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Frostgrave Warband

Frostgrave Warband

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About the Project

I won a Beasts of War golden button as a runner up on a terrain challenge a couple of years ago with some Frostgrave terrain. I have a warband already that I made at roughly the same time, but I wanted to start a dwarf based group. At Salute I bought the dwarf sprue from the, at the time unreleased, Oathmark range from NorthStar. I managed to make the majority of a warband with that sprue. I also and bought a Scibor dwarf miniature that I had wanted to get for ages. As dwarves are known for their general distaste for magic I decided that my Wizard and Apprentice could be human. The magical specialism that to me is closest to the ethos of dwarves was the Enchanter class. I bought the Frostgrave official enchanter and apprentice minis because I thought that they looked great any way. This is my progress into finally making and painting this warband.

This Project is Completed

Mischief Managed

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Mischief Managed

Glad I got back to this project and am calling it done. I may revisit as I add any creatures from the bestiary or if I finally get a game played. 😊

Thanks to everyone who liked the idea, skills and tuition buttons throughout the project. It’s much appreciated.

Mischief Managed
Mischief Managed
Mischief Managed

Enchanting young bloke

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Enchanting young bloke

Enjoyed painting this guy.

The warband is complete. 😊

Enchanting young bloke

Enchanting old bloke

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Enchanting old bloke

Finally got back to Frostgrave. This enchanter was primed and screamed out to be painted.

Looking forward to the Apprentice model next.

Enchanting old bloke

Slight detour - Rangers lead the way

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Slight detour - Rangers lead the way

Rangers of Shadow deep has taken over my hobby table, but the skeletons and the gnolls could end up in my Frostgrave campaigns too.

Gnoll Archer (GW Beastman and NorthStar mix) Gnoll Archer (GW Beastman and NorthStar mix)
GW SkeletonsGW Skeletons
Gnoll Fighter (NorthStar) Gnoll Fighter (NorthStar)
Gnoll Shaman (GW Beastman and NorthStar mix) Gnoll Shaman (GW Beastman and NorthStar mix)

Treasure

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Treasure

I already made several treasure markers but the idea of books as a clue or treasure marker seemed like a good idea.

They are just made from cut pieces of cardboard and painted.

The pages are relatively uniform sized pieces and the cover is a longer and slightly wider piece of card that wraps around the cut pages. Superglue to secure it all together.

Treasure

The Alchemical Monstrosity

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The Alchemical Monstrosity

The Dark Alchemy Frostgrave expansion book is a very good book and gives you the opportunity for solo play.

The book will hopefully give me the chance to get used to the rules and see how the campaign / group experience levelling aspects of the game effects the game.

The Alchemical Monstrosity is in the first scenario. He is a sad figure as he is the result of a host of potions being smashed together after a roof caves in. My idea is that a severed rats tail and a zombie have been absorbed and effected the look of the mutation. The big ear is to help him navigate the space because he is blind. The Monstrosity is too volatile to live for long but is lashing out at the world in its sudden, confused and angry state of being.

Ginger and the sack

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Ginger and the sack
Ginger and the sack

As I suggested, I went for a ginger beard for my treasure hunter. Still WIP but happy with the improvements and beard colour.

The guy with the odd piece of sprue on his hand finally makes more sense with this green stuff sack hanging underneath it. The hanging sack with its sway towards the back hopefully creates some sense of movement.

To make the sack I started by removing that really stiff bit in between the green / yellow and the blue putty. I mixed the green stuff together in the normal way and rolled out to about the size of a penny piece. I then put the cured stiff bit into the middle of the circle and wrapped around it and pinched it into the basic shape I wanted. It just seemed like a sensible use for the useless cured piece and saves on greenstuff. I used a little drop of super glue on the underside of the hand and on the dwarves side to attach it to the model. I tried to emphasise the creases in the hanging sack with a scalpel. Will paint up later once cured and see whether the creases look convincing or not.

The Oathmark minis

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The Oathmark minis

Work in progress.

I like these models. For what is meant to be part of a rank and flank range of minis, I think there is plenty of variety available just on one sprue.

I think I will make the duel wielding guy have a ginger beard, for variety and to make him standout as a treasure hunter.

These minis are looking quite different to the Scibor mini on his cool looking base, but then the Scibor mini is a darn sight more expensive, resin and meant to be a painting project piece potentially, rather than an out and out gaming mini like they are.

The Oathmark minis

Lighting the way

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Lighting the way

Work in progress.

Not sure how to do a convincing lantern glow effect. Still not calling him finished. Will keep working and take better photos.

Building the band.

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Building the band.

I made the sprue go as far as I could. I was easily able to meet the criteria required for each troop type.

That said, because dwarves are rarely seen out of mail or plate armour I feel I have licence to ignore the type of armour sculpted. E.g. The fact that an infantryman should be in leather armour not mail, or that my dwarf thugs are wearing mail. I feel any opponent can make out which troop is which easily enough.

Crossbowman – with gun instead of crossbow

Tracker  – with bow and staff

Infantryman – with double handed axe

Treasure Hunter – with duel wielding hand weapons

Thugs #1 – with rope and sword

Thug #2 – with hammer and sack

The rope in the picture is made from a tea bag string.

The sack top is made from an offcut of sprue on the top of the thugs hand and I will make the main body of the sack with some green stuff. – I might make this thug a thief if I get to play a campaign and add the extra gold into my list.

I have primed almost everything involved and have begun painting.

I hope I can drag the unit together with some common colours and snowy, ruined stone floor basing.

 

Hiring the thugs

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Hiring the thugs

I started by reading the rules on building your warband and came up with a basic 500 gold group.

Wizard (Enchanter) 0 gold

Apprentice 200 gold

Crossbowman 50 gold

Tracker 80 gold

Infantryman 50 gold

Treasure Hunter 80 gold

Thugs x2 20 gold each

I managed to make the majority of the dwarves in my warband with the dwarf sprue I bought at Salute. I spoke briefly with the writer of the Frostgrave rules Joseph A. McCullough. He appreciated that I had enjoyed the rules and the feedback that I really enjoyed his solo play expansions.

I also bought a Scibor miner dwarf miniature with a lantern and gun that I had wanted to get for ages. The game rules don’t support guns, but I had seen lots of people had shared on Facebook that they were treating guns with the same rules as crossbows. The long reload time and good damage stats of crossbows work out well.

I bought the Frostgrave official enchanter and apprentice minis because I thought that they looked great any way. The hammer etc of this pairing will hopefully gel with the warband of dwarves quite nicely.

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