Who's to say that I won't be painting in a completely different fashion in a year or two (house paint and pliers?)? This is one of the challenges of painting an army over a long period of time. Another would be remembering a painting recipe and even the availability of paint itself. I'm sure most of us have had a colour discontinued or a range dropped (ask GW customers about this..) usually sparking a run on "Tentacle Pink" or "Fistula Green"...
These chaps mostly have been painted with a grey gesso undercoat, single base colour followed by the dip and a dullcote. They frosted up after the dullcote but I fixed it by rubbing a little olive oil over the figures with a bit of old blister pack foam. I've yet to find the shields for the swordsmen (choppas?) but will post a little update when I've got that sorted out.
These figures have quite a history, being Grenadier's failed answer to Games Workshop's Warhammer starter box set plastics.
Fantasy Warriors by Grenadier was a game designed by the sculptor Nick Lund and released in 1990. According to Boardgamegeek, the box set contained the following:
- 102 Plastic Miniatures (Orcs and Dwarves)
- 51 Plastic Shields
- 5 Dice
- 150 Order Counters
- 56-page Rulebook
- Quick Reference Sheet
- A very flimsy box
On the whole, I'm keen to give the game a go as it is has a fairly exhaustive set of army lists for the genre (a barbarian list that isn't GW "Chaos" too!) and interesting rules that aren't too unfamiliar. It's a bit of a novelty and I've got a stack of the plastic Orcs and Dwarves from EM-4 and a box set from ebay.
A word of warning regarding the miniatures: There are mold lines galore and a big fat injection nub on the back that needs to be ignored, or clipped and filed down (I chose latter). A real prick to deal with as the plastic is particularly tough. They're super cheap though and easy enough to paint up.