The minis are wonderful. Great variety of size and creature types, the paint jobs are by far the best of any pre-painted minis, and the sculpts are beautiful.
I purchased 2 bricks locally and I'm totally happy with the contents.
The ogres are very detailed. The teeth, and facial expressions are perfect. Malfenshnekor is flat out creepy. Orik Vankaskerkin's mold is sweet; love the shield. The other good thing about these minis is that the scale is consistent amongst each other. No humans who are as large as the ogres, etc. Thanks for that!
One minor issue was the Forgefiend I received was not attached to its base. Easy enough to glue down, but something I have to repair. The 'hockey pucks' that some of the figures are mounted on are distracting. I didn't think that would bother me, but it looks silly. Again that is what I consider a minor issue. My last issue is with the cost. These are not inexpensive by any stretch. Bring the cost down by 25%, and you will receive 5 stars. Usually, I can grab a case of a set of minis. I had to settle for 2 bricks instead, and I'm not on a shoestring budget. This is a lot of cash to plop down for not even a full set.
I will probably buy a huge brick next, but will need to wait a bit. I'd recommend this to other gamers, esp. if they plan to run the Rise of the Runelords AP.
I'm about half an RPG player and half a miniatures war gamer. I enjoy RPGs but always use miniatures and have an extensive miniatures collection reserved for such games. I also have played various miniature war games and the old school board/chit games. I wish I could play more war games but they are not my wife's thing, and my kids become bored.
I've been looking for a better fantasy mass battle set rule set that has a low entry point cost-wise, won't consume a month's of my time painting, I can play with my kids, and it has to be fun. Tough nut to crack for sure!
I purchased several of the Fantasy Battleground card starter sets and played them for the first time with my middle school aged son. We had a ton of fun. The game was fluid, predictable battle tactics worked, and he 'got it' quicker than I did. We played with the Men of Hawkshold vs the Undead starter packs using the quick start rules and pregen army lists, and enjoyed the game. Final tally, I won but it was very close. (yep human long bowmen are pretty devastating)
We were able to get going in under 20 minutes using the quick start rules. There are many more pages of rules we haven't explored but what we've used so far has been great fun.
The quick start rules are concise, three pages in fact. All of the stats are on the creature cards. We only had to look at the rule book twice during the game. We spent more time playing and having fun than digging through a rule book. (That's a huge plus IMO!)
I know this is an early review, but I promise that I'll post an update after we play using the full rules. So far, so good.
I'm giving this a 4 out of 5 solely because some of the starters had old versions of the rules and some had the 2.2 versions of the rules. Minor annoyance on my part but I almost threw the 'extras' away. (The extras were the newer versions...)
25 pages of nicely done minis, ok 24 as there is a cover page, many animals are reusable in other adventures and would be superb for druids' animal companions. Many, if not all, of the key NPCs are depicted. I collect plastic minis and prefer to use those, but this inexpensive .pdf offering is superb for filling in the gaps for the NPCs from the AP. I wish all the AP modules had accompanying Paper Mini books. These are very close to the 'must have' category if you use battle mats and minis in your gaming sessions.