Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Talisman 2nd Edition miniatures
Citadel's Talisman 2nd Edition. Even though I was a fan of the boardgame, I had never felt the urge to collect these old school miniatures. Some of the sculpts looked too dated and most paintjobs out there didn't really bring the best out of these models. Plus, I was slightly concerned of how they wouldn't easily blend in with the rest of my collection for being too unique-looking.
The prices on eBay were also an element of dissuasion. So, all in all, I really couldn't see why I should invest my money or hobby time on these Talisman models.
And then, somehow all changed: one day I was browsing Simon Bradley's wonderful gallery and stumbled upon his Talisman paintjobs, which showed these models in all their glory and made me reconsider my initial thoughts.
On top of that, there was an auction on eBay with various Talisman models for very low bids. Maybe the fact that the models were already painted and based made most potential eBuyers go for other auctions instead of this. So, within a few hours, I had won nine of those little fellows: Merchant, Leprechaun, Assassin, Halfling, Minstrel, Monk, Elf, Conjurer and the Swashbuckler.
Once the package arrived and I removed the paint from the models I was totally sold on how characterful and well sculpted these miniatures were. Yes, they still looked unique in style and scale, but they were very compatible with the rest of my 28mm scale collection and carried a charm and personality that sadly lacks in so many miniatures made these days.
I carried on searching for more bargains and collecting further Talisman models. In the space of a few months, I had gathered around thirty of these vintage characters.
The picture below shows my latest acquisitions (including one of the infamous toads).
Anyway, I'm very happy that I didn't follow my initial skepticism and instead gave myself the chance to collect these lovely models. My collection has certainly gained with these new (old) additions.