Grenadier Action Art: Thief Assassin, Bug Bear, and Super Orc Fighter

Here are three more from the Grenadier Action Art – Monsters set.  For being a “monsters” set, I’d be disappointed in the quantity of non-monsters included.

The first is the “Thief Assassin.”  The sculpting of her face makes her look old.  In my mind that clashes with the clothes she’s wearing, which don’t strike me as the clothes of an old woman.  Maybe I’m being sexist.  Anyway, I painted her as though she were young, and hopefully on the tabletop no one will notice her hollowed out cheeks.

Next is the “Bug Bear.”  It should be “bugbear,” but the editor of the “how to paint” booklet must not have known that.  The suggested colors for this guy said to make the shield brown with blue design.  The design is a cow or bull head.  So I think this guy is a member of the Blue Cow clan, mortal enemy of the Red Bull clan.

The title of “Super Orc Fighter” can be interpreted so many ways.  Does he have super powers?  Is he great at fighting orcs?  Is he super because he found a suit of antique armor and now he’s acknowledged by his tribe as the coolest member even though he hasn’t figured out how to properly hold an ax?  Why is he still choosing to swing an ax instead of the sweet sword he found with the armor?  Does he have any idea how to activate the awesome powers of that shield?  So many open questions…

Grenadier Action Art 8002: Monsters, Thief Assassin and Drow Captain

Part of the haul of minis that my friend Amanda gave me a couple years ago was a complete set of Action Art figures. The Painting Guide was even included. I’ve started working through that set lately, and this Thief Assassin and Drow Captains are the first ones to completion.

I’ve painted the thief as recommended in the Guide, and I really like the result. I was expecting garish color combinations, but this one turned out well I think.  He is quite small, even compared to other Grenadier human minis of the time. The base he is standing on is 1” across. So he is only a little more than an inch tall.

The Drow captain I’m not as crazy about.  Again, I stuck to the recommended colors, as I will with most of the minis from this set. But the drow’s armor is not well sculpted, and it merges with the dangling cords of his belt. As with many of these old minis, there’s no telling what the helm ornament is supposed to be.  The guide said to make it white, which I couldn’t really wrap my head around so I just kept it metal.  It looks to me like some elephant-like head. I’d like to have a collection of Drow minis all painted up in case I ever get the chance to run the Drow and Queen parts of the AD&D “G-D-Q” adventures (the G is for Giants.)

More from this set to follow over the next few weeks.