Chris Palmer

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  1. I thought I would start my own Frostgrave terrain thread, since I started on my second ruin this week, and don't see my self stopping anytime soon. And, I didn't want to keep posting links in David's excellent Frostgrave terrain thread found here, , and detract from his efforts. For those that missed it, I already posted my first ruin here in the Frostgrave thread in the Fantasy sub-forum: This week, I thought I'd take things to another level and try my hand at a two-story ruin... Two improvements I wanted to try this week were to add more debris on to the base; and to mount the building on a squared base to help it feel more like an urban building. The main structure is made from cork tiles, and the extra details are made with balsa and bass wood. IMG_5605 by cnjpalmer IMG_5606 by cnjpalmer
  2. Thank you for the kind remarks, Lord_Byron! I'm glad to hear you found it all inspirational. It's been a while since I worked on any terrain...I guess I should get back to it.
  3. Thanks, Tjrez! The figure is 7 inches long. I guess in retrospect I should have included anther figure for scale in one of the shots. :) Thanks, Guindyloo! I actually googled "octopus eyes" to try and get the look correct. Thanks, InvisibleThumb! I never read that book. Though I think this sharktopus would only look cooler with a Cowboy Atlantean figure mounted right behind the head! Thanks, Glamberry! What I was trying to say is that it was all done for the most part with quick and simple washes and drybrushing, and minimal labor intensive blending, shading, and highlighting.
  4. This past week I painted up the Goroloth (or "Sharktopus", as I like to call it. ) from the Bones 2, Expansion Set #1. I didn't do anything fancy, just painted it to a tabletop quality.
  5. Just want to let folks know that we will be starting our next Frostgrave Campaign on January 14th. For those who would like to read about 2016's completed campaign, see the 2016 thread. We will use this new thread to post our After Action Reports and photos after each game of the upcoming campaign. Our plan is to start off doing the scenarios from the "Thaw of the Lich Lord" supplement book. In the meantime, I have posted on my blog a brief write-up introducing my new wizard and her apprentice: The Tale of the Wizard Quailelyn The main library of the Percensua University of Wizardly Studies, located in the capitol of Valindhoa, was an old and cavernous stone building near the center of the ancient school's campus. One of the first built on the land donated by the king some 800 years ago, it had developed it's share of drafts, groaning hinges, and uneven floors. The young students hated the place, calling it "The Tomb" for it's dark, damp and ancient nature. To Maga Librarian Quailelyn, it was home...
  6. Beautiful work! Welcome to the forums! I'm mainly a solitary painter, and really like the quiet alone time to distress. That being said, I've had a great time doing group painting session, I just don't get many opportunities. Be sure to check out the Google Hangout threads In the "Of Topic Rampancy" Forum. A lot of folks here get together via Hnagouts and paint together that way.
  7. Mostly magnetic sheet lined flat cardboard boxes. All my figures are then mounted on metal fender washers or steel bases. The boxes are a mix of purchased and repurposed.
  8. So a researcher let an AI pick paint colors and names, and some of the results are quite funny. I now want to paint all my minis with Catbabel!
  9. Great report and photo coverage of the battle in your neck of the woods, Knabe! Glad to see Quail's Treasure Hunter and Warhound make a special appearance. They almost succeeded! And nice name-dropping of you old namesake wizard. Now Quail's going to have to find some "Kodak Was Were" graffiti in the library.
  10. You can easily find what the current market value of a Vampire pledge is by searching the completed sales for them on eBay. Edit: Just looked. It seems ones have sold in the past few months for between $130 and $260.
  11. I don't know why, but I really like that! I need to work that into a write-up. You're right about Elemental Bolt, and in reality I don't see Quail adopting that anytime soon. My main concern with the Explosive Cocktail is the same issue Quail had this game with the Explosive Ball scroll; It's an indiscriminate area weapon. I'm intrigued by the Bow idea... I may try that with Bailey. Unfortunately, a lot of the scenarios in Lich Lord suffer from limited visibility rules, so missile troops aren't the most useful. It might be really cool to arm a wizard with a bow, and then jack up their Shoot to the max (+5) with leveling. As I read the rules, the wiz can have a hand weapon and a bow as the extra weapon. A crossbow might be even more sneaky. Currently I have both Quail & Bail armed with the hand weapon & dagger combo for the +1 Fight bonus.
  12. Those turned out great! I really like the monochromatic look on those.
  13. You have been doing it right. The Will roll is made vs. whatever the Wizard actually rolls; so if the wizard rolls an 18 to cast the spell, the target will need to try roll an 18 or better each time it activates (adding it's Will number to the roll.) You say he casts the spell a lot, but the Wizard (and Apprentice) can only have a single figure under mind control at one time. So at most there should ever only be 2 figures the pair can control. From looking at the report, it appears it was a problem with just the one game where you opponent had the fortune to roll high a lot. Has it been a problem with every game? Do they always roll high? Also, from the photos it does look like there is not enough cover, and what cover there is is lined up in neat rows creating very long line of sights. We try to never few clear lines of sight be longer than about 12 inches. And it should be rare to find places where you can draw a straight uninterrupted line from one side of the battlefield to the other. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX In other news, I forgot to follow up from my earlier post and let folks know my report from our Frostgrave Campaign Game 5 has been posted:
  14. I agree with what Dilvish has said. It sounds like there may be too many open lanes of vision. And are you remembering the Will roll every turn the soldier activates? It takes a long time for a soldier carrying treasure to get off the edge at half speed, so there should be plenty of time from them to break the spell with their Will. Kodak had Mind Control and I don't think there was more than handful of times it actually worked to get a treasure off the table. There are several ways to defeat this. I'd buy a grimoire of either Dispel or Draining Word. Also Fog and Wall should help blind him. Another tactic I'd try is to buy a warband of entirely crossbowmen. That would teach him quickly to keep his head behind cover. Blinding Light and Furious Quill will also help make his life harder. If you are allowing all troop types, a Bard will help keep your troops' Will high, and a Crow Master can help keep the wizard distracted with his annoying bird. Also, worse comes to worse, you are allowed to kill your own warband member who has been Mind Controlled. Edit: Also, a few well placed Bones Darts or Elemental Bolts should discourage the Soothsayer as well.
  15. It looks great!
  16. Thanks, Chaoswolf! Yeah, I really lived up to my Reaper Forum "God" name. Thank you so much, InvisibleThumb! Never had my wirting called "immersive" before. Yes, Quail was reduced to 0 HP, and rolled "Full Recovery" for her after game result. I'm always prepared to write the worse whenever a character goes down in a game. Have you read any of last year's Campaign? My wizard last year, Kodak, lost a main member of his warband almost every other game, including his Apprentice, a long-time friend who was a Templar, and then the Templar's sister! So I got to write a lot of sad scenes. It's part of what surprises me so much about this year; I'm not used to playing game after game where everyone survives! And yes, I agree, a lot of fun is seeing where the story goes as I play it out, and figuring in my mind how I will interpret it in a narrative. Thank you, Pippin! Yes, I was a bit riskier with my play this time; partly do to the requirements of the scenario, and partly because I was beginning to feel a little like my warband was immortal. An lastly, because seeing all those lovely treasures slip through my fingers made me a bit impulsive. Explosive Cocktails might not be a bad idea. Quail was eager to use her new Ivory Scroll of Elemental Ball, but there was never a good opportunity; either the enemy was too spread out, or her own people were too close to them. I'm beginning to think she might benefit from learning Elemental Bolt though.
  17. Thanks, Dilvish! Yes it was, with death and destruction all over. :) Interestingly, we found it was brought to a conclusion much sooner than our games usually are. Possibly due to the high attrition rates on everybody's warbands.
  18. Thanks, haldir! The Rangifer are nice models, but very fiddley to assemble. We played the fourth scenario from Thaw of the Lich Lord, The Storm of Undeath, this past Saturday. Quail's report has been posted. "...Quail braced herself at the foot of the steps outside the back door of the old stone building as best she could, and pulled her yet-to-be-used sword from its scabbard. Seconds later the old rotted rear door splintered open and the Necromancer's man burst out, clutching a chest under one arm, and drawing his weapon with the other. Seeing the Sigilist standing there, he yelled in anger and jumped down the steps at her, dagger raised. The weight of the man pushed Quail backwards, and her sword went flying from her hand as she lost her footing..." Storm of Undeath
  19. Played our latest Frostgrave game yesterday; the Storm of Undeath scenario from the Thaw of the Lich Lord book. Carnage ensued, and fun was had! :). A full report should be posted this week.
  20. Thanks, Dilvish! That would be great to see reports from NEMPA's games! Of course then you'd have to add a "G" to the acronym: NEMPGA!
  21. Those turned out great! It does remind me of Gary the Stormtrooper's dilemma on take you daughter to work day...
  22. Great report and photos, Knabe! Somehow I don't think Bemis giving Niko the "wrong" potion was an accident. Hard to believe the next game is only 3 days away! I didn't know if you'd get your report posted in time!
  23. Funded

    I love all the Frostgravey potential in that Dark Lords Tower set! Here's hoping they get to $450 (though at the rate the pledge total keeps going up, I think there's little doubt!) :)
  24. Hooray! Was beginning to suffer the symptoms of BOGW withdrawal...
  25. Funded

    I find it interesting how folks are so worried about stuff they won't use. Doesn't anyone consider how easy it will be to move any of this they don't want on the secondary market? Just like with the Bones kickstarters, I know any pieces that aren't useful to me can easily be sold or traded...often at more than KS prices.