Here we are with the last part on the Comedy Lord Boxed Set, if you’re looking for the previous parts here they are: part 1, part 2.
I will take a look at the last 4 Grenadier miniatures shown in the leaflet found inside the box, plus the mysterious Invisible Stalker figure (we shouldn’t forget):
Undoubtedly an original miniature, maybe more a weremouse than later skavenesque creatures look like.
The careless guy equipped with leather armor and cap has been caught in a (rather large) mouse trap. It seems his long tongue still tries to reach a generous slice of cheese, held by his now cold fingers.
Under the base the text is: “GRENADIER”, “© 1988″ and “F.F.1″ and it seems originally written with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool).
Halfling in Full Plate
Probably a very nice guy:
That’s the only mini of the set I got already painted, I will eventually strip and repaint it when the time comes. Of course it could take years or forever, I got a HUGE amount of minis, that’s the reason for The Minis Museum itself. Oh, and I would like to paint all of them…
Funny note: the Halfling in Full Plate is the only figure facing the wrong direction in the leaflet picture…
Basically is a large close helm containing an halfling, equipped with an halfling halberd (probably an hand axe from the point of view of other type of characters…). What can I say, this relentless fighter has its charm too.
Under the base the text is: “GRENADIER”, “© 198″ stamped, last year’s “8” and “F.F.4″ seem originally written with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool).
107th Level Fighter, Paladin & Used Sword Dealer
Probably the most serious-looking miniature in the set, hand in hand (well, ooze) with the Half Orc Slime from the first part:
A walking armoury by itself, he displays an impressive list of equipment, weapons mostly:
- two daggers in the left boot
- shortsword and flanged mace at the belt, left side
- another dagger and an haversack at the belt, right side
- a mace and axe crossed at the belt, in front
- utility belt on torso
- composite bow and quiver on the back
- a long, long chain with a flail head is also attached to the back and the head rests near the fighter’s left foot
- full chain mail armor and partial upper body plate armor (pauldrons and gorget)
- an uncommon multi-part helm
- a knife between the teeth (yeah!)
- left hand: “Bad Boy”-signed kite shield with skull and crossbones
- right hand: Swiss multipurpose halberd with additional functions and tools just below the blade
It’s probably a quote of the common behavior for a lot of roleplayers – the Power Gamers type, that tend to amass a lot of equip. All that stuff cannot realistically be carried around by a person while doing something else. They’re usually waiting for someone with enough money or magical items to sell them.
Under the base the text is: “GRENADIER”, “© 1987″ stamped, “F.F.7″ seems originally written with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool).
He’s the good companion of the Gamers from part 2:
Nice deliveryman hat and skeletal features, but the best part is the long sword at the hip and the schynbalds (lower legs armor). The pizza is also carried on a round shield!
It possible to feel, from pose and equipment, that the guy is ready for everything that could wait for him at delivery….
Under the base the text is: “GRENADIER”, “© 1988″ stamped.
And finally, the centerpiece:
the Invisible Stalker
Yes, it’s a base… with marks of some human-sized bird of prey…
Detail is very good for being just a base, at least it’s enough to start to imagine what kind of foul creature could be there, invisible, awaiting to strike.
Plus, what else could you expect from a “Comedy Lords” box? It’s also a bonus!
Under the base the text is: “GRENADIER”, “© 1988″ stamped, “F.F.5″ seems originally written with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool).
Detail is very good and quality of casting is in line with the other products from the 80’s. As I said already, Grenadier’s miniatures have a characteristic look, thanks to their sculptors and their history.
They’re a milestone in the miniatures industry and some of us will remember buying those as a young lad or seeing them in some model stores…
I love the set, the figures have got plenty of personality, of course they’re not the most epic or “heroic scale. Nevertheless there are very few funny miniatures examples around, especially focusing on the geeky behavior of their users and fantasy worlds/RPGs situations.
I just opened my old miniatures box from 20-odd years ago, and found this same set intact, in it’s original box, with 2 exceptions-
1) the picture sheet does not have that separate text sheet, just the sheet with the pictures
2) NO invisible stalker.
The box also had nine other figures in it, also;
One I recognise as the Adventurer with everything’s
The others seem to be a mix of a few unknowns, and several
High Quality Ral Partas…
ANY IDEA OF THE VALUE?
Feel free to contact me, I’m retired.
Hello Jim, the value depends on the condition of the miniatures and box, also on the type of other Ral Partha figures you have. I’ll send you an email with some more details!
I recall the “funny fantasy” figures Grenadier made available direct through their old Grenadier Bulletin that included the bomber Pegasus and undead pizza-delivery man shown here – too bad this boxed set didn’t include the others from that “line” – the mi-go with people bib (probably couldnt as this was a licensed Call of Cthulhu figure they produced) and the dancing salamander newt with top hat and tails…
Hello Hughval and thank you for your comment!
Yes, these were some really awesome minis! Unfortunately I don’t have all the Funny Fantasies figures… the Slamanewt and the “Have a nice day” Beholder are still missing from my collection…
However you can find some pics and info HERE, on Lost Minis Wiki (great site!).
Also, Mirliton from Italy acquired from defunct Stratelibri (“old” Stratelibri was the official Grenadier Italian distributor) some of Grenadier licenses, masters and moulds, so they still have the Diner Mi-Go in their catalog HERE (thank you Mirliton!).
If you’re interested you can also find information about Grenadier, Stratelibri and Mirliton in the following:
– A discussion HERE on another great website, The Miniatures Page
– Excellent Terence Gunn’s books about Grenadier (you can find one of his projects on Kickstarter HERE)
– Wikipedia, of course.