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As promised, here are the Ice Trolls:



In my KS pledge, I got three of the starter sets, meaning I got three of these trolls. There are only two different heads, as you can see in these photos. I used the same colors as the smaller models I posted last week-- they apparently skin the trolls and wear their hides, as well as fighting side-by-side with them. I wonder how the trolls feel about that...?



This third guy has a different weapon (a big rock), but I didn't want to repeat faces. I gave this guy a leftover Ogre head, with some kneadatie hair added to cover the gaps. Speaking of gaps, this guy's upper body is subtly different from the other two--so subtly, in fact, that it took me a long time to figure out why it didn't fit the legs, even with hot water bending. I ended up building up his waist with even more kneadatite. I gave this guy orege fur in honor of Sasquatch, but darkened him up a bit to fit with the rest of the warband.

In addition to these guys, I cranked out some giant fly holes:



These are needed for a scenario in Rangers of Shadow Deep. They are made of a 40mm round base, a 25mm Mantic round base, some filler and static grass. Also, I made a house:


It's just foamboard and balsa wood. I was inspired by this YouTube video , but it didn't turn out as well. At least I know I can do this now, so the next one should turn out better.

As always, no update is complete without a battle scene:


As always, comments anc criticism are welcome and encouraged.

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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The ice trolls turned out well.

Scratch building terrain is very much a matter of practice. So is painting, come to think of it. It's very much a learn by doing activity.

Some quick washes, say of dark brown, into the roof, and the timber frames, and maybe the stucco, and then a light drybrushing would do wonders for the look of the building. And take less than 5 minutes. Not including time for the washes to dry.

   
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Trolls look excellent
Not sure how fly holes look compared to real life , and I’m not going to google that .
Terrain piece just gave me some inspiration to make a building, so great job there as well.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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USA

Very nicely painted trolls Josh, those are some scary looking dudes

   
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Can't see anything wrong with that building bud. Looks pretty good to me.

Rest all looking great as usual.




 
   
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Red Harvest wrote:The ice trolls turned out well.

Scratch building terrain is very much a matter of practice. So is painting, come to think of it. It's very much a learn by doing activity.

Some quick washes, say of dark brown, into the roof, and the timber frames, and maybe the stucco, and then a light drybrushing would do wonders for the look of the building. And take less than 5 minutes. Not including time for the washes to dry.


Thanks. I did put a wash over all the balsa and the stucco, but the wood didn't darken as much as I'd hoped, and the stucco does need a drybrush. I'll go back over it and post photos of the results.

Theophony wrote:Trolls look excellent
Not sure how fly holes look compared to real life , and I’m not going to google that .
Terrain piece just gave me some inspiration to make a building, so great job there as well.


It does feel weird to say "fly holes", but that's what's in the book. Please make a nifty building so I can copy what you do.

Syro_ wrote:Very nicely painted trolls Josh, those are some scary looking dudes


Thanks. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

Camkierhi wrote:Can't see anything wrong with that building bud. Looks pretty good to me.

Rest all looking great as usual.


I see nothing but problems with the building, but I built it more as proof of concept than anything else. Next time, I'll draw up some plans first and make sure everything fits together better.

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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I got some nifty PVC sheets the other day just before reading your blog, so I have a concept, just this weekend has been bonkers, but maybe in the A.M. .

Also doing a proof of concept is the way I usually start on buildings as well.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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The trolls look great! I really like the warmer colours you have chosen for yours, really suits the minis. The headswap is really well done too, I would not have noticed if you had not pointed it out.
RE terrain, the main thing is to get stuff built. I have a horrible habit of amassing stuff for terrain builds and then sitting on it for ages as I ponder techniques, and I think ultimately you can only really get good at any of this stuff by doing it. I think your piece looks grand, I think the wood is a difficult thing to work with until you are used to it. Your next piece will improve on it, no doubt!

Let us know how Rangers of the Shadow Deep pans out. Atm I only have a D&D group, no one to play wargames with, so I am really curious about RotSD.

   
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Theophony wrote:I got some nifty PVC sheets the other day just before reading your blog, so I have a concept, just this weekend has been bonkers, but maybe in the A.M. .

Also doing a proof of concept is the way I usually start on buildings as well.


I've been working with foamboard and balsa, mostly. I have another building mostly finished, but the thatched roof is taking forever.

Da Boss wrote:The trolls look great! I really like the warmer colours you have chosen for yours, really suits the minis. The headswap is really well done too, I would not have noticed if you had not pointed it out.
RE terrain, the main thing is to get stuff built. I have a horrible habit of amassing stuff for terrain builds and then sitting on it for ages as I ponder techniques, and I think ultimately you can only really get good at any of this stuff by doing it. I think your piece looks grand, I think the wood is a difficult thing to work with until you are used to it. Your next piece will improve on it, no doubt!

Let us know how Rangers of the Shadow Deep pans out. Atm I only have a D&D group, no one to play wargames with, so I am really curious about RotSD.


Thanks. As much as I love Frostgrave, I can't bring myself to paint something that wouldn't fit in a more temperate setting. I figure these Northern Alliance guys change colors to match the season, kinda like rabbits.

RoSD is kinda like Old School Dungeons and Dragons, without all the talking to old guys in taverns. The rules aren't very crunchy, but the "swinginess" (is that a word?) makes for some very tense moments during the game, and some very entertaining stories after.

I may have mentioned this before, but Frostgrave is probably my favorite game of the last ten years. Everytime something new comes out, I have to pick it up, even if I don't really need it. Case in point: Plastic Wizards:


The box comes with two sprues, each with four bodies, about a dozen heads, 20-or-so pairs of arms, and lots of nifty gubbins. I based this first guy's paint job on The Blue Raja, but reduced the bling because I didn't think I could pull it off without making the model really ugly.



I originally built this guy with screaming bearded face, weilding a sword and staff. After finishing all the exposed skin, I decided I didn't like that particular set up, so I popped off the head and arms and rebuilt him. Originally, he just had an open book in his left hand, but I thought that lacked oomph. I then broke out the kneadatite and had him summoning an eldrich monster, kinda like Sanloss here:


I figure I'll use them as Wizard and Apprentice in the same warband. Finally:



If you have the option to build a guy with a fez, you are required to take that option, IMO. I originally planned to paint him like Uncle Stan from Gravity Falls, but black on black doesn't work so well on the table top. The skull is from the wizard sprue, with kneadatite ectoplasm to make it look like a summoned monster. It looks better at arm's length than up close.

Finally, here are all three together:


I have one more unfinished model from this sprue, but building the spell effects takes time, and I'd rather not rush it. I hope to have him, along with one more building, finished this week.

As always, comments and criticism are welcome and encouraged.

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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USA

Looking good as usual Josh, you have quite the collection of painted wizards with these three joining the party.

   
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Brilliant kit isn't it. I've been having fun with my set as well.

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Great stuff as usual, Josh. And kudos for basing a wizard off a character from one of the most underappreciated movies of all time.
   
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Lovely job on those three wise men Josh! Bringing the gifts of eldritch horror, balefire and skull this Frostmas.

   
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The wizards look like a lot of fun.

I'm in a similar boat- I don't need much of the new Frostgrave stuff, models especially, but I keep gobbling them up.

If only those plastic wizards would show up soon on our side of the pond...

Poorly lit photos of my ever- growing collection of completely unrelated models!

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/627383.page#7436324.html
Watch and listen to me ramble about these minis before ruining them with paint!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmCB2mWIxhYF8Q36d2Am_2A 
   
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I just popped down to the local game store to see if they had any based on this post, sadly not yet! Might order them the next time I am ordering a bunch of stuff.

   
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Lovely as usual, Josh. Green stuff tentacles came out great!

   
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Great wizardry action there Josh

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Syro_ wrote:Looking good as usual Josh, you have quite the collection of painted wizards with these three joining the party.


Like most hobbyists, I have more wizards than I can ever use for any game or system. But that's fine by me, because wizards are cool and fun to paint.

Llamahead wrote:Brilliant kit isn't it. I've been having fun with my set as well.


It is a nifty kit, isn't it. And since it's compatible with all the other (male) FG sprues, I can build 20-30 more wizards with all the bitz!

bbb wrote:Great stuff as usual, Josh. And kudos for basing a wizard off a character from one of the most underappreciated movies of all time.


I loved that movie when it came out. I never did read the comics, though.

Da Boss wrote:Lovely job on those three wise men Josh! Bringing the gifts of eldritch horror, balefire and skull this Frostmas.


Ectoplasm and sanity-blasting monsters are the reason for the season!

highlord tamburlaine wrote:The wizards look like a lot of fun.

I'm in a similar boat- I don't need much of the new Frostgrave stuff, models especially, but I keep gobbling them up.

If only those plastic wizards would show up soon on our side of the pond...


Supposedly, there is a hobby store somewhere that acts as the official distributor of FG in Japan, but I don't know where it is. Even if I did, Japan prices plus shipping costs would work out almost the same as ordering direct.

Da Boss wrote:I just popped down to the local game store to see if they had any based on this post, sadly not yet! Might order them the next time I am ordering a bunch of stuff.


I hear that FG stuff is hard to keep in stock.

Slinky wrote:Lovely as usual, Josh. Green stuff tentacles came out great!


Thanks. If I were a better scratchbuilder, I would have added suckers, I think.

Theophony wrote:Great wizardry action there Josh


Thanks!

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Syro_ wrote:
Looking good as usual Josh, you have quite the collection of painted wizards with these three joining the party.


JoshInJapn wrote:

Like most hobbyists, I have more wizards than I can ever use for any game or system. But that's fine by me, because wizards are cool and fun to paint.


So true! Speaking of which I have 4 more wizards coming in the mail to join my collection (or five if you count the dwarf ranger that looks way more like a wizard with his staff and hood.)
Though your collection is both more painted, and more well painted than mine
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Just got into Frostgrave myself. Good inspiration here!
   
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Syro_ wrote:
Syro_ wrote:
Looking good as usual Josh, you have quite the collection of painted wizards with these three joining the party.


JoshInJapn wrote:

Like most hobbyists, I have more wizards than I can ever use for any game or system. But that's fine by me, because wizards are cool and fun to paint.


So true! Speaking of which I have 4 more wizards coming in the mail to join my collection (or five if you count the dwarf ranger that looks way more like a wizard with his staff and hood.)
Though your collection is both more painted, and more well painted than mine
Spoiler:



Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for the photo. It would be fun, I think, to pull out and photograph sets of models like that, but I dread having to put them all back in their boxes afterwards...

GunnarL wrote:Just got into Frostgrave myself. Good inspiration here!


Thanks. FG is a great game, especially if (like me) you don't care too much about balance and winning and stuff. Have you checked out Rangers of Shadow Deep, by the same creator?

Between the normal Golden Week holidays and the abdication of the previous Emperor/ascension of the new Emperor, the country is in the middle of a ten-day holiday period. Naturally, I've been decidedly unproductive hobby wise, although I did pull a lot of weeds in the yard. Still, I managed to get a few things done:


I posted photos of this building a while back, but was unsatisfied with how the wood looked. Digging through my supplies, I came across a bottle of cheap stain/lacquer from the ¥100 store. It didn't work very well as substitute Quickshade, but it did the job here, I think. You can see white spots where I applied too much hot glue, but let's all ignore those, OK?



I decided to try a thatched roof after seeing a video by The Crafting Muse. The building itself is all balsa wood-- I made the planks by scoring balsa sheet along the grain-- and the thatch is sisal twine. It was real slow going at first, and even when I got the hang of it, each "layer" of thatch took about 20 minutes. The effect works well enough, but I'm not sure I want to spend that much time on one building ever again.




Finally, a little animal pen. Again, all balsa wood, except for the base, which is a hunk of MDF leftover from a Miniature Scenery set (I used a similar piece to make a rice paddy a while back). I went with an aged wood look on this building, as I assumed the houses would be better maintained than this building. Finally, a group shot of my little farm:



Add in a little scatter, and I think this will work for a few different games.

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Wow, 4 hours on that thatched roof? I love thatch, and want to do one in real life as well as some thatched roof terrain, but I'd never be that patient. Love the fly holes - now I need some!
   
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Very nicely done- and the finished buildings are certainly suitable for a variety of settings. I know the feeling (like the four hour thatched roof job) you get started trying something new, it takes longer than you figured, and you've got too much invested now to stop! But the final look is fantastic, very realistic- worth having done at least once.

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I like your farm. Your thatched roof looks good, and the time it took is understandable, it takes forever to make them

   
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Great looking buildings , I need to steal the animal shed/lean to looking piece idea.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Thanks, fellows. To be clear, though, the thatch took a lot longer than four hours. The first slat alone took over an hour, as I tried to figure out what I was doing. I spent about two weeks worth of hobby time on the roof, with some painting and modelling thrown in to break up the monotony. Next time, I'll try to find some teddy bear fur instead.

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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After spending all that time on the thatched roof, I find myself slowing down. I did manage to get a few models finished:



These are the Frostgrave barbarian wizard and apprentice. They had been sitting, based and primed, in my "to finish" pile for a long, long time, and I finally just forced myself to finish them. They turned out pretty well, I think. The apprentice has an ugly mold line right over her right eye. I tried to disguise it as a scar, but you can't really tell in this photo. I need to get a second light source.




And here's the fourth wizard from the Frostgrave plastic wizard sprue. Originally, this guy had a beard and was carrying a staff in one hand and a sword in the other. It looked pretty crappy, so I switched out heads and gave him a set of jazz hands. My son suggested that he should be summoning a giant eyeball. The bald head and pointed beard reminded me of Ming the Merciless, and I did him up in red and gold because of that. I remain impressed with this particular sprue. As always, here's a group shot:


Also, I've decided to enter the latest League of Extraordinary Riveters contest. The theme is "Food for Thought." While cleaning up after a game a couple of weeks ago, I took another look at the scatter terrain I cranked out for Rangers of Shadow Deep a while back, and was thoroughly unimpressed. I've decided to revisit some of those pieces, and this contest is the perfect chance. Here are some of the raw materials:


It's going to be a campfire, with some sort of beast roasting on a spit. I'll try to post WIP photos periodically. Feel free to give me encouragement!

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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USA

The figures look great as usual Josh. But I'm more excited about the LoER announcement. It's great you'll be joining us in the competition. Also looks like those animals are from the "Terra wild animals" tub, am I right?

   
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 Syro_ wrote:
The figures look great as usual Josh. But I'm more excited about the LoER announcement. It's great you'll be joining us in the competition. Also looks like those animals are from the "Terra wild animals" tub, am I right?


Thanks, I'm glad to be a part of the comp, as well. The animals are from "Animal Land," a set of cheapo toys from the ¥100 store. I haven't decided which to cut up for roasting yet, but I'm leaning toward the giraffe.

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Ellicott City, MD

Love the eyeball-casting wizards!

Valete,

JohnS

Valete,

JohnS

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