|"Essentially, the apprentice is learning his trade from the wizard..."|
This 28mm model of a Witch’s apprentice is manufactured by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought together with his wizard as code FGV110 from their “Frostgrave" Range. Initially armed with a staff, this “second-spellcaster” will hopefully be worth his cost of 200 gold pieces by providing my warband with “a huge degree of tactical flexibility.”
Because I wanted this figure to be similar in appearance and colour to the one photographed within the “Frostgrave” rulebook published by “Osprey Games” I undercoated him with some “Citadel” Abaddon Black before working my way up his numerous furs using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. In addition I painted his tunic with “Vallejo” Heavy Violet and washed it with “Citadel” Druchi Violet.
|"A warband can consist of no more than nine figures (ten if you count the wizard!)"|
In addition to his wolf-pelts the mystical apprentice also seemed to be adorned with a red waist-sash and polar bear headdress, so I painted his girdle with Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson, and then his ‘crown’ with “Vallejo” White and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. The animal skin was then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” White, and had its bright teeth picked out with the same colour.
Having finished my apprentice I have finally completed my Witch’s initial warband for “Frostgrave”. Lead by a certain young Cimmerian Barbarian called Conan, this fledgling party of adventurers should bring me both glory and gold within the ruins of “the great city of Felstad”. Costing 500 gold pieces my hired followers consist of an Apprentice (200 gold pieces), two Crossbowman (50 gold pieces each), a Templar (100 gold pieces) and a Barbarian (100 gold pieces).
|Engineer's Guild WIPs - These mechanical players all need their joints and armour painted next|
With my “Frostgrave” project momentarily shelved, I have subsequently turned my eye towards trying to paint a team of “Steamforged Games Limited” miniatures for their medieval sports game “Guild Ball”. Sadly I have found my actual enthusiasm for my remaining Union players somewhat lacking, so thought I’d tentatively ‘dip my toe’ back into the genre’s waters by trying my hand with a few of the mechanical constructions fielded by the Engineer’s Guild.
As a result I have assembled, undercoated and dry-brushed the striker Velocity, her “Season Two” team-mate Hoist, and the club’s mascot Mainspring, in an effort to get the “Guild Ball” mojo flowing again. All three of these “Mechanica” should prove fairly simple to complete, once I’ve picked out their metallic areas, and will hopefully thus galvanise me into doing some more figures over the next few months.