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Speedpainting treasure tokens for Frostgrave

Recently, I’ve been getting into Frostgrave, a skirmish wargame by Joseph A. McCullough. In it, two warbands, each led by a DnD-like wizard, venture through the frozen city of Felstad trying to loot the thawing treasures before others do it. Since I really loved the game so far, I decided to commit a little bit more to it by actually painting miniatures, terrain and tokens for it. One of most versatile tokes for this would be treasure chest, which I could even reuse for my DnD campaigns later on. So I printed a few from BriteMinis, a great designer who focusses on support-free FDM-ready models. Here are the steps I followed to speedpaint mine.

  1. Materials used
  2. Steps to reproduce
  3. Finished pictures

Materials

DUPLI-COLOR Filler Primer

DUPLI-COLOR Filler Primer

Vallejo GC Beasty Brown

Vallejo GC Beasty Brown

Vallejo GC Leather Brown

Vallejo GC Leather Brown

Vallejo GC Gunmetal

Vallejo GC Gunmetal

Vallejo GC Hammered Copper

Vallejo GC Hammered Copper

Vallejo GC Glorious Gold

Vallejo GC Glorious Gold

Army Painter Strong Tone

Army Painter Strong Tone

Army Painter Matt Varnish

Steps

  1. First, I printed the chests on my Ender 3 Pro with 0.08 mm layer height.
  2. Next, I heated up paperclips to melt them into the chest from the bottom so that I could pin them on corks as paint handles.
  3. Then, I basecoated all chest with two thin layers of DUPLI-COLOR Filler Primer This helps hide the layer lines a bit.
  4. Afterwards, I completely painted half the chests each with the two shades of brown.
  5. After that, I painted all the metal parts on a third of the chests each with either of the three metal shades.
  6. Now that the basecoat was done, I heavily washed them all with Army Painter Strong Tone.
  7. Once that was dry, I highlighted all rivets and the locks with one of the metal shades not yet found on the chest.
  8. Finally, I varnished them with Army Painter Matt Varnish and removed them from their pins.

By using two different shades of brown and 3 different kinds of metal colour, I ended up with 6 visually distinct chests.

Finished pictures

The fully painted game-ready treasure chests

The fully painted game-ready treasure chests

Size comparison of a chest to a 25 mm base

Size comparison of a chest to a 25 mm base

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