Yes, I have just jumped on the latest bandwagon to roll over the gaming horizon, the fantasy skirmish juggernaut which has taken the hobby blogosphere by storm, Joseph McCullough's Frostgrave, published by Osprey Games with an official line of figures by North Star (and pretty darned nice they are too!).
It's a game of duelling wizards and their retinues of assorted thugs, thieves, soldiers and specialists questing for treasure in a ruined city which has been overtaken by a magical catastrophe. Sort of a Mordheim on Ice, if you will.
Frostgrave takes place in the city of Felstad, buried beneath glacial ice for centuries. Now the thaw has arrived, and wizards are assembling warbands to venture into the ruins in search of treasures both mundane and magical.
Well, when C&G got wind of it, there was the usual dancing around the topic of this new arrival on the fantasy scene; "Hmm, this Frostgrave thingy is getting some good reviews..." "Not a bad price for a rulebook..." "Should we go halves in a box of soldiers?" And finally, "I'm putting together an order with North Star. You guys want anything?"
And so it begins. There are the first hints of some cyclopean walls in progress;
|I make all my terrain out of Wensleydale. It's just so damned tasty!|
Some promising finds in my collection of textured craft papers - nice bit of pavement there.
|Soon to be a load of old cobbles.|
|Some great faces for radio there...|
And since I found out that the first supplement was to be called Thaw of the Lich Lord, naturally I decided that I should think ahead and get everyone's favourite undead (Vampires? Pfft. Too sparkly) ready for the fray. I got myself a Reaper Bones Lich for a fraction of the price of a metal fig, and got to work.
Here he is in the early stages, based with marble chips and pumice paste (incidentally, that stuff is a revelation; basing just got a whole lot quicker and easier).
|"Five minutes, Mr Vecna."|
|"Do you want eternal life? Sure, we all do!"|
Of course, to fit in with Frostgrave, he's going to need a little more work, notably in the snow department, so he's going to look slightly festive by the time I've finished with him, especially with that red suit (dammit, I should have painted candy stripes on the staff, or at least hung a couple of bells off of it...).
So not only have I got myself a new hobby horse, my efforts are even less focused than usual! Result!
I'd better step back and work on some wizards next. At least then I'll have a colour palette to theme the warbands around.
Hope to get some more work in over the weekend - stay tuned!