Sunday, April 16, 2017

FROSTGRAVE: Dark Alechemy

I played Dark apothecary Scenario 1 yesterday because I haven't gamed in months. I was reluctant to solo wargame, and figured it would be quite boring. I was pleasantly surprised! the D20 in Frostgrave really makes for exciting rolling each roll. At any rate Here's the warband L to R: Osmund the Heavy Handed, One eyed Pete the Archer, Marduk Crooked Feather, and Ser Karl Heidegger Treasure Hunter. Marduk is a lvl 1 Soothsayer.
The party emerges from the underground through a crypt door. If Marduk's map was correct they should be in the ancient alchemical complex. The party heard rumblings and inhuman shrieking at a distance. A wave of discomfort permeated the men.

Marduk and Ser Karl quarreled over directions as they proceeded into an ornate room. Seconds later, a disgusting tentacled beast appeared in the distance. Everyone held their breath for it was unclear whether the beast had seen them.

The beast surged forward at full speed, One eyed Pete shot the opening Salvo at the monster and seems to have hurt it to some extent. Marduk began to buff the fighting spirit of Ser Karl for the coming fight.

The beast continued forward, Ser Karl and Osmund met the beast at the precipice of the room to protect the squishy wizard and archer. Melee ensued for quite some time, but it was clear that Ser Karl and Osmund were besting the beast at every turn of the melee.

With a final blow from Osmunds heavy axe, the beast was done. There was a treasure in this next room and the party, feeling proud, grabbed the Treasure. 

A wondering ice troll caught sent of man flesh, and continued to follow the scent. (Dark Apothecary does not have random encounters but I added them after I killed the alchemical monstrosity. I painted this Ice Troll last week, and I ACTUALLY ROLLED IT ON THE MONSTER TABLE. Remarkable coincidence, great to get to use a new painted mini).

The party continued through the alchemical complex with little resistance, but suddenly a rat emerged from a nearby hole. Ser Karl and Osmund were keen to do some stomping.

As Karl and Osmund felled rats, One eyed Pete made way into an ornate and magical room, seemingly dedicated to a dragon of some sort. Pete spotted the skull f a dragon like beast and figured it could sell for a nice price, or help the Wizard do whatever weird things wizards do. Pete also saw a door, but alas the door was barred shut.

After Pete and Osmund had killed a family of rats, an Ice Serpent emerged from a nearby sewer. Maybe it smelled the rat blood, or maybe it was curious about the commotion. (The snake uses the Ice Toad rules, I dont have a toad model)

Never ending rat hole, must be a hive.

As a lull in the rat extermination business occurred, the Ice Troll had come upon the party.

Trouble was looming as the snake closed in on Marduk. Pete took a shot at the snake and missed, some archer he is.

Marduk scarred and bumbling shot the Ice snake with a bone dart. He cant remember the last time he successfully cast a necromancy spell, but it was great moment to revive his necromantic skills.

The Ice troll and the Duo continued their brawl, with Osmund getting bashed once. 

But the Duo emerged alive and victorious

And the party made their way toward the final treasure and the exit of the complex

View of the outdoor areas

The exit. To be continued......

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Frostgrave Workings and First Unit of Huns

I'll start small and most recent, a Magical Bow treasure token. These are GB muslim cavalry bits on a coin on top of sand.

First 8 Huns, only one has a bow. These are GB Huns, the rest of the army will be Fireforge Mongols and the GB muslim Cavalry

A slightly better picture

Can you see the Dragon face? NO? oh well. This was a really quick terrain build, and is made of dollar store foamboard.  A cd was used to cut out the template, and the cd was used to base the cut cut foamcore. I took a cup to draw the inner circle, I crudely drew a pentagram, then took a penny to indent the smaller circles. Went to the internet for some magic symbols, and then carved some cobble. And glued the gems. I drybrushed some gold paint post this picture to show a magical glow.

Reaper Bones Armored Troll

Reaper Bones Ice troll

Frostgrave Barbarians

Forgotten Pacts treasure tokens

Fireforge Body, perry WOTR arms, GB late roman head

Metal FG cultist barbarian, lich lord treasure token, and glitter on thin cardboard treasure with gems

I decided it was time to carve some foam. These foam pieces will be a modular temple/citadel complex

Quick corkboard ruin. Also newly painted henchmen. the elevated fellow in the back is a FG soldier, front left FG cultist thief, next over: FG cultist body with perry WOTR arms and fireforge head with GW skeleton horns and FF mongol shield, and GB late crusader 

The Bridge and stairs are old, but the the tower is new

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great Migration Cavalry

Here's the finished product, contemplating clothing designs but I'm probably too lazy. Again, these are 2 footsore goths, 4 GB early Saxons, and 4 GB 6th century Saxons. The models really work well for any Germanic cavalry around the 500's, though the "Vendel" period helmets are dated to the 600s and 700s they retain a late roman style construction. Geats, Goths, Burgundians, Rugians, and Saxons all good.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Gothic Cav preview

My newest work, nearly completed Germanic Migration era Cavalry. The models are 2 footsore Goths, 4 GB early Saxons, 4 GB 5th/6th century Saxons

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Late Roman Scale Comparison

My opinion is that all of the figures are compatible.  The largest scale difference is in the GB plastic infantry. The plastics are shorter than the metal ranges as per usual it seems. GB metals seem to have different sizes between their own figures. West Wind minis are slightly thinner and are either the same height or shorter than the larger/ thicker GB figures.  
The largest differences in the cavalry comes from the horse height. The Cataphract horse and Arthur are shorter than the other footsore horses.
L to R: Footsore, West Wind, Footsore, West Wind, Footsore, Footsore Arthur

L to R: West Wind, Footsore Cataphract, Footsore, West Wind

L to R: GB (thin sculpt), GB, West Wind, GB, West Wind, GB (thin), West Wind, GB

L to R: West Wind, GB, West Wind, Unarmored GB, PLastic GB, West Wind, GB

Friday, January 27, 2017

Late Roman/Arthurian Army musters

I finally finished the Footsore Cataphracts (3 more GB Cataphracts are near completion) and plastic GB unarmored infantry. The westwind and footsore cavalry, and the westwind/GB heavy infantry have been done for some time. Some of the Bannermen pictured are still incomplete. Still on the painting queue are Black Tree and GB plastic armored infantry and GB plastic archers.
The buildings are built from cork tile, corrugated cardboard roofs, and various popsicle stick/matchstick/coffee stirrers for doors,windows, and trim. 

West Wind and Footsore Cavalry

West Wind and GB metal armored infantry and more Cav

Plastic GB unarmored infantry and Footsore Cataphracts

The attacking germans are warlord and Black Tree

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Large Update

Hello Wargaming Community
I think 2016 was at the top of my mini painting productivity, so thats good. But it seems my photos, uploaded from my phone to google plus to the blog, are not being seen by many browsers. The problem exists on the Lead adventure forum as well, where it seems the vast majority of users cant see the photos. Oh well, any tips to get my photos seen are welcomed.  Anyway the stuff you've all been waiting for the eye candy (if you can see it).
(I did these pictures straight from the phone which is usually successful)

This photo features warlord ancient germans attacking GB and west wind late romans, surrounded by my cork tile and corrugated cardboard buildings.

Some new terrain pieces. the Stone work is all dollarstore foamboard (dollarstore foamboard contains an easily removed paper surface, the expensive brands are exceedingly difficult to remove the paper layer)

Dollar store foamboard carvings

Pillars from corrugated cardboard, beads and cork tile top. Bases are all cardboard. The runied column was filled with paper towel and glue covered with sand.

The WIP of the Administrative building

First Mediterranean test house

Tomb Cairn, cardboard base, Foamboard door, and aluminum foil over watered/pva'd paper towel for strength.

The foamcore carvings. I tried to make a skyrim type door. A useful Tip for door making: I carved out the door like an idiot, but wanted the door trim features to be raised. The door shouldve been one piece with the trim included, and then apply additional foam layer for the raised surface. 

More foam carving. I used a metal tipped pen to carve.

Stair case of foamboard

water/pva'd paper towel rolled into a circle. Once dry covered in hot glue.

These two were the same method but with sand applied to the center.

Here's the first one with an endless whole at the center and figure for scale with the cairn.

GB plastic Romans, with some GB Saxon heads, and my Third Mediterranean building. 

Black Tree Germans, really love these models!

GB pagan Rus Varjazi, really love these guys.

GB 6th Century Saxons.  The three of those helmets are dated to the 7th/8th centuries, but they really embody both a nordic and post roman aesthetic. The sculpts are a bit thinner than more recent GB sculpts. Still love these guys, because those helmets are my favorite Nordic Helms.

Reaper Bones Ogre, easy enough to paint

Footsore Miniatures Roman Cataphracts, more great Minis. The footsore cataphracts are slightly smaller than the GB cataphracts. I will have comparison photos shortly.

Black Tree King I painted a while ago, but I added the white patterning onto his clothes. I bought a super thin tipped brush recently from michael's craft store, making this pattern absurdly simple to achieve.