Sunday, 29 March 2020

Wights and Wraiths

I rebased these Undead for Oathmark on 25mm square bases (Renedra bases that come in the plastic goblin and elf box sets).
Figures are Grenadier Miniatures (Mirliton), by both Nick Lund and Bob Naismith, and painted as the Deadmen of Dunharrow.

Two Frostgrave wraiths painted as Ringwraiths. The winter costume implies they come from Angmar certainly.  

These orcs are 20mm. figures originally by Rebel Minis. I bought them years ago when the dollar was low and intercontinental postage from the US was still affordable.
I really like the old MERP vibe, straight from the Angus McBride paintings.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Grenadier Orcs and Goblins

The country has been shut down.  Coronavirus lockdown. Curfew. Were not supposed to go outside if not for a good reason. Most shops are closed apart from those that provide basic needs.

So what better to do than paint some old Nick Lund orcs and goblins I've been keeping in boxes for  like thirty years?
A Gundabad Orc banner bearer. Black undercoat, a second white 'zenithal' spray and GW contrast paint.

A Gundabad goblin king or chieftain with bodyguard. Interesting how Grenadier orcs differed from goblins in appearance but not necessarily in size.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Grenadier Barbarians Starter Army

I had the chance to buy this wonderful original Grenadier box set. The Barbarians Starter Army.

I had seen the photograph of the back of the box before, in the unreleased Fantasy Warriors Campaign rules.
The interesting thing about this box are the uncatalogued characters that are included.
The Barbarian Giant with a head- and weapon variant (which was briefly re-released by Forlorn Hope some years ago) and a command group, still available through Battlefront Miniatures and Mirliton.
The box has no product code. The only thing that can be said at this moment is that the box has this colourprint wrap, similar to the Barbarian Battle Giant and the Killzone game box.
Grenadier UK at the time was investing in a better, glossy presentation of some products, just after the release of Fantasy Warriors. 
I don't know if starter army boxes for other races were released.  
It actually never occurred to me that the giant and characters were not catalogued at all. 
The inscriptions in the base say 1991, a year after the other barbarians. The musician/herald has a varation as cavalry while the banner bearer has a variation with a seperate, slightly different, banner pole.
I also  have a  variation of the barbarian King with a round 'character' base.



The entire set, a mix of miniatures from the blister packs. I have no idea if the contents were random warriors and archers or if every box was the same: