Abby-Normal & the Armoured Skeletons

Possibly one of a trilogy of posts about painting stuff that is not a joy to paint.

Five armoured skeletons – some of the latest GW plastics, which were ok to paint but a right *** to glue the torso to the legs.

Minimal painting as wandering monsters they will get trashed quickly.

Unlike watching “Young Frankenstein”, the next item was not much fun and provided no laughs.

Flesh Golem, from Northstar. Similar to a few of their other metal offerings for Frostgrave, this item is much smaller, almost 25mm in sized and way smaller than the skeletons and so on.

Whilst the sculpting in itself is fine, and the casting is fine, the sheer disparity in scale with other figures simply meant my heart was not in it. I think it shows in the paint job which is serviceable.

A missed opportunity.

Still, it has a name.

Magewrath Throne (Part Two)

Well that took longer than expected.

A very lively council meeting on the 1st took up a lot of time mopping up the blood, especially after crushing a Vicar in public, and being described as “intimidating” (at a range of 15′, in a mid green t-shirt sitting down).

What also took a lot of time was the green stuffing.

I had four joints each about 5″ long to seal up.

Some of the houses I’ve been looking to buy, need a lot of greenstuff as well. :-/

I left the finished pillar by my parents’ Aga over night to cure properly before I undercoated and started painting.

Here it is !

I have left the throne component (now glued together) separate.

The throne alone can be used for Frostgrave or Mordheim, whilst the entire edifice can also be used for Warhammer.

Painted using Foundry Boneyard triad.

Another box of bits sorted out, many more to go.

Should make a nice scenery piece for any fantasy game.

Banshee

…and I’m not even going to mention Siouxie…

metal GW model, I thought about the usual pale blue/whote combo but rejected it as being too easily mixed up with ghosts, I wanted something different for this model.

So I thought of Galadriel’s transformation in LOTR The Fellowship of the Ring.

Not quote there, but I don’t have the benefits of the background and lighting.

Black undercoat.
Foundry Charcoal black , and then layers of silver.

Should stand out from the other ethereal creatures.

Cult of the Yellow Sign expands

In the last game, I fielded the first of my newly painted figures – a Ranger that had replaced an archer that had been killed.

I did up two Rangers as my plan is to steadily replace the low level grunts with more effective ones.

I started mixing the Cultist and Soldiers plastics for Frostgrave. Both sets are fully compatible which makes kit bashing very easy.

To distinguish between Archers and Rangers I used two simple methods.

The cultist plastics come with different, and smaller bows than the soldiers kit..so that was the first obvious difference.

And then I painted the hoods of the ordinary grunts with Foundry Buff Leather, and the Rangers with Foundry Yellow.

You can guess which is which !

the Thugs are also being upgraded to Treasure Hunters. Again, I mixed the two plastic sets.

I think the lanterns which I am using as a marker across all my war bands need a slightly brighter orange which I’ll try next time around.

Again, yellow hoods for these upgraded minions.

A Cultist Knight – metal figure by Northstar. I haven’t actually bought this for the war band but as I had the paints out…

Might do another layer of highlighting on the armour which is still a bit dark.

After this I have his brother the Cultist templar, and a couple more plastics to do and I should be good (or EVIL) for this war band.

Genie & Lamp

Just a quick one, clearing the deck before a games session on Saturday when I’ll need some more hoodies.

One Genie, one of the few specific items I have bought for Frostgrave, and simply painted like the one Northstar use to advertise it.

Foundry Teal Blue, and Foundry Royal Purple.

And the lamp.

Jabberwocky

As well as being an excellent film, amongst my collection and pinned in the last year by Richard are a couple of the very old (1983) Jabberwockies Citadel did.

One of the first White Dwarfs I got had a painted example in, so I used that as a template:-

Things have moved on a bit.

There were two variants:

This one inspired by Tenniel’s drawing:

And then a second one:

And the two together:

 

Jabberwocky

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Skeletons

Reviewing my collection I decided to ditch the very old skeletons I’d painted up some 25 years ago for WHFB as they were on square bases, with old style flock.

This meant I had to find some replacements. Some would come from the Cultist plastic frame, but I was all set to go get some of the Mantic steles when…having to clear out more stuff so I could get my car into my parents’ garage, I found some very old Citadel skeletons.

from the original plastic kits from the late 1980’s.

Came up a treat, so just need a few more, and then some armoured ones and I’m done.

I also found some piles of bones and skulls, that i quickly knocked up and put onto bases as objectives/event markers.