Lets open up some Pathfinder Battles, the Lost Coast booster boxes! We’re big fans of using miniatures in our tabletop RPG sessions, and have been collecting the pre-painted miniatures designed for D&D and Pathfinder for quite some time. The Lost Cost is the most recent set from Paizo/WizKids although a new set titled Dungeons Deep is on the way this June. Until then we’re going to be opening up these Lost Coast boosters, and taking a look at the heroes, monsters, and other creatures contained within.
Each the Lost Coast booster box is priced at around $15.99 and contains 1 large size miniature plus 3 medium and/or small sized miniatures. all of the miniatures are pre-painted so that you can use them right away, and consist of a tough plastic so they can stand up to regular use on the tabletop. The miniatures inside are randomly selected, so you never know which ones you’re going to get until you open the box!
The front of each of the Lost Coast boosters shows off some great artwork in which a party of adventures are taking on some Boggards (frog-like creatures that we’ll see later on in this set). There is also a bright orange panel letting you know this is a standard sized booster which contains medium and large creatures.
The sides of the booster box display some of the miniatures you might pull from these randomly stocked boxes. Some great looking minis here including a Green Dragon, Gnome Eldritch Knight, and Goblin Mutant. The rear of the box lets us know that this is a 45 figure set and shows us a preview of the Gargantuan Shemhazian Demon, a unique figure which is the 45th mini in the set, and is only available as a separate purchase.
Here’s the contents of our first Pathfinder Battles the Lost Coast booster, a single large sized creature protected by a vacuum-formed plastic shell and 3 small or medium sized minis in bubblewrap pouches.
Our large miniature in this case is a beefy looking Hill Giant Chief, along with a medium sized Green Hag, a medium sized female character known as Etainia, and a small sized Gnome Eldritch Knight. As you may have come to expect with this kind of pre-painted miniature, the name and other details are printed on the base so that you can easily identify which set these are from and what number in the set they are.
Lets take a closer look at these minis – we’ll start with the Gnome Eldritch Knight, a cool looking small character in fancy clothes/armour and carrying a warhammer. Both the paint job and sculpt are good for such a small miniature, and you can see in the second photo we’ve included a Rock Gnome Female Wizard from the Dungeons and Dragons Tyranny of Dragons line of miniatures for scale.
Next up is the Green Hag, a creepy looking medium sized creature from the Pathfinder Bestiary. Her hunched pose, ragged clothes, and sickly looking skin work well, and when comparing this to the Green Hag from the Tyranny of Dragons set (second photo), this one definitely looks a bit more monstrous and intimidating.
The last of our small/medium miniatures from our first booster is Etainia, the Mother of Monsters. This is the kind of miniature that would make an excellent final boss type encounter, with her exposed belly filled with an evil monstrous creature, and unusual gauntlets and cloak. Etainia would pair well with the Lamashtu cultists also available in this set to run an adventure against this evil cult. In the second photo you can see we’ve included an Elf Wizard from the D&D Icons of the Realm Starter Set for scale.
Our Large mini from this booster is this extremely characterful Hill Giant Chief. This character appears in the Kingmaker Adventure Path and it’s miniature is covered in great details to bring this dim-witted giant to life. Not everyone will be a fan of the dungarees but the necklace of bones and skulls, and the club made of many logs are great. He’s also covered in scars and his confused expression is set off by his running nose. We can imagine having great fun with a character like this in our RPG sessions.
On opening up the remaining booster boxes, here is an overview of the other miniatures we got, excluding any doubles. There’s some very interesting stuff here, and loads of creatures that wuill see regular use in our games. We’ll take a closer look at the individual minis below.
Man we love these. These guys are Boggards, also known as Bullywugs in the Dungeons and Dragons universe. On the left we have the Leaping Boggard, looking totally insane as he leaps into battle with his club. He’s held in the air with a flight stand, and has and excellent sculpt and paint job. Definitely one of our favourite minis from this set. On the right is his froggy ally, the Boggard Warrior, another all-round good mini with a particularly nice details on the weapon and face. We’re going to have to pick up a few more of these guys!
We were lucky enough to pull one of each of these small sized elementals from our boosters. A commonly summoned creature by low-level adventures the small elementals all have great sculpts that tie in thematically with the larger elementals available in previous sets. If you’re involved in higher level adventures these could make great mephits. The Small Air Elemental on the left pulls off the twisting wind effect well, especially on such a small scale. The Small Water Elemental has a very dynamic pose and makes good use of blue translucent plastic. The Small Earth Elemental includes lots of rocky detail and has his face well protected by his armoured body. The metallic green spikes on his back add some extra wow to this tiny mini, representing crystals or minerals from the earth. The Small Fire Elemental finishes off the set with another dynamic pose and use of translucent plastic with a small amount of paint to help bring out the details on this great looking miniature.
These 2 are clearly not your average goblins! The larger fellow is the Goblin Mutant, he’s medium sized and with his multiple arms/weapons and large head he has a great 3D presence, and looks good from all angles. His sword is translucent and he has a great paint job. He’s a weird creature but has loads of character – we really like him. The smaller goblin next to him is a Goblin Druid, with a cool little translucent flame blade. He fits in well with other goblins from the Pathfinder range and would work equally well as any type of goblin spell caster. In the second photo we have included a Dungeons and Dragons Tyranny of Dragons Goblin Fighter both for scale and to show off the totally different goblin styles.
Who doesn’t need a set of evil cult/gang/organisation members to use in their campaign? In the rear we have Lamashtu Thug 1 & 2 and at the front, a Lamashtu Cultist. It’s great how these guys all match, while carrying different weapon options. The two thugs come in either a rogue-like style with twin blades, or a ranged fighter with crossbow. The cultist carries a vial of the mystical waters of Lamashtu, but this can easily pass as other magic objects or spells giving you a lot of options to make use of this mini. These Lamashtu miniatures are going to come in very handy!
The next mini is shown with the Gnome Eldritch Knight we acquired earlier for scale …it’s the Squealy Nord! This is a great little piggy miniature which ties into the We Be Goblins Adventure Path. It’s a nice sculpt for a small mini and although it doesn’t come across in the photo, it has a great expression on its face. This could also pair well with the old Dungeons and Dragons Pig Farmer miniature for anyone that has some older minis.
Shown here with the Goblin Druid for scale is the Goblin Snake, a weird-looking snake-like creature with a goblin head. Useful in low level encounters, these cruel and selfish creatures care only for their next meal and to indulge their unfounded arrogance.
Shown here with Etainia is the Firepelt Cougar, a feline beast that is unique to Pathfinder. The sculpt feels like it has slightly cartoonish proportions (especially the large head) and the fire pelt is represented by a fairly basic gold stripe down its back. Not a bad mini, and would make a great animal companion.
Next up are 3 medium sized humanoid characters. Left to right we have Brodert Quink, Justice Ironbriar, and a Shifty Noble. Brodert looks like a scholar, librarian, or sage with his book and glasses and is a very nice mini with both good details and a nice paint job. It’s great to get some non-combat related NPC types figures, so no complaints here. Justice Ironbriar is an awesome name, and this elf cleric mini would make a great player character or imperious NPC. Unfortunately the paint job on our Ironbriar mini has suffered around the face leaving looking a bit undead! The Shifty Noble is an interesting mini with it’s come-hither pose while clutching a dagger behind her back. Not quite sure where we would fit this one into our games – possibly an enchantress or rogue?
Next to our Green Hag is the Sinspawn Champion, a creepy and intimidatingly large creature on a medium base. This will go well with a couple of other Sinspawn we picked up from the older Pathfinder Battles Rise of the Runelords set, and is definitely large enough to be the champion. Would also make a good Bodak for D&D players.
Look at the size of this Troll! Justice Ironbriar is in some serious trouble (…even in his undead state!). It’s great to see this Troll appear since we remember a previous and severely undersized Troll from older Heroes and Monsters set. You can see a comparison between this new larger Troll and the older, smaller one in the second photo – much better this time eh? This large miniature has great details, especially around the face and the paint job is decent. Our one has some quite visible seams at the shoulders, but that probably varies from mini to mini.
Next up in our list of pulls are these 3 large sized creatures, the Fire Giant King on the left, Conna the Wise in the middle, and Malugus Kreeg on the right.
The Fire Giant King is an impressive mini with great use of translucent plastic along with some nice metallic blue and silver paintwork. It’s a good looking sculpt with flowing flame hair and ornate armour. Not much more to say on this one, it’s just a great mini.
Here is Conna the Wise (right) shown with an older Stone Giant mini from the Pathfinder Battles Rise of the Runelords set. Conna is a female Stone Giant miniature with some great details including the fur cloak, skirt, and bracers. She’s a little shorter than the male Stone Giant minis, but still works well with them, hopefully we’ll see other female giant minis in future!
Malugus Kreeg is shown here accompanied by two other ogres from the older Pathfinder Battles Rise of the Runelords set behind him. He’s a chunky and mean looking ogre character that works well with similar ogres from previous sets. His sculpt includes plenty of detail and a menacing expression, and the paint job is good. And all-round decent ogre mini.
The last of our pulls are these two large dragon-like creatures. On the left is the Forest Drake and on the Right is the Large Bronze Dragon.
We’re big fans of the Forest Drake miniature, it has some very clever details like twisted vines for the tail and wooden looking horns. With it’s great sculpt and well applied paint, this is one of our favourite minis from the Lost Coast set.
Here we have the Large Bronze Dragon on the right along with it’s D&D cousin, the Bronze Dragon from the Dungeons and Dragons Elemental Evil set for comparison. These two minis actually compliment each other really well, and its nice to have access to the different poses. The Pathfinder Bronze Dragon is great looking and it’s sculpt includes lots of sharp details. It’s a fearsome looking beast that we’re glad to own.
We had great fun opening up these 8 Pathfinder Battles the Lost Coast boosters. The first thing we noticed is that unlike a few of the minis we got in older Pathfinder sets, every single one of these was well protected and arrived to us in perfect condition. It’s great to see that Paizo/WizKids have stepped up their game here. The minis we pulled were a great selection and there’s very few that wouldn’t see regular use in our games, special shout-outs have to go to the Small Elementals and Boggards which are simply fantastic minis. The next set of Pathfinder Battles miniatures is due in June this year, and based on previews over at the Paizo Blog, we eagerly await the Dungeons Deep set!