Was it in fact sculpted by DCS III? If not, then who?
Is it an ogre? If not, then what?
Where was it cast?
Was it intended as a test, an employee-only gift, or for future release?
What line (if any) was it intended for? D&D, AD&D, Dragonlance, Empire of the Petal Throne, etc?
The specs for this miniature are as follows:
Height (top of base to eyes): 1 and 1/2" (38mm)
Height (bottom of base to top of helmet): 1 and 7/8" (47mm)
Height (bottom of base to tip of axe): 2 and 5/8" (66mm)
Weight: 2 ounces (56 grams)
The hallmark on the bottom of the base is clearly stamped/inscribed © 1984 TSR, Inc.
The shield is 7/8" high and 5/8" across. There is a peg on the shield arm, but no mounting hole on the back of the shield.
This particular ogre holds a two-bladed axe. The other two variants I have seen hold a single-bladed axe and what looks like a hand axe.
Posed with the DCS III ogre mage and a DragonTooth innkeeper.
Ogre and innkeeper.
In the pictures, it is shown as I acquired it: mounted on a thin cardboard base and primed. I soaked the base in Simple Green to remove the cardboard and reveal the bottom of the base. The axe is glued/epoxied into the hand. It has now been stripped of primer. Hopefully someone will be able to fill in the blanks for me. Otherwise I guess I need to call in Scooby-Doo and his friends.