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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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wsd50
21 de jul. de 2021

Sorry for the late comment, I thought I already had! Still nice work on the "snapper" he is only a little chap isn't he, are there rules for him in Frostgrave then?


The Blood Angels are looking really good ranked up like that, once the vehicles are added they should look great!


Nice progress on the "Germans" too, you really do "flit" from one thing to another matey!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
21 de jul. de 2021
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Cheers Roger. The Snapping Turtle is an animal your Heritor's party can encounter in Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago. Hopefully, I should have the (not) Predators ready for a posting before the end of the month. The Blood Angels' Rhino is already finished and just waiting for a slot to feature on the website.


"Flit"!?! Outrageous!!! LOL!!. The FoW vibe is currently very strong, tbh, Roger, so expect a load of German infantry, heavy weapons and vehicles to be posted over the next month or so, as I work my way through the Hit The Beach Starter Box. 😁

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undercoat2670
20 de jul. de 2021

Like your painting on the turtle very nice. Shame it is so small and is less of a monster to threaten warbands and more of a potential pet to take home!

Blimey, your massed ranks of Blood Angels look good! Fabulous group shot.

The more I see of those FoW minis the more I like them! Terrific looking work in progress.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
20 de jul. de 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. A pet as opposed to a threat is definitely how I would view the Snapping Turtle, LOL!!! I'm super pleased to have gotten so many 15mm minis from the the Ion Age range finished, and hope to have a similar number of Flames of War figs done by the end of the month.

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planetmut
19 de jul. de 2021

Nice work on the turtle, but you're right, it's tiny for what it is. Those Blood Angels are looking superb and based like that they really bring back memories of playing Epic 40k back in the day. Looking forward to seeing the vehicles! Any chance that you'll do some old-school banners for them?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
19 de jul. de 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. I should have the Blood Angels version of the Battle Taxi APC posted up later this week, and possibly the (not) Predators next. I don't think I own any Retained Knights with banners. But if Epic 40K is your thing, then next month's theme will definitely be one for you to enjoy 😉

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
19 de jul. de 2021

The turtle looks great Simon, as does your growing force of Blood Angels, and good progress on the 15 mm Germans. One question are you doing the tanks in the Crimson Fist colours, or Blood Angels.

By the way I didn't recieve a notification of a new post, just happened to notice you had one on Facebook

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
19 de jul. de 2021
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Thanks Dave. I wasn't at all impressed with the Turtle when it arrived, as I was expecting something considerably bigger. Probably unreasonable of me, but I thought the contents of this blister were pretty poor vfm overall. Still, he's finished now, and might see some tabletop action at some point in the future.


I've got four Blood Angel vehicles coming, indeed, one is already for posting, and then I've got one which I plan to try one of your yellow recipes on tbh. So expect to see that soon, as I'd like to do an Imperial Fist unit or six too, LOL!!


Wix does seem to be a bit buggy currently, as it wasn't letting someone comment the other day.…

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