Frostgrave Random Encounters – Boar (plus some more Treasure Tokens)

It’s suprisingly difficult to pick up a single boar miniature suitable for Frostgrave.

The limited wild boar miniatures out there seem to be made either as scenery/tokens for games like SAGA (too tiny) or pork monsters resplendent in armour and saddles (massive) to be used as mounts.

A cheap compromise was found for my Frostgrave.

This is an old (1993) Games Workshop plastic boar from a junk eBay lot meant to be ridden by an orc. Not surprisingly that means it’s a horse sized beast in comparison to other animals in 28mm. It’s Hogzilla. It’s also missing it’s tusks. Meh, it’ll do. Next!

I’ve also painted up some more treasure tokens. Three money piles made by Dark Art Studio – cheap and cheerful and nothing to write home about, plus a couple of kitbashed tokens using various leftover sprue bits and an old Citadel brazier that I got in another job lot eBay auction.

PCs for 5th Ed D&D

Since returning to gaming and painting I’ve been fortunate enough to have played RPGs on pretty much a weekly basis. I’m currently DMing 5th Ed D&D ‘Storm King’s Thunder’ so I painted up some miniatures to represent the PCs where our larger combats use a battlemat.

Elf Rogue

This is a Ral Partha miniature available from RPE as part of their Dark Eye range. The PC was originally created as male but then the player changed the gender at the start of the first play session. There’s a fair few female Elf miniatures of course but a lot of them tend to be either Magic Users or Rangers; this seemed the best Ranger type to represent a female Rogue – Elves aways have bows no matter what.

Dwarf Fighter

There was some discussion about gender at character generation for this one too. The player originally settled on female so I got a Ral Partha Dwarf miniature to represent her.

By the next session they had changed her to a male Dwarf so I needed a new miniature! Rather than have the female Dwarf languish in my lead pile she got painted up along with the Citadel ‘Dwarf Lords of Legend’ Uther I decided to use.

Tiefling Warlock 

There aren’t a lot of Tiefling miniatures out there to represent this PC. I toyed with alternatives for this including various Demon miniatures and Games Workshop Ungors.

In the end I settled for this Reaper Bones Hellborn miniature. I would have preferred it in metal but I couldn’t find one in the UK.

Dwarf Cleric

No one wanted to play a Cleric as their main PC despite the serious makeover they’ve had in 5th Ed. Their obvious strength is still ‘Team Medic’ though so the players rolled up one to accompany them. He also serves as a PC for any occasional guest players we get. This is a Heartbreaker Miniatures Dwarf sculpted by Kevin Adams – proving he’s not just the one dimensional Goblin creation machine we sometimes think he is!

Half Elf Warlock 

You’ll need to stretch your imagination a bit with this one. The player is keen on casting ‘mage armour’ on his PC so wanted a miniature with suitably impressive looking armour – even if this magic only gives him the equivalent AC of leather armour!

This is a Heartbreaker Miniatures Elf Warrior figure sculpted by Chaz Elliott. It reminds me of the Citadel Stormbringer miniatures by Jes Goodwin.There’s a definite Elric vibe to him but then Charles did have a history with this sort of thing.

A (slightly blurry – sorry!) group shot. Of course I also felt the need to use hex bases as a homage to the 1980s Citadel AD&D range.

Frostgrave Combatants Pt 8- Knights

First things first – I’m not dead yet. I hope you’re not either.

I bought a job lot of mostly Essex Miniatures Medievals off eBay to help boost my Frostgrave Soldier collection knowing they were simple sculpts that could be quickly painted up.

So first up is a foot knight treated to a simple paint job.

The second figure is more interesting as it’s a Bishop miniature that has always made me smile when looking through the Essex website.

He’s probably best described as a portly gentlemen, clearly more used to elbowing his way to front of the monastery lunch queue than the battlefield.

It looks like he’s giving it a good go though with a rousing sermon to convince the wary serfs that death is all part of their duty to the Lord, and that this unquestioning loyalty will ensure their souls avoid purgatory.

In Frostgrave he’ll just be used as a Knight.

The pair together.

Citadel Dwarf Troll Slayers

Dwarf Troll Slayers. The Warhammer fluff went something like this – 

“Disgraced and outcast from Dwarf society for some misdemeanor over pride or honour they took an oath to become Troll Slayers. They threw aside the conservative conventions of Dwarf life and instead sought an honorable death at the hands of the largest monster they could find.”

Basically the punk rocker of the Dwarf world they adopted dyed spiky hair, chains, leather, apathy and probably safety pins if you looked closely enough. Very 100 Club circa 1976.

Dwarf berserkers were already a thing in WFB and make an appearance in ‘The Magnificent Sven’ scenario included in 1984’s 2nd edition ruleset. They were subject to ‘alcoholism’ and ‘frenzy’ rules and even had a hint of the morose about them in times of peace and sobriety, however the full transformation into what famously became the Troll Slayer happened a little later.

For older Grognards their first introduction probably came with WFRP in late 1986. The Troll Slayer was a PC career for Dwarfs and one individual famously featured on the front cover illustration by John Sibbick.

This wasn’t the first mention of the doomed and disgraced vertically challenged. That came in 1985 with the Dwarf Lords of Legend boxed set that included Kimril Giantslayer. This is possibly the first use of Giant Slayer in a Warhammer Dwarf context. I also think he’s the Slayer Sibbick used as the basis for his WFRP cover. Throbin Death Eye came in this set too and looks like a Troll Slayer however with no mention of Trolls at this stage I suspect he was still technically considered a Dwarf berserker.

By 3rd Edition WFB (late 1987) the berserker had been sidelined and the Troll Slayer was firmly planted in the game. The later Felix and Gotrek novels ensured it’s lasting popularity. Even today it’s still in AoS – albeit under a different name. 

Like most things over time with GW the Troll/Giant/etc etc Slayers became more and more ridiculous, a parody of themselves with impossibly coiffured Mohican haircuts and gigantic battle axes. And of course they all started to look the same; much as the Punks of the early 1980s who, protesting their individuality, were really just tired clichés; emulations of 1976 wearing what had become a universally recognised uniform of Punk.

Anyway here’s some Dwarfs I’ve painted.

The first photo is mostly older berserker miniatures including Juggo Jorikson of ‘The Magnificent Sven’ fame (and also included here is Kimril Giantslayer). The Dwarf on the left is the oldest GW Dwarf berserker miniature I know of and is pre slotta.

The next photo are early 1990s Troll Slayers from GW’s offshoot Marauder Miniatures. You will notice the size creep in these miniatures compared to the early berserker models. Later Troll Slayer figures were even bigger.

Obligatory unit shot.

Scratch built Frostgrave ruins

I originally had plans to make my Frostgrave scenery a mix of both complete and ruined buildings. In the end I decided against this and concentrated on ruins.

The main reason I changed my mind is time. Late last year I started making a terrace of Tudor style town houses using the early 90s GW techniques with foam card, balsa and filler – an upgraded full size tiled roof version of the Peasant Hovel I made a while back.

Scratch built Medieval style town houses – minus chimney pots!

This took over a week of sessions to produce and will probably take just as long to paint – it’s stored away until I get the mojo to actually paint it! I know it’ll be splendid when it’s completed but at that sort of rate I’d never finish anything so my plans needed an overhaul.

The second reason for making ruins is my gaming companions. I know full well that if I add complete buildings onto the table for a skirmish game the first thing they will want to do is get their characters inside buildings to hide and snipe from the windows!

With no desire to draw additional floorplans or increase the complexity of model building so they can be accessed by miniatures I’m just sticking to ruins that are accessible without lift off floors and roofs etc. 

I’ve briefly mentioned before about the polystyrene ceiling tile ruins that my old gaming companion ‘L’ and myself built back in the mid 80s. These were based on WW2 scenery he’d seen at a Wargaming Show and we used them for skirmish games of WFB 1st and 2nd Edition. I realised these would be perfect for Frostgrave and decided to look into them again.

Now it appears the world has moved on considerably since the mid 80s with regards to polystyrene tiles. It seems people no longer wish to add the (presumably aesthetic) illusion of paved panels to their ceilings anymore. Also it seems they no longer want to dramatically increase the flammability of their properties. This means the cheap polystyrene ceiling tiles that we used then are no longer available.

I needed to re-think the whole idea but to be fair the ruins we created back then were very fragile and wouldn’t store or travel well anyway. The idea was great but the execution needed an update.

Looking for inspiration there are plenty of youtube ‘how to’ videos and wargaming magazine articles about using hot glue guns and modern household materials for scenery building. I already own a glue gun so I decided to give it a go.

This is my cheap and cheerful way to rattle off some scenery. It was all painted with grey rattle can car paint primer as the base colour and then cheap pound store acrylic paints quickly brushed over the top – the entire lot was done in two days.

The walls for my ruins are just double thickness corrugated cardboard – two sheets glue gunned together.

The cornerstones, window surrounds and doorways are cereal packet card glued on to give the illusion of masoned stone.

I originally started making individual floor tiles but wasn’t happy with the time it was taking to cut them out or the overall look when finished. I changed to 20 & 25mm MDF miniature bases instead. Much quicker and more effective looking.

The rubble was some really cheap fish tank gravel PVA’d in place – it had to be the cheap stuff because it’s all different sizes of stone, the pricier stuff is too uniform in size so not as visually effective.

The texture on the walls is created by dragging the hot glue in streaks up and down the card. The edges have hot glue run along the tops and when cool repeated with PVA and sprinkled with sand/fine gravel to give a crumbling stone look to hide the corrugated edge.

The pillars are of course cake making decorations and constitute the biggest cost to this project – £13 for 8. I based them individually for maximum usability – this way they can be circled or lined up in vistas and crescents rather than having them glued as say one static ‘rectangular temple’ for example.

The bronze statue is this toy knight bought from a cheap store (Wilkos in the UK) for £2.

He’s been based so that he could technically be moved around as an animated adversary should the need ever arise in a game. I also purposely avoided using any of the verdigris paint washes as I dont like any of the effects they create. 

So that’s technically enough Frostgrave scenery to run a few games at least. You may have noted there’s no snow/ice on any of these. I was tempted to cover everything with a layer of Woodland Scenics Snow effect (I’ve even got an industrial size tub of the stuff I’ve not even opened yet) however I wanted to extend the usage of these items so held back. These items (minus the toy knight statue) could easily pass as WW2 Northern Europe or Dystopian near future ruins.

Frostgrave Combatants Pt7 – Knight

This model came in the same job lot purchase from eBay as the AD&D Assassin shown previously. He is of course Harald (Harry) the Hammer.

There’s been three versions of him over the years that I’m aware of. An early 80s pre-slotta version based on the WFB 1st Ed box cover art, a 2008 25th Anniversary limited edition Chaos Warrior and this one from the ‘Heroic Fighters of the Known World’ box set circa 1987.



I’ll count this as a Knight for now rather than a standard Soldier although I do have boxes of both Fireforge Deus Vult Templar and Teutonic Infantry to make up which probably fit the bill better.