It's finally happened. I've managed to schedule a game of Frostgrave with a fellow Torontonian, and it's happening tomorrow!
Matthew from Oldenhammer is meeting me at Meeple Mart (Canadian Wargame Mecca) for our very first game in the frozen city. I've done some last minute warband construction and thought I would share my process for those interested.
The obvious first step was to read the rules. While I was going through the first couple of pages my mind started cranking; do I have any painted minis that fall under any of school of magic descriptions?
Then I read the entry for the Thaumaturge: "These wizards are healers and protectors, who often spend as much time on good works as they do on the study of magic. Thaumaturges rarely carry any weapon other than a staff and some find even that a bit aggressive. In appearance, they usually wear plain, simple robes and tend to favour hoods over hats, and wood and leather over gold and silk." (Frostgrave Rulebook)
Immediately my pseudo Gandalf mini came to mind. Thus Greyhame the Thaumaturge was born. But it's dangerous to go it alone! Thus the need for his apprentice:
The next step was to flip through and pick some cool-ass spells! I cannibalized some of my useless cards from:
And filled them with some carefully chosen magics:
I like to think of the composition as a troll's toolbox. Oh you want to summon some Demons? Banished. Oh you've picked up some treasure and cast invisibility? Reveal Invisible! Oh you've concentrated your warband into one area? HOW ABOUT WALL!
What this composition is lacking is offense. To make up for this I've chosen the illusionist's spell: Glow. It adds +3 to any shooting attacks made at the target.. which will make sense when you see the soldiers I have chosen.
The one downside to this roster is that it makes exactly 10 models, so there is no room left over for a summoned animal companion! Fortunately after the first game the warband can choose a "Base", one of which allows for an additional soldier slot.
Some of these spells will require accessories. Namely some 6x3" walls & animal companions.
Stay tuned for an in depth follow up on our games! Also if you're a fan of old Gamesworkshop miniatures such as those from Talisman, or Starwars figs from Imperial assault then please check out Matthews work over at Oldenhammer In Toronto!
If you're interested in building your own Frostgrave warband try using the official Northstar Miniatures (Affiliate link, official review forthcoming!)