After a relaxing vacation last week, I'm back in force with a look at SIX upcoming figures for the Pathfinder Battles line of prepainted plastic minis!
This time we're going to take a look at the digital sculpts for Iconic Heroes Two, which is set for a February 2015 release. The set will contain five of Pathfinder's iconic characters, plus one associated creature. This is the second of several such sets to release monthly starting in January. Check out the preview of Iconic Heroes Set One I posted a few weeks back for a look at the first six figures. Iconic Heroes sets are "visible" sets, meaning you'll know exactly what figures are in each "fixed" set. They retail for $29.99. WizKids is making every effort to ensure that the figures receive "premium" sculpts and paint jobs.
As part of that process, they've shifted the Pathfinder Battles line to digital sculpts, which allows us here at Paizo a much higher degree of control over the way the miniatures look and the colors used to paint them. This is especially important with our iconic characters, all of whom have key pieces of important equipment that must be reproduced in exacting detail. While digital sculpts can look really cool, it's also impossible to show all of the drybrushing and inking effects that the final figures will have, so it's best to imagine that the final figures will share all of the details and the general color scheme, but will look more "finished" and less "clean" than the images provided below. We'll share paint masters as we get them from WizKids (a process that is set to begin very shortly, so the wait may not be a long one!).
Here we go!
Here we have Amiri, Iconic Barbarian. Amiri comes complete with a nasty snarl and her huge frost giant sword positioned mid-swing. This version of our iconic barbarian is in much more of a battle pose than the previous version from Shattered Star, and I think people are really going to dig her. The digital sculpting process has given us a lot of good opportunity to make sure her face tattoo and belly scars look just right, and I expect those details will carry through beautifully to the final figure.
Ezren, Iconic Wizard has fast become one of my favorite iconic characters thanks to his excellent portrayal in both Dynamite's Pathfinder Comics and Big Finish's Pathfinder Legends audio dramas. Here we see his cane raised mid-spell, and again the digital sculpting has allowed us to meticulously reproduce all of the magical implements hanging from his belt. Ezren has a really "classic" look to him that makes this figure a great stand-in for any spellcaster or even any "old man" adventurer.
Another favorite from the comics and audio dramas is Merisiel, Iconic Rogue. Our newest version of this fun character appears in charging-forward battle pose, rapier high on the attack. All of her many daggers are represented in sheaths on her back and hips. This is definitely a character you don't want to run into in a dark alley, or an ally you definitely want to be flanking a monster with.
Kyra, Iconic Cleric was one of the very first Pathfinder Battles figures we ever produced, and the quality of her cloak in particular set the high standards we've been trying to match or exceed ever since. That figure, one of four in our very first Beginner Box Heroes set, was wonderful. We hope to one-up it with this figure. I mean, we even made sure the little tattoos under her eyes look correct! The pose in this case is quite similar to the original figure, so it'll be interesting to compare how the two came out (that pun, I assure you, was unintentional!).
Have you heard the Pathfinder Legends audio dramas? One of the very best renditions of our characters in that medium is Harsk, Iconic Ranger, my personal favorite dwarf in all of Pathfinder lore. The Iconic Heroes Two version of Harsk favors his axe over his crossbow, making this a nice change from the version we previously released in the Rise of the Runelords set. He's even got his signature teapot along with his other gear on his back. Sweet!
Did you know that Harsk's little-seen animal companion is a badger named Biter? This Small figure marks Biter's first appearance in Pathfinder Battles. You can use Biter along with Harsk or as an animal companion of another character. He'll make a nice addition to the horde of animals (pigs, goats, ravens, falcons, owls, and more!) that we've included in the line so far. Just don't let him get too close to you when he's angry. He got his name for a reason!
Each set of Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes comes with a special Pathfinder Adventure Card Game card available exclusively in these boxes. I've seen several of these cards already, and they're designed to add fun, cool elements to the card game that players are sure to appreciate. I mean, who wouldn't want a card for Harsk's Teapot?
That's it for this week. Check back next week for another look at new minis from November's The Lost Coast set! WizKids brought in the complete set of production run figures last week, and they look absolutely fantastic!
See you in seven days!