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Erik Mona wrote:

I cut the "action throw" because it looked too goofy and WK couldn't figure out how to make it removable.

Thanks, Erik!


Erik, can you confirm if the Merisiel figure will come with the action effect thrown daggers shown in the WizKids solicitation pictures? I hope that it does not or that the action effect can be easily cut from the mini.


jimibones83 wrote:
No preview again this week?

I always feel so down when we don't have a Friday preview. But, there are only 7 minis left to reveal and this set doesn't drop until November; I can see wanting to stretch out the remainder.


Excellent news! Question: Is Seelah supposed to be left handed? The last mini and all the artwork I recall have depicted her holding her sword in her right hand.


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The Avenger's exaggerated proportions and costuming doesn't appeal to me; same with the Shadow, to a lesser degree. However, the Shoanti is excellent.


MUST HAVE GREEN DRAGON!!!!!!!!!!!


Adventures in the East Mark is a fun frpg from Spain based on the BECMI D&D rules but expanded to include rangers and paladins. The pdf is available at Drive Thru rpg and there is also a pay-what-you-like quick start rules; more info about the rules and setting can be found here:

http://xdpublishing.com/adventures-in-the-east-mark/


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Love this preview! Both of the humans can serve multiple npc roles in a campaign, and the leucrotta is a classic monster that has never been done before. I'm glad that WizKids is getting the message from Paizo that they need to address the painting on human minis. Hopefully, The Lost Coast will not suffer from the problems that plagued the last few sets.


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I've lost faith in WizKids' ability to paint human/humanoid faces. This is the third set in a row where the pc/npc figures I want most have lousy paint jobs. Where is quality control? Why can the painters do excellent jobs on monsters but not on humans? I can not justify blind purchases when the quality is so spotty.


Ezrin from the Beginners Box Heroes set. He actually looks more like Mordenkainen from 2E era D&D than the Mordy DDM figure.

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8l52?Pathfinder-Beginner-Box-Heroes-Miniature s-Set


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Erik Mona wrote:
How many people would tolerate Tiny fey about the size of the demonic familiar or dero from Shattered Star?

That's the ideal solution to the problem. I think that the majority of players will get behind this idea.


Pigraven wrote:
Berk the Black wrote:
The raven is fantastic, I'll take a murder, please.
I'm not sure if you are referring to a group of ravens or not, but if so the correct term is unkindness. But I agree, these are fantastic and I can't wait to unleash an unkindness of ravens on my players.

An unkindness of ravens and a murder of crows. :)


I'm really liking all the animals in this set! The winter wolf is awesome, and I'll find plenty of uses for the raven and weasel.


Some Rust Cohle/True Detective humor:

http://www.someecards.com/2014/02/28/true-detective-hbo-rust-cohle-matthew- mcconaughey-pickup-lines


It's a must-have!


I like each of these figures! Now I only hope WizKids don't screw up the paint jobs on the faces.


Another fantastic preview. I want every mini revealed so far! The owl and the goat are very cool additions to the line.


I'm not for enlarged Iconics. It's too niche a miniature to take up a slot in a 54 miniature release. Placing a mini on a large base, as others have pointed out, will serve the purpose.


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Erik Mona wrote:

As far as this and upcoming sets are concerned…

More female monstrous humanoids: CHECK

More male PC-proxy types: CHECK

This is very good news! Now, just stay on WizKids about the paint jobs on PC types' faces!

This is another fantastic preview! The male/female trolls are must haves!


I got my case today. Overall, I'm very pleased with the set. However, (you knew there would be a however, didn't you?)there were more breakages in this case than in previous cases that I purchased. A Brimorak and a Schir Demon were off their bases; a Death Demon was missing a wing (found it rattling around in the booster); and both the Dominion Invader and Gibrileth Demon had their flight stands snapped off their bases. The stands didn't pop off the bases, they broke and part of the stands are still in the bases.

There are some amazing paint jobs in the set; but I think someone at the factory hates doing human/humanoid faces. Every one of the Alain, Low Templar, Imrijka, and the Queen Galfrey figure look like their faces were painted using a spatula and semi-hardened paint. The frustration of having these screwed up faces is compounded by how well the rest of the figures were painted. WizKids needs to up their game on the PC/NPC faces; the Beginners Box Heroes set and Runelord set figures didn't have this problem. Also, I received a Minagho that had red dots for eyes painted on it!


It's nice to see a female centaur mini. The falconer will serve wonderfully as a ranger with an animal companion, and the stand-alone falcon is a welcomed addition. Thanks for the behind the scenes look at your process in developing the line!


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Please, WizKids, don't screw up Feiya. This set is off to a great start!


Am I wrong or are we missing a figure besides the case incentive demon? I count 53 figures revealed, not 54.


I've got to mention the HP Lovecraft Historical Society's adaptations of The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer In Darkness; both are filmed in black & white, using the film techniques of Lovecraft's era. The Call of Cthulhu is the shorter of the two, at 45 minutes and is done as a silent movie. I believe both are available on Netflix. See the links for the trailers on Youtube:

The Whisperer In Darkness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_ee9K9hXtw

and The Call of Cthulhu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHuY2wXTd0o


I just picked up my copy from the local shop. Great issue; the artwork is really a step up from the prior issues!


My guess is the pressure of trying to rush out 3 sets in such a short time frame along with the Evolution and Builder sets led to taking short cuts. The LoG sculpts are as good as any in the previous sets; perhaps better. But the painting falls far short of the previous standard.

Regards,

V


Skeld wrote:

Is this the same problem I have when i go to a fast food place and the burger I get doesn't look as nice as the one in the picture on the menu? In other words, is it a problem with the picture of proofs and masters setting the expectation bar too high where everyone thinks all their miniatures are going to look exactly like the pictures?

-Skeld

I don't think it's the case where the masters set the expectations too high; at least not for me. I've been buying ppms since WOTC's Harbinger release and I know that the finished product will not be as good as the paint masters. My problem is that many of the LoG human/humanoid figures look like they have been painted by a child: paint globbed onto faces so heavily that the features are totally obscured, paint spilling over onto the wrong parts of the mini, excessive use of wash, and sloppy dry brushing. Over the years, I've come to expect some sloppiness on commons but when this is happening on rares, I've got to call Paizo/WizKids on the carpet for releasing a sub-standard product.

Regards,

V


I've just opened a case, and am overall pleased with the minis. However, there were a few so poor, that I have to mention them.

1. My black dragon is painted a dark teal blue. I assume it should have received a black wash but didn't.

2. The Janni looks like someone painted the face and then washed it with water/paint thinner. The face is streaked as though the paint ran and was allowed to dry streaky.

3. One of my Orc Soldiers is missing his cape; it did not come loose in the package; it's gone.

4. Sajan, as others have noted, is poorly painted and the painter(s) decided he's wearing a bra.

5. The Knight of Ozem is a Mage-Knight figure, and I don't mean this as a compliment. Poorly sculpted and poorly painted.

6. Both the Eagle Knight and Commander look like they received a hasty base coat and dry brush before being rushed out of the factory. Some of the Knights have mold flash that should have been trimmed before painting.

7. This one is the most displeasing to me: King Irovettti's face looks like it was painted with a trowel. The paint is so thick it totally obscures his features. I was really looking forward to this figure; the rest of it is perfectly painted, the sculpt is great, but what was done on the face is totally unacceptable, especially for a rare.

Regards,

V


Globetrotter wrote:

I have opened half my set and got two breakages. See my post above.

I think some form of glue can help... but I need to know what type.

Krazy Glue or Super Glue work fine on these minis.


Is that a large green dragon I see lurking behind the demon?


You might also proxie the Halfling Enchanter from the D&D minis Desert of Desolation set. She wears robes and boots and is gnome sized. You'll have to repaint the hair red.

http://www.plasticrypt.com/dod_images/dod_halfling_enchanter.jpg


The only dino that I'd want is a properly scaled, feathered velociraptor. I can use Safari Toys dinos for t-rexes and the like, but there aren't any in-scale small dinos.


Keep this artist! His style is much better than the previous artist.


I liked the maps, but it's not a deal-breaker for me if they are discontinued as long as the story and artwork are good. Kudos to the new artist! I much prefer his work to the previous artist.


Exact clone, no, but BFRPG has B/X at its core. Labyrinth Lord is closer to the source material but I prefer BFRPG's modernization of the system and its layout. But the main thing is the game is free, which is what the OP is looking for, and has a lot of free support material.


S&W is a great system. Basic Fantasy RPG is also free. It's a clone of B/X D&D. You can find it at http://www.basicfantasy.org/ along with a lot of free modules and settings for the system.


Lately, "If I Had A Heart" by Fever Ray is what I listen to to get me in the gaming mind-set. The song was used as the title theme for the History Channel's Vikings tv series.

Lyrics:

This will never end
Cause I want more
More, give me more, give me more

This will never end
Cause I want more
More, give me more, give me more

If I had a heart I could love you
If I had a voice I would sing
After the night when I wake up
I'll see what tomorrow brings

If I had a voice I would sing

Dangling feet from window frame
Will I ever ever reach the floor?
More, give me more, give me more

Crushed and filled with all I found underneath and inside
Just to come around
More, give me more, give me more

If I had a voice I would sing


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Ponswick, in the many years that I ran AD&D, I never made use of weapon speeds. The game runs faster without that rule. I also never gave xp for gold; to me, gold is its own reward. Instead, I gave xp for monsters and bonuses for good role-play.

If you like old-school style play but want something a bit more streamlined and in-print, check out Swords & Wizardry (it's available thru the Piazo store http://paizo.com/products/btpy8yg8?Swords-Wizardry-Complete-Rulebook-2013-E dition). It has the option of using classic descending AC or modern ascending AC, is very clearly organized, classic modules adapt with minimal conversion (or the S&W modules can be used with AD&D), and is well-supported by both professional modules and by many on-line blogs.

Regards,

V


This is the new Evil Dead reboot/remake in theaters now. I really enjoyed this film; it embraced the themes and some of the set-piece scenes of the original but gave us a new cast of characters for deadite torment. I hope everyone stays through the end credits for the brief "stinger" which gives me hope for the direction of future sequels.

Regards,

V


It's now out of print but if you can find it, Aberrant by White Wolf Games was great (the d10 system, not the later d20 reboot). It was easy to learn but able to handle just about any power level of hero one could want.

Regards,

V


As a gm who likes to run swashbuckling games, I'm so pleased with this announcement! I need lots of pirate-ish, lightly armored figures for my games. Thanks, Paizo!

Regards,

V


Your best bet will probably be Papo or Safari toys. While the figures come in various scales, it shouldn't be hard to find some that are compatible with 28mm figures. You can find them at craft stores like Michael's or Hobby Lobby or on eBay.

Regards,

V


In_digo wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

Much more on this on Friday.

Orcs is something I'd really like to do in a Builder Series, but right now we have only 2 orc sculpts (three if you count half-orcs), and that's not quite enough to base one of these Builder Series releases on.

Now, if one of the upcoming full sets has a bunch of orc figures, then the chances increase dramatically...

*Gasp*

Could this be a hint!?!
X)

Wasn't it mentioned a while ago that there were a couple of orcs in the next set?


I'm fond of Xplorers, an old-school style sci-fi game with a strong '50s movie vibe based on the Swords & Wizardry rules. Link to free version: http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=93797&


Yep, a nicely done bit of post-apocolyptic story-telling.


cappadocius wrote:
The unfortunate thing is that, as appropriate as the Grappler is for black tentacles, it takes 64 of them to cover the area of the spell! That gets a little pricy!

True, but what I do is put one tentacle at each corner point of the area and tell the players that the tentacles fill the entire space; economical, and the player minis in the area of effect are not standing on the bases of a bunch of tentacles.

Regards,

V


Ninety backers and $8327 in the first day! Looking good!


The Kickstarter Redeux should go live sometime on 10/25/12.

Regards,

V


Gale Force Nine is coming out with a collector's series of D&D minis; estimated to release in December. First releases will be:
1.) Large Eye Tyrant
2.) Purple Worm
3.) Illithid Raiding party (Illithid Mage, Illithid Warrior, Gnoll, Duergar, and Brain Eater)
4.) Drow War Party (Mage, Priestess, Archer, Warrior and Rogue), Priestess not yet sculpted.
5.) Lolth in human form.

Pics here:

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/484284.page

Regards,

V


danielc wrote:
Vernon Fults wrote:

I'll get only one of the Gray Maiden, though, because she's left handed. I can't see units of left handed warriors being all that common.

I am always fascinated how many figures end up left handed. Even some that the art shows as right handed. But if the figure is nice, I deal with it.

My theory is that the artist is probably left-handed and intuitively draws the subject that way, and that Paizo rightly wants a certain number of left-handed minis to accomodate those wanting left handed pc/npc figures.

Regards,

V

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