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.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned my love for the original Games Workshop plastic Skeletons from 1991 before. I bought the Skeleton Army box (that included cavalry and a chariot) sometime around 1993 and it formed the basis (with Kev Adams metal Zombies and various other metal Wraith/Vampire/Necromancer miniatures) for my Undead Army of that period.
Yes there were only 4 bodies and 2 skull choices which limited options somewhat but it was a triumph for fantasy plastic which up to that point had struggled to be taken seriously. Previous attempts that included Fighting Fantasy 60mm, Drastik Plastik Orcs, Pychostyrene Dwarves and the Warhammer Regiment box designed for padding out WFB 3th Ed units had all been failures but the Skeletons marked a turning point in what could be possible.
I recently managed to pick up a few sprues worth on eBay along with a complete box of later Skeletons copyright 1999 on the box (presumably released in the 5th Ed period just prior to 6th Ed in 2000) which, although slightly chunkier, are fairly similar so I’ve now got plenty of bones to play around with. Expect more of these to show up periodically on the blog in future...
Here’s 3 of the original 1991 Skeletons quickly rustled up as extras for my D&D game. A Cleric PC has gained ‘Animate Dead’ spell and so insists on raising corpses as disposable ‘trap checkers’. I decided not to bother adding shields and just left them ‘as is’.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.