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Frostgrave Warband Combatants (finished project)

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.

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Grenadier Miniatures Evil Knights

I picked these up cheaply from eBay however the seller does have their own online store and imports various miniatures from the Mirliton range into the UK – Forlorn Hope Games

These were originally part of Grenadier’s Fantasy Warriors range from the early 90s. Although they appear similar to the GW Chaos Warriors of this era they are definitely smaller and much closer to standard 28mm Men at Arms etc.

I decided on an old armour look for them and reused the recipe I applied to my Mounted Chaos Knights a couple of years ago.

EM4 Miniatures Suit with Gun – John Major

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!

Frostgrave Combatants Pt 9 – Barbarians

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.

Grenadier Orcus

Welcome back to yesteryear. It’s 1985 again. It’s a weekend and winter has just kicked in. I have no plans to go fishing and it’s too cold to spend any time on my BMX. Instead I’ve knocked on to see a friend who lives around the corner. He’s two school years older and introduced me to RPGs, wargames and miniature painting.

This guy told fantastical tales of the AD&D campaign he played as a Halfling thief with lads his own age. He allowed me to paint some of his miniatures with Humbrol enamels when I first started gaming the year before – although I’d bought Citadel’s two acrylic paint sets when I got my own because enamel paints smelt terrible. He let me read his old issues of White Dwarf and also criticised the efforts of the local modelling club to try and exclude fantasy miniatures from their meetings on the grounds that they were too juvenile.
We played 1st Edition Warhammer in both roleplay and skirmish styles of play that captured my imagination in such a way that I’m still interested in gaming and miniatures today.

His older sister answered the door. He wasn’t in. He’d gone to a wargaming show with the modelling club.

Anyway, next time I saw him he told me about the show. I suspect this would have been ‘Northern Militare’, the biggest one in our area at the time. It sounded like a great event. WW2 featured heavily in his descriptions (we made a fair few ruined buildings from polystyrene ceiling tiles afterwards for our Warhammer ruined townscape skirmish games – Mordheim anyone?) and he also seemed overly fond of describing the painting detail some of the old guys had put into their Phoenix Miniature displays…

However I digress. He’d bought some 25mm items from traders. Crossbow men that looked great and apparently only cost about half what Citadel charged (Medieval, Essex Miniatures I think), a wheeled ballista (Roman, no recollection who made it), some metal standards (more Roman designs, possibly Essex Miniatures again), a resin ruined temple approximately 6″ x 4″ (fantasy, again no recollection who made it) and finally a rather marvelous winged demon (which again, you guessed it, I had no recollection of who made it). This last miniature I fell in love with and coveted.

Over the next couple of years we maintained our friendship, played games and traded miniatures. Through swaps I’d come to own the ballista, the resin ruined temple and some of the Roman standards but sadly not the demon. My friend loved him too much to trade.

Eventually we stopped hanging around together and drifted apart without actually falling out with each other, as kids often do. My friend left school two years before me but we still chatted if we bumped into each other in the street but by this point he’d moved across town to live with his Dad after his parents divorced, worked full-time and had given up gaming.

It sat in the back of my mind how great the demon figure was but I assumed it was by an obscure manufacturer that had long disappeared. Then, many years later and purely by chance, I found it again thanks to the internet. He is of course nothing particularly rare or usual but ‘Orcus’ by Grenadier Miniatures first made around 1984.

There appears to be two versions of this figure – the one I own with a smooth skinned belly and one where he has a hairy belly and a necklace/amulet.

The latter version is still in production and available from Mirliton Miniatures of Italy – now called ‘Baal’zhab, High Demon of Hell’ for about 9 Euros.
Due to their minimum order charge of 15 Euros plus postage and the fact I personally prefer the figure without a hairy belly I decided to try picking one up on eBay from the UK instead. A few weeks later I got one for about 7 quid.

This is one of my favourite demon sculpts. He’s not overly large, not particularly dynamic but still seems splendidly sinister to me. The photograph doesn’t really do the paint job any justice but hey ho, it just proves I need to buy a camera sooner rather than later instead of using my phone.

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So to my old friend L, wherever you are now, thanks for showing me a great hobby. I’ve painted this one for you!

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