Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Mystery Dwarfs - ID help, please!

Hello all,
As my sons have decided they want to paint more minis, I've had to delve deep into my box of old magic (it really is a box of magic - for some reason most of my old miniatures have ended up in a Warhammer 4th ed. magic box...). Amongst these I've found quite a few suitable miniatures for both the kids and myself to paint.
But amongst them were three old, very old, dwarfs that I have no recollection of buying nor which company may have produced them. Hence I would appreciate any hints as to their provenance.

Mystery, dwarf, old, miniature, 1987

Please excuse the paintjob - eyes were apparently not a priority twenty years ago :-). The dwarfs are actually quite nice sculpts - hefty and compact with nice beards - and spearwielding dwarfs are not the norm.

Mystery, dwarf, old, miniature, 1987

 There are a few markings on the bottom but wear and tear means it is quite difficult to make anything out. What I can see is that they are Copyrighted 1987 and the name seems to end in "dier" - Grenadier? Halberdier? I have no idea.

Mystery, dwarf, old, miniature, 1987

And from the back - we all know red is the best colour to paint any detail in.

So, any help identifying these chaps would be greatly appreciated!

All the best,
Kasper

7 comments:

  1. The style reminds me of Nick Lund, freelance sculptor working for Citadel, Ral Partha and Grenadier among others. Yes, Grenadier is a company, but I think they went bust in the late 90's.

    They did launch a game that tried to compete with Warhammer which wasn't all that rubbish. It featured plastic dwarves and orcs sculpted by Nick Lund, but it never catched on. I haven't seen these particular dwarves before, but I suspect they are part of the range for that game.

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  2. I did some searching and yes I was correct. The game was called "Fantasy Warriors". These are pack 931: Dwarves with Spears.

    Not much info here, but there's a list of blisters and their contents at least:
    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tpope/sol/grenadier/fantasy-warriors-blisterpacks.html

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    1. Brilliant, Leif Eriksson! I think you nailed it and I really appreciate getting a "name" for these dwarfs. The amount of knowledge on the internet sometimes astound me!
      All the best,
      Kasper

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  3. Lovely sculpts! Leif has answered your question perfectly.

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    1. Hi Paul,
      I agree - they are actually pretty great dwarfs, despite their age.
      All the best,
      Kasper

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  4. Battle Lords™Fantsy Armies in this PDF catalog here. Page 7 in the PDF, page 5 of the catalog at the bottom of it.

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