I bought this miniature so I could have someone on the map to represent my Hellknight Paladin in PFS games. The mandevian crusader does a great job of being a big, imposing model on the field, and was exceptionally well crafted. The detailing is simple, yes, but it is of excellent quality, and this model was extremely easy to paint to a very high standard. I didn't have to fake my own details because it is done just enough that everything you need is there. No weird shadow tricks or any of that. You put down the paint, put down a wash, and bingo, you've got a beautiful mini. I would highly recommend picking one up if you have an imposing melee character, as I was 100% pleased with this model.
I played in this one a little while back with my 11th level paladin/hellknight. We were given the introduction, time to buy, then sent immediately into combat. There was no roleplay at all in this scenario. At tier 7-8, the only reason the first fight wasn't a TPK was because they had someone to absorb the damage. There is no level 7 or 8 character that could survive that first fight for more than one round, if they were taking the damage
The rest of the scenario went no better, and the fact that the end fight has a creature that is 10 CR above the party is simply stupid. There is no way a party can win this module. There is no fun. Only play this one if your entire party is min-maxxed 100% AND everyone can afford resurrections.
The entire thing felt painful and infuriating. I've never been in a module that actually made me angry, but this one did. Would give it a 0 star if I could, and I plead that no one ever plays this scenario. It's not worth the time, and it's not worth the frustration. Completely unbeatable.
These figurines are very generic, very bleh. They would easily get looked over in a box of minis. They are so very useful for just a average-joe bad guy, throw one of these out and you're set. But there's nothing remarkable about them. They are sturdy, they can take a bit of throwing around. the paint is decent. But it's just meh.
This miniature is painted wonderfully, but it broke. One of the little legs that are sticking up in the air came off. It's just too fragile. Does it look fantastic? Yes. Would the leg still be attached if I kept better care of it? Probably. But as it stands for my version of this model, it's a 7-legged spider.
This miniature seemed fuzzy, for lack of a better word. the paint had this weird grey color to it that made the entire thing look like it was out of focus in a camera. There are better hill giants available for purchase, but it's not bad enough for me to say that you shouldn't have it. Just not my preference.
This miniature is simply lacking in enough detail for me to justify 5 stars. some of the paint looks a little smudged. But it fills a very necessary gap in my collection, and the design of it is great. A little better on the paint and it would be five stars.
I absolutely love this miniature. The reflectiveness of the green crystals on the body, the stance, the size. I can't praise it high enough. The best medium earth elemental miniature I've ever seen, pre-painted or not.
Hello there! Frostfur Captives, #3-01, is an excellent way to start off the 3rd season. While it may not be the most combat heavy, it is a thrill and fun to play, and to run. I just got done running this module six (6) times at Gen Con, and I gotta say I loved every time. The combats that the parties took place in ever time were challanging, but not overly deadly. There is one typo though, and that is that is it suppose to be Inflict LIGHT Wounds, not Inflict SERIOUS Wounds.
The one thing I gotta say after running this so many times is that it is okay to shake things up a bit. Remember, you are in Irisen, so through a few monsters in there just to make the table nervous. It'll help society-only players keep interested in a society mod which as a surpisingly large amount of room for role-playing. People who may not like to role-play or don't know how can be engaged if they are on the verge of being eaten by a white dragon, or some such.
I had a ball running it, and remember, Jar-Jar Binx is a perfect goblin.