Monday, 8 February 2016

From SimonM - 28mm "Frostgrave" Snow Leopard, Ice Toad & Stone Construct (15 Points)

This 28mm metal model of a Snow Leopard is made by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought together with an Ice Toad as code FGV301 from their “Frostgrave” range. As I originally planned to paint the “big cat” with the black and cream rosettes depicted on the blister’s packaging illustration artwork I initially undercoated the “dangerous hunter” with some “Vallejo” White and washed it with the transparent acrylic Pale Grey. I then dry-brushed the animal with more White before trying my hand at its markings.

Disappointingly I found my skill with the fine brush somewhat lacking, and after a couple of failed attempts elected to simply give my Snow Leopard a slightly discoloured fur coat by dabbing some watered-down “Citadel” Rakarth Flesh over the top of it using a face blusher pad. This rather simple painting technique allowed the Base paint to blend in with the “Vicious” beast’s undercoat and leave its underbelly and inner legs an untouched white.
 
This 28mm metal model of an Ice Toad is made by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought together with a Snow Leopard as code FGV301 from their “Frostgrave” range. The model was given an undercoat of “Vallejo” White before being heavily washed with Pale Grey. The back of the “ponderous amphibian” was then dabbed with more White using a face blusher pad. Finally its sharp pointed teeth were painted using a combination of White and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade.
 

This 28mm metal model of a Stone Construct is made by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought together with a Flesh Golem as code FGV306 from their “Frostgrave” range. The model was given an undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey before being heavily washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil. To bring out the sculpt’s detail the “artificially created object” was then dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and treated to some intermittent washes of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade and “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. These areas were then given (yet) another dry-brush with “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey.

These are a fine trio of Frostgrave Beasties Simon.  My favourite is the big cat, who has some attitude in his strut.  I feel your pain on struggling with the markings, but the end result has worked well.  Do I understand that you raided someone's makeup kit looking for tools?   I have been known to DIY a stippling brush by cutting back the bristles on an old paintbrush.  The ice toad is a new creature to me, but it looks like it needs a visit at the orthodontist.  Your multilayer approach works well on both the toad and the construct.

 Well done on these Simon.

30 comments:

  1. I do like them all but the Ice toad is the best of the bunch for me. I feel a chill just looking at it.

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    1. Cheers Clint. The Ice Toad is my fave too :-)

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  2. Great stuff, Lepard spots are hard to do I sympathize with you stuggles. Your solution looks great.

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    1. Thanks Adam. Much appreciated sympathies :-)

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  3. Very cool (ahem). I particularly like the Ice Toad.

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    1. Thanks Curt :-) The Ice Toad is nice.

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  4. Despite your problems with the leopard it came out very nicely. But I agree with the others - the Ice Toad is my favorite one of these three!

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    1. Cheers Edwin. I'm very happy with the way the Snow Leopard came out in the end.

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  5. I think I saw the first two outside my window this morning. Great job on all three.

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    1. Thanks Pat. I hope you kept the window firmly closed in that case!!

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  6. Nice stuff Simon. I particularly like the ice toad.

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    1. Thanks Michael. The Ice Toad does seem to be a popular beastie.

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  7. I think you did a great job with the Ice Toad's face. I get the heebie jeebies just looking at it. These are some perfect figures for Frostgrave!

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    1. Many thanks Anne. Much appreciated :-)

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  8. Very nice painting on these frosty miniatures. cheers

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  9. I like the leopard, you adapted your work to make it work and did a great job on it

    Ian

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    1. Thanks Ian. if it doesn't work I'm quite quick these days to try something easier.

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  10. A very nice group, Simon! I like the rock construct as he looks more cuddly! ;)

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    1. Thanks David... not sure cuddly is the right word though ;-)

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  11. These really breath the Frostgrave atmosphere!

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