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Author Topic: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 8 (11/24/20)  (Read 5243 times)

Offline syr8766

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 6 (9/1/19)
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2019, 10:01:42 PM »
Great work! Love the mash-up of genres.

Offline Geoffrey21

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 6 (9/1/19)
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2019, 05:25:01 AM »
Your miniatures are spectacular.  Great work. I love the theme.

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 6 (9/1/19)
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2020, 02:28:25 PM »
Great idea, but where is the princess, the loveble rogue and his sidekick?
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Offline Johnno

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 6 (9/1/19)
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2020, 03:54:45 PM »
Great idea, but where is the princess, the loveble rogue and his sidekick?

The loveable rogue and his sidekick are the two treasure hunters in the first group, albeit one is considerably less hairy than normal.  :D
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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 6 (9/1/19)
« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2020, 03:28:02 PM »
This thread is just so much fun!

Offline Rick W.

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 6 (9/1/19)
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2020, 07:22:02 PM »
Aye, this thread is great fun indeed. Some brilliant kit bashing ans I quite like your color palette for the first warband.
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Offline MikeRC97

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 6 (9/1/19)
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2020, 03:24:55 PM »
Thanks to all for the kind words, much appreciated.

I haven't painted any Frostgrave figures since last summer as I shifted back to historical but after I finish what I have on my workbench I will go back to Frostgrave.

I have a box of the Frostgrave plastic barbarians that will be the basis for my next warband led by a Summoner and an apprentice that has a lot of family ties to other characters in the series (I'm skipping any "prequel" episodes for now).  I have also been looking at the Fireforge Games Forgotten World Northmen for a potential warband, not sure how well those figures will mix with the Northstar plastic sets as the Forgotten World Northmen figures look huge in comparison from the pics I have seen online.  The other figures I've been checking out are some of the new Victrix early medieval sets, the upcoming Norman figures look great (it seems like Victrix has really improved over the last few years).

This thread is just so much fun!

Thanks Joe!  I'm really looking forward to Frostgrave 2.0.

Offline MikeRC97

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 7 (7/18/20)
« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2020, 04:18:49 PM »


Episode VII
THE FROST (RE)AWAKENS

Some years have passed since we last saw our heroes.  Old Ben is gone, struck down by his one-time apprentice Vader.  Vader then turned on his master Sidious, hurling the necromancer into a bottomless chasm.  However as Sidious fell he cast the spell Strike Dead and Vader failed his Will roll thus bringing an end to both master and apprentice.

Luke, now a full-fledged wizard, took on an apprentice Ė his nephew, a young man named Ren.  Not long after a new shadow emerged in Frostgrave, a mysterious wizard named Snoke brought together the scattered remnants of the Cult of the Sith under his leadership.  Even worse, he convinced Ren to betray his uncle and join the Cult, just as his grandfather Vader had done.

Here we see Lukeís former apprentice Ren, now a captain of the Cult warband.  The figureís body is from the Frostgrave plastic Cultist set, the arms are from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set and the head is from the Oathmark plastic Human Infantry set.



After being betrayed by his nephew, Luke fled from Felstad, leaving no trace of his whereabouts.  The enigmatic Snoke became obsessed with finding Luke Ė his "first order" to his new captain was for the young man to locate and destroy his uncle.



The only person left in Felstad with any knowledge of where Luke might be is a knight named Lor, who joined Lukeís warband after the death of Old Ben.



The Lor figure has a body and sword scabbard from the Fireforge Games plastic foot knights set, arms and head from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set and a shield from the Fireforge Games plastic Scandinavian infantry set.  The build was inspired in part by one of the figures in Captain Bloodís Westeros thread.  Lorís color scheme is based on the colors worn by the medieval military orders but also uses the color palette I used for the original warband.



Here we see the opening scene of Episode VII, Ren and his men have descended on the village where Lor has been hiding, just after the knight secretly dispatched word of Lukeís location to the soldiers resisting the Cult of the Sith.  Who will find Luke first?  The Cult or the "resistance?Ē  We will find out in Episode 8, coming eventually to a Lead Adventure Fantasy forum near you.



With this pair of figures the two warbands each total eleven soldiers, the maximum allowed in a campaign with an inn as a base.  Each warband also has its own Captain now.  Iím sure at some point Iíll paint some alternate soldiers for the two warbands, I have so much fun kit-bashing and painting plastic fantasy figures.  But now I think it is time to start a new warband, so more to come.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2020, 04:26:50 PM by MikeRC97 »

Offline MikeRC97

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Episode 8 is coming soon however the new edition of Frostgrave includes rules changes that affect the first two warbands I assembled.  When Frostgrave first came out a lot of the discussion in this forum was about certain soldiers being much better than others and I think the changes to the rules for soldiers address those imbalances very well.

Unfortunately, both of my warbands are a bit heavy on specialists, the first warband in particular.  Iíll need to put together more standard soldiers but in the meantime I decided to convert the Han miniature from a treasure hunter to a thug, as this just required a simple hand swap.

Here is the climactic scene of Episode 7 Ė Han confronts Ren, who is actually his son! Why is everyone in this epic saga related?  This family reunion will not end well for Han.



Episode 8, coming this week to a Lead Adventure sub-forum near you...
« Last Edit: November 24, 2020, 07:16:18 PM by MikeRC97 »

Offline Mr.J

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Love it!
Hoping Mando might make and appearance...

Offline BZ

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Im missing two droids constructs!

Offline MikeRC97

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Im missing two droids constructs!

I think Old Ben was supposed to deliver those two constructs to the far away city of Alderaan...I wonder what became of them?

Hey great blog btw.

Offline MikeRC97

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 8 (11/24/20)
« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2020, 02:53:06 AM »


Episode VIII

THE LAST WARBAND

The Cult reigns in Felstad.  But there is a spark of hope - a mysterious young girl named Rey has found the long-lost wizard Luke hiding among the barbarians in the hills to the north of the frozen city.   Now Rey must convince Luke to join those resisting the Cult before it is too late.

Here is my third warband, featuring (from left to right) Luke, his apprentice Rey, a thug, a thief, two Men-at-Arms, an archer and a crossbowman.



Luke is now a battle-scarred adventurer, not the (blonde) youthful apprentice he once was.  Luke blames himself for the betrayal committed by his nephew Ren - the once heroic wizard has become disillusioned and is unwilling to fight any longer.  Speaking of illusions, Luke has been practicing the spell Illusionary Soldier from the aligned Illusionist school of magic, it might come in handy someday.



Rey was a scavenger in Felstad, trading whatever artifacts she could find for meager portions of food.  Her background is a mystery, she was abandoned by her parents as a child, but she has a natural talent for magic.  The threat posed by the Cult compelled her to seek out the legendary wizard Luke, who has reluctantly taken the young girl as his apprentice.



The Luke figure has a body and head from the Frostgrave plastic barbarian set and arms from the Oathmark plastic human infantry set.  The pouch with a bone attached is a Warhammer bit (not sure from which set) that I liked on this figure as it fits in with the barbarian theme.  The barbarian set is my favorite of the three Frostgrave soldier sets, the poses are (for the most part) dynamic and the figures are wonderfully sculpted with just the right amount of detail without being a chore to paint.  The head on the Luke figure bears a passing resemblance to Mark Hamill in The Last Jedi but reminds me more of King Harald from the History Channel series Vikings.

The Rey figure is a straight build from the Frostgrave plastic (female) wizards II set.  This is another great set by Bobby Jackson, who also sculpted the first plastic (male) wizard set.  I canít wait to see what he does for Stargrave.   The color schemes for the two figures comes from Episode 8 - Lukeís outfit from the scenes on Ahch-To and Reyís outfit from the throne room fight scene.



Next up are a thug and a thief.  The thug figureís head is from the Ghost Archipelago plastic crewmen set with arms and body from the Frostgrave plastic barbarian set.  The thief figureís head and body are from the Frostgrave plastic soldier set and the arms are from the Frostgrave plastic barbarian set.



I carved off some of the pouches on the thief figureís body and replaced them with bits from the Frostgrave plastic barbarian sprue.  For this warband I went with a mostly brown color scheme with some grey elements to tie the soldiers thematically to the Luke and Rey figures.



Below is a pair of Men-at-Arms, which I included so that the warband would have four standard soldiers and because I like the Viking vibe these shields give the barbarian figures.  Both figures are straight builds from the Frostgrave plastic barbarian set.



I attempted to paint a wolf pelt on the figure on the right; I think it turned out ok.  For the most part I try to keep these Frostgrave paint schemes simple so I donít burn out like I do when I paint Napoleonic figures (donít even get me started).



Here is a close-up of one of the Vikings Men-at-Arms.  Iím really happy with how the face turned out, I donít know who the sculptor was for this set but the heads are superb.  The other thing I like about these figures is that most of the bodies have the weight shifted to the front leg which makes them look like they are ready for action.



The last two members of the warband are specialist soldiers, an archer and a crossbowman.   Once again both figures are straight builds from the Frostgrave plastic barbarian set.



The crossbowman figureís body is the only pose in this set that feels fairly static, which explains why I chose this head for the figure (the paint job reminds me Grandpa Simpsonís friend Jasper Beardsly).



Once again this thread includes a confrontation between Ren and another character as Rey and Ren face-off.  Ren has just turned on the supreme leader of the Cult of the Sith, cleaving the wizard Snoke in two (wow, he really turned out to be an unimportant character in this story, not at all what I was expecting after watching episode 7).

Ren offers Rey a choice:  become his apprentice or DIE!



Will Rey betray Luke?  Will Ren crush the resistance or will Luke return to defeat the Cult?  The adventure concludes in Episode 9, coming eventually (after I paint some Napoleonic artillery and possibly some WWII stuff) to a forum near youÖ

« Last Edit: November 25, 2020, 03:05:58 AM by MikeRC97 »

Offline Wirelizard

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Re: A long time ago, in a frozen city far, far away...Episode 8 (11/24/20)
« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2020, 04:10:44 AM »
Frostgrave being something I've only started looking at during this plague year, I missed this thread when you started it sometime in 2019.

What a fantastic inspiration for FG bands! Nicely done, especially the Sith/Cult figures. The kitbashing across all the various plastic figure lines has worked nicely.

Offline BZ

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I think Old Ben was supposed to deliver those two constructs to the far away city of Alderaan...I wonder what became of them?

Hey great blog btw.
I think the Northstar constructs could do the job really well. Maybe some halflings as ewoks?
Thanks, btw! :)

 

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