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“Wolves Tend To Shy Away From Humans…”

“…But a few will occasionally wander down into the city in search of prey.”

This quartet of 28mm scale metal Wolves are produced by “North Star Military Figures” and can be bought as code FGX003 from their “Frostgrave" range. The Nottingham-based manufacturer actually produces five different variants of Canis lupus. But this set only includes a random selection of four of them.


Initially, I had hoped to super-glue the large canines onto 28mm circular lipped bases. However, because the majority of the figures had been sculpted moving on all fours, I ultimately had to settle on them being permanently attached to 40mm lipped stands instead. Once in position, they were all primed with a couple of layers of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, before having the tops of their fur sponged in Dark Grey with a torn piece of blister foam.

"Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I'll ever know."

Each wolf was then washed in “Citadel” Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey. Whilst this paint was still wet though, I also dry-brushed each animal from the top down with “Vallejo” Dark Grey, allowing the two colours to meet, mix and taper off once my brush started to approach each beast’s legs and underbelly.


In addition, I ‘picked out’ each wolf’s nose and eyes with a few dabs of “Citadel” Abaddon Black. To be honest I was rather underwhelmed with the sculpting of these miniatures’ faces, as I was fully prepared to apply either some red or white to their tongues and fangs, yet found no such detail being evidently available – even on those whose mouths were wide open as they bayed at the Moon.

"Zealot Miniatures" WIPs - The Stone Golem's bracelets have been base-coated, layered and shaded

Having completed my feral carnivores, I have made some more progress on a Stone Golem I recently purchased from “Zealot Miniatures”. I had originally intended to simply make this two-piece resin enchanted construct all stone, but have since had a change of mind, and subsequently started working on it wearing a pair of ‘magical’ weathered brass bracelets.


For now I’ve simply laid down a base layer of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, over which I’ve applied a coat of Brass and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. However, this metallic colour is already providing an excellent contrast to the somewhat monotonous grey-look of the impressively-sized statue, and that’s before I’ve added the patina effect to its superbly-detailed wrist jewellery…

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planetmut
May 02, 2021

The wolves look great, shame about the sculpting. Sometimes I get annoyed at overly detailed minis, but when essential bits like teeth are left off it's even more annoying.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 02, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. Even some of the poses annoyed me, like the wolf with his head twisted over his shoulder as if its baying at something in the sky over its shoulder. Just odd, imho. Still, four more 28mm minis finished so that's not bad.

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wsd50
Apr 28, 2021

I know you weren't too impressed with the quality of the sculpting in places, but I think the Wolves look the business in your action shots mate!!


The stone golem is still looking top's too.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 29, 2021
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Thanks Roger. Yes, I wasn't enthused by the Wolves at all tbh. As I say elsewhere I get the impression they're old sculpts which have been crowbarred into the Frostgrave range to save some new ones being made. I am though super-pleased with how the Stone Golem is coming along. Hope to have him finished soon.

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undercoat2670
Apr 28, 2021

More wandering monsters for Frostgrave is a good thing. They look great in your pictures, especially as an attacking pack. Shame the sculpts weren't that detailed around the mouths though.

Good wip on your dwarf golem thing. Can't wait to see him done as I like your statues and metallics.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 28, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. Four more Frostgrave minis in the books, now on to the next ones, LOL!!! Hope to have the Stone Golem finished in the next few days, as I have a big push of Zealot Miniatures I want to complete throughout May.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Apr 28, 2021

Great job on the wolves Simon, shame about the lack of detail around the mouths. Nice progress on the stone Golem will you be adding oxidation to the bracelets ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 28, 2021
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Thanks Dave. Probably my least fave minis of the year tbh. I think like the bear I did, they were from another much older range which have simply been repurposed by North Star for Frostgrave. I was going to buy a second blister to bolster their numbers but won't be now.


Yes. The Stone Golem's bracelets will have a patina. I just need to apply that, do a bit of a dry-brush and then finish the weathering on the stone itself.

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