MANUFACTURER: North Star Military Figures / Osprey Games
RANGE: Frostgrave – Fantasy Wargames In The Frozen City
Reviewer: Wayne Bollands
These new plastic figures from North Star / Osprey are perfect for their desired purpose. They are intended to represent the ‘Soldiers’ who make up the bulk of a Wizard’s adventuring party. These are therefore multi-pose plastic figures with five bodies to a sprue. Given the variety of equipment options available to these soldiers in the game, it is great to see that this is a small but packed sprue with almost every possible combination of weaponry available. There are two Crossbow arms, two Longbow arms, an arm with a Morning Star or Mace, Sword arms, a Dagger arm, an Axe arm, two shields and two arms with Double Handed weapons, notably a Sword and an Axe which has elements of the Halberd. There are also a pointing arm, an arm holding a lamp and a flaming torch for that ‘classic’ adventuring look. The weapon arms come as matched pairs but you could easily play around with the poses. Although you only have five bodies on the sprue, you actually get ten heads, so no two members of your adventuring party will ever be alike. You also have a number of bags, coils of rope, quivers and even a spare helmet that can be used to laden down your adventurers. With five sprues per box, that’s the potential to make a fantastic twenty pretty varied figures! Personally, given the fact that Soldiers may be given new weapons or extra equipment during a campaign game, I would suggest aiming to either make a beginner, intermediate and advanced version of each character or perhaps making use of small magnets so you can change the arms on your figures as they ‘upgrade’ (or vice versa!).
PROS: All 5 figures have the potential to be given interesting poses and, being plastic, are fully customizable. The head detailing is quite characterful.
CONS: I would have liked some more obvious armour options, perhaps a breastplate or two, to provide for upgrading to a knight or similar.
SCOPE: These figures are a great new venture for an interesting game. I think they could also have a place in medieval era and other fantasy games due to their generic nature, there is nothing that really screams one particular game system or period in history.