Another "lucky" find in my old collection! (and some not so lucky)
It really is fun to go through all these old boxes that have been in storage for nearly 15 years. Back when I collected, I was focused on Grenadier... I have lots of duplicates... over 40 dragons so far and I am only about 1/3 of the way through.
The last couple of nights have been spent with boxes 6 and 7 of about 20.
Lets talk about the "not so lucky" first. Box 6 was full of minis in their original blister packs! However, multiple instances of moving and storage has not been good to them. Several of the blisters had come loose from their cardboard backing and many of the cardboard backs have been dinged and/or bent pretty badly. The worst part is that most of the oldest ones that are truly made of lead have been hit with a severe case of lead rot.
So 15 - 20% of that box is basically trash. They were mostly old Citadel and some Nick Lund minis. I may try opening a couple that are less blemished and seeing what happens with a long soak in a baking soda bath to neutralize the decay and then clean them and prime them. But I don't have much hope... <sigh>
Now the "lucky" part. Box 7 contained five of the Chessex miniature boxes. I lifted them out one at a time... one was super heavy and one felt empty. The others felt about like they should if they had minis in them. The three regular weight ones had lots of old minis... many painted... nothing really unusual. The super heavy box was jam packed (with no padding) with literally a couple of hundred loose minis (all in nearly perfect shape! Only a few bent swords, and one angel is missing her wings). Over 150 of them were Reaper minis (most of which have been out of production for years, but are still in stock at the website) most of the rest were Wizards of the Coast minis from 1999. Nice. The "empty" box was not empty. The first tray contains a full set of the Master Maze Lizardman Tribe set and a full Master Maze Skeleton War Band set.
The lizardmen appear to be in perfect condition. Two of the skeletons have both arms broken (one with a sword and shield and one with a polearm). Not sure how to fix them...
The second tray contained Orcs. It looks like full Orc War Band, Orc Raiding Party, and Orcs with Hand Weapons sets. 26 orcs in all.
One archer has a broken arm and three other archers have lost their arrows (which are in the box with them).