Frostgrave Random Encounters РWorm and Snow Leopard 

Not surprisingly there’s not a lot of worm miniatures out there but it seems there’s two ways to categorise them:

A. Gigantic Purple Worms based on the D&D monster.

B. Juvenile Purple Worms and other smaller random Worms.

For category A there’s a very impressive Purple Worm D&D miniature sculpted by Charles Woods that is suitably imposing.

DM Scotty on his YouTube channel theDMsCraft shows how to scratch build something similar to the Charles Woods sculpt. Scotty does a great job on this and if it wasn’t for time constraints I’d be tempted to have a go making one. If you’re unfamiliar with Scotty and his Channel stop reading this now and go check him out instead.

Category B seems to suit Frostgrave better as the Worms in this game aren’t particularly large or high powered.

I had a couple of options lined up for this, the front runner being a Worm from the first release of Reaper Bones miniatures. Rather foolishly I kept delaying purchasing this figure and eventually everywhere sold out! 

This left me with my alternative choice instead, a Mage Knight Crypt Worm from the early 2000s, still available from Ral Partha.

This miniature has a hint of Gigeresque alien and also stirred memories of painting Games Workshop Genestealers about 25 years ago. With that in mind I thought I’d give that old paint recipe a run out for nostalgia’s sake. 

I’ve really struggled to find a Snow Leopard miniature for this project. The ‘official’ miniature is okay but comes with the Ice Toad figure which I’m not fond of so I wasn’t going to buy it.

In the end I settled on DeeZee Miniatures Dinofelis of which you get 2 in a pack. Not the best fit and I’m also not too enamoured with either paint job (both are naff) but they’ll do for now. Maybe I’ll get chance to return to the Snow Leopard at a later stage and paint a decent version.

So that’s my Frostgrave Random Encounters collection done, just a few more additions to the soldiers to complete before I call the whole project done. I’ll try and get some group photographs of them all over the next few weeks.

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Frostgrave Random Encounters РConstructs 

The idea of Constructs as random encounter creatures in Frostgrave seems a bit odd to me.

I’d have thought they’d be much more suited to specific areas/scenarios as guardians, put there by sorcerers and only activated by trespassing intruders. Still, they’re on the random encounter table so I needed three – small, medium and large.

I looked around for alternatives to the official figures as I’m not overly fond of them but nothing really seemed suitable. Everything I found was either too elemental, too robotic and quite often just too big.

So avoiding steam powered Robots, pumpkin headed Scarecrows and rock Elementals (all options that were considered) I decided to just bite the bullet and buy the ‘official’ Frostgrave North Star figures from my FLGS.

The first thing that struck me when I saw them was how small they all are (the photographs from North Star are quite deceptive) and also just how little difference in size there is between the medium and large versions. The smallest is based on a 25mm whilst the other two are on 30mms.

This just leaves the Worm and Snow Leopard from the rulebook random encounter table and then I’m calling my Frostgrave project complete – for now!

Reaper Bones Ettin

I must have first read fluff about Ettins back in the 80s (either in a friends copy of the 1st Ed AD&D Monster Manual or Dragon Magazine) but I don’t remember seeing an Ettin miniature, or at least a semi decent version of one, until the early 90s.

Back then the one that caught my eye was from the Ral Partha official AD&D range. There were a lot of great minis in that series and it sported various classic AD&D adversaries including several splendid looking Giants.

I have one of the Fire Giants from this range tucked away somewhere still to paint and have already put the Firbolg on the blog however the Ettin from Ral Partha was slightly disappointing. it was a bit too barrel chested with spindly, overly long arms and legs for my preferences.

I’ve seen a few of these for sale on eBay but as I’ve never been too convinced by the sculpt I haven’t ever bid on one.

Reaper released their version of the Ettin a few years ago in their Bones range. I thought it was much better proportioned than the old Ral Partha miniature so I picked one up.

As with a lot of Bones minis it was slightly too bent over so I had to do the boiling water/iced water trick to straighten it up a bit. It’s since bent back a bit towards the original pose but nothing to worry about, and since it’s now secure to a 50mm base it won’t keep falling over at least!

Some of the detailing is a bit poor as sometimes happens with Bones plastic. In this case the barrel on its back, the fish and some of the skulls hanging from the waist are a bit ‘blobby’, but not enough to detract from the mini overall.

I’m sure it’ll provide a useful distraction to my D&D players at some point!

EM4 Miniatures Suit with Gun – John Major

Originally part of Grenadier Miniatures ‘Future Warriors’ range from the early 90s this miniature caught my eye recently as a ‘bank robber’. So on a whim, and with no reason or plan to use it in any of my games, I bought it.

Intending to paint it up quickly as a palette cleanser after lots of fantasy painting I was amazed when it arrived at its resemblance to a certain UK prime minister from 1990-1997.

The details in the eBay photograph didn’t really give any clues that the sculptor (Mark Copplestone?) captured Mr. Major so perfectly in miniature form!

Nick Lund Chronicle Miniatures Hobgoblins (plus a Citadel C13 Night Goblin)

For a while I’ve concentrated on painting a mixture of Reaper Bones and old school pre-slotta lead miniatures, primarily for use with Frostgrave and 5th Ed D&D games.

Like most miniature painters I have lots of old lead and far too many new plastic kits awaiting my attention. With this in mind I’ve probably spent enough time on Frostgrave and D&D minis for now and so fancy a change of painting direction.

To draw these projects to a temporary close I’m going to try and finish the Frostgrave collection off (just 5 more miniatures to complete it), clear down some other ‘WIP’ bits and then move on to hopefully putting an Ork Kill Team together for Shadow War Armageddon (SWA).

Anyway, this week’s offering were part of that ‘WIP’ – various Hobgoblins from Nick Lund’s Chronicle Miniatures company. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before Lund’s sculpting style is very much a love/hate thing for a lot of painters. I personally love his style but I can appreciate why others don’t. I don’t think I’m being negative by describing it as ‘primitive’ – I think that’s a genuine part of the appeal to me.

Lund started sculpting in the 80s but had stopped by the early 90s. I would have enjoyed seeing how his style developed beyond that into the following years but sadly it wasn’t to be. The rumours are an allergic reaction to his preferred modelling medium put an end to his sculpting. He moved into game design but now appears to have completely disappeared from the gaming hobby after the collapse of Grenadier UK in 1996.

Below is another Citadel C13 Night Goblin from 1983 that was meant to have been painted with this lot however it was lurking in dettol at the time and escaped my memory/attentions. I’ve rectified that and its now part of the warband.

Reaper Bones Dwarf Wizard – Khael Stonekindle

About 18 months ago I indulged with a purchase of Reaper Bones miniatures.

It wasn’t a huge buy but it meant getting a few bits and pieces I wouldn’t have normally bought; a large demon, a dragon and a minotaur also a fair few smaller ‘character’ figures.

One of the smaller purchases in this was ‘Dwarf Wizard – Khael Stonekindle’.

I have a Mantic Dwarf Army still glaring accusingly at me from the shelf and Khael was the potential Magic User I’d lined up for it. I’ve since changed my mind and will probably use the Bones Dwarf Cleric I bought at the same time for the role. Khael looks a bit too “Gandalfy”.