The Triple Sprue Challenge is right up my street – I love kit-bashing, and it’s by far my favourite part of the hobby. However, I’m used to raiding several dozen different boxed sets for components, so limiting myself to just three sprues was a new challenge. Furthermore, I’m really familiar with the Frostgrave models, so looking at them in a new light and finding new conversion potential after having worked with them for so long was my main hurdle.
I started with the Wizard, as I tend to for all my warbands. As the main character, the look of the Wizard defines the overall tone of a warband, making him the lynchpin in both game and aesthetic terms.
I’ve done a lot with the Soldiers and the Cultists in the past, so I opted to start off by selecting a Barbarian body. The one I picked, with its fur kilt and hooded cloak, gave me a degree of versatility in defining which school my Wizard would follow – the cloak was smart enough that the fur kilt could just be a nod to the temperature… or he could be a more savage outcast (with a nice cloak). As I tend to do, I opted for the latter.
I’d already pretty much decided that I wanted him to have the spear from the Cultist sprue, and finding a matching left arm gave me the ‘summoning’ pose quite easily. A couple of equipment pieces (a skull and amphora from the Cultists and a scroll pouch from the Soldiers) went on his left hip, because every Wizard needs to be carrying some tools of his trade, which just left the head…
I hummed and hawed over the choice of head for some time. By now, it was clear that my Wizard was running down a Witch/Necromancer route, so I looked for suitably shifty heads. Fortunately, the various sprues have those aplenty. In the end, I went for one of the zombie heads from the Cultist sprue – although it is heavily scarred and lined, it isn’t so far gone that it couldn’t pass a living, and it did fit well with the savage theme. A quick twist and lift, and he’s now staring off at the target of whatever spell he’s casting.
All in all, a very simple model, with minimal conversion work (I shaved the neck joint down a tad) – almost a pure kit-bash.
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!
You must be logged in to comment on this post. Click here to log in.
Submit your comment