For a while I’ve concentrated on painting a mixture of Reaper Bones and old school pre-slotta lead miniatures, primarily for use with Frostgrave and 5th Ed D&D games.
Like most miniature painters I have lots of old lead and far too many new plastic kits awaiting my attention. With this in mind I’ve probably spent enough time on Frostgrave and D&D minis for now and so fancy a change of painting direction.
To draw these projects to a temporary close I’m going to try and finish the Frostgrave collection off (just 5 more miniatures to complete it), clear down some other ‘WIP’ bits and then move on to hopefully putting an Ork Kill Team together for Shadow War Armageddon (SWA).
Anyway, this week’s offering were part of that ‘WIP’ – various Hobgoblins from Nick Lund’s Chronicle Miniatures company. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before Lund’s sculpting style is very much a love/hate thing for a lot of painters. I personally love his style but I can appreciate why others don’t. I don’t think I’m being negative by describing it as ‘primitive’ – I think that’s a genuine part of the appeal to me.
Lund started sculpting in the 80s but had stopped by the early 90s. I would have enjoyed seeing how his style developed beyond that into the following years but sadly it wasn’t to be. The rumours are an allergic reaction to his preferred modelling medium put an end to his sculpting. He moved into game design but now appears to have completely disappeared from the gaming hobby after the collapse of Grenadier UK in 1996.
Below is another Citadel C13 Night Goblin from 1983 that was meant to have been painted with this lot however it was lurking in dettol at the time and escaped my memory/attentions. I’ve rectified that and its now part of the warband.
Another old figure here, a C35 Knights of Chaos from 1984. I’ve painted one of his contemporaries (Elric) from this era of Chaos Warriors before.
This time I decided on trying a dark skin tone for a change and it worked okay, so it’s something I will definitely be exploring further.
Various mixed Goblins here. included are some C12/C13 Great/Night Goblins from the early 80s, the original Grom model and trooper from the first version of the RR3 Regiment of Renown set, a couple of later C12 Goblins and finally Grizlock the Hobgoblin from the 2nd Dungeon Monsters Starter Set.
C13 Night Goblin
RR3 Grom and Trooper
C12 Great Goblin
C12 Goblins (from the later 80s)
Grizlock the Hobgoblin
Another couple of medieval figures from the job lot painted up for Frostgrave.
First up is a Peasant spearman. I’m unsure who the manufacturer is but he doesn’t appear to be from Essex Miniatures. His round face and short stature puts me in mind of a youthful D&D hireling fresh to the adventuring life. In other words monster fodder…
The second figure is from Essex Miniatures and is actually a Medieval Sapper/Miner. He has a shifty peasant look about him (Psst! Wanna buy some dung? Only a farthing…) so I think he’ll make a good thief in Frostgrave.
The pair together.
Over the last few years I’ve managed to repurchase two of my favourite Citadel C20 Trolls that I owned back in the 1980s, sculpted by the Perry Twins in 1984. I bought them because a) they were inexpensive as far as these sculpts go and b) because I still love them 32 years after first laying eyes on them.
When I started compiling a list for the random encounter creatures in Frostgrave I initially resisted the idea of using these for it, thinking I’d save them for a (as of yet unspecified) “grander plan”.
After searching for Trolls to paint for Frostgrave nothing appealed to me so I changed my mind and used them.
When painting the Frost Giant for Frostgrave I wrote about flesh tones and how I planned to use grey for the Trolls. This hasn’t happened for two reasons. Firstly I was worried they’d get washed out in the standard basing I’m using for the project – battleship grey. It helps if figures can stand out from this and I didn’t think grey skinned trolls would. Secondly I couldn’t bring myself to paint these old figures in anything other than green!
I did however go for paler skin tones than the standard ‘goblin green’ that predominated GW Goblinoid armies from 1985 onwards. In fact, with all those Orcs, Goblins, Snotlings, Trolls (until blue and grey became their thing) and Hobgoblins PLUS using it for painting bases Games Workshop must have sold A LOT of Goblin Green paint in the 80s and 90s…
Troll 1 – Hobol Firebreath
Troll 2 – Grog Stuntycrusher
The pair together.
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.
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.