Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Hotlead Frostgrave Warbands - Part 2

In the first part of this two part series, we looked at three Frostgrave Warbands available for use at Hotlead. In today's post, we look at the other three.

The first Warband is the Summoner's Warband. If I were playing (and not as the Nameless One), this is the Warband that I would use. I would suggest it for players with some experience. The Summoner has a Demon starting in the Warband as well as two Javelineers, two treasure hunters, a Marksman, a Templar and a Captain. If I have time to finish it before Hotlead, they will also have a Demonic Servant. This Wizard has signed a pact with a demon and as a result, has tentacles that can be used as whips on nearby enemies.

A straight on look of the Summoner Warband. This army should be good for the experienced player.

A view that better shows the models in the gang. This group uses cheaper troops than some of the other groups, so I wouldn't necessarily suggest it for use for the beginning player. That said, there will be lots of demons around on the battlefield for this convention and this wizard can control them. A new (and powerful) ally could just be a spell away.  :)

The next Warband is that of the Enchanter. Believe it or not, this is the deadliest "attack" wizard at the table. The reason for this is that he has boosted the casting ability of elemental bolt so much that it is easy to set off a +8 shooting attack. The other players will have to watch out for him! His minions are fairly powerful too. I envision this party being used by a new to slightly new player.

This Wizard means business. He is an Enchanter, but he has spent a lot of time perfecting the deadliest attack spell in the game.

This warband has a good mix of troops. There are three constructs (all massively upgraded), a Knight, A Packmule with healing potions, an Assassin and a War Hound. Every Dwarf here has a magical weapon. This is a powerful warband, but there is a lot to track.
The final Warband is likely the most powerful (based on scenario and the prevalence of Demons). I recommend this group for beginners. It consists of a Thaumaturge and his Apprentice, two Treasure Hunters, a Templar, three Knights and an Apothecary. There are no ranged weapons in this group, but its access to Banish (to defeat Demons), quality Troops and Healing makes it a force to be reckoned with.    

The Thaumaturge and his Warband.
There are a lot of quality troops here to help this Wizard out. I am expecting him to be one of the easiest to play despite not having access to much in terms of ranged attacks.
Hopefully my readers have enjoyed this look at six separate Frostgrave Warbands. If you are at Hotlead (2017) and are interested in playing, make sure to look for my game on the 25th of March and sign up for my 2pm or 7pm. It should be a lot of fun! All of the Wizards will be level 20.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Frostgrave Demons - Chilopendra and Tiszirain (Showcase)

Nick Eyre of North Star Military Figures sent Must Contain Minis four official Chilopendra Miniatures (from Frostgrave) and a Centipede Demon for the upcoming Hotlead Convention. These pieces will be act as my "boss" figures on my Frostgrave table at the convention.

Jeremy Cada (of Forbes Hobbies) helped me out by doing some commission painting. When I got the models back, he let me know that they still need to be based up to match my other models; however, they may stay as they are because I am facing a time crunch with the event. I have so much left to get ready for the table.

Personally, I think they look fantastic - and Jeremy painted these up quickly. They are going to make great enemies for the players at Hotlead. The players may be able to stop Tiszirain from being summoned, but I hope he hits the table.

In the front row are four Chilopendra Demons and in the back, a Centipede Demon that I will use as Tiszirain. All of these Demons are found in Forgotten Pacts.

These were Painted by Jeremy Cada of Forbes Hobbies. Thanks for painting these up - they look great!!!

There is no Official Tiszirain Model yet, but this Centipede Demon is going to make a great Proxy figure. The model itself came as four pieces and needed a little bit of "Green Stuff" to assemble. One also has to be careful with the centipede claws as I had trouble with them being a little brittle. That said, the model looks great when it is built and painted up. Hopefully the players find him very intimidating. :)

Centipede Demon
There was some flashing around the centipede claws that Jeremy cleaned up but this is a great looking model. Be careful with the claws as I had to do some repair work and lost one of them before Jeremy got the model.

Tiszirain Demon for Frostgrave
The miniature itself looks great. Check out the back of this figure. Nice Job Jeremy!!!

These miniatures look great and I can't wait to get them on the table. I would like to thank again Jeremy Cada for painting them up and Nick Eyre from North Star Military Figures for sending them.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Hotlead Frostgrave Warbands - Part 1

Today's post is a quick look at 3 of the 6 Frostgrave Warbands I am hosting for Hotlead. If you are interested in trying the game out, be sure to come out to Hotlead and sign on the signup sheets for my games. I run games at 2pm and 7pm on the 25th of March (2017).

For those wondering, all 6 Wizards are at Level 20. I wanted to show participants what it is like to play higher powered Wizards.

The Warband below is made up entirely of RAFM Miniatures. This group consists of an Elementalist (the Dwarf with a Flame Thrower), his apprentice (the Dwarf with a sword), six Marksmen and one Crossbowman. I would recommend this group for beginners.

Above is a picture of the Elementalist Gang in the Frostgrave game that I am running. The whole warband specializes in standing and shooting and even the Wizard has a shooting skill of +5 (for his crossbow). Most of his easy to cast spells involve dealing damage to many close targets.

This means that the basic strategy with the above warband would be to stand and shoot with the marksmen while sending in the Wizard, Apprentice and Crossbowman to engage enemies and pick up treasure. The Wizard also knows the Leap spell so he can get a shooter or two into some really choice locations early in the game.

The next Warband is one that my readers will recognize. It is the Nameless One (a necromancer) with his apprentice. He has an Apothecary, 2 Rangers, a Crossbowman, a Skeleton, a Captain, and three Large Constructs. The Nameless One knows most of the Necromancer spells and is a master at casting Bone Dart. Most of the figures in this Warband are by North Star Military Figures with one made by Reaper and the three constructs being made by an undisclosed manufacturer. :)

This Frostgrave group would be best played by someone with some experience in Frostgrave or by someone with a good grasp of "combined arms" tactics. The soldiers in this group are fairly specialized and could easily be mixed into 3 tactical subgroups.

Above is the Nameless One along with his half-undead Warband. Opponents should find him very intimidating with three large constructs, a well armoured tank of a Captain and some speedy rangers.

One strategy would be to have the Captain activating with the Large Constructs and moving in a hunting group together. All three Constructs and the Captain share the same movement speed and the highest armour and fight values in the group.

The final group for today is the one from my last post. That is the Beastcrafter Warband. Now this group is one that I would suggest for either "experts" in Frostgrave or players that like a challenge. This group's minions has the lowest fight value scores of any Warband in the game. They also have the highest speed.

This means that the Beastcrafter player should take advantage of their Hyena pack to hunt down lone enemies, surround them and use the +2 fight bonus (per outnumbering model) to take down their enemies. If I get them painted in time, I will add two thugs to this group as well.

Above is the Beastcrafter Warband. With no real attack spells, this Wizard may come across as one of the weakest. That said, he has the best casting value on Fog (a great defensive spell) and many spells to buff the members of his warband. He also comes with a +5 Attack score and the ability to fight just as well unarmed as he can with a weapon.

Most of the other Wizards do not boast with such a high fight score. That said, his warband has the lowest fight values at the table. This player will want to either attack in packs or cast lots of buffing spells before getting into a fight. 

In the next 5 nights, I have a lot to do. I still have two pieces of scenery to paint, as well as 10 more miniatures to paint. For me, that is a lot of work! Hopefully I will get it all done in time for Hotlead!

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Combining Conan with Frostgrave: Painting Up Conan The Boardgame (by Monolith)

A few months ago, Asmodee sent Must Contain Minis a Review Copy of Conan the Board Game. This is a very enjoyable game and for those that want to read earlier posts about it, check out my Initial Impressions / Unboxing post and my first Conan Battle Report.

Now that I am getting ready to run Frostgrave at a local convention, I want to use some of the Minis from Conan as a Warband.

Most recently, I posted about priming Conan models up at my favourite FLGS. Today's post is a follow up to that post. Below is my progress on some of those minis.

Above: Conan faces-off against an Ape in a Cape. My money is on Conan winning this fight.

Above is a fun picture of Conan squaring off against an Ape in a Cape. Aside from using these mini in Conan (the Board Game), I plan to use them in a game of Frostgrave at a local Convention. Part of my goal at the Convention is to show people that Frostgrave allows you to play with whatever minis you own (including minis from board games).

As such, I painted up a selection of the minis as a Beastcrafter Warband and NPC Barbarians.

This is the Beastcrafter Warband that I plan to have one player use at Hotlead.

The Hyenas provide a fast attack pack for the gang. They will count as "Wolves" for the purposes of statistics. Considering that I painted the Hyenas almost entirely with Craft Store paint, I am very pleased with how well they look.

A look at the front of a Hyena.

Each Hyena has a different number of spots on their sides to make them individually identifiable.

This is a Demon. In my Frostgrave Game, he will count as a "Bear" mutated to be able to carry treasure off the board.

Lots of muscles on this figure. The other warbands had best watch out.

This guy will count as the Beastcrafter's apprentice.

He holds a bloody human heart in his left hand. I wonder if the other players will target him because of that fact.

This Ape in a Cape will be my Beastcrafter Wizard at Hotlead. He has claws, is a melee monster and can fight well unarmed in combat. I do apologize that the face is a little out of focus, but the picture does show some of the nice definition across the rest of the miniature.

A look at the Ape's Cape.

Well... that concludes the look at the Beastcrafter Warband for my Frostgrave game at Hotlead. I may add a couple of Thugs to the group depending on how much of my GM prep work I get done.

Below are images of two of the models from Conan that I plan to use as Barbarians.

This model turned out very nice.

The details in the clothing pretty much paint themselves with a wash.

A nice model that paints up quickly.

The Iconic Conan Himself. A great model with lots of crisp details. The details in the face are a little soft in comparison to the rest of the model, but look at how well it turned out with a wash and some highlighting.

The details on the back of the miniature are great too. For Board Game models, I am impressed. These are nice. They take primer without issues and paint up well.

I do plan to do another Battle Report and a Full Review of the Conan Board Game in the future. For those that have read my previous work about Conan, you can probably guess what I am going to say in the review - but I will quickly sum it up below.

Conan The Board Game has fantastic mechanics, great looking miniatures and is a blast to play. The models fit in perfectly with 32mm figures and could be used alongside 28mm figures. For those that buy games for the miniatures, you could easily reuse these models elsewhere aside from Conan. Some people complain that the game is Sexist in its depiction of Women given today's climate of cultural sensitivities. If you know someone that takes that viewpoint, I don't think that you can argue that they are wrong. If you can look past that fact, Conan is a fantastic game.

Swinging back to Frostgrave, there are more than enough figures in the Conan Boardgame to make a few Warbands. Like the Hyenas though, many of those models will have the same pose so one would have to figure out how to differentiate the miniatures from each other. For those that want to see how they measure up against 28mm and 32mm figures, I did size comparison pictures in my Unboxing article.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Winter Priming at my FLGS

As some of my readers know, Must Contain Minis is situated in the Great White North of Canada. As such, I have to contend with snow and cold weather when I want to prime models. This means that spray painting outside is not an option. Spraying inside the house is also out of the question, and I do not own a an air-brush. So what is a man to do?

Well, one of my FLGSs (Friendly Local Gaming Stores) has an answer to that very question. My friends over at Forbes Hobbies actually have a spray station with a ventilation hood right in their store. This is great! I do all of my wintertime priming there and I am thankful for the service. Check this cabinet out...

Winter Time Priming - Paint Station in a retail store
Forbes Hobbies has a painting booth with a ventilation hood and turn-table inside. That is my plank of wood is mine, but the store would provide a painting surface if I wished.

I am very happy that I have a FLGS that provides this service. The other winter alternatives available to me include waiting for my wife to leave the house and spraying then (but she can always tell by the smell when she gets home) or try to paint out in the snow and cold weather one piece at a time. Neither of these solutions are good. Waiting for my wife to leave just gets me in trouble later on and spraying outside causes problems with the paint and its adhesion due to the cold.

Thank you Forbes! You are helping to save a relationship here.  :)

So what miniatures was I painting? I was priming my entire collection of Conan (the board game) miniatures sent to me by Asmodee. Of course, these minis are fully usable for the Conan Board Game, but I also plan to use them for the Frostgrave table that I am running at Hotlead.

My primed Conan miniatures. As one can see, I even started getting the base-coat on some of the minis.  

While I was painting, I loaned out one of my Cigar Box Battle Mats to some guys playing Bolt Action in the back. Below are a couple of pictures of the table on which the guys played. Stunning!!!

Gaming at Forbes Hobbies in Cambridge Ontario Canada
Some of the guys prepping for a game of Bolt Action. 

An amazing table full of terrain for Bolt Action
Check this table out! Isn't it gorgeous!!! 

I hope everyone enjoyed this quick post about one of my FLGSs.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Friday, 10 March 2017


My favourite annual gaming convention is coming soon, and, this year, I am running a Gaming Table. The gaming convention I speak of is Hotlead. Yes... I dream of going to Adepticon and Gen Con, but until someone offers me an all expenses paid trip (or I come into some money), Hotlead is the closest I am going to get. To be honest, that is okay with me. Hotlead is an awesome event and happens to be where I learned that there is much more to the miniature hobby than just GW.

Hotlead's 2017 logo. Image from the Hotlead Website

This year, Hotlead runs March 24 to 27, which coincides with AdeptiCon. It is a big event for my area with plenty of participation games, Vendors and a huge "Bring and Buy" Table. If you live in Ontario, Michigan, or New York and are looking for an exciting gaming Convention that is closer than AdeptiCon, this might be an answer for you. I personally will be running two sessions at this event.

In both instances, Must Contain Minis will be running a Frostgrave Gaming Table and I have plenty of Corporate support. For this event, the following companies sent support items to Must Contain Minis: XOLK sent a number of their MDF buildings, North Star Military Figures sent some of their Chilopendra Demons and another figure to represent Tiszirain (a scenario boss), and Osprey Publishing is providing prize support.

Jeremy, from Forbes Hobbies, offered to do some commission painting to help get Must Contain Minis ready for the convention. He is now working on the North Star figures and I am really looking forward to seeing what they look like after a professional paint job. I also have my friends Dave and Randell working on some terrain for this game. Outside of all these new items, I also plan to use some items that I already own for the gaming table. This includes a gaming mat by Cigar Box Battle, some Scatter Terrain by Six Squared Studios, some RAFM and Reaper Miniatures, Plenty of North Star Frostgrave Figures and miniatures from the Conan Board Game distributed by Asmodee.

The games I am running are on Saturday, March 25 at 2pm and 7pm. Below are the descriptions of the games...

Mortal Shells @ 2pm "Something must have drawn these Barbarians to Frostgrave. What, we don't know yet. Wait a minute?! What's happening to that Barbarian?!" The Barbarian's body collapses to the ground and a hideous demon claws his way out of the corpse's stomach. "Men, hold back those demons! I am going to read these ruins to try to figure out what is going on!" Come and give this modified scenario from Forgotten Pacts a try. GM: Jacob Stauttener from Must Contain Minis & Dave Lamers, Frostgrave rules, 28mm, Four to six players. Table Support by XOLK and North Star Military Figures. Prize Support by Osprey Publishing.

Rescue the Prince!!! @ 7pm After much study, the Wizards across the city realize that the past events are just a lead up to the summoning of Tiszirain (The Demon Lord of Victory and Consumption). According to the books in the great halls, the next step in the summoning this Demon is a blood sacrifice of a noble. At this time, one of the warband members comes back to inform their boss that the word on the street is that a prince has been kidnapped and a sizable reward will go to anyone that can bring him back alive. It is time to save the city and make some extra money at the same time! Come and give this modified scenario from Forgotten Pacts a try. GM: Jacob Stauttener from Must Contain Minis, Frostgrave rules, 28mm, Four to six players. Table Support by XOLK and North Star Military Figures. Prize Support by Osprey Publishing.

XOLK has been very generous in the support that they have given Must Contain Minis for Hotlead, and sent a number of buildings. They also sent me plenty of coupons to give out at the convention for anyone that wants to try these products out for themselves.

28mm MDF Gaming Terrain
This Norman House in Ruins is my favourite piece that they sent. We will look at it more in depth below. 

This is their brand new Urban Dwelling Building. Love that the pieces have accessible floor levels!

Some Ruined Foundations. The stairs fit in such a way that I think it may end up being the piece in the middle of the table as a makeshift alter for the blood sacrifice that our wizards have to stop. 

This is XOLK's brand new Bridge. 

Of this batch of MDF kits, I have built the Norman House in Ruins and the Ruined Foundations. Both of the kits look great, but my favourite (so far) is the Norman House in Ruins.

This building is great and comes apart nicely to access the different layers of the structure.

This picture has a 28mm miniature added to give a sense of scale. Compared to the 4ground and Plastcraft Games Houses that I own, this house has a larger footprint.

The roof comes off.

The top layer comes off to reveal the second floor.

The Ground Floor.
Below is a picture of the assembled Ruined Foundations Kit.

MDF 28mm Terrain / building for WW2 and Fantasy
This is the Ruined Foundations Kit. I like the stairs in this set and those stairs will likely act as a makeshift alter in my game at Hotlead.

When I get everything done, the table is going to look great!!!

Now, I have a lot of work to do before the convention to get everything ready. This means that the frequency of my posts might go down to just one or two a week for the next little while.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Review: The Frostgrave Folio

Osprey Publishing was kind enough to send Must Contain Minis an Advanced Copy of The Frostgrave Folio.

The Cover of The Frostgrave Folio. Image from Osprey Publishings' webstore.

As many of my readers know, much of what is in the Frostgrave Folio is a republishing of the digital (PDF) mini-expansions; however, there is also an extra mini-expansion added to the Folio. Must Contain Minis has reviewed four of the five mini-expansions in earlier articles. For the sake of simplicity, I will quickly summarize each expansion below and provide links to the earlier reviews.

Before looking at the actual mini-expansions, let's discuss what is different. The first thing that owners of the PDFs will notice about the new book is the artwork. This book has tons of fantastic new images. Check out these pictures!!!!

This type of artwork was completely absent from the PDF expansions. I believe it adds a lot of value to the book.

Some more fantastic artwork from the Frostgrave Folio.

The artwork is superb and the Folio gives great treatment to the mini-expansions that we already know and love. While the Folio is a total of 72 pages, it is much thinner than the binder that I have been using for my printed PDFs. It is also much sleeker than my PDF printouts.

The Frostgrave Folio is much slimmer than the binder that I have been using for the PDF expansions. 

A look at the PDFs (on the left) vs. the Folio (on the right). The Folio looks so much nicer. 

For those coming to this site not knowing what is in the Frostgrave Folio, it contains five mini-expansions. These expansions include The Hunt for the Golem, Sellsword, Dark Alchemy, Arcane Locations and The Ravages of Time. Of these expansions, it is The Ravages of Time that is new to the game.

The Ravages of Time was not exactly what I was expecting. I was hoping for a mini-campaign with some extra rules to make the Chronomancer more effective (or at least new magical items or spells that would interest a Chronomancer player). Instead, The Ravages of Time offers readers a gripping ten-page adventure without new content for use outside of the Campaign. That said, I found the concept of the adventure and special rules unique to the scenario quite intriguing. It is semi-cooperative in that there is a big "boss" at the end that the players really need to work together to defeat and come out alive. Overall, it is a fascinating read that had me turning the pages quickly to find out what would happen next. The special rules unique to the scenarios really get me excited about the game. This one should be a blast to play.

The Hunt for the Golem is the first pdf-expansion by Osprey Publishing for Frostgrave. It is a fun adventure with a handful of new magical items. These new items are of interest to Wizards that utilize Enchanter Spells. If you want to read more about this expansion, I wrote a Review about it earlier and published a complete play-through Battle Report of the campaign.

Sellsword is my favourite of the pdf-expansions. It offers rules for a new Soldier type. This new soldier type is the Captain and he (or she) gains experience like a Wizard. It also presents a campaign where Magic plays a lesser role. I use the optional Sellsword rules in all of my Frostgrave games. Check out the Review I wrote about it earlier.

Dark Alchemy is my second favourite of the expansions in this book. It provides a campaign that can be played solo or cooperatively, overhauls the "Brew Potion" rules, and provides new potions for players to brew and to find as treasure. Check out the earlier Review for more details on this expansion.

Arcane Locations is a neat expansion that brings with it scenarios with specific scenery requirements. This is a good one for Terrain building enthusiasts that want to build something different or have an excuse to use a unique piece of Terrain. It also gives rules for some new Base Resources. For a more detailed Review of this piece, check out my earlier Review of the PDF.

To recap, The Frostgrave Folio comes with the four previously released electronic-mini-expansions and a new mini-campaign called The Ravages of Time. Personally, I find the Ravages of Time expansion very intriguing. Joseph and Osprey opted not to add any new special rules to the Ravages of Time that would be used outside of the Campaign. This exclusion is kind of nice as it does not penalize owners of the PDFs that do not wish to buy The Frostgrave Folio.

My take on The Frostgrave Folio is that it is totally worth a purchase. For people that already own the PDFs, the Folio gives the same content in a much better package and brings a new campaign into the mix. For those that don't own the PDFs, The Frostgrave Folio is an excellent way to get some really cool advance rules that add depth to the game.

While Osprey sent me an Advanced Copy of The Forstgrave Folio, I also bought a copy through North Star Military Figures. I purchased this second book for the value added extras that North Star was offering during their "Nickstarter" campaign.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!
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