Pathfinder Battles Preview: Skull and Shackles
by Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)
Paizo Publishing, publishers of the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game as well as the Gamemastery line of gaming accessories, have introduced the newest edition of their Pathfinder Battles miniatures set for release Summer 2013. The new set is based on their Skull & Shackles Adventure Path, and includes 55 new miniatures to add to your gaming table, from pirates, to sea trolls (pictured below), to a giant bone dragon.
Pathfinder Battles is Paizo’s line of pre-painted plastic miniatures produced in partnership with WizKids, the maker of the various HeroClix line of miniature games. They are specifically designed for players or game masters who don’t have time to paint their own hordes of miniatures for the table top.
Skull & Shackles is an Adventure Path set in The Shackles, a series of pirate islands off the coast of the southern continent in the Inner Sea region in Golarion, Paizo’s campaign setting for their Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The Shackles is beset by an eternal hurricane known as the Eye of Abendego which spawned when the god Aroden died a century before.
For those new to tabletop gaming, and to Pathfinder in particular, an Adventure Path is a complete fantasy campaign in six installments generally designed to take characters from 1st to around 15th level, through puzzles, dungeons, intrigue, and so on. There are numerous ways to go through the story without a complete hack ‘n slash, though there are undoubtedly a myriad opportunities to crack some heads as well.
For those who order a case, Paizo will include the ginormous Gargantuan Skeletal Dragon, Brinebones. He stands a massive 6 inches tall on a 4 inch base.
You can purchase these highly detailed miniatures in either randomly assorted theme booster packs, or nonrandom encounter packs.