Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gift from Dungeons Past

A few weeks ago a friend of mine at work, Tony, approached me after a meeting. He said he had a box of D&D miniatures and wanted to know if I would like them. He had heard around the office that I still played games and liked to paint miniatures. I told him of course I would take them. This the pictorial documentation of that haul.
This is the haul in total. The boxed sets and the large watch box full of loose minis.

This is all of the minis from the watch box after a quick bath in soapy water. A few broken ones but overall a really good collection of older figures. In truth this is what I thought the entire haul would be when Tony mentioned it.

Ral Partha, 1985. The set appears to be complete. The box is not in great shape but the minis inside look just like the day they were made. A wonderful blast from the past.

Grenadier Models 5004 Tomb of Spells. From the figures it looks like the second release of this set when they swapped out some monsters for the cockatrice and a shrieker. Probably produced around 1981.

Grenadier Models 5002 Monsters. The foam has been losing the battle with time but the minis are still in great shape. This set appears to be short a few models.

 Grenadier Models 2001 Wizards and 2012 Dwellers Below. Missing a wizard. 

Grenadier Models 2002 Halflings and 2003 Dwarves. Both sets appear complete and some minor painting.

Grenadier Models 2008 Thieves and 2011 Orc's Lair. Two thieves escaped and all orcs accounted for.

Grenadier Models 2004 Hirelings and 2005 Fighting Men. "Fighting Man" evolved into "Fighter" by the time Advanced Dungeons and Dragons came out. The term was still fairly common into the mid-eighties. And of course we have a missing fighter.

Grenadier Models 2010 Denizens and 2009 Wizard's Room. I think these are both complete even though a compartment in the box is empty I believe the white figure in the stone ring belongs there. The Snake in the Denizens set was my daughter's favorite followed closely by the lizard in the Wizard's Room set.
There it is. The haul of a lifetime in classic D&D figures. I am probably going to paint a few of them to see if "modern" techniques hold up on these classics. The ironic thing with these boxed sets is that when these we being produced I generally bought smaller packs and single figures. Getting them now is just amazing.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Finally 40k

I have never played Warhammer 40k. The cost in money and time of building an army was too high for me especially when none of my gamer circle was going to build an army to play against. Well, now there has been a slight shift in my view of 40k based on the introduction by Games Workshop of the Warhammer 40k Killteam boxed set.

The idea of Killteam (KT) is that you build a 200 point force for smaller tactical engagements. So far, the forces I have seen built for KT range from 4 to 40 models. The boxed set comes with enough Space Marines for 200 points and enough Tau for about 140 points. Also included are painting guides, a KT rulebook and mini version of the full 40k rulebook as KT uses most of the combat mechanics of 40k and all of the point values. My buddy and I each picked up a set for fifty bucks and I gave him the Tau and he game me the Space Marines.

The first thing I did before assembling the models is research how to get my Marines to as close to 200 points as possible. A few days and spreadsheet later I was able to build two squads, each with a veteran sergeant, one with a special weapon, one with a heavy weapon and each sergeant with a combi-weapon.

Then I built the squads and started painting them. Since I had very little knowledge of the chapters or codices I decided to paint them in Cthulhu themed colors. Below is the work in progress picture of the main sergeant.

 Below is squad two on the ground floor. The special weapons squad with a flamer. They are set on a piece of terrain I built for Frostgrave.

Below is the first squad with heavy weapon. 

The picture of the whole group of Adaptus R'lyeh.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The last of the Dungeon Saga basic set

Barbarian warrior
The book...possibly the smallest individual item I have painted.
Everyone needs an elf ranger.
Dwarf warrior

weapon rack
Alchemist cabinet
Skeletal warriors

Sunday, August 28, 2016

More Dungeon Saga miniatures

I finished some more minis for the base set of Dungeon Saga. All that is left to paint are 2 Armored Skeletons, the 4 Heroes and a book. A slightly less warped table starts us off.
A dark and mysterious door...wonder where it leads?
Various chests.
Barrels full of loot or wine or whatever...
Closer look at a single chest.
Dwarf Revenant front and rear view
Dwarf Revenant

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Lectern for the book I mentioned.
Good old fashioned zombie.
Throne for the Grund the Dwarf King
Grund the Dwarf King
Side view of Grund

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Latest Miniatures

These are the latest miniatures I have finished painting. The first two are from the Dungeon Saga core set. The final one is a rare (these days) metal Reaper miniature.

The first is the evil Necromancer from Dungeon Saga. His pose is caught in the act of raising a skeleton to bring down the party.

The next is the Zombie Troll Shaman. He looks to be a handful of undead, regenerating, and spell casting. He is mounted on the extra wide base and stands nearly two inches tall.

The last one is a good old-fashioned knight from Reaper. This was a two piece figure that required a pin to hold it together. I wanted to paint him as a knight in a brass or bronze looking armor. Maybe he will be an ally of the goblins I painted from Frostgrave.

Sweet New Dice

These are the new dice I received from the Polydice Hero Warriors Kickstarter. They are 20 sided shield, 12 sided helmet, 2 10 sided cesti (percentage), 8 sided mace, 6 sided sword and 4 sided dagger.