Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Grenadier Wizzards & Warriors W32C Fire & Earth Elementals

Two figures from 1983 according to the Grenadier catalogues. Again, the sculpting is quite coarse compared to a lot of recent sculptures; I think the general idea of the fire elemental is that of a walking bonfire with a face (!):
These were both quite a fast figures to paint - for the fire elemental, a base coat of yellow, then orange and red inks, followed by deeper shades of orange and red paint as I worked up to the top. I also painted some of the larger stones on the base red to try and give an impression of heat.The earth elemental was a base coat of dark grey with various lighter shades of grey dry brushed on after.

The fire elemental still holds up I think; somehow, the earth elemental doesn't. It looks like it has just burst out of the ground, but there is no suggestion it could do anything, other than perhaps fall on you.  It would work as a guardian for a doorway or a dungeon entrance, so maybe that's what it was designed for.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Essex Fantasy Monsters FAN2 Ogre

Next up is a very early pre-slotta figure from the 1980's by Essex - I think they're still making figures, but not in the fantasy range:

The figure is quite coarse compared to today's figures - sculpting has come a long way in 30 years! - and the proportions aren't quite right, especially the legs which are far too short and spindly for the rest of the figure. I think there is a very naive quality about it though - it wouldn't look out of place as an illustration from the original Dungeons And Dragons books (1st or 2nd edition :)).

The skulls on the base are taken from plastic Games Workshop skeletons, and were added to try and give a sense of scale. 

The thing with this figure is that it doesn't actually look that monsterous or threatening... it looks like a slightly bemused caveman, or the illegitimate love child of Harry H Corbett and Noel Gallagher. Actually, now that IS a scary thought...

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Grenadier Fantasy Lords series 1: 160 Unicorn And Maid

First up, a Grenadier figure from the early 1980's. I was painting a Wood Elf army for Hordes of the Things (HOTT), and needed a centre piece... then I remembered I had this hidden away:

The figure painted up really well I think; the base is simply cardboard with flock, based for HOTT. It's a lovely sculpture; in particular the unicorn looks like a very powerful beast, whereas a lot of fantasy sculptures have them far too whimsical. This is one of my favourite figures!


The main purpose of this blog is to record my progress in painting up the mountain of lead figures from the 1980's that I've managed to accumulate! The main inspiration is the fabulous work done by Caius here:

The only rules I have are that the figures have to be out of production, they have to be pre-slotta, and ideally they should be of critters rather than characters - there are plenty of sites showing great examples of the figures used to represent the players in role playing games, but oddly enough not half as many for their opponents.

This blog hopes to rectify that :)