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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 May 2011 12:13 p.m. PST

What was your first fantasy army?

Thomas Whitten04 May 2011 12:17 p.m. PST

Undead: It was a mix of Ral Partha, Games Workshop, and Grenadier. My favorite parts were the Grenadier war machines, Ral Partha cav, and GW's The Nightmare Legion – Mordini's Doomed Legion.

timlillig04 May 2011 12:18 p.m. PST

The first miniatures I painted with the intent that they would be used as an army were 28mm faries I converted from Epic Eldar. I used them for Hordes of the Things.

whill404 May 2011 12:21 p.m. PST


Lovejoy04 May 2011 12:24 p.m. PST


Photonred04 May 2011 12:25 p.m. PST

Undead very much like Thomas Whittens although my favorite parts were the Undead horse archers I created with the old GW skellies

wehrmacht04 May 2011 12:25 p.m. PST

Had a boxed set of Grenadier's "Orcs of the Severed Hand". Re-bought them last year on eBay (ouch) and painted them as a Mordheim warband.

First real "army" was a Warhammer Fantasy Battle Chaos Dwarf army, which I still have.


Pictors Studio04 May 2011 12:27 p.m. PST

My first one was a Brettonian army from GW. I might resurrect that with the new Perry plastics.

Gallowglass04 May 2011 12:27 p.m. PST

Orcs – Prince August fantasy moulds. I also had a medieval human army to oppose them, made using moulds from the same company.

chuck05 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 May 2011 12:29 p.m. PST

GW Orcs were the first figures I painted as an army.


Henrix04 May 2011 12:46 p.m. PST

The first real fantasy army I painted were undead. Mainly skeletons, and a lot of them old plastic Citadel Skeleton Army. I had a blast putting them together!

I had a bunch of orcs/goblins/hobgoblins painted for roleplaying purposes – perhaps 30 goblins and another 30 orcs – mostly pre-Warhammer Citadel* and Ral Partha.
But they weren't an army as such.

* I still love my Fiend Factory goblins!

Joe5mc04 May 2011 12:52 p.m. PST

Mithril Orcs, expensive way to assemble an army.

21eRegt04 May 2011 12:56 p.m. PST

Also Orcs. Prince August three figure mold. A spearman, sword swinger and an Orc with an axe. Still have it somewhere.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2011 12:57 p.m. PST

Dwarfs & Orcs— I painted them pretty much at the same time so as to have opposing forces.

DinOfBattle204 May 2011 12:58 p.m. PST

First painted was Dwarves from the old Grenadier 15mm Warlord line.

Now I have High Elves, Elves, Orcs, bugbears, gnolls, kobolds, satyrs, zombies, ghouls, trolls, drow, Amazons, Lizardmen, humans, etc


Toy Soldier Green04 May 2011 1:00 p.m. PST

Reaper Minis old 15mm line of Orcs for HOTT.

GoneNow04 May 2011 1:02 p.m. PST

My first was about a dozen blisters of various Thumpers (I think that was what they were called).

Atomic Floozy04 May 2011 1:06 p.m. PST

Citadel & Marauder Dwarfs! Still have them.

Eli Arndt04 May 2011 1:08 p.m. PST


Back in the late 70s early 80s my friends and I would comb the spinning racks of the local mega hobby shop for hours finding different minis we wanted. Heritage, Citadel, Ral Partha, Martian Metals and many others.

When I say elves I mean a grand sylvan coalition. High Elves, wood elves, centaurs, satyrs, eagles, tree men, etc.

Later I went with the Ral Partha orcs as my buddy had already "claimed" the goblins.


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 May 2011 1:18 p.m. PST

"army" is such a loose term. CustomCast Beornings and Orcs of the Hand (1-2 packs of each)

Timbo W04 May 2011 1:19 p.m. PST

Ah, Prince August orcs like Mericanach and 21eRgt!

still got them, spear-orcs, axe-orcs and sword-orcs, speed painted by spraying black, painting eyes and mouth red and a little dry brushing of aluminium for armour and brown for orc-rags.

Jakse37504 May 2011 1:20 p.m. PST

orcs. Mostly GW but my absolute first paints were some mid 80's plastic D&D minis that came with paint. I was about 10 at the time when i got them.

Angel Barracks04 May 2011 1:21 p.m. PST

I started collecting Citadel Dwarves, but never really made and army of it.
I guess the first decent sized army was Orcs that I sold to my friend so that we could both play and replaced them with Empire!

My Empire army was a decent size and mix of makes.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2011 1:26 p.m. PST

The same as my current one. The Army of Mordor.

Orcs,Haradrim, Easterlings and Olog-Hai.

platypus01au04 May 2011 1:29 p.m. PST

Lord of the Rings Mordor, using;

- Ancient Warfare fantasy lists (mid-70's)
- Minifigs 25mm Lord of the Rings range.



My only complete Fantasy army is Dwarfs that I based up as an Anglo Danish army for WRG, and re-based as Anglo Danish for WAB Shield Wall.

mad monkey 104 May 2011 1:49 p.m. PST

GW lizardmen for WH fantasy.
Warmaster, High Elves.

Not sure which one came first, but I now have Chaos, Undead, Lizardman, Empire(out the whazoo)and might add another. All Warmaster.

DalyDR04 May 2011 1:55 p.m. PST

Orcs and Goblins. A varied collection of Grenadier, Ral Partha, Heritage and other models. The first rule set I ever used them with was "Knights & Magick".


CeruLucifus04 May 2011 2:08 p.m. PST

Have painted figures for RPGs since the 70s but the first _army_ I painted was in the late 90s, Bretonnians for Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

blackscribe04 May 2011 2:10 p.m. PST

15mm Ral Partha Ratmen for HotT.

CraigSpiel04 May 2011 2:15 p.m. PST

15mm orcs from Martian Metals for TSR Chaimail.

Rhoderic III and counting04 May 2011 2:37 p.m. PST

Bretonnians, or "chivalrous humans" to generalize.

SonofThor04 May 2011 2:45 p.m. PST

Ral Partha's Greyhawk miniatures, although it only amounted to a warband.

28mmMan04 May 2011 2:55 p.m. PST


Good old GW plastic skelies! Back when GW was not a sign of the coming apocalypse :)


I was, am, a RPG guy but I do enjoy a good miniature battle!

evilgong04 May 2011 3:11 p.m. PST

Gondor, using the old 1970's Minifigs ME, SS and historical ranges.

I say Gondor because that was the major part, we tended to collect a bit of everything and call it our army. So I had some Dwarves and Uruks and Elves as well.


David B

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2011 3:17 p.m. PST

1970s Ral Partha Orcs.

Guinny04 May 2011 3:17 p.m. PST

Undead, using the original GW Plastic skeletons here as well, with a few Grenadier Undead figures thrown in.

DrDman04 May 2011 3:23 p.m. PST

Dwarves & Orcs. 15mm the most useful scale.

Flat Beer and Cold Pizza04 May 2011 3:35 p.m. PST

Wood Elves for Warhammer Fantasy Battles here.

John Leahy04 May 2011 3:49 p.m. PST

Custom Cast Dwarves. About 1974.



Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2011 3:50 p.m. PST

Lizardmen. Saw a stegadon and had to have it, and it was downhill from there.

jpattern204 May 2011 4:06 p.m. PST

Early '80s Barbarians from Citadel, Ral Partha, and Grenadier. And I've continued to add to it until today.

Bill Rosser04 May 2011 4:09 p.m. PST

Garrison Hoplites (with Black Shields) for Corinthia in "Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age".

Crucible Orc04 May 2011 4:12 p.m. PST

Orcs and Goblins from Battlemasters mostly. a friend still has the army too.

Personal logo MondayKnight Sponsoring Member of TMP04 May 2011 4:22 p.m. PST

Orcs, Goblins, and Ogres…… Prince August molds….. Large Lead Armies!


Ron W DuBray04 May 2011 4:27 p.m. PST


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2011 5:42 p.m. PST

3 guys for D & D. I had a brief twinge when the old Citadel figs came out for LOTR but I drank a Scotch, laid down and it went away, thank the Powers.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2011 5:50 p.m. PST

High Elves or Elves before GW broke them down into High Elves & Wood Elves.

Though my very first army was Harlequins for 40k. Crazy Clown Space Elves.

Warbeads04 May 2011 5:54 p.m. PST

My first army (as opposed to skirmish and FRPG) – Der Kriegspieler dwarves!

Still the core of my 400+ Dwarf Army.



Daffy Doug04 May 2011 6:11 p.m. PST

Normans. I thought they could whip anything. That's not only fantasy, it's hubris. I had fun trying though….

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