Category Archives: Frostgrave

Maelstrom’s Edge and a freebie

Since my last update, I’ve finally decided on my colour schemes for a few more of my Maelstrom’s Edge models. The Karist Angels and Angel Minnows along with the Epirian forces.

Both schemes had to be pretty simple, taking a short while to do per model as well as be repeatable.

The Epirians were done with Halfords camo green spray as a base coat, then airbrushed with Vallejo German camo green. The beige colours are Vallejo German Beige with brown wash. The bot handler has had a female head in place of the standard head, mainly because… erm, I had some on the worktable and I just fancied painting something with hair 🙂 I think one of the characters near the end of the Maelstrom’s Edge novel Sacrifice was as well.

The Karist Angels were an odd thing. I didn’t plan on painting them, I was just undercoating them ready. I base coated them in black, then gave them a once over with the airbrush using purple, pink and a touch of white. I planned on leaving them for another day. However, the Games Workshop so called ‘Air paint’, even thinned down 50/50 with airbrush thinner caused the models to have a horrible powdery white look – I decided to Wash them in purple ink. Well, that more or less finished the look. A drybrush in pink and silver for the talons with black glossed skulls. Pretty easy to do and they’ll look fine on the game table.

Karist Angel

Karist Angel Minnows

Epirian Bot Handler and Spider Drones

With the “re-boot” of White Dwarf, Games Workshop gave away another free figure. I’ll be damned but this single sprue with half a dozen pieces is meant to be £18. Laughable considering it has mold lines all the way up the middle of it’s spiked legs making them difficult to remove without damaging the spikes. This company claims to make the best plastic models there are but a decent design would have the mold lines in an easier to remove place surely. Anyway it felt cheap as a freebie on a magazine. I’d be gutted if I’d paid for it. Anyway, it’s now a piece of Frostgrave Scenery. My only annoyance was that the vitamin pill tub I attached it to, is slightly larger than the one for the last White Dwarf freebie statue I made (When Games Workshop added Space Marines to fantasy – #sigh)

Summer 2016

Between work, and a couple of fantastic weeks in Tenerife with my wife and lad, I’ve managed to build and paint a few things this summer. It’s back to work next week and I know it’s going to be a really busy year so hopefully I’ll get some updates done between now and Christmas.

Here’s a real mix of models that have been finished and awaiting their chance to make an appearance on here.

Maelstrom’s Edge

Although I’ve only painted up one model so far, I’ve built enough for a few games and finished off all the terrain for the board.

Karist trooper trial paint scheme and objective markers:

Large Bunker (from Dark Ops):

Not Maelstrom’s edge models, but some forcefield walls (from Warlord Games) and some tired looking GW models:

Landing pad:

Suppression markers made:

Two more containers:

Saga

I’d painted up a 4 point Anglo-Saxon force for my wife/son to play against my Vikings. In the end we still can’t get the Anglo-Saxon board (still out of stock) so we now use the Anglo-Dane board. That meant replacing the cavalry with some Dane-axe wielding hearthguard and a change of weapon for the leader.

4 Points of Anglo-Saxons:

Now 4 Points of Anglo-Danes:

Dane-axes:

Archers (and yeah, I tried painting eyes)

The 2 different leaders and a unit of warriors:

Tanks

As my lad loves playing X-Wing, we tried out the new Galeforce9 game; Tanks. It’s 15mm – which is a tad annoying as my terrain is all 28mm. However, we’ve got a few 15mm buildings and trees now and painted up the Tanks. The game’s very similar to X-wing and my lad has enjoyed the games we’ve played so far. He even bought some Zvezda 15mm tanks and painted a couple of them himself to ‘be like dad’.

United States:

German:

Zvezda extras by my lad:

Bolt Action

To replace the hand painted German Puma I’d done, I made another and used the airbrush. I’ve not really weathered it yet, but it fits the rest of the army far better now with this paint scheme.

Also, here’s a couple of slightly better pics of the US WC51:

The Walking Dead

With The Walking Dead game coming out from Mantic Games this Autumn/Winter, I thought it was about time I sorted out some terrain for it. I built and painted up an mdf construction office, a couple of skips, some fencing and some shipping containers.

Deadzone

The only extras I’ve managed for Deadzone are an alternate loadout Strider for the Enforcers and 4 Forgefather Steel warriors – all matched to fit the existing armies.

Striders:

Steel Warriors:

Frostgrave:

Although my wife’s painted a couple of wizard figures, all I’ve managed to get done is a few pieces of basic terrain. I have 2 more large pieces to finish off then I’ll hopefully put the whole painted up board together.

Portals:

Ruined corner piece:

And I think that’s it for this months photo overload. 🙂

Where do I start?

It’s been more than a month since I posted anything here… a rather close family bereavement with funerals to arrange (etc) kind of stops Blogs and real life in their tracks.

I have painted a few things during that time, mainly as it was taking my mind off the loss. Most are painted rather rapidly as well so not all my best works.

Here’s a quick photo compilation of things I’ve done.

 

Deadzone:

Firstly, a bunch of Asterians…

Overseer:

Sky Razor:

Cyphers:

Black Talon:

“Family Photo”:

Then there was some Forgefathers…

Forgeguard:

Iron Ancestor:

“Family Photo”:

And to finish Deadzone painting (for a while) there was a Plague Teraton:

Bolt Action:

I have managed to get a few Bolt Action items painted recently. First of all are some excellent resin scenery pieces from Ironclad Miniatures. They took a matter of 20 minutes each to paint. I’m going to get some more trench pieces when I’ve saved some money up.

I’ve also put together a resin M24 Chaffee – and of course magentised the turrent and HMG weapon – mainly so it can be removed when the vehicle is packed away in it’s case.

And to finish off with, I couldn’t resist getting this piece of scenery (from Games Workshop – argh) to use in Frostgrave.

Phew…

The end of summer

Summer ended and a few projects I had planned are about finished. Now it’s back to work with less time to get any hobby things done.

Here’s the pics and a few notes on what I finished…

Bolt Action

I made a generic modellers field by using a £4 coir doormat cut into sections (I still have most of it left). I glued it to some plasticard then glued sand around the edges. A quick basing paint job and I have 2 fields. One is purely rectangular, the other was in an “L” shape.

I also managed to finish off a few Bolt Action figures laying around my desk. A couple of BAR equipped US troops to add to my squads – the plastic set didn’t quite come with enough imo. I also managed a US sniper team with sniper rifles and optional SMGs.

4 more German troops were finished off to add to one of my squads. Here’s all the pics…

Frostgrave

I built a few scenery pieces for this game.

First is the walls built with sponge bricks and lollypop/craft sticks. The sponge bricks were glued together onto the 6 inch craft stick bases. I coated the walls in a disgusting mix of sand/pva/black poster paint. A couple of shades of grey drybrushes later and they’re finished. The snow effect was just the large Army Painter snow tub glued on with pva.

Secondly is the freebie White Dwarf magazine Age of Sigmar model. I have no intention of playing that game (of scale creep and dumbing down of fantasy rules) but it seemed a waste to have a figure with no use. So, now it’s glued onto an old vitamin pill box with an mdf base and turned into a suitable statue for the centre of Frostgrave.