Saturday, 6 October 2012

Grenadier Fantasy Lords 1st Series 106 Skeleton Cavalry

The next nugget to be mined from the the mountain of lead was... another Grenadier. I remember reading somewhere that Grenadier was the largest producer of fantasy miniatures during its time, and may well still hold the record for amount of fantasy miniatures produced.Judging by the number of Grenadier pieces still hiding in the lead mountain, I'd have to agree!

The miniature is a two piece sculpture - a skeleton warrior, brandishing an axe, mounted on a skeletal horse:
It's a good sculpture I think - a very dramatic pose for the horse, though you could argue that the warrior is a little stiff in his posture. The figure was fairly easy to paint - black undercoat, then white drybrushing, then brown and dark red for the shield and barding, followed by the usual washes and highlighting, and I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.

As with many of the Grenadier figures of the era, it is actually a very strange figure. When you consider that  fantasy wargaming was still in its infancy in the mid-80's, and that very few people would have had the money to buy a complete Skeleton cavalry unit, and that the majority of fantasy figures produced were for use in RPG's... it's difficult to know exactly who it was targetted at. I suspect it would have had limited value as a figure for RPG's, which may be why it was swiftly replaced by a single one piece sculpt for the Fantasy Lords 2nd series. Fun figure though!

1 comment:

  1. now that is a nice piece, I'm sure the sizing of parts of the horses ribs are off, but overall it doesn't really detract from it at all, I'd be happy to own one that's for sure.