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Pathfinder Battles Preview: Bone Chiller

Friday, June 1, 2012

This week I'm revealing one more prepainted plastic miniature from the upcoming Rise of the Runelords set in our Pathfinder Battles line produced in conjunction with WizKids. We're in the home stretch now, with only a few miniatures left to reveal, so I'm slowing down the pace a bit to make up for the explosion of early reveals over the last few months. As my mother and work supervisors have always told me, I've got to learn to pace myself.

So if it's to be only one miniature this week, it's got to be something big and cool and scary. It's got to be something that, to my knowledge, has never before been produced in prepainted plastic.

It's got to be the Wendigo.

The rare Wendigo appears late in the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path, menacing the player characters as they approach the campaign's endgame. The new hardcover Anniversary Edition features lots of new illustrations, and a brand new shot of the wintery Wendigo facing off against Valeros is one of my absolute favorites in the new book.

Incidentally, printer samples of the Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition hit my desk earlier this week, and it's fair to say that not only is it one of the most beautiful Pathfinder products released to date, it's one of the best-looking RPG books I've ever seen. And I'm not just saying that because I love it like an only child.

A book of that quality deserves really kick-ass minis to go along with it, and I think the Wendigo is one of the most interesting and unique figures in the set. For starters, its Large size allows it to tower over many of the other figures. That size gives the sculptors more space to work their magic, so from the antlers to the severed leg stumps (mounted in a clear plastic base to give a floating effect), this guy is packed with interesting details. WizKids also outdid themselves on the Wendigo's paint steps. Check out the creature's bloody hands! They even went so far as to apply a shinier paint to the Wendigo's eyes, to give them a glassy, eerie look.

He's awesome. And he's going to scare the pants off your player characters!

We still have several more miniatures to reveal in the weeks leading up to the set's August release. We'll have samples of the entire set on display at Paizo Con, so if you're planning to head to that event, prepare to bask in the set's glory in person.

I'll be there, and so will the haunting Wendigo!

See you next week!

Erik Mona
Publisher

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That head, it just looks freaky man. Seriously freaky. Good job to the sculptors and painted for that bit of magic.


Nicely done. Another winner in this set.

Qadira

If I had to nitpick, I'd say I'm not a fan of the bright pink hands.

But all in all?

[redacted] fabulous!


Hey Erik:

If you need an independent third-party to evaluate the quality of that ROTRL anniversary edition, let me know.

Just sayin'.


Yeah, something about they face of a prey animal, combined with the features of a predator is for some reason way scarier than any depicted demon or devil.
Congradulations Paizo, you've reigned me back in towards buying this set. The Wendigo is one of of my favorite monsters in Native American mythology, and this depiction is aptly terrifying to look upon. Can't wait to start snatching PCs up into the howling winds, showing the miniature and saying "In the whirling snow, for the briefest instant, this is what you see.."


So good, it needs two posts. Yeah Wendigo!


What happened to Blitzen?
Seriously, great looking mini.

Andoran

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Rudolph, with your nose so AHHHHHHHHHH!

Grand Lodge

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Super creepy! What an awesome mini. I am really looking forward to having one in hand.

Thanks again for another great preview!

Mazra


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The wendigo and the Master of the Hunt share such a similar legend that it seems appropriate for the wendigo to have antlers as well.

Silver Crusade

Matthew Winn wrote:

If I had to nitpick, I'd say I'm not a fan of the bright pink hands.

But all in all?

[redacted] fabulous!

Nitpick? That's the creepiest part!

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

All of the sculpts in this set are awesome. Of all the demons and giants and ghouls and all that stuff, this is the one that gives me a feeling of apprehension and fear. While the players might say "oh crap" and the big models and demons, etc, I can see this figure giving the players nightmares in between gaming sessions.


if the antlers don't break in shipping it'll be a nice mini


Erik, as Publisher, who is your work supervisor? :)

Paizo Employee CEO

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Uninvited Ghost wrote:
Erik, as Publisher, who is your work supervisor? :)

That would be me. :)

-Lisa


Lisa Stevens wrote:
Uninvited Ghost wrote:
Erik, as Publisher, who is your work supervisor? :)

That would be me. :)

-Lisa

Run it's the fuzz!!!!!


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It will be hard to tell until it's actually in my hand, but I think this is my favorite mini so far, across both sets. (though the runegiant might trump it).

I'd like to register a complaint though. Eight months between sets is, in my view, cruel and unusual punishment. Please tell me the next one will arrive by Christmas?


Steve Geddes wrote:

It will be hard to tell until it's actually in my hand, but I think this is my favorite mini so far, across both sets. (though the runegiant might trump it).

I'd like to register a complaint though. Eight months between sets is, in my view, cruel and unusual punishment. Please tell me the next one will arrive by Christmas?

Cruel and Unusual? it's the only way some of us can even remotely afford it with Paizo putting out so much cool-stuff. Still I suppose I can forgo eating and live in the dark for the sake of my hobby ;-)

Seriously once these sets get rolling one every 6 months would be cool. ( the old WotC model of 3 sets a year was just too much; quality suffered and it was night impossible to get a complete set before the next set was released.)


My first reaction was to laugh out loud! Creepy? Hilarious, I'd say.
But let's see, what the actual mini looks like.

Ruyan.


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Leo_Negri wrote:
Cruel and Unusual? it's the only way some of us can even remotely afford it with Paizo putting out so much cool-stuff. Still I suppose I can forgo eating and live in the dark for the sake of my hobby ;-)

Body organs can go for a reasonable sum, if you've been living healthy.

Quote:
Seriously once these sets get rolling one every 6 months would be cool. ( the old WotC model of 3 sets a year was just too much; quality suffered and it was night impossible to get a complete set before the next set was released.)

I'm sure there's some ideal rate - 6 months would be good in my view too (though I suspect I'd prefer 4 months). Eight months though - that's too long between drinks. :(

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Having said that, I suspect what feels reasonable will also depend on the size of the set (ie whether there are 40ish sculpts or 60ish).

Qadira

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Steve Geddes wrote:


I'm sure there's some ideal rate - 6 months would be good in my view too (though I suspect I'd prefer 4 months). Eight months though - that's too long between drinks. :(
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Having said that, I suspect what feels reasonable will also depend on the size of the set (ie whether there are 40ish sculpts or 60ish).

I think that I could probably keep up with one set this size and one smaller set per year. Any more sets/minis then I'd have to drop the subscription.

The Wendigo however looks awesome!

Grand Lodge

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How long was it between Lords of Madness and Heroes & Monsters?

LoM was released in September 2010.

H&M was released January 2012.

I am just glad someone is releasing sets of minis.

And I prefer quality over quantity. So please take the time to create quality.

Thanks,

Mazra


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Mazra wrote:
How long was it between Lords of Madness and Heroes & Monsters?

Too long.


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derickb81 wrote:
if the antlers don't break in shipping it'll be a nice mini

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This is what I’m a bit concerned with, as well. Not only shipping, but in general. With the WizKids minis being more brittle in general, I hope it isn’t too easy for the antlers to break.

But the mini looks great!

Qadira

Winter_Born wrote:
Matthew Winn wrote:

If I had to nitpick, I'd say I'm not a fan of the bright pink hands.

But all in all?

[redacted] fabulous!

Nitpick? That's the creepiest part!

Maybe in real life up close it'll look more like blood, but on the screen (to me at least) it looks like he got his hands stuck in a bottle of pepto bismol.

But I can fix that with a brush and three minutes time, so it still get's two thumbs up from me!

Sczarni

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Hobbun wrote:
derickb81 wrote:
if the antlers don't break in shipping it'll be a nice mini

.

This is what I’m a bit concerned with, as well. Not only shipping, but in general. With the WizKids minis being more brittle in general, I hope it isn’t too easy for the antlers to break.

But the mini looks great!

The antlers should be as hard to break as things like the manticore wings in H&M... its possible, but you have to abuse them to make it happen. They are also most likely a separate piece from the head, and will pop off the head before shattering

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