Familiar faces

In preparation for today’s gaming session with Jon, I finished off these two Citadel Familiars for the newly painted Holbron and Gideon.

Painted with reds to make them key in with their masters.

(NB, the “black stripe” on the walking book is an optical illusion, it’s just acres in the page !)

I chose these two as Holbron being a Sigilist would probably like a walking book.

The games session was one of the best Jon and I have had, we finished off the Thaw of the Liche Lord campaign, and these two long term foes have reached an end of an era.

More to come tomorrow, once I’ve edited the photos of the two scenarios we played: The Bone Wheel; and The Final Battle.

A Little Challenge (part 2)

Well it did take me more than a week to finish off the figures I’d planned on doing in a week

An Apothecary and a Crossbowman.

.These were done within the week as hoped, and photographed a few days ago.

Holbron Toddlebrew, and his Apprentice, Gideon.

Lots of books and scrolls.

Holbron is the Sigilist I’ve been playing since November 2015.

YES.

It has taken this long for me to replace the two original figures with properly colour co-ordinated and based figures.

Just in time for frioday’s scenario of “The Bone Wheel” from the Thaw of the Liche Lord supplement.

The fifth figure, the Savage didn’t get painted. It’s sitting there rather unloved for an unknown reason. I suspect that it’s to do with the low light levels meaning I want to prioritise the figures i’m likely to use in the next month or so, which is rather sad as the Savage and many other Ghost Archipelago figures are really good !

So stand by Friday/Saturday for some updates in the form of an AAR.

I also have a couple of familiars to finish off before Friday, and am halfway through some more Wizards and minions.

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.

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”.

Screw when necessary (AVBCW Supply Dumps)

Well that got your attention !

Armies rely on logistics, supplies and so on. So its only reasonable that scenery should reflect that with supply dumps etc.

Straight from the UK MOD, you read it !

Screw when necessary.

😉

In amongst the stuff that didn’t go into storage was a bag of half painted supply dump stuff – resin scenery pieces whose origin eludes my brain cell.

So in the run up to 4th November when we are having one of our AVBCW Big Games, I thought I’d drag it out and paint it up.

Placed on 40mm round bases, I raised the resin pieces by using some card chopped off of a recent order. This means they don’t blend in/get lost in the flock.

Three of the normal pieces, made up of multiple items glued to the same base. Includes Lewis Guns and SMLEs.

Great big pile of ammo boxes !

No, I haven’t written “Screw when necessary” on the sides. 🙂

I have enough for 10 items of scenery, and also found some with German helmets, and British WW1 Pith helmets, so they’ll be good for BoB stuff – to follow.

Ice Wyrm & Templar

Remember when I painted figures ?

One Ice Wyrm, and one Templar.
I’m still at it.

This Ice Warm is by Alternative Armies, and is a resin 15mm model. Very light weight perfectly cast.

However as you can see from the previous photo it is big enough to go maw to toe with a 28mm figure.

It’s on a 50mm diameter round base (GW).

the Templar being an old Marauder Fighter.

Very easy to paint.

FG: Snow Leopards

Two that have sat on my painting queue for too long.

Leopards by Foundry, I looked up the appearance of snow leopards.

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.