I am not a fan of randomized products. I want to know exactly what I’m getting when I purchase it. That’s why I love the Magic: The Gathering Intro Sets so freakin’ much. The idea of buying booster packs of miniatures leaves me completely flaccid. A lot of games work like this, I know. At least with the World of Warcraft Miniatures, they were exquisitely detailed. The Pathfinder Battle Miniatures leave more to be desired.
Don’t get me wrong. The Pathfinder miniatures aren’t bad. They’re very well painted. I just think the sculpted details are lackluster and flavorless. I prefer the D&D Board Game minis to these and those aren’t even in color.
They look like a lot of the generic miniatures I’ve bought at conventions for a dime or a quarter each. In five to ten years, these look like they could be sitting in the same kind of bin.
There are some miniatures in these sets that look like they could be very cool, but that is not what I got.
Giant spider: I already have four of these from Castle Ravenloft. Now I have two of them with some red. Whoo.
Gargoyle: Actually pretty cool. The wings have been painted to look a little more worn and the eyes are red, but this thing is mostly gray. He’s taller than the gargoyles I have from Castle Ravenloft, which are based on Wayne Reynolds art, of which I’m often a big fan.
Lizard Folk: Weirdly enough, this dude was the most impressive of the lot. He’s got a lot of different colors, there are patterns all over his scaly skin, and he’s wearing varying sorts of padded equipment, all topped off with a nifty trident. He stands out a great deal from the others.
Watch Officer: He’s such a dork, but he’s the perfect model for a generic city guard.
Vampire: He looks tougher than just a typical vampire. He looks more like a vampire lord. Even with all the nice details this guy has, he’s very skinny even when compared to the relatively small size of the other PF minis. He’s not as menacing as he should be.
There is a nice Pathfinder miniature set of predestined heroes for a little more money that is far more worthy of their value. Reaper Miniatures also has a lot of great miniatures made specifically for Pathfinder. There are a lot of great alternatives to Pathfinder Battle Miniatures. You won’t be missing out on much if you pass on these. Hopefully future series of these miniatures will be more impressive.
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