So here is my absolute Top 10 Citadel miniatures I'd sell a kidney (perhaps not mine) to own:
10 - The Dragon Masters
9 - Elven Attack Chariot
Surprisingly this is the second Elf entry in my list as I've always been more of an Orc and Goblin fan. However, having just run an inventory on the Wood Elf Warhost I've been slowly putting together for some years, this fantastic mini is very conspicuous in its absence.
8 - Goblobber
Can't remember which year's Golden Demon it was, but one of my favourite ever entries was a converted version of this Dwarf warmachine. It was entitled Revenge and involved the Dwarf crew getting their much deserved come-uppance by being turned into ammunition for their own catapult by some rather pissed off Orcs - oh yeah and its a really cool mini as well!
7 - The Citadel Giant
A whole load of lovely lead. As it says on the Stuff of Legends site - One of the two most sought after citadel pieces - 'nough said.
6 - Fimir
Ever since playing Heroquest these evil cyclopean monsters have captured my imagination. How I would love to have a small skirmishing force but alas the high prices they command will probably keep them just out of reach. I'll just have to live vicariously through Mr Saturdays afore-mentioned fimir army project.
5 - Villagers and townsfolk
Quite a big one this as there's loads of them and they don't often seem to come cheap. Why do I like them even though they're fairly useless in terms of gsming? Because they're fairly usesless in terms of gaming! I suppose it was Orc's Drift that turned me onto them as they lend such flavour to the Linden Way scenario. Not to mention the minis are all full of character. One of my vague ideas is to build the inn that was featured in one of the old White Dwarfs at the time and populate it with drunks, staff and various other hangers on.
Whilst browsing around on Stuff of Legends I came across the section on WFRP character minis. As I'm currently participating in a play by post version of The Oldenhaller Contract as a warmup for The Enemy Within (link if I haven't mentioned it before - http://theernywithin.blogspot.co.uk/) I was most excited to find miniature versions of the characters our group are playing - Kirsten, Malmir, Harbull, Wanda, Werner and my character, Johann, are all pictured here - Seems they've all been moonlighting in the Death on the Reik scenario!http://www.solegends.com/citc46/c46whfrpscenarios/index.htm
Handsome devil 'aint he!
4 - The Zombie Dragon
This is another favourite that was inspired by White Dwarf. Again, I can't remember which issue it was, but there was an undead army featured. Among the many fine and fetid offerings was this fabulous miniature, which if I remember correctly had been slightly converted to have a marauder skeleton armed with a two-handed sword as a rider. If I get my hands on this it will definitely go nicely with my plastic skeletons from the old Skeleton Army boxed set that have survived years of storage surprisingly well...
3 - Orc's Drift Character
I'm going to blame this one on Gaj, of Warhammer for Adults fame, who is currently nearing Citadel scenario pack nirvana in that he nearly has all the scenario character models to play Terror of the Lichemaster. His dedication to the task has humbled me and I now feel the need to plug the gaps in my own collection of Orc's Drift characters - most notably Ozrim Chardz and Hagar Sheol to go for ourageously high prices. I mean we're talking about hundreds of pounds!
I fear these little lead men will probably become my Moby Dick - forever dooming me to rummage fruitlessly through Bring and Buy's and ebay for that seller who doesn't know what he's got and has priced them at 99p each...
What I'm still after:
Mayor Leofwine - only ever seen one on sale
All the villagers except the baker and busker
King Fy'ar and his wyvern
2 - Slann Wizard with Bearers
As I'm currently putting together a Slann force this is a bit of a no-brainer, although having read the entry on Slann wizards in the Armies book there is now a practical reason as well. Apparently, as Slann wizards are extrememely spiritual creatures, they believe that touching the floor with their feet leads to spiritual pollution and the destruction of their magical abilities. So basically unless I get a palanquin my Slann magic users will be limited to Level 1 spells only!
1 - Hobgoblin mounted on Temple Dog
This would make the perfect General for my growing force of Hobgoblin mercenaries. I've seen Temple dogs with Samurai riders go for a fair whack on ebay before and there was the first and only Hobgoblin rider I've ever seen, which was by itself and still sold at a high price. Not seen one since so they must be rather rare...
So there we have it - my wishlist. I'll be a happy man if I ever get round to ticking them all off!
There were a few also-rans who didn't quite make the top ten -
Tom Meier's Troglogytes
The Nightmare Legion