Satan’s little helpers

Xmas and Santa Claus always reminds me of Satan Claws.  I’m probably the billionth person to make that association, but it really sticks in my mind, for some reason.

Since the mythology projects are done, I got back to painting for my own amusement again, and the latest batch to get done are some imps.

(Gratuitous image at left: one of the the many films I discovered working at a video store.  The big climax has the priest going after Satan himself, wielding a massive flambard (two-handed sword with a wavy blade, also called a flamberge…  Maybe it was a normal two-handed sword, but of the very late German style)).

The group shot.  Bad lighting + bad focus = awesome 70’s look.

Here are the three biggest ones, some Reaper imps about an inch tall.

These guys are also the “newest,” dating from this decade.  But the third guy is clearly channeling the classic Ral Partha ‘commando’ style of Tom Meier’s sculpts.  I must have dozens of his orcs, goblins, trolls and demons with their junk hanging out.

Next, four imps… or an imp and three quasits, maybe.  The two in the center are both the same sculpt.  One is a really old one cast in lead/tin pewter from before the big lead in miniatures scare of the late 1980s/early 1990s.  The other is pure tin, which I bought from a dealer at Origins a few years ago.  Now that they are painted I can’t remember which is which; they are too light to tell apart as you can with bigger tin vs. lead figures.

The penny gives a sense of how tiny these buggers are.

Lastly, a TSR figure, of some kind of minor fire elemental/dwarf monster.  I can’t remember what they’re called but the one thing TSR did right after yanking the AD&D license, in rapid succession, from Grenadier and then Citadel, was to focus on a number of  weird monsters not already available.

Probably more on TSR’s small range of unloved miniatures later…

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