Monday, August 7, 2023

Citadel's Preslotta Goblins - A Start

I'm moving on to Citadel's Preslotta Goblins

Trying to compile a complete list of Citadel preslotta goblins released after Fiend Factory is something of a challenge. It includes the following:

Box set - SS4 Goblin Raiding Party (10)
Regiment of Renown - RR3 Groms Goblin Guard (4 unique)
C21 Wolf Riders (the ones that are not gnolls)
C27 Goblin Mutants (set of 10)
C27 Goblin Fanatics (Set of 7) (possible overlap with C13)
A couple of the late FTG/C12 figs that are more goblin than gnoll 
A couple of FTE - Evil Leaders
A couple from assorted monster box sets (overlap with FF)
Second Compendium C13 Night Goblins (set of 10)
FTN Gnomes/Night goblins 
(4 goblin figs of the 6 listed in the Ral Partha Imports catalogue US) 

and then we get to

First Compendium C13 Night Goblins

Which are a mess!

The Dragon Catalogue listed them but didn't illustrate them

and the First Compendium shows relatively new night goblins mixed with goblins from at least 7 other sets

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I thought about trying to label the catalog page as provided but decided it would be better to reorganize as follows:

So...   Have I missed any?

I'd be interested to hear if I'm mistaken about anything listed above

(I'm not including the Runequest Trollkin or the Lesser goblins)

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Creatures large and small


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Creatures, monsters, critters, creepy crawlies etc. just like with dungeon accessories, I'm decidely not picky. This means I can still walk into a gamestore and come away happy. 

I'm super picky about humans and fantasy races - particulary proportions - Just as well I'm rarely looking for these...  sigh.

At the beginning of the year I filled two trays with a selection of monsters I wanted to paint (in a few cases repaint) and have been graduly working through them. Being able to switch around keeps larger projects like the orcs from my last post from becoming a chore. 

In the spirit of this blog I'll start with the Citadel preslottas but further down you find a mix of old and new metals, plastics, and some resin prints.

Citadel Miniatures

C22 Cave Lion, 1984 (40mm base)

C22 Giant Shrew, 1984 (30mm base)

C22 Chos Hound, 1984 (40mm base)

C22 Sabre Tooth Tiger, 1984 (30mm base)

C29 Spined Young Dragon 1985 (40mm base)
I painted the hatchling some time ago.

C29 Creepy Crawlies, 1983 

The C29 Creepy Crawlies included FF57 Giant Snakes (2) and Beetles FS40-2 (3) from previous ranges.

A fun set of tiny figs with loads of charm. These are the figures added in the C29 release minus 3 that I have never felt the need to hunt down: a 2nd scorpion and a 2nd bat that are both very similar to the ones I have, and an imp in an odd disco pose. (bases 15-30mm)  
Addenda: There are also two small crabs in this range I'll have to track down at some point. 

Vicious Giant Wolf (40mm base)
Monsters Starter Set BC2 1985

Giant Scorpion C29 1987 (75mm base) 

If you linked here from a Citadel/Oldhammer group you're done 
The rest ain't Citadel or GW

A large variety of manufacturers, materials, ages and sizes and colors.

FM62 Giant Tick (30mm base)

 Baby Dragon-046 (40mm base)
Superior Models

Shadowrun 20-527 Toxic Earth Spitit  (75mm base)
Ral Partha 1993

If you Linked here from the Old School miniatures group - time to go - the rest are less than 30 years old

Metal Miniatures

FGV357 Blade Dog and Paper Construct
Northstar Miniatures 2022

I love the paper construct. A familiar thats increadly fragile and vulnerable but able to be slipped under a door, hidden in a book, and used as a tissue in emergencies. 

DM30 Brain Mole (20mm base)
So tiny!

2639 Manticore (75mm base)
Reaper Miniatures 2002

If you believe all miniatures should be metal - it's time to go - the rest are made of other stuff.

One Piece Plastic Game Miniatures

Giant spider (20mm base)
Giant Scorpion (30mm base)
Conan Game - Monolith - 2016

Chaos Beast  (50mm integral base)
Descent, Altar of Despair expansion 
Fantasy Flight Games - 2006

71219 Blink Dogs (25mm bases)
Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures
D&D - Wizkids - 2017

72558 Spiders (30mm bases)
Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures
D&D - Wizkids - 2017

Hell Hound
Dungeon Saga - Denizens of the Abyss
Mantic Games 2016

Giant Spider (75mm base)
Massive Darkness - Guillotine Games/CMON 2017

If you think home printed resin miniatures dont belong in a blog that supposed to be focused on very old lead dont go any further.

Shambling Mound
Loot Studios 2021

Assassin Vine
Loot Studios 2021

Treant (60mm base, 130mm tall)
Loot Studios 2021

And finally there is this guy - commercial resin print from some sort of holiday village? (30mm base)

Cheers and happy painting


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Citadel Preslotta Orcs - C15 and C16

In early 1983 the Citadel Dragon Catalog recategorized most of the FTO Fantasy Tribe Orcs, based on their weapon type, into new codes C15 and C16.  

Those figures were supplimented by the C15 Armoured Orcs released later that year and the C16 Orcs released in 1984

In 1985 these were all phased out as the first slotta tab orcs were reased.

C15 Armoured Orcs

Released in Aug 1983 the C15 Armoured Orcs were an immediate favorite (of mine anyway) due to the detail, range of poses and odd mix of weapons and armour. 

Releasing new figures, including some new varients of previously relased sculpts, mixed with older similar models created confusion among those who like to put everything into neat categories or are trying to collect a complete set. While collectors might be frustrated by trying to untangle this, dont be fooled, actually we love this sort of shit. Here is my take regarding what is included in this set (Catalog page from Citadel's First Compendium catalog Oct 1983). Your opinions may vary.

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C16 Orcs

The First CitdelCompendium showed a variety the previously released Fantasy Tribe Orcs

The Second Compendium added new sculpts, several of which were alternate versions of previous

 releases, both FTO and Regiment of Renown RR5 

My Fantasy Tribe orcs range and orc preslotta regiments are here:

Some selected extra views

Index of my galleries of Citadel Preslotta sets (mostly)