Don't Go Beyond The Wall

Monday, June 8, 2020

Well, Pathfinders, we did it. We’ve made it to the final preview blog of the forthcoming Pathfinder Battles: City of Lost Omens set of prepainted plastic miniatures from our friends at WizKids. As each of our previews thus far have featured a theme, I couldn’t resist finishing out the series with a look at some of the monstrous inhabitants of the Isle of Kortos who can challenge parties venturing beyond Absalom’s impenetrable walls.

Illustration by Dmitry Prosvirnin

Three major groups of mythological creatures make their homes on the planes and mountains of the Isle of Kortos, so it seemed only fitting to ensure they were each represented in this set. First among them are the centaurs, who are not as openly hostile as the other two but who nevertheless keep a wide berth between themselves and the humanoids of Absalom. Taking advantage of our final “weapon swap” slot in the set, the Centaur Outrider, comes in both sword- and spear-wielding varieties, each taking up one of the Large uncommon rarity spots in the set.

Next are the minotaurs, brought to the Isle of Kortos by the legendary general, Voradni Voon, in the 23 AR when he started the first siege on the newly founded Absalom. While Voon doesn’t appear in this set (though now that I’ve mentioned it, I’m sure Erik will mandate that he appear in a future release), we nevertheless couldn’t do the Starstone Isle without at least one. This is far from the first minotaur we’ve included in Pathfinder Battles sets, but is the first since the release of Pathfinder Second Edition. The Minotaur is a Large uncommon figure.

Last among the creatures historically said to live among the Kortos Mounts are the sinister harpies, whose songs mean death to any who venture too close to their aeries. The Pathfinder Bestiary presented a male harpy as its featured illustration, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to represent that for the first time in glorious plastic. The Harpy is a Medium common figure. We also requested WizKids make us a “tropical” version of the same figure, with darker skin and more colorful plumage. To my knowledge, we’ve never explicitly said that harpies living in the jungle or on the rocky shores of tropical islands don’t take after the local humanoid and avian populations in their coloration, so why not? These variant harpies will be released as a promotional figure at a future date that is yet to be determined.

Not all threats on the Isle of Kortos have their own societies like the centaurs, minotaurs, and harpies do. Some are just mindless beasts created in ages past from the corpses of soldiers felled in failed sieges upon the City at the Center of the World. One such menace is the Zombie Brute, a Large uncommon figure. This gross guy features perhaps my favorite take on zombies in any medium because it has apparently ripped its arm out of its socket and now wields the appendage as a club.

The next two figures are decidedly less person-shaped. One is a staple of fantasy gaming since the turn of the millennia, and the other is a new creation in Pathfinder Second Editon. Here is the Chu’ulothi, a Large uncommon figure, perfect for challenging parties sailing the seas or exploring the coastline of the Starstone Isle, and the Krooth, also a Large uncommon offering, also known as a crocodile eater. Since none of the players at your table are playing crocodile characters, they’ll be fine, I’m sure.

Okay, I’ll admit it. I couldn’t quite find a fit in these themed blogs for every figure in the set. Four figures and one piece of dungeon dressing just didn’t make sense anywhere else. So here they are, to round out our previews of the set. First is the Glimmerling, an urban fey creature that looks an awful lot like a street urchin. He’s a Small common. Next is the Knight of the Aeon Star, a Medium uncommon figure. Note her crystalline sword. That’s a replica of the sword Aroden wielded. Maybe we’ll do an adventure featuring that soon! If you look closely at the cover of said adventure, you’ll note a statue of a famous (not to mention dead) founder of the city. Now you can include this statue in your games, especially that forthcoming adventure I mentioned before.

Our last two figures are among the most impressive in the set, both Medium rare offerings. Behold the Naiad Queen and Balisse Angel. While not likely enemies to a band of good-intentioned adventurers, neither is a creature you particularly want to cross.

And that wraps up our figure-by-figure look at Pathfinder Battles: City of Lost Omens, coming later this month! Next week, we’ll jump right into our very first look at the debut figures in the Starfinder Battles line, launching in July! Until then, Pathfinders, stay safe, roll high, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

Mark Moreland
Director of Brand Strategy

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Silver Crusade

I had never really paid attention to the fact that the harpy illustration in the Bestiary was male, but now that I am seeing this artwork for the miniature, I am living for it.

I should figure out a way to use more harpies.


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Three major groups of mythological creatures make their homes on the planes and mountains of the Isle of Kortos, so it seemed only fitting to ensure they were each represented in this set.

Surely you mean plains and mountains? Unless there is a Numeria crossover I missed...

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I really like the "Centaur Outrider" variants and can confirm that the paintmasters look really good.

The dual-axe-wielding "Minotaur" render looks great - this could be the best Minotaur grunt ever made and really great for building a warband.

I am not a fan of a male "harpy", they were all female in greek mythology, but the actual mini looks good.

The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.

The "Chuul" mini looks really bad, the colors and sculpt are much worse than the render and Bestiary art.

The "Krooth" render looks good, i hope the actual mini does too.

The "Gimmerling" looks like a normal street child, Mark is absolutely right about that.

I don't care about human minis anymore, so the Knight of the Aeon Star is meh to me.

Is the Aroden Statue medium or large?
It is a good choice for a Dungeon Dressing in an Absalom set.

I don't know how the "Naiad Queen" & "Balisse Angel" will translate from render to actual mini, but the render pics look good.

Grand Lodge

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Huzzah!

Paizo Employee Developer

Amazing minis! I'm definitely buying a brick of this set!

The link to the product in the blog is a little screwed up.

Liberty's Edge

This is an impressive set.

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
I am not a fan of a male "harpy", they were all female in greek mythology, but the actual mini looks good.

Turns out times have changed in the last 3,000 years, and we don't need to perpetuate literally ancient gender stereotypes with something that is and always has been imaginary.

Marco Massoudi wrote:
The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.

It's not missing its arm! He's got it right there in his other hand.

Marco Massoudi wrote:
Is the Aroden Statue medium or large?

It's life-size, so Medium.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:

I am not a fan of a male "harpy", they were all female in greek mythology, but the actual mini looks good.

I have to agree. I prefer the harpy from Greek mythology.

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I don't. Golarion has no need of matching Greek mythos.


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Mark Moreland wrote:


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.
It's not missing its arm! He's got it right there in his other hand..

very confusing

is that armed combat or unarmed combat?


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DropBearHunter wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.
It's not missing its arm! He's got it right there in his other hand..

very confusing

is that armed combat or unarmed combat?

It's clearly fighting with a one-handed weapon.


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Have to say. Super excited for the male harpy, can't wait to have a reason for it to hit the table.

Still want a Pug Army though :D


What a great finish to the set. The Chu’ulothi take a little getting used to only having three legs, but it certainly distinguishes it more from other more mundane crustaceans. I really like the Crocodile Eater. And even though we have soooo many Minotaurs, this dual axe wielding one is different enough I need to add him to my warband.

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DropBearHunter wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.
It's not missing its arm! He's got it right there in his other hand..

very confusing

is that armed combat or unarmed combat?

New feat? Unarmed armed combat?


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I actually appreciate a more aerodynamic harpy.

I'm very on board with the idea of a small population of Shelynite harpies who are blessed with Her sacred plumage.

:>

EDIT: Thinking about it, I could also see narratives being spun by male survivors to try and make them look 'better'.... It was totally a woman, they had vast.. tracts.... I couldn't... resist... and there are entire societies of harpies that just want to *be left alone* and so let the stereotypes continue and grow -- after all, the strix were very nearly genocided...

Silver Crusade

Gunny wrote:
DropBearHunter wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.
It's not missing its arm! He's got it right there in his other hand..

very confusing

is that armed combat or unarmed combat?
New feat? Unarmed armed combat?

Seriously, someone needs to stat up the one-armed ogre zombie who uses his severed arm as a club.

Silver Crusade

Celestial Healer wrote:
Gunny wrote:
DropBearHunter wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.
It's not missing its arm! He's got it right there in his other hand..

very confusing

is that armed combat or unarmed combat?
New feat? Unarmed armed combat?
Seriously, someone needs to stat up the one-armed ogre zombie who uses his severed arm as a club.

Bestiary 1, p. 341, Zombie Hulk

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masda_gib wrote:
DropBearHunter wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.
It's not missing its arm! He's got it right there in his other hand..

very confusing

is that armed combat or unarmed combat?
It's clearly fighting with a one-handed weapon.

Also for combat clarification is the Zombie Brute considered to have one hand free? On one hand I say yes but...

Silver Crusade

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Rysky wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Gunny wrote:
DropBearHunter wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:


Marco Massoudi wrote:
The "Zombie Brute" mini is not looking as good as the render. It is also a bad decision to make an uncommon large mini missing an arm for building a warband/group.
It's not missing its arm! He's got it right there in his other hand..

very confusing

is that armed combat or unarmed combat?
New feat? Unarmed armed combat?
Seriously, someone needs to stat up the one-armed ogre zombie who uses his severed arm as a club.
Bestiary 1, p. 341, Zombie Hulk

!!!

I love Paizo so much.


Wizkids has this set release date a June 2020. Since we’re into June now, is there a more accurate date available? Even if it is just for the Paizo site?

#VerucaSalt


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Berk the Black wrote:

Wizkids has this set release date a June 2020. Since we’re into June now, is there a more accurate date available? Even if it is just for the Paizo site?

#VerucaSalt

The last line in the update says 'Later this month!' The sales page however says July 30th. So that would be the tentative street date if accurate?

https://paizo.com/products/btq02336?Pathfinder-Battles-City-of-Lost-Omens

I would prefer later this month, but no, I don't think we have gotten a consistent date yet.

Release schedule says Late July
https://paizo.com/releasedate

Dark Archive

The link to the Dead God's Hand seems to redirect to front page.
Which is weird, because the end of the link is exactly the same as the address of the product page.


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The Release Schedule page has the City of Lost Omens minis as late July releases.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
I am not a fan of a male "harpy", they were all female in greek mythology...
Elirion1 wrote:
I have to agree. I prefer the harpy from Greek mythology.

Ya know you can makes things how you want them in your own home games, right?

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Zero the Nothing wrote:


Ya know you can makes things how you want them in your own home games, right?

I think the real complaint is that did we really need to prioritize having both male and female harpies (monsters) over having the other male and female options for PC character types that we are still waiting to see? The latter would be far more useful IMO.

I don't have a problem with a figure. It can be some weaker distant relative of the harpies for those who must stick closer to the myths.

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Honestly my first thought was Shelyn worshipping aasimar, descended from some winged angel.

Dark Archive

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Wizkids have updated their release schedule: official release date for "City of Lost Omens" & both premium sets is july 8th!

Dark Archive

It looks like Mark is late with his Starfinder Battles blog today, it's past midnight here in Germany (and my birthday).

The two SFB packs have been revealed to be in stores on july 22nd by the way.

Have a good time everyone!

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Six "Pathfinder Battles Premium Painted Miniatures" have been announced for a 9/2020 release.
These are prepainted versions of previously unpainted Wizkids minis.

ICV2 article with pictures.

SRP is $7.99

Personally i hope that this means that we don't get any generic human, elf, dwarf, halfling, half-orc, half-elf or goblin minis in the blind boosters ever again.
Other more exotic races are totally okay and wanted, as are a few special NPCs from recent or upcoming adventure paths, but please focus on monstrous creatures first and foremost.

That being said, "City of Lost Omens" isn't as humanoid-heavy as that first preview with the city watch minis suggested, thankfully.
My main dissatisfaction about this set is with the five watch minis, which look more like modern cops than classic spear & sword-wielding medieval fantasy city watchmen.

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Today is the official release date for "City of Lost Omens"!

I hope we will get the book with the same name this year.

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I have ordered all rare minis (and a few others) online yesterday.

Judging from the pictures from three different big online sellers, most minis look pretty good, the exceptions being the faces of the humans (ecxcept the good-looking changeling exile).

In short: All of the Absalom City watch minis look horrible.
Of course i will wait until i have them in hand for the final judgement, as close-up pictures don't tell the whole story.

What i can say without a doubt is this:

All creature minis are on black bases.

Pros:
-The large Minotaur looks great for an uncommon mini. I have a dozen different Minotaurs, but this is without a doubt the go to grunt for anybody who's looking to build a Minotaur warband.
-The dressing pieces look fantastic (all but the Aroden statue), the Armageddon Orb has a slimy wet look, the Darkside Mirror is the first standing mirror we got (i ordered 6), the Starstone has great metallic colors, the swinging Scythe trap (on a clear base) looks like it actually swings and the Wheel of Misery actually rotates.
-All four Duergar minis look very good, i also love that three are female.
-Norgorber looks great.
-The Offalth looks really impressive, nothing like a Shambling Mound.
-The Skinstitch looks great, very detailed and the right size too.

Cons:
-All of the city watch cudgels (a questionable weapon for a fantasy watch to begin with) are bendy.
-All medium rares but Norgorber look underwhelming.
-The Gogitheth looks goofy.

As i ordered from three different sellers (including my FLGS for the premiums), it will be interesting to see what arrived first.

What do you think of the minis?
What are you looking for the most?
What do/don't you like?

Let me hear your thoughts.

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A very interesting and odd thing:

The large minis are on CLEAR bases that were painted over black!
You can see through them a little, when holding them against the light.

Maybe Mark can bring some light into this very Strange decision?


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My favorite from this set is probably the Zombie Brute. I thought I would be irritated that the wrong size and model was used. The model is of the Zombie Hulk, which is Huge not Large. But with the details? I am just glad this thing got made :D

I wouldn't have noticed that the bases were painted until you pointed it out. I did notice that the texture felt different but didn't pay attention to it. I can confirm that I see dots of light coming through and it looks like only the tops were painted. The bottom is a bit shinier, but I could be wrong.

I am happy with the set, and the male harpy looks fan freaking tastic. His hands could have used some highlighting though. Looking forward to the promo version.

Renaming of monsters is the death of me. Someone just let me know Chu'ulothi is known as Chuul so now I can find the statblock lol. The Iruxi I am still storing as Lizardfolk

Thanks!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Yoshua wrote:
Renaming of monsters is the death of me. Someone just let me know Chu'ulothi is known as Chuul so now I can find the statblock lol. The Iruxi I am still storing as Lizardfolk

Tell me about it. It's a pain inventorying minis when you collect both Pathfinder and D&D sets.

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