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.

YES.

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”.