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Bob’s Grave is a bit Frosty!

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Old Orks and New Dwarves

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Well the Final 2 Essex Orks Completed, The Ork Cheiftsin and A.N.Other

Old Orks and New Dwarves
Old Orks and New Dwarves

I wanted to add a few different races into the party mix and started with Dwarves, I didnt want to many so went for Oathmark metal packs ( Heores and Leaders I wanted the Dwarf Wizard.

Old Orks and New Dwarves
Old Orks and New Dwarves
Old Orks and New Dwarves
Old Orks and New Dwarves
Old Orks and New Dwarves

I also have been working on 2 metal Human Heroes,  a Knight and Templer. The Knight figure reminded me of Rick May also  Lord Flashcard from Blackwater, so was painted with him in mind.

Its a bit glossy as not had chance to Varnish him yet

Old Orks and New Dwarves
Old Orks and New Dwarves

Some Really old things in the cupboard 3

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More Scaley Orcs from Essex . These old models really love contrast paints,  not sure I would have done them justice when I originally brought them.

Some Really old things in the cupboard 3
Some Really old things in the cupboard 3
Some Really old things in the cupboard 3
Some Really old things in the cupboard 3
Hiss and SsidHiss and Ssid
Some Really old things in the cupboard 3

I still have 2 more to do, but ran out of miliput for the bases.

Some Really old things in the cupboard 2

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Well with Contrast paints the 1st 5 are done

  1. Two base sprays of  GW Leadbelter
  2. A wash in GW Nuln oil
  3. Dry brush of GW Iron Hands Steel
  4. Lighter Dry Brush Runfang Steel for polished look

I wanted to keep the darkness in the detail that the Nuln oil had picked out  so dry bushed carefully with corax white over the non metallic parts.

Then the skin was done on Ork Flesh  , admixture of contrast browns for woodwork, and they have come out really well.

Funny there is something special about painting old forgotten figures.

The Two KnightsThe Two Knights
The ExecutinerThe Executiner
Men at ArmsMen at Arms
The Lloydy shot.The Lloydy shot.

Some Really old things in the cupboard 2

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Well with Contrast paints the 1st 5 are done

  1. Two base sprays of  GW Leadbelter
  2. A wash in GW Nuln oil
  3. Dry brush of GW

Some Really old things in the cupboard!

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Earlier I mentioned I thought I had some old Minifig Fantasy from Late 70’s, nope I was wrong I had some old Essex minatures Fantasy from mid 80’s which still seem to be avail( well at least they still have Website)

https://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/

As you may have guessed I have found ( some still in original plastic bags) them and have started on the Scaley Orcs. Only based them so far but looking forward to seeing how they paint up.

Some Really old things in the cupboard!
Some Really old things in the cupboard!

I specifically like the two Plate Armoured Heroes.

Some Really old things in the cupboard!

More bits in the cupboard

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Actually they were sitting in the spare room, as in store room in a pile of magazines by the wall. I brought the 1st issue of Mortal Realms on a whim….it was 13 figures for £1.99 that would get used for something!

It had crossed my mind to dig out the Nighthaunts for Conquest Skirmish,  write some stats for an Alt enemy….but with Frostgrave, they would make ideal wraiths, with 10 in issue figured it would probably give me all I would need.

Plus I could practice wet blending with contrast paints…..

  • So having clipped them together,  I undercoated them GW Grey Seer.
  • Starting with GW contrast Black Templer on the hoods down to about half way on the hood.
  • Then wet blending from there used GW Basilicum Grey to the bottom of hood.
  • Then GW Gryp Charger Grey halfway down rest of body.
  • Rest of body and wisps of smoke was wet blended down to base in GW apothecary Grey.
  • Chain & metal of wpns were picked out in Leadbelter, with gore gunter brown on wooden handles. This was thinned out the lower they were on models, leaving the wpn white Grey nearer to base  to give them materialising out of the ground.
  • All got a very light dry brush of corax white over top.
  • Base and Tombstones just got a coat of Space Wolves Grey  , with a Liberal splodge of GW’s snow effect texture paint.

 

More bits in the cupboard
More bits in the cupboard

This Left the 3 Stormguard Eternal models , which was a drr! Moment. But I have been reading some of the Frostgrave fiction and background.  So…..

Did a bit of work on bases, a base light grey undercoat, then again Space Wolves Grey. I then dry bushed Corax white.

Then I dry bushed again with a plan white on no Flag Stone areas for snow. To differentiate between kerb and toad I gave the road area another coat of Space Wolves Grey.

Odd bits of detail were picked out in bright contrast colours to taste.

The actual Figures were just given a GW wash of R. Fleshtone to weather them a bit and now I have 3 Golden Golems/Animated Statues… All taking about 20 mins if take out paint drying time.

 

More bits in the cupboard
More bits in the cupboard

Bits he had in his Cupboards'sis

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Finally  my Wizards and Apprentice’s

Bits he had in his Cupboards'sis
Bits he had in his Cupboards'sis

Now some may wonder why I didnt dig out old figures for this, a couple of reasons  I do have a fair few Dark Age figures which would have done at a pinch, but didn’t have much fantasy other than the aforementioned mage Knight ( More on these later) . This is not because I have anything against fantasy , I have built a fair 100 Kingdoms Army for Conquest) but my dabbles were way in the past  and we are talking way back….as in Pete in our group had one of the 1st sets of D&D ever seen in the Midlands. The set made of 3 little books( he still has them and the 3 supplements) back in about the end of 74 early 75  , a game he used to run in a small room in the back of a pub in Chasetown Staffs on a Thursday night. Fantasy figures were virtually non existent  and medieval figures and odd kids toys stood in for the player characters and monsters ( one player had a plate armoured Knight model to which he added with miliput modelling  , a backpack, rope bags and a kitchen sink as his character was carrying everything including the sink) it was only as the next couple of years that fantasy ranges began to appear from Citadel and believe it or not Minifigs  ( I stiil have some unpainted lizardmen in box somewhere) . As the period of playing D&D straddled my years in the Airforce most  of said figures disappeared in various moves etc over the years.

But a couple of odd figures brought later for when we originally played Warhammer Fantasy RPG, have surfaced after a bit of rummaging . One female fighter in particular,  She originally had one of those awful GW Thick plastic sheilds (oddly shaped) and a slotted base these were removed carefully , she was stuck to one of the spare bases and a suitable sheild added.

Considering she was painted before washs and even inks came on market  I don’t think she looks to bad and match s the new stuff nicely.

New Right and Old LeftNew Right and Old Left
  1. With the party protagonists selection done I began rummaging through cupboards for various monsters and opponent’s,  and any Terrain that maybe suitable.

The aforementioned Mage Knight boxes have been scoured and so far the haul is:

 

 

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I know there is another box somewhere,  with more Skeletons etc in, but haven’t found it yet, plus a box of chests for treasure tokens.

At the time above was brought I also brought the Mage Knight Dungeon items and have found these

Bits he had in his Cupboards'sis

For Dead Trees I started looking on ebay ,plus the @warzan method of raiding the  nearest bush, but them rembered I had brought the Mythic Battles Terrain pack which had 12 dead trees, plus columns . I brought 4′ by 4′ snow Plain gaming mat via Wayland Games. On this I laid out all my current Fantasy applicable ruined terrain  plus the Mythic Trees reckon I’m ok.

Incidentally there is a GW ruined Wizards tower and GW Castle Walls, but Keith borrowed the former  to match the latter as he has Volunteered to paint it.

Bits he had in his Cupboards'sis

I have some scenic snow effect somewhere  , and brought a couple of those Xmas snow effect cans to spray over it for final effect.

And so it begins!

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I actually didn’t jump on this because of the Frostgrave week  though it did get me motivated.  I’d had been tempted ever since it came out, and liked the look of the figures and how the game looked when it had been pushed in various magazines . I hadn’t jumped at time as wasn’t doing fantasy  and had no figures other than boxes of badly pre painted Mage Knight figures ( brought at WMMMS when it was still at the school site!) and had absolutely no Winter Terrain (he thought)

2nd edition was tempting, and a copy was brought when I had a little windfall back in October ( I also brought Warhammer Fantasy RPG). At odd visits to Uncle Vince’s at Asgard Games Walsall I picked up odd boxes of figures which sat in another box in the games room.  Other than an odd glance I didnt really look at rules till Xmas day morning. They were perhaps one of the easiest rule sets to get into  even with my low levels of concentration at the moment.

Anyway Boxing day ,already bored with the Xmas non event  plus and  with the covid regulations my one day out had been cancelled  (not helped by the fact the host had actually caught it the week before xmas), I decided to have a go at building some of the figures.

I was pleasantly surprised to find them easy to build, with bits interchangeable between sets, I began to build my merry band.

I initially built a male wizard  his female apprentice,  a couple of Knights  ,a couple of Rangers, Men at arms( By accident I planned 4 thugs but gave 2 sheilds) & Theives.

By the Sunday I was in the position to paint them   and whilst waiting for odd stages to dry, built Barbarians, an Apothecary,  2 more Thugs and another Wizard an apprentice for a total of about 23 figures. I know a party is only at max 10, but it gives me options.

Not only are they easy to build  I found them very nice to paint. Mainly Contrast paint, using a pallot of 4 basic shades for clothing on each group as I did them in batch of 4  , varying each by using one colour on the shirt of one  the leggings on another, the tabard on a third etc. Then having done the base colours I gave them an overall wash of thinned down Agrax Earthshade,  about 50/50 with water, thinned out as I wanted to pick out creases and detail more, but didn’t want it to darken the figures to much.

I then did a bit of work on the faces, aided by the figure heads sculpting to add a bit of character to them all.

 

 

ThugsThugs
And so it begins!
Theives & RangersTheives & Rangers
And so it begins!
Soldiers and Men at ArmsSoldiers and Men at Arms
And so it begins!
Barbarians & ApothocaryBarbarians & Apothocary
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Knights and Specialists Knights and Specialists
And so it begins!