During the Easter holidays in Denmark one usually finds a huge number of small flea markets around the country. I happened to come by one and browsed through the stalls looking for vintage paperbacks – one of my other passions. I did not find any interesting books, however, I came across a small basket full of miniatures. Two kids were going through the minis when I spotted them. I immediately placed myself next in line and hoped the kids would move on and indeed they did, leaving the minis to me. I swear I did (almost) not stare them down or give them the evil eye!
I immediately spotted a Citadel dragon in the basket and asked for the price. The man in the stall sold the minis for 300 Danish crowns (c. 33 British pounds or 40 Euroes) and I instantly bought the lot.
I guess the minis I bought would qualify to what you encounter on Ebay as a ‘job lot’. It’s a mixed bag really, but I’m very pleased with the bargain. What strikes me about the collection is how much it reminds me of the old days and the way people collected minis for RPG’s then. It’s a completely random mix of minis from different companies and lines. It’s rather charming actually. The paintjob on them also screams late 80’s/early 90’s. This really takes me back to when I began to paint minis myself. Here’s what I got:
First we have the old Citadel ‘Large Red Dragon’. It’s missing the horns, but they are easily replaceable. I have painted this mini twice already for a friend a long, long time ago and it has a certain nostalgic value to me. To have one myself now is thus a great pleasure.
Next we have a selection of vintage Citadel minis. There are some really nice ones here and some rather battered specimens.
There was also a partial undead cart.
Then there was this Little band of skavens:
A Mordheim character was also hiding in the lot as well as a flagellant:
Up next I uncovered several old plastic Skavens and a single elf.
Moving on, a selection of 90’s plastic minis was also present – a bretonnian archer, two high elfs and a grumpy, large-hatted chaos dwarf as well as a number of horses with and without tails and a group of space marines.
To conclude the Citadel minis the lot also included this more or less contemporary trash along with some useful bits, such as shields, which heads straight into my box of pieces for conversion projects.
Next in line I found this cool sci-fi marine from Metal Magic.
In the basket I discovered a large number of Grenadier minis.
I especially like this little group of fellas. I’m not really sure what they are – some sort of goblins probably. Can anyone of you identify them? Nevertheless they immediately inspired me to use them as some sort of greenskin or skaven slaves. I would sure like to get hold on some more of these and perhaps include some kobolds among them as well.
Finally I found these oddities. It also looks like some sort of psychedelic warband!
Well, what do you think? Was the price fair?