Deadly Foes on the Loose!

Friday, November 4, 2016

We're just a few short weeks away from the November 23rd official release date for Deadly Foes, the newest release in our prepainted plastic Pathfinder Battles line from our partners at WizKids! As I write this, the Paizo warehouse elves (almost certainly drow) are unpacking minis to be sold as singles, prepping case subscriber orders, and overall getting our act together to release everything on time. Meanwhile, I've been sneaking in and stealing figures left and right. What value is there in absolute power if you don't allow it to absolutely corrupt you, at least a little bit?

I'm VERY pleased with how Deadly Foes turned out, and think it's one of our best sets yet. From great facial details to amazing "tampo" stamping of intricate designs (mostly pentagrams), Deadly Foes will soon prove to be just as popular outside the Paizo office as it is inside.

Because you never quite know how these sets are going to turn out until you see final production figures, earlier this afternoon I grabbed two handfuls of my favorite figures from Deadly Foes and ventured outside to take advantage of some rare November sunshine here in Seattle. This gave me the chance for some "candid" photos of the final production figures that I'd like to share with you today.

Here we have the mighty Barzillai Thrune (rare), arch-villain of the Hell's Rebels Adventure Path, leading a horrific ceremony to summon a devil from the depths of Hell. With him, from left to right, are the Fire Diabolist (rare), the Priest of Asmodeus (common), and the Thrune Enforcer (common). In the background we see examples of the set's ultra-rare dungeon dressing pieces, which come 1-2 per case. Here we have two candelabras, the Book of the Damned (which comes off its lectern), and the Hellgate.

Great success! All hail mighty Asmodeus as a Bearded Devil (uncommon) emerges from the Hellgate! What a joyous occasion for the forces of evil! But wait, what's that dark shadow in the flames of the gate? Is something else coming? Perhaps more than the diabolists bargained for?

Oh nooooo! It's an almighty Pit Devil (rare)! Even the evil servants of the diabolical House Thrune are on the run after the appearance of this unwelcome guest! Run awaaaaay!

Speaking of the Pit Devil, here he is standing next to the Fire Demon from Legends of Golarion, by way of a size comparison. Demon? Devil? YOU decide!

Here's a close look at some of the dungeon dressing in Deadly Foes. The Hellgate looks much better to my eyes in hand than on the digital image, since you can make out the writhing bodies of its frame much more easily. And take it from me, they're pretty disturbing. These pieces make for great décor in almost any frightful scene, and I'm eager to add them to my own campaigns.

Hobgoblins are a major creature type in Deadly Foes. Here are a few of them (from left to right): the Hobgoblin Archer, Hobgoblin Cleric, and Hobgoblin Alchemist, all of them commons.

We've been adding characters from the villainous nation of Cheliax to our Pathfinder Battles sets for years, and this set is no exception. Some day soon I'll array all of these figures for a class photo, but here are four from Deadly Foes: the Thrune Enforcer, Priest of Asmodeus, Fire Diabolist, and Barzillai Thrune!

And that's it for this week. Next week I'll show off more Deadly Foes figures "in the wild." Let me know if there are others from the set you'd like to take a closer look at, and I'll do my best to accommodate.

Until then, I remain...

Erik Mona
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Here are pictures of "D&D Icons 6: MM2":

http://wizkids.com/dd-icons-of-the-realms-monster-menagerie-ii/

Boxart minis:
-Half-Gold-Dragon Sorcerer m
-Young Black Dragon L
-Androsphinx L
-Mind Flayer m
-Tiefling Warlock m
-Half Orc Hammerer m
-Iron Golem L
-Beholder L
-White Dragon Wyrmling s

The set will be out on january 25th and contain 44 minis plus Case incentive


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Steve Geddes wrote:
Fixed link

Thanks, Steve.

I don´t know why the links never work, it´s something with Paizos site.

How do you like the incentive?

The minis are mostly irrelevant to me, as i have a ton of them.
Only the

:
Tiefling and as it seems rusty brown Iron Golem
are of interest to me.

You?

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If there's a tiefling, I'll probably hunt down a single of it. I always need more tieflings. ^_^

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Kalindlara wrote:
If there's a tiefling, I'll probably hunt down a single of it. I always need more tieflings. ^_^

You can see it on the back of the box art.

It´s a red-skinned, black-haired female in golden armor with translucent blue spell-effects on both hands - great in conjunction with "Faxon" from Wrath of the Righteous as it looks!

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So Wizkids managed to post preview renders 8 weeks before release, that´s good.

As it is yet 20 weeks till release of "Crown of Fangs", i don´t suppose Erik has all computer renders to show us.

That said, the earlier we´ll see a render of the "Throne Room" case incentive, the better.
Or something else.

I hope we get a preview tomorrow, as it has been 4 weeks since the last one.

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Here are the first two computer renders of a human Wizard and the Tiefling Warlock from the Neverwinter Twitter Account:

https://twitter.com/neverwintergame?lang=de


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Marco Massoudi wrote:

How do you like the incentive?

The minis are mostly irrelevant to me, as i have a ton of them.
Only the ** spoiler omitted **are of interest to me.

You?

I think the incentive will be popular. (I'm still not a fan, but c'est la vie). It certainly seems like these 'scenes' are good value. I'm glad they weren't skimpy with the Rusty Dragon Inn and now this one. Fingers crossed they continue that trend with the Crimson Throne.

I'm peculiar in that I don't like knowing what's in a set before I buy it. For me the enjoyment of opening a case is much, much greater when I'm totally clueless about the contents. As such, I don't put much effort into following the D&D sets (I didn't even read your list of box-art minis, once I realised what it was :p)

If I had more self control, I wouldn't read Erik's Friday blogs, but I get too excited now the sets are so far apart (no way I can not look for six months!) - plus I like the little snippets of how-things-actually-work behind the scenes.

In general, the more monsters and the fewer adventurers the better for me in pretty much any set. I have more than enough figures, but I find that multiple of monsters are still useful - plus those niche creatures that are so annoying early on in ones mini-collecting career are almost always my favorites. Multiple "guys in plate mail" or "elven woman with a bow" don't have much value to me any more.

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There are some adventurer concepts that can be hard to find minis for. I remember it being tough to find rapier-wielding minis for a while, and even now, I think the iconic swashbuckler is the only female one. (I could be wrong on that.)

There are some types that are definitely overfilled, though, at least for us longtime collectors.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

How do you like the incentive?

The minis are mostly irrelevant to me, as i have a ton of them.
Only the ** spoiler omitted **are of interest to me.

You?

I think the incentive will be popular. (I'm still not a fan, but c'est la vie). It certainly seems like these 'scenes' are good value. I'm glad they weren't skimpy with the Rusty Dragon Inn and now this one. Fingers crossed they continue that trend with the Crimson Throne.

I'm peculiar in that I don't like knowing what's in a set before I buy it. For me the enjoyment of opening a case is much, much greater when I'm totally clueless about the contents. As such, I don't put much effort into following the D&D sets (I didn't even read your list of box-art minis, once I realised what it was :p)

If I had more self control, I wouldn't read Erik's Friday blogs, but I get too excited now the sets are so far apart (no way I can not look for six months!) - plus I like the little snippets of how-things-actually-work behind the scenes.

In general, the more monsters and the fewer adventurers the better for me in pretty much any set. I have more than enough figures, but I find that multiple of monsters are still useful - plus those niche creatures that are so annoying early on in ones mini-collecting career are almost always my favorites. Multiple "guys in plate mail" or "elven woman with a bow" don't have much value to me any more.

The description for the "Throne Room" set says that it can hold the other miniatures.

While i don´t think we´ll get an actual room (though using the box interior as one would certainly be possible), it would be nice to get a Flip-Mat (sold seperately) going with this.

I absolutely agree with the "monsters are better than adventurers" statement, but i understand there has to be an appeal for everyone. Rusty Dragon sold so well because a lot of people wanted townsfolk (which i mostly liked) it seems.
But it would be great to do Player minis that we havn´t had yet, which double as monsters like: Drow, Kitsune, Grippli, Wayang, Catfolk, Ratfolk...
Heck, even though i have enough Goblin minis, i would be okay with a Monkey Goblin.
But i (too) don´t need human or elven males or females until they are something special as the Big Bad of a Campaign, Pathfinder Tales characters or something we havn´t seen before in PPM.

PPS: The two pictures on the Neverwinter Twitter account are of the actual minis, not of the renders as i wrote before. ;-)


Really enjoy this set of miniatures. I didn't get an exact count, but we did get at least one of everything. Got 2 pillars and 2 candelabras from the dungeon dressing.

We had two breakages, one was the case incentive starspawn. The wing he was attached to the plastic with had broke off, and one of the center part of a candelabra broke off. Both were very easy fixes and able to be glued back on.

I too had a hard time getting the eagles on the base, but my husband was able to get them on and keep them on so we didn't have to glue them. I did have to glue the clockwork dragon's wings on to keep them from falling off.

Excited to get a sphinx right before my Mummy's Mask group runs into their first sphinx - so great timing :).


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In most of the campaigns I've been in, monsters are not the only things causing trouble for the party. Personally, I think the group of cult Humans and Dwarves is one of the best things in Deadly Foes. And not all human(oid) foes wear their ideology so blatantly on their sleevs. I applaud the Pathfinder line for introducing figures like Nobles, Government Officials, and Commonfolk into the fold. My gaming group is pulling out those minis almost as often as any monsters. Finally getting a decent set of them has been a huge boon to our tabletop gameplay.

I realize that gamemastering and play styles are different among different groups, but if secondary markets are any indication, the NPC minis put out are popular. Some of that may be due to the fine rarity selection job done by Paizo and Wizkids on these pieces. I did notice that after I took out all the cultist, There were only five PC types left in the set, and they were all rare. That was a perfect balance for me, usually I'm trading away the extras, where I find that less often the case with monsters (and cultists and guards).


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Berk the Black wrote:

In most of the campaigns I've been in, monsters are not the only things causing trouble for the party. Personally, I think the group of cult Humans and Dwarves is one of the best things in Deadly Foes. And not all human(oid) foes wear their ideology so blatantly on their sleevs. I applaud the Pathfinder line for introducing figures like Nobles, Government Officials, and Commonfolk into the fold. My gaming group is pulling out those minis almost as often as any monsters. Finally getting a decent set of them has been a huge boon to our tabletop gameplay.

I realize that gamemastering and play styles are different among different groups, but if secondary markets are any indication, the NPC minis put out are popular. Some of that may be due to the fine rarity selection job done by Paizo and Wizkids on these pieces. I did notice that after I took out all the cultist, There were only five PC types left in the set, and they were all rare. That was a perfect balance for me, usually I'm trading away the extras, where I find that less often the case with monsters (and cultists and guards).

It probably wasn't apparent, but I agree completely with this sentiment. Wizkids are doing an excellent job filling a needed market. And, although it's hard to tell 'from the outside looking in', I think Erik is doing a stellar job guiding their choices of rarity in that regard. Over the entire PF Battles line I can only think of a handful of minis I think were the 'wrong' rarity and there's no doubt good reasons for most if not all of those choices.

In saying I prefer monsters over civilised-humanoid-types I was speaking personally - I recently did a stocktake and have a shade over 2500 minis with almost a thousand individual sculpts. I was saying that I don't want any more, not that Wizkids shouldn't produce any more.

(The same is true for the non-combatant figures like villagers, livestock, etcetera - they have zero value to me, but I agree it's been a sorely neglected niche with a substantial pent-up demand. I think that's reflected in the secondary market).

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Three new pictures of actual MM2 minis are up on Wizkids facebook account:

:
-a Ghast in gold armor that would look really good as a Leng Ghoul
-a green-skinned ORC with big tusks & a big hammer
-a grey-skinned ORC with a top-knot & broadsword

https://www.facebook.com/wizkids/photos/pcb.10154418600804079/1015441857353 4079/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/wizkids/photos/pcb.10154418600804079/1015441857357 4079/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/wizkids/photos/pcb.10154418600804079/1015441857371 9079/?type=3&theater


Marco,

Your links don't work.


Maybe I missed the memo, are Deadly Foes singles just not for sale anymore?

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Mark_Twain007 wrote:
Maybe I missed the memo, are Deadly Foes singles just not for sale anymore?

Last time i looked, all but the Giant Eagle were sold out.

Paizo only kept a small number in stock and re-stocked one time, because in the past they opend up so many boosters, that they still have lots of single minis from the older sets in stock.

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