It has been an incredibly busy week with many real world commitments eating into my painting time. I did manage to get these three Elementals from Blacklist Games finished. Rather simple, with mostly light dry brushing and some washes… plus decorating the bases. Unlike the translucent Elementals from Reaper that I previously did, these have integral bases.
The only one I tried to be clever on is the Fire Elemental, where I tried to paint the base to reflect how the magical fire had affected the surrounding terrain. It is subtle… so much so that it will probably go unnoticed and be something of a waste of time but I felt strangely compelled to do it.
Mrs. GG and I think these will make fine constructs for Frostgrave… which we are in the process of trying our first game. We decided to use a 2×2 table as an experiment for our “trial game”.
Mrs. GG set up the table differently than I expected but she did a great job coming up with a cool looking designed. She was definitely listening when I told her that Frostgrave requires a lot of dense terrain.
Perhaps a bit too much terrain in too small and area. It felt kind of slow (thanks to so much rough terrain) and claustrophobic compared to our big sprawling MESBG Battle Companies table set ups.
You can see Mrs. GG has been putting her recently acquired (birthday present) dice vault to work.
Normally I will not play a game with unpainted minis but Mrs. GG is not so fussy and I really wanted to see if we enjoyed Frostgrave before we spent any more money on it. Unfortunately time to play has been short. We have been having to play around our son’s school and sleep schedule.
We have only managed a couple of turns so far but we have been having fun. Mrs. GG has been more clever in her spell usage than me, making the best of “crowd control/movement” type spells whereas I took spells that would better suit a directly confrontational style of game rather than the competitive but not violently confrontational we are currently trying. We are role playing our characters and while hers is much more morally upstanding than my necromancer, he wants to keep decent relations so that he can trade with her in the future if she gets spells he is specifically after. You see, he wants to become a Lich one day…
We have been using rules from the Spellcaster magazines, so my Apprentice has a critical failure that saw a statue almost topple onto him. Whereas Mrs. GG had a critical success on a telekinesis spell which plucked a treasure from my side of the board right to one of her minions.
We will not be doing a proper battle report of this game and we still have not finished it but so far it is off to a good start.
We have been busy going through all the Reaper Bones V pledge items that arrived.
Yes, one of those boxes contains a model of the 28mm Pirate Ship “Sophie’s Revenge” (non-glowing).
It is huge but does not overly dominate a 6×4 table. The plastic is a bit warped. I am hoping a water water treatment and reshaping will do the trick. If not, we will need to get a heat gun and try that. I do not want to have to glue the deck to the bottom hull piece if I can help it so that we can still access the gun deck. It would have been better for me if the hull walls had been attached to the bottom deck rather than the upper deck. This will make it impossible to “run out the guns” properly.
However, the modeling on the ship, the sculpting and detailing, is brilliant. It is going to be great fun decorating the interior, especially the Captain’s Quarters.
I had hoped to do a full table layout of everything we received but it really has not been practical, especially with me wanting to play Frostgrave. So instead, I think you all will just have to wait until things get painted.
There are plenty of unboxing videos and reviews online already if you are curious.
Overall we were very pleased with what arrived. So much so that we added more things in the Bones 5.5 pledge manager. The Bones Black material, which so much of Bones V is made of, is a brilliant improvement over the old Bones material. Much crisper sculpting.
We also managed to get some roads from the Printable Scenery Haggelthorn Hollow Kickstarter 3d printed. What we received far exceeded our expectations and we are going to try to get a lot more printed.
You can see the size of the roads, we asked for 28mm. Since they are 3d printed you can adjust the size for wider roads if you are ok with bigger stones. The edges of each section are not straight but instead cleverly matching irregular lines. This is great for breaking up that unnatural straight line model gaming roads normally have.
If you want roads that sit on top of the ground, like we do, these are brilliant and we believe they will paint up nicely. Looks like they will be replacing the Battle Systems roads we recently reviewed.
We also got some Dungeons and Lasers sci-fi terrain on eBay for about half the Kickstarter price. This may be a bit surprising as we had some from a previous eBay auction and sold them since we use Battle Systems cardstock terrain for our sci-fi gaming… however, after seeing discussions on the Dwarven Forge forums about sci-fi streampunk terrain I had the idea of making some for Frostgrave.
This is the piece I did as a “proof of concept” trial. Primed black, drybrushed gun metal, detailing then washed Army Painter Strong Tone and matt clear coated. With of course a couple of details hit with gloss clear coat. I am going for something you might see inside Jules Verne’s Nautilus. Maybe Tinker Gnome? What do you think?
Speaking of terrain, we also picked up some used Archon Studio Rampart Series Temple pieces and some Games Workshop War Cry Catacombs pieces on eBay. Unpainted and destined for our Frostgrave/Ghost Archipelago games.
It is interesting that the Age of Sigmar Stormborn and Chaos barbarian modified architecture (ie the Warcry terrain) did nothing for me until I thought of it in the context of a thousand year old magical city, particularly the temple district in the northern part of Felstad.
And our Tabletop World Kickstarter pledge is due to arrive in a few days…
Speaking of kickstarters, this one caught my attention. Another big “generic Fantasy figures” collection like the Blacklist Games kickstarters.
Mrs. GG is not convinced we need to back it, as it covers much of the same ground as our Blacklist Games pledges but I like the aesthetics which are slightly different but should still match our current models. No idea when I would find time to paint them mind you. Still, I am tempted.
In other news we say Alita: Battle Angel.
Mrs. GG enjoyed it… but I loved it! Absolutely loved it. No, it is not perfect. Some old tropes rehashed but done so well. Great casting, beautiful visuals. I highly recommend it. Think, Pinnochio with guns and swords.
We also saw Tomb Raider. Not the one with Angelina Jolie, the other one.
We enjoyed it. Again not a perfect film. Good casting, some decent visuals, especially the fight choreography. A bit more gritty than usual for this kind of movie. I actually preferred this one over the Angelina Jolie version, which was a surprise to me.
I finished Season 5 of Van Helsing.
It has been a roller coaster ride. Season 1 was alright but the quality of the show went up and down seasons in and out. I did start to care about the characters at times only to be annoyed by them and their decisions later. But by mid-season 5 I was finally back on track and liking the surviving characters enough to care about them. Some things felt unresolved with secondary characters but I doubt there will be another season given the climatic season finale. I felt a bit sad for some reason at the end, I am not sure why.
Mrs. GG and I have been enjoying Trollhunters from Netflix.
We are about halfway through season 1 and we are finding it surprisingly entertaining. Some excellent voice acting. A very different take on Gnomes than I am used to.
As always, please leave a comment. Let me know what you think about the things I have written about. Tell me what you are watching these days or what kickstarters you are backing. I am always keen to get feedback and hear from the folks that take the time to read this blog.