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Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago

Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago

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About the Project

Frostgrave, Ghost Archipelago became an interest as I began to look at Seadogs and Swashbuckers Wargames Foundry miniatures and making a navy inspired Rangers of Shadow Deep warband. I got my rulebook, a single NorthStar Crewman sprue and delved into some list building and hobby.

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And another crew begins...

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And another crew begins...

It dawned on me that this world is still in the Frostgrave model, so there’s no reason for there not to be other fantasy races in your crew.

I bought some Black Scorpion pirate dwarves just because I loved the look of them. Some have pistols which will pose me with a tough call to place them in the crew types, but I could also ignore a pistol in a belt like this guy and have him just be a thug with hand weapon.

As I typed this I remembered there are some really cool looking Pirate Orcs out there that might make for an awesome addition.

I think I may try to go for all fantasy characters and will look to the book and the Heritor abilities to try and inspire which models will be right to lead this force.

Thatchdagger's Crew

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The family photoThe family photo
The Professionals (Specialists)The Professionals (Specialists)
The Heritor and The WardenThe Heritor and The Warden
The scruff (free crewmen)The scruff (free crewmen)

I enjoyed this project, but have slowly realised… I don’t know anyone playing this game, before or during The Event.

So, I will probably end up creating a warband for them to play against. Though with Frostgrave and the Frostgrave magazine providing solo ideas I could probably just take the Crew through some scenarios and just make the bestiary tougher or more plentiful to compensate for no opposition force.

But the second crew is probably a project for a little later. (Though I do have some Black Scorpion Pirate Dwarves primed somewhere… ๐Ÿ™‚)

Cheers for all the likes and comments. Much appreciated.

Happy Hobbying.

Amory

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Amory

Amory was a man-at-arms in his youth, but the years have slowed his sword arm and now he settles for a crewman’s cut of the spoils. Age hasn’t dampened his resolve or commitment though.

He was made from the Northstar Crewman sprue but with a GW head.

The mephiston red scarf and the Nighthaunt blue trousers set the pallet The skeleton bone primer shirt washed with agrax and built back up with wraithbone fits in with the rest of the crew.

Amory

Dakarai

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Dakarai

Dakarai was made from a two handed axe right arm from the Crewman sprue, cut shorter and a mace head from a bits box added. I probably should have cut it slightly shorter because it is not meant to look like a two handed weapon any longer. The pouch at his hip is actually a crossbow quiver with the bolt feathers cut off. Other than that he’s all from the standard Crewman sprue.

Dakarai is a tough no nonsense crewman. Captain Thatchdagger trusts him to be loyal as long as the spoils are plentiful, but can see that Dakarai is ambitious, capable and as strong as an ox. His impatience and less than affable demeanor have made it hard for Dakarai to get promoted within crews, but his strength and martial skill does make him a very reliable and potent blunt instrument on expeditions inland as a crewman.

Dakarai

Basil

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Basil

Basil was made strictly from the Northstar Crewman sprue. The base is another Renedra base and the earphones cable vines are in place again.

The blue and orange jacket is my favourite part, with the bit of freehand on the back. The theme of red sashes continues.

Basil has his chains, has his bangles and his snazzy jacket. Wanting the finer things in life has attracted him to the crew. Having a single-handed weapon would make grabbing spoils easier, but having seen a man devoured by a huge jungle beast holding a knife and a bag of gold… Basil puts the survival and beast sticking advantages of his spear over most else.

Basil
Basil

Blooded Bart

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Blooded Bart

Bart is a crewman who has never walked off a battlefield without getting a nick, bloody nose or laceration. This has often proved his commitment and willingness to fight, but more often than not the wounds and pain have been the result of his chronic clumsiness.

Bart is made from Northstar Crewmen arms, a Frostgrave cultist body and a GW head. The left arm is a string drawing archer hand that just seemed perfect to wipe his face with and the right arm is obviously an axe arm. The base is from Renedra.

Blooded Bart

Painted Hunter

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Painted Hunter

Hadn’t put paint to brush in about a month. Had this Hunter built and primed skeleton bone for far longer than that. Christmas Eve was for some reason the catalyst.

Watched the Frostgrave week wizard painting tutorial from John as I applied contract paint to my own mini.

The vine on the base is just wire with snips made to the insulation with red painted thorns on.

There’s a footprint on the base to demonstrate his tracking skill.

The base itself is a Renedra pavement base. Tried to make it like a jungle ruin feel.

There’s meant to be a scar on his head from a claw, but I think it healed too well because I haven’t made it prominent enough.

Painted Hunter
Painted Hunter
Painted Hunter

Cosmo the musketeer

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Cosmo the musketeer

Happier with this paint job, probably aided by the dip in the UK heatwave.

All my photography for this project has been slightly off so far; may need to change the back ground.

The skin tone was different this time. Army Painter Leather Brown primer, with a Mournfang Brown and Bugman’s Glow mix base. Reikland Fleshshade wash. Then highlighted with a three way mix of the Mournfang Brown, Bugman’s Glow and Kislev Flesh.

Zandri Dust, Morghast and Wraithbone layers to give me the white I wanted for the shirt, but a lot less Wraithbone this time.

Steel Legion Drab for the jacket with Mephiston Red flares around the shirt frills.

The Crossbowman specialist is meant to have light armour and a daggerโ€ฆ Well he has got a nice helmet… phrasing, and I added a Gripping Beast Viking sprue pouch and dagger on his left hip.

Abner Cato and Cosmo Smallpiece joined the crew together more recently than the rest of the crew and impressed with their marksmanship. Cosmo would say that Abner is the better shot, for humility’s sake, but if there was money bet on a shot Cosmo Smallpiece would suddenly have a ‘stroke of luck’ and win the bet.

Cosmo and Abner are firm friends, to the point that if they were to find treasure but either man didn’t make it back to enjoy the spoils it would be a hollow victory and a terrible blow to the other.

Cosmo the musketeer

Abner the musketeer

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Abner the musketeer

Abner the musketeer (in-game Crossbowman).
Finding painting in the UK heatwave a challenge. Paint doesn’t seem to be acting the way I expect it to. Might have to revisit Abner after the weather changes.

Using similar paint scheme from Azadi.

Zandri Dust, Morghast and Wraithbone layers to give me the white I wanted for the shirt.

Steel Legion Drab for the jacket with Mephiston Red flares around the bottom.

The Crossbowman specialist is meant to have light armour and a dagger… Well he hasn’t even got shoes, but I really liked him as a sculpt so met the stats halfway by giving him a dagger from the NorthStar Barbarians sprue.

Abner Cato and Cosmo Smallpiece joined the crew together more recently than the rest of the crew. Some feel they may be on the run for desertion from the army to find their fortune when news of the Archipelago’s return reached the coastal Southern Sea ports. They remain tight-lipped about their past, but have passed every trial of marksmanship that Heritor Thatchdagger set for them. To prove worthy of their place on the expedition, quite publicly for the crew to see, they were able to strike birds in flight and deer at impressive long ranges and every one loves a man that can provide dinner and entertainment, so they were hired and embraced by the crew.

My Warden, Azadi Solentii

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My Warden, Azadi Solentii

Azadi Solentii is my Wave Warden. Naturally his spells involve a lot of water. To hint at that, I add a shell from the NorthStar Crewman sprue and joined his left hand and the shell with a big gob of UHU tube superglue. When it dried it looked too much like ice, so I mixed some Citadel Contrast blue paint watered down with PVA glue and sparingly coloured parts of the gob.

Lloyd shot Lloyd shot

Azadi Solentii has been with his Heritor for many years and, like many of the expeditions searching for the crystal pool, form the gel that binds the crew together. The Heritor, a great leader from the elite of society and The Wave Warden who saw that they were never becalmed or went thirsty. The two men have healed each other back from wounds and tropical diseases that would kill a lesser man and that has given them a respect and unrivaled friendship.

That said even though the crew looked up to their betters, Azadi has a mysterious aire that puts some of the crew on edge. He is a man of fewer words than his eloquent Heritor. He never talks about his beliefs or his past apart from one failed expedition and even then only because it was his part in a famous Crystal Pool quest story. The Heritor in the story had been involved in the last sea battles and posturing before the Ghost Archipelago appeared. A bitter struggle that broke out in the Southern Seas when a soothsayer sadly wrongfully predicted the resurfacing of the Archipelago. The Heritor had been arrogant, careless and risked the crew at every stage through his lack of experience and blinkered hunt for clues. The Heritor’s death had been used as a fabled warning to not rely too heavily on a Heritor’s abilities. The crew all asked Azadi how he truly had died because the rumour was that the amphibious Heritor ability had failed him during the heat of battle with another Heritor and he had drowned. Some of the crew took his lack of confirmation as a sign of trauma, a reminder of failure, he would rather not revisit. The more cynical amongst the crew were however convinced the look on his face showed that Azadi had seen this unlikeable, dangerous Heritor as a risk to the crew and had some hand in his demise.

My Warden, Azadi Solentii

My Heritor Kingsley Thatchdagger

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My Heritor Kingsley Thatchdagger

My Heritor. Kingsley Thatchdagger.

My Heritor has abilities like Ironskin and Mighty Strength, so imagined that to deliver crushing blows he can make his hand metal at the opportune moment to give his blows extra bite. ๐Ÿ˜Š
You get to add a plus 1 to any stat to begin with so I added 1 to health.

For his abilities I chose:

Ironskin – mitigates some damage.

Mighty Stength – Choice of boosting damage by 1, or improving a fight role by 5.

Hurl – a free shoot action, where you have jedi-like throwing abilities, picking an inanimate object and hurling it at an enemy.

Mystic Energy – Gets to make his weapon magical for a moment, to strike at enemies that mortal weapons don’t harm.

Spark of Life – allows me to heal members of my warband (not able to use on self.)

My Heritor Kingsley Thatchdagger

Kingsley funded the expedition with the last of his family wealth. Seeing as not one soothsayer had predicted the re-emergence of the Ghost Archipelago accurately, Kingley has spent many years in the South Sea fighting fellow Heritors caught in the same drawn out waiting game as he.

In his youth he would have spent the lives of his crew cheaply and pursued the Crystal Pool at all costs. After fighting for so long with no promise of the islands surfacing in his lifetime, he has become more patient, more empathetic of the plight of his men, especially his Warden Azadi Solentii. He still felt the draw of the Crystal Pool, now more than ever, and was still a Heritor; plagued by self interest and chasing the former glories of his ancestors.

The list

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The list
The list

After recent list building in Rangers of Shadow Deep I found it easy to piece together a starting warband.

It took me a while to pick my opening Warden spells and Heritor abilities, but I am now ready to build my basic crewmen and start painting everything.

The Crew sheet in the back of the book was quite small and my dry markers don’t have a fine tip.

I knocked these lists up on excel (pictured) and with most things typed out I only need to use a dry marker occasionally. I plan to use wound markers on the battlefield for my first game and see how it goes.

Hunter

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Hunter

Hunter kitbash fun. ๐Ÿ˜Š

So as a hunter specialist he needed:

Light armour – NorthStar Gnoll arms

Bow and Quiver – NorthStar Gnoll arm and quiver

Two handed weapon – Wargames Factory WSS sergeants spear.

 

The body is from the NorthStar Crewman sprue and the head is from the Human Oathmark sprue.

I am going to paint the face with a vicious old three claw scar to give him a backstory and some experience.

By happy accident his pose has an interesting look, where he could be about to rest / drop his spear and swap to his bow, but just as easy to imagine that he is about to drop his bow in front of him, whip the spear around and tackle someone with it double handed. ๐Ÿ˜Š

First steps.

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Delano (Man at Arms) Delano (Man at Arms)

There are two main characters that a campaign can bestow experience and improvements on (The Warden and The Heritor) and a crew of basic seadogs and 4 specialists to begin with.

The project was slow to start and was based in a way that if I didn’t follow through with it they could be conscripted into a game of Blood and Plunder if needs be.

Delano is one of my Wargames Foundry minis. He will be a man at arms specialist in games. I snapped off the small sword in his left hand somehow and lost it. Replaced with a shield from a NorthStar Gnoll sprue. ๐Ÿ˜Š

The models

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Abner and Cosmo (Crossbowmen as far as the rules go) Abner and Cosmo (Crossbowmen as far as the rules go)
Azadi Solentii (My Warden) and Kingley Thatchdagger (My Heritor) Azadi Solentii (My Warden) and Kingley Thatchdagger (My Heritor)

I already had some minis in mind and soon had them based and primed. I will be slowly working through the paint jobs and my plastic kitbashed crew to give me my full 10 man warband.

To make sure I can get a game I might even make a 2nd warband.