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I got Set 5 today. All of the paint jobs were superb! Zadim is my favorite of the set; excellent sculpt, wonderful detail, and his face is perfectly painted. I suddenly feel the need for more middle-eastern themed characters! Enora is my next favorite; her robe and cloak have wonderful designs applied to them. Kes is exceptionally well sculpted and painted. She'll see use as a monk at some point in my campaign. Adowyn was my most anticipated figure from the set but I'm disappointed in the end result. The sculpt's proportions seem off to me; legs too long, waist too narrow, and her fur boots too bulky. But the face is amazingly wel painted. Oloch is a nice figure; he'll fit in well with my orcs. Lastly, we Leryn. I want to like the wolf, but there is something about the way it's head is sculpted that doesn't seem right; it's like it's head is too flattened. In all, a good set with a few minor problems.
RDI is the best minis release ever! The sculpts and the paint jobs are wonderful. My personal favorite is the bartender; a beautifully sculpted piece with a perfectly painted face. WizKids should do a revision of the sculpt to add a weapon and armor to her so we could have a rogue or fighter version of the bartender.
Would it be possible for WizKids to make a promotional set of one table and two stools to be sold in the web store? I know I'd snap up six to help fill out the tavern.
I received my case today. From the previews I felt this might be the best set ever, and the case did not disappoint! Excellent paint jobs over all, and no botched faces.
I did have one of my four City Watch Commanders missing her bow. One of the Pious Guards and Feiya popped off their bases, but Superglue fixed that. The paint jobs on Fieya and the King's faces were better, but it is obvious that the sculpts lack detail and that even though the paint jobs are the best that can be done on the minis, the detail on the faces is shallow, so paint only goes so far in fixing the problem.
The dungeon dressing is great. I got two beds, two crates, and one of each of the rest. The bar incentive is very cool, but we need more tables and stools!
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!