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Barbarian Warband For Frostgrave

Barbarian Warband For Frostgrave

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Project Blog by Demonsub Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Barbarians, and lots of them. After getting in to Frostgrave last year it’s time for a second warband. I love the barbarian models from North Star to it’s time for a new project. I’ve no time goals to complete this but I’m going to try to be consistent. This is also my first project here so I’m excited to show my ideas.

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Week 3

Tutoring 1
Skill 2
Idea 2
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Infantryman & Man-at-armsInfantryman & Man-at-arms
Warhound (cough, wolf)Warhound (cough, wolf)
His other side.His other side.
Ranger & Treasure HunterRanger & Treasure Hunter

Week 2

Tutoring 3
Skill 10
Idea 7
Archer & CrossbowmanArcher & Crossbowman
Three ThugsThree Thugs
A couple of ThievesA couple of Thieves
The Warband So FarThe Warband So Far

So far I’m pretty happy with the progress I’m making. Only one more model and I have a table legal Frostgrave warband. Nine different miniatures in a week is good for me. I’m not working to a deadline but I do want to make steady progress.

Wizard & Apprentice

Tutoring 3
Skill 10
Idea 7
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Wizard & ApprenticeWizard & Apprentice
Apprentice Apprentice

More Preparation

Tutoring 12
Skill 12
Idea 12
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Adding Texture.Adding Texture.
Sealing the texture.Sealing the texture.

I usually like to add texture to bases before I’ve primed the model as it helps it not to come loose and means less work later on as the base is ready primed to be painted.

To make the texture really solid I seal it with thinned down pva glue and just a tiny amount of washing up liquid as a flow improver. I thinned the glue just enough to flow off the brush when I dab it on so it won’t lift off the texture. Once it’s dried it’s pretty solid.

Unsightly GapUnsightly Gap
An example of my best sculpting.An example of my best sculpting.

I use green stuff to fill any large gaps on multipart kits, particularly if there’s no reason for a gap in the context for the model. I don’t do this or all gaps, generally I only do this when it will look bad when painted.

Prime TimePrime Time

I usually use Citadel or Army Painter spray primer but I’ve heard really good thinks with Halford’s so I thought I’d try it, particularly as I live fairly close to a store.

I’m pretty happy with the results, it goes on smooth, has a nice matt finish, and is about a third cheaper than the others.

That’s all of the models primed. I’m loving these models, particularly the plastic barbarians kit. The detail is really good and there are so many variations.

Now the real work begins, the painting.


Tutoring 15
Skill 14
Idea 13
Freshly washed.Freshly washed.

While the metal models are simple to prepare there was one resin model which I scrubbed with an old toothbrush in soapy water to remove the release agent as this can cause problems later on with painting.

Planning the plastic partsPlanning the plastic parts

The main way to tell the different soldier types in a Frostgrave warband is with the weapons they are equipped with. Before diving into the plastic boxed set I planned out which soldiers I needed that my metal models didn’t cover.

Filling out the basesFilling out the bases

I’m using lipped bases from Warlord games which I’ve filled with plaster filler. As the models come with an integrated bases tab (with can be a hassle to remove, I did this with all of the models in my first warband) these bases help sink that integrated base and hide so that the models feet is level with the edge of the base.

The Figures

Tutoring 6
Skill 6
Idea 14
The ModelsThe Models

I’ve ordered one of every Barbarian model in the range from Northstar.

I don’t plan on assembling all 20 models from the plastic kit, only enough to fill the gaps in the warband not covered by the metals. The rest will be used as spare parts and as needed at later times.