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    Critical Role official miniatures from Steamforged Games

    Either those are some really bad photographs or those are some unfortunately shallow facial details on a lot of the miniatures there :(.
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    Artemis 2.0 By Kev White

    She could be a giantess (imagine David Bowie singing we could be heroes but replace the lyrics with "she could be Giant"....).
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    Awaken Realms Etherfields

    Now that figure looks very Flower Knight from Kingdom Death doesn't it?
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    Norse/Northlands Campaign, No Grumps!

    Technically bugbears would make better viking monsters than orcs. The "original" Basic/1st edition AD&D bugbears were described as big hairy goblins who were strong, violent, sneaky and with a propensity for throwing small hafted weapons such as maces. Also their equipment had a generic dark ages feel. This could be the basis for a whole other discussion. One of the earliest Christian writings about pagan creatures regards a Christian meeting a Satyr who is weeping intensely. When asked why he cries he explains that he is weeping because when Christian humans die their souls go to heaven but because he is a pagan, he has no soul and thus shall never get to experience what heaven is like. Dwarfs in pre Christian myths and folklore are friendly and helpful. They are that little man by the side of the road asking for assistance and, if it is granted, he'll tell the hero some vital piece of information. Often the dwarf does not ask for any help in return. He's just helpful. When the Christians write of dwarfs suddenly they become evil, treacherous, untrustworthy and, later on, very Jewish. It's also worth remembering that, if you're using Norse mythology as a basis then the dwarfs are an insect based life form (being descended from the maggots and lice that infested Ymir's body). Not a lot of people choose to represent them as being insect based but that opens to interesting possibilities. Furthermore they are both the dvergr, the dokk, and the dokk alfar (literally dark elves). The word alfar means "not human" or "not from our local community". It's a way of Othering the outsiders and does not literally mean they are related to the elves. There's a reason I bring this up because...... Elves. In Norse mythology the elves (Liosalfar and Dokalfar) don't really do very much. The Liosalfar are basically light elementals (literally being without a physical body that are made of light). They never seem to do much apart from drift about being happy. The Dokalfar, on the other hand, may or may not be the dwarfs (it varies depending on interpretation). In Celtic mythology the Elves look just like normal people. However they live in The Otherworld (or The Other World, if you will). They are a race of passionate individuals who like to hunt or have parties that go on for centuries. They often get carried away with their activities and lose track of normal time. Nothing about pointed ears (although once or twice they are described as having "an Iron Tooth" or something similar like a cow's hoof although these might be part of the latter Christian demonising of them too). Later on, as the Christians write of elves they become smaller industrious like the German "The Elves and the Shoo Maker" kind of elves. Basically taking over the role previously played by the dwarfs. As we enter the 19th century they then become smaller, fairies, and become ineffective/infantalised/too obsessed with their own affairs to really be involved in those of other people.
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    [Game Mastering] Keep on the Borderlands & Beyond

    Good old Keep on the Borderlands. I've ran it a few times over the years but this one time ... I recall adding a little rumour to the keep about a very chaotic knight who was mortally wounded and retired to sit upon his throne with his four servants. There he intended to use blood rubies to drain their life force in an attempt to keep him alive. This was, of course, lending some backstory to location 52. As they adventured in the area my players shared the story around the campfire a few times. Therefore when they reached area 52 I added a non animated skeleton to the throne. Instead of simply assuming the four skeletons on the floor would get up and attack my players assumed that this was the chaotic knight they'd heard so much about and that the four cheap garnets in the throne were actually the blood rubies of legend. It added a beautiful touch to an otherwise fairly bland encounter.
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    Critical Role official miniatures from Steamforged Games

    You lucky blighter. Still waiting here in England. Whereabouts are you? It might help to know where they started sending them to first so I can see if there's a pattern emerging.
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    Norse/Northlands Campaign, No Grumps!

    He does know that the Cossacks were famous for being a bunch of undisciplined drunken troublemakers when not on duty, right? That hardly sits well with the concept of a devout religious pacifist/reluctant warrior who avoids the pleasures of the flesh such as wine and women.
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    Norse/Northlands Campaign, No Grumps!

    Those were really good cardboard hexes. There is a pdf version of the rulebook out there on the internet.
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    Spyglass Miniatures used to sell a rather dainty little Centaur back when they were in business. I believe Heresy Miniatures inherited most of Spyglass's fantasy sculpts and they sell her now. Human figure included for scale purposes (the human's slightly shorter around 25-28mm scale as opposed to the more popular 32-35mm we see a lot of these days). To put it another way both miniatures are on a 30mm lipped base. She's £6 from Heresy (currently £5.10 on sale). That's resin price. She used to be in metal. Some websites may still list her as a Spyglass Miniature (or possibly another company name beginning with an E who mostly sell miniatures of cars and very briefly had the license for some of the Spyglass sculpts before it lapsed and they all went to Heresy). So have a bit of a look around as someone might have some old stock lying around reduced to clear. In that case other site's copies might be old metal stock at different prices. She's a single part model. Easy to glue on a base and a lovely piece to practice wet blending or dry blending on as you transition between human and horse skin tones. Of course the disgusting thing about Steve Buddle's Spyglass range is that he not only sculpted the miniatures but did all his own studio paintjobs as well. Heresy also have another centaur called Garr'Sher (probably a Shergar reference). He's considerably larger, considerably more expensive, and currently out of stock (although that's probably only temporary). He's a pretty massive centaur barbarian so more of a centrepiece miniature than a regular herd member. He's resin now too (used to be in metal). Otherworld Miniatures have a handful of old school style Centaur sculpts (priced at £9 each). These are metal figures inspired by, or based on, 1st edition Monster Manual illustrations.
  10. Agramon Pit Fiend from Reaper comes pretty close (although rather more heavily muscled). The fireball in his hand is a separate part on the metal version. You might have to remove it from the Bones miniature.
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    Nocturna N-Paint & Fantasy Figures

    Oh no. Trust Nocturna to come up with some really great models just when I'm trying to save up for a convention in August.
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    Confrontation: Classic

    And even the reprinted Legends of Signum cards are way too thin as it is. Imagine how thin the first ones were.
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    Norse/Northlands Campaign, No Grumps!

    You could actually borrow from history here. When in foreign lands the Vikings had a belief that "our gods are at home. They're stronger there. The local gods here are stronger here because this is their land and our gods are far away." This was the excuse many used to change faith when in foreign lands. Then again many of the vikings who converted to Christianity did so because they got to keep the free shirt they'd wear while being baptised. One particular viking got baptised fourteen times (all in different places). He'd turn up, claim he'd seen the light or express interest in the new faith, get baptised and go somewhere else. Another thing you could borrow from history is viking carol singers. The practice of carol singing was actually originated by the vikings. They would learn the Christian songs and turn up outside Christian homes in winter singing carols. When the doors were opened they'd barge in and raid the place. What you're describing here sounds a lot like a world where Ragnarok has already happened but nobody knows it yet. As for Loki being "neutral rather than evil".... he only became evil when the Christian authors got hold of him and began trying to make him an allegory for the devil. Originally he was a far more neutral/ambivalent character. Loki was the god of fire. The other gods played with him and they got burned. When they treated him well he worked well for them. When they mistreated him he burned their fingers (and, in the case of Fenrir, literally the dog biting the hand that fed him).
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    Dwarf Miniatures by Yedharo/GT Studio

    They've decided to cancel the campaign, build up hype, show off sculpts for a few weeks and then relaunch. They claim the campaign wasn't going in the direction they wanted (which probably means wasn't getting a load of funding very quickly). Personally I don't like many of the sculpts. The Trollslayers are kind of okay but most of the others just look a bit off to me. Too much Todd Lockwood Dragonpunk in the designs for my liking.
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    Awaken Realms Etherfields

    Blimey. I got my core box months ago. Still waiting for the expansions/2nd wave. The quality of their big miniatures is okay but the detail on their human sized figures is somewhat shallow or lacking. Something's not translating from the initial sculpts they show off to the final production samples they proudly display (and they seem to be totally fine with this). That being said the games they make are quite fun. If you're backing a Awaken realms project for the miniatures - don't. If you're backing it for the gameplay then by all means back and enjoy :). Aku - Chan. I don't know if we're allowed to post videos here but I'll PM you with a link to a reasonably fair video review of some of their miniatures.