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ELVES Set 1 - Forest Ambush $3.50 $2.45
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ELVES Set 1 - Forest Ambush
Publisher: PERMES
by Alastair M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/16/2013 06:42:09

Probably the cream of the Permes fantasy figure range so far, this set shows off both the scope of what can be achieved with paper miniatures, and the quality of the Permes artwork and design. That artwork alone is superb, with clarity and precision in line and colour, the forms all anatomically correct and nicely animated, with complete front and rear views. Armaments for the troops are roughly half bows, including both command figures, half a wide range of melee weapons. While billed as Elves, aside from their pointed ears, not visible through hoods and helmets on many, these figures could equally pass for fantasy humans. Perhaps most interestingly, except for ten too heavily-robed and hooded to tell, the Elves are female, so could be used for mythological Amazon-type troops as well. No two are quite the same, thanks to variations in posture, colour scheme, weaponry or kit, while if you need more options, there are spare shields and shield fronts to add as desired, plus one figure who can be customized as a standard-bearer or a different warrior.

Besides the humanoids, there are four sabre-toothed big cats, all posed in mid-leap, one grouped with a humanoid Beastmaster, two near-identical (there seems to be a subtle difference in fur colour - or maybe that's just my printer!) with separate small scenery pieces to add that they can be leaping from, and a larger grey cat with optional 2D feathered wings. There are also nine other 2D scenery items from, in decreasing size, a felled tree with its trunk, another fallen trunk, undergrowth, rocks and bushes, down to a large boulder, along with three shields set in the ground as a wall, and a wicker screen for similar use. I'd have liked more of these shield-walls and wicker hurdles. The shield-wall page has a range of optional three-shield-group faces, but no further backs for example, which seems something of a rare oversight, if a fairly minor one.

The only real problem with the set is there are no figure bases provided. These may once have been available on the Permes website, but that seems (April-May 2013) to have vanished into the ether. The designer does have a blog still, in Polish only, which for non-Polish speakers is hard to navigate, so my recommendation would be to pick up a range of different sized bases free from the One Monk paper figures website instead. This is chiefly because the One Monk base textures can be freely downloaded from there too, and you will need some to create your own bases for the three largest scenery pieces here, which are 90mm (3½ inches) up to 130mm (5¼ inches) long. I'd guess many paper figure fans will have these to-hand already, so this is probably just something to be aware of, rather than a major difficulty.

Overall, this is a beautiful set, showing real care and thought in the figures and scenic pieces, a credit to the designer, and a challenge to match or surpass in future. More please!



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
ELVES Set 1 - Forest Ambush
Publisher: PERMES
by Ricardo N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/30/2012 12:25:44

An awesome set of paper models presented with great amount of detail and many options. Very nice to play skirmish games, RPGs or build dioramas.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
ELVES Set 1 - Forest Ambush
Publisher: PERMES
by David W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/24/2012 09:46:33

What an AMAZING set! This set brings the feel of the comic-book style of art I grew up with.

It is great to see squads of soldiers (or achers in this case) with various color options to either represent one figure in 5 separate levels (in a game format that might allow you advancement), or simply 5 warriors in a squad, each with their own style. This also give you the options of printing several pages to build entire squads in one separate color, to help with damage and unit tracking in large-scale games.

Aside from some of the most beautiful artwork in minitaures I have seen to date, this set also includes various terrain pieces, and even a few weapon and shield options.

I would have liked to have seen the larger shields be set up more like the bucklers. A fold-over version on the larger shields would have made it easier to assemble them. Perhaps by sacrificing a few color options, you could lay this out to give each shiled front a back that is able to be lined up and trimmed easier.

Even with that minor "flaw" (read as: personal preference), I could not give this set ANYTHING else but 5/5stars! Absolutely BRILLIANT!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
ELVES Set 1 - Forest Ambush
Publisher: PERMES
by John K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/24/2012 09:40:17

These two initial sets have raised the bar very high and are very good value for money. Permes, the Polish based publisher has thousands of beautifully crafted cardboard figures in non-garish colours in their inventory. This Set, part of their World of Fantasy Range, highlights the gorgeously coloured and outfitted Wood Elf Warriors in ambush. It provides more figures than my card table can accommodate, but they are so useful, not just for Fantasy Wargaming, but Fantasy Roleplaying too. With scenery they will make up as lovely dioramas too. All figures have good poses. There is a fair variety of figures including specialists. I look forward to gaming with them.

Not being a Polish speaker, I am very glad that the rest of these products will, hopefully, be available in DriveThruRPG. These are Elves, but the Polish site has Dwarves, Monsters, Fantasy armies, Roman, Persians, Greek, Dark Ages and Medieval, Renaissance, some Napoleonic, Wild West, Samurai, Swashbucklers and Pirates, and other assorted offerings. I wish Permes Carboard Models well.

'Tak!' or 'Thank you' - one of the very few bits of Polish that I've picked up... ;o)



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
ELVES Set 1 - Forest Ambush
Publisher: PERMES
by Dave H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/23/2012 12:19:23

Absolutely stunning! A full horde of Elven goodness. Looking forward to more offerings in the future ... VK



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