While other companies are intent on making large armies for you to collect, the nice people at Osprey Games and North Star Miniatures have decided to go a little smaller and concentrate on these small questing parties, with their Wizard and Apprentice, Specialist Soldier and Bestiary sets to compliment the Frostgrave game which revolves around these wizards and questing parties looking for artifacts in the frozen ruins of an ancient city. You play the wizard who, along with his Apprentice, can hire a dozen or so mercenaries to provide the much needed muscle to any quest - and that's where we pick up the story with the Frostgrave Soldiers Boxed Set.
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Swords, axes, pouches, more heads than a banjo convention, and the five bodies. In a way it's shame the torsos weren't separate, but if you have to sacrifice that for the amount of weapons options - run with it!
The accessories also make sense with ropes and packs and lantern abounding. Someone in this team was obviously a big fan of the Fantasy archetypes of the 80s!
Does anyone else think it's weird that the figures are on bases and they come with bases?
Maybe it's something to do with the game mechanics...?
It is interesting to see the lack of armour! These may be soldiers, but they aren't soldiers who would go into a pitched battle. These would be grizzled veterans who've seen campaigns and have enough skill at arms to not be covered in armour. It's quite a nice change actually!
If you're into Fantasy or even the old D&D or TSR/ Dragonlance stuff, you will be very pleased!
I picked mine up from a place called War and Peace Games who had them in stock and for a good price! In fact the price is especially good if you compare them to the major miniature companies who would charge highly for a box of 20 anything these days!
I'd recommend these wholeheartedly!