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
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.
I was quite partial to the Marauder Miniatures Orcs with their leather scale armour when they first appeared in 1989. Back in the early 90s I bought an MB2 Regiment plus a blister pack of the MM25 ‘extra’ figures in one of GWs clear out sales. All those were sadly lost in time but here’s a Marauder Orc Stone Thrower crew member from that era I’ve picked up recently.
Just what this next miniature is is a bit of a mystery. It came in an eBay job lot several years ago with other figures all from the late 70s/early 80s.
It appears to be a werebear of some description. I saw another one for sale on eBay a couple of years ago but the seller wasn’t sure of its origin either. It’s pretty grotty sculpting but I think it has old school charm! It might just become the Were replacement for the oversized Reaper Bones Werewolf In my Frostgrave collection.
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.
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.
I initially bought a box of GW Fenrisian Wolves for this but they turned out to be a little too big for Frostgrave in my opinion.
I decided to save them for later projects and instead got hold of a couple of Ral Partha wolves from the early/mid 90s.
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.