A quick post for a wee victory dance. Long-time readers may recall that I've had a long-term ambition to find some of the old Grenadier Models Lord of the Rings minis to complete (or at least enhance) my existing set. I've also for even longer than that wanted to have my very own dragon miniature to paint. Well, consider the target reached and half-completed.
A chance car boot sale at a local school saw the Simian familty sauntering past on a dry run before an inevitable garage sale we'll be having some day soon. We brought money with us, but didn't really intend to spend any. But what did I see going there?
The Grenadier LotR sets - likely both the monsters and Fellowship (and Bill the Pony - I could kick myself!) together in a box, painted very nicely, and going for $15.
With them was a similar Grenadier box of orcs and Dwarves - also painted very nicely. $15
With them, a Mithril Minis diorama of Eowyn, Merry and the Lord of the Nazgul astride his Fel Beast. Unpainted. $10. And with that, a Ral Partha Armoured Dragon - simply undercoated and like the Tolkien diorama a tidy 25mm scale. Also a tenner.
Cue much hand-wringing and balancing out of cash reserved for the daily commute. In the end, I chose, and I think I chose wisely. Mithril and Ral Partha are companies who made quality minis back in the day, and I've always wanted something from both of their stables. And now I'm not only a dragon richer, but also a rather cool diorama to paint for my very own. The LotR set I left behind - and still I feel the pang. But hey, they were painted really really well by someone who loved them, so they've already had a great life, and I have over half the contents of that box already (don't mention Bill!) Hopefully someone got them in the end, and if they did they got a great deal.
As for me, I'm happy! But Metal Mountain just got that little bit higher.
PS: A note about the unboxing though - the Armoured Dragon is missing a foot. A shame, but not the end of the world. A missing piece means a story to add to the picture...