Miniatures, for those of us who don?t want to ?collect? miniatures, due to limited space, cash, or desire, are a necessary evil due to the many games with detailed tactical combat systems. This puts us in a bind; miniatures make handling combat much easier, but how to use them without having to handle a ton of minis. Paper minis provide a good solution for to this problem. Paper minis provide a nice alternative to traditional minis, in that they are inexpensive and disposable. When they are packaged as a PDF, you are provided with a reusable, readily available source of minis for your games. Print those that you need, when they get to be a pain to have lying around, you can throw them away, with PDF tucked away for when you need to print some more. They are also handy for ?collectors? of traditional minis to provide additional figures, or non-precious stand-ins if you don?t want to worry about your minis being damaged or lost at an unfamiliar, or merely overcrowded, gaming table.
The figures in Arion Games? miniatures sets come in 3 styles, ?A-frame?, ?Flat?, and ?Triagonal?. The ?A-frame?, and ?Flat? figures can be constructed from the same sheets, depending on how they are cut-out. The ?Triagonal? minis are constructed from a separate sheet. These construction choices provide additional options in preparing your minis for use in the game, major characters or monsters can be constructed as the ?Triagonal? versions to provide a more visual flair, and to emphasize their importance. Other figures can be done as ?A-Frame? or flat versions to make them easier to handle or distinguish them from each other, thus providing a functional use beyond their graphical characteristics.
The instructions are easy to follow and assembling the minis is quick and painless, just requiring a bit of work with scissors and some glue. There are also instructions provided on how to prepare a custom sheet of figures to meet your specific needs. The minis look good, even when printed on plain paper. Each figure is drawn from a 3D rendering (done in Poser using figures provided by DAZED, according to the credits), providing sharp detail and life-like shading, even when printed.
This 5 page PDF (9 with cover & assembly instructions) provides an expansive set of 41 paper miniatures featuring a selection of 34 ?Fantasy? hero figures of all archetypes, Barbarians, Fighters, Rogues, Wizards, Clerics, Elves, Dwarves, Paladins, Druids, Archers etc. It also includes four mounted figures, a mounted Elf Knight, a mounted Paladin, a mounted Female Scout, and a Pack Pony.
The set includes two Archer figures (both a male and female, each looking quit striking in light armor and hip mounted quiver), two Barbarian figures (one male, looking far too cartoony for my taste, and one female one who makes Red Sonja proud (The new comic, not the movie!), seven Fighters figures (six male and one female by my count, it?s kind of hard to tell, they?re all wearing armor! Their panoply covers the gamut of the medieval era, looking Saxon, Norman, late medieval, and Persian like.), one Elven Sorceress figure (who seems to be holding a lemon-lime slurpee fast-frozen as it was dumped from the 2nd floor balcony in the mall.), two Dwarf Fighters figures (could be female, who can tell with Dwarves, both very Nordic influenced), one Halfling figure (looking like he just escaped the Rankin-Bass version of the hobbit.), one Paladin figure(in silvered ornate half-plate), one Valkyrie figure (which works as a generic Nordic inspired female fighter), one Priestess figure (in a plain white robe style dress), one Bard (ready for business with a sword over his shoulder), one Cleric figure (looking quintessentially D&D Cleric like with the mace he is sporting), one Female Scout figure, one Rogue figure, one Dwarven Cleric figure, two Wizards figures (one old school Tolkienesque style wizard, and one new school stylin? wizard in a subdued overcoat style robe with high contrast hem & sleeves, he wins the best dressed wizard award.), two Thieves figures (one male and female) one Warrior Mage (in light rogue style clothing brandishing something or other), one Elf Knight figure (with a baroque helmet), one Druid figure (Looking very much like Grizzly Adams in a white robe.)
Finally there are the four mounted figures, one Mounted Paladin figure, one Mounted Female Scout, one Mounted Elf Knight figure, and one Pack Pony.
Overall, this is very good set from Arion games. This is an earlier set in the series, and the figures seem a bit smaller and muddier compared to the later sets, however, the variety and number more than makes up for the less detailed artwork. Many of the figures, such as the Fighter, Archer, and Scout figures, would work well for historical gaming, or you can prepare several of a particular fighter figure appropriate to the historical period. Adding in the fact that you can print as many as you need, and prepare your own figure sheets, this is excellent value as well. I recommend this set to anyone looking for large section of Fantasy figures for general use, particularly for PC figures.
<b>LIKED</b>: Fighter figures, Archer Figures, Female Barbarian<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: barbarian too cartoony, Elven Sorceress, Warrior Mage.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>