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No luck finding the fairy (must be in a different box), but I did come across this Grenadier storm giant that dad had painted as a frost giant. I'm not sure who sculpted it but there is a code under the base that reads "SM-13". Googling it, it seems that part of the lightning bolt broke off. Anyone got any ideas on how I could fix it?

 

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For reference, here's a pic off eBay of the same figure but with the lightning bolt complete.

 

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I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that's either a Grenadier figure or maybe even from Superior bay back in the day.

 

Beautiful fire giant as well by the way, long live the oldies!

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Old lead time!

 

The very 1st mini I ever painted! (1977)

Ral Partha Dwarf with Mattock

 

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I had been a military modler before starting on my lead obsession, so I had all sorts of Pactra, Testors, and Humbrol enamels, so that is what I used on him. Even back then I had to do modifications, so I cut off the flat mattock, bent and filled it into an axe, and reattached it.

 

Back then there was no such thing as Warhammer, the game, White Dwarf magazine was all about other games, AD&D (Fiend Folio anyone?) Traveller etc, and Citadel was making figures for other games.

There was however, a game from TSR called Swords and Spells, and it was about fantasy armies, and my high school friends and I decided to try it. here are some pics of the RP figs that I painted for it....

 

Wood Elf Pike man: (40)

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Elf Archer: (12)

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Mounted Elf Archer: (3)

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Medium / Heavy Cavalry: (5)

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The Army:

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By this time I had discovered the 'Official' AD&D paints by Polly S, and was in heaven! They were so much easier to use than the enamels! I still have some of those paints and still use them for certain things like their Goblin Flesh.

 

I did some conversions with these figures to use as characters, one I am still very proud of! In 1983 I played in my first real AD&D campaign, everything else had been "Got the new module, role up some PCs"...

 

Here is Alain Aspect MU/Thief:

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The Mask was patterned after the one Kevin Dubrow of Quiet Riot wore in the video for Metal Health. The crossbow is a filed down regular crossbow. The mask is tin foil! The dagger is a piece of flash for the blade, and the hilt was from the scabbarded sword the figure had. Compare him to the wood elf pike man above. Yes, the DM let me play a Drow. And I did paint his eyes....

The base came 5 years or so later...

 

I mentioned the nascent GW, so here is some stuff from them:

 

Ogre:

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Need to take a pic of him with the Reaper Ogre I am about to finish to really show scale creep!

 

Some Swordsmen:

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And lastly for tonight, My Mage Scaramouche Void, 'The Kindly Wizard"

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Will post more later, minis are calling for paint....

Enjoy!

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The dwarf ends up looking rather like the ones that already have axes.

 

If you feel like revisiting or expanding that army, Ironwind Metals will be rereleasing the elves later this year, including all three poses you show. Your lancers (1200AD Byzantine heavy cavalry) and your puritan swordsman with the broken sword are already available.

 

I've been working on my 1970s armies this year, myself...

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The dwarf ends up looking rather like the ones that already have axes.

 

If you feel like revisiting or expanding that army, Ironwind Metals will be rereleasing the elves later this year, including all three poses you show. Your lancers (1200AD Byzantine heavy cavalry) and your puritan swordsman with the broken sword are already available.

 

I've been working on my 1970s armies this year, myself...

No plans to re start that army, just looking at them, and showing them, so that I can see that I have learned a little bit about how to paint since then....

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Just a quick pic to show scale creep: From left to right.

 

Citadel Ogre, circa 1980

Ral Partha Ogre circa 1987/1988

Ral Partha ogre circa 1993

Reaper 02537 Orankar, Ogre Boss not sure when he came out....

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The dwarf ends up looking rather like the ones that already have axes.

If you feel like revisiting or expanding that army, Ironwind Metals will be rereleasing the elves later this year, including all three poses you show. Your lancers (1200AD Byzantine heavy cavalry) and your puritan swordsman with the broken sword are already available.

I've been working on my 1970s armies this year, myself...

 

No plans to re start that army, just looking at them, and showing them, so that I can see that I have learned a little bit about how to paint since then....
those are awesome to see. I like seeing the old time minis. The scale is way different now to what it was then. Hero scale would have been almost a giant when I started in 88

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Hero scale would have been almost a giant when I started in 88

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Yes. Left to right, a current 1/72 plastic figure, a 1982 Julie Guthrie Ral Partha knight, and Sir Forescale in Bones...

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I've been eyeing that middle Partha guy for a repaint. I had begun repainting him in the 90s from my buddy's 80s paint job which was almost gone from years of usage on the table (he was the go-to fighter character for us).

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If you want to start clean, it is one of the figures still available from Ironwind, and there's a matching mounted version, too.

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Time for more old Lead!

 

Finishing of the High School- Enlistment time (1981-1984), One of the discoveries that we mad at the time was this neat new company called Superior Miniatures, and they made some Great Knights and Wizards! We all ran out and bought what we could find and afford...

I don't remember if they ever made thieves or clerics. Anyone?

 

2 Knights:

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I know I had more at some point but where now?

 

2 Wizards:

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Same as above....

 

A Gnome...

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And a Halfling:

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Still bought RP stuff too...

A Djinn:

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A Minotaur:

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And because we started using them in game, a Citadel pack mule:

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When I finally settled into my unit in Germany, I found some AD&D players, and we played. No one had any figures there, and finding some TSR box sets at the PX was a bonus! Most of them were not the best sculpts IMHO, even for the time, but my friends and I painted some of them with the paint set we got at the same time.

 

A Gnome:

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I did not paint this...

Ken Vancil did. You out there Ken?

 

I think I may have some more of these in the 'old lead box' will look...

 

I went on leave after a year and came back with a bunch of minis, as well as my Polly S paints amd we set to painting. The Citadel 'Kindly Wizard' shown earlier was done then

Another talented friend, Kurt Hamilton, (you out there Kurt?) painted the RP Ral the Lord of Balrogs that I had brought:

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He also modified and painted this Citadel (?) figure:

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I picked up some Grenadier boxes as well, Monsters of Mythology:

Minotaur:

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A Harpy:

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A Griffon:

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The Grenadier Giants from this time will be posted tomorrow, need to PAINT something :blink:

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