite Elric vibe to him but then Charles did have a history with this sort of thing.
A (slightly blurry – sorry!) group shot. Of course I also felt the need to use hex bases as a homage to the 1980s Citadel AD&D range.
Although Polar and Brown (aka Grizzly) bears are bigger and more aggressive in real life I fancied painting a Black bear for my Frostgrave collection.
This is a 1984 Grenadier miniature and I think is supposed to be a Werebear given the slightly more anthropomorphic physique in comparison to most bear miniatures.