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About the Project

Christmas list shared I hoped for the rules for Christmas and got them as a gift. I want to play the solo campaign with a British warband and a French warband and see if I can convince a friend to take charge of one or the other to play some full PvP games.

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Ghoulish goings on. WiP

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Left: Gripping Beast Dark Age Warriors head and body, with a Mantic Games zombie right arm and Mantic Ghoul snack bag.Left: Gripping Beast Dark Age Warriors head and body, with a Mantic Games zombie right arm and Mantic Ghoul snack bag.
Right: Frostgrave Soldiers 2 body, head and left arm with Mantic Games zombie right arm and Mantic Ghoul snack bag.Right: Frostgrave Soldiers 2 body, head and left arm with Mantic Games zombie right arm and Mantic Ghoul snack bag.

Kitbashing some ghouls. The ghoul in Silver Bayonet is not meant to be undead or too mutated, more just strong feral and cannibalistic with a hand weapon. So I think the snack bag of foot and hand on their belts, and the zombie arms carrying food of heads and severed hands will set them apart. I might make them pale faced but with sores, without making them look like zombies. The crouch of the Gripping Beast Dark Age minis, leaning into their shield arms, sets them at an odd looking pose when stood without the shield. This gives them a potentially creepy pose. Will probably do some gore from the severed head to the mouth to add to the horror.

Vivandière

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Vivandière. Frostgrave Soldiers 2 body, head and pouch and Victrix French arms, with bottle and knife from a Frostgrave wizard sprue.Vivandière. Frostgrave Soldiers 2 body, head and pouch and Victrix French arms, with bottle and knife from a Frostgrave wizard sprue.
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The leather coat over the French tunic came out well. Snakebite Leather Brown did the majority of the work, with some sepia wash here and there, some Zandri Dust around the edges and a touch of Nulin Oil.

The painted on collar on the neck has come out well. The vivandière was a nurse, a camp follower, traders, sometimes wives etc. I chose the bottle and the knife in her pose because in the game a vivandière has a hand weapon and the bottle represents water (because firing muskets dried out the mouth). I might suggest that this is holy water and something she could throw at creatures allergic to faith.

The bottles are painted Dark Angels Green Contrast. The trousers are Morghast Bone and Wraithbone highlight and the tunic is Ultramarine Blue Contrast and Mephiston Red.

The backstory

Monique Franckinioulle is a pro-French Walloon. Her husband was wounded under the eagles and she searched the battlefield for his body, only to find a pack of ghouls feasting on his barely cold corpse. She was found by a cavalry patrol drenched in the blood of several ghouls she had beaten to death with a broken musket. The troop arrested her and brought her back to camp. As Ghouls are feral humans, looking like any other human in death, to the young cavalry officer it looked like a deranged murder of civilians by a grief stricken camp follower. The word got out about the killing and her self-defense claim that they had tried to eat her. A Supernatural investigator and a French Officer halted proceedings and said that she would be tried in Paris, but she was released from her shackles as soon as they were out of earshot of the army. Since then she has been invaluable to the team.

French Occultist

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Made from a Frostgrave wizard sprue.Made from a Frostgrave wizard sprue.

The white cross belts and the Napoleon N on his pouch helps tie him to the era. I am confident that a fez was popular and he looks cool. The transfer on the book and the sword are from a 40K decals sheet.

The backstory

In 1799 Jean-Michel Dubreton was a young French private, abandoned by Napoleon after his failure to seize Acre from the British and local forces. Dubreton’s hero was his resolute General Jean-Baptiste Kléber who was left to fight on with no hope of success. When a peace was agreed with the locals and British (Sir Sydney Smith at least) Dubreton was deflated in defeat but had the sense to see that no good would come of fighting on. When Lord Keith of the British refused to honour the peace struck Dubreton marvelled at how Sir Sydney chose honour over patriotism and got a message, that Dubreton delivered himself, to Kléber warning him that the peace was no longer sealed.

Then the sudden assassination of Kléber started Dubreton on his Occultist path. The annals of history would rule the culprit to be an Arab student, but Dubreton knew that it had been a demon. He saw it happen with his own eyes, but no one would believe him. Assuming him traumatized and driven by grief to temporary madness they pursued their own flawed investigation.

Dubreton told some of the locals what he had seen and he found someone who believed him. An Occultist by the name of Nizam-i Pasha. Dubreton deserted his unit, set on a path of honour over patriotism, to see the supernatural killer of his General put to death. He did eventually see that quest to it’s bloody conclusion, but returning to the French army after his desertion seemed fool hardy at best. The things he had seen, the adventures he was having gave his life fresh meaning and he followed his mentor Pasha on a crusade against the occult.

Though he had a nagging dislike for Napoleon, after his betrayal of the army he left behind in the middle East, he felt that his nation needed him. After years of hunting Jinns  and demons and vampires in Egypt, Syria, Morocco and Spain, the French recruited him. His endeavours against the dark forces preceded him and had made him an obvious choice when looking for Occultists. The Silver Bayonet were on the French radar and the Huntsmen were acknowledged as a real threat. Both these elite British supernatural fighters and the mysterious huntsmen would need to be countered and Dubreton is willing to do his part.

Black Dog

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Black Dog. Ethereal glitching around the bog takes it's toll on his luscious coat... and his skin.Black Dog. Ethereal glitching around the bog takes it's toll on his luscious coat... and his skin.
Black Dog WiP. Started with a Mantic Games undead dog I had. The lore has the Black Dog as an ethereal frightening dog. I was just going to paint a dog black and give it spooky eyes or something, but found this skeleton dog. I had already painted it as a basic skeleton. I added a couple of bits of dried paint lid paint as scraps of old skin and let it dry. Then I got some static grass, PVA and black paint into a mix and added it over the skin sections. I added some Blood for the Blood God paint and let it dry. I liked the matted scary look that gives, but I smartened some of it in up and highlighted the hairs with a grey.Black Dog WiP. Started with a Mantic Games undead dog I had. The lore has the Black Dog as an ethereal frightening dog. I was just going to paint a dog black and give it spooky eyes or something, but found this skeleton dog. I had already painted it as a basic skeleton. I added a couple of bits of dried paint lid paint as scraps of old skin and let it dry. Then I got some static grass, PVA and black paint into a mix and added it over the skin sections. I added some Blood for the Blood God paint and let it dry. I liked the matted scary look that gives, but I smartened some of it in up and highlighted the hairs with a grey.
The mix perhaps needed to have some water added so it wouldn't clump up too badly. if I tried it again I think I could get a more spiky look.The mix perhaps needed to have some water added so it wouldn't clump up too badly. if I tried it again I think I could get a more spiky look.

Wolves (plural pending)

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Followed the same scheme as my werewolf. Will hopefully have a consistent set of four and hope I don't need more.Followed the same scheme as my werewolf. Will hopefully have a consistent set of four and hope I don't need more.

Activation tokens.

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I feel that with half the troop activating rather than everyone that remembering who has and hasn't gone could be an issue.I feel that with half the troop activating rather than everyone that remembering who has and hasn't gone could be an issue.
The yellow South Essex regimental colour for my British and Old Guard colours for my French. Both being red, white and blue wouldn't have helped ID at a glance who has activated and from which side. I don't think it will be too cluttered and unsightly as I play.The yellow South Essex regimental colour for my British and Old Guard colours for my French. Both being red, white and blue wouldn't have helped ID at a glance who has activated and from which side. I don't think it will be too cluttered and unsightly as I play.

Werewolf (Reaper Bones)

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Werewolf (Reaper Bones)

Didn’t follow it to the letter but this GW YouTube video helped.

Used Rhinox Hide brown and Wyldwood Contrast and took the scruff spine and tail all the way to black.

Could have been tidier around the paws and been bolder with the blood spatter, but he’s turned out OK.

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Werewolf (Reaper Bones)

Golden Button! Yay!

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Always a nice lift to get a Golden ButtonAlways a nice lift to get a Golden Button
There's loads to finish. My wolves have arrived in the post. I will keep chipping away until I have my actual warbands created. Been having too much fun with the bestiary, but without a warband no games get played. Lol.There's loads to finish. My wolves have arrived in the post. I will keep chipping away until I have my actual warbands created. Been having too much fun with the bestiary, but without a warband no games get played. Lol.
Kitbash fun. Vivandière on left. Frostgrave Soldiers 2 body and head, Victrix French arms and a bottle and knife from a Frostgrave wizard sprue. A supernatural investigator in the middle with a Victrix French body kneeling and Frostgrave Wizard arms. And an Occultist on the right. Thinking of ways to make him more Napoleonic, though painting the crossbelt white will be a start.Kitbash fun. Vivandière on left. Frostgrave Soldiers 2 body and head, Victrix French arms and a bottle and knife from a Frostgrave wizard sprue. A supernatural investigator in the middle with a Victrix French body kneeling and Frostgrave Wizard arms. And an Occultist on the right. Thinking of ways to make him more Napoleonic, though painting the crossbelt white will be a start.

Thanks for all the likes and encouragement. I love the hobby, but I have found that photographing and sharing my work has become a much bigger part of it. Will keep plugging away and work towards a solo battle report. Probably February at my current pace. 👍

Werewolf

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Halfords Grey primed, this mini was intended to be for Frostgrave, but hopefully the rubble is generic enough for both games.Halfords Grey primed, this mini was intended to be for Frostgrave, but hopefully the rubble is generic enough for both games.
I had hoped that one wash and some dry brushing and claw and face details would be enough, but I found that I required a few washes and needed the blood to unite the finish.I had hoped that one wash and some dry brushing and claw and face details would be enough, but I found that I required a few washes and needed the blood to unite the finish.

I think the Jokaero Orange eyes and the blood spatter on the chest came out best. I did look at wolves on Google for inspiration, but realised that most horror film werewolves don’t lean into a wolf’s markings that heavily. I tried adding some sepia wash around the legs to reflect that many wolves have a tinge of brown on their coat somewhere.

This is a second attempt at this model, as my first attempt wasn’t finished and wasn’t going right. Rather than strip it and lose all the basing etc I just primed over and went from there. The base stone is Athonian Camoshade wash over the Halfords prime and Grey Seer highlights.

Vampire

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I think he's a Hasslefree mini, but not 100% sure.I think he's a Hasslefree mini, but not 100% sure.
I primed him black from the back and Halfords red from the front to help with the cloak.I primed him black from the back and Halfords red from the front to help with the cloak.

The jacket is Grey Seer, with a Nulin Oil wash and highlight back up with the Grey Seer. The trousers are Morghast Bone with a sepia wash and a highlight up with Wraithbone. The flesh is Kislev Flesh with a Reikland Fleshshade and Kislev Flesh highlight.

Fatigue tokens

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Homemade fatigue tokens. Excel printout of Google image crossed swords and an F from a fancy font. Cut out and laminated and cut out again.Homemade fatigue tokens. Excel printout of Google image crossed swords and an F from a fancy font. Cut out and laminated and cut out again.
Printed about 15, but hopefully would never need that many.Printed about 15, but hopefully would never need that many.

Goblins

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One of the scenarios has goblins in the mix and they seem pretty strong. This goblin is from Atlantis Miniatures and is a lovely resin mini and I picked up 6 at Salute. It feels like 6 will be plenty for my games of Silver Bayonet.

Deathguard Green primed, with an Athonian Camoshade wash over everything. Then Wraithbone on the loin cloth, Morghast Bone on the ropes and fur and Mornfang Brown on the leather and wood. Then a mix of Agrax Earthshade and Aggaros Dunes Contrast to grime things up a bit. Vallejo Air Chrome on the axe and shoulder armour with Nulin Oil to knock the stark shine back a touch. Trollslayer Orange eyes and warpglow green? on the tongue.

Goblins

Revenants from Victrix French bodies

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Revenant from a French Victrix body and shako and NorthStar Cultist helmet skull head and skeletal arms.Revenant from a French Victrix body and shako and NorthStar Cultist helmet skull head and skeletal arms.
Prisoner Revenant from a Victrix French body, GW skeleton arms and a chain from the NorthStar Cultist sprue. Had to use some strips of dried paint from citadel pot lids to finish the straps on the back (usually blank and hidden by a pack.)Prisoner Revenant from a Victrix French body, GW skeleton arms and a chain from the NorthStar Cultist sprue. Had to use some strips of dried paint from citadel pot lids to finish the straps on the back (usually blank and hidden by a pack.)

I like the revenant art in the book and they have a far more skeletal feel than my efforts so far. They don’t seem to shoot their muskets so I didn’t see the need to give them any. In the book they have improvised weapons in their profile, but I am happy to model them without. They can turn their attackers guns on them or pick up a stone if the immersion is being lost for you. 😉👍😊

Bandits

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Bandit made from a NorthStar Soldiers 2 body and head and Victrix French arms.Bandit made from a NorthStar Soldiers 2 body and head and Victrix French arms.
And another Bandit. From a GW body and head and Victrix French arms and pack. Plus a NorthStar Cultist knife. The arms don't quite scale perfectly, but the GW mini is probably closer to 32mm rather than 28mm.And another Bandit. From a GW body and head and Victrix French arms and pack. Plus a NorthStar Cultist knife. The arms don't quite scale perfectly, but the GW mini is probably closer to 32mm rather than 28mm.

Bandits are part of the bestiary, armed with muskets and cartridge box and not much else.

The Frostgrave ladies (Soldiers 2 box) being slightly smaller and the Victrix French not having heroic proportions seems to work well together.

I primed both of these Black with an Army Painter Leather Brown zenith. Then used Contrast Paints (Snakebite Leather, Aggaros Dunes, Dark Angel Green) to give me some earthy tones so that they contrast well with the bold uniform colours of the warbands.

I am so happy with the lady that I might upgrade her to a “local scout” for one of my team’s, but I haven’t checked the rules to see what her loadout would need to be.

 

Bandits
Bandits
Bandit. Made from a GW body and head and Victrix French arms.Bandit. Made from a GW body and head and Victrix French arms.
Bandits
Frostgrave Soldiers 2 body and head and Victrix French arms.Frostgrave Soldiers 2 body and head and Victrix French arms.
The zenith of brown over black helped the finish. I used Bugman's Glow thinly over the face, but the face stayed quite brown. I mixed some Bugman's Glow and Mornfang Brown as a highlight and went with the change in pigmentation. She came out well.The zenith of brown over black helped the finish. I used Bugman's Glow thinly over the face, but the face stayed quite brown. I mixed some Bugman's Glow and Mornfang Brown as a highlight and went with the change in pigmentation. She came out well.

Rifleman.

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Perry Rifleman with Victrix French pack and GW head.Perry Rifleman with Victrix French pack and GW head.
I do have a name for him, but I have misplaced my sheet. Backstory pending.I do have a name for him, but I have misplaced my sheet. Backstory pending.

The green of the uniform is Dark Angel Contrast Paint and the Black is Black Templar Contrast Paint. The pack is Snakebite Leather Contrast and a mix of Grey Seer and Templar Contrast for the bed roll / blanket. The white is Army Painter Matt White. The bandana is Mephiston Red.

The British, or at least some of them (according to Bernard Cornwell in his Sharpe series) liked a French pack compared to a standard British one. So I figured that if this is a veteran of supernatural fighting, that he would also be a veteran of the wars in the peninsula and have the same preference. And it just looks a touch more interesting. There’s evidence of recruitment incentives to join riflemen regiments of there being less “clay piping”, (the white straps were a pain to keep white and this was the term for that maintenance of the straps) so him choosing to have more white straps might not marry with most riflemen’s preferences, but I think it looks OK.

The head does look big, but it’s a characterful face and he stands out with his big red head and I won’t mistake him or his stats for another mini.

Cultists

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Straight from the NorthStar Cultist box.Straight from the NorthStar Cultist box.
Slight modification of a bow right arm becoming a sword arm and a a double handed mace becoming an axe.Slight modification of a bow right arm becoming a sword arm and a a double handed mace becoming an axe.

These are for one of the scenarios or for potential encounter table bestiary stuff. Hopefully be based in a way that might be passable in Frostgrave too.

These 5 got knocked out in a day. Was really happy with them. Black primer with a Halfords red primer zenith, then a Mephiston Red dry brush over everything. Picked out the gloves in Abaddon black, picked out the hood stitching in Morghast Bone, picked out some leather and wood with Mornfang Brown and used Nulin Oil and Agrax Earthshade on some of the under layers of clothing to create some depth and variety. The rune style decals are from a White Dwarf. (Wolf Spears?)

The stones on the base are cut from the tab bases on other minis, painted with a black and grey seer mix. Then highlighted with just Grey Seer and the whole thing washed in Athonian Camoshade. The leaves, throughout the project, are newspaper painted brown:  punched with a Green stuff world leaf punch.

Found this mini built and primed in my Found this mini built and primed in my "to-do" box I had forgotten about. Painted him in the style of my other ones and if there needs to be a boss cultist I will make it this guy. Rather than messing with transfers I freehanded the runes to speed things up. Need to stop messing with the bestiary and get back to my warbands.

Clue Marker

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Slate stones and off cut pack. Runes from a 40k transfer sheet.Slate stones and off cut pack. Runes from a 40k transfer sheet.
Frostgrave token.Frostgrave token.

British Ideas

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My hairy officer his veteran Scot and his rifleman.My hairy officer his veteran Scot and his rifleman.
The French pack on my rifleman and the sword on my veteran make them a touch more unique, as this game probably encourages.The French pack on my rifleman and the sword on my veteran make them a touch more unique, as this game probably encourages.

On the Silver Bayonet Facebook Group Page someone has put a fairly clever Excell sheet together to record your units’ details. It helped me begin to create names and character traits for my warband. I hit my bits box first and threw together these minis and primed them, but they’ve only assumed their roles as I understood creating a list better.

Ensign Brock Godolming is far too old to be at as low of a rank as Ensign. If any of his men knew his life before the war they would be shocked, but the increased frequency of missions and the danger almost every evening has them too distracted to think of such things. Brock Godolming was fighting the occult before the spike in activity and the emergence of the Harvestmen.

His father had been a good god-fearing veteran soldier scratching a living on a farm with his doting wife, Brock and Brock’s 4 sisters. He taught his son to fight with his fists and shoot a pistol and taught his son to read. One horrific evening Brock’s entire family was killed by a werewolf. No one believed him and put it down to wild animals and he was sent to live with his drunken brickmaker uncle who resented his presence and drain on his pocket. Brock refused to deny his own eyes and memories and began to look into the occult. This dragged him on a path of revenge and investigation, barely staying solvent in a variety of clerk jobs and labouring jobs. This lack of stability in his life, the strain of the mental trauma of losing his family, investigating mysterious murders and studying unsettling supernatural goings on ruined him financially and eventually put him in debtors court. The senior figures behind the Silver Bayonet units had set a small band of recruiters and researchers to find “civilians” with occult fighting prowess that previously may have been considered cranks and madmen. His conviction in debtors court was quashed with the understanding that he would join the army. It became apparent that this man was skilled, too vengeful to be lead and dictated to, but too valuable not to have amongst their ranks. They chose to throw him through a crash course in Sandringham Officer training college and make him a leader of men and try to instill an understanding of chain of command and discipline. Thankfully some of it stuck. The army had become a surrogate family; a family that not only believed in werewolves and vampires, but encouraged him to find these monsters and kill them. He is soldier enough for his men to not even note that he was anything other than a career soldier (but perhaps not a very lucky or rich one).

French ideas.

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Victrix French Officer has a lovely coat that gives him some personality. My first French Infantryman has helped me pick out colours for the rest of my force.Victrix French Officer has a lovely coat that gives him some personality. My first French Infantryman has helped me pick out colours for the rest of my force.
French ideas.
French ideas.

I am torn between fun, convenience and cost. I have a box of Victrix 1807 to 1812 French infantry, but the gorgeous metal  sapper and Heavy Cavalry minis in the NorthStar French unit box are really tempting. I love to kitbash, but I am not sure I have enough bits to get the results if I want to replicate these great models.

Well at least the colours are decided. I like the Ultramarine Blue Contrast Paint for the uniform with a Macragge Blue highlight. (With a heavier highlight on the French zombies.) The Mephiston Red seems fine to me. The Snakebite Leather Contrast on the pack goes down well. The Retributor Armour Gold looks brassy enough to me. I chose to keep the trousers closer to a Morghast Bone than the Matt White of the straps and tunic.

United in death

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United in death
United in death

I figured that the zombies are clinging to their muskets just because of their training becoming second nature and it being as inherent as walking and saying brains for them. I assume that the colour of their tunic has lost its meaning though, so that the revenants only look to the living as food and trivialities of nationality are forgotten.

As with the British, I started by painting a living French Infantryman and getting my colours decided and then went in and changed it slightly to reflect the decay of a zombie.

If anyone would like to correct me on uniform colouring it would be massively appreciated. If anything is glaringly wrong I would appreciate the correction and advice.

As the game rules stipulated, particular years of fighting have no bearing. When we fight in scenarios it doesn’t tell us the location in the world or date, so regiments location during the wars and uniform fashions throughout the period don’t worry me overly. The Silver Bayonet squads could be in their own uniform of course and that makes that element even easier to rationalize in my head.

The Mantic Games zombie sprue had a head set in a hand. I loved the idea of this fella having a snack with him. The bird crap on his shako was a fun piece of weathering I stumbled upon.The Mantic Games zombie sprue had a head set in a hand. I loved the idea of this fella having a snack with him. The bird crap on his shako was a fun piece of weathering I stumbled upon.
The string of onions on his pack is a fun touch on this backpack and the leaf on his bayonet endears this guy to me.The string of onions on his pack is a fun touch on this backpack and the leaf on his bayonet endears this guy to me.
The hand in a hand on the Mantic Games sprue and another random freaky hand gave him such a zombie look that I didn't even change the head, just painted it grotty and bloody.The hand in a hand on the Mantic Games sprue and another random freaky hand gave him such a zombie look that I didn't even change the head, just painted it grotty and bloody.
Another French zombie. Slightly more jokey with the shako on his musket.  I won't mistake him for a French regular I guess. The Mantic zombie head is gross enough and the skeletal hand is horrific enough to blend in with the rest.Another French zombie. Slightly more jokey with the shako on his musket. I won't mistake him for a French regular I guess. The Mantic zombie head is gross enough and the skeletal hand is horrific enough to blend in with the rest.

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