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As I was surfing ebay looking at various out of print sculpts, I got to wondering if other people have holy grail miniatures they're looking for their collections. By which I guess I mean something that's not just expensive, but whose finding requires luck and effort, a proper quest.

I have a few that would qualify, but the 40k piece that qualifies the best is none other than the Thunderhawk Gunship. Not the Forge World one. The metal one. It's nearly impossible to assemble and very hard to come by. But it's such a wonderfully premium piece of GW history. It came in a wooden box with little aquila corner braces, and even a lock on the lid. I'd love to own it. And I would build the damn thing, which I take it was very seldom done (most of the ones I've ever seen for sale have been untouched in box). It'd be hard and would take half a dozen tubes of epoxy, but I would enjoy the challenge.

For non-GW pieces, there is, I suppose, the original Dreamforge Leviathan: http://www.coolminiornot.com/66848. They were on the market for a very short time, before, it was rumored, GW sent out a "cease & desist" notification. Again, it'd be a wonderful project, mostly to superdetail the thing. You could even fit it with LEDs all over the place and wire up a bluetooth speaker to rickroll your opponents as required.

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Dallas, TX

Currently my 'holy grail' piece would be the valhallan kneeling trooper with boltgun that came with BL lone wolf diaroma kit.
   
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For me it's the giant forgeworld stone troll.
Took a break from the game while it was being sold and only saw it for the first time once it was OOP.

Seen 2 on eBay since then, both terrible recasts.

Not sure what it is about the model, I just really wanted one so I'm always looking for them.





Other than that, it's just forumware 30k salamanders stuff lol.
Picked up vulkan just fine, but trying to find pyroclasts and fire drakes is close to impossible.
Someone on eBay has them, but they are insanely bad recasts and reassemble blobs rather than models.
   
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Lord Commander in a Plush Chair





London

Probably more of the inquisitor range, especially the 54mm scale genestealer and hybrid conversion parts. But the genestealer alone regularly sells for £80 on eBay and I can’t spring to that for one miniature. Damn thing was only available through GW mail order for three months originally, it was OOP by the time I knew of it.

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Mississippi

For me it's the UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship from Aliens - the model kit that was released just after the movie came out. I didn't have the money to get it at the time, and now when it shows up on e-bay, it's just too expensive to consider.

It never ends well 
   
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Mighty Gouge-Horn




Anor Londo

Over the years I've had many Holy Grail miniatures, most of which I've been lucky enough to get hold of.

The Ilyad barabarians, the John Blanche inspired range of 54mm figures that GW made (that I have forgotten the name of ), The Rackham Mid-Nor range.

Currently my holy grail figure is the original 54mm Smog 1888 Opium Dragon.
   
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 Big Mac wrote:
Currently my 'holy grail' piece would be the valhallan kneeling trooper with boltgun that came with BL lone wolf diaroma kit.


Any of those dioramas is incredibly rare to see for sale. I've never even seen a complete example of each, nevermind a painted one.

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United Kingdom

I have the metal Iron Hands Iron Father , and am looking out for the FW Atlas & Salamander (& Iron Hands Contemptor, but they say that's coming back).
   
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 Undead_Love-Machine wrote:


The Ilyad barabarians, the John Blanche inspired range of 54mm figures that GW made (that I have forgotten the name of ), The Rackham Mid-Nor range.


Femme Militant.

Had a few- Sergeant Centurius, which I now own and is currently serving as a Plague Marine in my DG army. The Warmachine 10th anniversary diorama. Had to fight tooth and nail to get that. Not exactly limited, but the metal Teddy mini for Malifaux. Vastly superior to any that succeeded it and almost never appeared on eBay, eventually one did for the right price last year and I snapped him up. The GF9 Zuggtmoy figure (didn't even know of this thing's existence until I saw one on r/minipainting and it was long OOP and only had a limited run of 1000 or something)- luckily I found it on Noble Knight Games, these guys are great for OOP stuff and grabbed it asap. She's now a Daemon Princess in the DG.

Although I currently don't have it in my hands(yet!) I finally snapped up Syko Volsturus from Confrontation on eBay yesterday. Weird thing is, I'd been chasing this mini for a while for a Fabius Bile conversion (yes, I'm going to chop him up. Come at me. ) and the exact same auction I won yesterday I lost over Christmas as I was talking to a customer at work when it ended. As luck would have it it appeared to have been relisted maybe when the original winner saw it was damaged or something.

Current gaming white whale (and has been for some time) is the Helldorado Gourmande demons. You just don't see them on the second-hand market and when they are they're asking exorbitant prices. The weird thing is, I owned them back when the game was not OOP and converted them to be the mouth and bum of my GUO. Now I want them again and simply cannot find them.
   
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Lit By the Flames of Prospero





Bodt

Cherubael from inquisitor. Found one on a site last year but it kept getting refunded when I purchased so I assume it was out of stock.

Heresy World Eaters/Night Lords Genestealer cults.

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Regular Dakkanaut







I have some 1st edition white plastic marines with bayonets that are imperial as they have aquilla's.
I also know someone with first edition dark eldar reivers.
I know not quite as good as the others on this list but i hadn't even heard of those marines existing on google and all that guy reivers are some of the last in the country so?

I'm dyslexic and thus am bad at spelling and grammar please don't remind me in comments to my posts.


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Baltimore, MD

 queen_annes_revenge wrote:
Cherubael from inquisitor. Found one on a site last year but it kept getting refunded when I purchased so I assume it was out of stock.


I got super lucky when I found mine. A guy was selling three boxes of inquisitor, and Cherubael was in there. You had to look closely at the pics to see it.

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 Grimtuff wrote:
Although I currently don't have it in my hands(yet!) I finally snapped up Syko Volsturus from Confrontation on eBay yesterday. Weird thing is, I'd been chasing this mini for a while for a Fabius Bile conversion (yes, I'm going to chop him up. Come at me. ) and the exact same auction I won yesterday I lost over Christmas as I was talking to a customer at work when it ended. As luck would have it it appeared to have been relisted maybe when the original winner saw it was damaged or something.


That reminds me of another conversion I've been wanting to make for ages, turning Lens Mendkenn into a Harlequin Solitaire. Alas, it's not an easy one to find.
   
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Screaming Shining Spear





For me those are Falcon type II and Wave Serpent type II forge world upgrade kits. I've been absent from hobby while they were available and they are what make Eldar grav tanks models actually working aesthetically for me. Currently only basic back fin for Falcon chasis can be obtained through Warp Hunter model, but there is no way to get any other part from those kits... Unfortunately Forge World won't bring back those kits (I got direct answer for this) and I have never saw either a kit or even a modified whole model for sale on Ebay or anywhere else...


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 Agamemnon2 wrote:
 Grimtuff wrote:
Although I currently don't have it in my hands(yet!) I finally snapped up Syko Volsturus from Confrontation on eBay yesterday. Weird thing is, I'd been chasing this mini for a while for a Fabius Bile conversion (yes, I'm going to chop him up. Come at me. ) and the exact same auction I won yesterday I lost over Christmas as I was talking to a customer at work when it ended. As luck would have it it appeared to have been relisted maybe when the original winner saw it was damaged or something.


That reminds me of another conversion I've been wanting to make for ages, turning Lens Mendkenn into a Harlequin Solitaire. Alas, it's not an easy one to find.


https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Confrontation-Cynwall-LENS-MENDKENN-Echahim-OOP-Rackham-Cynwal-/223279290315?hash=item33fc7b97cb

You're welcome. Unfortunately seller has some bizarre excluded countries list and doesn't ship to Poland, otherwise I would buy it as it is indeed a great basis for either Solitaire or Great Harlequin, exactly what I was looking for.

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Indomitable Hell Rider of Glorious Renown






102nd Expeditionary Fleet

The Forge World Thunderbolt pilot. It pops up from time to time, as an overly expensive auction or an obvious recast, lovely model that was sadly an event only model IIRC.

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Awesome Autarch






I do, but I actually own mine - just afraid to try to paint it. My all-time favourite Warhammer Fantasy sculpt is this fella:

Mordheim Freelance Knight


For my birthday last year, my friend sent me one new in blister...so I own it. It's even metal, meaning I could strip it if I feth it up, but it's just nerve wracking and I haven't been playing Mordheim or anything fantasy in a while.

 
   
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 BrookM wrote:
The Forge World Thunderbolt pilot. It pops up from time to time, as an overly expensive auction or an obvious recast, lovely model that was sadly an event only model IIRC.


Ye gods! You've just reminded me. I had that model (and the Ork Pilot, who I know I still have as he is a Nob in my Ork army), but for the life of me I don't know where he is. Dunno if he is in a case somewhere or lost in the warp like my FW Slann mini.

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Tyrant of Badab






HATE Club, East London

I own the Chaos Toilet, several Thruds and every Jes Goodwin champion the rarest Nurgle champion. That is pretty much the holy trinity for me.

Though my guards may sleep and my ships may lay at anchor, our foes know full well that big guns never tire. 
   
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- One that always escapes me is the Citadel chaos dwarf renegades and citadel Dwarf adventurers.

- Would Love to have more Ilyiad vorags and orcs.

   
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Rotting Sorcerer of Nurgle






Another one I've just remembered given who just posted ITT-

Navarro, what happened to your Rock Golem (and others) that were on Otherworld's site? They seem to have just vanished. A lot of them were on my to buy list for ages and I'd love to know what happened if you're allowed to say, or even if they're for sale elsewhere.



A GW fan walks into a bar, buys the same drink as yesterday but pays more.

""Unite" is a human word, ... join me or die."

If you break apart my posts line by line I will not read them. 
   
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Three Color Minimum






I follow Barney Stinsons Golden Rule: New is always better.

Nostalgia won't get me to be extorted for something that's OOP.
   
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Norwalk, Connecticut

My holy grails for Fantasy and 40K were Archaon on foot and the alternate sculpt Emperor’s Champion, two-handing his Black Sword. I have both, tracked them both down over time. The newest “I must have this model” was the Slaanesh Noise Marine released at Christmas, which my wife had tucked under the tree for me! So I’ve got all my over-time treasures.

Reality is a nice place to visit, but I'd hate to live there.

Manchu wrote:I'm a Catholic. We eat our God.


Due to work, I can usually only ship any sales or trades out on Saturday morning. Please trade/purchase with this in mind.  
   
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Killer Klaivex







I've collected quite a few bits and pieces over the years which are quite rare.

I've got some of the original Phoenix Wargames Clubs female Cadians. A metal Maximilian Weisseman from Forgeworld. A full set of the true scale 'Iron Armour' marines made by [Warforge? Warsmith?] Studios in the week before they got C&D'd.A bunch of the Chapterhouse True Scale marines. That sort of thing.

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Elbows wrote:
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I do, but I actually own mine - just afraid to try to paint it. My all-time favourite Warhammer Fantasy sculpt is this fella:

Mordheim Freelance Knight


For my birthday last year, my friend sent me one new in blister...so I own it. It's even metal, meaning I could strip it if I feth it up, but it's just nerve wracking and I haven't been playing Mordheim or anything fantasy in a while.
I actually painted the one on foot. The sculpt has nice surfaces and it's just really fun paint.
   
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Fanatic with Madcap Mushrooms







 Grimtuff wrote:
Another one I've just remembered given who just posted ITT-

Navarro, what happened to your Rock Golem (and others) that were on Otherworld's site? They seem to have just vanished. A lot of them were on my to buy list for ages and I'd love to know what happened if you're allowed to say, or even if they're for sale elsewhere.


No idea! I know I have done some minis for them like a couple years ago and they are still not in production… Not really sure what happened.

   
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Rotting Sorcerer of Nurgle






 NAVARRO wrote:
 Grimtuff wrote:
Another one I've just remembered given who just posted ITT-

Navarro, what happened to your Rock Golem (and others) that were on Otherworld's site? They seem to have just vanished. A lot of them were on my to buy list for ages and I'd love to know what happened if you're allowed to say, or even if they're for sale elsewhere.


No idea! I know I have done some minis for them like a couple years ago and they are still not in production… Not really sure what happened.


Hmmm. Interesting. Didn't know if they lost the rights to them or something and you were producing them independently. Might have to inquire with them, thanks anyway.



A GW fan walks into a bar, buys the same drink as yesterday but pays more.

""Unite" is a human word, ... join me or die."

If you break apart my posts line by line I will not read them. 
   
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 BrookM wrote:
The Forge World Thunderbolt pilot. It pops up from time to time, as an overly expensive auction or an obvious recast, lovely model that was sadly an event only model IIRC.


I managed to get one at Salute when it was available, but it cost me a fortune - I ended up buying a Thunderbolt too. At the moment, it's the Tyranid hiveship recycling "squig":
http://www.solegends.com/citcat1992/cat1992p399tyrwarriors-00.htm
("big squig 2")

to complete my 1st edition Tyranids collection. That and some odds and ends to complete a few Inquisitor models.
   
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Versteckt in den Schatten deines Geistes.

These fine fellows.

In a time when GW basically didn't make AdMech miniatures, and the closest was the metal Enginseer, these were the things I wanted the most. I think they're wonderful miniatures.

Eventually got a full set a few years back.

   
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For a while mine was the Confrontation Dragon Titan.

Then I basically stole it off a guy in Canada who had no idea what he had.


For GW stuff, I'm not sure I have a grail mini. I haven't played long enough to have nostalgia for the old stuff. At this point my grail is a damn Slaughterbrute, which I can't find anywhere. Or Varangaurd for a reasonable price.

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