Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Few Tokens

Frostgrave is a game where spells are slinging all over the place and there are a few rules that require tracking, like reloading crossbows. While one of the things I like about skirmish games is that extra layer of depth and detail, sometimes it is hard to keep track of things without having to constantly write things down, reference sheets, erase marks, etc.

To try and cut down on that, I decided to make up a few tokens for effects I commonly use in my main warband. I'm lucky enough to have a big bag of random parts or two lying around that I received in trade, so I went digging and came up with these:

The top three quivers are reload reminders for crossbows. Now when I fire a crossbow I can drop a quiver next to the model, then pick it up when I've reloaded. It's a quick visual reminder and looks cool on the table. I'm not sure exactly what models the quivers came from but I know they are Games Workshop pieces.

The armored arms are tokens to place next to models I've buffed with the Strength spell. I tried to make them ghostly/magical blue to help them stand out. I'm not super happy with them, so I may go back and drybrush them again with white, but I'll see how they do in a few battles first. I don't want them so light they get lost on the snow mat. The arms are old GW Empire Knight arms.

And to model these lovely tokens we have Sir Hadrian, although he lacks the requisite crossbow to reload:

They should get the job done. These tokens, along with my fog walls I made a while back, should give me everything I need to track spells and minor effects without needing a pencil. As my wizard learns new spells, I should have some more fun token projects ahead.

That's all for now! Happy gaming!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Untold Treasures

No good adventure is complete without treasure. It's the reason most adventurers hit the road, killing everything in their path as they wander from one end of the realm to the other looking for that sweet, sweet loot.

Frostgrave, of course, centers around this bloody gold-lust. Needing treasure tokens for Frostgrave gave me a wonderful opportunity to find something wondrous and shiny for my wizards to compete for.

Looking around at various company's offerings, I set eyes upon Ristul's Extraordinary Market's Cursed Treasure set. Not only does it have some really magical looking treasture, but there was no way I could pass up that Conan-the-Barbarian-Atlantean-skeleton look-alike.

I haven't gotten to that piece yet, but since I am running demos for Frostgrave, I needed my tokens now. I chose six of the treasure piles and set to work. Here are the results:

These were a simple drybrush with metallics, then picking out the jewels, chests and weapons for detail. All in all they came out splendidly, and look great next to my warband.

Of course, I would be lying if these little beauties didn't find their way into D&D. They look especially good on my 3D dungeon terrain.

I have a couple of other things I want to work on first, but I can't wait to finish this set. That skeleton will also be perfect for all things dungeon crawl, so he needs to be finished ASAP. Until then, these treasure piles will be hauled about quite a bit, hopefully so wizards, thieves, clerics and warriors can retire and stop slaughtering every living creature they come across for their pocket change.

Goddamnit, there they go again.
Happy gaming!