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.

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 !

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 & 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.

GA: The Cow Incident

In late November my mother announced that unlike the previous 5 years, we would be exchanging presents with my Aunt and Uncle. So I had to revisit my Xmas list and dream up some more low value items the family could buy.

So I hit e-bay for some cheap scenery for Ghost Archipelago.

Of course, the photos are quite small, so I failed to spot the white blob on this item that I received yesterday.

Yes, a cow and calf, on an aquarium ornament. (AKA wargaming scenery piece)

For more information on small cows:

Onwards…

Obviously meant as a corner ornament, the back side (!) had no static grass.

So…

…the cow was sawn off with a small hacksaw I’d bought before Xmas, and replaced with a fern (GW Barbed bracken piece).

Some more static grass.

And some more static grass for the back side.

Arachnophobia, Ghost Archipelago style (and a DOH! moment)

Whilst prepping for FrostFayre 2017, I am clearing up some items in the to do pile. This time the second box of giant spiders I found.

Painted up for Ghost Archipelago.

I added a few pieces of barbed bracken for good measure.

Base don this critter’s markings.

So far so good, I started on a third batch of skeletons…

DOH !

yes, I’d superglued the torso on to the legs the wrong way round.

The perils of doing models late at night after a few too many glasses of vino collapso.

GA: Thoughts

Right well I had the first game and then followed it up with the after game rolls.

Reading through the potential outcomes was very interesting. If you lose your specialists, your Warden or Heritor, a trip to the Mainland is required to replace them. If you want to sell stuff, ditto.

But that’ll cost you 200GC straight off. So you are going to be saving up for that trip, and you’ll have to have even more money/items for when you get there.

Players of frost grave will think so what ? I mean the last couple of FG games I got nearly 200GC easily (one was even 800GC)…which brings me on to the treasures in GA…

There’s only five treasure counters in the standard GA game. One less than FG. One has to be placed centrally, which overcomes one complaint I have heard about FG and players being a bit too beardy.

But what you get is a step down from FG. So my Heritor Vicky, got a grand total of 60GC from her 3 treasures, and the opponent 105GC.

This means that going to the Mainland is going to be some time – probably every 5 games or so.

During that time accidents happen !

Sio you’re going to have to be very careful about using your crew as “meat shields” as the specialists won’t be easily replaceable. Ditto kitting out your crew as you won’t be able to get the fun stuff often.

Similarly, as the ship can only be upgraded back at the Mainland !

Another series of challenges that are very different and makes GA a very different beast to FG.