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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Frostgrave warband

Ages ago i bought a box of the dungeons and dragons galeforce9 drow war party (at least i think thats what it was) from our local games store... i wanted a new Orc hero for my war of the ring orc army... so i made up and painted the knight as a Dol Gûldûr Orc commander... the rest just got thrown into the abyss of wargaming stuff in my garage.
Then along came Frostgrave.. or i came across the game via jamies blog (Rough War) and thought to myself what a cool idea. What could be more fun than a few treasure hunters searching for new items whilst fighting off random creatures and an opposing wizard with his own crew of treasure hunters. The scope for this game seems endless as no official figures are required, all the stats are pretty much generic so you can field whatever warband you feel like.
So i went searching in the abyss for a suitable wizard and some warband guys, iv got gandalf and kardush and a few lotr figures i could use, as well as an entire crusader army i could pilfer some figures from, but in my search i came across these forgotten about d&d guys and i got cracking and quickly put together a warband. Totally happy with it, only thing i didnt like was that the galeforce9 figures are made from resin... that breaks really easily :( already the rogues ponytail is snapped off along with some other small details. Great spults, high detail but that comes at a price ($ & breakages), so overall i wouldnt consider getting these type of figures ever again, as i prefer something that will last.

Heres my Warband;
Wizard= Dark elf Mage (school of witch)
Apprentice = Dark elf Priestess
Marksman = Dark elf with crossbow
Archer = Dark elf  female rogue with throwing darts
Man at Arms = Half Elf-Orc with sword and shield (missing from the warband photo but below with the knight)
Thief = goblin mercenary
Thief = goblin mercenary
Thief = goblin mercenary  (converted these to be carrying loot bags and torches)
Animal companions x2 spider bases (using them as ice toads)

Ive also got a knight and a couple of extra men at arms to expand the warband if i need to as campaigning continues.
Skeletons were put together and painted super quick, dont look too close, they do the job for the scenarios.
Treasure tokens were made from a heap of old bits (trying to keep with the spider theme).
The only thing i have left to do is to put together a few more random encounter creatures and build the tower from the tower scenario,  then im done... frostgrave is that easy.

First battle with Jamie went well, i managed to bag a beserker with my mage and take off with 4 of the 6 treasure tokens with no losses. My marksman was a beast, he totally held the fort, even though he was unlucky to get no kills, he drew a heap of fire and got pretty lucky surviving it all, my dice rolling went amazing at times and i managed to get some crucial hits in. Thoroughly enjoyed the game.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Skirmish terrain (saga, lotr, frostgrave)

Just finished some winter terrain, the board is the other side of my xwing 3ft x 3ft deep space... so a gd use of a board. I made it purely with 6 or 7 spraypaints, a couple of light browns, light blue, dark brown patches and 2 whites.
The mausoleum i built mainly for frostgrave but it should still all work well as dale or someother winter city ruins. I have 4 or 5 extra clumps of trees, theyre just woodland scenic sprues on mdf coasters... built them for a ww2 event Craig was running a few years ago. This set reminds me of the desolation of smaug extended scenes a little, shame GW wont produce more figures/sculpts for it now. SBG is on the way out but hopefully the wargames community will rally  and keep playing, its a good skirmish system afterall.
Sorry jas, i put your Ork deffcopter base on hold for a week or so ;) need some 40k gaming inspiration!

I must say im so pleased with the 3 hirst arts molds i got, the fieldstone ruins and blocks and another one with extra bits and blocks has made a huge amount of terrain and it looks great on the table, so go check out hirst arts and see the molds they make if you like building terrain, i noticed hes made a new set for 28mm sandbagging, great stuff.

Also a while back i made a set of dungeon, cavern pieces after getting inspired by a phone game called pixel dungeon, these will work perfectly for frostgrave underground passages. Now i may hav an excuse to use them. Adam gave me a big hand one night, so thanks for that bro.

Still have a bit of infinity terrain to build and an ork fort, but for now il keep focussing on figure painting.... more progress to come...
Thx, Andy