Monday, November 27, 2017

Finished - Frostgrave Warband

It has been about a month since I acquired the terminal Frostgrave bug and I have yet to even play a game!I have spent the time waiting for the host to prepare the game board by painting some of the Zombicide: Black Plague minis for my warband. I don't know that I would have ever found the motivation to paint these minis if it were not for Frostgrave.

I have already talked about my spells, so how about warband composition.

Tim the Enchanter is running the show and his Apprentice is Milo in the pointed hat next to him. I picked two ranged folk Arya the Huntress and “Deadeye” Joyce Dahl with the crossbow. In addition, since my Wizard and Apprentice are armed with crossbows since they really lack good ranged attacks compared to the damage-dealing Elementalists. Backing up the ranged contingent are the thugs of Candy, Bruce the knight of insufficient light, and Bruenor Stonebreaker each just carrying a single hand weapon despite Bruce having two axes and Candy having a dagger tied to her apron strings. The heavy hitter is the Infantrymen known only as the Ax Man armed with a two-handed weapon. I have two thieves for the smash and dash named Locke de Carr (in purple) and Brother Joe (with the green hood and torch). I also have minis for Completely-Headless Carl for the "Raise Zombie" spell and the Gmork for when I get a kennel. If you are keeping track, that is 12 members which is the maximum that I can see.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Vyndica - Char’s Zaku

Working hard on this beastly project. Since the last time I posted about it, I finished all the internal structures of the right leg and am starting on the armor. Once that is done, I should do the cables but I am going to them all at once. I will just move on the the torso. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

On The Table - Frostgrave Wizard

Starting work on my Frostgrave warband at the top with the Wizard. Before I knew what school I was going to choose for him, I picked out "Tim the Enchanter" for the mini. I changed around the color scheme a bit because I didn't want to paint that much black. I wanted to be able to pick him out on the table easily and too many minis that are dark and muddy.

Serendipitously, I picked the Enchanting school for my wizard. Initially, I was enthralled by the ability to create Constructs but I could only select 3 starting spells from my main school. I ended up going with the strategy of enchanting weapons and armor during the game and trying to make them permanent. This gives me the ability to buff any soldier in my army and sell those items for extra money.

For healing, I took Lifedrain from the Necromancy (though I am thinking of swapping that for Raise Zombie) and and straight up Heal from Thamaturgy. As far as offence, I didn't take much. Actually, I didn't take any direct damage spells. Everything is either a buff or an out of game spell. I view the caster as enhancing the warband and they are going to do the real work.

In retrospect, I did end up swapping Drain Health for Raise Zombie. The casting number was too high and with it being a Neutral school, I would be succeeding at that spell a quarter of the time. With Raise Zombie, I can cast it out of game without feeling that I am wasting an action or in game if I am running out items to enchantment.

My Final Spell List:

Enchant Armor
Enchant Weapon
Embed Enchantment
Elemental Hammer
Raise Zombie
Brew Potion

Friday, October 27, 2017

Finished - Blood Bowl Nuns

Put the final touches on 16 Blood Bowl Nuns through Vyndica. The client wanted white and red, two of the notoriously difficult colors to paint. I really struggled to get the white just right and had to take a few swings at it. I ended up basing Pallid Wytch Flesh, painted on some black wash, touch up, wash Agrax Earthshade, touch up then with pure white on the edges. This gave me deep shades but bright whites.

I tried some new things on the flesh as well. I took the highlighting one step further than I normally do. Usually I stop at Cadian Fleshtone but this time, I put just a little Elf Flesh on the shiny or raised areas. U have held on on this because it looks awful up close but at arms length it looks so much better.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

On The Table - Frostgrave

Got bit hard by the Frostgrave bug and I am lit.

Frostgrave is a hybrid mini-wargame and RPG. You play a powerful Wizard basically looting a deserted magical city that has befallen a terrible fate. Long ago, a powerful magic ran out of control turning the city of Felstad to a wintry disaster zone. Magical items and treasures were left behind and only the most brave (or foolish) adventurer would dare venture in.

Your wizard has none fools... erm brave heroes following him. You use these guys to grab treasure to be run off the board, kill other wizards and their henchmen or defend yourselves from monsters and wild animals. That's the mini-wargame part.

The RPG part is that each game can affect the next one. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Vyndica - The Game Is Afoot

Working hard on the Char's Zaku model. I feel bad for how long it is taking but this is a very complicated model. It has the same surface area as whole armies.

Back to work so I don't taste the agony of dee feet. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Finished - Daemon Prince of Khorne

Finished this bad boy tonight. He started out as a Reaper Bones mini called "Minotaur Demon Lord" that sold for a pittance. For conversions, I added a Khorne symbol to his knees, right shoulder and forearms. I had those left over in my bits box and count not think of a better use of them. My only regret is that I could not use eight of them. I also swapped out whatever this dummy was using for a flaccid weapon for a GIANT AX OF KHORNE! I planned to assemble my Bloodthirster of Khorne in one form and proxy it for the other forms so I didn't need to mag the other hands like a jabroni. That left some bits over. While it is wildly out of scale with the mini, I feel that it is still on point.

Speaking of scale, The mini is a little large for a Daemon Prince. The bottom the head is about where the top of the GW Daemon Prince stands. I put it on a Dreadnought base which is the same as a Daemon Prince. I also feel that the "out of scale" is on point for Khorne. He is more a god of excess than the Lord of Excess. Dude loves some big weapons so I feel good about the ridiculous size of that ax. Also it has teeth and I loved painting it.

I painted the Deamon flesh the same way that I painted the Bloodletters of Khorne. Like all the times that I have painted this before, I regretted not having more purple show through. The overall tone of the skin is red and I wanted more purple in the recesses. I knew this while I was painting this mini but somehow it still came out red.

To replace the mini would cost about $10 including shipping. The ax and wings become problematic. They run for about $10 and $16 respectively. The paint job took some time and I value it at about $60 making the total replacement value about $100. Doubt I would sell or trade it for less.