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22 Nov 2011 8:22 a.m. PST
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I had bunches of fantasy stuff, that was placed in various units when I played TSR's Chainmail.

myxemail04 May 2011 6:25 p.m. PST

Dwarves. A mix of the old Grenadier D&D stuff and Ral Partha from the late '70s and early '80s. I found them in the basement recently and soon to go to ebay.


The Dozing Dragon Sponsoring Member of TMP04 May 2011 6:33 p.m. PST

First 'army' was A warband of Sprites for the Thane Tostig rules by Barry Minot. Never ended up playing the the game but got all the figures for it – painted them! and built a plasticard 'dungeon'.

Happy days.

RazorMind04 May 2011 7:16 p.m. PST

Dark Elves, oh yeah baby!

Valator04 May 2011 7:56 p.m. PST

Dwarves! The original Bugman's Dwarf Rangers started march toward my eventual death from lead poisoning

Grand Duke Natokina04 May 2011 8:04 p.m. PST

I had some kobolds when I dungeoned and dragged.

brave face04 May 2011 9:54 p.m. PST

Plastic Orcs and Dwarves from the Grenadier Fantasy Warriors boxed game, plastic Empire humans and Chaos/Beastmen/Orcs n'Goblins from the Milton Bradley game Battle Masters.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2011 10:30 p.m. PST


Put together from Airfix plastics and Minifigs 'S' types. My first large scale conversions too. Haven't survived the glues of that era were not really up to it.


Angel Barracks04 May 2011 11:03 p.m. PST

Dwarves! The original Bugman's Dwarf Rangers started march toward my eventual death from lead poisoning

Did you have the gyrocopter?

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2011 1:03 a.m. PST

Ive never actually done one, but every now and then I still get a henkering to do an undead or Orky army in 15mm. I wouldnt have the slightest idea where to begin with either rules or minis (ducks).

Martin Rapier05 May 2011 2:05 a.m. PST

I'm not sure I thought in terms of 'armies' when I started, just got a bunch of figures (mainly Minifigs) to use with the old Skytrex 'Middle Earth' rules back in the 70s. Orcs, half orcs, hobbits, dwarves etc tended to go on fairly obvious sides, but the humans were fairly interchangeable. I mixed in figs I used playing D&D as well.

I did have a very nice Dragon, but can't for the life of me remember who made it.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2011 2:26 a.m. PST

Lord of the rings – Minifigs Elves and Dwarves from their ME range and a mixture of medievals as Gondorians and Rohirrim, fighting against a motley crew of Orcs and trolls from Ral Partha and Asgard (mainly).

Had too many leaders and used the heroic battle rules from the Skytrex Middle Earth Battles rules – so it always ended up with Aragorn facing down a Ringwraith, with hordes of dead from both sides all around them.

Loved it.

Eventually decided the heroic rules should only be allowed for heroes (in big battles) which downgraded the leaders to (mostly) morale effects, which worked a lot better.

Gennorm05 May 2011 2:31 a.m. PST

Not bought it. In fact I played Warhammer when it first came out with 15mm ancients as halflings and 25mm knights. It annoyed the at least committed Citadel/GW buyer.

BugStomper05 May 2011 3:03 a.m. PST

Undead made from both the Citadel and Grenadier ranges. I've still got this army. :)

Old Bear05 May 2011 3:18 a.m. PST

The Minifigs Hyboria range. The combination of young age and novelty created a magic that for me has never again been fully replicated. There's a lot to be said for being young.

Karellian Knight05 May 2011 3:23 a.m. PST

I used the Caeser Orcs & Goblins plus a couple of Early Learning Centre dinosaurs to produce a rather large Orc army.

Scorpio05 May 2011 5:26 a.m. PST

Skaven. Rats with knives!

Dunadan05 May 2011 5:47 a.m. PST

I started into the hobby with some pewter knights and Romans from the local art museum's gift shop, and picked up a used copy of "Knights & Magick" from my FLGS. My first really fantastic troops were a box of GW's LotR Wood Elves.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2011 6:49 a.m. PST

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

Still the core of my 400+ Dwarf Army.



Cool – I'm jealous. Any chance of seeing a piccie ?

Giles the Zog05 May 2011 7:10 a.m. PST


The Citadel ones done by Aly Morrison.

Though after about 50 figures, and no new releases I branched out into dark Elves that are my main army to this day.

Dan 05505 May 2011 7:57 a.m. PST

My first fantasy army was a historical medieval knights army.

- somehow I didn't quite understand the army list bit (and then went and painted them before even trying to find a historical picture).

hmmm, yup – fantasy was the result (orange armour).

Daffy Doug05 May 2011 8:28 a.m. PST

Did you have the gyrocopter?

I banned that thing! along with Dwarf bear-riders. Some things I simply could not allow on my table. It was sort of like trying to clamp the lid back on Pandora's Box though….

Bunny Coleman05 May 2011 10:03 a.m. PST

15mm Table Top Games Orcs and Goblins.

Now have masses of Orcs, Goblins, Man-Orcs, Warg riders, Wolf riders, Spder riders and much much more all in 15mm. The real scale to get true mass effect.

Oh I also have Hades Army(Chaos), Beastmen and Lizards.

I use many manufacturers Demonworld, Eureka, Pendraken, Essex, Ral Patha, Grenadier and Bloody Dawn. I WILL use Splintered Light, which I think are great minis once they get a UK seller!

As for rules, it used to be DBF or home grown fantasy add-on to Principles of War Ancient(a free set on their Yahoo group) and now will be using Hail Caesar with a fantasy twist, hopefully done by the guy who did the Lord of the Ring varient for Black Powder.

Uesugi Kenshin, as you can see there is plenty of choice out there. If you want some recommendations message me.

The Beast Rampant05 May 2011 10:41 a.m. PST

Skaven. Painstakingly constructed from Warhammer Regiments plastics, and lead from those random two-figure packs, before GW differentiated them from "greater" chaos forces. I also built a chaos army in the process, go figure.

I loved the Jes Goodwin ratguys.

cfielitz05 May 2011 11:02 a.m. PST

Dwarves and Orcs.

El Jocko05 May 2011 11:57 a.m. PST

Dwarves to start. Then Elves added in. All Custom Cast at first.

waaslandwarrior05 May 2011 2:17 p.m. PST

Some human race from the Minifigs AR range.
I think it was called the Knights of the Silver Rose, or something similar.
I still have them somewere.

I also had some older Valley of the Four Winds miniatures, but these were a bit of everything, and you couldn't call that an army.

53Punisher05 May 2011 7:55 p.m. PST

Dwarves. Mostly GW with a mix of others depending on if the scale matched to GW's.

SultanSevy05 May 2011 8:09 p.m. PST

Orcs and Gobbos

Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2011 12:07 p.m. PST

Feudal Samurai.

Gorkathustra12 May 2011 7:07 p.m. PST

Bretonnians from the starter set with lizardmen….which led to an Empire army somehow using counts as(I did buy a bunch of those Reiksguard foot, best looking models GW ever made)

Jamesonsafari13 May 2011 7:18 a.m. PST

Burgundian Ordonnance- they fought a lot of Ral partha Orcs and heavy infantry armies built from a friend's masses of D&D fighters!

PygmaelionAgain13 May 2011 7:53 a.m. PST

I dabbled in 28mm fantasy with great intentions, but never put together what could be considered an army.

Then I got my hands on the Baccus 6mm dwarves, and painted them up and based them for HOTT… but never played that game at all. I suppose even Dwarven armies must bide their time in such a peaceful age.

Lion in the Stars13 May 2011 1:41 p.m. PST

Bretonnians, with a close second of Lizards. Gotta love that WFB boxset with Brets and lizardmen in it.

Don't remember what happened to either one, and then bought another Bretonnian army when they were re-released with the Pegasus Knights and the Trebuchet. Traded that for an Empire Army (sold it off), and I'd still like to do an 'Empire' army based on Glenn Cook's The Black Company, but that will be in 15mm, like all the rest of my armies now.

Estarriol13 May 2011 8:49 p.m. PST

Dwarves, mix of Heartbreaker minis, marauder and GW. Them were the days :)

"What's that you say? The price has gone up to £3.00 GBP for a blister pack of only four figures? Outrageous!"

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