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
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.
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.
Another Wizard painted up for Frostgrave, this time from the Citadel BC1 Adventurers Starter Set, released in 1985. This is the only miniature I have from that box set. I wish I had the rest!
The dogs below were another quick paint job rattled off while waiting on other things to dry. I wasn’t sure who the manufacturer was as I bought them from an eBay seller who stocks a wide selection of miniatures and often breaks down sets to sell the components separately. I dug a bit deeper and apparently they were made by North Star Miniatures although I can’t find them on their website.
They’re not the greatest of sculpts and are a little on the small side but they make for a passable Lurcher type hunting dog that I could see surviving in the wild as feral canines.
Since returning to gaming and painting I’ve been fortunate enough to have played RPGs on pretty much a weekly basis. I’m currently DMing 5th Ed D&D ‘Storm King’s Thunder’ so I painted up some miniatures to represent the PCs where our larger combats use a battlemat.
This is a Ral Partha miniature available from RPE as part of their Dark Eye range. The PC was originally created as male but then the player changed the gender at the start of the first play session. There’s a fair few female Elf miniatures of course but a lot of them tend to be either Magic Users or Rangers; this seemed the best Ranger type to represent a female Rogue – Elves aways have bows no matter what.
There was some discussion about gender at character generation for this one too. The player originally settled on female so I got a Ral Partha Dwarf miniature to represent her.
By the next session they had changed her to a male Dwarf so I needed a new miniature! Rather than have the female Dwarf languish in my lead pile she got painted up along with the Citadel ‘Dwarf Lords of Legend’ Uther I decided to use.
There aren’t a lot of Tiefling miniatures out there to represent this PC. I toyed with alternatives for this including various Demon miniatures and Games Workshop Ungors.
In the end I settled for this Reaper Bones Hellborn miniature. I would have preferred it in metal but I couldn’t find one in the UK.
No one wanted to play a Cleric as their main PC despite the serious makeover they’ve had in 5th Ed. Their obvious strength is still ‘Team Medic’ though so the players rolled up one to accompany them. He also serves as a PC for any occasional guest players we get. This is a Heartbreaker Miniatures Dwarf sculpted by Kevin Adams – proving he’s not just the one dimensional Goblin creation machine we sometimes think he is!
Half Elf Warlock
You’ll need to stretch your imagination a bit with this one. The player is keen on casting ‘mage armour’ on his PC so wanted a miniature with suitably impressive looking armour – even if this magic only gives him the equivalent AC of leather armour!
This is a Heartbreaker Miniatures Elf Warrior figure sculpted by Chaz Elliott. It reminds me of the Citadel Stormbringer miniatures by Jes Goodwin.There’s a definite Elric vibe to him but then Charles did have a history with this sort of thing.
A (slightly blurry – sorry!) group shot. Of course I also felt the need to use hex bases as a homage to the 1980s Citadel AD&D range.