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Dwarves size and proportions

This will show some different dwarfs (or dwarves ūüėČ ) side-by-side, just as a quick reference and to highlight differences in proportions.

Quick scale note:¬†A miniatures range scale is commonly defined by the height of an average sized human figure, usually from ground to eyes level (it should be 1.61 m). This at least is the method commonly used for¬†wargaming minis. The following are dwarves, keep in mind that¬†a dwarf height, compared to a human, can vary between different lines and manufacturers. Maybe I’ll do a more precise human-sized only figures comparison in the future (with a lot more manufacturers, also!).

A group picture:

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Producers from left: Ral Partha (80s), Ral Partha (80s), Asgard (80s), Grenadier (80s), Marauder (90s), Wizards of the Coast (2000s), Rackham (2000s)

-On the left there are 2 Ral Partha figures from the 80s, proportions are more realistic than other sculpts, as always for Ral Partha minis. Strictly 25mm scale.

-Then an Asgard figure also from the 80s, proportions are more exaggerated (or Citadel-esque style), but not too much. I would say also a 25mm, I don’t have a lot of human-sized figures for reference and comparison with other manufacturers.

-Grenadier by Nick Lund, (I¬†really like it) also from ¬†the 80s, Dwarf Fantasy Warriors Battleset, heroic but realistic proportions. Scale is 25-28mm, this figure is hunched, scale of Grenadier’s ranges varies a bit between the early models and the Fantasy Warriors range, going more or less from 25 to 25/28mm).

-Marauder Miniatures from the early 90s, basically the same very nice exaggerated proportions as Citadel minis. Scale is the same as late Citadel minis, commonly referred to as 25-28mm.

-Wizards of the Coast, Dnd 3.5 mini, Tordek the Fighter, proportions similar to Grenadier, slightly larger scale (around 28mm).

-Rackham Confrontation, a Tir-Na-Bor standard bearer with no standard (sorry), proportions of dwarves for Rackham are unique and peculiar, scale is more toward the 32mm heroic.

That’s all for now, one more thing: the plastic bases are used to keep more or less the same feet level for all the figures, I forgot to reverse the base on the Asgard minis, so its eyes level should be more in line with Ral Partha’s.

Grenadier Miniatures ‚Äď Comedy Lords Boxed Set (part 3)

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):

Grenadier Comedy Lords - The Minis Museum

Onward!

 

Wererat

Poor thing!

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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: ‚ÄúGRENADIER‚ÄĚ, ‚Äú¬© 1988‚Ä≥ 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:

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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: ‚ÄúGRENADIER‚ÄĚ, ‚Äú¬© 198‚Ä≥ 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:

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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

Impressive!

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: ‚ÄúGRENADIER‚ÄĚ, ‚Äú¬© 1987‚Ä≥ stamped, “F.F.7″ seems originally written¬†with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool).

 

Pizza Deliveryman

He’s the good companion of the Gamers from part 2:

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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: ‚ÄúGRENADIER‚ÄĚ, ‚Äú¬© 1988‚Ä≥ stamped.

 

And finally, the centerpiece:

the Invisible Stalker

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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: ‚ÄúGRENADIER‚ÄĚ, ‚Äú¬© 1988‚Ä≥ stamped, “F.F.5″ seems originally written¬†with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool).

 

Conclusion

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.

 

 

Grenadier Miniatures ‚Äď Comedy Lords Boxed Set (part 2)

let’s continue¬†with some more miniatures from the set from Comedy Lord Boxed Set from Grenadier (here¬†you can find part 1 of the article):

 

Undead Gamers (and gaming table)

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Interesting bunch of nerds, one is probably the game master, not sure which one. The¬†chubby one seems more bossy, but his hand is in the air, as if asking permission for something, he’s also ready to roll some dice kept in his left hand. Nice t-shirt, by the way!

The other figure has a soda can in his left hand and keeps the right one on his cap’s visor. It’s also easy to imagine him on a beach, shielding his eyes (well, dark and empty sockets) from the sun.

The table has on it an¬†open book (1st edition D&D), some rolled dice, a small unidentified box and the drawings of a map can be seen. My version doesn’t seem to have the pen near the unidentified object, like the one seen on Lost Minis Wiki.

A funny piece, the figures are caught in the act of playing and their poses aren’t too static.

Under the base ¬†of the soda skeleton there’s a light text originally written¬†with¬†some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool) “1988 GRENADIER F.F. 3″

Under the base ¬†of the table¬†same kind of text:¬†“GRENADIER C 1988″

 

Half Elf

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The half can really be identified as elf’s, with a chain shirt and a dagger… Nice thing is, there are innards details along the “cut line”:

Grenadier Half Elf - The Minis Museum

…other unusual details to paint, especially because it will coexist with normal skin, clothes and accessories and there will be a strong contrast line dividing the two. Those should be painted¬†as “good” elf organs, and not as those of a demon or some horrible monster, not even a zombie’s!

Under the base ¬†the text is: ‚ÄúGRENADIER‚ÄĚ ‚Äú¬© 198‚Ä≥ all stamped, the last symbol for the year seems originally written¬†with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool), it’s not very clear but could be a “5” (or also “8” for congruency), is also visible a “F.F. 11″, probably.

 

Armoured Idiot

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hmmm… the idiocy here is tangible, a blank stare, tights +1 and a Double¬†Bent Spear of the Doomed, accompanied by a toothless grin, but let’s take a look at the heavy armour:

-ACME “Ice Plane Raider”¬†Breast Plate (stove )

-Heavy Buckler of Pestilence (trash¬†can’s lid)

-Ridiculously Heavy Helmet of Void Resonance (cauldron)

-Very Soft Cloth Shoes of the Fakir, left one with a big toe hole, a priceless feature

Under the base ¬†the text is: ‚ÄúGRENADIER‚ÄĚ ‚Äú¬© 198‚Ä≥ all stamped, the last symbol for the year seems originally written¬†with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool), it’s not clear but could be a “8”, maybe, there’s also a “F.F. 6″ or something similar.

 

F-19 Fighter Bomber

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A Pegasus ready for an air strike, the wings accomodate double-barreled machine guns and more air-to-air and air-to-ground armaments can be seen underneath:

Grenadier F19 Fighter Bomber - The Minis Museum

The horse itself has nice proportions and a muscular body, some smoke and dust clouds can be seen¬†near¬†his back hooves, ready to take off…

Grenadier F19 Fighter Bomber - The Minis Museum

Under the base ¬†the text is: ‚ÄúGRENADIER MODELS‚ÄĚ ‚Äú¬© 1988‚Ä≥ all stamped, the last¬†number for the year seems¬†stamped¬†later. Originally written¬†with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool): “F.F. 8″

 

See you later with the third (and last) part and more awesome Grenadier miniatures!….

 

Link to Part 3

Grenadier Miniatures – Comedy Lords Boxed Set (part 1)

I’ve been lucky enough to put my hands on this very nice Comedy Lords Boxed Set from Grenadier Models Inc. from 1988 (code 6009):

Grenadier Comedy Lords - The Minis MuseumIt contains 12 miniatures, plus the bonus “Invisible Stalker” (?!) figure, credits for box design to Raymond Rubin, for figures design to Andrew Chernak.

Chernak was head sculptor at Grenadier and one of the founders with Rubin, from a fast web search I think he’s still¬†working as sculptor (bronze statues), artist and military historian, I couldn’t find more info on Rubin.

Grenadier was one of the biggest miniatures producing companies in the 80’s and 90’s and was in business from ’76 to ’96, they laid the foundations for all the other producers that came after them. Some of Grenadier miniatures¬†have a very distinct look and pose and¬†you can identify them immediately (for example Nick Lund’s orcs and dwarves, we’ll speak about them in the future….).

The company was really prolific and has very different ranges, Terence Gunn has also written and published a book on it:¬†The Amazing Worlds of Grenadier, I’ll try to get one, it’s a must-have for minis fanatics…..

Curiosity: Grenadier got his name from the first figure sculpted by Rubin.

 

And now… to the minis!:

This is the presentation text found inside the box, to let you “feel” the subject:

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the minis pic from the same sheet of paper:

Grenadier Comedy Lords - The Minis Museum

 

Now let’s take a closer look¬†at¬†each one:

 

Half-Orc Slime

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Nice figure, not the best “heroic” sculpt, but the sliminess is tangible,¬†in the ¬†back there are¬†some impressive, waxy drips, from right¬†arm and legs. Good to experiment some oozy effects when painting it!

He’s armed with a sword and protected by a breast plate and an helmet, probably the orc-half needs some protection from¬†hits….. guess is there still are some bones inside¬†to keep him standing and some internal organs aren’t completely jellied. The sword-wielding arm is elongated and enlarged, almost shapeless, pouring out of the right¬†pauldron, while left arm is more defined, there’s a hand on the scabbard and a cowter (elbow protection).

The half slime part is obvious, if the other half is human, orc, elf or some other antropomorphic¬†type isn’t so immediate, in my personal opinion the head could have been created a bit more orcish, if the original intent was a jelly greenskin (just¬†slightly¬†more jaw!). At the time the rpgs didn’t offer a lot of half races alternatives and the most common¬†combat-oriented was probably the half orc anyway…

Under the base ¬†the text is: “GRENADIER” “¬© 1988″ all stamped, except for the last “8” that seems originally written¬†with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool). There are other symbols, very light, could be an “F.F. 7″, it’s also possible to identify a¬†“W” letter (or a “M”).

 

Napoleon Boneyparts

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Very nice figure, statuesque pose. A clear Napoleonic mark, the hand-in-coat is present, as well as a spyglass (I think) on the left hand, suggesting an ongoing field action…

Boneypart is maybe a bit meaty on the back and seems to have something (heels?) under his skeletal feet, but  those details accompanied by a slight asymmetry on the head and shoulders give him (a lot of) presence.

Under the base ¬†the text is: “GRENADIER” “¬© 1988″ all stamped, except for the last “8” that seems originally written¬† with some hand tool (or small and light rotary tool).

The first reference I’ve found about the idea for¬†this miniature (well, at least his name), goes back to Grenadier Bulletin number 10, where the top¬†skeleton miniature in the following picture is called, in the joking text,¬†Napoleon Bony-parts: Grenadier Bulletin 10 Napoleon Bonypart - The Minis MuseumI’m pretty sure those are from¬†Skeletons¬†Raiders of the Undead boxed set (6002). Or, is¬†the left one¬†Pizza¬†Deliveryman from this set? …naa,¬†just his “dad”…

 

…END OF PART 1, the rest will follow!

Link to Part 2

 

Sources and more info:

http://www.andrewchernak.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenadier_Models_Inc.
https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tpope/sol/grenadier/history.html
http://www.stunties.com/wiki/index.php/Grenadier_History
http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Andrew_Chernak