ADD18 - Bard Adventure Pack
Sculptor : Aly Morrison
This is another of the 'adventure packs', a set of figures designed to represent a human male Bard player character mounted on horseback and on foot. In 1st Edition AD&D, a bard was a powerful character who had to attain at least 5 levels as both a fighter and a thief before starting as a 1st level bard.
ADD18 - Bard Adventure Pack
The Citadel "C13 Bard"
This is a re-sculpt and re-release of the ADD18 Bard under the Citadel "C13 Bard" name.
The re-sculpted versions with closed mouths are depicted in the Easter 1989 Sale Flyer [Stuff of Legends] under the name C13 Heroic Adventurers and never to be seen again.
The closed mouth variant can be seen in blister pack format and has "Bard" stamped on the front of each tab. The reverse of the tabs have no markings and look to have been removed prior to production. As you can see there is no copyright.
Notice the fringe. The hat sits high above his brow and his brow is covered by the fringe. Richard Scott commented in an email: "My open mouth version doesn't have any of his fringe showing at the front".
1.Richard Scott was not aware of the C13 Bard release and assumed it was part of the range. When asked in a recent email the reply was : "I didn't even know the bard joined the c-series after the AD&D range finished".
2. The TSR ADD18 Bard was introduced to the range at the latest known date of December 1985 (release of the Third Citadel Compendium within which the TSR ADD18 Bard is advertised). The Citadel C13 Bard (re-scuplted and copyright removed) was advertised on a flyer in May 1986 [Stuff of Legends]. Citadel continued to advertise and manufacture the TSR AD&D line until the end of February 1987 [Time Line] at the earliest. It's unlikely both the TSR ADD18 Bard and the Citadel C13 Bard were manufactured, stocked and sold at the same time. The likelihood is that the TSR ADD18 Bard was not produced or sold past the announcement of the Citadel C13 Bard. The point being the re-sculpted version was being sold by Citadel for AT LEAST 10 MONTHS before having it's final sale which the ADD18 Bard was not included in. This may account for the lack of TSR ADD18 Bards on the general market as it would potentially have only been available from December 1985 until the end of May 1986.
3. There's no Copyright marks on any of the closed mouth bards been found - they are fairly common minis. Mounted, on foot or on either half of the mount. The mount gives a little information away about it's previous life as the TSR ADD18 Bards Mount as described below.
4. There's no notification on advertising that the code was supplied with a random head (singing or closed mouth). The only known advert [Stuff of Legends] DOES NOT use the * notification as indication. Other catalogue pages [Stuff of Legends] show the * notification being used on the appropriate variant pack codes. This is also the case for the corresponding price list.
5. No known advertising displays the closed mouth bard as being in the TSR AD&D Range.
6. If Aly Morrison is reading this or if anyone can put me in contact with him / has more information please get in touch.
C13 Bard Mount
The mount shown has no identification markings on either tab or inside of either side of the mini.
Other mounts from the AD&D range included a "©TSR 1985" stamp on at least one of the parts or tab. Examples of this are:
ADD10 - Fighter in Platemail. The mount has the "©TSR 1985" stamp on the inside of both parts.
ADD21 - Mounted Barbarian. The mount has the "©TSR 1985" stamp on the inside of both parts.
ADD48 - Cavalier. The mount has the "©TSR 1985" stamp on the tab of the right side of the miniatures tab.
ADD83 - Centaur. Each lower section has the "©TSR 1985" stamp on the inside.