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I just got a copy of the BB and LOVE the Pawns! Like everyone else, I would love to see more, especially if they were made just like the ones in the BB :) Sign me up for sets based on the Bestiaries, APG/UC/UM and various APs :)

Grand Lodge

Sketchpad wrote:
I just got a copy of the BB and LOVE the Pawns! Like everyone else, I would love to see more, especially if they were made just like the ones in the BB :) Sign me up for sets based on the Bestiaries, APG/UC/UM and various APs :)

I like this idea too. For those of us with smaller wallets the pawns are a great solution for nice miniatures without the expense. Anyone know of a way to get extra stands?

Qadira

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Talwynor wrote:
... making them wet&dry eraseable. Adding numbers for gangs and the ability to quickly mark conditions would be very useful.

Do this! It's something I'd never have thought of, and it it utterly fantastic.

Seriously though, shipping and customs fees would prevent me from subscribing to minis, but a sub to a sheet of die cut card? That I could live with :)

Cheliax

Erik Mona wrote:

I hear and obey.

Someday you Paizo folks will be tired of my money.

I'm really glad that today is not that day!

Andoran

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I created a tutorial on how to make your own do-it-yourself Beginner Box style pawns.

Here's an image of the finished product.

The two pawns in the middle are from the Beginner Box; the others are ones I made myself using Paizo images.

If you wanted to spend the time you could create a couple of hundred for all the monsters and NPCs you might encounter. I think this technique has a lot of promise. Only thing is you have to know a little about image editing (I use Gimp, but Photoshop will do) to pull this off.


Thanks for the advice Dwilimir, but uh... most of us don't want to spend that time, we'd rather spend the money :P

Andoran

kyrt-ryder wrote:
Thanks for the advice Dwilimir, but uh... most of us don't want to spend that time, we'd rather spend the money :P

I'd rather spend the money too! But, for now, the pawn products are very limited. Also, I doubt Paizo will produce Pawns for every creature or NPC you could ever encounter -- this is a way to supplement a core Pawn collection even if/when they start selling pawn sets.

But...agreed...doing this (like painting minis) is not for everyone.


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You know what I would like to see instead? Tokens. Built to scale. With the beautiful artwork on it. And not cardboard, I would like to see a durable plastic, perhaps even another picture of the monster or player on the back done in reds to show bleeding or dead.

Easy to transport, no set up or worrying about bending, no pieces breaking off, and no falling apart when you friend dumps beer all over the table. You can just rinse throw them in a bag and go. Like poker chips, but that are small, medium, etc.... gargantuan.

Now that is something I would like.

And for the few that want to see the back of figures... perhaps a worms eye view....

Andoran

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3Sheets2theWind wrote:

You know what I would like to see instead? Tokens. Built to scale. With the beautiful artwork on it. And not cardboard, I would like to see a durable plastic, perhaps even another picture of the monster or player on the back done in reds to show bleeding or dead.

Easy to transport, no set up or worrying about bending, no pieces breaking off, and no falling apart when you friend dumps beer all over the table. You can just rinse throw them in a bag and go. Like poker chips, but that are small, medium, etc.... gargantuan.

Now that is something I would like.

And for the few that want to see the back of figures... perhaps a worms eye view....

Sounds like, except for the plastic, what you want is D&D's Monster Vault.


Sounds like, except for the plastic, what you want is D&D's Monster Vault.

Wanted something more durable, and more aligned to paizo.


Dwilimir wrote:

I created a tutorial on how to make your own do-it-yourself Beginner Box style pawns.

Here's an image of the finished product.

The two pawns in the middle are from the Beginner Box; the others are ones I made myself using Paizo images.

If you wanted to spend the time you could create a couple of hundred for all the monsters and NPCs you might encounter. I think this technique has a lot of promise. Only thing is you have to know a little about image editing (I use Gimp, but Photoshop will do) to pull this off.

Am loving this idea, and am working on putting together a sheet right now. Thanks so much for sharing the template and idea.


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Dotted

Taldor

Dwilimir wrote:

I created a tutorial on how to make your own do-it-yourself Beginner Box style pawns.

Here's an image of the finished product.

The two pawns in the middle are from the Beginner Box; the others are ones I made myself using Paizo images.

If you wanted to spend the time you could create a couple of hundred for all the monsters and NPCs you might encounter. I think this technique has a lot of promise. Only thing is you have to know a little about image editing (I use Gimp, but Photoshop will do) to pull this off.

The plan in general would be to grab Bestiary images and use them?


WHere the hell can I see pictures of the pawns? There are none on the products page. I cant' find pix anywhere.

WHat the hell do they look like?

It's really lame that they don't have pictures.


FaveDave wrote:

WHere the hell can I see pictures of the pawns? There are none on the products page. I cant' find pix anywhere.

WHat the hell do they look like?

It's really lame that they don't have pictures.

There are plenty of images. This picture can be accessed from the Beginner Box page (not the same as the product page). You can also see a video there which features all of the contents of the Beginner Box including the pawns.

In addition to that the Beginner Box section of the forum features a thread full of links to reviews of the Beginner Box, most of which contain images.


Dwilimir wrote:

I created a tutorial on how to make your own do-it-yourself Beginner Box style pawns.

Here's an image of the finished product.

The two pawns in the middle are from the Beginner Box; the others are ones I made myself using Paizo images.

If you wanted to spend the time you could create a couple of hundred for all the monsters and NPCs you might encounter. I think this technique has a lot of promise. Only thing is you have to know a little about image editing (I use Gimp, but Photoshop will do) to pull this off.

Just wanted you to know that I started working on minis for Jade Regent using your idea. I'm still looking for the 3mm board and I'm waiting on my mini stands, but hopefully they'll look great.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Andoran

mike smith 853 wrote:

Just wanted you to know that I started working on minis for Jade Regent using your idea. I'm still looking for the 3mm board and I'm waiting on my mini stands, but hopefully they'll look great.

Thanks for the suggestion.

You bet! If there's a Hobby Lobby in your area, that's where I get the 3mm foam sheets (Hobby Lobby's brand is 'Funky Foam', and you can take in a picture from my blog post to have them help you find it). It's floppy when you buy it, but it gets stiff after you glue on the paper, seems just like balsa wood or the Pawns the Beginner Box has once you're done.

Andoran

Bagpuss wrote:
The plan in general would be to grab Bestiary images and use them?

So far I've only used images from Paizo's commercial paper minis line, but you should be able to use any creature or NPC image which you can see on your computer, so long as you can get a high-res screenshot or export it. Usually I can just google image search for the creature names and find a high-res picture suitable for home-made Pawns (for use only for personal campaigns).


I used an image capture program called Jing, found the images from Bestiary and Adventure Path pdfs and then got rid of anything I didn't want with Gimp. It's working pretty well thus far.

I couldn't find the 3mm board at Hobby Lobby today. I'll check tomorrow using the product name you mentioned.

Andoran

mike smith 853 wrote:
I couldn't find the 3mm board at Hobby Lobby today. I'll check tomorrow using the product name you mentioned.

The sales folks at Hobby Lobby probably will think of it as craft foam, not a board, as it's floppy and not stiff (but will be stiff once you glue on the paper).

Here's where you can get it online:

amazon.com

barnesandnoble.com

createforless.com

cosmeticmall.com

kwikcrafts.com

hancockfabrics.com

sears.com


Just would like to throw in my vote for more pawns. I am not a minis purchaser, and never will be, but pawns rock.


Dwilimir wrote:
mike smith 853 wrote:
I couldn't find the 3mm board at Hobby Lobby today. I'll check tomorrow using the product name you mentioned.

The sales folks at Hobby Lobby probably will think of it as craft foam, not a board, as it's floppy and not stiff (but will be stiff once you glue on the paper).

Thanks. Picked some today and just did my test run. I'll see how they dry in the morning.


Yeah. Definitely a score as far as the cardboard pawns are concerned. It helps alleviate a problem I just know is going to pop up with PF plastic minis that are coming out. Like the D&D minis line that came before, the hard to find singles are not going to be the rare, high-level minis, it'll be the common monsters. No matter how many times I checked my FLGSs, I could never find goblins, orcs, even kobolds, as they were always snagged up as soon as they became available.

Silly how that tweaks things, isn't it?

Qadira

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jeffb wrote:
Just would like to throw in my vote for more pawns. I am not a minis purchaser, and never will be, but pawns rock.

Ditto, I'd definintely pick up more pawns, much easier/safer/better to transport to houses for games than minis. One guy in the group keeps getting minis for the group, but geez, my dining room has too many minis that he leaves there for storage.


I have been making these for almost a year using a similar system. One trick I added to my processes, is to whenever possible use a very high DPI and photo paper.

If you are like me and bought a cheap printer because I needed to print just a hand full of stuff and stuck it in the corner, be sure to read your manual, even cheap printers can do reasonably high DPI on photo paper.


I don't buy mini's for a number of reasons, but I love the Pawns and I would imagine that they'd be much cheaper to make and sell. I'd buy a bunch, I loved the ones in my Beginner Box.


Mahorfeus wrote:


If Paizo ever made something akin to WotC's Monster Vault, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Not holding my breath though.

Agreed. The Monster Vault was one of the few things the Essentials line got RIGHT.


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OperationsKT wrote:
Mahorfeus wrote:


If Paizo ever made something akin to WotC's Monster Vault, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Not holding my breath though.
Agreed. The Monster Vault was one of the few things the Essentials line got RIGHT.

The product is good enough that you could buy it for Pathfinder.


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Bestiary Box Pawns

Ask and you shall recieve...

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

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Expect a formal product page on this shortly. We've had a lot of folks out sick this week (including yours truly), so things are running a touch behind.

Silver Crusade

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Best product announcement for 2012, as far as I am concerned. Finally, a solution I was waiting for. Thanks, Paizo! And get B2 and B3 boxes promptly :)

Osirion

I Have to agree. This is just the kinda thing I wanted.

Shadow Lodge

Do want pawn sets for Bestiary, Bestiary 2, Bestiary 3, and Tome of Horror: Complete. Make it happen.


Erik Mona wrote:
Expect a formal product page on this shortly. We've had a lot of folks out sick this week (including yours truly), so things are running a touch behind.

will there be a list of which creatures and how many copies of each type ?

Grand Lodge

This is awesome and one of the hopes I had for new products after seeing the BB. I think I will buy two.

Will there be different sized bases for Larger creatures?


As is said on EnWorld-

SOLD!

Thank You Erik!! :D


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Ravenbow wrote:

This is awesome and one of the hopes I had for new products after seeing the BB. I think I will buy two.

Will there be different sized bases for Larger creatures?

Eric replyed in another thread that yes there will be.

Shadow Lodge

Thank you Erik. I personally love the pawns for all of the reasons stated in the opening of the thread. Pawns are just so much more convenient and they don't require painting, which is something I fail to do!!


OMG!!!

Simply awesome. Bestiary Box - incredibly good news. This just gets better and better all the time! I predict that this will be a best seller.
Thanks so much for listening to our thoughts Paizo!


Any chance of multiple goblins, hobgoblins, wolves and other low CR creatures that attack in groups?

Edit - just reread the product description and seen the answer. Puts hand over eyes and feels idiotic.


I was just thinking how much I'd like more BB pawns - I have tons of minis, but carting them around London on a work day is not always practical, the pawns area great alternative! :)

Taldor

Dwilimir wrote:

I created a tutorial on how to make your own do-it-yourself Beginner Box style pawns.

Here's an image of the finished product.

The two pawns in the middle are from the Beginner Box; the others are ones I made myself using Paizo images.

If you wanted to spend the time you could create a couple of hundred for all the monsters and NPCs you might encounter. I think this technique has a lot of promise. Only thing is you have to know a little about image editing (I use Gimp, but Photoshop will do) to pull this off.

That link is great, Dwilimir! I posted it again in the tutorial thread for paper minis so anyone reading it would see they had another option with paper minis.

Grand Lodge

Dwilimir, you are a champion. Thanks for your insights.


Dwilimir wrote:

I created a tutorial on how to make your own do-it-yourself Beginner Box style pawns.

Here's an image of the finished product.

The two pawns in the middle are from the Beginner Box; the others are ones I made myself using Paizo images.

If you wanted to spend the time you could create a couple of hundred for all the monsters and NPCs you might encounter. I think this technique has a lot of promise. Only thing is you have to know a little about image editing (I use Gimp, but Photoshop will do) to pull this off.

I found your tuto­r­ial last night. Have you try printing to adhesive photo paper?

Taldor

Sannos wrote:
I found your tuto­r­ial last night. Have you try printing to adhesive photo paper?

If you ever do it, I'd love to see pics of the results.


I just read this whole thread. I want these NOW.

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