Friday 31 July 2015

Ziterdes Ruins!

The Ziterdes order un-boxed:

Two of the pieces are for Ulolkish/Duregar, which is why there is two of each.

Later I shall unpack my ruins and mock up a preliminary Frostgrave board, to see if I now have sufficient scenery to break up LoS for those shooters and combat wizards out there.

I think so, but I probably am going to want to populate a 4x4 table at some point, as I have some ideas for allowing bigger warbands and experience/advancement for soldiers.

BIG Parcel!

What might this be...?

Thursday 30 July 2015

Frostgrave: The Crusaders - Part 1

So, July is ending, I am slowly getting used to working my night watch again, and my vacation-induced hobby-stupor needs to be ended.

A couple of days ago, I decided to do something completely different for Frostgrave, as I currently do not feel motivated to work on touch-ups and/or repaints of old models.

I am going to base a Thaumaturge warband on crusading Monks and Templars, and to that end I have ordered all the Brotherhood packs from West Wind's Vampire Wars range (they are going to serve both in Frostgrave and as a Brotherhood warband for Chaos in Carpathia, which I have long wanted to start playing).

Some of the warband will be made up from members of the Order of the Knights Templar, and thus I have cleaned the knights sprue from my Fireforge Templar Infantry box, and a sprue from my Fireforge Foot Sergeants box, so I can make a Man-at-Arms, a Knight, and a Templar, while I wait form my angry monks to arrive from West Wind.

I shall probably start assembling the minis tomorrow, if I get up in time to do so, before my wife returns home from work, when we have to go shopping for some woollen fabric for warm medieval dresses for my daughters.

Wednesday 22 July 2015

Vacation 2015 - Day 2.

Anna took a lot of pictures while we were driving down through the Harz and northern Bavaria.

Here are some of them:

Preparing for Frostgrave

After ordering quite a bit of ruins from Ziterdes this weekend, today I dug into an old figure case to see what I could commandeer for Frostgrave - and behold: Lots of old role-playing minis from Citadel and Metal Magic!

They will all be re-based, and then I'll go about finding apprentices for some of the wizards (until I find those, I may use some of the thief minis for this purpose).

Ideally, I shall have 3 or 4 warbands ready before Attic Attack, but only time will tell if I can get them done in time.

For now, let's just say, I have plenty of stuff to work on, even without breaking out the official minis, but I also have to paint some treasure tokens, so that the warbands have some loot to carry away.

As I also want to finish the last skeleton unit for God of Battles in time for Arttic Attack, I think I shall have to work on a rather strict schedule - but I am often most effective when given a deadline, so I hope to be able to get everything ready.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Another Skeleton Horde

I am currently working on my second Skeleton Horde unit for my God of Battles Lords of Undeath army.

The first lot was assembled many years ago, but did never make the cut to the painting queue; They have been rebased the usual way, to 20mm steel washers, given some filler and a white spray primer, and are now in the shown state of completion.

The second lot had been painted, but is now also rebased, and I am giving the bases a coat of beach sand.

When the above skellies have been touched up with white, everything is going to receive a Devlan Mud wash, before the last bases are sanded, and all the bases get painted and flocked.

Below are the leader and musician of this unit; the bugler seems to have lost his right hand at some point, but as he, obviously, also has no lungs, I do not see that impeding his value for the unit (for martial impact, he can always stab opponents in the eye with the arm stump).

All these guys can, of course, also be used for Frostgrave, and, actually, I think I shall be mocking up a Necromancer warband using various undead as the retainers, just to try out the rules.

Well, 'nuff said, time to get back to work!

Monday 20 July 2015

Frostgrave Arrived!

Ulolkish/Duregar and I bought a level 5 and a level 1 Frostgrave Nickstarter deal, and because of  my family vacation in Italy, I asked North Star to delay sending the stuff.

It arrived today, and I am already reading through the rules, hoping to be able to start making a warband later this week.

I have a Skeleton Horde unit to finish for God of Battles, before I delve into the frozen city, but it is well underways, so I should finish it before Friday - if nothing goes awry, that is!

I am slowly getting back into 'normal mode' after having spent 15 days away from home and country, and getting accustomed to the somewhat unstable Danish summer after experiencing almost tropical conditions on our way through Europe, and although I miss the hot days of Italy, the somewhat cooler weather here IS more forgiving to the hobbyist, so I can actaully get something done, instead of just siesta-ing the day away.

Thursday 16 July 2015

Vacation 2015 - Day 1.

It has been very quiet around here lately, mainly because I have been away with my family on a trip through Germany, Austria, northern Italy, Switzerland, France, and finally Germany once more to get back.

We returned yesrterday morning after driving 23 hours, so I have not had the energy to attend to these pages until now, but I plan to make a somewhat detailed report of our journey over the next couple of weeks.

I hope to also have some gaming related stuff to post in between, but for now you will have to bear with me, as my travel log unfolds.

We left home on July 1st at about 10 a.m., and lunch was had in a rest area/parking just south of the border to Germany.

My wife were taking some pics with the family camera during our lunch break, so she is not to be found.

Both my wife and the kids brought tablets and smartphones, so much of the pics taken by them are not readily available for this log (I might be able to download them, but I think you will find that I - and on occation other members of the family - have taken plenty of pics.

A couple of large rocks were sitting on the lawn behind the pic-nic tables, and the girls - being little rock monkeys - could not resist them.

Below are two pictures of the same situation - I do not remember why - but it shows our car and the very old camping trailer/caravan I inherited from my father (I used to travel Europe with it with my parents).

The trailer is of the 'Eccles' brand manufactured in Birmingham, and is from 1963, so 3 years older than I.

The pictures also show the girls playing a self-invented 'catch' game with their toy fishing nets and a small ball.

My daughters are now 3rd generation users of that particular caravan!

We spent the night at Uhlenköper Camp Uelzen which is a VERY nice camping site just south of Uelzen, in place no. 28 in the 'Sperlingskauzeck'.