Back when I was a boy there were no fantasy figures! It was notuntil Minifigs, Citadel and Asgard (maybe couple of others) made or imported fantasy figures for Lord of the Rings and Dragon magazine promoted D&D that fantasy really arrived. Until then historicals got fantasy treatment – 25mm Normans got black faces to be orcs (Goblins were 20mm figures). later medievals became Gondor, various Huns and Late Romans became Rohirrim etc.
My old Marx plastic army men had two German and two American casualties that I painted a little blood on, but until recently, I never painted blood on gaming figures. I’m pretty sure that the first time I ever did that was on some Vietnam casualtie figs late summer, last year. Never did the sword thing on my D&D figs.