I can generally remember the manufacturer and name of the figures I’ve purchased, no matter how long ago, as long I bought them in the original packaging, because I pretty much agonized over every purchase BITD. (I had a rule of thumb that I’d pay no more than $1 a figure, which meant I usually bought boxes and large blister packs rather than singles, and I generally bought Grenadier over other manufacturers in part because they were the most economical. This all changed when I discovered Citadel minis, especially the later slotta-based from the mid-late 1980s. Sigh.) Anyway some of the figures that I’ve picked up second hand eluded identification for a long time. And two figures I recently received (from the spontaneous generosity of Michael “Khazan” at Specter Studios and from the inimitable Scottsz) have me stumped. The first has a rectangular base, which makes me think Minifigs or Custom Cast/Kreigspieler Fantastiques, but it does not appear anywhere I’ve looked (DnD Lead, Lost Minis Wiki, etc.) He has a date (1978) and a code (2009) and that is it on his base. Here are a couple of bad images:
He’s pretty big (ogre or troll sized) so I wonder if he isn’t a 54mm or larger scale dwarf, based on the beard and head size.
The other one seems likely a Citadel figure or maybe Broadsword, and he has no markings on his base. He’s quite tall, and I am planning to paint him as a giant despite his troll-like fangs.
UPDATE: The first guy is a giant by Adina; the second guy is a Ral Partha troll, replacing one of the Tom Meier trolls he sculpted in England for GW/Ral Partha Imports.