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  1. My significant other is in a songing competition this weekend, and I’m along for moral support. Knowing that I would have some quiet time, I brought my travel paint kit and some miniatures. On the left are five Broadsword rangers, and on the right three Minifigs true orcs. The orcs are part of my Mythical Earth warbands project, but the Broadsword figures are a one-off. I didn’t have any Broadsword back in the day. Apparently none of the hobby shops I visited stocked them. My first encounter with them was in larger eBay lots while fishing for other old figures. I ended up with four of these archers in a large lot early in my eBay history, and then went looking for the command/personality pack later. I painted the swordsman/captain and the ranger-bard last summer. Now that they are almost all done, I hope to get them out as a unit of scouts in a Dragon Rampant game soon.
  2. "One of my favourite range of figures ever was Citadel's 1980's licensed "Lord Of The Rings" minis. I have finally decided to get all the miniatures I own painted up (over time) & try to acquire the ones which are missing from my collection (& paint them up too!)". Here is my next completed mini - Strider. It's actually part of a blister of 3 minis (ME1 - Fellowship Heroes) which also includes Gandalf & Frodo. I love the sculpting on this figure - grim yet regal. To make him look like he is roaming the wilds, I added some dirt onto the bottom of his cloak & boots by drybrushing a light brown followed by a dark brown nearest the bottom. Thanks for looking!
  3. "One of my favourite range of figures ever was Citadel's 1980's licensed "Lord Of The Rings" minis. I have finally decided to get all the miniatures I own painted up (over time) & try to acquire the ones which are missing from my collection (& paint them up too!)". Here is my next completed mini - Gandalf. It's actually part of a blister of 3 minis (ME1 - Fellowship Heroes) which also includes Strider & Frodo. He was quite nice to paint overall - not too complicated either. Thanks for looking!
  4. Since I went ahead and posted the big project WIP for this, here's what I've already got on hand to start with. For orcs etc., I've finished 6 of the man-orcs, 7 armored goblins with spears and bows, 3 "true orcs", and 7 of the little goblins. There are also four wolves and a rider, a "troll", and two Nazgul on horseback that still sport an original 1970s paint job. For my own amusement, every shield so far is unique, although I hope that the running black/red/white theme gives them a related look. By the time I do nearly two hundred more, I expect there to be some duplication. So far, all of the orcs and goblins have been individually based, but for wargaming purposes, I will be switching to three or six figure bases once I've done a dozen big orcs, two dozen middle orcs, and a dozen little orcs. This stand of dwarves was one of the triggers for my full-scale vintage binge; the figures came from a dealer table at Cold Wars in 2015, and I hadn't seen a Mythical Earth figure in a long time. The elf army to date suffers from a bit of indecision on basing. The one scout stand in the front on the 60mm square base was built from the same bag of miniatures that contained the dwarves. I didn't think I'd ever see another. As I work through the remaining figures, I'll need to do one more stand of three to match it, which will do duty as a Dragon Rampant scout unit, but the rest of the elves will be in threes. Anything that doesn't currently work out to a twelve man unit will be mounted individually, like the archer next to the command stand. The two stands of ents and huorns (the range contained two of each for some reason) have been with me since the '70s. I "enhanced" the horns with some Woodland Scenics tufts, but any more that I acquire, like the large Huorn in the middle, will not be so treated. I was playing with him to attempt to make his bark a more typical tree bark gray. I've got five or so ents awaiting attention, and two more huorns are inbound, so Fangorn Forest is well represented. For humans, I've mostly been doing samples to get the feel of working with them. The back row is a little group of really old Minifig Vikings (base code V5). I got about ten of them in a lot, and the ME range has few archers. I expect them to do duty as needed as Dunlendings, Rohirrim, or Lakefolk. In the front row, a historical NS (Norman/Saxon) spearman is a sample of historical who will be adopted for the same block of cultures. Next to him is a slightly later IR (Imperial Roman) range early Dark Ages warlord, who fits my idea of a Rohirrim leader on foot. Then we have two actual ME mounted Rohirrim, in the early versions. (The later versions were helmeted). You only need one Gandalf, at least on foot, and the ME53 Ranger swordsman has been done as my Aragorn figure. Next to him is a basic Gondorian swordsman, and an archer of Faramir's Ithilien rangers. As of today, they would make a rather odd skirmish game, but, given how far along the elves are, I think the first all-vintage-Minifigs battle is likely to be allies of the north against the goblins of the Misty Mountains.
  5. I did a batch of 18 of these little guys last year. Every time I think that I have acquired all the possible large lots of these things, more show up. Shortly after I finished those, I got fifteen more in an auction lot, and have finally finished them up this weekend. In the meantime, I found another cache of twenty of them...at this point, I think I have enough. Now, I have to say, by modern standards these are some sad little figures. There is little detail, and the faces are very vaguely sculpted. However, it does emphasize a point I make every once in a while. The expected use of these things was in mass, and viewed as part of a scene during a war-game, rather than as individual show pieces. Therefore, the fact that there isn't a lot of detail means that you can knock them up pretty quickly and get to your mass effect. At normal viewing distances, you get something more like this: The one blue tunic stands out, but you can't tell whether anyone's belt is slightly off, or even whether they are cross-eyed. I am always in awe of the serious painters around here. I don't have the patience to do much of that sort of work, so I have been gravitating back to this earlier style... On to some goblins today, I hope...
  6. Superior Styracosaur WL-002

    I diverted myself from my February goals a bit this morning to have a go at this: The scale isn’t obvious, but it’s about 3.5” long, and it’s a vintage lead piece from Superior Models. Superior popped up toward the end of my first phase of fantasy miniatures collecting, so I didn’t have too many of them back in the day. This one is copyright 1980 according to the bottom. With our Ghost Archipelago campaign ramping up, I’m probably painting a few more vintage dinosaurs soon, as well as some “not-Sleestaks” from Interloper Miniatures.
  7. Vintage Minifig ME50 Goblins

    I finally felt like I could sit at the painting desk yesterday, so I finished up this little group of 6 ancient goblins from Minifig’s first fantasy (Tolkien) range, sculpted around 1972. I’ve been spending effort on acquiring enough of these figures to stage a game for the past couple of years. Hopefully by 2019 sometime... As with any massed shield bearing troops, most of the effect comes from attention to the shields. Not much to see around back...
  8. My goal in the Thanksgiving painting binge is to finish the last six 25mm home cast Saxons I need to deploy a war game army, to finish a dozen or so 1/72 plastic Vikings needed to deploy a different wargame army, and to start some momentum on a project to do a set of inter-related Middle Earth warbands for Dragon Rampant, to be done with vintage Minifigs from the early to mid-70s. For those who might not have heard this before, these figures were the first commercial fantasy figures produced, and therefore reach back to the dawn of time for the hobby of fantasy gaming. http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Mythical_Earth Here’s what my desk looks like this morning:
  9. So I spotted what looked like a sweet little wolfman, unpainted but inked a little over the metal and glued to a square of wood in a comics shop some while ago and bought it and took it home and pried it off the old base and discovered it said "Grenadier 1987." Score! Turns out it is a werejackal, coded MM93, and was first released as part of the set "Monster Manuscript Vol. XI" which also included the one Nosferatu-type vampire I didn't have in zer old days from the set of three I painted recently. Anyhow, I cleaned it up and painted it like a black-backed jackal 'cos they look cool. There is no WIP thread. Also I had a picture book of Zimbabwe and decided to play a little bit with backgrounds.
  10. Vintage Ral Partha Centaur Archer

    I pulled this figure off my "to do" pile yesterday and gave him a fast paint job; think of it as practice for speed painting at Gencon. Anyway, I also got him based up last night. He's the early version of Ral Partha ES-32 (or 01-032), and was later replaced by a spearman facing forward. I like the animation of the Parthian shot pose, but a unit of them is going to look odd on a wargame table any time that they are NOT evading...
  11. Greetings! I've been working away on these very old Citadel Dragons for several weeks now & finally I've finished - Yay! They've been languishing (half painted) in my collection since my youth & I thought that they needed some long overdue attention. The plan was to paint them in an old school style in keeping with their age (1982-ish) whilst keeping it simple. I think I managed to achieve this although I did go a little overboard with the Ice Dagon's base......... If you are interested, there is a WIP for these minis which can be found here. Thanks for looking! DGR1 - Red Dragon DRG2 - Green Dragon DRG3 - Ice Dragon DRG4 - Gold Dragon FF61 Black Dragon
  12. Recently, I've been looking through my collection for something old to get painted up, I came across some very old Citadel dragons (which, in my younger days, I'd either painted or half painted badly) & settled on them. They are: DRG1 - Red Dragon DRG2 - Green Dragon DRG3 - Ice Dragon DRG4 - Gold Dragon FF61 - Black Dragon The plan is to paint them sympathetically in respect of their vintage & base them up nicely but with not too elaborately. So far, I have stripped off as much of the previous paint as possible, some of it still remains & will need some extra effort to remove but I'm not going to worry too much if I cant get it all off - I'll just prime over it. Here's how they look currently..... It's gonna be a long one, I think...............
  13. Hi all, I've been beavering away on this classic old Ral Partha White Dragon/Cold Drake recently. It belongs to a friend of mine who recently bought it. It's always been a favourite sculpt of his (and indeed mine!) & as he is not a miniature painter, I offered to paint it for him. Here's what happened....... Now, your probably thinking, "but it's not white or chilly looking at all!". That is true but my friend asked for it to be red as that how he's always seen it & I was happy to oblige with a suitably old school paint job. Thanks for looking!
  14. Greetings! I finally finished my mini diorama featuring a classic Goblin Chieftain's Chariot (FTG13) citadel miniature from "the olden days". I had a lot of fun painting & creating this & I learned some new things along the way. If you would like to see how it was created, the WIP can be found here. Thanks for looking, comments & critiques are always welcome!
  15. So, just for fun, here's a shot from the Ringbearer game my brother and I hosted at Gen Con. The ents have been roused and march on the White Wizard's tower. We used a wide mix of vintage fantasy figures for this game, and the five ents here are from five different pre-1980 figure lines. This group is pretty good at identifying classic lead, so try your skills.
  16. Ral Partha Land Dragon Captain

    As long as I was at the table speed painting the wolves this morning, I thought I would take the opportunity to finish this vintage Ral Partha land dragon. The dragon was basically already finished, so I only needed to finish the rider. I got a handful of recent castings at Gencon last year, so building out a unit has been on my to-do list for a while. This is the version 2 figure, by the way. The v1 doesn't have the flared tail and has the head looking up, and the version 3 is quite different.
  17. I found myself surfing YouTube for old British Pathe newsreels this morning, and came across these great toy soldier clips, and thought you all might enjoy them. Just another night at the wargame club... Toy soldier manufacturing: You can find a bunch more by simply going to YouTube and searching "Pathe toy soldiers"
  18. One of my favourite range of figures ever was Citadel's 1980's licensed "Lord Of The Rings" minis. I have finally decided to get all the miniatures I own painted up (over time) & try to acquire the ones which are missing from my collection (& paint them up too!). Here is the first completed mini - Frodo. He is actually part of a blister of 3 minis which also includes Strider & Gandalf, I will be painting those 2 sometime at a later date. This was also an opportunity for me to use my newly acquired "Flockbox" to create a more lush realistic upstanding static grass effect on the base, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for looking!
  19. I've been painting up a few of my vintage pre-slotta Citadel goblins recently & I have lined up this Goblin Chieftain's Chariot (FTG13) for my next paint job. I thought it would be interesting to do it as a WIP so, here goes.... As you can see, there's quite a few pieces to assemble. It's not overly complicated but I'm definitely going to have to paint up all the pieces first then assemble them afterwards, this may prove a bit difficult as I can't exactly stick them on blue tack on an old paint pot for easy handling. The goblins have some really characterful sculpting to them & I love the way the Chieftain is wearing a super big helmet & standing on a box to elevate himself above his crew & although you won't be able to see it after assembly, the box actually has a peeling "Beer" label on it! I am going to build a swampy base to sit the chariot on, I'm not that great at sculpting so I'd love to get some input/ideas/help from the community when I come to that point. Finally, there are a few issues that I need to overcome: 1. The chariot is broken at the yoke part & one of the axle scythes is missing. Pinning & gluing the yoke should be easy enough & I'm going to use some flattened copper wire for the axle. 2. The standard bearer's bow has a miscast section. 3. The Chieftain's right arm is miscast & is missing his hand. This hand looks like it should rest on the side of the chariot so I guess I will have to create one out of putty after I've painted the bulk of him & glued him to the chariot? I'm not looking forward to this bit! Thanks for looking!
  20. Here's some more of my old Citadel pre-slotta goblins which I have been painting this week. These are some goblin children (FTG12). Ahhhhh, aren't they cute, although the boy does look a little grumpy! The girl is carrying a little rag doll which I painted up to match her - kind of like a "(goblin) mini me". I've kept the bases as they are for the "old school" look on my display shelf. Thanks for looking!
  21. I've been painting up a few of my old Citadel pre-slotta goblins this week. First up is this female goblin (FTG11) who looks pretty scary, I'd imagine her goblin husband keeps a very low profile! I think there were various different weapon versions of this mini. I've kept the base as it is for an "old school" look on my display shelf. Thanks for looking!
  22. I've posted this before without any luck, but the recent demonstrations of miniature identification prowess give me some hope. What I know about this figure: he was one of two in a package, and I think the other was different. My brother bought them in a hobby shop in Massachusetts on a family vacation around 1976/7. The other one has gone missing, so we can't check for bottom markings. I painted and based this guy up in the early 90s, and I'm not so desperate yet as to break him off the base to see if there are any base markings. He looks a little like this Heritage mountain troll, but isn't: http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Image:Heritage-Fantasy-1314a.jpg You'd think the limited number of manufacturers at the time would make this easy...
  23. This will take a while to complete, but these two are going on a base as a performing duo, probably used in camp vignettes rather than adventurers. I have spares of both, so I can try again as individuals as I am moved to. I wish I had someone with a recorder (the flute kind) and a drum in similar old school size/style...
  24. While a couple of these are from last week, I've been stuck around the house for the last few days. When my hands haven't been sore from shovelling, I've been getting some painting and basing done. As always, tabletop painting... This little group of archers is from three different Ral Partha lines, Legions of the Petal Throne, Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age, and the 1200AD historical range. This old Ral Partha frost giant, done more generically, was from my recent road trip. Also from last week was this ancient Ral Partha ES-3 balrog: I'm putting together a little skirmish game band of Ral Partha gremlins. These two are later versions. Between all the versions, I've got nine different poses, with the next three on the workbench: I'm gradually working my way through the early Ral Partha fantasy figures. Here's an early version ES-10, hill troll. I apologize for the glare; I'm still working on my lighting skills for these shots: Here's the early version Wyvern, ES-50: And, finally, a couple of ents. The one on the left is an old Heritage figure. He's lost all but one finger on his left hand, leaving him permanently a bit rude. He was one of a pair in an auction lot a while back, and I posted pictures of his brother earlier. The other is a Broadsword Miniatures Tree Troll, from 1980:
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