Time waits for no one

A small piece of scenery completed whilst progress is made on some more figures, more poor light levels. Must dig out my lamp with day light bulb.

I was inspired by this photo in the Frostgrave Folio, to produce some more interesting terrain other than ruins and so on.

So I went and bought a couple of egg timers – the before and after shot as it were.

Painted with the textured masonry paint, then grey and brass with appropriate highlights.

I had thought about doing it white but decided against as the sand in the timer is white.

Painting was a bit difficult as I had to avoid getting it on the glass – yes I had tried to take it apart without success.

Next is the difficult task of varnishing without getting it on the glass !

A trio of Demons

Light has been against me again with downpours in the last two afternoons.

Here’s the last three demons I bought from Foundry:

The middle one is a greater demon, on a 32mm round base…it was a bit short in stature so I slipped in a 25mm flat round base underneath to make it appear taller.

Wings painted Foundry Granite to avoid the boring black/dark grey option.

The two ordinary demons have their teeth painted GW Mithril Silver – they’re demons so who said demon teeth are bone coloured ?

Now on the search form some Imps, smaller than these demons, but can only find one here, one there, most frustrating !

Demons & Thieves

Light levels here have been bad, so not quite as much progress as i’d like. However…when I did the Foundry order I also got some Demons from their Casting Room Miniatures range. There was a 20% sale on, so I thought that they’d be worth the price, and thought they’d be good for Imps.

As you can see they were quite a bit larger than I’d anticipated. The red one is big enough to be a greater demon, and the green one a normal demon.

The models themselves are very simple ones, but for the price and amount of time they’re likely to last worth it. I used the Foundry Triads (Madder Red & Caverous Green) with appropriate wash and that was pretty much it.

The Thief is really just a re-base and touch up job but the first of the C04 Thieves which are my latest project.

The rest of them have been based and the flesh base coat and ink has been done. I also acquired a pre-slotta their (Ronald Byggs) on the right hand side which is a good match size wise.

Arachnophobia, Frostgrave style

One of the wandering monsters or random encounters in frost grave are Ice Spiders – singular and plural.

I have had a couple of packs of the Copplestone Castings Giant Spiders for a good ten years or more, so when clearing the house decided I’d bring them with me and paint them up.

the sharp eyed amongst you will notice the packs include 8 of the arachnids, and only 7 are shown painted…

Because one of them had become damaged and was missing a leg.

So here is the eighth critter.

I painted him upside down leaking a horrible blue goo, so it gives a better photogenic results when they inevitably get slain by a war band minion !

They’re on 32mm round bases from GW. I added the flock first and then sealed it in with varnish, then glued them on as the contact area is quite small. Dead grass was added afterwards and the entire lot sealed in again with varnish.

IIRC the original e-mail announcing their release came with the comment, they’d make great ear ring decorations. 😉

FG: The Silent Tower III (Part Two)

One wizard down…

And my Captain goes down as well.

As does my Apprentice to an arrow (another 20).

The swirling melee continues with another Imp summoned.

On the other side of the board, a fleeing minion is pounced upon by a wolf.

And then a second one, and in the ensuing melee all models died !!

The Imps despatched, a construct lunges forward after my fleeing thief. So KIY summoned a minor demon for the first time.

At this point, I forgot the summoned demon is also bound.

A well placed wall, separated the demon from its victim so (unbound) he killed my archer instead.

As my war band was picked off one by one and the last their cut off from escape, KIY retreated giving supporting fire.

…before getting an arrow in the face !

So other than forgetting that my demon was bound and should not have attacked my own war band models, the game went well. Not least downing the enemy wizard raked in a lot of XP !

FG: The Silent Tower III (Part One)

The second game Jim and I played, was The Silent Tower as he had not played that one – this is my third go at it.

Using the pringle tube towers that have been in the news recently.

Now with a base (an Inn) KIY had recruited a Captain, and raised a Zombie.

Ramses (Jim) sets up opposite. Having learnt Reveal Secret, KIY casts it and gets another treasure chest plonked in front of his Zombie.

two turns in, and playing a telekinetic tug of war with a treasure chest, Ramses is tempted to come out into the open so I speculative shot from an archer, hit but failed to wound.

The good old Wall spell put a stop to any more speculative shots !

So I sent in a war dog, only the minions to turn up, and which started a swirling melee lasting half the game.

Jim had borrowed my Constructs for his Enchanter Ramses to use.

Jim insisted on this dramatic photo, with the newly summoned Imp (an old Citadel D&D Satyr model), in the claws of the scorpion, which had just killed it.

KIY had summoned an imp as had Klotidla his apprentice (or Appendix we joked, more of which later).

Ramses then made a big gamble and teleported behind enemy lines to try and cadge a treasure chest off the shambling Zombie – great move…

Unfortunately, KIY turned round and zapped the interloper with an Elemental Bolt, rolling a 20 on the to hit roll…the first time a wizard has killed a wizard !

To be cont’d….

C04 Thieves from the archives

Now many people playing both Frostgrave and Mordheim have raided their lead mountains to find useful old figures that aren’t suitable for massed combat, many of them from the good old days of D&D style dungeon crawls.

For me I did this too, but my “in between” houses status and the ned to reduce the lead mountain range to a modest hill helped focus me, and one of the first things I did was to ensure that all the Thieves I had were with me in my few boxes.

As you can see in varying states of painting, this lot are the first generation(and last) of Citadel’s C04 Thieves range.

All 12 of them and ideal as Thieves, Thugs and ne’er do wells in Frostgrave and Mordheim.

I’ve had to jack a few of them up on greenstuff as they are slightly smaller than modern day models (scale creep !).

So my plan is to paint them all unto modern standards and use them in anger – a side project from the general Frostgrave stuff I am doing more of which later.

I have a few of the even older metal based ones and they’ll be done up too.

Here’s the original advert from the Spring 1986 Citadel Journal. I bought this magazine on holiday in Yorkshire and its seen a lot of use.

(NB: For once Stuff of Legends has got it wrong)

As you can see the photos came complete with rules for units of Thieves in WHFB !