The Ultimate Evil

Monday, April 9, 2018

Well, folks, we did it. We made it through the Jungle of Despair, and with a whole month to spare before the Pathfinder Battles set releases at the end of April! Along the way, we faced many challenges, from monsters and Darklands societies to pit traps and summoning pillars, but the greatest threat we faced was the final one, remember? Let me refresh your memory.

In the Mwangi Jungle, the greatest force of evil is the gorilla king, Ruthazek (he got his own mini in the Legends of Golarion set). From his throne in Usaro, the Gorilla King rules a nation of demon-worshiping apes and charau-ka, which he sends to torment the peaceful people of the Mwangi Expanse. Leading these armies are mighty, four-armed apes with distinctive white fur, represented here as the thrall of Angazhan. A Large, uncommon figure, the thrall of Angazhan is the final figure eagle-eyed fans might have seen on the box art.

Aiding us in this battle against the ultimate evil were two forces of goodness, one from a distant corner of Golarion, and the other from blessed Elysium. The latter, the noble azata knight, makes it her mission to hunt fiends, evil dragons, and undead with equal vigor. It is thus no surprise that she graced us with her presence, though I'd describe that as a Medium rare occurance.

Finally, from the distant continent of Tian Xia far to the east (and west, I guess, if you go the long way around), is the graceful kirin. This Large rare figure is right at home in the jungle, especially the air above the kaiju-filled Valashmai Jungle, but can oppose the schemes of evil spirits like hags and oni in any environment. Though rare, some kirin have even served as the flying mounts of particularly worthy cavaliers, paladins, or samurai.

With the aid of both azata and kirin, we overcame all adversity, and ensured the forces of Angazhan did not spread beyond their accursed, ruined jungle citadel. We have vanquished the despair from the jungle! Sort of.

Just because I've now revealed the entire set, that doesn't mean the adventure has to end here. Check back next week for more discussion of our miniature offerings. Whatever could we be exploring next?

Mark Moreland
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Oh hey, it does have four arms.


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A solid finish to the set composition. The Thrall of Angazhan is wicked looking, much more fearsome looking than the “feral” Girallon that have been made in the past. And, at uncommon, I should get a couple. this makes me happy.


I'm always excited to get more real-world folklore monsters, and the kirin is a fantastic way to conclude this set's previews. It'll go well alongside a couple of tanukis, and maybe I'll use it as a sort of anti-Wendigo in my home campaign.

Thanks for getting through the whole set so quickly, Mark. I'm looking forward to whatever next week's update brings.


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I can't say that there's any one mini in this set that excites me... but I find myself ordering the case anyway because of the richness of variety. As a total case, it's a good set because it has so many unusual things in it. A case like this every once in a while is a good thing.

Good job, Paizo.


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Wizkids put up pictures of the finished miniatures on their site:

Jungle of Despair

I think they look pretty good, but you can judge for yourself. I was really impressed with the Hydra.

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This is a REALLY slick looking set.

I may go ahead and just preorder a whole case from my FLGS and I NEVER do that.


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Berk the Black wrote:

Wizkids put up pictures of the finished miniatures on their site:

Jungle of Despair

I think they look pretty good, but you can judge for yourself. I was really impressed with the Hydra.

Thanks for the link!

Yep, the tiger and lion will look great .... when remounted on medium bases.


Swiftbrook wrote:
Berk the Black wrote:

Wizkids put up pictures of the finished miniatures on their site:

Jungle of Despair

I think they look pretty good, but you can judge for yourself. I was really impressed with the Hydra.

Thanks for the link!

Yep, the tiger and lion will look great .... when remounted on medium bases.

Yeah... They're way small even though they look nice. A+ on the set, otherwise!


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Regarding Lions and Tigers..

Per the site, Live Science:

Lions: The African lion is 4.5 to 6.5 feet (1.4 to 2 meters) long from its head to its rump, and its tail measures from 26.25 to 39.5 inches (67 to 100 centimeters) long. African lions typically weigh 265 to 420 lbs. (120 to 191 kilograms).

Asiatic lions tend to be much bigger, according to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). They weigh 300 to 500 lbs. (120 to 226 kg) and are 6.56 to 9.18 feet (200 to 280 cm) long. Their tails measure 23.62 to 35.43 inches (60 to 90 cm).

Tigers: On average, tigers are 4.8 to 9.5 feet (1.5 to 2.9 m) long and weigh 165 to 716 lbs. (75 to 325 kilograms). The largest tigers, the Siberian, also called Amur, are 10.75 feet (3.3 meters) long and weigh 660 lbs. (300 kg), according to National Geographic. The smallest tiger is the Sumatran tiger. They grow to 5 to 12 feet (1.5 to 3.7 m) and weigh 143-670 lbs. (65-305 kg), according to the Woodland Park Zoo. Tigers also have very long tails, which can add 2.3 to 3.6 feet (0.7 to 1.1 m) to their overall length.

I don't know how these miniatures measure up to these measurements. I get the sense that many folks think these big cats are bigger than they really are. I haven't been to the zoo in some time, but I remember being surprised by how short the male lion appears.

Having said all that, when it comes to miniatures, my preference is always bigger is better. When portraying real-life creatures with a rather broad size variable, I prefer they come down on the larger size. More plastic means more surface area to paint; I find that often times the bigger pieces look really great.

As for Dire versions of the big cats, they are often significantly larger, per the Bestiaries. I find it easier to just grab a Papo, Sleich or Safari Ltd. version. I'd rather present a creature closer to Huge size than simply a souped-up Large piece.


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I also would like to request that one of the Con-variants this year or next be a white tiger.

Dark Archive

SET LIST:
COMMON:
01: Pixie
02: Mold Runt (Vegepygmie)
03: Dryad
04: Metal Cobra (Iron Cobra)
05: Azata Wilder (Bralani Eladrin)
06: Giant Ant
07: Morlock
08: Giant Leech
09: Nymph
10: River Drake (Bestiary 3)
11: Sabosan (Bestiary 3)
12: Elf Druid
13: Serpentfolk Hunter (Bestiary 2 & Monster Codex)

#1-9 are all creatures from the Bestiary.

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UNCOMMON:
14: Eagle
15: Vulture (Bestiary 3)
16: Winged Chupacabra (Bestiary 2 & Serpents Skull #1)
17: Yellow Musk Creeper
18: Elf Assassin (NPC Codex)
19: Tanuki (Bestiary 3)
20: Morlock Cleric
21: Human Hunter
22: Serpentfolk Rogue (Bestiary 2 & Monster Codex)
23: Serpentfolk Cleric (Bestiary 2 & Monster Codex)
24: Ravenous Qlippoth (Nyogoth, Bestiary 2)

25: ASSASSIN VINE
26: SHAMBLER (SHAMBLING MOUND)
27: LION
28: TIGER
29: COUATL
30: CLAY GOLEM
31: THRALL OF ANGAZHAN (ANGAZHANI/HIGH GIRALLON, Heart of the Jungle)
32: INFECTIOUS QLIPPOTH (CHERNOBUE, Bestiary 2)

#14, 17, 20, 25-30 are all creatures from the Bestiary.

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RARE:
33: Gongorinan Qlippoth (Bestiary 6)
34: Venom Daemon (Piscodaemon, Bestiary 2)
35: Azata Knight (Ghaele Eladrin)
36: Human Ranger
37: Dwarf Explorer
38: Human Arcanist
39: Human Paladin
40: Serpentfolk Wizard (Bestiary 2 & Serpents Skull #6)

41: HOLLOW SERPENT (Bestiary 3)
42: THULGANT QLIPPOTH (Bestiary 2)
43: KIRIN (Bestiary 3)
44: ASTRADAEMON (Bestiary 2)

#35 is from the Bestiary.


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Iknow Mr. Moreland said the Apparatus of the Octopus was big, but it didn’t really sink in until I saw the pictures of all the dressing for this set together. It actually looks like it could hold two medium creatures! Awesome.


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Berk the Black wrote:

Wizkids put up pictures of the finished miniatures on their site:

Jungle of Despair

I think they look pretty good, but you can judge for yourself. I was really impressed with the Hydra.

I have my set in hand now. I took some comparison pictures to show how this set rates, if you are interested:

Jungle of Despair Review

Spoiler alert, it’s pretty awesome!

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