Friday, March 17, 2017

The most ridiculous creature in Frostgrave

Imagine, your exploring a ruined city in the frozen north.  A frozen city that is beginning to thaw out and all manner of evil is awakening along with all manner of treasure now being accessible.  You and your buddies turn a corner and you are faced with a terrifying beast charging right at you.  And that beast my friends..... is a giant albino ape.

Yep, a gigantic ferocious albino ape. I dunno.  It's an interesting choice for an NPC in Frostgrave.  I can't really knock it.  I've played hundreds of RPG's, rocked more hours than I care to admit rolling dice fighting fantastical creatures whether it be via D&D or miniatures, but I can't ever recall fighting an albino ape.  I think the only other reference to them I've ever seen was in the movie Congo back in the late 90's.  Either way, it put a grin on my face.  Here's the model I painted up.

I tried to follow examples from Northstar that I saw.  I think he turned out good.  Sure, I could've gave him a bare butt, but that would've been too funny.  I mean, it's already hilarious to think of a gigantic albino ape running on the board and dry humping one of your guys.  Either way, it made me laugh and was a fun model to paint.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Zombie Troll/Ogre

This next model is from Mantic Games Dungeon Saga board game.  I actually never bought the board game (though I watched a few play-throughs on youtube and it looked pretty cool).  I mentioned this miniature to my friend Brent who got in on that kickstarter and had a few extra models, so he gave me this bad boy.  It was affixed to a square base that I cut off him.  It's also that soft plastic material (think reaper bones, but a little harder), though I'm not sure what it's called.  All I know is removing mold lines from it is a paint in the ass.  Either way, it's still a cool model.  Here is my attempt at painting him...

Other than the prep time going into the painting, I had a lot of fun painting this guy.  I love all the muscle and bone sticking out.  As I was painting it, it was challenging to identify where the muscle was sticking out of the skin in particular areas.  Either way, it's a really cool model.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Frost Worm

I actually had a lot of fun painting this creature.  This is from Reaper Miniatures, part of the bones series.  I think I ended up picking up two of these guys for like $2.99.  Bones are interesting to paint.  Sometimes you end up with a really shitty casting, sometimes you end up with a pretty decent one.

Like I've said in the past, the worst part of bones is cleaning mold lines due to the fact that since it's soft plastic, you can't just scrape it away.  You have to cut it off.  Thankfully on this model, I had no issues and everything worked out pretty good.  Take a look

I wanted to do this one up as a frost worm for Frostgrave since Northstar/Frostgrave doesn't produce an official one.  Hence the reason I went with Reaper.  The model reminded me a lot of the frost worms in Shining Force for something reason (early 90's SRPG for the uninitiated, and one of my favs)  Again, this model was a joy to paint.  I used a drybrush glazing method for the bulk of it which is what I've been doing for a lot of these big bulky monsters lately.

See you on the next one!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Some Constructs

Up next from the Northstar's Frostgrave metal miniature line up we have some constructs.  I decided I wanted my constructs to look a bit more magical then how I've seen other people paint them, so I opted to give them glowing eyes.  I think the effect really adds to their overall appearance.  Take a look...

The one with the blue glowing eyes is the medium construct and the one with the green glowing eyes is the large construct.  I tried to add a little dark red rune to the large construct, but it didn't really pop like I would've hoped.  I probably should've went with a more gray-brown color.  Also, I think they should've made the large construct bigger.  It's just a little wider than the medium construct, and the medium construct is basically the same size as a normal soldier.  Anyhew, I think they turned out pretty good.  I didn't get a chance to paint the small construct yet, but that should be coming along shortly.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Thief and Barbarian

I think out of all the metal miniatures Northstar produced for Frostgrave, the original barbarian and thief blister pack is my favorite, particularly the barbarian.  I don't know why, I just really dig the model and had to have it when I saw it.  Here are my painted up versions....

I tried to do the figures justice, and I think I succeeded.  I basically just copied the color scheme from blister pack example.  Doing the blue stripes on the barbarians paints was a lot of fun and I think it turned out really good.  It really makes the model pop.  I also added a skull because skulls are cool.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Metal Soldiers for Frostgrave

So here we have some metal Northstar miniatures.  It interesting that they make a high quality plastic box to pretty much make the bulk of the basic soldier types, then they have all these different metal blister packs for specific types of soldiers.

Here is the Knight....

Here is the templar

And finally we have one of the many captains....

and here is all 3 together

So there you have it.  The knight was an interesting model to paint.  I used one of my space wolf transfers for the icon on the shield.  I think I should've probably used a lighter color as the black doesn't really stand out against the dark purple.  Also the wooden pattern on the inside of the shield was all free-hand due to it just being a smooth surface.  The captain's face was really bad (hence the angle I put him at in the pictures).  Half of his face was higher than the other half, and there really is no way to fix that.

Anyhew, that's it for now.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Necromancer

For my next duo of wizards for Frostgrave, I decided to paint up The Necromancer and his apprentice from the Northstar Miniatures line.  While these are not my favorite looking models, I like the spell load out in the game for them and since I had already bought the models I decided I would paint them up and play around with painting light flesh tones.

Here are the end results.....

One thing I've learned with very light skin is you really have to thin your paints.  With most paints, a 50/50 ratio will work.  With light skin, you almost want to do like an 80/20 water to paint ratio.

Lots of black in these models and I still struggle painting black.  I guess my main issue is when trying to highlight (whether I use gray for a warm highlight or blue for a cold highlight), I have issues trying to figure out when enough is enough.  When I first started painting miniatures as an adult, that was one of my biggest hurdles.  Over highlight and you've completely changed the original color, under highlight and your model looks like shit.  Oh well, it's something I will continue to work on.