The Magnificent 7 of Set 6

Friday, February 12, 2016

It's Friday, and I've got some delightful news to share with you! I'm pleased to report that last week, WizKids sent Paizo the first batch of digital sculpts for our next, as-yet-unannounced Pathfinder Battles set, and they are PHENOMENAL. A few of our editors looked over my shoulder as I flipped through them the first time, and one even suggested that this may turn out to be the best Pathfinder Battles set yet. I certainly agree that, at the very least, it's in the same league as some of our very best sets!

And just wait until you see the case incentive(s)! You guys are going to FREAK!

Of course, the set has not yet been announced (that happens VERY soon), and the sculpts are still in approvals, so I can't quite show them off just yet.

But don't despair! I do have some delightful images to show off of actual figure photos of miniatures from Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Set 6, which is now available in stores and here on Paizo.com! This set is especially interesting in that it comes with one "extra" figure to help us round out the complete list of iconic characters revealed in Pathfinder RPG hardcovers up to the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide!

Check 'em out!

Here we've got Quinn, Human Investigator, one of my absolute favorites from the entire Iconic Heroes line (the other one probably being Oloch, from Iconic Heroes Set 5. From his perfectly applied eyes and facial details to the huge amount of well-painted gear, this figure has it all. It's also amazingly versatile, and can double easily as numerous characters, from spellcasters to rogues to swashbucklers, from heroes to villains alike. Quinn is COOOOOL, and I'm thrilled to add him not just to the Iconic Heroes line, but also to my own personal miniatures collection!

This is the one we've been waiting for ever since the original Feiya, Human Witch turned out something short of everyone's expectations back in the Reign of Winter set. The recent replacement figure WizKids randomly inserted into The Rusty Dragon Inn boosters was a minor improvement, but really revealed that the culprit was a weak face sculpt overall. There just aren't enough details on that face for painters to pick out, resulting in, well, let's just call her a "very happy" Feiya and leave it at that. I'm personally very happy to reveal that the second time is the charm (thanks in no small part to the shift to digital sculpting), and this version of Feiya suffers from none of the problems that marred her first appearance. Her face looks fantastic this time around, and her new "in the middle of battle" pose suits, her, as well. When you're trying to decide which witch to use, I think you'll find this is a witch worth making a switch. Ahem.

Of course, a witch isn't much without her familiar, so in this set we've also included Daji, Feiya's fox familiar. Daji has a neat mid-stride pose that differentiates him from the previous Fox miniature in Reign of Winter, and honesty the two foxes go together well for an animal encounter, if you don't want to use it as a familiar. Either way, folks seem to love them some animals, and Iconic Heroes Set 6 contains one of the most lovable to date.

Do you like your men bare-chested and a bit on the "goth" side? This figure is the answer to all of your (probably very adult-oriented) dreams! Seltyiel has his big magus sword ready for a skillful attack, and you just know his thin lips are about to let loose an absolutely cutting insult. I'm currently writing this character in our Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain comic from Dynamite, and having a blast. He's pretty much a villain (or, if you prefer, an "anti-hero") in the comic, but on your game table he can be whatever you want him to be. Good guy, bad guy, maybe a little of both...

Back in the ancient days, when the then very small Paizo editorial staff was brainstorming iconic characters, we decided that we wanted our iconic halfling bard to have awesome sideburns. "You know," we said, "like Lemmy in Mötorhead." When his illustration came in, I think it was James L. Sutter who suggested "Why don't we just call him Lem?" And a legend was born. I really appreciate the way this version of Lem, Halfling Bard is captured mid-song. Very useful for a bard figure. Alternatively, pair Lem with the Dwarf Bard drummer, the Half-Elf Bard violinist, and some Dancing Girls from The Rusty Dragon Inn, and you've got a ready-made concert!

We couldn't finish the Iconic Heroes sets without our two Asian-inspired iconics from Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Combat, of course! These guys don't get quite the same love as our standard iconics, largely because they represent sub-classes rather than full core classes, but that's pedantic inside baseball talk. They're still super cool, and they deserve some love. Reiko, Human Ninja comes in a sweet battle pose, a chain dangling between her two blades. She's definitely a cool killer you don't want to run into in a dark alley. But if you do, at least you'll now have a miniature to commemorate the encounter!

Last up this week is Hayato, Human Samurai! With his banner, lamellar armor, helmet, and more, Hayato is perhaps the most detailed of artist Wayne Reynolds's many iconic characters. I'm happy to report that WizKids is up to the challenge, and have delivered a fantastic rendition of the character in Iconic Heroes Set 6. Their efforts, as Hayato himself might say, are most honorable.

All seven figures come with unique cards for use with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and all are produced at the highest possible quality allowed by the manufacturing process. Now that we've completed all of the Iconic Heroes sets in our original plan, I can say that I am very proud of the work both Paizo and WizKids have put into making these among the finest prepainted plastic gaming figures ever produced. We've done, I think, an excellent job, and have set quality standards it will be difficult for anyone else to match or exceed. But we'll keep trying, of course!

But wait, I can hear you gasp. Is set 6 really the final Iconic Heroes set?

That, my friends, remains to be seen. We've had a few discussions with WizKids about what comes next, but nothing has yet been decided officially. I can say that WizKids is watching sales of these sets very closely, so if you'd like to see more of them, the best possible thing you can do is purchase the ones we've already released. We'd all love to produce figures for the Occult Adventures iconics, or both versions of the vigilante class from Ultimate Intrigue (or heck, maybe even a "We Be Goblins" or "Iconic Villains" set), but those decisions are not entirely up to me—they're up to the market.

I'm at ToyFair in New York City this weekend, where I'll be discussing this and even more diabolical plans in person with our friends at WizKids. I hope to be able to report big things soon!

But more importantly, we're very very close to the announcement of the next big set, and that means we start the preview train all over again here, every Friday.

Don't forget to bring lots of coal so we can keep this engine HOT!

Until then, I remain,

Erik Mona
Publisher

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Full box art from the next wizkids minis set: (sadly not yet Pathfinder)

http://wizkids.com/dd-icons-of-the-realms-monster-menagerie/?mc_cid=03fb53d f0a&mc_eid=37cc15a35c

I can identify Hommett Shaw and a Dryad.

The large worm-like creature seems to be an "Ice Worm" and the medium burning fire sorcerer type has a "Jann" likeness.

Wizkids released this 18 h ago - i got slow. ;-)


Marco Massoudi wrote:

Full box art from the next wizkids minis set: (sadly not yet Pathfinder)

http://wizkids.com/dd-icons-of-the-realms-monster-menagerie/?mc_cid=03fb53d f0a&mc_eid=37cc15a35c

I can identify Hommett Shaw and a Dryad.

The large worm-like creature seems to be an "Ice Worm" and the medium burning fire sorcerer type has a "Jann" likeness.

Wizkids released this 18 h ago - i got slow. ;-)

Thanks again for your ability to find these so quickly :)

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Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

Full box art from the next wizkids minis set: (sadly not yet Pathfinder)

http://wizkids.com/dd-icons-of-the-realms-monster-menagerie/?mc_cid=03fb53d f0a&mc_eid=37cc15a35c

I can identify Hommett Shaw and a Dryad.

The large worm-like creature seems to be an "Ice Worm" and the medium burning fire sorcerer type has a "Jann" likeness.

Wizkids released this 18 h ago - i got slow. ;-)

Thanks again for your ability to find these so quickly :)

I wrote you an email a few minutes ago. :-)

By the way:
I call the first minis from the next Battles set:

Red Mantis Assassin! *

* based on a comment from Vic Wertz (speculation from my side) and a comment on the boards that the AP after Strange Aeons involves them.


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The large worm-like creature seems to be an "Ice Worm" and the medium burning fire sorcerer type has a "Jann" likeness.

I think the worm-creature is a Young Remorhaz. I have no idea about the other, so for now I'm going with Jann as well :)

www.minisgallery.com/dnd/dnd5.htm


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Have you guys thought about making an alternate colored Reiko as a Paizo exclusive? Players might want to have a group of ninja in their adventures as adversaries.

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MGX wrote:
Have you guys thought about making an alternate colored Reiko as a Paizo exclusive? Players might want to have a group of ninja in their adventures as adversaries.

Everybody needs a neon green ninja!

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Vic Wertz wrote:
MGX wrote:
Have you guys thought about making an alternate colored Reiko as a Paizo exclusive? Players might want to have a group of ninja in their adventures as adversaries.
Everybody needs a neon green ninja!

Seconded! ;-)

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THE RUSTY DRAGON INN HAS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT (CASES, BRICKS & BOOSTERS)!!!

Only the "Tavern Bar" remains.

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Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:
The large worm-like creature seems to be an "Ice Worm" and the medium burning fire sorcerer type has a "Jann" likeness.

I think the worm-creature is a Young Remorhaz. I have no idea about the other, so for now I'm going with Jann as well :)

www.minisgallery.com/dnd/dnd5.htm

You were right with the YR and the Lich.

On another note, my local dealer just contacted me that the entire print run of "The Rusty Dragon Inn" has sold out!

There will however be a second printing in may.

Good news.

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Wizkids have shared 2 new actual miniature pictures from the upcoming MM set on their facebook page.

The large "Bat-Swarm" which is "flying" on a clear post but leaves enough space on the base to place a medium or small miniature (or 2) there.
And the medium "Werewolf" mini.
There will be 2 more Ravenloft minis in the set:
"Count Strahd von Zarevich" and an unnamed new "Hunter" character from the Adventure module "Curse of Strahd" (out on march 15th).


Marco Massoudi wrote:

Wizkids have shared 2 new actual miniature pictures from the upcoming MM set on their facebook page.

The large "Bat-Swarm" which is "flying" on a clear post but leaves enough space on the base to place a medium or small miniature (or 2) there.
And the medium "Werewolf" mini.
There will be 2 more Ravenloft minis in the set:
"Count Strahd von Zarevich" and an unnamed new "Hunter" character from the Adventure module "Curse of Strahd" (out on march 15th).

I also found a picture of a "vampire" on their main website.

http://www.minisgallery.com/dnd/dnd5.htm

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2nd week without preview. ;-(


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I'm so ready for the announcement of what the next set is.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
2nd week without preview. ;-(

:(


I picked up set 6 and just wanted to say the quality of the sculpts and paint jobs is amazing. My only question is why does Seltyiel have light gray skin? I thought he was an elf; is he half-drow or something?

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Kor - Orc Scrollkeeper wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

Wizkids have shared 2 new actual miniature pictures from the upcoming MM set on their facebook page.

The large "Bat-Swarm" which is "flying" on a clear post but leaves enough space on the base to place a medium or small miniature (or 2) there.
And the medium "Werewolf" mini.
There will be 2 more Ravenloft minis in the set:
"Count Strahd von Zarevich" and an unnamed new "Hunter" character from the Adventure module "Curse of Strahd" (out on march 15th).

I also found a picture of a "vampire" on their main website.

http://www.minisgallery.com/dnd/dnd5.htm

Wizkids have shown a pic of a flying "Succubus" on a clear stick on their facebook page 20 min ago.


In regards to the pictures they've been using for Monster Menagerie, any chance Wizkids will release these type of close-up photos of actual miniatures for the next Pathfinder Battles set? I realize it's much too early for this sort of thing at this stage in development, but perhaps a few months leading up to the release? Just wondering.

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For paizo.com, all the Pathfinder Battles miniatures product photos are done in house (the most recent ones by yours truly, hi!). The unfortunate thing about digital photography and prepainted minis is that getting close-up to the miniatures doesn't translate terribly well to how they look and feel in hand. If you have feedback on the images we provide, I'm happy to take it into account when photographing the next set :)


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Chris, you and the others responsible for pics have always done a great job spoiling the new sets before they come out. It seems Wizkids is putting forth an effort to advertise the D&D line a bit more, but they still lack the marvelous articles yielding insight into these sets that Erik and crew have been providing us on a regular basis. Just keep doing what you all have been doing so well so far!

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There are 2 new pics of the D&D minis online on the facebook pages of wizkids & D&D:
A better pic of the mimic (looking like Gene Simmons) and one of a large Phase Spider (which you can only see from behind, so no face shot).

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For anyone that has not seen it: there is a "Pathfinder Battles Summer 2016 release" page up, with an "image coming soon" box art.
So i guess we will get a preview this friday.

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3rd week without a preview.
I am very disapointed and will concentrate myself on the D&D set now.


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I was really hoping for a preview by this week, too.


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Yeah bummer. I finally got my case just a bit ago though, so that offset a little :)

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There is a new preview picture from D&Ds Monster Menagerie set (out in april) on their twitter account:

The Rakshasa.

http://plasticrypt.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5619&st=0&sk=t &sd=a&start=120

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

There is a new preview picture from D&Ds Monster Menagerie set (out in april) on their twitter account:

The Rakshasa.

Link (scroll down for referenced image).

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https://m.facebook.com/dungeonsanddragons/

Pics of the incredibly cool looking Remorhaz and Bulette!


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With Wizkids spilling the beans a little bit about the next Pathfinder Battles Set, I'm guessing we should get a whopper of a blog tomorrow from Erik!

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Berk the Black wrote:
With Wizkids spilling the beans a little bit about the next Pathfinder Battles Set, I'm guessing we should get a whopper of a blog tomorrow from Erik!

It looks like the Pathfinder Battles preview blog is dead...


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There wouldn't be much point beginning previews now for a set to be released in October. They'd become pretty dull within a few months, I suspect.

I'm personally still hoping ICv2 got hold of the wrong end of the stick and that the PF set will, in fact, be coming out in summer and the October release is the next D&D Icons release date.

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Steve Geddes wrote:

There wouldn't be much point beginning previews now for a set to be released in October. They'd become pretty dull within a few months, I suspect.

I'm personally still hoping ICv2 got hold of the wrong end of the stick and that the PF set will, in fact, be coming out in summer and the October release is the next D&D Icons release date.

Luckily we got a preview now. :-)

It looks like we will get 2 D&D sets in a row:
-Monster Menagerie in april
-and an yet untitled "Icons of the realms set 5" in july (miniaturemarket has it listed and mtgandmore had it lidted a month ago).

Then "Deadly Foes" in october.

So it looks like a minis release every 3 month!

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