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More Vintage Tolkien: Ral Partha E551 and Minifigs ME50

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In contnuing to play around with painting some vintage lead, here are two early Tolkien-inspired figures.

 

The little guy on the left is a Minifigs (Miniature Figurines, Ltd.) ME-50 goblin, from their Mythical Earth range (around 1973). I believe this was the first commercial line of fantasy figures, so you can see the sort of thing we had to work with, back when dinosaurs ruled the earth. On the right is an early Tom Meier sculpt, from Ral Partha, an E551 Southron spearman from their Wizards, Warriors, and Warlocks range. He's got a 1976 base stamp, so you can see why those early Ral Parthas were so amazing when they first came out.

 

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I am also working on a handful of Minifig historicals of similar vintage, so I shall hope to post them for comparison later, along with Sir Forescale. ::):

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Within the limitations of the miniatures, VERY NICELY DONE!

The big break through with Fantasy minis in the early 70's was the appearance of fingers. Being traditionalists, Historical minis clung to roundish lumps clutching weapons.

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The little goblin's great Rob! I really like the shield you freehanded on him, just beautiful!

 

You'd mentioned static grass a while back ago, but I really like the way your bases come out. They look very natural.

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Within the limitations of the miniatures, VERY NICELY DONE!

The big break through with Fantasy minis in the early 70's was the appearance of fingers. Being traditionalists, Historical minis clung to roundish lumps clutching weapons.

Here's a shot of that goblin with Sir Forescale. One can see that he's pretty tiny by today's standards.

 

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And here's something I don't usually like to do; a cropped version of that giving a super closeup look (even closer than my Optivisor painting view) of the goblin. You can see that he does have fingers. ::): His right eye is a little off, but practically, you can't tell that he even has eyes on the table, so I really only tried that for my own amusement.

 

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Here's the other figure I was playing with yesterday. He's a Minifig Saxon (NS25) from about the same time as the ME goblins (early 70s). I picked him up as part of a flea market find of mostly vintage Hinchliffe figures in May.

 

Back in the day, we used to use a lot of historical humans with our fantasy, because fantasy art had not yet developed all the spikes and curlicues that we see today, so fighters carried round shields and wore chain hauberks (and we liked it...You kids don't know how lucky you are, etc., etc., etc.). So I'll drop him into the vintage fantasy skirmish stuff I'm accumulating and he'll feel right at home. :-).

 

It didn't turn out to be as hard as I though it might to put a creditable paint job on him; I think I'll be playing around with some more Minifigs in the near future. (Beyond the other four I have primed and in progress, that is.)

 

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very nicely done... you must have the 3.5x magnifier on your optivisor to paint those eyes!

About that. I don't remember the exact magnification range, but it's around the middle of what they offer.

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