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Minifig ME Goblins ca. 1974

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Wow! Rare to see miniatures that pre-date my own gaming childhood - I started in 1981 on Citadel Fantasy Tribes / early C series and occasional Ral Partha imports. You've done a great job with tiny, basic miniatures - I think we're mostly spoilt with the acrylic paints, the range of basing materials and just the accessibility of advice on how to paint compared to those days. Back then we had our dad's left over Humbrol enamels, little squares of cereal packet painted green or grey, and very little to copy or inspire us, as I recall.

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I had to buy my own Humbrol enamels...Dad was/is a model railroader, so had cans of spray paint in colors like tuscan red or Pullman green, which weren’t all that much use for minis.  I suppose Pullman green would have made bases...At least the model railroading meant that getting him to visit the hobby shop was never a problem. ::D:

 

But yeah, in some respects I’ve been around since the beginning.  I probably bought my first Minifig MEs in 1974, although the intention was to do Lord of the Rings battles with Chainmail.  The D&D didn’t come along until ‘76, but we already had (some) miniatures when it did.

 

 

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They are WONDERFULLY painted & based miniatures. They evoke memories of other times in an enchanting sort of way. VERY WELL DONE!

 

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13 hours ago, Rigel said:

Such tiny li'l bastards! Well done; great basing. I like the different mountains on the shields.


Thanks! The basing is pretty straightforward; it is just white glue and sand of a reasonable color, with the occasional Army Painter tuft and some Woodland Scenics flock glued over ~1/2 the base.  It doesn’t take long to do, minus drying time, and is unobtrusive in battle games.  Everybody was supposed to have a distinguishable unique shield in case I need to tell them apart for an RPG. Looking over the picture, some may be a little over-subtle. ::D:

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