Wednesday, 28 March 2018


“Ye gods! What hellish realm spawned that abomination?”

The tracker winced, wishing that his new employer would keep his voice down. Thankfully the creature squatting at the other side of the clearing seemed more interested in it’s meal than any noisy wizards.

“None my lord, for they are the natural offspring of this world.”

The wizard’s apprentice joined the pair and peered around the pillar they were hiding behind.

“That’s a beast of nature? Like a bear or boar? I don’t believe it!”

It was indeed a strange thing, the tracker mused, watching as the animal held down it’s prey with one pair of powerful arms, whilst another, smaller pair delicately sliced off chunks of flesh with bladed ends.

“Aye, it suckled at it’s mother just like you and I, young master.”

“Huh!” the apprentice sniffed, “My mother's nothing like that!”

"Don't forget I've met your mother..." muttered the wizard as he flicked through the large grimoire he habitually carried with him. “Ah, yes… It’s a Foulhorn isn’t it? Looks a bit different than the illustration… Says here that the ancients used them in the Millennial Circus due to their ferocity.”

“And they also have very good hearing my lord," said the tracker as the Foulhorn raised it's head. "Perhaps we’d better make a run for it…”

Foulhorns are another of those Frostgrave creatures that are quite specific in their description. These powerfully built hunters are horned beasts that not only have normal limbs, but also a pair of arms that end in sword-like blades. They appear primarily in the Arcane Locations supplement (also collected within the Frostgrave Folio), but also get a mention in Forgotten Pacts.

The base model for my version of the creature, which differs a little from the illustration in the Folio, is a Reaper Bones Numenera Ravage Bear. To this I have added a pair of Tyranid arms I got off eBay. They’re rather puny looking compared to the model’s arms, so I glued them to the front of the body, rather like the little arms of a T-Rex.

The paintjob is quite a simple one – maybe a little dark, but I’m happy enough with it.

I’ve also knocked up a couple of pillars. These came about due to the sprue exchange thread on the Lead-Adventure Forum, where participants puts their unwanted stuff in a box and posts it to the next person on the list. This person takes out the bits he/she wants, puts in some unwanted stuff and sends it on, etc. etc.

This time around there wasn’t anything I particularly wanted, but I did take out a pair of Weeping Angel figures – freebies from a Doctor Who magazine I believe. They aren't the best sculpts (I cut the arms off one as they were so badly done) and are made of in rubbery plastic, but they’ll do for statues. A little bit of plastic tubing and some texture and voila, some (rather wonky) pillars.

Speaking of the Lead-Adventure Forum, don’t forget my 50th LAF page celebratory competition!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

50th Lead-Adventure Page Giveaway Competition!

I’m a sucker for blog competitions – y’know: the ones where a wargames blogger has been going for so many years; garnered so many page-views or reached some other milestone.

Well the other day it was pointed out to me that I had reached 50 pages in my Frostgrave thread on the Lead-Adventure forum – if that’s not an excuse to hold a competition I don’t know what is!

This is my chance not only to celebrate the LAF – my favourite wargaming forum – but also give a little something back to everyone who has taken the time to view and maybe even comment on my blog (after all, it was a blog competition that got me started on Frostgrave in the first place).

So what could you win?

How about a demon painted by yours truly?
I have a lovely ‘Ubbo-Seth the great devourer’ figure from CP Models, undercoated and ready for painting (photo from the CP Models website - my version won't be nearly as good). The lucky winner will receive the finished article in the post.

So what do you need to do? Well in line with many other blog competitions you simply have to be a follower of Tales of Frostgravery and comment below to get you name put in the hat. 
Share this page on your blog/facebook page/youtube channel and you get a second stab at it (Include a link in your comment as evidence - yes, I’m very needy).

Oh, please also let me know if you want me to do the base, or leave it blank so you can tie it in with your collection.

Easy peasy!

The competition will close on 30th April 2018, after which I’ll announce the winner ASAP.
(If no-one comments and this whole thing goes down like a lead balloon I'll keep the bugger for myself!)

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Ambronnax Conundrum

As time passes, things age and thus Ambronnax, the Endower of Senescence, squats ahead of the ticking seconds, feeding on the decay as they pass.

It is said that when it manifests itself, the demon's chosen form is that of a giant ape with two boar-like heads. Clutching a glowing ball and hovering on a magical disk it brings decay to the very passage of time itself.

However it is also whispered in certain forbidden texts that it also takes another form – that of an ever-changing mass of flesh. This shifting tower of gibbering bulges, all-seeing eyes and lashing tentacles has driven many a man mad.

Accompanying this monster are the Failing Wretches – half-formed, lumpen and limping travesties of the human form that heft their noxious and decaying weapons in the service of their master.

Continuing on the Forgotten Pacts bestiary we come to the demon Ambronnax and the Failing Wretches. Like most of the demons in this expansion, Ambronnax has a very specific description that is difficult to achieve without some major conversion work.

After much thought, I decided to avoid trying to make this creature by the book, and chose instead to use a different model that instils, I hope, the same feeling of decay. The most obvious choice would be a Warhammer demon of Nurgle, but I much prefer the look of this Fenris Games Son of Yog-Sothoth model.

For the Failing Wretch Minions I once again turned to CP Models and their Demons range. This pack of four minis make great wretches in my opinion. No painting experiments this time – just a basic greenish colour scheme with a hint of pink, which my photos haven’t picked up, to accent some of the features.

Yep - happy with these!