Friday, June 21, 2019

Nearly 40 Years in the Making - Grenadier Orc

Well... how to explain this post! This Grenadier Orc has been in my box of fantasy figures for almost 40 years, unpainted till last week. It was one of the couple-dozen figures I bought when I first started playing D&D in the late '70s/early '80s and it's really a corker innit?
Sculpted by Grenadier founder Andrew Chernak and bearing a copyright date of 1980, this model was one of my favourites as a kid. Unfortunately the axe hadn't entirely withstood the test of time, but I wisely retained the broken bit and was able to drill and pin it.

The model was available both as part of the "Orc's Lair" AD&D figure set and also by itself in a blister pack (or as I recall, a small header carded bag). It was in the latter packaging that I purchased it, likely at the Hobby Hut on 10th Street in Brandon :-)

Good stuff eh???

One of the best things about this model is how it stands up in size against today's scale-crept specimens. The old Grenadier Orc really looks like he could stick it to that Otherworld fighter!

Once I had this figure painted I went on a webcrawl to try and find some more similar sculpts. Unfortunately, though, I found that this appears to be the high point of Chernak's Orc sculpts as in my opinion the rest don't nearly measure up to the awesomeness of this one.

Perhaps I'll go back to the bin for more old stuff to paint! And stay tuned for more fantasy models from the old school...


Neil Scott said...

A great looking figure

Wouter said...

40 years 😮!!? And I felt a bit ashamed when I recently posted some miniatures I had bought 25 years ago 😁.
Guess we all have some stuff hidden at the bottom of our lead pile 😉.
It is a great looking mini though and with the paintjob you did it was totally worth the wait.

Dallas said...

Thanks for the comments guys!

Curt said...

Wow, great background and a terrific figure. Great work Dal!

Greg B said...

That's fantastic Dallas...amazing that you managed to keep the figure around for all these years - and fix it up even! Great job.