The Last Minis Preview (of 2020)

Monday, December 28, 2020

The Paizo offices (or our home offices, I guess) may be closed for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show off some of the great new minis coming next month in WizKids’s Pathfinder Battles: Darklands Rising set of prepainted plastic miniatures.

Last week, I hinted that maybe, if you were good, Santa would stuff your stockings with some figures representing many of the ancestries available to Pathfinder Second Edition players. Well, it looks like you were either good enough or critically succeeded in your Stealth checks while being bad, because he left quite the haul hanging from the mantle. Let’s dig in, shall we?

One of the goals of this set, apart from getting 3-D plastic versions of some of the Darklands’ most iconic creatures, was to get more minis into the hands of players whose characters aren’t found in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook. Heck, I wanted to make sure that we were offering something to folks whose characters weren’t even based on the Lost Omens Character Guide, which introduced the lizardfolk, hobgoblin, and leshey ancestries to the game. That meant I needed to look even further ahead—this set was designed around this time last year—to the Advanced Player’s Guide.

Let’s change things up and look at these by rarity. First, the common figures. Here we have the Hellspawn Monk, Hollowborn Rogue, and Tengu Bard, all Medium figures. Not to be ignored in a Darklands-themed set, the Deep Gnome Scout and Deep Gnome Warrior are also present at this rarity (both Small, of course).

Mini figure of a purple tiefling monk with tall horns and red robes Mini figure of a hollowborn rogue, a drow with their hair pulled back in dark leathers and red and blue robes Mini figure of a tengu in a gold robe with a light blue sash, dancing with two large fans
Mini figure of a deep gnome scout dressed in wraps and leathers, with a mask over their lower face, crouched with a mattock Mini figure of a deep gnome warrior dressed in leathers and chain mail with a buckler on one arm and a spear in the other hand

At the uncommon rarity, we’ve got the Deep Gnome Rockwarden, Gnome Scout, and Gnome Warrior, both repaints of the common deep gnome counterparts of the same name.

mini figure of a deep gnome with a large beard and eyebrows, holding a tall scythe Mini figure of a gnome scout dressed in wraps and leathers, with a mask over their lower face, crouched with a mattock Mini figure of a purple haired gnome warrior dressed in leathers and chain mail with a buckler on one arm and a spear in the other hand

In rare slots, we’ve got the Tengu Jinx Eater and Siora Quinndove, Pathfinder , both Medium figures.

Tengu Jinx Eater: A mini figure of a tengu in a large jacket with a parrot on their shoulder, eating a purple smoke from a broken jar Siora Quinndove Pathfinder: An elf in red leathers with a wayfinder in one hand and looking off into the distance

Finally, all of this set’s promo figures are repainted versions of Darklands ancestries. Hopefully we’ll see a return of in-person conventions in 2021 so we can start handing these (as well as promos from a few other recent sets) to attendees who visit our booths or participate in our events. Until then, here is a glimpse at the Gnome Hook Hammer Lurker, Aiudeen Elf Rogue, Ekujau Elf Swashbuckler, and the Gateborn Rogue.

promo mini figure of a pink haired gnome scout dressed in dark wraps and leathers, with a mask over their lower face, crouched with a mattock Promo mini figure of an elf in leathers long blond hair and a crossbow in one hand promo mini figure of a dark skinned elf in chain mail and a long green coat with a brown scarf, holding a sword in the 'en garde' position promo mini figure of a half elf with his hair pulled back, wearing dark purple and black robes with two knives held out horizontally

Next week, we’ll usher in the new year with a look at a miniature of life-size proportions coming out the first week in January, and then wrap up Darklands Rising previews with a look at some of fantasy’s finest foes. Until then, Pathfinders, stay safe and have a happy new year!

Mark Moreland
Director of Brand Strategy

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I am looking forward to opening this case. :)


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What is a "hollowborn"? I am guessing that they have another name I am more familiar with.


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What is a "hollowborn"? I am guessing that they have another name I am more familiar with.

Half-elves of drow ancestry. The mini is taken from art from the Age of Lost Omens: Character Guide.

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Note: Mark is out this week, but the Paizo "offices" are open with a light crew until Friday the 1st.

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The Pathfinder looks stupid, the rest is pretty cool, even though i don't like gnomes.

I ordered a case today, before the preview went up, but not because of these blogs which are always too late to make an educated decision about a case or not buy, but because of the Gallant Goblin full set list.

In my opinion Paizo should stop doing these blogs after this set and leave it to Wizkids or the Gallant Goblin to do future ones, not because of the quality, which is fine, but simply because of the timing, which is always too late.

This would also boost sales, as most people on minisgallery.com want to know the full set list to lay some cash aside or to pre-order in time, which is in fact impossible if the last minis are revealed a week of two before the street date.

In fact, if Theo & Grady wouldn't be in the middle of a move, we would have seen pictures of all the actual minis already, not just renders.

I am not trying to bash Mark or Paizo here, but the lateness of the reveals, which are always coming months in advance for all the D&D minis...

For instance: we would need to have all Starfinder Battles: Planets of Peril minis to be revealed in january to make an educated pre-order for the march release.

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9 renders are yet to be shown, we have already seen the "Norn" in the ICV2 preview and it is on the box art.

I am glad that the rest are monstrous creatures, of which one large has been made already in the past, but it was seriously undersized back then, which it doesn't seem to be now.

It is the:
Leucrotta!

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In fact, here are pictures of actual minis which look absolutely mindbending:

https://www.instagram.com/thegallantgoblin/

The Adamantine Goblin is enormous!
The Jabberwock looks absolutely stunning, as do the Wood Giant and L.....


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
The Adamantine Goblin is enormous!

I assume you mean the Adamantine GOLEM -- although an epic-level golem carved to look like a goblin would be quite intriguing... :-)

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Marco Massoudi wrote:

The Pathfinder looks stupid, the rest is pretty cool, even though i don't like gnomes.

I ordered a case today, before the preview went up, but not because of these blogs which are always too late to make an educated decision about a case or not buy, but because of the Gallant Goblin full set list.

In my opinion Paizo should stop doing these blogs after this set and leave it to Wizkids or the Gallant Goblin to do future ones, not because of the quality, which is fine, but simply because of the timing, which is always too late.

This would also boost sales, as most people on minisgallery.com want to know the full set list to lay some cash aside or to pre-order in time, which is in fact impossible if the last minis are revealed a week of two before the street date.

In fact, if Theo & Grady wouldn't be in the middle of a move, we would have seen pictures of all the actual minis already, not just renders.

I am not trying to bash Mark or Paizo here, but the lateness of the reveals, which are always coming months in advance for all the D&D minis...

For instance: we would need to have all Starfinder Battles: Planets of Peril minis to be revealed in january to make an educated pre-order for the march release.

Hello,

I'm glad our friends at the Gallant Goblin gave you what you were seeking. This is the first time I've heard that preview blogs before our subscription authorization date are considered too late by someone. (These minis were moved up from an estimated April release, so we were caught unaware and are now hustling.) Wizkids and Gallant Goblin will continue to do what they do, of course. Regardless of this particular set, please tell me what your ideal preview method and timing from Paizo would be. I can work with Wizkids to move timelines forward. Two months before release? Photos, not renders. Anything else? Thanks.


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My 2 cents when it comes to previews:

Full set list and previews the month before would be a bare minimum in my opinion. 2 Months would be fantastic. I blind bought Legendary Adventures I believe because I don't think I'd seen the full set. (may have been a different set but I think it was LA, and I was VERY happy with the set)

Renders are good but they don't really represent the final product. There have been complaints on other sites about the Adamantine Golem being 'goofy' and let me tell ya, the pic that the Gallant Goblin posted up today is a FREAKING BEAST! I LOVE IT!

Paint jobs and mini's in hand are always a bit different than the renders. I don't complain about the renders because it is better than not seeing them but when I plan out what 'additional' mini's I am going to pick up it is 100% based on what I have in hand or pics of the real painted mini's on the net.

If you managed to get pics up 2 months before release then it definitely helps budget. As someone who's collection is growing I am almost to a point where I will only pick up full case's if it fills a lot of my empty spaces. Darklands is a perfect example. So many first time and better sculpted mini's that it was an easy buy in for me. For someone who has been collecting longer they may have alot of these mini's covered, drow specifically, and it helps us plan what mini's we want to focus on.

Mini's are a different beast than other subscriptions because it is an addition to budget for vs the expected cost of an AP monthly. Any extra time we have to see what is coming is a boon.

Appreciate you asking about this, feeling like our input is considered is appreciated.

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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

The Pathfinder looks stupid, the rest is pretty cool, even though i don't like gnomes.

I ordered a case today, before the preview went up, but not because of these blogs which are always too late to make an educated decision about a case or not buy, but because of the Gallant Goblin full set list.

In my opinion Paizo should stop doing these blogs after this set and leave it to Wizkids or the Gallant Goblin to do future ones, not because of the quality, which is fine, but simply because of the timing, which is always too late.

This would also boost sales, as most people on minisgallery.com want to know the full set list to lay some cash aside or to pre-order in time, which is in fact impossible if the last minis are revealed a week of two before the street date.

In fact, if Theo & Grady wouldn't be in the middle of a move, we would have seen pictures of all the actual minis already, not just renders.

I am not trying to bash Mark or Paizo here, but the lateness of the reveals, which are always coming months in advance for all the D&D minis...

For instance: we would need to have all Starfinder Battles: Planets of Peril minis to be revealed in january to make an educated pre-order for the march release.

Hello,

I'm glad our friends at the Gallant Goblin gave you what you were seeking. This is the first time I've heard that preview blogs before our subscription authorization date are considered too late by someone. (These minis were moved up from an estimated April release, so we were caught unaware and are now hustling.) Wizkids and Gallant Goblin will continue to do what they do, of course. Regardless of this particular set, please tell me what your ideal preview method and timing from Paizo would be. I can work with Wizkids to move timelines forward. Two months before release? Photos, not renders. Anything else? Thanks.

Thank you for asking, Aaron.

In this particular case you are absolutely right that it was an unexpected move by Wizkids, that you didn´t have much say in and Mark did the best he was able to provide on such a short notice and in the current covid situation.

I did complain about the lateness of previews for the last three or four sets before this one, though.

For international buyers like myself (Germany) there are often order deadlines from distributors like Blackfire.eu but also Diamonds Previews, which in extreme cases give you only one week (usually the deadline is about three months before street date) to decide if you want to order something or not (the order deadline for Starfinder Battles: Planets of Peril scheduled for a march release has already expired for instance).

Your suggestions are excellent.
For me personally a set list with miniature name, size and rarity would be the most important thing. It is understandable that some last minute changes can still happen to such a list.
This would be the first thing needed time-wise and if possible three-and-a-half months before release would suffice to make a decision for me.

The next thing to possibly show are probably renders, which always whet the appetite for most people and i think large or huge minis are the most interesting to show, as well as the premium set.

If possible, pictures of prototypes or even actual miniatures posed against each other would be the next thing that would be great to see in advance.

Thank you for your time and have a great time getting well into the next year, Aaron and everybody else at Paizo and out there!

I hope we can get a set list for "Starfinder Battles: Planets of Peril", the very first of hopefully many Starfinder prepainted sets in early january and it would be great if the 20th(!) Pathfinder Battles set coming later in 2021 could be revealed in a timely fashion after that. :-)

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Curious if the Aiudeen elf is new for the set or if they have had art appear in a book?


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Is Siora Quinndove a known character? I can't place her.

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There is a new group picture of the Emperor Cobra (L), Giant Toad (L), Attic Whisperer(s), Leprechaun (s) & Lurker in Light (s) on the Galant Goblin's instagram page.

The Emperor Cobra is the first mini in the set that doesn't look stunning, the Toad is almost a huge on a large base (fills out the entire base) and the three small minis look absolutely great.
I am leaning towards calling this the best Pathfinder Battles set yet, but i havn't seen everything.


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That toad.... man loving this set more and more.

The Cobra's model I am in love with, the painting..... could be better.


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For some visibility, because I know you guys are short handed. I am contemplating adding Mengkare to my sub in January. I wanted to verify the cost in my cart and it is only giving me the standard 15% discount, not the 30% discount for being a battles subscriber.

Cross posted in the sales page, and the customer service forum.

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There are now pictures of 20 actual minis of the set on the Gallant Goblin Twitter account and everyone but the Emperor Cobra & Quoppopuk look absolutely stunning!

The breakage looks to be a problem though, especially with four of four Leng Spiders broken.


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If you'd like to get an early preview of the set, we did a live video looking through some of them on Facebook last night. https://fb.watch/2KioZ8TPGj/.

We're also posting some preview pics over on Instagram. We should have our full review up in the next couple of days. We're operating out of an Airbnb right now as we wait to move into our new place, so we're operating without our usual equipment. If anyone has questions, feel free to reach out!


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Not one but *two* tengu?

One of them common?

Ooooh.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

... these blogs which are always too late to make an educated decision about a case or not buy,

For instance: we would need to have all Starfinder Battles: Planets of Peril minis to be revealed in january to make an educated pre-order for the march release.

Hello,

I'm glad our friends at the Gallant Goblin gave you what you were seeking....

Thank you for asking, Aaron.

In this particular case you are absolutely right that it was an...

Starfinder Battles: Planets of Peril minis previews are now scheduled to begin January 18.


Marco Massoudi wrote:
... I did complain about the lateness of previews for the last three or four sets before this one, though. ...

for what it’s worth:

I can remember a time when previews started shortly after the release of a set.
First with renders, then with paint masters and finally photos to fill the time till release.
With that policy in place we could have the bulk of the previews already, at least with renders.

My enthusiasm for my subscription dwindled as the previews got later and later and this set I had to pull the emergency break, mainly because January I‘m generally short on money but also because the deal I got from the subscription changed dramatically over time.

I want to know what I get in advance, I need time to think about which of the minis I need for my campaigns (or just want to own because they are cool) and I need time to think about what to do with the minis I don’t want and don’t need.

This massive info dump, and it was similar for the last set, is nearly as bad as a blind subscription.

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Personally I like to see actual production minis from the set, not paint masters but the ones well be getting in hand.

Don’t get me wrong happy to see renders as well.

Ideally I’d like to see previews 2 months plus in advance of a set. Doesn’t affect by purchase fo a case but it does affect how many extra single I buy to fill out the ranks.

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Thanks for the feedback.

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The release date for "Darklands Rising" has been pushed two weeks back, from january 20th to february 3rd according to Vee Muse from Wizkids.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
The release date for "Darklands Rising" has been pushed two weeks back, from january 20th to february 3rd according to Vee Muse from Wizkids.

Came here to say this. Wizkids has moved the release date for Pathfinder Battles: Darklands Rising to February 3, 2021. Thanks!


When is the first minis preview (of 2021)?

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Berk the Black wrote:
When is the first minis preview (of 2021)?

The life-sized Goblin was the first. While the Pathfinder Battles: Darklands Rising has been delayed we will bring you the last in that series this week.


I still having a problem calling that goblin “mini”, but fair enough. And I’m excited to finish up the Darklands Rising previews soon!

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Berk the Black wrote:
I still having a problem calling that goblin “mini”, but fair enough. And I’m excited to finish up the Darklands Rising previews soon!

Fair enough. We interrupted the series to promote the Goblin release date. You will see the final Darklands Rising blog later today. :)


Zaister wrote:
Is Siora Quinndove a known character? I can't place her.

Every question deserves an answer, even years later! I stumbled across yours in a search trying to remind myself where I knew Siora Quinndove from so I could use this mini in a quest.

You will find her in the Lost Omens Character Guide on page 126 as part of the NPC gallery where they give a few examples from the organizations in the book to throw into your game. There is a full page about her, including a small backstory, description, full stat block, and super cool art the mini was based on.

Oddly (maybe not so oddly), she is not presented or mentioned in the Pathfinder Society Guide that was put out later.

Hope this answer finds you well!

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