Covered in Creepy Crawlies

Friday, March 2, 2018

Happy Friday, Pathfinders! We're now well on our way through our exploration of the forthcoming Jungle of Despair miniatures set from WizKids, due out in May. This week, I set aside my instinctive reaction to snakes and spiders and show off some of the figures in the set most likely to make your players' skin crawl.

Continuing the set's theme of snakes and serpentfolk, we begin with the metal cobra, a Small figure, this ophidian foe works both as a mechanical guardian left in otherwise abandoned tombs and ruins to protect the treasures within, or a more natural snake encountered in just about any environment (especially for GMs willing to repaint the minis). Released at the common rarity, most collectors will end up with a handful of them in their collection, giving them even more versatility to be used as a lone animal companion or an overwhelming swarm.

The metal cobra isn't the only creepy construct in the set, however. Check out the apparatus of the octopus, a magic item from Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Aquatic Adventures. Capable of carrying two riders, this piece of dungeon dressing could easily serve as both treasure in a jungle grotto or as a means of conveyance along the ocean floor to an isolated jungle island. The figure is 60mm tall, which makes it roughly 11 feet tall at scale, making it a formidable presence on the table.

No trip to the jungle is complete without bugs, and not just any bugs. Giant bugs! Huge bugs! Bugs the size of people! THEM! We could make a dozen sets of nothing but giant bugs and still have species and sizes we never covered, so we have to pick our favorites. Jungle of Despair features the giant ant, a common figure, that can stand in for any number of Medium giant insects. Druids with the vermin familiar class feature from Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Magic can have a Medium giant ant companion at 4th level, making this miniature useful for a handful of players as well as GMs.

The Material Plane isn't the only plane full of creepers and crawlers. The Abyss prides itself on its myriad gross inhabitants, not the least of which are the primeval qlippoth, who hope to eradicate all mortals from existence, thereby ending sin and with it the demons from whom they could reclaim their stolen plane. Jungle of Despair features four qlippoth figures (and a few daemons, of whom the qlippoth also aren't particularly fond), the first of which is the thulgant qlippoth. This horrific, spider-like creature has tentacles and scorpion stingers and an overwhelming hatred for demonkind. Lording over hives of bound servitors in the depths of the Abyss, thulgants make great campaign villains, and at CR 18, present a challenging capstone encounter for experienced adventuring parties. The thulgant qlippoth is a Large rare figure.

Next week, we'll stare fully into the Abyss and see what other qlippoth stare back. Strap in for a journey to the lower planes, as we face off against five jungle fiends! Until then, roll high, and don't split the party!

Mark Moreland
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Sorry for the delay getting this blog up, folks! Obviously the web team has had higher priorities this week. Thanks for your patience!

Everything looks to be on schedule for a normal Monday blog next week, so we should be back to our regularly scheduled programming in just a few days.

Grand Lodge

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Ugh, not that guy. I hate that guy!


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An Apparatus of the octopus! Awesome. I’m going off to work this into my campaign right now! Before I even read the rest of this article...

Sovereign Court

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Hooray for qlippoth! Unfortunately, I'm guessing they're all from the initial batch. But I'm excited nonetheless! ^_^

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Kalindlara wrote:
Hooray for qlippoth! Unfortunately, I'm guessing they're all from the initial batch. But I'm excited nonetheless! ^_^

Oh, all from the initial batch, you say? Interesting assumption.


I'll be honest, it's mostly ego at play. I'm really hoping my beloved gorgoros qlippoth made it in, especially since it feels like a good fit for the jungle theme. ^_^

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Mark Moreland wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
Hooray for qlippoth! Unfortunately, I'm guessing they're all from the initial batch. But I'm excited nonetheless! ^_^
Oh, all from the initial batch, you say? Interesting assumption.

Excellent (steepled finger pyramid of evil Contemplation). I can not wait to see the other qlippoth. Been waiting for many sets now and we finally get them, the thulgaunt is phenomenal, which makes me very optimistic about the others.

I hope we get the cythigot, that my favourite little cuddly minion of evil. Of course it appears the gongorina appears far more often in adventures so a common one of those would be good.

Man do I feel like the battles line is really hitting it strides now. Can t wait to see what’s coming.


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I understand that many are excited for the qlippoth, but for me I'm much more excited for the everyday more common figures such as the Giant Ant and yes the Metal Cobra. The metal cobra, as has been suggested has an awesome repaint opportunity and if not it still looks great! The apparatus of the Octopus is interesting and one of a kind so I like it! I've never heard of it before, but I'm open minded and t is an awesome mini which can offer great ideas!

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I didn't mean to lie to you. I'm sorry. I really believed preview blogs would be back on schedule this week.

Sovereign Court

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It's understandable, at least personally. Some turbulence in the website's schedule is to be expected. ^_^

Shadow Lodge

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrgh. Now I’m sooooo mad! How dare you Mark!!!! Why can’t you control everything?

Nah it’s all good. Fancy there being some issues when implementing a new system. Will it show up later in the week?

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I hope so! I have all the blogs for this set mapped out, and timed as closely as I can around the announcement of the next set from WizKids. If that gets thrown off by skipping a week, it's not the end of the world, however. I do know we have a lot of other blogs on the docket for the near future, so it's a coin-toss as to whether or not old, missed blogs will be able to be squeezed in. I'll try to get it up without also being too annoying to the obviously swamped web team.


Mark Moreland wrote:
I hope so! I have all the blogs for this set mapped out, and timed as closely as I can around the announcement of the next set from WizKids. If that gets thrown off by skipping a week, it's not the end of the world, however. I do know we have a lot of other blogs on the docket for the near future, so it's a coin-toss as to whether or not old, missed blogs will be able to be squeezed in. I'll try to get it up without also being too annoying to the obviously swamped web team.

One week just send in two blogs joined as one. The web team will not know the difference.

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I would know the difference. How could I live with that knowledge, Swiftbrook?

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And now you see why I can't promise it'll get posted this week. We're gonna be busy with all *waves hand* this.

Shadow Lodge

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Aaaawwww, But I want miniatures.... :(

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