Originally part of Grenadier Miniatures ‘Future Warriors’ range from the early 90s this miniature caught my eye recently as a ‘bank robber’. So on a whim, and with no reason or plan to use it in any of my games, I bought it.
Intending to paint it up quickly as a palette cleanser after lots of fantasy painting I was amazed when it arrived at its resemblance to a certain UK prime minister from 1990-1997.
The details in the eBay photograph didn’t really give any clues that the sculptor (Mark Copplestone?) captured Mr. Major so perfectly in miniature form!
About 18 months ago I indulged with a purchase of Reaper Bones miniatures.
It wasn’t a huge buy but it meant getting a few bits and pieces I wouldn’t have normally bought; a large demon, a dragon and a minotaur also a fair few smaller ‘character’ figures.
One of the smaller purchases in this was ‘Dwarf Wizard – Khael Stonekindle’.
I have a Mantic Dwarf Army still glaring accusingly at me from the shelf and Khael was the potential Magic User I’d lined up for it. I’ve since changed my mind and will probably use the Bones Dwarf Cleric I bought at the same time for the role. Khael looks a bit too “Gandalfy”.
This miniature was actually sent to me in error when I tried to order another Reaper Bones Ogre. Rather than faff about sending it back I kept it and it sat on my ‘to do’ pile for nearly 2 years.
As with all the Reaper Bones miniatures they work nicely as inexpensive playing pieces and this one – ‘Kagunk – Ogre Chieftain’ is another addition to my Frostgrave/5th ed D&D collection.
This week it’s a couple of Reaper Bones Lemures.
A Lemure is a relatively low powered Devil in D&D. They’re hardly a well known entity in the game but given the uproar in the 80s from anti D&D Christian groups about ‘Devil Worshipping’ it’s hardly suprisingly TSR (the publishers of D&D back then) gave most of the Demons and Devils from the Monster Manual a swerve in published scenarios and modules.
A quick flip through my 5th ed Monster Manual confirms they’re still part of the game but it’s probably fair to say it would have to be a high level campaign involving Baator (the Nine Planes of Hell) for the PCs to encounter them.
As I’m sure the Warhammerites amongst us have already spotted these miniatures could easily be used in some capacity as small Nurgle daemons too.
I’ve painted them as Ghoul leaders. If you want to read some fiction involving ghouls I can heartily recommend Brian McNaughton’s ‘The Throne of Bones‘ collection of short stories. I know I’ve spoken about this book before on comments sections but I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog. Go check it out.
A couple of Undead from the Fantasy Warrior era of Grenadier Miniatures, circa 1990. From the sculpting style I reckon they were designed by Nick Lund although most of the Undead ranges designed for Fantasy Warrior were done by Mark Copplestone and Bob Naismith I think.
I spotted these from Blind Beggar Miniatures whilst looking for VBCW figures and thought they were interesting enough to buy.
The sculpts across most of Blind Beggars ranges are, without sugar coating it, crude. That said they aren’t without charm (or humour, see the Joe and Kaero sculpts and think about the names ‘Joe’ and ‘Kaero’ in a 40K context) so I’ll be looking further into the Sci Fi ranges at least.
I pictured this miniature as more of a Scavenger than a Bounty Hunter (think about the Teedo or Jawa in Star Wars for example) and it comes accompanied by some form of pack “animal” – possibly mechanical and shrouded to prevent sand damage to it’s circuits and moving parts.
The use of the word ‘werewolf’ in the Frostgrave rulebook is a bit misleading really. The description says they’re not lycanthropes at all but an intelligent race of man/wolf hybrids.
I fondly remember the Wolfen from the Palladium Fantasy RPG back in the 1980s who fulfilled a similar role. The Vargr in Traveller are an even earlier example of the same sort of creatures.
This is a Reaper Bones miniature and is very similar in style to the Mantic werewolves I painted last year. It’s probably a bit big for the Frostgrave interpretation of a lupine humanoid so I may rethink it if I spot a more appropriately sized figure.