Dan Becker's Frostgrave and Oathmark 28mm Fantasy Miniatures

This article describes making and painting a batch of Frostgrave and Oathmark 28mm fantasy miniatures. Frostgrave and Oathmark are a rules set put out by North Star Military Figures and Osprey Publishing. I have not played the Frostgrave or Oathmark rules, but I intend to use these figures with Osprey's Lion and Dragon Rampant rules. Although I have played many historical rules, this is my first recent foray into painting some fantasy miniatures.

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Before describing the making and painting, a tale of a battle in the forest.

A Battle in the Forest

Frostgrave human infantry warband
Frostgrave human infantry warband
A warband of 20 Frostgrave human infantry sets out into the forest. They have heard the tale of undead ghosts coming out in the night and terrorizing the villagers. With 6 bow and crossbow, 6 hammer and axe, and 8 sword soldiers, there should be no problem dispatching any evil.

The leader carries his large two-handed sword and an enemy's severed head to intimidate his foes. The leader's captain marches by the his side with a blue Frostgrave banner.

Some zombies emerge
Some zombies emerge
Suddenly from the woods comes 24 undead humans in two groups. One group appears to have yellow skin. The other group has green skin. They attack in two dense mobs.

Despite being outnumbered, the Frostgrave soldiers turn to face the zombies. With their superior weapons and command, the zombies should be dispatched easily if the soldiers stay together.

A second group of zombie miniatures
A second group of zombie miniatures
A second mob of undead races out to join the first. The new groups have white and blue skin. There are now 48 zombies attacking the 20 Frostgrave soldiers.

"Stick together men," shouts the Frostgrave leader. With crushing blows to the head and deep slashes to their joints, the zombies are held back.

But the numerous zombies are flanking the soldiers. This is rapidly getting out of hand.

A Frostgrave Barbarian warband arrives
A Frostgrave Barbarian warband arrives
Another force of humans races from the woods to join the battle. Twenty Frostgrave Barbarians with swords, axes, and missile weapons, have smashed into the zombies from the rear. The barbarians have arrived just in time to aid the tiring soldiers.

The melee goes back and forth. Careful! If you are infected by a zombie, you will rot until you die and become undead too.

Nasty Oathmark Goblins join the battle
Nasty Oathmark Goblins join the battle
Just when it appears the undead are contained, a band of 30 Oathmark goblins emerge from the forest. The goblins hack and slash and chatter gibberish through their nasty, yellow teeth. The barbarians are surrounded and outnumbered by zombies and goblins. What will be the fate of this battle?

One injured human returned from the forest to tell this tale. The author attempted to get more details and the final result of the encounter, but the injured human mumbled "I was bitten," soon turned green, and died. No other humans have appeared with any information of the Battle in the Forest.

Thanks for reading the tale. Please read on to learn about construction and painting of these models.

Frostgrave Humans

Frostgrave human archers
Frostgrave human archers
This photo shows 6 Frostgrave human archers and crossbow. All the miniatures in this article are modular plastic figures. From this box set you get five unique bodies, and then you affix weapon arms, and one of ten heads. There is enough variety in the pieces to make missile, ax, and sword groups.

For the Frostgrave soldiers, I decided to paint a blue and yellow scheme. The leather bags, straps, and shoes are mostly browns. Armor and weapons are typically a steel metallic color. Finally the figured are dipped in dark brown wash for shading dark crevasses.

Once figures are painted, they are glued to a metal base. The base is then decorated with some stones and grass flocking. Then everything is sprayed with a matte varnish for protection.

Frostgrave human axes and clubs
Frostgrave human axes and clubs
This next group of six Frostgrave human infantry have axes, hammers, and clubs. The shields are hand painted. Nothing fancy.

The miniature sculptors modeled some early medieval humans. Some appear to have Viking helmets, others appear early English, and others appear to be from a European peasant mob.

Frostgrave human swords and leaders
Frostgrave human swords and leaders
This group of Frostgrave human infantry are the swords and leaders.

To the right of center is the leader, the one and only figure to have the large two-handed sword. I took one of the arms which holds a lantern, cut off the lantern, and put a spare head in his grasp. To the left of center is the soldier with the banner. He is the only one with a pointing right hand. His open left hand hold a staff that I made with brass wire. The banner is made from cut toilet tissue which is painted and frozen into position with the matte varnish.

Zombie Miniatures

Zombie white and blue figures
Zombie white and blue figures
This photo shows two groups of zombie miniatures with white and blue skin. There are 12 zombies for each of these groups, but one of my minis missed being photographed. He was thought to be lost, but was found congregating with the humans, and has since rejoined the group.

Sadly I forgot the make of these zombies, and I cannot seem to find them on the web. They are not Frostgrave or Oathmark minis, but I think they came as an add on to a zombie board game from 10 years ago. They have modern clothing, but I think they will do fine as evil enemies for fantasy gaming.

Zombie yellow and green figures
Zombie yellow and green figures
This photo shows two more groups of 12 zombie miniatures with yellow and green skin.

They are an inexpensive set of 48 hard plastic zombies. They are modular and have differing heads, arms, bodies, and legs that join to make a varied set. I painted four groups of 12 differing colors so that multiple players could identify the groups I first primed these 10 year ago, and they sat in a box unfinished. But now they are resurrected from dead and ready to fight.

Oathmark Goblins

Goblin archer miniatures
Goblin archer miniatures
This photo shows a group of 6 Oathmark Goblin archer miniatures. There are 30 Goblin bodies in the box. Like all the other plastic miniatures on this page, they have numerous weapon arms and heads to make a variety of groups.

I painted all the goblins with green skin, and a black and red wardrobe. Astute readers might notice that these gobos appear to be slightly dustier or grayer than the previous miniatures.

The dusty look is by accident. I intended to give them a double coat of matte varnish for protection. If one coat is good, two must be better. Not so. I think the second coat really toned down the saturated colors. They are fine, but I wish I stopped at one coat.

Goblin spear warriors
Goblin spear warriors
This group of Oathmark Goblins shows off the various spear weapons.

Again a bit dusty looking. The matte varnish is overdone and dried a little bit opaque when it should be clear.

Goblin ax and mace warriors
Goblin ax and mace warriors
Here is a band of 6 Oathmark Goblins with axes and maces.

I like the smashy bits.

Goblin sword figures
Goblin sword figures
Here are some Oathmark goblins with swords and shields

The swords a curved scimitars The shields have curved cutaways. I think the sculptors were inspired by the Lord of the Rings movies where the orcs and goblins appear to be middle eastern rabble.

Goblin swords and leaders
Goblin swords and leaders
This band of 6 Oathmark Goblins brings us up to 30 total Goblin infantry.

The banner staff and cow skull are included in the bits. The banner fabric is made from cut toilet tissue. "Huzzah!" say the goblins!

Frostgrave Barbarians

Barbarian missile weapons
Barbarian missile weapons
This section contains the last box of miniatures I painted for this article, the Frostgrave Barbarians.

This box of hard plastic miniatures contains 20 bodies and enough arms, weapons, and heads to make a variety of poses. This first group of 6 has the bow and crossbow weapons.

Sorry to say, I repeated my mistake of making two coats of matte varnish. This severely toned down the browns, khakis, and yellows of the figures. I guess dusty and muted is fine for Barbarians, but I need to tone down the varnish in the future.

Barbarian axes and hammers
Barbarian axes and hammers
This photo shows 6 barbarians with axes and hammers.

Of all the miniatures in this article, I would say I like the sculpts of these Barbarians the best. They have a nice unified look. They look like they would be modeled on some Dark Ages Germanic tribes. The variety of heads with various beards and hairstyles are excellent.

Barbarian swords and leaders
Barbarian swords and leaders
Finally the last group of Frostgrave Barbarians has 6 swords men and two leaders, bringing this warband up to a total count of twenty.

My favorite figure of all here is the (slightly out-of-focus) leader in the front. He has a nice viking helm, big two-handed hammer, and a white fur cape.

Why so many figures? My choice of gaming rules affects the number of miniatures needed. The Dragon Rampant rules required each warband have about 20 to 30 figures in groups of six or twelve. This is more figures than a typical dungeon crawl, but certainly less than a full blown historical or fantasy army. For gaming, I need one set of good guys and one set of bad guys, and then I figured why not two groups each of good and bad, and that is why you see four groups here.

Thanks for reading about my Frostgrave and Oathmark 28 mm fantasy miniatures. These miniature were a joy to assemble and paint. Stay tuned and you will likely see a few more sets of miniature warriors.

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