It’s been a bit quiet on the blog this last few weeks. I’ve been busy assembling/kit bashing/scratch building both miniatures and terrain pieces so have lots on the go but nothing’s finished yet and can’t show anything new.
Given I’ve finished my Frostgrave project recently I thought I’d put a few completed group photos of it on the blog, starting with Warband Combatants. The plan will be to re-paint all the bases for these adding mosses/dried grass etc.
First some Wizards. The snow mix I used when I originally did these has discoloured considerably. I dislike snowy bases. I dislike yellow snow even more. These are top of the list for rebasing.
A selection of Warband Combatants. A mix of both metal and plastic figures from various manufacturers. Seems I’m missing the last 3 Essex Miniatures I painted.
Treasure tokens. Also looks like I’m missing the Citadel demon brazier for this photo.
Next time I’ll cover the random encounter creatures.
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.
This chap has sat around on the ‘half painted shelf’ for way too long so I decided to pull my finger out and get him finished to free up space – which we all know is to make room so I can put another half finished miniature in the spot he occupied. He is of course a Mark Copplestone Barbarian Shaman.
Originally part of the Grenadier Fantasy Warriors range from the early 90s, the moulds are now owned and produced by Mirliton in Italy.
This one came from a job lot of Barbarians on eBay so I assume he’s an older casting rather than a modern Italian import – not that it makes any difference.
Mark Copplestone’s Barbarians still look as great today as when they first appeared over 22 years ago.
Luckily, despite the sad demise of Grenadier Miniatures in 1996, this range is pretty much still fully available from various suppliers who have the rights to the moulds.
You can find them very easily as new figures on ebay however people do try to sell original 1992 figures as ‘rare’ or ‘OOP’ with price tags to match. £35 for 9 figures on ebay as I type and a single second hand Barbarian Shaman figure (the one with the skull mask holding a flint dagger above his head) sold for over £5 a few weeks back. The exact same figures can still be bought new for about £2 each and that’s usually including UK postage.
Second hand versions can bought for sensible prices, well below £2 a figure if you sit tight and be patient. Definitely no need to pay over the odds!
Although the figure on the bottom right of this picture came with a job lot of second hand Grenadier Barbarians it clearly isn’t a Mark Copplestone sculpt at all. He has more of a Nick Lund feel about him both facially and in his gait. Unfortunately his previous owner had removed him from his base/tab so I have no clues about his real origin.