This is the cauldron from the old Grenadier set “The wizard’s room.” I got this ages ago, and have painted and stripped figures from it many times, but I think this is the last paint job for this one. Before I repainted it, it was pretty silly — I did the face in natural flesh tones, with dark grey smoke and a black cauldron. I think it looks better now.
The level of detail on the face, and the natural look of the smoke, is still really impressive to me, especially considering that it is 32 years old. I can’t think of anyone other than Tom Meier who was doing work this nice, but I’m pretty sure this was done by Andy Chernak, who did some great stuff … and some terrible stuff. Put this one in the great column.
The set came with a circle that you might set the cauldron in, but I like to keep it separate as a magic circle. In hindsight a heat source could be added, like some logs or coals.