I must have first read fluff about Ettins back in the 80s (either in a friends copy of the 1st Ed AD&D Monster Manual or Dragon Magazine) but I don’t remember seeing an Ettin miniature, or at least a semi decent version of one, until the early 90s.
Back then the one that caught my eye was from the Ral Partha official AD&D range. There were a lot of great minis in that series and it sported various classic AD&D adversaries including several splendid looking Giants.
I have one of the Fire Giants from this range tucked away somewhere still to paint and have already put the Firbolg on the blog however the Ettin from Ral Partha was slightly disappointing. it was a bit too barrel chested with spindly, overly long arms and legs for my preferences.
I’ve seen a few of these for sale on eBay but as I’ve never been too convinced by the sculpt I haven’t ever bid on one.
Reaper released their version of the Ettin a few years ago in their Bones range. I thought it was much better proportioned than the old Ral Partha miniature so I picked one up.
As with a lot of Bones minis it was slightly too bent over so I had to do the boiling water/iced water trick to straighten it up a bit. It’s since bent back a bit towards the original pose but nothing to worry about, and since it’s now secure to a 50mm base it won’t keep falling over at least!
Some of the detailing is a bit poor as sometimes happens with Bones plastic. In this case the barrel on its back, the fish and some of the skulls hanging from the waist are a bit ‘blobby’, but not enough to detract from the mini overall.
I’m sure it’ll provide a useful distraction to my D&D players at some point!
Another pre-slotta Citadel miniature and the description on the base was ‘High Elf Fighter/Thief’ – back in the days when there was still a slant towards using D&D RPG descriptions for Citadel Miniatures, pre Warhammer.
This one caught my eye as a flamboyant looking elf so I decided on fairly outlandish colours.
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!
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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