Tag Archives: Frostgrave

Reaper Bones Ogre Chieftain 

This miniature was actually sent to me in error when I tried to order another Reaper Bones Ogre. Rather than faff about sending it back I kept it and it sat on my ‘to do’ pile for nearly 2 years.

As with all the Reaper Bones miniatures they work nicely as inexpensive playing pieces and this one – ‘Kagunk – Ogre Chieftain’ is another addition to my Frostgrave/5th ed D&D collection.

Frostgrave Random Encounters – Werewolf 

The use of the word ‘werewolf’ in the Frostgrave rulebook is a bit misleading really. The description says they’re not lycanthropes at all but an intelligent race of man/wolf hybrids.

I fondly remember the Wolfen from the Palladium Fantasy RPG back in the 1980s who fulfilled a similar role. The Vargr in Traveller are an even earlier example of the same sort of creatures.

This is a Reaper Bones miniature and is very similar in style to the Mantic werewolves I painted last year. It’s probably a bit big for the Frostgrave interpretation of a lupine humanoid so I may rethink it if I spot a more appropriately sized figure.

Frostgrave Combatants Pt 11 – Soldier and Thief

Another couple of medieval figures from the job lot painted up for Frostgrave.

First up is a Peasant spearman. I’m unsure who the manufacturer is but he doesn’t appear to be from Essex Miniatures. His round face and short stature puts me in mind of a youthful D&D hireling fresh to the adventuring life. In other words monster fodder…

The second figure is from Essex Miniatures and is actually a Medieval Sapper/Miner. He has a shifty peasant look about him (Psst! Wanna buy some dung? Only a farthing…) so I think he’ll make a good thief in Frostgrave.

The pair together.

Frostgrave Random Encounters – ‘Snow’ Trolls 

Over the last few years I’ve managed to repurchase two of my favourite Citadel C20 Trolls that I owned back in the 1980s, sculpted by the Perry Twins in 1984. I bought them because a) they were inexpensive as far as these sculpts go and b) because I still love them 32 years after first laying eyes on them.

When I started compiling a list for the random encounter creatures in Frostgrave I initially resisted the idea of using these for it, thinking I’d save them for a (as of yet unspecified) “grander plan”.

After searching for Trolls to paint for Frostgrave nothing appealed to me so I changed my mind and used them. 

When painting the Frost Giant for Frostgrave I wrote about flesh tones and how I planned to use grey for the Trolls. This hasn’t happened for two reasons. Firstly I was worried they’d get washed out in the standard basing I’m using for the project – battleship grey. It helps if figures can stand out from this and I didn’t think grey skinned trolls would. Secondly I couldn’t bring myself to paint these old figures in anything other than green!

I did however go for paler skin tones than the standard ‘goblin green’ that predominated GW Goblinoid armies from 1985 onwards. In fact, with all those Orcs, Goblins, Snotlings, Trolls (until blue and grey became their thing) and Hobgoblins PLUS using it for painting bases Games Workshop must have sold A LOT of Goblin Green paint in the 80s and 90s… 

Anyway,

Troll 1 – Hobol Firebreath

Troll 2 – Grog Stuntycrusher

The pair together.

Frostgrave Combatants Pt 10 – Wizard (plus Frostgrave Random Encounters – Wild Dogs)

Another Wizard painted up for Frostgrave, this time from the Citadel BC1 Adventurers Starter Set, released in 1985. This is the only miniature I have from that box set. I wish I had the rest!

The dogs below were another quick paint job rattled off while waiting on other things to dry. I wasn’t sure who the manufacturer was as I bought them from an eBay seller who stocks a wide selection of miniatures and often breaks down sets to sell the components separately. I dug a bit deeper and apparently they were made by North Star Miniatures although I can’t find them on their website.

They’re not the greatest of sculpts and are a little on the small side but they make for a passable Lurcher type hunting dog that I could see surviving in the wild as feral canines.

Frostgrave Combatants Pt 9 – Barbarians

There have been many attempts at barbarian miniatures over the 40+ years of fantasy wargaming/RPGs.

There seems to be two types of fantasy barbarian.

The first is the clean shaven, loin clothed, muscular sword waving type constantly wrestling either a giant serpent or lily skinned, scantily clad princess as per the R.E. Howard Conan stories.

The second is the bearded, fur wearing, frenzied axeman based on the historical stereotype of the Celt or Viking who spends his time stealing women and raping cattle.

Grenadier Miniatures in the early 90s created ranges to represent both types. Mark Copplestone had a splendid set of Conan inspired figures whilst Nick Lund offered an all together hairer bunch in his own inimitable sculpting style.

I am of course partial to both sets of figures. The Copplestone barbarians are still available from Mirliton however the Lund sculpts aren’t. I have a fair few Copplestone barbarians tucked away for a project that hasn’t happened yet and I was quite happy to leave them untouched as I managed to pick up these two Lund figures for Frostgrave.