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Remember When -- Fantasy Figures From the Dawn of Time

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So I was directed to this thread yesterday: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/45426-doc-is-old/

 

Doc may be old, but I might have him beat by a couple of years. I thought I might go ahead and post some various bits and pieces from my fantasy collection, as the mood strikes me. To give you an idea of how old I am, I first encountered wargaming with miniatures (with rules) in 1971. I was occasionally buying issues of the British magazine Military Modelling when Minifigs released the ME range of fantasy figures, and probably bought my first examples of those in 1974. The oldest units in my fantasy armies are staffed with Der Kriegspielers Fantastiques...

 

Well, oops...is this not one of the board sections that allows pictures to be posted?

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Yep. Only a few subforums allow images to be uploaded, I guess to save on server space. The images on that thread were hosted elsewhere and linked to.

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Yes, you can post pictures here, but I think they have to be links. So, you have to host them off site (photobucket, imageshack, etc) and use the little picture button to post the picture.

 

Ooo! I was Ninja's by Pingo! :ph34r:

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Any suggestions on which of those services would be the easiest to set up for the not especially technically proficient?

 

In the meantime, here's a link to a blog entry with some of the ME figures and other early stuff:

 

http://sharpbrush.blogspot.com/search/label/Reminiscences

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I use postimage dot org and am quite please with their service. I moved over to them when imageshack unexpectedly went over to a paid service. postimage is very user friendly.

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[MOD] Done [/MOD]

 

Wasn't sure if you were going to start a specific thread for the miniatures so I didn't move it earlier.

Posting pictures is much easier in Show Off anyways ::D:

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Posting pictures is much easier in Show Off anyways ::D:

Thanks!

 

Here are a couple of oldies painted in my 1990s drybrushed style.

 

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The fellow on the left is an early Ral Partha, although a 20th anniversary recast rather than an original original.

 

The giant on the right is a bit of a mystery. I've dug through archives like the Lost Minis Wiki without success so far. He was part of a blister of two slightly different ones (my brother retains the other), which we picked up on a family vacation from a shop in Massachusetts in 1977 or 1978.

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Here are a few for today.

 

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In the Doc is Old thread there's a mention of Heritage figures. This group of three is from the Merlin set. I've got the rest of the figures, but I'm embarrassed to admit that four of them remain to be painted. I've got a knight, with a more recent paint job, but he's in the box with the figures we just used for last week's original D&D game, so I'll add him another day. These aren't as early as the rest of today's shots; about 1980.

 

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Judging from what I can see of the base, this is an old Archive rust monster. (If not, then Dragontooth...) It dates from before the AD&D Monster Manual fixed the image as the propeller-tailed antennaed monster we know today. [Archive 760]

 

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This fellow is a '90s paint job, just to see what I could do with something as undetailed, and is a Minifigs SS range Priest of Stygia. The SS (Sword and Sorcery) range was the not-Conan figures. [sS30]

 

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This fellow is still resplendent in his 1976 Humbrol glory, and is a Ral Partha 'Beowulf', who served as my fighter PC figure when someone else could be persuaded to DM. [ES-16]

 

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This pair are early Grenadier. If you look at the Wizzards and Warriors line at the Lost Minis Wiki, you might or might not find some of these. They don't seem to have a comprehensive listing of Grenadier figures from the first couple of years, when they were sold loose in hobby shops. We bought examples of most of them, as we liked the fact that they had pouches and bags like proper adventurers. These are both ones I painted in the '90s. The green wizard with familiar hadn't been painted before; the bard was stripped and redone.

 

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Here's the bard again, to show the scale of a loose era Grenadier "giant". Not very giant by today's standards...

 

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The last shot today is probably a bit of a rarity. Through the wonders of the Internet, he has been properly identified as a Heritage/Der Kriegspielers Fantastiques "Hunchbacked Grunch". They came two to a pack, and I sweet-talked this one out of my brother twenty five years ago. He still has the other. Since that was already a long time after the package had been disposed of, we knew it was a Fantastiques figure but had no idea what it was called, so he's usually been known as "The Grabber". The Grenadier wizard is just in for scale, but will be part of a longer explanation next time around.

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Having started a few threads of this sort, I'm pretty fond of 'em myself. And I host my pics on Pinterest, where I maintain a vast archive of crap that interests me. I did host on Tumblr, but there is sufficient porn floating around there, I hesitate to use it at work. Pinterest is much safer.

I believe I have that Grenadier Wizard floating around somewhere, but my experience with Heritage is pretty limited; in 1974, I was living in a little tiny Texas cow town and had little access to minis or games; I never saw a dedicated game shop until 1978. Loved their magazine ads, though.

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I have that Grenadier wizard.  I bought him about 30 years ago and painted him when I restarted the hobby about 12 months ago.  He had initially been painted with Humbrol enamel without primer - I didn't know any better - so he went for a swim in some dettol.  He was the first human I practiced all the new techniques on.  Now that I see how far I've come since his make-over, he may get another. :;):

 

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