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Wizkids once did a couple of sets of prepackaged terrain for their Mage Knight line (called Artifacts, if I remember right.) I have no idea how they did in the stores, but I know they're still very much in demand on Ebay. The first set they released in particular had a lot of really useful pieces (including a table and 4 chairs.) The second set was considerably more niche.
Mage Knight Artifacts Set #1 is highly useful with 2 tables, 4 chairs, a throne, a pair of columns, and a few other bits. A few years ago, a game shop I frequented marked down the set to $5; I snapped up 4 of them specifically for the tables and chairs. Now they will see use with the new bar incentive! The set is now harder to find and most eBay sellers mark it up to around $50.
Spoiler Alert! Some images for Set V can be found here:
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I am liking this set more and more. The half-elf bard looks amazing; pair her up with the dwarf drummer and the dancing girl and the RDI has entertainment for the evening.
Though I would have preferred a guard dog, the riding dog is nice and I hope this means we will have a riding horse in the set as well as the draft horses.
Like others, I've never given much thought to ghouls being more than savage undead; these ghoul minis have changed my perception.
I had some time today, so I broke out my paint kit and tried to do a fix on the dwarves. With the female dwarf, the fix was easy. Use a fine brush and paint flesh along the sides of her face and under her chin to push back the brown paint and expose her ears and the under chin. Next take some brown paint and extend her hairline a bit down her forehead. It's amazing how much better looking this makes her face! Lastly, carefully dab a bit of red paint on her lips. The lips are there; they are just very hard to see under the flesh paint.
The male dwarf is more problematic since the flatness of his face is the main reason he looks bad. I had to mix a bit of red and brown paint to match his hair and paint in the sides of his head where he's supposed to be shaved and paint over where a stripe of flesh was painted in his beard to indicate a mouth. Next, carefully brush flesh paint over the top of his nose. Let this dry and repeat the process three more times to build up the nose. Lastly, do a light wash of black over the beard and hair to even out the color. Let the black settle into the spot in the beard where the mouth should be. This isn't as good a fix as with the female dwarf, but it does improve the face quite a bit.
This time around, it was the dwarves that got hit with the bad faces brush. As noted by others, the Barbarian's face is rather flat and the paint just seems globby on it. The female dwarf has a very round face with only a hint of a nose and mouth; the paint easily obscures the detail. Also, she's painted as though she has a receding hairline but I can see where the hairline should be under the flesh paint while too much brown paint for the hair was applied to the sides of her face covering what should have been her exposed ears. The faces on my Mad Prophet and Edano Kline were well done.
My only other complaint about the paint jobs is that the Gnoll Warrior received a very dark paint job that hides a lot of the sculpt's detail. It should have been given the same lighter palate as the Gnoll Slaver.
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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.
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.
An unkindness of ravens and a murder of crows. :)
Erik Mona wrote:
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!
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 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.
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.