Pathfinder Miniatures: Xanesha, Lamia Matriarch

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Pathfinder Miniatures are 28mm white metal minis based on characters and creatures from Paizo's Pathfinder campaign setting.

Miniatures include a plastic slotted base. They are unpainted and may need some assembly.

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Great Figure

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Xanesha. The first true enemy that the PCs will face in RotR campaign, and the first real hint at a greater enemy. This figure does a good job of making the encounter memorable.

The figure itself is excellently detailed. Upon pulling the figure out of the packaging, I had to straighten the "Impaler of Thorns" spear, but it wasn't damaged. Xenesha stands over two inches tall, and around three with her large spear. While fairly flat in casting, for a single piece figure, she is excellently detailed. Her serpentine hindquarters, coil menacingly around her, as she lifts herself up to menacing heights. Her right hand wraps casually around her ribbon and jewel studded spear, which sports a viciously large and menacing spear head, notched to pull out bits of whoever she shoves it in to. While her arms and torso are thin, her waist suggests her feminimity, which is proven by her "Madonna like" bra. I would have preferred a little less shocking coverage in that area, and a little more bulk in her arms (after all, she does have a 20 STR!), she is true to her picture in the books. Her medusa mask covers her face, while her left hand sweeps her flowing locks of hair back away from her face, suggesting she is about to unleash the masks power on some poor unsuspecting PC!

1. Mold lines were evident, but not excessive on this figure. Since she is a boss figure, I only bought on, so maybe I got lucky. Where the mold lines were in evidence, there was enough room to get in a clean them up, though I was forced to remove some scaling detail on her lower left hip to clean the mold lines and will have to carve the scales back in before I can prime and paint her.

2. Like I said in the initial review, the spear was bent during shipment, but this is to be expected. The shaft is thick enough to allow for such issues, and I was able to straighten it without concernt to it breaking.

3. Since the figure was shipped with a slotted square base, I was surprised that the figure didn't have a tab on the underside to allow for more support in keeping the figure on the base. The bottom of the figure was flat, and while it lacks ANY detail, it was adequate enough to allow for gluing on to the supplied base, and I expect that the figure will not easily detach.

While I don't recommend this figure for beginning painters, as there is A LOT of detail in scales and textures that would be lost without proper shading and dry brushing, I do recommend this picture for purchase. It is excellent detailed, and would be a boon to any painters collection.


Quality

*****

This surprised me, as the miniature was sized appropriately to the other 28mm miniatures for the PCs rather than being too large as it seems to be in the picture. She still fills up a large sized base with a little bit of terrain built in the edges, and apart from a bend in the spear when I first received it I have zero complaints about the sculpt or the quality of the metal.



Ah Xanesha. This one gave the party a great deal of trouble. Petrified one, disposed of another. The fighter/barb/berserker could barely take her in melee. Almost makes it seem right to buy it as a trophy. A little bit buggish though.


This may seem like a "dumb" question... as I know Reaper is now making the Pathfinder Miniatures (I recently got my first 4 minis, Seoni, Valeros, Harsk, and Arael), but is the sculpt the same (because isn't the picture the Crocodile Games version?) Or has Reaper improved it, and placed her on a square base.

I'm actually wondering this about most or all of the Pathfinder Minis that were (or were going to be) done by Croc Games... but that Reaper has apparently taken over. I'm pleased with the 4 I've gotten, they seem like they will "blend" nicely with my hordes of pre-painted minis... but If I continue with Pathfinder/Reaper minis I want to know which ones to "add" to my collection.

Of course the Red Dragon will be MINE. :)

Thanks in advance for any answers provided.

TMW

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I believe Reaper has the molds that Crocodile made for the older sculpts. They are, however, producing new minis and new sculpts of existing characters (PFRPG cover versions of Valeros and Seoni, for example).

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Reaper is using the same sculpts for their reissues, but they do use square bases instead of round.


Thanks Sean and Vic.

Now... do I want to buy paints, or a few more pewter minis? :)

Hmmm... might want to "behave" with the spending, and wait till next week.

TMW

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Just received mine. Great sculpt. My one complaint is the plastic base she comes with is too small.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Acev wrote:
Just received mine. Great sculpt. My one complaint is the plastic base she comes with is too small.

Is it not a 1"x1" base?

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Vic Wertz wrote:

Is it not a 1"x1" base?

Yep. Which for a mini her size (the snake part at the bottom is longer than one inch) is too small. The sinspawn comes with the same base, and it's at least half her size.

The one in the pic, is the kind of base she should come with. Being a 40k player, I'm using a spare terminator base. Others might not be so lucky.

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I've replaced the image supplied by Crocodile with one supplied by Reaper, featuring a new paint job.

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