Join us in taking a look at Pathfinder Battles: Iconic Heroes Set 3, a set of 6 pre-painted miniatures for use in tabletop RPGs. We’re already big fans of using miniatures in our games of Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons, with most of our collection coming from the randomly packed booster boxes of minis from Paizo and WizKids. Not everyone chooses to use minis in their RPG sessions, but we love the added immersion and cinematic feel they bring.
The Iconic Heroes sets differ from the boosters as they contain a non-random selection of impressively sculpted and painted minis, recognisable from the beautiful artwork in the Pathfinder books. 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 set 3 box includes a large transparent panel allowing us to view the non-random selection of miniatures inside. Straight away we can see that these fantasy miniatures come with a more detailed sculpt and paint job than we see on many pre-painted minis.
On each side of the box we are given a snippet of backstory for the 6 Iconic Hero minis, from the powerful Gnome Summoner Balazar, to the unpredictable Elf Alchemist Damiel, there are some great characters here.
The rear of the box explains that not only are 6 Iconic Hero minis included inside, but also a pack of 6 cards for the Pathfinder adventure Card Game. These cards are exclusively available in this box set.
On opening up the box we have our 6 Iconic Hero minis held in place by a transparent plastic base. The minis and their plastic holder rest within a cardboard insert which is printed to look like dungeon stone. You could probably save this insert and use it to display the minis, or even use as part of an adventure during a game.
Before we take a closer look at our minis, lets not forget that each Pathfinder Battles Iconic Heroes set comes with a pack of boon cards for use in the Pathfinder Battle Adventure Card game. The six cards included in this set are: Rogue Eidolon, Mysterious Disk, Alchemy Lab, Splendiferous Hat, Veteran’s Longspear, and the Seer’s Headdress.
Ok, back to the minis! Here are the 6 Iconic Heroes minis removed from the packaging, we had to be careful when popping them out of the transparent plastic as they were held in place very tightly. Lets have a closer look at the individual heroes…
First up is Alain, Human Cavalier, an extremely heavily armed and armoured warrior. Check out the amount of little details in the armour and weapons on this guy! This one really is pretty stunning for a pre-painted miniature. The sculpt includes many layers of armour, straps and cloth, and these details plus more are picked out in the paint job. The red dragon hanging from his waist and the one on his shield are particularly nice. This mini along with all of the other minis in the Pathfinder Battles range comes with the name and set number printed under the base in white writing.
Number 2 in this set is Alahazra, Human Oracle. Once again we’ve got a great sculpt, especially in the flowing robes, hair, and impressive headdress. She’s in an action pose with her staff outstretched, and the paint job doesn’t let us down either – check out the patterns on her robes.
Number 3 is Imrijka, Half-Orc Inquisitor. This mini is a breath of fresh air as most other half-orc minis we’ve seen are yet another hulking brute. Imrijka looks a lot more agile, especially thanks to her flowing cloak and dynamic pose, ready to release an arrow from her bow. Her armour is highly detailed and there’s plenty of detail captured in the paintwork too, including her face even though you cant see much of it from most angles due to the brim of her hat.
We feel like Damiel, the Elf Alchemist mini will see a lot of use in our games. One of the best things about him is all the different little bits and pieces of equipment hanging from his belt and backpack, allowing him to brew and make use of various potions throughout his adventures. His pose sees him ready to lob a flask of something dangerous toward the enemy!
The remaining miniatures from set 3 come as pair, Balazar the Gnome Summoner, and Padrig, Eidolon.
Balazar the Gnome Summoner is a small sized creature, he’s carrying several magical implements and is wearing his robes and a splendiferous hat.
For comparison, here you can see Balazar from Iconic Heroes set 3, alongside the slightly brighter Balazar (right) from the Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep set.
Padrig the Eidolon, is definitely an interesting character and mini. This summoned creature is some kind of cross between a chicken and snake, with a tail that on the mini transitions into transparent plastic – a nice touch. There’s a fair amount of sculpted texture on this across its chicken and snake-like parts, and it could also see use as a Cockatrice when not being used as an Eidolon.
Here’s the set 3 hero miniatures together:
This is the second set of Iconic Heroes we’ve picked up (see our Iconic Heroes set 2 review) and we continue to enjoy the high quality of these non-random hero minis. These sets provide specific miniatures that might be difficult to acquire otherwise (…where else are you going to find a Half-Orc Inquisitor?) and will make great player characters or memorable NPCs. Those of you who also play the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game will also appreciate the inclusion of the 6 exclusive cards in each of these sets, but for us its all about the cool minis! Alain and Damiel are our personal favourites from this set – which are yours?