Summon Monster X

Friday, May 15, 2015

We're getting closer and closer to the June release of Dungeons Deep, the latest, greatest set of prepainted plastic Pathfinder Battles miniatures from our friends at WizKids! By my count, we've revealed nearly the entire set so far, but I've been holding off on two figures in particular, waiting for the right time to show them off. Lots of folks have been asking if Dungeons Deep will have any iconic characters, now that we're also releasing those characters in the form of the spectacularly detailed Iconic Heroes Base Sets. The answer, my friends, is a resounding YES, and this set's iconic hero rounds out the ranks of the iconic characters we featured in our second class-centered RPG release, the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player's Guide.

I speak, of course of Balazar the summoner and his beloved "pet," the otherworldly eidolon Padrig!

Let's take a closer look at Balazar, Gnome Summoner.

Balazar's sculpt captures him mid-spell, or perhaps directing the actions of his eidolon from afar. While the sculpt is similar to Balazar's appearance in the just-released Iconic Heroes Set 3, here the colors are somewhat brighter, and if I'm being honest I think I like this version of Balazar just a little bit more than the Iconic Heroes version, which is a bit darker. Balazar is, as I mentioned, the final iconic character of the original 17 to appear as a prepainted miniature in one of the random Pathfinder Battles sets. While the stand-alone Iconic Heroes boxes will delve further into the ranks of iconic heroes from the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide (and possibly beyond), Balazar is also the last iconic character to show up in the regular Pathfinder Battles line, at least for the next set, which contains none.

So let's take a moment to celebrate our tour through the iconic characters of our first two major hardcover rulebook releases. We knew we'd get to you eventually, little guy! Balazar, Gnome Summoner is a Small, rare figure.

Balazar is just a wee gnome without his best buddy Padrig, who in Dungeons Deep is called simply "Eidolon." The Eidolon represents a class feature with lots of variability, so it's probably fitting that Padrig is a weird snake/chicken hybrid. He'll see plenty of table use for folks playing the Balazar pregenerated character in the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild organized play program, but I'm also hoping he gets use as a generic eidolon figure, or just as a weird monster used to throw off players who think they have every Bestiary memorized.

The sculpt here is a bit meatier than the Padrig figure in Iconic Heroes Set 3. Check out the back view to see Padrig's snake body fading away into clear plastic, taking a cue from his original Wayne Reynolds illustration. The figure twists and turns with some real dynamism, and it's growing on me even more as I sit and look at it now. Yes, he's a weirdo, but he's a fun weirdo. The Eidolon is a rare, Medium figure.

I leave you this week with a look at Balazar and his Eidolon as they face off against the vicious Gargantuan Red Dragon Case Incentive figure from the Dungeons Deep set.

Don't forget to order our most recent Iconic Heroes boxed sets: Iconic Heroes Set 1, Iconic Heroes Set 2, and Iconic Heroes Set 3, all of which are shipping now to paizo.com customers.

Better yet, set up a Pathfinder Battles Ongoing Case Subscription to unlock a whopping 30% discount on Iconic Heroes box purchases (the discount for new subscribers goes into effect only after your first case ships next month). Existing subscribers should also consider ordering the Iconic Heroes sets soon, as they've proven to be very popular and they will not last forever!

There will be no Pathfinder Battles preview blog next week, as we'll all be rolling dice and hanging out with fellow gamers at PaizoCon 2015! I'm going to try to have the entire Dungeons Deep set on display in the Paizo store at the convention, so swing by there to see these awesome figures in person.

I'd also like to remind all PaizoCon attendees that I host an annual Miniatures Trading Afterparty in the hotel bar following the formal close of the show. I'll have a bunch of Pathfinder Battles figures for trade, as well as remnants from my own personal miniatures collection that I'm looking to unload. We've been doing this event for something like 6 years now, and it's always a highlight of the show. Bring any minis (painted preferred, but there's a market in unpainted figures too) you don't want and trade them with other gamers for figures you do. It's awesome, and I'll see you there!

Until then, I remain,

Erik Mona
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UndeadMitch wrote:
I wouldn't mind seeing a prepainted Varian Jeggare and Radovan...

Seconded!

Sovereign Court

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Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:
Bill Redford wrote:

I'd like to see some more minion type creatures like:

4. Female orc Scout (monster codex pg. 169)

That would be great. Paizo has made some of the best looking PPM orcs, but no one has ever made a full-blooded female orc. It would be great to have a couple female orc minis. Not all female orcs are relegated to a breeder role :)

Ilka, on page 19 of Daughter's Fury would also be a great looking orc female mini.

I'd like a mini of the orc woman from the Advanced Race Guide (pg. 140). ^_^


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I'd like to see a Leukodaemon; there's a fair amount of adventures that use them. Really, any of the daemons and devils would be excellent.. qlippoth for that matter (though giving tangible, physical forms to creatures of raw chaos is always a dangerous proposition).


Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:
Bill Redford wrote:

I'd like to see some more minion type creatures like:

4. Female orc Scout (monster codex pg. 169)

That would be great. Paizo has made some of the best looking PPM orcs, but no one has ever made a full-blooded female orc. It would be great to have a couple female orc minis. Not all female orcs are relegated to a breeder role :)

Ilka, on page 19 of Daughter's Fury would also be a great looking orc female mini.

Now that I think about it a bit, although Kor is right that not All orc females are relegated to a breeder role, a lot of them are. How about a couple of "non-combatant" (and I use the term very loosely here) female and juvenile humanoids defending the lair with what they have one hand. I don't know that there is any art for this sort of thing available, but it would be seriously cool.

Shadow Lodge

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Daemons, Devils and qlippoth would always be welcome, but we only recently got a demon heavy set. I would certainly love to see a few scattered through sets. Of course we've been getting a lot of giants too, and I'm not tired of them yet - need the female hill and fire! Go grenseldek!

Rakshasa I too would love a leukodaemon, but I'm not certain the art is a great reference for sculpting from. Awesome art though.

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Lots of good suggestions here.

Keep 'em coming!

Grand Lodge

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Anyone suggest the tobongo yet? Doubles nicely as an extra large treant.


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Erik Mona wrote:

Lots of good suggestions here.

Keep 'em coming!

How about the Slaugrak on page 220 - Monster Codex?


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Erik, are we going to see more peasant/noble minis for the next set(s)? I know some don't like them and prefer more monsters or adventurers, but we use the commonfolk minis, as well.

Sovereign Court

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I know my Desert of Desolation Farmers go really well with all these Squealy Nords. I could have a whole pig-herder encounter. ^_^


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Lots of good suggestions here.

Keep 'em coming!

Well, if you INSIST! ^_~

Akvan
Asurendra
Bandersnatch
Cairn Linnorm
Crag Linnorm
Elysian Titan
Gold Dragon (Gargantuan)
Gorynych
Grootslang
Humbaba
Hungerer
Iathavos
Ice Linnorm
Jinushigami
Juggerloathe
Kaminari
Kongamato
Kraken
Lhaksharut
Nemesis Devil (Advodaza)
Neothelid
Noqual Golem
Obcisidaemon
Scylla
Shoggoth
Silver Dragon (Gargantuan)
Simurgh
Sky Dragon (Gargantuan)
Spine Dragon
Star-Spawn of Cthulhu
Taiga Linnorm
Tarn Linnorm
Tempest Behemoth
Thunder Behemoth
Tor Linnorm
Tzitzimitl
Vvakia
Void Yai
Xacarba
Woundwyrm
Yamaraj
Ypotryll


I just want a large blue dragon and large black dragon. :)

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

I too would like a Large black dragon. ^_^

(No offense to Paizo... I still love Lockwood's blue dragons the best. Paizo's black is way better, though.)

Silver Crusade

Eric how about these:
Warcat of Rull
Aasamir Paladin
figures for all planar races
Male barbarians
Golden Guardian
Grave knight
Crowe Bloodrager Iconic
male swashbucler with rapier


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This doesn't have a page reference, because it's from the web fiction, but how about a riding dog?

Edit: And Appleslayer makes a good candidate because while he's cute as all heck, he also looks to have a bear somewhere in his ancestry.

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Erik Mona wrote:

Lots of good suggestions here.

Keep 'em coming!

Hey Eric, why was there no Friday Pathfinder Battles Preview?

I hope you´re not sick.

If i counted right there is only one unrevealed Dungeon Dressing piece from the Dungeon´s Deep set.

Maybe you could show some actual photos of the whole set/computer rendered minis or a preview from the upcoming "The Rusty Dragon Inn"?

Thx

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

@Marco - Paizo Con was last week, so that's likely why no new post for last week.

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davrion wrote:
@Marco - Paizo Con was last week, so that's likely why no new post for last week.

Nope, Paizo Con was from 22nd to 25th and Eric stated that he would not post a preview then - perfectly understandable.

But 2 weeks in a row no mini news sucks... :-(

Hopefully we will get a reveal of the last missing dungeon dressing piece tomorrow - and there are still lots of minis we have only seen as computer rendering - i hate those.

But thank you for your reply. :-)

Grand Lodge

First week was PaizoCon.
Second week was Book Expo America in New York.
A publisher's work is never done.


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Scribbling Rambler wrote:

First week was PaizoCon.

Second week was Book Expo America in New York.
A publisher's work is never done.

No excuse!

Erik should be feverishly typing away at 3 a.m. from the hotel room making sure we receive our blog. :P

Thanks for all the hard work, Erik! No sarcasm in that last line. :)

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Scribbling Rambler wrote:

First week was PaizoCon.

Second week was Book Expo America in New York.
A publisher's work is never done.

yeah ok but what is the excuse THIS week?

3 weeks no preview...

maybe the last missing Dungeon dressing is monster poop? ;-)


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I'm not sure why no preview this week. I just got my authorization email for my subscription. I'm already getting it, but it'd be nice to finish previews before the date of release if possible though :)

Grand Lodge

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
maybe the last missing Dungeon dressing is monster poop? ;-)

Looks like it's on your face. ;)

Scarab Sages

The left wing of the red dragon seems a little bent in or tucked in more so than the initial digital rendering. Nothing a little hot water treatment can't fix. I've been super impressed with the 3 icon sets that I don't mind paying $30 for 6 minis when they look as good as they do, great stuff.

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