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Reaper Bones Dwarf Wizard – Khael Stonekindle

About 18 months ago I indulged with a purchase of Reaper Bones miniatures.

It wasn’t a huge buy but it meant getting a few bits and pieces I wouldn’t have normally bought; a large demon, a dragon and a minotaur also a fair few smaller ‘character’ figures.

One of the smaller purchases in this was ‘Dwarf Wizard – Khael Stonekindle’.

I have a Mantic Dwarf Army still glaring accusingly at me from the shelf and Khael was the potential Magic User I’d lined up for it. I’ve since changed my mind and will probably use the Bones Dwarf Cleric I bought at the same time for the role. Khael looks a bit too “Gandalfy”.

Frostgrave Combatants Pt 10 – Wizard (plus Frostgrave Random Encounters – Wild Dogs)

Another Wizard painted up for Frostgrave, this time from the Citadel BC1 Adventurers Starter Set, released in 1985. This is the only miniature I have from that box set. I wish I had the rest!

The dogs below were another quick paint job rattled off while waiting on other things to dry. I wasn’t sure who the manufacturer was as I bought them from an eBay seller who stocks a wide selection of miniatures and often breaks down sets to sell the components separately. I dug a bit deeper and apparently they were made by North Star Miniatures although I can’t find them on their website.

They’re not the greatest of sculpts and are a little on the small side but they make for a passable Lurcher type hunting dog that I could see surviving in the wild as feral canines.

Wizard Repair Shop for Frostgrave – with paint

So I took this dodgy bunch of broken and battered 1980s lead wizards –

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Did a little repairing, sprucing up and put them on modern bases –

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Applied a quick paint job and gave the bases a stone and snow effect –

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Now four wizards that had seen better days and weren’t really fit for anything except an eternity at the bottom of my lead lump are back in business ready for Frostgrave.

Next up will be some of the Soldier elements used in the game. For this I’ve gone modern with a box of GW Bretonnian Archers (already in my possession) and a sprue of 8 Fireforge Foot Sergeants bought off eBay.

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I personally think the Fireforge Foot Sergeant miniatures look very similar to the official Frostgrave soldiers made by North Star.

Barbarians, Thieves, Thugs and Apothecaries will follow later. It appears Midlam Miniatures have a decent range that will suit most of these so we’ll see what happens.

Wizard Repair Shop for Frostgrave

Q. Where do old wizards go to die?

A. They don’t. They just come to mine for a spruce up.

I got hold of a copy of Osprey’s Frostgrave last week. I’ve only managed to flick through it rather than absorb the rules in any depth but it seems like the kind of game I enjoy – it’s pretty much what my old friend L and I played thirty years ago with 1st/2nd Ed Warhammer. We obviously weren’t the only ones playing this sort of game as GW eventually released Mordheim, but I digress…

For those who don’t know Frostgrave is a miniatures based skirmish game involving small warbands lead by wizards who battle it out against each other for treasure/magic items in the frozen ruins of a city. The city was frozen under ice after a magical accident but is slowly thawing revealing it’s treasures to the adventurous. It’s designed for campaign play so your warband can improve with time/spoils of war but it can also be played as a one shot.

The game is played on a 3ft square board with a maximum of ten models required to make a warband – a wizard, their apprentice and 8 soldier types. This is a pretty low level entry that seems perfect for me. The game requires a fair amount of scenery but the frozen ruined remains of buildings don’t strike me as overly difficult to create, and forty or so models easily covers a couple of warbands plus some random wandering encounter monsters should the need arise. Hardly a huge time or money commitment.

So first things first I need some wizards. 

In ‘job lot old lead’ auctions I’ve won on eBay since starting painting again I’ve accumulated a few. Most of these were really old sculpts that were already damaged, the usual casualty being the tops of staffs – they rarely seem to survive. I’ve repaired one of these before now and put it on the blog. As long as you have a pin vice and some micro drills it’s very easily done.

The following are the most likely suspects out of my lead lump, I’d be surprised if any of them were sculpted after 1985. I have several others but the ones here are the ‘less puny looking’ of my 25mm scale magic user collection. They should work well alongside some 28mm modern plastic figures I’ll use for the soldiers. These will follow later.

No. 1 – I have no idea who manufactured this guy but the top of his staff is missing.

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No.2 – This is a C02 Citadel Wizard from around the mid 80s. His outstretched hand has sheared off, a common problem for this miniature it seems.

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No.3 – Again I have no idea who made this. At first I suspected he’d been filed or cut off his base but he still bears the code ‘F7’ underneath so he hasn’t been tampered with. His staff has snapped and the remaining section is thin lead and is bent completely out of shape.

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No.4 – The last one is undamaged and just needed some mould lines removing. She’s a Michael Perry Citadel sculpt from the early 80s – FA16 Female Wizard with Staff.

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Time for these to get some TLC in Somet’s Salon…

No.1 – I drilled out the top of his staff and added a flame top from an Empire Flagellant arm.

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No.2 – His hand was replaced with one from the Empire Flagellant Stock figure, simply drilled and pinned with a little piece of wire for strength.

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No.3 – The old bendy staff was drilled out and replaced with a piece of wire topped with a skull from (surprise surprise) the Chaos Warrior infantry set.

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No.4 – Just mould line removal for this one.

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All were rebased onto 25mm round slottas for use with Frostgrave. I can’t see another use for these so didn’t use square bases.

I’ll be painting these over the next week or so around the assembly of more Chaos Warriors.

Ral Partha War Wizard

Bob Olley has had a long and varied career spanning over 30 years, producing miniature ranges for a lot of companies. His early works that I’m aware of were very hit and miss for my tastes – Essex Miniatures and the Iron Claw range for GW are the two that spring immediately to mind (that said Essex Miniatures still produce a wizard of his I love – resplendent in massive pointed hat and holding what I think of as a magical toilet brush. Do I need a miniature to represent the head of the Latrine Guild in the RPG I run? What are Essex’s delivery rates again?..)

Back on track however, this Ral Partha piece is a great sculpt and shows Mr.Olley’s skills off beautifully.

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If I have one small criticism though it’s the outstretched hand – no detail on the upward facing palm or fingers, it’s pretty much a flat piece of metal. Was this miniature originally designed with extra items to sit on the hand?

Pre-Slotta Ral Partha/Citadel Wizard

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This guy was part of a job lot of lead off eBay. His previous owner had painted him well but his staff looked suspiciously like it had sheared off just above the hand at some point prior to his painting. Spotting another one listed on eBay confirmed my suspicions about the broken staff.
After stripping him in dettol I cut away his old staff from his hand and robe, micro drilled through his hand and replaced it with a very basic wire/green stuff replacement seemingly not too dissimilar from his original but with the staff butt touching the floor rather than his robe.
I based him using GW agrellian earth heavily blobbed over a red/orange/yellow swirly base and allowed to dry for a couple of days, then black painted on the crusted tops of the cracks. Unfortunately the bright flame colours got lost after I varnished the model with a cheap external satin wood varnish that was supposed to dry clear – it didn’t and has left a slight murky brown look to the base after drying and filling the cracks a bit too much. I subsequently spray varnished him using matt aerosol afterwards.