A Little Challenge (part 2)

Well it did take me more than a week to finish off the figures I’d planned on doing in a week

An Apothecary and a Crossbowman.

.These were done within the week as hoped, and photographed a few days ago.

Holbron Toddlebrew, and his Apprentice, Gideon.

Lots of books and scrolls.

Holbron is the Sigilist I’ve been playing since November 2015.


It has taken this long for me to replace the two original figures with properly colour co-ordinated and based figures.

Just in time for frioday’s scenario of “The Bone Wheel” from the Thaw of the Liche Lord supplement.

The fifth figure, the Savage didn’t get painted. It’s sitting there rather unloved for an unknown reason. I suspect that it’s to do with the low light levels meaning I want to prioritise the figures i’m likely to use in the next month or so, which is rather sad as the Savage and many other Ghost Archipelago figures are really good !

So stand by Friday/Saturday for some updates in the form of an AAR.

I also have a couple of familiars to finish off before Friday, and am halfway through some more Wizards and minions.

Music: James Ray & The Black Hearted Riders

Well this w/e was wiped out as I was off to Bristol for a gig, so I’m paying for it today. No matter, as the light levels stubbornly remain poor here so i can’t photograph the Little Challenge figures still after 5 days ! yes they are complete, and on time.

Tom and I arrived early as it was a small venue (no tickets, so first come first served), and scored a place right in front of the mixing desk (i.e. best seats in house).

Seven performers on a really small stage belting it out in a raucous manner.

Gothic psychedelic folk rock complete with mandolins.

Louis the camera took this one for me, apparently.

We were also early enough for the soundcheck so got an extra bit of music.

A rare outing for James Ray et al, maybe coming to a festival near you soon.

In the meantime, visit their shop and buy some merchandise !

GA: Treasures & Foes

Still beset by the really bad light levels here in the Uk, but I did manage to
(a) update my previous post
(b) finish off the treasure tokens from the Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter.

So here’s the mother lode:

The bases are textured so no flock, and a bit too small to add ferns, and static grass.

Nice pieces. Not currently available.

Four skeletons, with different basing material and some ferny fronds.

This doesn’t get better does it ?

The fifth one was the one I glued together backwards.

Hopefully tomorrow, light permitting, I’ll show the results of the little challenge.

Captains & Treasure, and a Construct (UPDATED)

Finally I finished the three Captains I’ve had on the table for some time.
In one case a ridiculously long time given the figure.

From L-R:
– Frostgrave Folio Champion, with the metal parts from the Nickstarter (North Star)
– Frostgrave Captain
– Bad Squiddo/Dice Bag Lady female in plate mail

You will notice that the photo is BAD.

New photo, in better daylight.

I have themed the Captains’ outfits with their shields.

Of note, none of these Captains have bows and quivers, something that I have plans to address, so that I have one or more Captains with ranged weapons. probably for another upcoming challenge I have in mind.

Two more treasure tokens, a potion in jar, and the contents of a canopic jar.

This photo was taken around mid-day and as you can see captures the depth of colour much more effectively.

Large Construct, again taken late in the day. Since I have an Enchanter (Lady K), and Jim has an Enchanter, I thought it best to have another of these bad boys hanging around..

More progress on the “little Challenge” today as well.

Of Plastic, Dinosaurs & Toads

Not the post I intended, but I am once against thwarted by low light levels which has hindered the highlighting of several figures.

So I diverted my efforts (mostly) to sorting out a shoe box size pile of slotta bases, some of which I’d promised to Too who turned up to collect them this afternoon.

I now have some on Freecycle to try and give them to a good new home, as having sorted them I don’t need so many, and as black plastic they cannot be recycled. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should have heard that plastic is a major pollutant in the environment, so we should be doing as much as possible to stop this stuff going to landfill and or being washed in to the seas. I’ve shifted loads of stuff on Freecycle, so i recommend it as a way of getting rid of stuff you no longer want, but has no monetary value.

(NB: Plastic sprue can be recycled providing they’re not black ! So make sure you check your local council’s recycling details and put them in iff they can be recycled PRETTY PLEASE)

Talking of plastic:

Found these on Evil-bay,, and bought them so I could hack them up into scenery pieces for Back of Beyond and Ghost Archipelago pieces.

At only £7 they’re good value, even if they are not 100% anatomically correct.

On the subject of anatomy:

I was hassled at frostFayre, for not having Ice Toads in my expansive collection, so the following w/e I ordered some from CP Models.

Jon then sent a smug message saying he already had two of them.

Good job I’d ordered three.

To distinguish them on the field of battle I painted their tongues, red, white and blue !

Now hopefully tomorrow, I should have finished off some more Captains, treasure items, and continued with the small challenge I set myself !

More minions

Scuppered by yesterday’s terrible weather (dark, foggy, overcast), and my father’s DIY which led to the downstairs light circuit being switched off, I finally finished the highlights on some more minions today.

A thug from Citadel (I haven’t identified the range but think it was either Dogs of War or Mercenaries Fighter range), plus two more X-bows, originally Citadel now available from Foundry in their medieval range.

Three giant rats (Northstar).

And two more treasure tokens.

the left hand one is from Northstar, and the right hand one is home made from a spare quiver I had from old Citadel Skeletons plastics, and then the arrows were from the current Skeletons set.

I thought I’d finish them off so that there is a bespoke token for each type of magic treasure you can find, so that i could run a scenario where players find specific type of treasure, rather than roll randomly for them.

A little challenge

Over the last year I haven’t painted as many actual human (or demi-human) figures as I could/should/would have.

Instead I’ve let myself become diverted by scenery, treasure tokens and easy to paint creatures.

No problems with any of them they’re all useful, but I now find a paucity of actual painted human figures is holding me back in Frostgrave.

Therefore I thought I’d to an ad-hoc challenge to paint five human figures in a week.

If successful I might extend this and repeat it throughout the year.

The first five are shown above. I chose them on the basis of need. L-R:-
– Holborn Toddlebrew. My first wizard. I have a painted model but it’s “primitive”
– Gideon, the apprentice (ditto, also not colour co-ordinated)
– Savage, in preparation for Ghost Archipelago, plus a chance to brush up (ha!) my skin tone painting
– Apothecary, because…
– Crosbowman, because…

Some are undercoated or have vestiges of a paint job, others are raw metal, so first job is to get them all to the same stage of painting.

In the meantime I do have some figures to show the world, but am waiting on a few more to be painted for the “added value”.

FrostFayre 2017 – Part Three

The morning’s games had taken much longer than expected, so it wasn’t until 3pm we started the second round, at which point three people ducked out, and only watched the beginning rounds.

So table 2 was used for a four way match between Anthony, Jim, Richard and myself (yay I got to play !). Jim and I were playing very experienced war bands (Doozelbat and KIY respectively) with the other two forming an alliance squeezed between us.

Following advice at the Frostgrave forum on LAF we reduced the number of treasure to 2 per player. Funnily enough, Doozlebat and KIY had an extra one each. 😉

KIY’s deployment.

Oh look another treasure chest pops up 6 inches from my deployment zone. Richard and Anthony were a bit puzzled. Cough…REVEAL SECRET. Another “essential” spell…

So what was Doozlebat’s spell for his third treasure chest ?

I barely had time to shift round to the side of the table, before Doozlebat had zapped one of Anthony’s war band !

Again Anthony was heading for the treasure in the open grave (deja vu !).

But in a taste of what was to come, Skye (Richard) slew Doozlebat’s apprentice in a surprise shot, which ironically deprived me of one of the few shots I could have had on Doozlebat (unsettled business).

Talking of which, Skye’s minions were trying to take one of my treasure’s, so a small fracas ensued, an Imp thrown in for good measure was easily slain by the diminutive handling war band.

Whilst Anthony’s archer and hound raced out to grab the central treasure….

….which wasn’t there… FOOLS GOLD…thanks Doozelbat (Jim) !

All this treasure taking had however alerted a wild dog which turned up behind Doozlebat. Jim was very relaxed claiming he’d deal with it easily.

But promptly forgot about it, allowing the wild dog to attack the X-bowman and distract him for two turns ! DOH !

Which helped Anthony lug a treasure chest out of harm’s way.

One of Doozlebat’s only treasures rescued.

Meanwhile KIY suffered a minion down due to long range fire from Doozlebat, a minion already injured by an elemental bolt to the face from Skye.

aWALL stopped most of the elemental bolts, but not before a treasure hunter who had killed one of Skye’s minions was put down.

And a third loss for KIY, again long range magical elemental bolts !

And Skye escapes with the treasure !

As did Anthony’s war band.

So the two big hitters got a bit of a mauling from the new comer upstarts. Goes to show that no matter how high a level in frost grave, a few well aimed shots and good dice rolls the mighty can fall.

Nominally i won with 4 treasures, but with minions down, one badly wounded (missing next game), it was won ate a price.

Until next time !

FrostFayre 2017 – Part Two

So this is Table 2, which I watched less closely, so fewer photos – sorry !

Jim (Vlad), Richard (Skye) who had played a few times, and Anthony who had never played.

First off, placement of treasure – so they stuck one in the open grave !

And others in more obvious positions.

Vlad’s minions advanced – Jim had used a themed set of figures, but explained may of the more outlandish items (like the bone scorpion) were constructs. Richard and Anthony were more than a bit worried by these constructs.

Skye’s handling war band fanned out but was constricted by being between Vlad and Anthony’s war bands.

Anthony’s warbands crashed in to the graveyard, but I don’t think they had Keats and Yeats on their mind (The Smiths).

Fierce fighting broke out over the treasure in the centre of the field.

Vlad (Jim) pushed one of his constructs forward, only a few turns later for Anthony to find out it was an “Illusionary Warrior”…

Though Vlad was also fighting off Skye at the same time who had tried torching one of the constructs.

But Imperial Overstretch clearly got the better of Vlad, and an Elemental Bolt to the face, followed up by a well aimed arrow, and we had WIZARD DOWN !!!

The slow moving construct having frightened off most opponents encountered a summoned Imp (the three players had agreed to skip the wandering creature rules).

And the Imp trashed the construct !

By this point all three war bands having grabbed as much loot as they could, headed off the board.

To be continued…

FrostFayre 2017 – Part One

Slightly delayed due to automotive woes.

This is about Table 1, where Alan, Clive and Gavin were playing. Clive had never played before and Gavin only in two previous games, so Alan was far and away the most experienced player.

As such, Alan swooped in on the nearest treasure, and promptly gained the attention of some wandering giant rats, who turned up behind Gavin’s Captain and side kicks.

Not content with that, Alan raced his Bear and archers round the flank of Clive’s war band. But got his comeuppance, when an Imp was also alerted the presence of interlopers.

Clive bravely/rashly (delete as appropriate) pushed all his forces in to the middle of the table in an effort to gain loot, and ended up in combat with Alan’s minions.

Clive throughout the game however was strangely immune to missile fire of both mundane and magical nature !

Clive’s Captain, Knight and dog got caught up in a swirling melee, with Alan’s bear moving in on the hapless remnants, whilst the archer snuck past them all to try and deal a blow to Clive’s thugs who had acquired some treasure.

the wandering Imp joined the fray only to be downed, and then there was a second fracas, in the round hut (left) between Clive’s Ranger and Alan’s warriors.

Having finally dispatched the giant rats, Gavin was back in the game, and summoned a wall, cutting Clive’s other ranger off, with a wall that was conjured (Xmas present for Alan from me).

Love was not in the air, but death certainly was, with Clive and Alan losing figures in the swirling melee.

By now, yours truly, was known as the Magical Undertaker, for only taking photos as models died ! 🙂

the Imp died, and then it was down to the Knight and a thug fighting it out.

Alan’s warrior slated another one of Clive’s minions and another loot was gained.

Gavin tried a last minute flanking move, with shots at Clive’s rapidly departing minions, but once again, Clive’s ability to dodge missile fire meant he was impervious.

Knight down !
Clive was by now in full retreat with three pieces of treasure.

Leaving behind the ranger, who dropped the loot, and charged into Gavin’s Apprentice. Meanwhile his second war hound had successfully held up an archer and thug for 3 rounds !

this forlorn last stand ended as Gavin moved his troops in and grabbed the loot and stayed both ranger and war hound.

This left the way clear for Aland and Gavin to square off with each other.

Which happened a lot quicker than Gavin had anticipated !

His Captain went down mounting a rearguard action as Gavin scrambled to get the two pieces of loot off the table.

But down went the Apprentice.

And then three minions went down as Alan’s minions closed in.

Even a stray hound was slain by Alan’s apprentice.

Before Gavin’s wizard was slain by Alan’s warrior.

And then the last of Gavin’s war band was shot down.

Only one treasure for Gavin, loads for Alan.

To be continued…