Things Get Weird

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Well folks, we did it. We made it to the final Pathfinder Battles: Kingmaker preview. Were there delays and complications along the way? Sure. But no kingdom rises from nothing without pain and struggle. And I couldn't have done it without you, fair citizens. Your taxes will go to the establishment of nothing but the finest of statues in my hon—...wait, it wasn't me that got king-made? That means I have to do my job and show off these last few minis, doesn't it?

We're left now with six unrevealed figures that exemplify some of the weirder fantasy elements in the Kingmaker campaign, so I won't bore you with further theatrics. Just imagine what would happen if a bunch of drunk proto-deities made a first draft of the world, threw in some magic and glitter, and then sort of left their creations to evolve in isolation for a few millennia. That's how you end up with things like the strange (but incredibly cute) fey dragon, a Small common figure. How does something so silly looking even fit into an ecosystem without going extinct? By having magic powers, that's how!

It's not the only creature in the set tainted by magic and a pastel filter. Check out this dwoemercat, a creation of none other than Ed Greenwood, for the very first volume of Kingmaker. What better size and rarity could one ask for in a dwoemercat than Medium and common, respectively? No better size and rarity, I say!

Are you liking the fuzzies? Here's another new fuzzy, albeit a waterlogged one. The fur on an ahuizotl clumps to form weird little spikes, hence its name, which translates to "spiny aquatic thing" according to Wikipedia. Originating in Aztec myth, these Large rare cuties like human flesh, “especially nails, eyes, and teeth.” YUM!

But wait! It gets cuter! Who's a good boy? Trollhound's a good boy! Yes he is! Look at that well maintained coat of luxuriant mussed hair and thick hide of trollish green. He's even trained: "Roll over! Sit! Don't eat me!" Well, two out of three isn't bad. Cue Sarah McLachlan music. Give this poor creature a home, because every Medium uncommon figure deserves a chance to murder PCs.

Ok, I admit I may have gone overboard with the whole "things get weird" blog theme, but I'm committed now, so there's no stopping me. Spider-man himself couldn't put an end to my antics! Not even Pathfinder's own version of Spider-man, the web lurker. Less an awkward nerd bitten by a radioactive spider and thrust into a life of crime fighting, secret identities, and heartbreak than a literal man-spider, the web lurker is a Medium common figure who can't wait to be your friendly neighborhood aberrant horror.

Finally, we have the weirdest addition to the set yet, as saving the best for last seemed appropriate: a danged-old gnome! Here, good reader, we have a fine specimen of pedantic, pompous, and generally insufferable gnome alchemist, the inimitable Jubilost Narthropple. In his myriad published works, he makes an irrefutable case for being the best companion in not only Pathfinder: Kingmaker, but in the entirety of Golarion and the history of CRPGs as well. It is only fitting, then, that he offset his Small size with an uncommon rarity, so that no adventuring party suffers the indignity of not having him along to tell them everything they're doing wrong.

Pathfinder Battles: Kingmaker comes out on October 24 in game stores everywhere! Don't miss it! Your king commands it!

Mark Moreland
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Huzzah!


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The fey dragon is Tiny (which some on Small bases), but also very well painted for its size. I'm pleased to have five of them.

There's been some complaining about the dwoemercat paint, and seeing the render, I can see why. Part of the issue is that some of the paint details are dark purple on darker purple, so the end result is that only the white stands out. But... it stands out badly, because where in the render there's a rainbow of fruit flavours spread over the spine and tail, in the final product there's just a smear of whit, thickly applied. A drybrushing technique would have gone a long distance here. Still, it's a common, so we all know they're meant to be churned out in bulk.

Overall I continue to be satisfied by this set. My main complaints are actually the manticore whose face just looks... odd, and the elf ghost, whose green paint just doesn't work for me and I think it should have been translucent plastic instead.

Thanks for the post of the renders, since "preview" doesn't really apply.

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Anguish wrote:
Thanks for the post of the renders, since "preview" doesn't really apply.

I TRIED!!!

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Thanks, Mark.

Can we get a Starfinder Miniatures Blog next week?

The four pre-painted packs

-Starfinder Miniatures Iconic Heroes Set 1
-Starfinder Miniatures Iconic Heroes Set 2
-Starfinder Miniatures Corpse Fleet
-Starfinder Miniatures Pact Worlds Fleet

are in stock at Paizo's warehouse according to Jeff Alvarez.

So i guess these will be going out with the november shippments, starting next monday.

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When we have a chance to get good photos of them, I'll post about it in a blog. If that's after they start shipping to customers, then that's a bonus for those customers!


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Mark Moreland wrote:
Anguish wrote:
Thanks for the post of the renders, since "preview" doesn't really apply.
I TRIED!!!

Sorry, to be clear, that wasn't passive-aggressive. It was a genuine thanks, but I tend to (try to be) linguistically accurate, so I... Sigh. Bottom line, text didn't convey tone. Again, sorry.

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Anguish wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
Anguish wrote:
Thanks for the post of the renders, since "preview" doesn't really apply.
I TRIED!!!
Sorry, to be clear, that wasn't passive-aggressive. It was a genuine thanks, but I tend to (try to be) linguistically accurate, so I... Sigh. Bottom line, text didn't convey tone. Again, sorry.

I know. I was trying to make light of the situation. We're cool.

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The render for the dweomercat looks gorgeous. ^_^


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Kalindlara wrote:
The render for the dweomercat looks gorgeous. ^_^

Sadly, the paint job is not up to the render...but the render does make it clear that a modification with some appropriate paint would be fairly easy for those of us who still paint minis on occasion.

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For those interested in the dungeon dressing (and others of course), CoolStuffInc has the singles up for pre-order.

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Singles for Kingmaker should also go live today on paizo

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Feros wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
The render for the dweomercat looks gorgeous. ^_^
Sadly, the paint job is not up to the render...but the render does make it clear that a modification with some appropriate paint would be fairly easy for those of us who still paint minis on occasion.

Oh, I know about the paint job. T-T Just trying to keep my post positive.

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Kalindlara wrote:
Feros wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
The render for the dweomercat looks gorgeous. ^_^
Sadly, the paint job is not up to the render...but the render does make it clear that a modification with some appropriate paint would be fairly easy for those of us who still paint minis on occasion.
Oh, I know about the paint job. T-T Just trying to keep my post positive.

*headpats*


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I wish Nok-Nok had been included in this set, so I could pick up the single to use with his Card Game character. Any plans for him to appear at some point?

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
I wish Nok-Nok had been included in this set, so I could pick up the single to use with his Card Game character. Any plans for him to appear at some point?

If I can, I will. He's certainly high on my figure wishlist.

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miniaturemarket has the Starfinder prepainted packs for sale & they look REALLY good!

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New article & pictures of the "Falling Star" sailing ship mini at ICV2.


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did my unboxing yesterday:
doesn’t look half as bad as some comments suggested, but maybe I‘m just getting old (my eyes are old and bent)

the box got heavily squashed in transit, but no breakage.
one small or medium was missing in a booster, by the looks only a common.


Picked a few minis from online source and I can say that those I got were a heck of a lot better than some similar from older sets I have. The fey dragon beats the pants off the D&D mini of the same type, and my grippli character likes the new giant frog better than the one we've been using. I'll likely pick up a few here and there that I need. Hopefully we'll get more good takes like this.

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Mark Moreland wrote:
When we have a chance to get good photos of them, I'll post about it in a blog. If that's after they start shipping to customers, then that's a bonus for those customers!

It looks like the Starfinder PPM Packs will start shipping on november 26th (with the december new releases) from the Paizo warehouse.

I have seen some pictures of the packs and heard from some people who've seen them in stores and it seems that they are of very good quality, both in paintjob and durability.

I think there are a lot of potential buyers once people see how good these are.

It would be great, if you can manage to put up some pictures!
If you're short on time, i can write the starship & iconics entries, just let me know. ;-)


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can we please not have a long pause till the regular previews for the next set start?
just in case of stuff...
like tech troubles, sickness, the dog eating the HD with the digital renders etc.

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Yeah, there is enough stuff coming out like the PFB unpanted minis, Starfinder prepainted packs & PF 2.0 iconics, but there are no blogs about them... ;-(


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Unpanted minis eh? That's going to make for some interesting conversation at the table. ;)

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I rarely post here, but like many of you, I stop by on a regular basis hoping to get my fix with the Pathfinder Battles previews. Unfortunately, the previews are few and far between these days. The previews are a great way to stoke discussion and build excitement for the upcoming releases. I don't want to beat up on Mark, but no previews means diminished anticipation for the next set. Couple this with what in my opinion has been a regression of WizKids' Pathfinder prepaints to the level of the D&D line, and I must admit that my zeal for Pathfinder Battles has taken a significant hit.

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The Pathfinder 2.0 minis are now called
Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes Evolved.

They will be the next upcoming Paizo miniatures product in january.


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I like that new look for Harsk.

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Fumarole wrote:
I like that new look for Harsk.

Harsk is now a blonde, because blondes get all the fun. ;-)

He also is finally a two-weapon-fighting ranger, something that makes more sense in PF 1.0 than in the PF Playtest.

I also likes the look of Kyra with those puffy trousers and flowing robes, which is a realistic look for hot environments.

The rest of the renders look very bad.

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