Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Song of Frost and Gravy, Part the Third; Glacial Painting and Works in Progress (of a sort)

The thing about glaciers is that they move very slowly.

So you'll have to forgive me for emulating their progress when painting a subject as wintry as the ruins of Felstad... But Millsy has kept the blog fires burning admirably over winter!

Remember the Reaper Bones Ice Spider? Well, he's all based up and ready to go.



The usual baking soda and PVA snow mix, given a little shading here and there with some diluted blue ink, completes the basing. Can't play Frostgrave without monsters, so he'll join the Ice Toad, the Snow Leopard and the Golem in the menagerie of menace.

But what about adventurers? I have an Infantryman and a Ranger both finished, but without wizards to boss them around, they're not really doing anything much at all. So I bit the bullet and made a start on an Enchanter and his Apprentice last weekend. I've roughed in the main colour areas, but the detail still has to be finished off, so they really are works in progress (at last!).

Here's the Enchanter, Vaino,


and his determined young assistant, Ilmar.


Character names courtesy of the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, after the magician-heroes Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen; it's an homage to two of the great enchanters of legend. And what could be more appropriate for these two than a snowy landscape in which to perform their daring deeds?

The North Star Frostgrave figs are decked with a wealth of detail, and if your eyesight is a little hazy in the close-up department (like yours truly), you might miss a strap or bottle or whatever, but they certainly repay the effort.

I hope to have these lads completed next weekend, and then it'll be on to some more hirelings to bulk up the warband. Plus there's the prepping for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge - cleaning and undercoating in advance this time!

That's all for now - stay tuned!

Ev

18 comments :

  1. really great work, love the snow. The challenge is like birthdays, the more youhave the faster they come

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  2. Nice work Ev! The ice spider gives me the shivers in more way than one.

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    1. Far be it from me to point this out, but as an arachnophobe, you may be living in the wrong neighbourhood...
      ; )

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  3. Very nice work. Prepping for the challenge...Yikes!
    cheers

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    1. Thanks Brendon, I'll have to use my time wisely!

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  4. Awesome ice spider, en route for new and epic adventures!

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    1. Merci, Phil! He is a charming character, isn't he?

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  5. Great work Ev! The ice spider is ace and I really like that bearded fellow with the warhammer.

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    1. At last I'm getting my hand and eye back in for the painting season! Vaino is a real character, the badass old dude archetype writ large.The detail is going to be the clincher here...

      And on other painting matters, my Good Lady Wife is already recommending some suitable figs for the Challenge, so some more acquisitions may be on the horizon!

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  6. Great to see your fine work on these characters, Ev!

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    1. Thanks Dean! I've been away from the workbench for far too long, but it's coming back to me, albeit gradually!

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