I did a bad, bad thing…

I need to stay off eBay.

I’m supposed to NOT buy any more miniatures. I’m supposed to work on the miniatures I already have. And I was, really. I was doing so well…

And then, last month, I bought the Knight Models Thing. I mean, you can’t blame me. It’s an awesome miniature and I got a great deal on him. I painted him right away. It’s not like he was languishing long in the insanity pile.  And I WILL use him in a game soon.

I thought it was a momentary lapse. But then, I saw this. And I bought it.

This is a Grenadier boxed set, circa 1994, that contains a full-blown game and “Future Warriors” miniatures sculpted by Nick Lund. It’s basically cops vs. gangers in the future, very Judge Dredd-ish.

I thought I was pretty familiar with all things Grenadier, but this one caught me by surprise. I’m a big fan of Grenadier and of Nick Lund, but I never saw this before. I never knew it existed. I’m not sure if this came out over here in the States or if it was only a European release.

It’s pretty much mint. The miniatures have never seen paint. In addition to them, it includes the rules, reference card, tokens and even dice. It even has a mail-in card for a subscription to the Grenadier Bulletin, as well as two copies of the  Bulletin, which seems to contain miniature previews, painting tips and scenarios for the Fantasy and Future Warriors lines. Cool!!

I feel guilty.

Oh, well.

6 thoughts on “I did a bad, bad thing…

  1. Jeremy Winstanley

    Nice find, Keith. I know that there’s a website dedicated to terrain and extra rules for this game somewhere, including rules for Terminators amongst other things. I’ll see if I can remember where it is and let you know. Grenadier’s Future Warriors line was picked up by Moonraker Miniatures in the UK, but I think the majority of the sculpt were by Mark Copplestone.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Good to know, Jeremy. I just couldn’t resist picking the set up, especially since it was so complete. I’m a sucker for new (or old) rules. It’s always cool to see what mechanics designers come up with.
      Now I’m lamenting that I sold my Mega City gangers set, thinking I would never play Judge Dredd. They would have been perfect for this game!

      1. Jeremy Winstanley

        Had to do a bit of digging, but the site I was thinking of is http://combatzonechronicles.net. this appears to be for a Grenadier game called ‘Combat Zone rather than ‘Kill Zone and I’m not sure if they’re the same thing, but it’s a rather good site anyway.

        1. The Angry Piper Post author

          Thanks, Jeremy. It certainly looks similar to the Kill Zone game. Maybe it’s a later edition, but I can’t seem to find any acknowledgement of this on the site.
          I’ll have to check the rules out at length and see if it’s the same thing. If so, it seems they supported it well beyond the metal miniatures set I have.

  2. dick garrison

    Ha ha! yes you should, I remember this it came out not long before the demise of Grenadier if I remember rightly, I seem to think it was a pretty good game, there was a bit of hype about it in “Raganarok” the “Society of Fantasy and Science Fiction Wargamers” journal (I was and still am (I think) a member, back in the day), You can still get the figures for it from Moonraker and EM4 (as I imagine you already know).

    The internet is a dangerous place.

    Cheers Roger.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Dangerous indeed, Roger. I just bought another classic miniature: the Thunderbolt Mountain Death’s Door diorama! A few years back, I even contacted Tom Meier directly about finding one. He told me he didn’t have any left, and the cost of producing it (and all metal miniatures) has skyrocketed so much it was unlikely to return to production. Now that Thunderbolt Mountain has closed, it’s VERY unlikely. I’ve been looking for one of these for years!

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