Join us as we take our first leap into the Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes range of pre-painted fantasy miniatures. We’ve picked up set 2 for this review, but WizKids and Paizo are actually releasing set 5 of this range around this time so we’ve got some catching up to do!
We’re already big fans of the Pathfinder Battles range of randomly packed booster boxes (as you can see from our previous Pathfinder miniature reviews), but the Iconic Heroes range sets itself apart by bringing us non-randomized sets of 6 legendary characters, each with premium paint jobs. These sets are aimed at both RPG players and players of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and have an RRP of £24.99 ($29.99). Those of you in the UK/Europe can checkout the new Store Locator from Esdevium Games to find a local store likely to stock these kinds of minis.
The front of our Iconic Heroes box includes a transparent panel allowing us to see the hero miniatures inside, and straight away we can see that these come with a higher standard of paint job than we see on many pre-painted minis, there’s a lot of little details and some great poses on these guys.
The sides of the box catch us up on the back story of these famous faces, Amiri the Human Barabarian’s backstory is particularly epic!
The back of the box explains exactly whats included inside, we’ve got the 6 Iconic Heroes miniatures we saw from the front, but also inside are 6 exclusive cards for use with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.
Opening up our box we can see our minis are held in place by a transparent plastic base which keeps them safe. The plastic base sits within a cardboard sleeve with a dungeon stone theme which is a great backdrop to the minis.
A quick look underneath the internal packaging reveals where our boon cards for use with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game are hidden.
The 6 boon cards exclusive to this set are: Arcane Robes, Biter, Blessing of the Dawnflower, Footpad’s Boots, Frost Giant’s Sword +1, and Teapot. A couple of these seem like they should be very useful in the game.
Removing the minis from the packaging, you can see we’ve got 6 eye catching RPG miniatures in some dynamic poses. You’ll recognise these characters from the artwork in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, 5 minis representing player character classes, plus an animal companion.
First up is Amiri, Human Barbarian. She’s swinging a massive sword and includes a good level of detail in the painting, especially in the eyes and face tattoo (remember these minis are much smaller in person than in these photos!) Her base is marked underneath with white writing including her name and set number. This powerful female barbarian is a very welcome addition to our mini collection.
Next up is Kyra, Human Cleric. We’re really impressed with the detail on this one, the sculpt itself includes lots of layers and textures, and the painting goes even further including many intricate patterns. This is an excellent character mini!
This is Ezren, Human Wizard. The thing that particularly stands out for us with this mini is his equipment, he’s absolutely covered with bags, pouches, wizard tools, and weapons, so he really looks ready to take part in an adventure.
Here’s Merisiel, Elf Rogue. Sculpted in an action pose, Merisiel is ready for action with her blade drawn. Other sculpted details include a row of daggers along her shoulders, and more along the waist, and the painting is good, especially around the face.
Lastly we have Harsk, Dwarf Ranger and his animal companion Biter the Badger, these guys are very cool. Harsk comes with lots of adventuring equipment stacked up on his back and carries a brutal looking axe. He has some nice details, especially on this sleeves of his clothing. Biter is an awesome little critter although his face could have been better defined in the paint on the mini we received – he’ll definitely see some use in our games.
Just for comparison with other pre-painted miniatures, here’s Biter alongside the larger Celestial Dire badger from the now out of production Dungeons and Dragons Death Knell set.
Here’s our Iconic Heroes set 2 minis ready for adventure!
This was our first look at the Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes range, and we’ll definitely be picking up some more of the sets in future. Some people will love the fact that these are non-randomised so that you know exactly which minis you’ll end up with, and with their higher level of painting they’re perfect for use as player minis or important NPCs in your RPG sessions. Kyra and Harsk are our personal favourites from this set – which are yours?