Frostgrave, the popular fantasy skirmish game, gets a devilishly-good supplement


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/13/frostgrave-the-popular-fantas.html


#2

The quality of gaming minis these days is astonishing. Almost intimidating. (“How can I even approach the quality of those catalog paint jobs?”)

Not that I have the time to paint these days. Now picturing finally getting to those Bones minis when I’m in a retirement home . . .


#3

You’ll have access to full-scale bones by then. :skull_and_crossbones:


#4

This isn’t D&D right? It’s something almost exactly unlike D&D?


#5

Its more of skirmish combat game with a campaign system.


#6

No. You have small competing warbands searching for treasure, a more generic version of Mordheim so you are not locked into GW.

Small tabletop battles… not very much roleplaying going on except for the fun you have on your own with it.


#7

Yes, and there’s no DM and no turn-by-turn roleplaying/storytelling per say. It’s really just a skirmish battle game with a very strong setting and characters and some other lite narrative elements that make it feel a lot like old school D&D even though it isn’t an actual RPG. The emphasis on linked scenarios/campaigns and experience points, spending accumulated gold on between-game upgrades, etc. also adds to this feel.


#8

The minis these days ARE amazing. The Frostgrave multi-part plastic minis are SO much fun to put together. You can really customize the look of your warbands. And all of the boxed sets are interchangeable.

But painting training and painting materials have also improved markedly. They now have all sorts of layer paints, washes, inks, dips, effects paints. You can follow some of the new techniques and use these paints and get pretty impressive results even if you’re not a mini-painting pro.


#9

For emphasis @stefanjones THIS.
90% of a good looking game ready mini is technique rather than talent. It just has to look good from 3 feet away.
The one thing I keep wanting to hit fellow gamers over how they keep using smaller brushes than they should. Seriously. A bigger good quality brush with a good tip will kick the ass of a smaller one. I only use the tiny stuff for eyes, buckles, small gems, etc.
I do like 95% of my figure painting with the Army Painter Monster and Regiment brushes.


#10

Agreed. And I think another thing that newbies miss is the need to thin your paints with water and paint in layers, with progressively lighter coats, moving from low points to high points. A decent prime, painting in thin coats, and then some careful edge highlighting and drybrushing of details, and your models will likely come out at to decent tabletop quality.


#11

Whatever happened to just gnawing on the lead extremities? Mm, mind flayer claws.


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