Earlier this week I read this review on ENWorld about the new prepainted plastic Pathfinder minis licensed from Paizo to Wizkids. I was in my FLGS today and they had a batch, so I picked up a large and normal booster to see what I thought.
I was lucky in that my normal booster, which can have either one medium or two small minis contained two goblins, and the large booster, which has one large, contained an ogre. The goblins and ogre are very iconic monsters in Pathfinder and have a different and distinct look to them than in earlier D&D.
The figures came out well – in D&D Miniatures boosters figs were usually pretty bent up, and often they don’t stand straight (either the base being bent or the figure doing the “V8 lean” on the base). These figures have nice hard bases and the goblins’ little weapons were striaght and good-looking. The ogre’s club was slightly bent (he came out of the plastic shell while still in the box) but one bend and it was true.
The sculpts are good and the paint jobs pretty detailed. The one weakness is that the big primary color they use on each mini, usually for the skin, needs a little more something – a wash or whatnot, it looks very homogeneous.
Here’s some large scale pics for you to check out.
The ENWorld review complained a lot about the amount of wrapping they come in. I was ready to ding them on it too, but really it’s just a box with a plastic blister in it – not even the little annoying plastic baggies that D&D Miniatures used. I do wish that they had boosters with more minis in them – buying one or, in rarer cases, two to a pack is a little annoying – but here’s my “trash picture” to compare to the ENWorld one.
Basically I put the plastic blister back in the boxes and then put the small box inside the large one and closed it. Voila. Less packaging is always good but I think the guy was being a bit of a drama queen about it – of course if you’re buying cases worth you’re going to have box detritus. If you want them to just put a dozen minis in a ziploc and send them to you I suspect you’ll have a lot of complaints about other stuff in return. But I was happier with the packaging here than with D&D Minis because the unpack process is “open box top, pull out mini, done.”
In fact, I just went and bought a brick from RPG Locker because I enjoyed these guys so much! I’ve never bought minis “in bulk” before…
Paizo has announced Pathfinder Battles, a new line of randomized prepainted miniatures much like the D&D Miniatures that WotC discontinued back in January. These are different from the non-random prepaints they announced in May.
There’s a good bit of glee and consternation over the news. To break it down:
- Again, Paizo does it better than Wizards. Ha ha ha ha haaaaaa.
- The minis are randomized, though a normal booster has just one Medium creature in it. I don’t mind the randomization, it’s kinda required to make the economics work.
- The normal booster price is $3.99, which is steep for one mini. If they put them in boxes of multiple minis, wouldn’t that help keep per mini price down (and waste a lot less packaging)?
- The scuplts look good, but I am frankly dubious about the paint jobs. The rat’s fur and the gnome’s hair, for example, use very unnatural simple colors.
So good on Paizo. I’ll probably buy some, assuming they look good when they come out, but a better per mini price would make me a lot more bullish about it.
I just saw on Troll in the Corner that Paizo and WizKids are teaming up to start producing prepainted plastic minis again! This is great news; the D&D Minis were the last thing I actually still bought from WotC and then they discontinued them.
I have no interest in metal minis – I have plenty that have gone unpainted; I lack a life sufficiently to play RPGs but not enough to waste time with basic menial labor related to them.
Sounds like it’s just the iconics to start but maybe if it does well we’ll see the return of real plastic minis!
Got a line from these guys about their new fantasy minis venture, along with a discount code for our readers! I’m home sick today so I have nothing better to do than pass it on. The code is for “£5” which I hear is some alien unit of currency but worth a lot more than a US dollar right now. And heck, four-armed apes! Add some more arms to the new Apelord race that the One Bad Egg guys just came out with and you’re cooking with gas.
We are 6d6 Fireball and by that I mean myself, Chris Tregenza, and Rob Grimley. We are a couple of gamers who have been playing for 25 years. Earlier this year we started 6d6 Fireball because other web sites and companies were not giving us what we wanted.
Rob has been a longtime miniature collector and painter of both fantasy miniatures and wargaming miniatures. He had grown frustrated at how unoriginal most fantasy figures.
I’ve never been into figures myself because writing and running adventures is my passion. Looking around on the net, I couldn’t find any free resources that really helped the GM do their job.
So we decided to combine forces and create a web site and our own range of fantasy miniatures. The blog has been running for a few weeks and the adventures / GM side of things will kick off properly in a month or so.
The big news is that we have now launched our range of miniatures and we would like to offer your readers a discount code for £5, valid for all orders over £10 in October.
The code is: mxyzplk-1
Our range of miniatures can be found at: http://miniatures.6d6fireball.com/
To go with our Quorakon figures (huge four-armed apes) we have a whole section on their ecology, background and an adventure for available.