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.

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 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…

FrostFayre 2017 & Aquarium Mats

Recovering from running FrostFayre 2017, seven of us played all day 10am-6pm.

Frantic last minute preparations in the village hall, as tables were set up, figures chosen and last minute changes to rosters were made.

Table 1-only a single car’s worth (and not even full) worth of scenery enabled me to set this one up.

And Table 2.

I was Umpire for the first set of games, and so today am rather tired as I was also the caterer, feeding the 5,000 with bread and fishes, ok, 6 of us with pizzas !

Now wading through the 70+ photos Louis took.

On my return last night, my parents provided a belated Xmas present that had been held up:-

Yup, some mates of aquarium plants. They come on plastic grids and can be popped off, or cut up in to useful “organic” shapes.

This one as you can see is about 25-35mm high, ideal for jungle terrain for Ghost Archipelago.

My parents had got me three of these mats as a bundle off of Amazon after all of us had scoured pet shops and garden centres only to be told that staff knew what we wanted but could not order them, nor could they say when they would be next in stock as it was up to suppliers.

Once again, the local shops lose out. 😦

Watch out for this stuff being carved up and added to bases shortly.

FG: Alone in the Crypt, again and again

For FrostFayre 2017, I have two total newbies, and two relatively inexperienced players, going up against three more experienced players with commensurately experienced Warbands.

To balance things out a bit, the four lowest got gifted by muggins a Captain that was guaranteed to survive the “Alone in the Crypt” scenario that appeared in Spellcaster 1 magazine…oh wait you haven’t heard of it..best go check it out !

It’s a mini dungeon crawl that can be played solo, so i thought it’d be good. Sadly two of the 4 couldn’t manage to find time/resources to do this.

So…

As per the scenario, a huge central hall, with six side corridors, and the mission is to escape…but there’s three treasures…and wandering undead after you !

I played Gavin’s Captain first.

A magical arrow missed and we were into combat with the two armoured skeletons closed in – see I told you you need them !

Gloves of strength were the first treasure found.

Two defeated skeletons later, and still no way out found a zombie got trashed. Loads of Xp being racked up here.

Four exits checked, no dice, and now two more zombies turn up.

Fifth exit checked, still no way out, the final treasure is checked, and Gold is found, stuff the gloves, the gold gives the Captain 20XP instead, which is good for gaining a stat/skill ! Unfortunately a Ghoul turns up.

Heading for the final possible exit (guaranteed) with all haste as a gribble appears.

That was the first time round as well.

Next up was Clive’s Captain.

Different model, same set up.

The dungeon floor tiles are by Osprey on their resources site here.

Again the first treasure is looted, the armoured skeletons trashed. The potion of healing found will come in handy because this time it isn’t Zombies that turn up as the wandering monsters.

It’s Frost Wraiths !

the first one was slain with the magical sword the Captain gains as part of this scenario. Just as well as he was down to 6 health. So the potion of healing gets glued back as the Captain searches three possible exits.

before whilst heading for a fourth potential exit he got jumped by another Wight that glided into the crypt, and reduced him to 8 Health before again being slain (phew).

Another Captain escapes, and only after a quick deviation to the treasure and gets Gloves of Strength.

In summary

An excellent little scenario. Other people have played it and its gone horribly wrong, but if you keep your head and get a bit of luck you can get out with a lot of experience and maybe, just maybe some treasure.

Richard also had a crack at this and I’ll maybe add that write up soon.

This is useful to enable a low level war band get a more useful Captain to help them along when fighting higher level waqrbands.

It would be gratuitous to try and supplement and experienced Captain though, so only new Warbands recruiting this Captain that survives this scenario.

The Captain(s), Gregory Peck, and a cat who can’t hide

So last minute painting before FrostFayre 2017 tomorrow, I decided to finish off some Captains and a few other ne’er do wells that have been loitering half finished.

First out, some Henchmen:

A crossbowman, and two thugs. All originally by Citadel, the left and right hand are now available in Foundry’s medieval ranges. the middle is not I’m afraid.

Now the Captains, and a Knight.

L-R:
Citadel AD&D [Male] Fighter, bought from an old friend (Paul) a very long time ago)
Citadel  AD&D [Female] Fighter, she’s the Captain of Lady K (see next photo)
Marauder Fighter, acts as Knight, and was the infamous black knight (when undercoated only) who slaughtered three of JP’s minions in three rounds. 🙂

The shields you can get from Foundry – I have a limited stock of the original Citadel plastic ones but not the really big ones like this.

I did the Captains and Knight for a reason, as will become clear tomorrow.

Gregory Peck, from 1985, sculpted by Kev Adams, I’ll dig out the scan of the full range of Zombies after tomorrow.

His mate is from the Frostgrave Ulterior Motives scenery pack, and has a map tacked to his back.

Yup, there is a carrion crow pecking at Greg’s brain.

Yummy.

Talking of brainless things…

No, Black Jack still can’t hide. I “lost” him whilst having my evening meal, but a quick check of the lounge revealed his not so cunning hiding place.

Obviously, he needs to see a Public Information film on “How not to be seen”:-

A clutch of figures

Delayed by photobucket being down yesterday. Here’s a cloth of figures I’ve done ahead of FrostFayre 2017 tomorrow.

Some more skeletons, with 7 players and ~20 treasures, they’re bound to be used.

Armoured skeletons (ditto).

Giant lizard and snapping turtle for Ghost Archipelago. They were knocking around and so I thought I’d paint them before they end up at the bottom of a box somewhere, lost.

Finally, a clutch of eggs, with two hatching.

IIRC, they originally came with the Terror Bird that Copplestone did, guess I will have to paint my mummy and daddy next.

Finally:-

BlackJack, showing how not to hide.

Ghoul King and retinue

Well we have to have something defending the treasure don’t we?
The Ghoul King has been loitering on the painting desk for far too long.

I had to put the model on a 40mm base as the 30mm round base was just that little bit too small.

Nice model. Wells sculpted.

Some more ghouls to flop out on to the table. I bought a job lot on e-bay. Al old metal GW items.

I expect I’ll have a fair few of these on the table for FrostFayre 2017, and I now have a bout 12 od them ready for that, and another 7 or so being done up for Ghost Archipelago. And yes there will be subtle difference.

And yes, there are some models for that I’ve finished today – too late to photo, so I might get them published in the next couple of days.