...on the National Elf!

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...on the National Elf!

Post by phylo_roadking » Sun May 27, 2007 1:26 pm

All, along with several others I've been volunteered to throw together a DBA-sized army for an upcoming weekend-length campaign/tournament....unfortunately Fantasy-based! Now, while I have a LARGE collection of miniatures - not just for D&D, Runequest etc., but also fantasy wargaming from some thirty years ago - I am limited in numbers of what I WANT to field.

Hence the appeal...reading that a LOT of you were roleplayers in other, more rose-tinted days of wine and song....

Does anyone remember the "Minifigs" "Dragons And Dungeons" range that appeared in 1977-78, and came into their catalog right after their original "Mythical Earth" range??? These were frighteningly expensive - but in those days apart from the first Heritage ranges, and the old Garrison "Hyboria" range it was ALL there was 'til Ral Partha etc appeared. There were High Elves, Wood Elves, Dwarves, Kobolds, Goblins, Hobgoblins, Orcs and Gnolls.....

Silly me volunteered for the High Elves, as I've ended up over the years with an amazing twenty of these rare figures....but need another few more for the full DBA-sized force. Does anyone have ANY of these High Elves they'd be willing to sell? They'll go to a treasured and treasuring home!

(God damn you to a slow and painful death, Peter Jackson - I could have just brushed the dust off my old Aquilonian battle line once more....)
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Post by David W » Sun May 27, 2007 5:08 pm

Hence the appeal...reading that a LOT of you were roleplayers in other, more rose-tinted days of wine and song....

Does anyone remember the "Minifigs" "Dragons And Dungeons" range that appeared in 1977-78, and came into their catalog right after their original "Mythical Earth" range??? These were frighteningly expensive - but in those days apart from the first Heritage ranges, and the old Garrison "Hyboria" range it was ALL there was 'til Ral Partha etc appeared. There were High Elves, Wood Elves, Dwarves, Kobolds, Goblins, Hobgoblins, Orcs and Gnolls.....
What a trip down memory lane!

Stupidly ditched all my 25mm fantasy figures about 12 years ago. :down: :( :oops: :? :down:
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Post by phylo_roadking » Sun May 27, 2007 6:20 pm

Ditched as in....ditched? :?
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Post by David W » Sun May 27, 2007 6:32 pm

'Ditched' as in cleared out and threw away, to my eternal regret. :(
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Post by phylo_roadking » Mon May 28, 2007 10:14 am

...am in tears....
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Post by phylo_roadking » Mon May 28, 2007 10:20 am

I should of course point out - THIS was the period BEFORE "Minifigs" meant lumps of poxy Lego.....!
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Post by sid guttridge » Mon May 28, 2007 2:46 pm

Hi Phylo.

Yup. I was a "serious" wargamer in those days and despised D&D. However, at Chistmas we used to have a role-playing quest, for which I bought a Minifigs goblin (named Murgatroyd) riding a warg and a thief named Rhesus Thrungesprocket.

Somewhere I still have Murgatroyd, his mount and a piece of decaying bluetack that keep them stuck together.

However, at university in the mid '80s I gave Rhesus to an American student friend who was a major Dungeon Master in the USA and he lives on to this day amongst his cast of characters. (The American concerned is now a professor of politics at the University of Moscow in Idaho and probably wouldn't thank me for advertising this element of his past.)

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Post by phylo_roadking » Mon May 28, 2007 2:55 pm

LOL in that ENTIRE "Mythical Earth" range, those little Goblins in their hoods and wicker shields were the best! Something about them more closely matched the "feeling" of the books than all the rest.

Then again - I'm weird in that I prefer the cartoon version to Jackson's Epic....somehow it feels more....English?
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Post by sid guttridge » Mon May 28, 2007 3:25 pm

Hi Phylo,

I can't go with you on the last bit. The 1970s cartoon was dire in my opinion. Only computer graphics have allowed film to match Tolkien's and his readers' imaginations.

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Post by phylo_roadking » Mon May 28, 2007 3:51 pm

Dire as a film yes - I didn't say it was better lol - but its the overall impression. The actors who voiced-over, etc., gave it a sort of "Bright Eyes"- English cartoon feel. Jackson's films are tremendous - as entertainment...but I never liked Alan Lee's visualisations of Tolkien's world. And those have dragged the films off in one direction, almost at a cost to the reader's imagination, and resulted in a mid-Atlantic-newsreader's-accent epic...whereas JRRT was aiming for a particularly English mythology.
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Post by David W » Mon May 28, 2007 4:50 pm

The Jackson films were awful, in all but one respect. And that was that they did introduce some new readers to the book(s). I think only Tolkein himself, (or perhaps Speilberg) could have done the book(s) any justice.
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Post by phylo_roadking » Mon May 28, 2007 5:05 pm

I think only Tolkein himself, (or perhaps Speilberg) could have done the book(s) any justice.
Having sat through The 13th Warrior and Kingdom Of Heaven many times, I'm not sure Ridley Scott mightn't have produced something suitable...
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Post by 5RANGLIAN » Thu May 31, 2007 12:53 am

I've got quite a few, including 10 of what I think are your High Elves, all from '79-80. Not for sale though, but a loan could be on the cards if that's any use. PM me and I'll send you pics, to check if they're what you want.
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Post by phylo_roadking » Sun Jun 03, 2007 12:37 pm

Woo! Ebay just came up trumps with another whole SIX! :D now, anyone have any more for sale???
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