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Pathfinder Battles Preview: A Frosty Black Friday!

Friday, November 17, 2011

The Paizo offices may be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, but nothing can stop the relentless march of preview images for the upcoming Heroes & Monsters set!

This week’s preview blog is a special treat in that it features only one miniature. But for my money, I think it’s the coolest miniature in the entire set! I’m talking about the Frost Giant!

The Frost Giant towers over the other miniatures in the set, raising his nasty axe high for a deadly blow to the head of any player character within his considerable reach. The larger size of the miniature really helps to accentuate the fine details of the sculpt, and this figure looks great standing next to his kin from other companies miniature sets.

But his “look” isn’t the only thing that makes the Frost Giant stand out. He’s got a trick up his sleeve. Literally.

Look closely and you’ll notice that this version of the Frost Giant holds a different weapon in his left hand, a mighty sword! Given the difference, you might think that Heroes & Monsters contains two different Frost Giant miniatures, but you’d be wrong!

The Frost Giant comes complete with two different left hands, each holding a different weapon!

WizKids sculpted the Frost Giant with an empty socket at its left wrist. The miniature comes with a choice of two different weapons, which you can snap in and out with ease. I’ve seen prepainted plastic miniatures with different parts before (a necklace here, a chain there), but I’ve never seen anything like the versatility of this mini before, and I think it bodes very well for future sets, which could hold similar surprises of their own.

Making big miniatures like this more modular is a nice way to diversify your doubles, and I’ll confess that it’s simply cool to play with this thing, changing one weapon for the other or adjusting the wrist to pull off the coolest pose.

So if you’re lucky enough to find the Frost Giant in your Heroes & Monsters booster and a friend asks “Did you get the one with the sword or the one with the axe?” you can answer:

“I got them both!”

That’s it for this week. We’re back to at least three previews next week, and we’re getting close to a complete set reveal! Happy Black Friday, everyone!

Erik Mona
Publisher

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Tags: Miniatures Pathfinder Battles Pathfinder Roleplaying Game

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Wow, that's really cool!

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Am I the only one thinking the arms look a bit small?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Wow, that's simply brilliant!!!

Jiggy, I had that impression at first too, but now I'm like 90% sure it's because of the angle the picture was taken.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

The arms look just fine in person.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Erik, I am very disappointed. I expected to see 3 minis today, not just 1. Fortunately, you completely redeemed yourself, by breaking new ground, and giving us a mini with interchangable weapons :)

Wow... not only is this Frost Giant "super-cool", but now I have to get 2 of these guys so I can display him with either weapon. (pun intended)

I am so impressed with the PPM line. So very impressed. Great job!


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Very, very cool.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

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Hey, the office is closed today! I had to pull strings just to get any images up at all. :)

Grand Lodge

Very cool! I can't wait to expand my collection of pre-painted minis with these new scuplts. I am super excited about the new minis!

Andoran

Hmm. As a reward for a particularly epic battle with a frost giant bost, I can see giving the party the hand the weapon, hand and all, to add to their miniature Amiri-style, knowing I would still have an armed frost giant. Incomplete, but armed.

Andoran RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16

Very cool. That being said, can I have a frost giant with a kung-fu grip option instead? :)

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

In time, in time! This is just the first set! :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Kudos to the designers on this one. Great idea!


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Erik Mona wrote:
Hey, the office is closed today! I had to pull strings just to get any images up at all. :)

He he, yeah I was fearful that there might be no new minis today. I'm glad you could tear yourself away from eating turkey left overs to make a post :)


Erik Mona wrote:

So if you’re lucky enough to find the Frost Giant in your Heroes & Monsters booster and a friend asks “Did you get the one with the sword or the one with the axe?” you can answer:

“I got them both!”

I won't. The best answer to "Did you get the one with the sword or the one with the axe" is, of course, "Yes!"

:D

But great idea nevertheless.

Does this make the minis a bit more like He-Man? Sure. Is that a bad thing? Not in this case! As long as we stay away from princes in pink outfits that have a bondage costume and oiled bodies as their "secret persona", we're golden.

Golden might be kitchy, but not nearly as much as pink!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
KaeYoss wrote:


As long as we stay away from princes in pink outfits that have a bondage costume and oiled bodies as their "secret persona", we're golden.

Golden might be kitchy, but not nearly as much as pink!

Hey now, he had mauve pants.................. 8)

Neat idea on the hand thou!

Taldor

A third thing he could be is a Giant pirate!

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Modules Subscriber

This is very cool! This is a very simple idea that demonstrates how Paizo is always looking to make gaming better and give the players more options.


Holy Crud!!!

This set gets better and better with every preview.


This deal is getting better all the time! I pray you alter it further!


Yup, gonna need to get me two of these bad boys.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

spamhammer wrote:
This is very cool! This is a very simple idea that demonstrates how Paizo is always looking to make gaming better and give the players more options.

The credit here really goes to WizKids!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Kudos to Wizkids then. Paizo and Wizkids make a good team. I truly hope that you sell out of these things.

Later,

Mazra

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