Terrain Crate – 2

Another manic week with maybe a glimmer of hope of a suitable property to buy, in the real world.

In the mean time here’s some more bits of terrain.

Two more bookcases, I’ll be gluing them together, and the library ladder on little wheels to allow a wizard to reach the topmost shelves.

Obviously this can be used in a home brew scenario to reach specific grimoires.

Writing desk.

The picture seems to make it more warped than it actually is. Only a few of the terrain crate items had any warpage, and in my case it was the legs on this, not the actual surface.

This can be fixed with the usual warm/cold water dousing. Of course by the time I’d undercoated and started painting the advice arrived. So the next one will get treatment if needed.

two more piles of treasure !

Now for something almost completely different:

Three crypts, this time by Ainsty. Nice terrain piece because…

The ceruypt lids come off, so secrets can be slipped in there. Again ideal for a home brew scenario, in which crypt is the treasure hidden ?

the kit comes with skeletons that can replace the lids, these are WIP.

Right back to the bay brown for more stuff from the wizards library.


Ok, just finishing off some more Mantic Terran stuff, so here’s another item I got this week.

Yes – a gavel.

As regulars will have noticed, I allude to the fact I am chairman of the local council, and had a particularly contentious planning application with an expectation a lot of the public would turn up and want to have their say.

On top of which, when attending training courses – yes councillors do get training – I had been hassled to get a gavel.

So now seemed to be the time. So I had one produced for me by a local carpenter.

The carpenter turned this order round in one day despite being away over the w/e. he did his homework and found out that traditional gavels are made out of yew tree wood.

So that’s what he did – I think he enjoyed it as an alternative to his main business of kitchen units and work tops.

Fortunately, I did not have to use the item during the meeting as the council was prepared beforehand via a BBQ we held, and as I read out the list of complaints we had already received and simply asked “Does anyone have anything new and novel to add to this discussion ?”.

Its my own personal property, and I think it will be useful for adjudicating in RPG and war-games sessions if the players get unruly. 🙂

Ghost Archipelago: The Abandoned Tower (Part Two)

By now I’d sent a crewman into the abandoned tower after the central treasure.

After the screecher monkey had been killed, again by mobbing by my crew.

But not before a Mountain Goat had turned up, to attack the herbalist and his crewman sidekick.

But not for long, unfortunately elsewhere one of my crewmen bringing up the rear went down.

And then both a tree spider and giant crab, man turned up (typically I had not brought my crabmen with me).

So a very out of scale Stegasaurus was used, and as you can see, the random monsters were getting in the way of me getting off the table with my loot. (upper part of the photo are my Guide and “Black Archer” trying to lift another treasure away without much luck I must say).

No this really isn’t going to work.

And it didn’t most of my crew went down on this side of the board.

Of course this left the cabman to bear down on to Jim’s forces, along with blood bats, and the Eritrean, resulting in Doozlebat running away (again).

lwaading to my Heritor with a hop skip and a jump, kill the tree spider, Sprint round pick up a treasure and bolt for it.

Whilst my warden undertook a rearguard action fending off his opposing number with traded “projectiles” leading to casualties on both sides.

End result ?

I had the central treasure (forgot to climb the tower with my Heritor), plus one ordinary treasure.

Jim’s heritor Doozelbat had two ordinary treasure, but the fifth one was unclaimed.

Therefore I won, but I feel it was a somewhat hollow victory.

I’m aiming to have stuff ready for either the Stone Circle or the Saurian breakfast as our next scenarios.

Ghost Archipelago: The Abandoned Tower (Part One)

On one hand I can’t believe it’s been five days since an update, but on the other hand and on reflection I can. I had to chair a council meeting with 53 angry parishioners.

So, Jim’s suggestion of a gaming session was very timely once I’d slept off that event.

Rather than a simple head to head, I managed to find a scenario we had scenery and monsters for. The Abandoned Tower.(p110 off the GA rulebook)

Our combined scenery.

Jim continues to have a painted war band whilst mine of embarrassingly in indecent states of undauntedness. I am finishing off the normal Frostgrave stuff still. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.

My deployment was aimed at getting this item of treasure, along with the central one.

As my A Team approached the tower, one of the giant snakes moved forward. Jim has an extensive collection of cheap kid’s toys that double up for our games as perilous foes, so he chose both a giant snake model and this centipede model.

My Heritor and her crew mobbed the giant snake, and she killed it (more XP)

Whilst my Warden cast “Brambles” to keep the enemy at bay.

Jim’s Warden played the inevitable card of summoning wandering monsters and throughout the game managed to have them pop up behind my war band.

This one was an Erithrean, whose write up is a bit vague and we couldn’t find any FAQ via his smart phone. I resisted the comment of calling it Jimbo (oops) s it was represented by a small elephant model.

Meanwhile, Jim’s forces (Doozlebat – his one and only name for leaders) and approached the tower and encountered the other giant snake, which was actually represented by a giant snake (!), and lost a crewman.

before the Warden and co mobbed it and killed it.

Meanwhile on the other side of the table, I had seized both target treasures and was trying to make a quick get away….

Then all went wrong, firstly for me, and then Jim…

Crabby Wizard with Gold

Another re-based and touched up C02 Wizard that I did back in Uni.

Just touched up the red and the flesh, should make a good apprentice for the previous wizard I painted up in red with a bald head.

A pile of gold – wizard for size comparison.

This is one of the Mantic terrain items so you can see the size of them. Paints up easily. Obvious scenario marker/objective, probably spend a round filling your pockets and get out !

And finally, the second giant crab man.

A bit more articulate !

The Library is started

As shown in my previous posting, I have acquired a lot of new terrain items and so made a start on the first lot. I had deliberately bought a load of Library sets from the Mantic kickstarter so that I could do justice to The Library scenario in the Frostgrave rule book.

Two book cases. They are about 5cm or 2″ wide.

Cabinet, small book case and corner case.

Two issues will be:-
(a) painting the books to provide some colour
(b) buying enough bay brown paint, or other suitable pine coloured paint !

Because I have a lot of this stuff to paint, and then there’s the variants in the Wizard’s study set as well.

Mantic Terrain Crate & Errrr Terrain !

A year ago Mantic did a Kickstarter to create a lot of plastic scenery. Gullible suckers like me and a few mates bought in to it, and it’s arrived/alive !

Delivered first thing (like 8.30am) nice big box.

Unpacked – sadly too hot for the cats to practice box diving.

the crates themselves are fairly robust card boxes, inside an outer card sheath, sao should be good for a few years. I bought a spare one on this basis to replace the increasingly tatty old GW mail order box for my existing scatter terrain.

As you can see, they come with internal dividers, these may need some gluing to make them more robust.

Stacks of library bookshelves, ideal for the Frostgrave Library scenario, and the Maze of Malcor.

Piles of treasure.

Most of the actual scenery pieces are moulded in brown plastic, but some like the treasure are moulded in other colours.

There are some wonky bits, but 90%+ is good to go straight out of the box.

Wizards lair, with figure for size comparison.

All in all a good set of items.

Now all I have to do is paint them all !

Hansat & Rawnald

A couple of adventurers to delve into trapdoors and through barred doors.

Hansat, one of the C02 Wizards project.

he also turns up in the Lichemaster campaign as a warrior monk, so In have used that colour scheme.

Rawnald Bugges, one of the last range of pre-slotta C04 Thieves. Can’t thin k where they go the name from.

As you can see, for once a pre-slotta figure is bigger !

But then he was a larger than life character. 😉

Dungeon Furniture

A slow week painting wise, due to Village Hall and Council work, including a training course yesterday.

But I did get done a second order from Midlam Miniatures.

Doorways – two on the left one side of the piece, two on the right the other side.

I also did four more arches but you’ve seen them already.

Statues with braziers.

the flames are a bit underwhelming, and of course the paint job is the inverse of what real; flames look like, but that is artistic licence for you.

Scrying ball, and cauldron.


Now I need to finish off the thieves who will be opening them to find the treasure !