Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Frostgrave: Perilous Dark


I sent of for the above supplement for Frostgrave the other day and it arrived from Osprey within a week.
 It really appealed to me as its focus is on solo and co-operative play, very useful at the moment.
It has a duel approach to the whole solo ideal, yes it gives scenarios for the player to run through with all the game mechanics you need, but it also contains advice and methods for creating your own solo games. 
Not only that but it gives you the game ideas for use it a variety of settings and problems. From time limitation to traps and obstacles to Dungeon crawls.
It all works alongside the original Frostgrave rules and the scenarios give examples of how the solo games might be created, whilst being fun to play.
All in all sounds like stacks of fun to me and that's why I bought it, so another winner from Joseph A McCullough and Osprey Games
I will be posting some reports in the coming months, really looking forward to playing.

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Refurbishing One


Thought I would start with the simple stuff first. Well the basic walls were very straight forward, but the windows became more fiddly the more I did.
Decided I would actually cut the section out that would be filled with glass, which was not a huge problem, it just hadn't been on my to do list.

The walls I just covered in PVA and sand and then sculpted the details into it, no problem.

Will put some paint on these next and then post them with all the others at the end.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Tree Stumps...I have some

A quick update on the extra tree stumps that I started to make, last week was it?
Basically they are all painted and stained to look like the originals I made a while ago now. I also added tufts from the Geek Gaming range to give them a little fecundity, earthyness?

Looking at them now I can see that I really should have spent more time sculpting the roots so they came across as more "fantasy". If I make any more its what I will concentrate on.

Here they are all snuggled together with the pieces I make previously, they go together fine, look the same colour and are fine replacements.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Refurbishing Past Builds

I often look back on some of the things I have made over the years and feel that if I were making them now I would do something different. Build them differently or paint them differently. 
I am going to take you through what I don't like about this group of models I liberated from a terrain box which was aimed at use with Frostgrave.

First off one of several towers I built to be part of a castle but that could be used in a stand alone sort of manner. So whats wrong with it?
The window stuck on the outside upsets me for a start, and the corners of the building make it look like its been built in separate pieces. Then there are all the blocks of stone created from stuck on card.They're too large and very uniform. They have to go.

The problem I have with these is, ...well what are they? Widows fallen into rubble or doorways? I don't mind them being windows, odd but not a problem. However, there's loads of scatter material on the bases giving nice details, but the windows are blank card shapes, hardly 3D at all!

Don't start me on these... what was I thinking, card "stone"
blocks not laid by a stonemason, more like Blind Barry the medieval mook, don't think these walls would last long! 

These stone steps have a few issues, not least the lolly sticks on the side, mostly to rear of model, but also the actual base it stands on. Presently it can be used in one way only, but with a bit less base could be more versatile.

Now the next three terrain pieces all have a similar problem, that being the flags and stones that describe the walls are all made from poorly shaped card and need to be replaced and then repainted.

Oooch, the arch not being an arch at all hurts me to look at it and will be going.

Well there you have it, a collection of seven terrain pieces that would get more use if they looked a bit more like they should. In the coming month I am going to be refurbishing them all. Some are simple reworkings and a few need a bit more love, but I am determined that non of them will be going in the bin, I don't like chucking stuff away if I can help it.

Friday, 31 July 2020

Palm tree bases

Some time ago I bought some very cheap plastic Palm trees through Ebay and put them in a box with the intention of basing them and making them look half decent. I knew it could be done because when Wayne and Luke had built a rather nice coastal board a few years back they had used the same trees and they looked the job.

First I clustered them into groups of 2 or 3 and mounted them on CFBC.
Then I realised that was not strong enough some added a hardboard base, because that's all I had. Ideally I would used 6 mm MDF, but I don't have any at the moment.

Then I filled the spaces and textured the ground with sand and PVA. 

Although I would recommend Luke's modelling compound, but then I would because I work for Geek Gaming.

There you have lots of pictures of the stands of trees I made and modeled.

Next I painted the base with a Moccha brown from B&Q, I don't work for them.

Finally I used foam flocks from Geek Gaming again to create the ground cover under the trees.

I had intended adding some stain wash to the foliage and bark, but never got round to it.

I made a total of 8 stands of trees which will be more than enough for my games, either war games or D&D and cost me about £10.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

D&D: Cottage/Shop Fronts 2

After a few more hours on the cottage fronts this is where I am. Basically the walls and the pathway outside the buildings are complete.

They were created using sand and PVA mixed into a thick paste, spread on the foam card and then marked with sculpting tools.

The three story mansion.

The townhouse.

And more cottages, which can double as shops with a few extra details added.

Some details of the cottage that is the furthest along.

The wood texture is made using flour and water.... no sorry I mean Das and PVA mixed.

Think I will try to complete one cottage as I'm not entirely sure how to proceed at the moment. So a bit of trial and error on the way.

Finally some shots of the 4 part completed, these need the timber work doing next then the roof adding.