Saturday, March 19, 2016

Second Wizard for Frostgrave

I had this miniature for a while.  It was partially painted.   I needed another fire-themed wizard to go with the first one.   This is a Reaper Warlords metal miniature - Ian, Ivy Crown Mage.

I realized after I took the photos that there are some areas where the paint needs touch up and the face needs detailed.

Ruined Tower progress

Worked on my ruined tower small bits at a time.   The snow is a mix of PVA glue, white paint, baking soda and a small amount of glitter.   The glitter didn't come through much to give the effect of ice crystals.  I'll try another layer of just glitter and PVA glue to see if it reflects the light better.

I've got one ladder built and painted.  I still need to get a second ladder built and painted.  I'm also working on a rubble pile to represent the section of the ruined tower that is on the ground.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ruined Tower Terrain

I've been wanting to get a ruined tower completed for some time for use with Frostgrave, Advanced Song of Blades and Heroes, Warrior Heroes Legends or any other miniature games.   Where I work we have a lot of cardboard cores that come in with some of our raw materials as spacers.   Perfect for a tower, or at least the start of one.

I cut is apart and stacked on piece on top of the other.  I also found some 1/4" thick pink insulation board and cut a circular base that I then scribed a stone pattern on it.   On the outside I cut a few pieces of thin cardboard to simulate a stone pattern.  Glue to an old CD, prime with grey paint and I had a good start.

The fun part of a ruined tower on a table is the elevation it can provide for missile armed troops and fire-ball throwing mages.   So I added to levels of partially ruined wood floors.   The first floor started with a piece of cardboard cut to the inner diameter.   I then glued pieces of wooden stir sticks left over from a special event where I work.   Then painted with a wash of thinned down brown paint.  I then dry brushed with lighter browns to give a weathered look.

The second wood floor would be much smaller.  I glued a square balsa wood piece for the second floor base.  Then I superglued more wood stir sticks that were painted the same way.   Note the white in the back of the first floor is still wet white glue.   As this will be a tower used for Frostgrave I still need to add snow and ice to some of the flat surfaces.  I also need to put snow along the back where the glue is still wet.  I'll also make some rubble to represent the part of the tower that has crumbled.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Frostgrave Wizard

A while back I purchased a bunch of Heroclix miniatures from Miniature Market.  The idea was to find some inexpensive plastic miniatures for conversion.   I also recently purchased the Frostgrave game.   I needed to find some Wizard miniatures for the game.    One of the miniatures I had purchased was Clea.    Nice starting point.  However Frostgrave is supposed to be about a city that has been frozen for a thousand years.   Clea isn't dressed appropriately for the Frozen City.   Time to try my hand at a conversion.

I removed the miniature from the clix base.   Clea is on a nice looking cobblestone base.  I glued her to a 1" fender washer and built up the base to match the cobblestone base.

I also wanted to try to add a cloak and some sort of skirt/robes to make her look more 'wizardly' and less 'superhero in tights'.   A while back I bought a tube of green stuff to use on filling in around gaps and joints.  So I squirted a glob out and found it was a bit soft and made it hard to mold.   Once it started to set up it was easier to mold.   Here is Clea with a cloak and skirt added.

The green stuff split slightly on the cloak.  I was a bit ticked, but then left it as it has a slightly torn look.  Clea is an up and coming wizard.  Her journey into Frostgrave has left her a bit road weary.   Sorry for the poor photos.  Working with the camera phone.

Frostgrave has different types of wizards.   Clea is an elementalist, one who wields the power of fire, water, air, and earth.     I also decided to keep the colors of Clea close to her original paint scheme.

So here is Clea as she heads into the city of Frostgrave.

 So is Clea a Wizard or an Apprentice?  Not sure yet as I continue to look at my Heroclix miniatures.   Perhaps Dr. Strange will also visit Frostgrave!