|Lisa Stevens CEO|
Continuing a theme of revealing news about upcoming Paizo products, today we put up images of the miniatures sculpts for the upcoming <a href="/store/byCompany/p/paizoPublishingLLC/byProductType/roleplayingProduc ts/v5748btpy7fir">Compleat Encounters: Dark Elf Sanctum</a>. This product is the first in our new line of GameMastery products, dedicated to helping out the poor harried DM whose players take a left turn at Albuquerque. If the players' actions throw you for a loss, these Compleat Encounter sets will allow you to drop a cool encounter into the action without missing a beat. Each set comes with miniatures, an encounter map scaled for miniatures, and an encounter booklet with a complete mini-adventure.
The first set takes you down to the murky depths of the Underdark, where a <a href="/download/gamemastery/DarkElfSanctumMini1-large.jpg">Dark Elf Priestess</a> is using the powers of her evil god to summon a <a href="/download/gamemastery/DarkElfSanctumMini3-large.jpg">rather nasty-looking demon</a> through a <a href="/download/gamemastery/DarkElfSanctumMini2-large.jpg">thoroughly evil-looking portal</a>. In the coming weeks, we will preview the map art from Chris West and show off the fully painted minis. You can <a href="/store/byCompany/p/paizoPublishingLLC/byProductType/roleplayingProduc ts/v5748btpy7fir">order your copy on paizo.com</a> or ask your FLGS owner to order one for you from his distributor. In either case, this will be a product that will let you rest easy the next time your players throw a ringer at you!
And get your first peek at the GameMastery Campaign Workbook by checking out our <a href="/store/byCompany/p/paizoPublishingLLC/byBrand/gameMasteryLine/v5748bt py7fiz">prototype for the cover</a>.
|Erik Mona Chief Creative Officer, Publisher|
Because pre-painted plastic miniatures have an enormous set-up cost, and require print runs in the millions to be worthwhile. Plus, you can't yet get the same level of details with a prepainted plastic mini that you can with a metal miniature, so the way we're doing it is more likely to pick up the great detail Wayne Reynolds put into the character illustrations.
Plus, painting miniatures is fun.
Dragon & Dungeon
|Amber Scott Contributor|
Why metal minis with the GameMastery products. If the assumption is that DMs don't have enough time, why would you use unpainted metal minis instead of the wonderful plastic ones?
From reading Lisa's post, I gathered that the assumption was "the DM wasn't expecting the players to do that" and needed something to drop in, not that the DM is pressed for time. I can see painting these suckers up and keeping them on hand for the day when I suddenly need to drop in a Compleat adventure.
That was my interpretation, anyway. And I agree that painting minis is fun (although I do love the plastic minis line too).