A Few Things Finally Finished… and New Arrivals…

It sure looks like a lot less painted than it felt like doing. A strange mix of things that I felt like painting despite the pressure I am feeling to get a number of different projects finished as soon as possible. Some of these were repainted from what the previous owners had done, some of these were “fresh out of the box”.

Speaking of “fresh out of box”…

We ordered a bunch of 3D printed Printable Scenery Hagglethorn Hollow pieces from Resin Engine. We were surprised to see it arrive in translucent resin. I do not think we can have a firm opinion on the pieces until I atleast get some primer on them but they are joining a long backlog.

Our Dwarven Forge delivery also arrived from their recent “Hunger Games-esque” restock. We were too slow and missed a couple of limited availability pieces, specifically some Crystal Caverns pieces and the MOAM… the Mother of All Mushrooms, a giant mushroom with an internal LED.

What we focused on in the restock was ruins for our Frostgrave gaming.

We were very pleased with everything we received except for the four “walls of force” that we did not realize would come covered in glitter…. tiny little glitter dust that was not well attached and got all over our woodland gaming mat. After cleaning that mess up as best I could I tried washing the pieces to remove all the glitter. This failed. I was planning on selling the pieces on eBay when I decided to try gloss clear coat first.

As you can see above, before then after…I am pleased with how they came out. So we will be keeping them.

There is slightly different painting on our new mountain pieces but they should still fit in ok. I am not sure which I prefer.

More fire… these are for the DF buildings, windows and roof tops.

Top two unpainted, bottom four factory painted.

There seems to be two schools of thought on painting fire. Some folks like the bright yellow at the core of the fire with darker red tips. Others prefer a darker red orange core and lightening up to bright yellow at the tips. We have examples of both, just Asse have both solid painted as well as translucent fire. This inconsistency bothered me at first until Mrs. GG pointed out that fire can look different depending on what it is burning.

I have to admit I am not normally a fan of Mimics.

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Minic is a type of fictional monster. It is portrayed as being able to change its shape to disguise its body as an inanimate object, commonly a chest. … The mimic was introduced in the first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game’s original Monster Manual.

They seem to me a ridiculous creature but somehow they seem fitting in the high fantasy setting of Frostgrave.

DF make an interesting one they call a Mocking Beast.

As you can see it can at first look like just a pile of loot, then transform into its monsterous appearance with a simple switch of pieces on the table. Of course you can also just use the loot pieces as simple loot.

I will tweak the factory paintwork a bit at some point.

Some of the figures I finished were won on ebay having been previously painted by their former owners.

The Reaper Bones Unicorn was painted by its previous owner to be what looked like a Nightmare to me… which was pretty cool but I had no idea how to use that. I have this idea to paint up things from the Last Unicorn for my son, in the hopes that he one day enjoy the movie as much as Mrs. GG and I do. There is a certain flaming bull figure in one of the Games Workshop spell effects miniatures sets….

Using glitter on Games Workshop Age of Sigmar Sigmarines… er I mean Stormborn… was something I would never have thought of. I was surprised to see them in the bits collection I won on eBay but decided to try running with it. I used our new Army Painter metallics to fill in the gaps between the glitter for even more sparkle. Thanks to my poor camera skills they do not look nearly as “fabulous” onscreen as they do in person. They look very high fantasy, perhaps a bit too high fantasy for our table.

Mrs. GG is not a fan of glitter though…

The creature on the right seems to be a clever kitbash from the previous owner.

I did some minor changes to the painting but tried to keep the character of its original paint scheme. It should make a cool nautical themed demon for our various games. Whereas I am not sure what we will do with the creature on the left. Perhaps a Cortiki for Ghost Archipelago?

Not all my progress has been good. I sprayed the rest of my Gundabad Orcs in metallic silver as a prime coat a few weeks back.

Unfortunately though either the paint is off or the weather was not just right becuase they turned out gritty. I tried to work with it, thinking Orcs can be grungy but the test mini was not working at all for me. So they will need to be stripped and start from scratch. Ugh.

Spiders. I hate spiders. In fact I would say I have a mild form of Arachnophobia. My fear of them goes beyond rational risk assessment right into nightmare territory. But I seem to love hating them and they are a favorite monster for me to slay in gaming. So it was with some trepidation that I did my research on how to paint the first of the vast horde of spiders we have.

First some Wizkids spiders. These are among my least favorite up close but my most favorite on the table top. The plastic on these Wozkids models is soft and the sculpting shallow. It is difficult for me to trim the mould lines. But once painted and at arms length these things properly creep me out!

Next up are some of the smaller spiders from the Wargames Atlantic Giant Spider box set. I really liked the sculpts originally but I am not so sure anymore. They are certainly good value at their recommended retail price but for some reason they do not really creep me out enough. That may be down to my painting. I decided on the red marking after watching a gutchurning documentary on Australian spiders. I wanted to break up the monotonous dark colors but I am not sure it works. I do not dislike them, I just do not think they are great.

I am less of a fan of this Reaper Bones spider from the Bones 5 Kickstarter. It looks more like an alien creature resembling an Earth spider. I may remove it from its base and put it on a clear base to use it with our sci-fi gaming.

The Reaper Bones Crystal Golem has been more of a challenge than I expected. I did a little drybrushing to bring out the details but it was not enough, so I did some painting on the face. Then I was unsure what finish to use. I decided against a wash and tried various different clear coats. Gloss was too glossy. Various Acrylic matt finishes were too matt. In the end I went with a Polyurethane matt clear coat.

Then there was the fire…I tried a few different methods but in the end the fire just got some red and yellow Citadel Contrast paint. The yellow came out orange and got lost but I think the red works.

I am very excited about the newly released game from Osprey, “The Silver Bayonet.”

Why so excited? Because I caught a rumor of this a year ago, not long after I started working on my own homebrew game “Tarnished Splendor”. This game runs parallel in setting to my idea but adds a revised version of the Frostgrave/Rangers of Shadow Deepgane mechanics whereas my idea was based on Sharp Practice game mechanics.

If you are unfamiliar with the game here is the Information from Osprey…


Here are some videos about the game, looking at the rule book…

Here you can find Ash of Guerilla Miniatures Games doing a playthrough…

And here is a link about my Tarnished Splendor ideas which helps explain why the Silver Bayonet means so much to me.

In other news… we watched “Free Guy”. It was like “Ready Player One”, “Deadpool” and “The Truman Show” mixed together. Not bad but not really amazing.

We finished season 3 of Superstore. It is wearing a bit thin but is still watchable.

I still laugh occasionally and Mrs. GG seems to find it captivating for some reason, even she is not sure why.

Sadly,, Fear the Walking Dead and Walking Dead World Beyond continue to disappoint.

On a brighter note, thanks to Youtube a big surprise for me has been “The Lieutenant”.


Only one season… which is a shame. I have only seen a few episodes so far but they have been excellent. Produced by Gene Roddenberry it is an interesting look at the US Marine Corps in an earlier era. Amazing guest stars.

The next few days are going to be busy, we are having guests come visit. It has been a long time since we had guests other than Mrs. GG’s parents. You can read more about it from their perspective at our mate Tom’s blog.


So what is going on with you? Leave a comment below and let us know!


  1. I actually like the soft legs of the wizkids spiders, easier to pose on rocks, stumps etc.
    Having glitter that isn’t firmly attached is a crime, I wouldn’t have even tried to rescue it.
    Silver Bayonet is definitely looking interesting, might have to look at it more closely.

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    • You make an excellent point about the Wizkids spiders‘ legs. I had not considered that and just let the legs go where they wanted, hence the somewhat awkward position of a couple of them. However, you are right the soft legs would allow repositioning with superglue easy enough.

      I tend to try rescuing things that I probably shouldn‘t considering the time sink but I always think about the money spent/saved.

      The Silver Bayonet may not be everything I want it to be but at the very least it will help with our Tarnished Splendor project.


  2. That is a lot of minis and while some of them are rescue jobs, I think you’ve been very productive! I look forward to seeing you use them in the future for some gaming. It sounds like you’ve gotten some TV watching in as well which is always good. I hope you enjoy The Silver Bayonet. Its nice to see fellow wargamers find their niche and I can see that it is right in your wheelhouse 🙂

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    • We try to watch a bit of tv right before “lights out” to unwind but to be fair there is a lot more I want to watch that I have not found time for. Especially shows Mrs. GG is not interested in. However there are just too many other things clamoring for my attention.

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  3. Agree with Kuribo that is a lot of minis! Finally starting to have a few games now we can get out and about and we have finally sold our holiday home in Cowes and we plan to swap the seaside for the lakeside when we can finally start building. At the moment we are trying to fit two lots of house furniture into one. We are lucky we have a few spare bedrooms as one now has my elderly mother who is now living with us, and the other has just become a large storage cube. The garage which used to fit “Aladdin’s Cave” and the car, is now just another storage cube with a little corridor to get to the gaming cave. we hope it is just short term pain for a place to holiday in a location that we have been trying to achieve for ten years.

    Exciting times ahead.

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