Wednesday, 25 November 2015

25th Nov - 23rd Nov Frostgrave vs The Wife

Decided to set up a game of Frostgrave the other day so I could get in a game on my latest boards from the Games and Gears Kickstarter a few years back. As luck would have it, it would also be the day my Thaw of the Lich Lord Frostgrave supplement would turn up :). We played just a straight up treasure grab with four central zombies, three boars and one of the new blood crows that would spawn at a random turn. Once again my Anyaral figures proxy'd for the beasts.

The Wife won the deployment and chose the far end of the table so we set up and rolled off for initiative, which she again won.

The first turn was uneventful with Jenny Crafter of Trinkets successfully casting Strength on herself being the only successful roll of the turn. Christian the Humble, Thaumaturge Extraordinaire and Worker of Miracles was going to have a slow start it seemed with not only his spell failing but not a single archer in the warband managing to hit a target.

Turn two started and Christian the Humble, Thaumaturge Extraordinaire and Worker of Miracles began to work his magic sending a Blinding Light at a nearby Boar distracting the beast as his Man-at-Arms and Barbarian hirelings worked together to pull down the enraged beast. A second beast had appeared and was about to charge the noble wizard but another faithful hireling slammed into the creature and quickly put it down with some deft polearm work. Meanwhile several Zombies had shambled their way closer to Jenny Crafter of Trinkets and her warband responded, though with little effect the rotting monster left standing with a crossbow bolt in the remains of it's armour and Jenny herself standing looking at the crumbled remains of the rock in her hand after her attempt at a Grenade. My sorry apprentice attempted to cast Shield on the Infantry man in his care but apparently needed more study not only failing to give the man protection but wounding himself with a small amount of backlash. Apparently it was not the day to be an apprentice as The Wife's apprentice also suffered a painful failure with her attempt to Curse an oncoming Zombie. The Zombie's then began to grapple with the Enchantresses band though one fell to a well trained Infantry man the other overwhelmed it's opponent and the man was left barely standing wildly swinging his weapon trying to keep the monster at bay.

My Man-at-Arms seeing his friend engaged with a Zombie and seemingly hard pressed to keep from it's snapping teeth leaps to the barricade and fell the beast with a mighty blow, though it's unnatural vitality allows it to regain it's feet. Christian the Humble, Thaumaturge Extraordinaire and Worker of Miracles looses his head momentary and rather than cast his mighty magics at the creature runs up to it and whacks it on the head with his staff not only gaining the abominations attention but some rather nasty scratches. Jenny Crafter of Trinkets again picks up a rock and again watches it crumble to dust with as she imbues it with power as her Crossbowman moves to get a better shot at yet another Zombie. Her Infantry men close in and put the beast down quickly so one peels off to assist his beleaguered ally. The final Boar is mobbed by members of my warband the my apprentice takes a moment to Heal himself. The Wife's apprentice is again racked with pain from another badly failed spell and is forced to watch as the Infantry man in his care is finished off by the undead foe before him. The Barbarian yells a cry and leaps into the fray to save my wizard but a well placed blow from my Infantry man kills the Zombie, while at the other end of the table The Wife's Infantry man finished off the Zombie before it could feast on his fallen comrade.

The turn began with no monsters on the table and Jenny Crafter of Trinkets showed her bloodthirsty side starting the turn by killing my Thug as he attempted to grab some treasure. Christian the Humble, Thaumaturge Extraordinaire and Worker of Miracles cast a quick Shield on the Barbarian as he charged forwards in retaliation. The Wife's apprentice attempted to Elemental Shield himself but failed woefully and was again wracked with backlash. His cries attracted the attention of my apprentice who quickly cast a Glow spell and an Archer quickly uses the highlighted figure as a target and felled the budding wizard. My other Archer decided to try his luck at Jenny Crafter of Trinkets herself but his shot went wide. Meanwhile one of her Infantry men grabbed a chest and my Ranger once again managed to miss his target.

The Bloodcrow finally appeared attracted by the bloodshed. Christian the Humble, Thaumaturge Extraordinaire and Worker of Miracles tried to blind the archer but the soldier managed to resist the spell. Jenny Crafter of Trinkets tried her Grenade spell once again but again the rock crumbed to dust in her hand. One of her archers managed to fire into the Barbarian. My apprentice decided to keep a good thing rolling and Glowed another member of The Wife's warband but my archer failed to do more than hit his armour. The Wife's archer decided that the Bloodcrow was a greater danger and fired a shot off but failed to penetrate the birds tough hide. My other archer decided to try his luck at Jenny Crafter of Trinkets again and this time the shaft flew true leaving the master Enchanter gravely wounded. My Ranger once again missed his shot, while the Bloodcrow attacked The Wife's archer raking him with it's talons.


That was the beginning of the end for Jenny Crafter of Trinkets as my warband got to grips with hers. Her archer's finished off the Bloodcrow but my Barbarian then smashed into them like an elemental force and crushed one with a single mighty blow. Jenny Crafter of Trinkets despite multiple failures decided to try to cast one more spell in order to Heal herself, but the resulting backlash dropped her like a stone and her warband retreated dragging their fallen with them.

The after battle rolls luckily didn't cost The Wife any of her warband, but we're thinking of starting with fresh wizards soon anyway now we're all familiar with the rule set.

Meanwhile in the painting world they're getting there :)