With the rising costs of old Citadel miniatures a lot of us have looked around at other companies' miniatures like Grenadier, Ral Partha, Heritage and many more. There are so many great minis to be found from the early 80's for way less money that are equally enjoyable to paint up. One of the old sets I am really excited about is the Grenadier AD&D 2001 Wizards small box set from 1980, sculpted by Andrew Chernak. It was the first set of a group of small box sets of 10 miniatures that were cheap and gave kids a great starter to the hobby.
I have been posting about this set already on Facebook and Instagram, and one of the reasons I felt compelled to do something with it, is that I could not find many well painted versions of it anywhere. Everyone seems to have this set, or had it at one point, but till now not many hobbyists considered it worth painting nicely and posting about it. I wanted to change that.
As usual, when I start a project, I go down a black hole and try to find out as much as possible about the set and I located Andrew, the sculptor and asked him a bunch of questions, which I will post about soon.
But let's start with the basics: below is the box cover. I restored it in Photoshop from a box from my friend SC John - the colors are pretty true I think, and the art, created by Ray Rubin, is splendid. A lot of Grenadier large and small box sets have art by Rubin, and it's very iconic for that era and the subject.
The insert shows the minis and their names, and those have changed with different editions, due to legal wrangling in the 80's between TSR and Grenadier, but the original box insert is this one:
In later editions the necromancer and some others were renamed:
The miniatures are true 25mm, so not heroic, where the head would be larger. That means that painting eyes on these guys is very tough and takes (me) many tries to get it right. Here are a few of them that I painted up:
The Magic User with snap in spells: