Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Frostgrave warband complete

My summoner warband for Frostgrave is now finished. I was inspired by the Arabian type summoner figure in Frostgrave to do the entire warband around the same theme. The Wizard and the Apprentice are official Frostgrave figures, the rest being a mix of Gripping Beast, Artizan and Reaper miniatures. Oh, and the servant model is from a Wargames Illustrated Napoleon vignette!

The whole bunch. Not a whole lot of variety but enough as long as I don't mind using the same figure from lowly thug to a knight as the campaign progresses.

The summoner and his Djinn. I Frostgrave terms, the genie is a summoned demon.

Apprentice and apothecary. "Care for a mana potion, madam?"

These two are thugs in my current warband.


Archers. Three is enough ranged power in a warband to make opponents worry a bit.

I use the one on the left as a barbarian (Hassan chop!) and the one on the right as a generic proxy for pretty much anything. He can be a barbarian, a treasure hunter or whatever.

I think these turned out ok-ish. The wizard and the apprentice ended up lacking that special something to make them pop out as warband leaders but I like how the genie and the barbarians turned out. I've been dunking figures in Devlan Mud for a long time and decided to do the highlights mostly by hand in this warband and wasn't especially happy on how they turned out considering the time I spent, so I guess I'll go back to my old ways for a while.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Next Generation

My ten year old nephew has expressed interest in model planes and tanks, and naturally I was happy to show him the ropes. He chose an 1/72 Airfix Curtiss Tomahawk as his first model and over a few sessions I showed him how to assemble and paint it. I gave him as little hands-on help as possible, pretty much just helping him with the decals and some small detail. He did good. Time will tell whether the hobby will stick but I can at least make the learning curve a bit easier. He was naturally a bit disappointed that it didn't turn out awesome right away, but luckily I still have my first model planes stored away. I brought him my very first model airplane (an Airfix Spitfire, of course) to show him that I wasn't any better when I started out, and that I was three years older than him at the time!

Damn, its been twenty years since I did that Spit. It looks like this hobby did stick with me..