The Sailback


Fellow blogger daggerandbrush suggested adding a sunbathing lizard to one of my bases for added detail, maybe not quite what you had in mind, but here is the sailback intended for the ghost archipelago bestiary:)

I found this at a fleamarket along with a bunch of miniatures from the gw lizardmen range:


I’m torn between using these as minions, enemies or part of scenery! I’ll wait and see what is in the GA bestiary first…



Base! How long can you go?

21E4ECBC-F8F0-4F7B-91D5-FD618AB528C9So this is how the first batch of roller pin bases turned out.

Top right is the simplest; grey, blackwash, lighter grey drybrush.

Top left same as the first, but I have added some sand painted with green and highlight with lighter green to simulate grass or moss. I then added some brown wash to some of the stones.


These two I tried som variation with. Light brown paint on the whole base, then painted the individual stones with variations of grey and brown. I like that variation but it takes a little extra effort. Pretty ok result with airdrying clay and rolling pin. For a cleaner look, go easy on the drybrush and washing. The highlight also reveal laser cuts from the rolling pin. I tried flattening them with water before they were dry, but its still visible when drybrushing.


Heroquest battlemat


Decided to try out a homebrewed dungeon coop inspired game of frostgrave. Found a good use for that lovely hero quest board! Looks pretty nice!




Also used som whq tiles for another game.

It’s like a jungle sometimes…

I had a good run at crafting this weekend, partly inspired by some new crafting equipment that arrived and the imminent arrival of Ghost archipelago.


There has been a unison salivation by the crafters in the community over the textured rolling pins from greenstuff world. I ordered the cobblestone and brick textured ones and tried them out on foamcore and airdrying clay. I must say they live up to the hype so far. The bases came out nice and I look forward to painting them. I followed this video by Luke from Lukes Aps when making the bases. The pva really makes the clay easier to work with so that is a great tip!


I also got some blue stuff and tried to duplicate a barrel, but I am not happy with the result. This requires some practice, and perhaps clay is not the best stuff to try and duplicate with as the bluestuff is intended for milliput and greenstuff. I still think it could look ok when painted. I freehanded the bag with the leftover clay.


I also crafted some scatter terrain. 3 palm trees, another beach tile and a jungle foliage piece.




The queen of crabs…


…erhm, yes. Thats the working title anyways:) I believe GA has killer crabs in its bestiary based on the GMG battle reports. I do not have crabs…but my gaming buddy has the next best thing: ¬†daemonettes of slaanesh! I remembered some of them have crab claws so I humbly asked him to donate one to the cause.


My GA set so far


Just to sum up, here is my Ghost Archipelago set so far:

two boats

two large pier tiles

three palm trees

two crates

one “bell”

A rope

A fishnet stand

Two walkway connectors

A beach tile

A copplestone elevation box/storage box

A blue cloth

Apart from the blue cloth, everything is in that box.


Coconuts added to the palms


I’m not happy with the painting on the beach/island tile, but will wait and see how it looks on the table. I’m struggling between keeping it as generic as possible and adding more detail to make it look cooler at first glance. The plan was the former, and then add details in the form of scatter terrain, but it is hard to leave a piece looking that underwhelming on its own.

I’ve started painting some miniatures again so I will wait making more terrain until GA arrives in october!

Palm trees!


Any tropical setting should have palm trees…there is simply no way around it. I’ve been looking at videos about how to craft them for my upcoming Ghost archipelago games, but most of what I’ve seen has been too much work and cost for just “meh” results. The other day I went to a flea market and came home with these babies, plastic roses:


“Roses? For me?” she said with excitement as I threw them down on my neatly organized craft desk. “Ha, think again!” I said triumphantly ” these are for my crafting!”….


I split the stems to appropriate lenght, based them with some wire.


Black basecoat.


Cut the leaves like so.


Paint the stem with brown and highlight it. Hotglue the leaves to the top. Gravel to the base (adds weight) to be painted in beach colour!


I’ll add some coconuts and paint to the base and take another pic once I’ve finished more of them. Easy peasy! Could not be happier with this simple cheat craft!


Aye, aye!

I’m on a roll! This weekend I’ve been crafting quite a bit of stuff for the upcoming Ghost Archipelago. The game is not out yet, but I know there will be water and I know there will be boats. Armed with glue, scissors, cardstock, cardboard and a shitload of coffee stirrers I crafted some stuff that I thought would fit naturally into the nautical setting.


A crate, a rope and a hanging fish net.


…testing out different set ups. I need more pier!


Crates make lovely scatter terrain in Frostgrave too.


Two boats that can fit at least 6 minis, and another crate. I guesstimated the crap out of these! My inspiration was this video by DM scotty.


A simple paintjob and they are basically ready to go. I might add a sail or some oars and a rudder, or just keep em like this. I have a feeling that less is more for these…



Yeees, I’m crafting again. Maintaining a tidy desk and crafting is not possible for me due to my unorganized nature. That means if I first break out the tools and materials, they will remain out in a heap for easy access when the mood strikes. I had packed it up before vacation and breaking it out again was a bit of a hurdle for me. But now its out and the inspiration is flowing free, much to my SO’s despair!


First project, a pier/dock/plateau (lets call it pdp). I will be getting the Ghost Archipelago when its out and I’d like to have some nautical/jungle themed terrain for that. I wanted a modular terrain piece that is easy to store and use for lots of things.


The base is the lid of a shoebox that by flipping it over can also be used to store the pdp and other small bits or walkways. I made a foamcore stamp to make the pattern, which I am not happy with at all, but it will do for now. Next time I will round off the shape of the stamp to get a cleaner look. My plan is to make more of these for easy storage and to be able to add height dimensions to by board. I’m always thinking of practical solutions for terrain now which can be a bit limiting.


The pdp is a piece of cardboard from the bottom of the shoebox to get the same size as the base with a ton of coffe stirrers glued to it in a 2 piece-3 piece pattern. Paintjob is simple, three- tones of brown and some highlights focused on the wood joints. Highlights are a bit on the bright side when I look at the pictures now, but I’ll have to see once its proper dry and with other terrain pieces on it if I need to wash it or something. Cutting the coffee stirrers were time consuming, but other than that its a very simple craft that I can use as a base for lots of indoor/semi outdoor/outdoor terrain. I will set it up and snap a pic or two once I’ve made more pieces like crates and such.

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