Pathfinder Battles Preview: Feel the Burn!

Friday, September 14, 2012

We've just finished laying out the packaging for the upcoming Shattered Star set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted plastic fantasy gaming miniatures, which means we'll very shortly have the product up for pre-order! These figures support the new Shattered Star Adventure Path, but are of course usable in any fantasy campaign.

At this point, all of the sculpts have been approved, and the only figure still in painting is the enormous Gargantuan "case incentive" miniature, whose big reveal is still probably a few weeks away.

While we wait for these important milestones, let's take a look at more figures from the set. Come along, won't you?

Here we have the Medium Fire Elemental in all his burning glory! Emerging from a pillar of flame, this guy stands about a foot taller than your average adventurer, which I think qualifies as "fiery death from above." He's sculpted in clear plastic, and should look extra-flamey when light shines through his clear bits.

Why call this guy a "medium" fire elemental, you might ask? Well, because there is another fire elemental at a different size coming in a future preview.

Just kidding. Here he is. This beast is the Large Fire Elemental.

This guy is WAAAAAAY bigger than a normal adventurer. Heck, he's bigger than the biggest ogre we've produced to date. He is SO BIG that it almost seems like he should fit on a Huge base. But no, he is in fact Large. We just love putting as much value into a miniature as possible, and the Large Fire Elemental is a good example of that principle in action. It's also a suggestion that if we ever do a truly Huge fire elemental in the future, it's going to be absolutely astoundingly enormous. Again, the Large Fire Elemental is sculpted in clear plastic for extra fiery effect.

And because we're about to reveal packaging that has this next guy on it anyway, I've decided to include a bonus figure in this week's preview. The Guiltspur Naga!

This creature is one of many of its kind that traveled up through the Darklands and into the ancient Thassilonian ruin of Guiltspur, site of the Shattered Star's fifth adventure, "Into the Nightmare Rift". This creature is Large and in charge. And in the office next to mine, our Creative Director James Jacobs is working on this creature's encounter RIGHT NOW!

Because production on the set is still in swing, we have not yet assigned solid rarities to any of the figures in the set, including these. Keep your eyes on this space in the next couple of weeks for specific details on the set's configuration, price, and release date.

There's a lot more where these came from!

Erik Mona

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Liberty's Edge

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I almost laid down coin on the secondary market to start a collection of elementals. Glad I waited. I am a very pleased Pathfinder Battles customer.

My guess is the gargantuan monster is some sort of Tyrannosaurus.

Wait, so the incentive piece is a gargantuan, not a huge? Just making sure, because I assumed that without standard huge sized figures in the set it would be a huge in the vein of the Black Dragon...

Dark Archive

All three of those look great!!

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

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The incentive figure is GARGANTUAN!

Grand Lodge

Awesome! Love all three of them. Fire elementals manage to show up all the time in my games.

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On the subject of transparent fire effects, I would suggest you look at the effect obtained by this modder of WotC's fire elementals simply by taking advantage of a painted base instead of a flat black base.

Setting aside the impact of rocks and so forth, the effect of simple paint under the transparent fire plastic is awesomely effective and might not involve significant paint steps. Indeed, a uniform pre-printed decal might achieve the same effect and be applied almost instantly at a very low cost.

The gallery of the miraculous fire-effect bases is HERE. I think the impact of this sort of basing is self-evident.

Liberty's Edge

Oooooooo, a gargantuan gelatinous cube!

Liberty's Edge

Magic 8-ball says...

Gargantuan Green Dragon.

Shadow Lodge

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Gargantuan Flumph?

Erik Mona wrote:
The incentive figure is GARGANTUAN!

Fantastic. I hope this becomes a convention.

Similarly with previewing three figures per week instead of two. :)

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I'm excited, can't wait to preorder the new set!

Grand Lodge

The Naga is both beautiful and creepy. That works!

I like the humanoid form of the medium fire elemental. It looks like it is looking down to burn a PC.

The large Fire Elemental looked a little off to me at first glance. When I looked closer, I could see the artist attempt to depict a more solid mass of magma forming around the arms and shoulders. That also works! I will look forward to gathering all my DDM Fire Elementals and Magma Hurlers to mix with these sizzlers for a hot time on my gaming table.



Steel_Wind wrote:

Magic 8-ball says...

Gargantuan Green Dragon.

Yes Please.

While I am curious about this gargantuan mini case incentive, I am also saddened because this tells me above all else, that we will not have a huge blue dragon in this set (which would have been awesome ... as the PCs face off against one in the fifth part of Shattered Star).

But ... I am really very curious about what the Gargantuan mini is.

Oh ... nice preview by the way. ;)


He's working on it RIGHT NOW? Then shouldn't you put the word "SPOILERS!" in the Blog?! :-P

Thank you for a set that looks like it has more monsters than characters (so far anyway). Now if you guys eventually give me the huge Aboleth that has been denied me up til now, we'll be best friends forever!

PS. Including gargantuan as a regular figure size - how cool are you??

Very Cool!

Excellent job with all three sculpts. The fire elementals are beautiful!

Erik Mona wrote:
The incentive figure is GARGANTUAN!

I would love to see a gargantuan green dragon!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Alexander Augunas wrote:
He's working on it RIGHT NOW? Then shouldn't you put the word "SPOILERS!" in the Blog?! :-P

ALL of these Shattered Star minis posts contain spoilers, actually, so saying it again is redundant! :-P

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