Coming soon to a Drift beacon near you, Starfinder Battles: Planets of Peril is the first full set of Starfinder miniatures from our partners at WizKids. The set offers 32 randomized figures in 3-figure boosters and includes not only a wide array of aliens (appropriate for both PCs from distant worlds to monsters threatening safe space), but also the first starships in the Starfinder Battles line. Each starship comes on a hexagonal base with a sturdy clear support column, making it a perfect fit for any starship battle using the Starfinder RPG.
A handful of starship miniatures were produced a few years ago by Ninja Division and players seemed to like being able to get multiple ships around a single theme—specifically the Eoxian Corpse Fleet and Pact Worlds fleet. So when it came time to pick the ships to include in Planets of Peril, we decided to do something similar, this time offering three Veskarium ship models. Here you can see the BMC Mauler, Norikama Dropship, and Vindicas Tyrant, which are uncommon, rare, and rare, respectively. (Note also that all starships, regardless of their size, are represented on a single hex, so they’re all on 1-inch bases.)
We had originally included only these three starships in the set, in part because we weren’t sure what ratio of creatures to ships was right for the set. We knew that we didn’t want common starships, as most of the time a combat is between the PCs and only a few other combatants. Most GMs, we figured, would need just one copy of any given model.
Fastforward a few months, to when WizKids approached us about pulling some figures out of the set to release earlier as the Galactic Heroes and Galactic Villains blister packs. We now had to replace those figures, and used that opportunity to not only add a dozen creatures that didn’t make the initial cut (for what was, at the time, a 30-figure set), but also to add another two starships at the uncommon rarity. These, we knew, needed to be something that would be useful to GMs and players both (given their uncommon status) and applicable to the most possible adventures. Thus, we landed upon including the Starfinder Society’s Drake and Pegasus. Each ship was presented at a variety of tiers and were, at the time, the only two ships available to every Starfinder Society party.
We hope folks find them useful and that we get the opportunity to include a Gorgon sometime down the road.
Next week, we’ll return to previews of the myriad aliens and monsters you’ll find in Planets of Peril, so strap on your jetpacks and recharge your laser rifles. Until then, Starfinders, be safe and roll 20s.
Director of Brand Strategy
PS - WizKids really went above and beyond with the promo images they provided to show off the set’s contents. These are final production models pulled from a retail case. Let us know in the comments what you think of these (compared to the renders we’ve shown in the past, or the photos of the miniatures on plain white backgrounds) and we’ll work with WizKids to perfect future blogs. Thanks for your feedback thus far, and we look forward to continue working with the community to best promote Pathfinder and Starfinder Battles.
Your Ship Has Come In!
Monday, February 8, 2021