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“Snapping Turtles Have Few Predators.”

“In their environment, they are at the top of the food chain.”

This 28mm scale metal model of a Snapping Turtle is made by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought together with a Large Lizard as code FGA402 from their “Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago” range. The miniature was purchased as part of the company’s highly successful Nickstarter in October 2017, but has since sat somewhat unloved in one of my drawers on account of how disappointed I was in the sculpt’s diminutive size.

Measuring 20mm in length and 15mm in width, the tiny figure was super-glued on to a plastic 28mm circular base and primed using two coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Brown. It was then heartily washed using “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Brown. I also picked out the creature’s eyes with two simple spots of “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

"They are the sons of the Angel, the blooded host, the defenders of Humanity."

Due to my wanting the reptile to appear somewhat more contrastingly colourful than its all-tan ‘official’ paint-job, I applied some “Vallejo” Heavy Green to the animal’s carapace and shaded it with “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. Finally, this area was carefully dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Green to help bring out all the details sculpted on the shell.

Alongside the latest addition to my “Frostgrave” Bestiary, I have finished the last three 15mm Retained Knights sold by “Alternative Armies” I initially planned to pigment as part of a Horus Heresy Blood Angels Space Marine force for last month’s “Forgotten Heroes” Challenge. Predominantly completed using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson, these wonderful Rogue Trader influenced sculpts are from the company’s “The Ion Age” range, and mean I can now field a sixteen-man squad of Sanguinius’ finest, including Sergeant and Heavy Weapons specialist, on the tabletop.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - An NCO and a Panzerfaust

However, I don’t plan to stop there just yet and still have a number of extra infantry miniatures, as well as a handful of sizeable resin vehicles, sat upon my painting table at various stages of completion. Indeed, over the next couple of weeks I’m optimistically hoping to work my way through a Heavy Weapons ‘Devastator’ team, a squadron of (not) Predator Tanks, and at least one or two Character models before I finally set this project aside until next year.

Of course, that doesn’t mean for an instant that I have stopped ploughing on with my 15mm plastic Germans by “Battlefront Miniatures”. I’m currently blocking in all the base layers on the Unit Leader MG42 team for the first of two Panzergrenadier Platoons found inside the “Flames Of War” starter set, “Hit The Beach”, and intend to have the eight-stand strong formation finished before the end of the month…

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