Category: frostgrave

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago – Qadira

This miniature has been sitting on the shelf for a while now, waiting for me to be ready for it.

Each arm was a separate piece, with the join being just under the bangle – looking item on each upper arm. I knew I was going to want to pin them in place, but I’ve never had a small enough drill bit for the task. I’ve used a coworker’s on occasion, but I wanted to be able to work on this one at home. A while back my last micro bit finally broke, and I found myself ordering more. I bought a whole pile of them at once, and when they finally arrived a few months later (ah, international shipping), I decided it was finally time to tackle this model.

I used a 0.6mm bit and a piece of a staple for the task, and I’m very happy with the results.

I painted this one at the same time as I was working on the viking Bondi and Shaggy. I was originally planning to base it for use in regular Frostgrave, but in the end I decided that was probably pushing the ‘insufficiently dressed for the weather’ thing a bit too far (I already have a bunch of those, haha), and decided she’d make a pretty great Heritor or Warden for F:GA.

I definitely ran into some hiccups applying the washes, and had to repaint/rewash a couple of flesh areas, but came out pretty decently. Used a lot of different shades on this one, which is something I’ve been making an effort to do; I used to just wash the whole miniature in a single shade, and with a few exceptions, this is well worth the effort.

The water ended up drying a little further (and hence more clear), but I definitely should have kept the matte clear coat off of it. Something to keep in mind for next time.

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Frostgrave – Thaw of the Lich Lord at Thunder 

​Fired up a Thaw of the Lich Lord campaign at Thunder Games and Gifts the last week. ‘Total Eclipse’ was a blast, with a pair of necromancers going head to head. 

Damnation Allie & Guile Malmortus

Guile Malmortus and his Death Defiers had barely begun their most recent foray into the frozen ruins of Felstad when Damnation Allie’s HeartTakers arrived from the north. Guile had his soldiers dig in and prepare for a fight, but Allie’s soldiers were particularly aggressive today and surged across the battered cobblestones to engage their competitors. Multiple zombie trolls burst onto the western edge of the battlefield, interfering with Guile Malmortus and his personal cohort, and while Guile managed to lead his men in vanquishing the zombie trolls, the Death-Defiers had rougher luck in their dealings with the HeartTakers, struggling against the savage onslaught. Striking terror into the hearts of her enemies, an infantryman named Ursa led the bloody charge, cleaving both air and foe alike with her deadly axe and advancing so quickly that only the hounds could keep up.
By the time the total eclipse occurred, the battle was largely over, with the HeartTakers grabbing anything that looked to be of value and the Death Defiers hauling their wounded from the scene of the confrontation. Spike was the only member of the HeartTakers (one of two warhounds) knocked down during the fight, and he fully recovered. The Death Defiers recovered their luck, and all 8 injured parties made full recoveries! They truly earned their name on this day!
Battle on the River is next, and is scheduled for Thursday November 24th!

Frostgrave – Balance and Faking Games

Not everybody in our Frostgrave group can make it to every game, and some guys are only able to make it out once or twice in several games. This generally means that they are doomed to some degree (eventually if not right away). To combat our inconsistent availability, I developed the Frostgrave Faker, a quick chart that stimulates game results from a Warband Development perspective. Experience, money, and gear, randomly generated using the same d20 you use for your game.

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So far it seems to work pretty well; the d20 gives it that familiar Frostgrave swing and the results seem slightly low average (obviously we don’t want missing a game to be more beneficial than playing it, grin). We mostly play 3-player games, so this might have more of less swing built in than some groups of different sizes. Averages should theoretically be similar, though.
Feel free to try it out and leave some feedback, I didn’t have as much raw data as would have been useful so hearing back from other players would be very helpful!

Frostgrave – Meet the Headtakers: Wren the Unseen

Name: Wren the Unseen
Soldier Type: Human Ranger
Formerly: Archer
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Miniature: GW Wood Elves Waywatcher
Backstory: A hunter from a small village near Felstad. In the early days of the thaw, the village was overrun by the undead and almost everybody was killed or turned. Wren, then a lowly archer, held out in a loft, where he was eventually discovered/rescued by a Barbarian named Anja. Anja would eventually introduce Wren to mercenary work. Since then he’s worked primarily with Beatrice and Tannhauser.
He met Alistair more recently at an archery competition held shortly after a sudden change in local government. Since they are both recruited by She (Who Will Not be Named), Wren has been training Alistair in the use of his view, while simultaneously training with Anja in close combat techniques.

Frostgrave – Meet the Headtakers: Morrigan

Name: Morrigan
Soldier Type: Apprentice Necromancer
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Miniature: old Reaper miniature, necromancer?
Backstory: The eldest child of a shaman from one of the prominent barbarian tribes to the Southwest of Felstad, Morrigan was expected to do great things. She has real talent for magic and wizardry, but is a bit obsessed with the darker aspects of the Art, aspects *not* embraced by her tribe. Her less talented brother was named the shaman’s apprentice because of this obsession, leaving Morrigan without further training. When She (Who Will Not be Named) traveled through the region, Morrigan thought she sensed a bit of a kindred spirit and latched on immediately. While Morrigan is a little on the intense side, she is a devoted follower with an almost desperate need to learn.

Anja’s cousin, Morrigan also had previous dealings with Rikkits, who she occasionally hired to obtain items she couldn’t get her hands on through normal channels.

Frostgrave – Meet the Headtakers: Skrixx Aeon’k

Name: Skrixx Aeon’k
Soldier Type: Scaled Folk Knight
Formerly: Thug

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The real question is always whether they'll die before I can finish painting them...

Miniature:  GW Skink Chief
Backstory: A mercenary from the Southlands lying beyond the Hellstorm Seas, Skrixx is an oddity in the North. In the Southlands, Skrixx Aeon’k was a promising young warrior, the direct scion of a prominent tribal elder. He was skilled in combat, if  a bit reckless, his greatest weakness being a steadfast refusal to think before he acted. As one might expect, this flaw would inevitably be his downfall.

Cursed by a shaman in his homelands in a twisted act of vengeance, Skrixx’s blood runs hot throughout his body. He came North to cool his body and prevent his imminent death, preferring the exile of his own design over the slow death planned for him by the shaman. He’s worked previously with both Beatrice and Jaeger in the regions immediately surrounding Felstad.

Frostgrave – Meet the Headtakers: Ekaterina

Name: Ekaterina Dragunova
AKA: Katie the Wolf
Soldier Type: Human Treasure Hunter
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Miniature: Kalyna from Hasslefree Miniatures (HFH085)
Backstory: Ekaterina was abducted and ransomed at a very young age by bandits. Her family couldn’t – or wouldn’t – pay, and the bandit assigned to be her executioner couldn’t bring himself to complete his task. He abandoned her in the woods, instead, expecting that the end result would be basically the same.

Shortly after being abandoned she found a wolf cub in a snare, and not really knowing any better at such a young age, she freed it. The cub’s mother was nearby, and spared Ekaterina. Whether this initial act was gratitude or pity would never be entirely clear to the child; as she grew older Ekaterina came to believe that maybe her adoptive ‘mother’ had just realised what a powerful ally a tame human would be. Of course, as it turns out, an angry, abandoned young girl raised by wolves is anything but tame.

Eventually Ekaterina would rejoin society, and even be recognized for who she was (she would have been the spitting image of her mother if not for the terribly cold eyes of her father and some hard edges courtesy of her feral upbringing). Abandoning the birth name that she had long since forgotten, she found a new home in the urban underground, hiring herself out as a mercenary. She had worked with Rikkits before he began running with Xaalia’s crew; Xaalia never felt comfortable working with her and avoided hiring her. Loads of natural talent, and all the moral ambiguity one might expect from a terror raised among wolves, but a lack of respect for other people in general means that Katie the Wolf is undisciplined, and rarely takes direction well. She can be loyal to a fault, but the few that have ever managed to take advantage of that trait met their own ends badly enough that often only the truly desperate will hire her.

Morrigan suggested her as a potential replacement for Rikkits after his untimely demise, and Xaalia reluctantly put She in touch.