The wizard that I have cobbled together for the Triple Sprue Challenge is an Enchanter (named Dalben). I chose this partly because it steps away for the ‘classic’ image of a wizard, which I imagined my colleagues, and many others, would go for. The basic description from the Frostgrave Rulebook of an enchanter states that they are ‘craftsmen’ and ‘often the least wizardly looking’. My idea was to create something akin to a blacksmith in appearance. With this in mind, I used a mixture of the Frostgrave Soldiers and Barbarians for my Wizard. I felt that the cultist parts, while nice, didn’t really fit the good-natured, but somewhat grumpy older craftsman/enchanter I wanted for my character. It is also a good counterpoint to the more, dark arts orientated approach that many took in the office.
Using the barbarian single-handed hammer and the one handed axe arm (with the axe clipped and replaced by the hammer) gave him the appearance of a blacksmith or some kind of tradesman. A bald, bearded barbarian head and a walking stick added to the image of an aged master. I am distinctly a fan of how the neck and head jut forward giving a hunched, aged appearance. The amount of pouches and added equipment reflected his tools/magical materials, these were the only Cultist parts that were used on this figure. I tried add a pocket to the front of his tabard, which when painted, I intend to be an apron similar to those worn by smiths. The overall pose is relatively static which I think befits a cautious, older individual and adds to the general idea of wisdom as displayed by classical wizards.
I feel that the figure is a little too limited in pose, style and distinctly un-wizardly (while partly intended, it seems overly so), and I didn’t quite capture what I wanted but that’s down to my lack of imagination when using the parts!
The Triple Sprue Challenge is a competition running throughout August and September where we challenge you to create a Wizard, Apprentice, and Captain using one sprue from each of the Frostgrave humanoid boxes – Soldiers, Cultists, and Barbarians. For more details on how to enter and the prizes up for grabs, head over to the contest blog!