Paizo Top Nav Branding
  • Hello, Guest! |
  • Sign In |
  • My Account |
  • Shopping Cart |
  • Help/FAQ
About Paizo Messageboards News Paizo Blog Help/FAQ
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Pathfinder Society

Pathfinder Beginner Box

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Pathfinder Comics

Pathfinder Legends

Pathfinder Battles Preview: A Very Important Column

Friday, August 24, 2012

We’re back from Gen Con, and holy cow things went great for Paizo at this year’s show! I was very pleased at the reception of our new Rise of the Runelords Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic fantasy miniatures, as con-goers surrounded our display of all the unboxed figures throughout the exhibit hall hours, and I kept seeing the figures (along with our new Bestiary Box Pawns) all over the 95 tables of Pathfinder Society games that ran every slot of the convention.

I was especially pleased to accept the gold Gen Con/ENnie award for Best Miniatures Product for our very first Pathfinder Battles set, Heroes & Monsters. As proud as I am of that initial offering, from my perspective the Pathfinder Battles sets just keep getting better and better, so I’m eager to see what next year’s judges and voters think of Rise of the Runelords and the upcoming Shattered Star minis set!

We ended up selling out of all the Rise of the Runelords minis by Sunday, and I was pleased to see several gamers getting in line two or three times with piles of boosters in hand as they hunted down that one specific figure or simply augmented their growing collection of Pathfinder Battles miniatures. Reaction to the new four-figure standard booster format was very positive, and it was really cool to see people so excited about a product line I’ve personally poured a ton of attention and sweat into over the last year. I was pleased to see that our partners at WizKids felt similarly, and your support made both of our conventions among the best ever.

Of course, as much as I love the Rise of the Runelords figures, these days I’ve been spending an awful lot of time with that set’s younger, hotter cousin, the Shattered Star! This set of 55 miniatures is currently slated for a January 2013 release, coinciding with the publication of the final volume of the Shattered Star Adventure Path!

Shattered Star was our first opportunity to develop a set of miniatures to support an Adventure Path at the same time that that Adventure Path was being outlined. I’ve spoken before in earlier columns about the difficulties associated with such a plan (we have to make LOTS of decisions MUCH sooner than we’re used to in order to pull it off given the extremely long lead-time involved with miniatures production), but one of the great things about this approach is that I got to sneak a few miniatures into the set (and hence into the Adventure Path outline) that have never before been released as prepainted plastic miniatures.

Which leads us to today’s figure: The Caryatid Column!

This creature has a long history in fantasy gaming, but its inspiration has an even longer history in, well, history. Caryatids—which is to say columns in the form of maidens—have been a part of architecture since the ancient Greeks. Their use dates back to at least the 6th century BC. I was able to see one of the famous caryatids at the British Museum while visiting London after Gen Con UK a few years back, and the sculpting was so realistic that the stone dresses worn by the figure looked soft to the touch, almost like it was real cloth on a real woman.

Happily, in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Caryatid Columns actually DO come alive, making them near-perfect low(ish)-level constructs. Plus, hitting them has a way of breaking the PCs’ weapons, which is always fun for the GM.

When I decided to include a Caryatid Column in the Shattered Star set, I took a look at the drawing included in the Pathfinder Bestiary 3. a neat enough illustration, but it lacks the sort of clothing effects I expect to see on a Caryatid Column inspired by the genuine articles. Instead I asked WizKids’ artists to base their sculpt upon an actual, real-life Caryatid Column from the ancient world. I think the resulting figure looks a lot better than a straight translation of the art from the Bestiary.

By sculpting our Caryatid Column figure in “column form,” the miniature doubles as any sort of pillar you might want to throw on your game table. I’m eager to set up whole rows of these guys (or gals, as the case may be) in my dungeons. Maybe some of them are ordinary pillars, while others are monsters waiting patiently for the arrival of the heroes. Who knows? Well, I know, of course, which is one of the reasons I prefer to be the GM.

Lastly, because I’m a nice guy and because I’m sure a few of you out there are wrongly clicking your tongues and thinking “big deal, so it’s a column,” I’m going to drop ONE MORE preview on you.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Night Hag!

So until next week... pleasant dreams!

Erik Mona
Publisher

More Paizo Blog.
Tags: Miniatures Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Battles Shattered Star
Andoran

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

That column is awesome. I was considering dropping my sub after RotRL but the minis so far and the assumed smaller cost will be enough to keep me in the ranks.

(I'm not complaining, I am seriously excited about my Runelords set. I just also like to put extra money on my car payments.)

Silver Crusade

Wow, such fond memories and nostalgia from the Caryatids.

Fun fact: this post led me to this amazing video on real life Caryatids from the Erechtheion, The Acropolis, Athens, Greece.

Vimeo Link

I wish I would have seen this for myself when I was in London's British Museum, but alas I missed her.


Woot love the column. I am a bit shakey with the coloration of the night hag. But overall still an awesome mini.

Taldor

Love that Caryatid Column!

Grand Lodge

1 person marked this as a favorite.

Hey, they made a figure of my ex-wife. As for the Caryatid Column? DONT BLINK!!!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Woot love the column. I am a bit shakey with the coloration of the night hag. But overall still an awesome mini.

Honestly, that was my first, immediate thought as well. Then I looked at it for ten or fifteen seconds and decided I loved the paint job, because (1) who's to say all hags have to have warty green skin, (2) there's only one night hag in my game, and no one has met her yet, so I can tailor her appearance to match the figure exactly, and (3) it could also be used as a voodoo priestess, dark-skinned death cleric, or a number of other characters.

So, yeah. Awesome!


2 people marked this as a favorite.

Atlantids are the male versions of these columns. In case you were curious.


I am Soooooo in love with this version of the Night Hag, so much better than the old DDM version (and that one was pretty good, it fit the feel of the game, not really appropriate for Pathfinder). I am also in love with the Caryatid Column, now (thank you Lilith) all we need is an Atlantid column as a creature in Pathfinder and a mini of it as well.

Grand Lodge

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

The Carytid Column....nice. I trust it's a common. I will need at least eight. The sculpt is about perfect.

Now the Hag. I am with Antimony. This fig has a lot of uses. The skirt, the streak in the hair, the wash, that's a well done mini.

Btw - Congrats on the ENnie. It is well deserved.

Cheers,

Mazra

Cheliax

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Cards Subscriber

New Hag mini!!! YYYYEEEESSS!!!

Andoran

7 people marked this as a favorite.

But you didn't tell us how many more minis you would preview if we make the stretch goal!

F5. F5. F5...

(Yes. It's been that sort of week)


Great choice on patterning the column after the real things. I agree with Mazra that we'll all probably want more than one. And the hag is excellent as well. Her hair and attire really sell her that evil aura. I can't decide if I only need one of her or three.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

We haven't set rarities for this set yet, but I will do what I can to make the column as common as possible. Given the relatively simple paint job (and, really, sculpt), I'm sure WizKids will be happy to oblige.

Grand Lodge

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

That would be brilliant.

Cheliax

Wow, I sure like the column... too bad I can't get a bunch of 'em for the next session. :)

I have to say I don't like the night hag as much... the leather skirt looks just weird on this mini, and if I didn't know which monster this is I'd probably guess wrong.


What I love about the caryatid column is it could be used as decoration as well as a monster. Brilliant.

Yes, we need lots.

Gary McBride
Fire Mountain Games


While we're on hags, please register a vote for a Large Annis Hag at some point. They show up with some frequency in adventures, but I don't think I've ever seen a prepainted mini of one.
That said, I like the new night hag, except for the amount of leg she shows. I never imagined a night hag being that...showy.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

It's "next week"! Just saying.


Can I just say that I am a RABID mini collector and I really appreciate seeing monsters that I have not seen as minis before, and more monsters than PCs in general from a minis set. That said, the one issue I had with Rise of the Runelords was that it was hard to build a big army of commons. Ever consider bumping the number of commons or offering an uncommon/common army builder alternate booster?

Thanks again for these minis!!!


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
FUNCHO wrote:

Can I just say that I am a RABID mini collector and I really appreciate seeing monsters that I have not seen as minis before, and more monsters than PCs in general from a minis set. That said, the one issue I had with Rise of the Runelords was that it was hard to build a big army of commons. Ever consider bumping the number of commons or offering an uncommon/common army builder alternate booster?

Thanks again for these minis!!!

Like a common exclusive booster? That sounds like a great idea. I thought there woulda been more of those encounters packs kinda like that my self. I can understand if paizo is too busy, look at all the stuff they put out, right.

Grand Lodge

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

You know that the singles pricing from some retailers for commons is actually not too bad. Check out Auggie's for instance. This may be a great way to fill out the multiples you need in commons.

Cheers,

Mazra


What is the hieght of these caryatids? Where could I buy them?

Thanks

Jef


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
Jef Ryan wrote:

What is the hieght of these caryatids? Where could I buy them?

Thanks

Jef

Jef, this set is not out yet. It can be pre-ordered if you like though.

Shattered Star

Grand Lodge

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

The Carytid looks to be about 2 inches or about 5 cm.

Paizo / Messageboards / Paizo Publishing / Paizo Licensed Products / Miniatures / Paizo Blog: Pathfinder Battles Preview: A Very Important Column All Messageboards

Want to post a reply? Sign in.

©2002–2014 Paizo Inc.®. Need help? Email customer.service@paizo.com or call 425-250-0800 during our business hours: Monday–Friday, 10 AM–5 PM Pacific Time. View our privacy policy. Paizo Inc., Paizo, the Paizo golem logo, Pathfinder, the Pathfinder logo, Pathfinder Society, GameMastery, and Planet Stories are registered trademarks of Paizo Inc., and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Player Companion, Pathfinder Modules, Pathfinder Tales, Pathfinder Battles, Pathfinder Online, PaizoCon, RPG Superstar, The Golem's Got It, Titanic Games, the Titanic logo, and the Planet Stories planet logo are trademarks of Paizo Inc. Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon, Dungeon, and Polyhedron are registered trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and have been used by Paizo Inc. under license. Most product names are trademarks owned or used under license by the companies that publish those products; use of such names without mention of trademark status should not be construed as a challenge to such status.