Friday, September 14, 2012

Grenadier 2004 Hirelings: Half done!

Here is my set of Grenadier 2004 Hirelings:

Half done! Five down, four (one a double) to go!

Left to right in the back are (as named on the box)
Pack Bearer, Lantern Bearer, Carrying Body, Coffer Bearer, Chest Bearer

Left to right in the front are
Team carrying trunk, Potion Drinker, Spike Driver, Torch Bearer Halfling

The guys in the back are done. I'm not sure if I'm going to decorate the bases of the guys in back or not. I like the flocking, but it seems less cute when my campaign is set mostly underground. Out of those guys, the Lantern Bearer is the oldest - he's done purely by hand and with careful black washing and shading. The others all got base colored, then dipped/brushed with Army Painter Quickshade (Strong Tone), and then dullcoted, then highlighted, then re-dullcoted. Sounds like overkill but it works and they're both attractive and pretty resilient. That first guy on the left was the first mini I used my Quickshade on!

Next up is probably the team, just because they look like a pretty easy paint job and a cool looking mini to put on the table. The guy on the right had lead rot on half his leg, so I had to scrape it off and then build him a new leg with green stuff. It didn't come out that well, but it's not bad, and it's in a good position to stay out of sight.

I'm torn on the halfling. I don't use a lot of them, and they don't show up in my games often. I'm debating painting him up as a goblin (they exist, and the party hasn't been loathe to use them). I'm still not sure.

I know I'm a packrat because I have no intention of throwing the (empty) box away. But I'm rather proud that these guys are heading into the home stretch. They are amongst my favorite delver minis. All I need now is a stretcher bearer team, since that's what hirelings tend to carry most often in my games!

By the way, you can see a well-painted set of these here on Cool Mini or Not, plus a chest of unknown provenance (it's not in 2004).

1 comment:

  1. Ah, I never saw these at my local shop back in the 1980's. Fantastic! I have plenty of Grenadier. They were the first I had available to paint. They came in blister packs and boxed sets. That hobbit carrying a torch and axe is awesome!


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