Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Entry #3 to the 9th Lead Painter's League - 'Goblins of 1979'


For my third entry to the Painters' League I decided to paint up a set of very old castings that I found in a dark corner of my Lead Shed.



These figures are 25mm Ral Partha Goblins and Great Goblins sculpted by the talented Tom Meier, circa 1979. Though perhaps fairly average sculpts by today's standards, one has to keep in mind that these models were produced over 35 years ago. 


I remember getting these as a youngster for our D&D campaign and being completely blown away by how dynamic and very characterful they were - there was really nothing like them on the market at the time and I think they still hold up rather well.


I was in a bit of a flap to get these done for the LPL deadline and frankly it shows. Nonetheless, I'm content with how they turned out.


I originally picked up quite a few of these in order to play Gary Gygax's 'Chainmail', a set of miniature rules which I remember to being impenetrable at the time, but that recollection may speak more to me being an inexperienced and impatient youth rather than to the rules themselves.


Thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane - back when I had far less pocket money but much more hair!

Next up: Italian Wars!

34 comments:

  1. Very nice work Curt! I like the skintone you've chosen for them. Much better than the overly bright greenish stuff that seems quite popular nowadays.

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    1. Thanks Samuli. Yes, I thought I'd go with something a bit more muted and grotty looking. (I think I used Canadian WWII battledress khaki as the base for these).

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  2. Great stuff Curt, I bought these about 30 years ago myself, still sitting in a box 1/2 painted, so you are doing so much better than I ever had.

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    1. Thanks Chris! Yes, these were in much the same state in my storage shed. It was great to dust them off (literally) and get some paint on them.

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  3. Love these old figures, they look suitably grotty. Nice job

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  4. Hot damn, I have some of these stashed away in the garage! One painted with enamels in 1980; no undercoat, because we knew no better at the time. I suppose I'd better do something about that...

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    1. Haha! You and I shared the same experience. My first ones were painted with Testors enamel (nasty stuff) and since I didn't have brushes I used toothpicks to spread the paint around. Youthful enthusiasm, eh?!

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  5. They look very nice Curt and I remember those sculpts as well for D&D.

    Christopher

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  6. Great little figures, they really have that certain charm of that bygone era!

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    1. Cheers Scott. Yes, it was a nice trip down memory lane when I was working on these.

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  7. Very nice mini's and an even better paintjob. Go Gobbos!

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  8. Excellent work on these goblins Curt. That's the sort of green skin tone I like to see on them. :)

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    1. I'm delighted you like them Tamsin. I really wanted to avoid the GW bright goblin green.

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  9. These are great figures and sure bring back memories. Pictures two and three are actually some of my all-time favorite figures! I am not sure if I still have these but I need to go a quest to dig them up and paint them. I always wanted an entire army in this style.

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    1. Those two figures are some of my favourites as well. Such wonderful animation and musculature. It would be great to create a beefy Oldhammer unit of these all ranked up.

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  10. These are cute classics and stand the test of time well

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    1. My thoughts exactly Phil. Even the lead has stood up well these past 30 years.

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  11. Oh man - so retro! Great work dude. These are true classics!

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    1. Thanks Greg. Yes, figures from the time of disco!

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  12. Great painting work in these vintage goblins. Very nice!!!

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  13. Tom Meier goodness! So much character and the poses are wonderful. You've done a lovely job on them too mate.

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    1. Thanks Millsy. I agree, Meier's such a great sculptor.

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  14. Really nice figures and great painting. I like them a lot! cheers

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  15. Well done Mr. Campbell! I admire your enthusiasm so shortly after the challenge.

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  16. Great stuff Curt. I had a blister pack (well, a bag with a yellow header card) of these models BITD as well. Cracking figs and you did a fine job with them!

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    1. Thanks Dal! Yes, funny enough, I have dim memories of the simple bag and yellow card packaging as well. BITD for sure! :)

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