So I caught up with Jason, Jamie, and Andy the other day at Jason’s place where we cranked up a couple of games of Frostgrave. For anybody unfamiliar with Frostgrave think a modernised and streamlined Mordheim. Basically 28mm fantasy skirmish between warbands led by wizards set against the backdrop of a ruined city that is in the process of ‘thawing’ out, revealing, treasure, monsters, and all sorts of other trouble!
I whipped up a quick little warband using some old GW Dark Elves I had lying around. Led by the mysterious Lady Illarya, an illusionist skilled in magic focused on manipulating and fooling the senses to achieve her nefarious goals!
Jason had a warband led by a Thaumaturge – a weakling practitioner of ‘good’magic. Both warbands had been exploring the ruins when one of Jason’s henchmen stumbled across a Genie in a bottle! The Genie immediately attacked, unfortunately as it was immune to normal weapons there wasn’t much Jason was able to do about it other than hope to hold it at bay while his men gathered the rest of the treasure.
Meanwhile the fight between the warbands was heating up, Jason’s Thaumaturge casting a shield spell on his Knight, following this up with the Leap spell to catapult him forward into combat with my own henchmen. Lady Illarya however used her deadly charms to Mind Control the impetuous knight, which was cast with such power that the Knight was unable to break free for the rest of the game!
Both sides ranged combatants intensified shooting – one of the Dark Elf crossbow bolts found its mark, skewering one of Jason’s Bowmen. Jason in turn had maneuvered his powerful Ranger into a dominant position overlooking the battle. However Lady Illarya had an idea, whispering her plan to her Templar bodyguard, she used her powerful magic to Transpose herself with the hapless Ranger, who found himself on the receiving end of the Templars double handed sword!
Revenge was swift however as Jason’s Thaumaturge launched a devastating Elemental Bolt at one of my Infantrymen, who was burnt to a crisp instantly. Illarya narrowly avoided a similar fate the next turn despite her Beauty giving the ‘good’ wizard pause for thought. The battle began to wind down with Jason’s Thieves scampering off the table with their treasure. While my Dark Elves struggled to get the treasure off in time as dusk approached.
In a final gambit Jason was able to break combat with the Genie and with a cleverly arranged Push spell, forced the Genie towards my own warband – who were in turn protected from harm by Jason’s own mind controlled Knight who battled the Genie to a standstill to ensure no harm came to any Dark Elves. As night settled the warbands headed back to their respective bases to count their loot and nurse injuries.