A Few Nightmares Before Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2020

We’re just a few days from the most magical day of the year, but for Pathfinder players, every day is filled with magic, be it a healing potion, consecrated ground around a Pharasmin temple keeping the restless dead at bay, or a tactically cast wall of fire spell. As we delve deeper into the Pathfinder Battles: Darklands Rising set of prepainted plastic miniatures from our partners at WizKids, it’s hard to think about all that right now. I’m downright terrified of some of the creatures that lurk below. So, of course, I’m going to share some of them with you now!

First among them is the vampiric Vrykolakas, a Medium common figure, representing one of the Darklands’ many undead denizens. It’s far from the only undead creature in the set, however (thus the nightmares). Take, for instance, the Attic Whisperer and Blood Mist, Small and Medium uncommon figures, respectively. Who doesn’t love a creepy skeletal child with an animal skull instead of a human one, or a sentient cloud of aerosol blood? I know I do!

A mini figure of a vrykolakas, a crouched undead creature with long limbs, clawed fingers and toes, fangs, and bright yellow eyes A mini figure of a small childlike skeleton with a dog skull for a head, wearing a blue raglike dress, holding a stuffed rabbit A red translucent cloud with a skeleton forming out of the top

Some of the horrors of the Darklands Rising are more traditional, representing deep-seated fears shared by all sane surface dwellers. I mean, everyone I know is afraid of a Scarecrow (and not just because of Jonathan Crane’s fear-inducing gas), so this Medium uncommon figure is sure to scare the straw out of them when they find it in one of their boosters. But that’s nothing compared to the Animate Dream which is literally a nightmare made manifest. As a Medium rare figure, however, you probably won’t have to worry about it popping up too many times when digging into your pre-ordered brick or case.

A mini figure of a scarecrow in dark robes with large stick-like hands and a jack-o-lantern for a head Animated Dream: a mini figure of a manifested nightmare in the form a tall skeletal dark figure with a too large grin and dark red eyes

For fans of more cosmic horror, Darklands Rising presents a few creatures drawn from the ever-popular Lovecraftian mythos, including the Leng Spider(Huge uncommon) and a Shoggoth(Huge rare), both Huge monsters at the uncommon and rare rarities, respectively. If you’re looking for even more alien additions in the set, look no further than the D’ziriak (Medium rare), Fungus Leshy (Small common), or Witchwyrd (Medium uncommon), three of the strangest creatures we’ve yet put into plastic.

Mini figure of a Leng Spider: A large purple spider with red eyes and black talons A Shoggoth mini figure: A mound of a black slime-like substance full of yellow/green eyes and mouths

D'ziriak: a mini figure of a 4-armed insect like creature with orange and yellow colorings, and blue runes across its body and arms A great and pink fungus leshy, whose body is draped to resemble robes and a high collar, holding a staff in one hand A Witchwyrd  mini figure, a blue 4-armed figure, summoning magic with its lower two hands and holding a large spear above its head with the other two arms

Finally, we would be remiss not to include one of the gods of the Age of Lost Omens in a set like this. I’m happy to inform you that we weren’t remiss. We put the body-horror mastermind Zon-Kuthon (Medium rare) in the set to give you sweet dreams of exquisite pain, torturous vivisection, and impenetrable shadows. You’re welcome!

Zon-Kuthon the Midnight Lord: mini figure of a grey man in red robes holding a large chain

That’s it for this week, kids, but if you’re real good and you stop bothering your sister, maybe Santa will bring you a brand new preview next week. You can fit a bunch of Pathfinder Second Edition ancestries into a stocking, right? Maybe if we go light on the coal? I’ll see what I can do. In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday, and I’ll see you on the flipside.

Mark Moreland
Director of Brand Strategy

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Scarab Sages

Some interesting figures here. Are the images for the Leng Spider and Shoggoth missing or were they already posted elsewhere and I missed it?

On a side note, are the premium painted figures available to be purchased? They still show as "Preorder expected September 2020".

Also, were there any repaints done this year as promotional miniatures for Cons and such?


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davrion wrote:

Some interesting figures here. Are the images for the Leng Spider and Shoggoth missing or were they already posted elsewhere and I missed it?

On a side note, are the premium painted figures available to be purchased? They still show as "Preorder expected September 2020".

Also, were there any repaints done this year as promotional miniatures for Cons and such?

Don't think we have seen a Leng Spider but I do think the Shoggoth is on the product page. Black mass of mouths

https://paizo.com/products/btq026iu?Pathfinder-Battles-Darklands-Rising

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The Blood Mist aka Vampiric Mist is not an undead creature.
It wasn't one in PF 1e and it isn't one in Second Edition either.

Also Scarecrows don't fly, they have a 20 feet land speed, so that clear flight stick is stupid, it is there because the second edition art isn't very good and Wizkids tends to adapt art very acurately.

Otherwise a great selection of creatures!


Mark Moreland wrote:
You can fit a bunch of Pathfinder Second Edition ancestries into a stocking, right?

does this sound like they're hinting at a preview for the lost omens ancestry guide next week to anyone else?

The Exchange

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There isn't a single mini in this set that doesn't make me wanna order an entire case.

*counts spider legs*

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Nothing a little snippy snippy can't fix!

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KaiBlob1 wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
You can fit a bunch of Pathfinder Second Edition ancestries into a stocking, right?
does this sound like they're hinting at a preview for the lost omens ancestry guide next week to anyone else?

Ha! No.

Shadow Lodge

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I would think it means next weeks preview will be some playable races - although the leshy is one anyway. Here’s hoping we get some of the more unique and interesting races.


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Cat-thulhu wrote:
I would think it means next weeks preview will be some playable races - although the leshy is one anyway. Here’s hoping we get some of the more unique and interesting races.

Yes please, more uncommon PC races/classes


The Leng Spider appears to have eight legs. As I recall, Leng spiders always have an odd number of legs.

Grand Lodge

Wolf Munroe wrote:
The Leng Spider appears to have eight legs. As I recall, Leng spiders always have an odd number of legs.

If that’s true, it’s not part of the basic lore for Pathfinder.

Scarab Sages

Bestiary 2 (PF1) has it:
"Most leng spiders possess only 7 legs, but some possess 9, 11, or only 5—they never possess an even number."

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SET LIST (from an opened case provided by the Gallant Goblin):

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01 |0|2|1|2| Deep Gnome Scout - Small Common 5
02 |1|2|1|0| Deep Gnome Warrior - Small Common 4 03 |2|1|1|1| Fungus Leshy - Small Common 5
04 |1|1|2|2| Giant Amoeba - Small Common 6
05 |2|1|1|1| Leprechaun - Small Common 5
06 |1|1|1|1| Drow Rogue - Medium Common 4
07 |1|0|2|1| Grodair - Medium Common 4
08 |1|1|1|1| Hellspawn Monk - Medium Common 4
09 |1|2|1|0| Hollowborn Rogue - Medium Common 4
10 |1|0|1|1| Peryton - Medium Common 3
11 |1|1|0|1| Tengu Bard - Medium Common 3
12 |0|1|1|2| Urdefhan Warrior - Medium Common 4
13 |2|1|1|1| Vrykolakas - Medium Common 5
14 |1|0|0|0| Gnome Scout - Small Uncommon 1
15 |0|1|1|1| Gnome Warrior - Small Uncommon 3
16 |0|0|1|1| Attic Whisperer - Small Uncommon 2
17 |0|0|1|0| Deep Gnome Rockwarden - Small Uncommon 1
18 |0|0|0|1| Dig-Widget - Small Uncommon 1
19 |1|0|0|0| Lurker in Light - Small Uncommon 1
20 |1|0|0|0| Blood Mist - Medium Uncommon 1
21 |0|1|1|0| Drow Priestess - Medium Uncommon 2
22 |1|0|0|0| Fleshwarp, Grothlut - Medium Uncommon 1
23 |0|1|0|1| Scarecrow - Medium Uncommon 2
24A |0|1|0|0| Drow Fighter (Rapier) - Medium Uncommon 1
24B |0|0|0|0| Drow Fighter (Crossbow) - Medium Uncommon 0
25 |1|1|1|2| Fleshwarp, Drow Abomination - Large Uncommon 5
26 |1|1|1|1| Fleshwarp, Ghonatine - Large Uncommon 4
27 |0|1|1|0| Skaveling - Large Uncommon 2
28 |1|1|0|1| Wood Giant - Large Uncommon 3
29 |1|1|1|1| Emperor Cobra - Large Uncommon 4
30 |1|1|1|1| Giant Stag Beetle - Large Uncommon 4 31 |0|1|1|1| Giant Toad - Large Uncommon 3
32 |1|1|0|1| Leucrotta - Large Uncommon 3
33 |0|1|1|1| Adamantine Golem - Huge Uncommon 3
34 |1|1|1|0| Arboreal Regent - Huge Uncommon 3
35 |2|0|1|1| Leng Spider - Huge Uncommon 4
36A |1|1|0|0| Mammoth - Huge Uncommon 2
36B |0|0|1|1| Mammoth Rider - Huge Uncommon 2
37 |0|0|1|0| Allevrah Azrinae - Medium Rare 1
38 |0|0|0|1| Animated Dream - Medium Rare 1
39 |0|0|1|0| D'ziriak - Medium Rare 1
40 |0|1|0|0| Siora Qinndove, Pathfinder - Medium Rare 1
41 |0|1|0|0| Tengu Jinx Eater - Medium Rare 1
42 |0|0|0|1| Urdefhan Tormentor - Medium Rare 1
43 |1|0|0|0| Witchwyrd - Medium Rare 1
44 |1|0|0|0| Zon Kuthon, Midnight Lord - Medium Rare 1
45 |1|0|0|0| Fleshwarp, Irnakurse - Large (Huge base) Rare 1
46 |1|0|0|0| Norn - Large Rare 1
47 |0|0|1|0| Cavern Troll - Large Rare 1
48 |0|0|1|0| Quoppopak - Large Rare 1
49 |0|0|0|1| Jabberwock - Huge Rare 1
50 |0|1|0|0| Shoggoth - Huge Rare 1

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Good news:
Every mini looks amazing and there are NO undersized minis.

Bad news:
There are a lot of uncommons you get only 1 of in a case and there was one mini (24b) that was missing in the case, which probably is a correlation error.
There is a lot of breakage because of the two larges in one box, of which only one is anchored to the plastic inlay, the other one is loose.
The worst thing may be that all four huge Leng Spiders were broken!

Observations:
There are 50 different minis plus two variants (52 total) and NO Dungeon dressing in the set.
One noticable thing:
The "Irnakurse" is indeed a large mini on a huge base.

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One correction to Mark´s blog:

The Witchwyrd (DR#43) is a medium rare mini, not a medium uncommon.
I think that is okay, as there are very few appearing in Pathfinder adventures as this is a Starfinder creature also and we may get an uncommon version in Starfinder Battles (first set out in march 2021).


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Thanks for posting Marco!

Have my one note updated and ready to unbox. This list is fantastic, can't wait to see some more previews too.

Scarab Sages

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Wolf Munroe wrote:
The Leng Spider appears to have eight legs. As I recall, Leng spiders always have an odd number of legs.

Yes, I’m a little bummed by that. This mini is taken from the Bestiary 2 art for 2e—but that art only has 7 legs. The sculptor for this added a leg. Still, these look awesome.

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Wizkids has moved the release date for Pathfinder Battles: Darklands Rising to February 3, 2021.


Marco Massoudi wrote:


Observations:
There are 50 different minis plus two variants (52 total) and NO Dungeon dressing in the set.

Thanks, as ever, for collating this kind of information, Marco.

With no dungeon dressing I need to put my money where my mouth is and resubscribe!
Cheers.

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