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"Giant Rats Are Usually Encountered In Small Packs..."

"...Which have been known to overwhelm weak or wounded adventurers."

These three 28mm scale metal models of some Giant Rats are manufactured by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought as code FGV309 - Boar & Giant Rats from their “Frostgrave" Range. According to Joseph A. McCullough's lore for the Frozen City these "rats were one of the few species that did manage to survive the freezing of the city" by "hiding in some part of the ancient sewer system."

The trio were initially primed "Citadel" Abaddon Black, heavily dry-brushed "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal so as to bring out their furry detail, and drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then painted all of their limbs, tails, ears and noses with a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson, before delicately dry-brushed all the deadly rodents' fleshy parts using (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Warmgrey.

"Frostgrave" WIPs - The Giant Rats have been primed and dry-brushed

With the bulk of the cat-sized beasts completed, I spent a little time 'feathering' the join between their dark hides and their limbs with some additional "Citadel" Abaddon Black, and 'picked out' their sharp front teeth using a mixture of "Vallejo" White and Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter". As a last touch I spotted the Giant Rats' tiny malevolent eyes with a dab of "Vallejo" Heavy Red.

Despite having completed this particular packet of scavengers for wintry Felstad, I still don't actually have enough miniatures to populate my tabletop should I roll especially poorly on the Random Encounter Table for "Frostgrave", for the fanged critters can appear as a horde of four 'Pack Hunters' if the dice gods prove particularly uncharitable. As a result I have started work on another trio of the foul fiends...

"Marvel Crisis Protocol" WIPs - Spider-Man has been base-layered and shaded

To ensure I don't spend the entirety of my precious hobby time pigmenting Giant Rats, I have however, also made some significant progress on the Spider-Man figure found inside the Marvel Crisis Protocol Core Set by "Atomic Mass Games". Having previously painted a "Heroclix" model of the web-slinger, I've stuck to my trusted recipe of using "Vallejo" Heavy Red and a wash of "Citadel" Abaddon Black to do most of the hard work on the crime-fighter's webbed costume.

The "Atomic Mass Games" miniature is though somewhat greater in size than the "Wizkids" sculpt, so I plan to subsequently lighten the red up with a careful dry-brush or two. In addition, I am currently assembling the super-hero skirmish game's two hard plastic models of the Black Widow, with the intention of doing one in Natasha Romanova's white costume.

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