I missed posting on Sunday last. I had intended to put something up then, but nothing that I'm working on now was ready, Partly this is because I've got a nasty cold, but mostly it's the new puppy in the house (collie, 4 months old). He's really causing havoc with our normal habits and routines!
I've got a few moments tonight, so here's a short update...
The Ice Trolls
One of the nice things about the Frostgrave game is that you can use any miniatures you like. Now I have quite a few trolls in my collection already, both painted and unpainted. However, these are all of the Games Workshop "Stone" or "River" troll varieties. They're not all GW models - some are not-quite-copies from Black Tree Design instead - but for Frostgrave I wanted something a bit more, well, shaggy.
I searched for quite a while through various manufacturers' catalogues offerings of yetis and the like, but I didn't see anything that was quite how I imagined these creatures. Then, almost as an afterthought, I stumbled across Crocodile Games' "Wendigo" range. The moment I saw these, I knew that I had found my Ice Trolls!
These are quite easy to paint: the creatures' skin was layered in progressively lighter shades of brown through to tan whilst the fur was undercoated in a mid grey and drybrushed with pale grey and then white. After that, there are a few details (weapons, loincloths, claws/horns/teeth, bases) and they're done.
|An unwary thug hasn't noticed 3 Ice Trolls creeping up behind him|
These Wendigo warriors are quite large models, without being giants. They're not especially cheap, though. I bought mine from a UK stockist (Black Pyramid) and once postage has been taken into account, they cost me about GBP 4.60 each. Of course, since they only come in a unit of 6, I've got another 3 models (including less useful horn blower and standard bearer figures) as yet unpainted.
Hmm, I wonder if 3 trolls is a bit over the top for Frostgrave? Mind you, I did see a scenario on the web which used 3 of them as a leveller for when 1 wizard is of much greater experience/rank than any others, so maybe it's not so silly. I am looking forward to seeing these guys splatter some incautious adventurers!