Category Archives: Grenadier

GRENADIER, Nick Lund Goblins

I mentioned in a post last week that I’m working again on my old school army of goblins, orcs, hobgoblins, ogres, trolls, and giants.  The army is comprised largely of sculpts by Nick LUND and Bob OLLEY for Grenadier, Ral Partha, Olleys Armies, and Reaper. A reader expressed some interest in the project recently, and so I’ve obliged with these two photos.  (It was also a great opportunity for me to test drive my new photo studio, but I’ll save that for a later post.)

I purchased these Grenadier goblins from Mirliton in Italy a few years ago.  To my knowledge, all the goblins featured here were sculpted by Nick Lund.  As sculpts go, they’re soft, ropey, and reminiscent of the rock star sensibilities that This is Spinal Tap parodied so well.  I consider myself something of a miniatures snob with a low tolerance for poor concepts and their weak execution in putty; but for whatever reason, I love these.

I completed most of these during the same week that the Dragon Painting forum held their last weekly challenge (I did not officially participate in the challenge).  Three of them were done (or largely done) well over a year ago, but two needed some attention here and there and weren’t on finished bases, while the center goblin in the photo below was painted for a DP 90-minute speed painting challenge last year.

I spent about an hour total on each model.  The painting level is far from stellar, but the point of this project isn’t for display and I feel the style works best for these sculpts.  I still need to add some vegetation to the bases, and insignias on the banner and shields, but I’ll do that latter once more of the army is done.

The sizes of these goblins are all over the place.  The goblins above are on 25mm bases, the ones below on 20mm.  I’m treating them as greater and lesser goblins, but don’t think they were designed with that in mind.

Here’s an interesting piece of trivia: this project is the subject of my first post for this blog more than three years ago.  I don’t know if I should feel embarrassed by my terrible progress, or proud that the project is still getting my attention.  I’ll let you decide.

DP Forum, speed painting contest

This was my entry in a recent speed painting contested hosted on the Dragon Painting forum, a Grenadier (Mirliton) goblin.  The sculpt is about 25 years old.  I was in a retro mood.  Enjoy!

 

Nostalgic Image of the Day, 17 October 2009

Denizens of the Swamp box set, by Grenadier

Denizens of the Swamp box set, by Grenadier

In light of my last post.

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Nostalgic Image of the Day, 04 October 2009

Grenadier Dragon Lords Guardian Dragon

Grenadier Dragon Lords Guardian Dragon

One of my favorites from the old DotM series.  Mirliton now sells this under the name Dragon of the Mountains.  Unfortunately, their paint scheme doesn’t do the model justice.

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Nostalgic Image of the Day, 03 October 2009

Grenadier's Wizard Room

Grenadier's Wizard Room

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Nostalgic Image of the Day, 02 October 2009

Grenadier Fantasy Lords - Raiders of the Undead

Grenadier Fantasy Lords - Raiders of the Undead

One of the more memorable sets from my childhood.  I wish Mirliton would remake this.

Latest Dabblings

German Mercenary

German Mercenary

This is a work in process.  It’s one of the German mercenaries from Mark Copplestone’s Back of Beyond collection.  I still need to add some details to the model, clean a few things up, and finish the base.  This is my first attempt at using the “new” round bases (the Warmachine ones with a small basin in the center) for my models, and unfortunately I overloaded it with sand.   I hope I don’t make this mistake again.


This is the first goblin I finished for my northern war host, one of my major projects for this year.  It’s a prototype, so it took me a while to finish.  There are several things that did not turn out the way I had hoped, but I learned a number of things along the way.  I especially don’t like the dark tin/copper color of the armor plates, and will try brass for future models.  Hopefully I will get better results with my next attempt.

This is an old Grenadier model available through Mirliton in Italy, by the way.