Join us for a look at the Pathfinder Battles: Reign of Winter Monsters Encounter Pack, containing 2 huge RPG miniatures that will tower over your adventurers. This set from Paizo Publishing and WizKids Games is inspired by the Reign of Winter Adventure Path for Pathfinder and is available for $39.99 direct from Paizo.
The front of the box has a window showing off the 2 huge miniatures inside, the ferocious Frost Worm and the hulking Svathurim. We’re big fans of using miniatures to play out epic battles in our RPG sessions, so we can’t wait to get a closer look at these huge monsters.
The sides of the box are covered in some absolutely gorgeous artwork showing these tremendous monsters in action.
The back of the box explains that these monsters have been inspired by the Reign of Winter Pathfinder Adventure Path (but can obviously be used in other fantasy campaigns too). We get also get a short paragraph introducing each of these huge monsters.
The mighty FROST WORM, apex predator of the icy wastes, captivates foes with a keening cry before freezing them with the chill radiation of its frigid body and chewing their crunchy remains with its terrible jaws.
The hulking SVATHURIM, spawn of the frost giant god, wanders the northern tundras, lording over its icy domain and vanquishing interlopers from warmer climes.
These huge miniatures have been well protected through a combination of the cardboard inner and outer boxes, plus some vacuum formed plastic and twist ties to keep them in place.
Each of these miniatures comes pre-painted and ready to use straight out of the box. Both have vibrant paint jobs, and are cast in solid plastic, they appear to be very durable minis. Written beneath the base of each miniature is the set name abbreviation, the name of the creature and it’s number in the set.
The Svathurim appears to be a huge centaur-like mix of a frost giant upper body with an eight legged equine lower body. Here are a few shots from different angles:
The vibrant blue of the Svathurim’s skin contrasts well with the white beard and the black, silver, and gold used in on its equipment. There’s a fair bit of detail here, the armour is fully textured with small plates, and the shield contains a range of concentric patterns. You can also see the Svathurim’s spear, the shaft on our one is a bit wobbly, we’ll see if we can straighten it up later by dipping it in some hot water and reshaping.
On the lower half of the Svathurim you can see the impressive and highly muscled eight-legged equine form. The hair and hooves have been picked out with paint, and you can also see the Svathurim’s quiver of arrows which is almost the size of your average adventurer!
From the rear you can see some more of the details, the Svathurim’s golden bracer, its massive bow, and some smaller things like its belt and the strap for the quiver.
Here’s the other beast in the box, the huge Frost Worm, what a monster!
The Frost Worm’s single glossy red eye is dwarfed by a pretty horrific looking toothy maw.
The Frost Worm is covered in thick natural armour which has been given a great paint job to look quite icy.
The Frost Worm is sculpted to be erupting from icy ground, which is a great effect. If you wanted to use this monster in a different environment, it would be an easy job to repaint the ice as earth or rock with a quick coat of brown or grey paint.
To give you an idea of just how big these monsters are, here’s each one alongside the large sized Clockwork Golem and medium sized Half-Orc Adept from the recent Pathfinder Battles: Dungeons Deep set. With your average adventurer being around the size of the Half-Orc, you can see how terrifying these beasts are.
Collectors of pre-painted RPG miniatures might be interested to see how the Frost Worm stacks up against the now out of production Purple Worm, an iconic monster from the War of the Dragon Queen D&D Miniatures set.
As a last show of just how big these Reign of Winter monsters are, here they are alongside the Gargantuan Red Dragon from the Dungeons Deep set. The Gargantuan Red Dragon is one of the most heavily built and aggressive looking dragons we own, but as you can see the Svathurim and Frost Worm hold up well against it.
Both of these huge monsters are great quality pieces, and will definitely see some action in our tabletop RPG sessions including Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons. We’ve especially fallen in love with the terrifying looking Frost Worm, but there’s nice details on both the sculpts and both have received decent paint jobs. We’ve long been fans of using miniatures in our RPG sessions, and there’s no doubt that if you place one of these down in front of an adventuring party it’s going to make an impact. If you’d like to see more from the Pathfinder Battle range, head over to: http://paizo.com/pathfinderbattles