I was in a local game store and discovered they had the new Wizkids Pathfinder Battles Rise of the Runelords minis! I grabbed some boxes and thought I’d share.
I got one Huge box that came with a Storm Giantess,
then each of the normal boosters had a Large; I got an Ogre Brute and Malfeshnekor himself;
and then each normal booster had three medium/smalls in it – from left to right, Lucrecia, a wraith, a faceless stalker, Lyrie Akenja, a goblin commando on a goblin dog, and an ogrekin.
And here they are in ensemble to show relative sizes.
The sculpts are very nice and the painting is very nice, I like all these figures, they’re very distinctive.
I am disappointed a little in the Huge, however. For $25 there’s no real fine painting work – her cloak, for example, is one big ol’ swath of the same purple and her trident is a homogeneous green (and made of a much more flexible plastic than the rest of the mini, it’s quite warped and not able to be made convincingly straight. On a Huge I expect more detail than that. The Large ogre brute is really nice and has more detail and nice washes – he looks better than the Huge; heck that whore with the cat (Lyrie) has more detail than the storm giantess. Lucretia’s high cheekbones and piercing eyes are really, really good
But there’s a lot of improvement from the already good Heroes and Monsters minis – go see my old review of those and compare the ogre and goblins to this ogre and goblin – the ogre in particular is like 1000% better sculpt and paint. And the small boosters having 4 rather than 1 mini is much better.
What they did right, they kept up – the bases are nice and flat, none of that D&D Minis falling over/warped base crap. Easy to unbox, all were in fine shape.
They’re high quality and nice. I am not sure I plan to buy a lot though – they are expensive as crap! I just dropped $60 on these 9 minis. Sure, you can get discount cases blah blah – I might do it if I were about to run Runelords, but other than that I’ll get a couple and use my rich legacy base of minis, Reaper kickstarter unpainteds, and pawns to fill in the gaps.