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A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...

Posted by MikeRC97 on 12 Jul 2019, 00:47

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Episode IV
A NEW WARBAND

Hello All,

I wanted to share some pictures of my Frostgrave figures, some of whom were inspired by a certain "epic space opera."

Here is my first warband, led by the seer (soothsayer) Old Ben and his young apprentice Luke. The warband includes (from left to right) Ben, Luke, a thug, a thief, an archer, a crossbowman and two treasure hunters. The color palette for some of the figures was inspired by the Frostgrave soldiers painted by Kevin Dallimore, whose work I have always admired.

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Old Ben was once an important member of a powerful Order but has spent the last two decades living as a hermit in a desert wasteland. He has journeyed to Felstad on a secret mission with his new apprentice Luke, a farm boy who always dreamed of adventure. Luke was told to stay away from Ben by his Uncle Owen who said "that Wizard's just a crazy old man."

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Ben's spell's include Telekinesis, Push, Fleet Foot, and of course Mind Control, which can have a strong influence on the weak minded (enemies with low Will scores). Luke learns soothsayer spells such as Awareness and Reveal Secret by training blindfolded. Ben tells Luke "your eyes can deceive you, don't trust them!"

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The Ben figure is from the Frostgrave plastic wizard set. I was surprised to see that this set was not made by Renedra like the other Frostgrave plastics and to my eye the plastic does appear to be a bit softer, but the sculpting is superb and the wizard was a joy to paint. The Luke figure's body and head come from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set with arms from the Frostgrave plastic wizard set. My only complaint of these two sets is that some of the heads are much smaller than other heads on the same sprue (even more so when compared to the heads on the plastic Frostgrave Barbarian sprue or the plastic Ghost Archipelago crewmen sprue).

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Ben's color scheme is mostly classic ANH Obi-Wan but with some elements from other appearances such as the red leather boots he wore in Attack of the Clones and the white bracers from his Clone Wars armor. I'm really happy with the way the crystal ball turned out, I applied glazes of light blue with some gloss medium added in to create a translucent effect (it doesn't really come across well in these pictures from my iPhone).

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Here we have some of the scum and villainy hired by Ben - a thug and a thief (or a soldier and a scoundrel in Wizards of the Coast Star Wars RPG terms). The thug figure has the body and arms from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set and a head from the Fireforge Games plastic Foot Sergeants set. The thief figure is a straight build from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set. You can tell both sets are by the same sculptor as the faces are full of character without being overly cartoonish. I love kit-bashing plastic figures so I have been really looking forward to putting together my Frostgrave warbands.

A quick note on mixing historical plastic figures by Fireforge Games or Gripping Beast with the Northstar fantasy plastic figures - the heads on the historical plastic figures are not sculpted with a neck (the neck is sculpted on the body). On the Northstar fantasy plastic figures the neck is sculpted as part of the head as a ball (with a socket in the body). I prefer the Northstar approach as it makes it easier to alter the position and angle of the head. It does make mixing and matching heads and bodies from these sets tricky however, in the case of the thug I used Gorilla super glue which expands as it hardens and filled in for the lack of a neck.

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The color scheme for the thug is based on one of the Dallimore figures - seeing his painted figures was the other thing that attracted me to this set in addition to the opportunity for some kit-bashing.

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Next up, an archer and a treasure hunter. The archer's head and body are from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set with arms from the Northstar plastic Oathmark Human Infantry set. The treasure hunter has head and arms from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set and a body from the plastic Oathmark Human Infantry set. The Oathmark Human Infantry figures are more "heroic" 28mm than the Frostgrave plastic figures, the heads in particular - they are larger even than the heads on some Games Workshop Warhammer Fantasy figures. Still, I really like how these figures turned out and size-wise I think they fit in just fine with the rest of the warband.

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For the soldiers I wanted a common color palette that would give them a unified appearance without making them look uniform, so most are wearing a grey tunic. The grey is one of my favorite paints, the discontinued Citadel Foundation paint Adeptus Battlegrey. Most of the other colors are P3 paints (my favorite line of paint) with some Vallejo and Foundry colors mixed in as well.

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The last two members of the warband are Han the treasure hunter and his sidekick, Chewie the crossbowman. Han is quite a mercenary, in his own words: "I expect to be well paid. I'm in it for the money." I wonder if he really cares about anything... or anybody.

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The Han figure is a real mash-up, his head is from the plastic Frostgrave Barbarian set, his body is from the plastic Ghost Archipelago crewmen set, his arms and backpack are from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set and he carries a knife from the Frostgrave plastic wizard set. I thought about using the body for the Luke figure because of the leg wrappings but in the end the vest and v-neck undershirt just screamed Han. I really like the aggressive posture of this figure. The Chewie figure has a head and arms from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set and a head from the Gripping Beast plastic Viking Hirdmen set. The head worked perfectly with this body as it aligns his eye with the crossbow so it looks like he's taking aim, this figure is my favorite kit-bash thus far.

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The color scheme for Han is all episode 4 while Chewie is painted in various shades of brown with some Adeptus Battlegrey mixed in to tie him to the rest of the warband. All of the figures are based on Renedra plastic cobblestone bases (I removed the integrated bases with a razor saw). It isn't too hard to freehand cobblestone bases but I wanted to try the Renedra bases and I'm pleased with the results.

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That's all for now, but not the end of this saga...

Any feedback or comments are appreciated.
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Posted by Graeme on 12 Jul 2019, 11:31

Very nicely painted figures (28mm?) and interesting cross fertilization of themes. Your Obi Wan and Luke allusions work for me, very well done.

We see some amazing modeling and painting techniques here but the translucency of that crystal ball is incredible. it looks exactly like an antique glass marble or perhaps a piece of Roman glass. If it looks better in real life than it does in these pictures then it is something special.
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Posted by MikeRC97 on 13 Jul 2019, 22:50

Graeme wrote:Very nicely painted figures (28mm?) and interesting cross fertilization of themes. Your Obi Wan and Luke allusions work for me, very well done.

We see some amazing modeling and painting techniques here but the translucency of that crystal ball is incredible. it looks exactly like an antique glass marble or perhaps a piece of Roman glass. If it looks better in real life than it does in these pictures then it is something special.


Graeme thank you the kind words. Yes, the Frostgrave figures are 28mm, unlike the newer Games Workshop fantasy figures which are closer to 32mm.
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Posted by Kekso on 17 Jul 2019, 11:59

That's really nice and inspirational. I have some plans with Frostgrave figures but it seems that it won't be finished for couple of years :(
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Posted by MikeRC97 on 21 Jul 2019, 14:46

Kekso wrote:That's really nice and inspirational. I have some plans with Frostgrave figures but it seems that it won't be finished for couple of years :(


Thanks Kesko. I know exactly what you mean, I had these figures for years before I even got around to painting them. This actually turned out to be a good thing as Northstar came out with more plastic sets such as the plastic wizards, which gave me more options for kitbashing.

Production has begun on the next installment in the series, here's a "leaked set photo"

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Posted by MikeRC97 on 09 Aug 2019, 22:58

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Episode V
THE NECROMANCER STRIKES BACK

Hello All,

I’m back with my second Frostgrave warband, “the Cult of the Sith” led by the necromancer Sidious and his apprentice Vader. The cult includes (from left to right) Sidious, Vader, a thug, a thief, a crossbowman, two infantrymen and an apothecary.

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Sidious has come to Felstad in search of that which he craves most – power. His apprentice Vader was once a pupil of the wizard Old Ben, but he betrayed his former master when Sidious promised that together they could discover the secret to stop death (it was a trick, the secret was the Necromancer spell Raise Zombie). Sidious has also mastered the Elementalist spell Elemental Bolt.

The Sidious figure is a straight build from the Frostgrave plastic wizard set. The Vader figure's body is from the Frostgrave plastic wizard set with arms and head from the Frostgrave plastic cultist set. I played around with the positioning of the arms and head to create what I thought looked like a sinister comic book villain pose.

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Painting black can be very tricky – too much highlighting and you can end up with a mostly grey miniature, but without strong contrast the figure looks dull. I used the Privateer Press recipe of adding P3 Coal Black to keep the highlights a cool shade. I’m happy with the results, although it’s hard to see the highlights in these photos, the lighting I used washes them out.

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Here are a couple of cultists - a thug and a thief. The thug figure has arms from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set and a body and head from the Frostgrave plastic cultist set. The thief figure is a straight build from the Frostgrave plastic cultist set but with the dagger converted to face down (it faces up on the sprue) as I thought it looked more menacing that way.

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I really like the cultist set – the poses are more dynamic than the figures in the soldier set which feels appropriate for a group of fanatics. I also love the look of the figures (the hooded heads in particular). I don’t know if the miniatures were based on the artwork of Frostgrave illustrator Dmitry Burmak or if the artwork is based on the miniatures but whoever designed the cultist did a great job.

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Here we have a pair of infantrymen with leather armor from the Frostgrave plastic cultist set with converted weapons. The spear on the cultist sprue is nicely sculpted with a wicked looking spearhead. However it doesn’t feel like a two handed weapon to me (with bonus damage points in game), it looks more like a one handed weapon meant to be wielded with a shield. So I looked for an alternative and found just the thing from my favorite eBay bits seller, some Warhammer Skaven polearms which I used to convert the cultist spears to fantasy naginatas (medieval Japanese glaives).

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On most of the cultist figures the clothing has been sculpted with holes to reflect their rag-tag nature. On one of the infantryman figures I used green stuff to fill in some of the holes so the two miniatures look less identical. I think the cultist figures work great as Sith, I have already started building some additions to the warband and at some point I’d like to convert some sci-fi versions.

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Next up is a crossbowman and an apothecary. The crossbowman figure’s arms and body are from the Frostgrave plastic cultist set, his head is from a Games Workshop Warhammer set (not sure which one as I got a mixed bag of Warhammer heads off eBay at some point). Most of the Warhammer heads look huge on Frostgrave bodies but this head fit perfectly – the eye patch and the scarred upper lip gives the figure a villainous aspect that I really like for a cultist.

The apothecary figure's body is from the Frostgrave plastic wizard set with arms and head from the Frostgrave plastic cultist set. Both arms received a hand swap, the hand holding the staff is from the Fireforge games plastic foot sergeants set (I removed the spearhead to create a staff). The hand holding the potion is from the Frostgrave plastic wizard set.

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There are some really nice bits on the cultist sprue – you can see some on the infantrymen above and on the apothecary below. The cultist bits worked great with this body as the rope belt is sculpted lower on the figure’s left side so it looks like the skull and potion are weighing the belt down.

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Finally, here we see the two apprentices facing off – Vader has just revealed a secret about Luke that no-one saw coming, HE IS LUKE'S FATHER (I can still remember having my seven-year-old mind blown in 1980)!!!

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How will Luke handle this stunning revelation? Will Sidious and Vader emerge victorious? The saga continues in Episode 6, coming soon (-ish, I’m a really slow painter) to a forum near you…
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Posted by Peter on 12 Aug 2019, 20:14

Real nice figures and excellent painted! :thumbup:
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Posted by MABO on 17 Aug 2019, 11:46

The cultists are cool figs and nicely painted. Love the one with the crossbow.
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