While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.
From Left to Right: Kobold (11-421c), Kobold (11-421b), Kobold (11-421d), Orc 2 (11-409)
Ral Partha Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) line
Being great little monster minis, the Kobolds got used over and over. Be it Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Goblins or Kobolds, monsters in our own homebrew Dungeon Crawler, or perhaps as primitive aliens in a SciFi setting. I’m sure we got our money’s worth out of them.
Miniature wise, I love the sculpts. Especially that Orc. The Orcs have had a variety of artist’s depictions in the D&D world, but I don’t recall any looking quite like this.
1st edition Monster Manual image for “Orcs”
Had enough Orcs yet?
I’m kind of partial to the pig-faced Orcs as they were featured on the front cover of the classic Keep on the Borderlands module that we seemingly played over and over. I also keep telling myself, that if I ever win the lottery, I’m going to buy a ton of minis from Otherworld Miniatures Including this guy:
The Ral Partha Orc mini (way, way above now), and especially the set of them (below), have a bit more of a Lord of the Rings vibe to me. Not the movie, more like fantasy art (maybe Frazetta?) that I had seen around that time that was Lord of the Rings based.
Here’s a pic of them from the DnD Lead site:
Tangent – I Quit
Well, that was abrupt!
Nah, not happening! 😉
Some comments with TIM from awhile back, and specifically from his post “The News at TIM – Mid Week Musings (No: 17)” got me to thinking. Which is what happens every time I read those damned Musings of his.
TIM (aka The Imperfect Modeler) mentioned “The Future of Modeling?” and wondered what changes, perhaps technological changes, might mean for the future of the hobby. All in good spirits. But my mind sometimes goes to the dark side of things when I think of “The Future”.
Backing up a little bit, this isn’t the first time I set about to paint miniatures. If you’ve read through some of my blog, you’ve likely gleaned bits of my history. I started painting miniatures around age 12 or 13, fueled by the fever-inducing “Dungeons & Dragons” game. But I pretty much sucked at it, and gave up. Years later I would try again, and be “almost okay” at it (wait, I’m still “almost okay”, but I digress!). I quit as other hobbies came to the front, etc. Then I got into Blood Bowl, and painted slews of minis. Then I got remarried, some kids happened, but Blood Bowl came back and I have started painting again. But it does make me wonder sometimes…will I quit again?
What if the technology was there (and yes Azazel, also the price points) to mass produce suitably tabletop minis. Not Heroclix level crap-jobs, but actual tabletop quality minis. With base coats, washes, and highlights. Would you keep painting miniatures?
What other factors might make you quit painting? Lifestyle, health, and finance changes are pretty much a given, but is there anything else out there that might make you quit painting? Technology or otherwise?
That’s my thoughts for the Monday. And really don’t have anything to do with Old Minis, but you can stare at the orange Orc instead, if that’s your thing.