If you are like this reviewer, you have neither the desire, or space, or cash, to ?collect? traditional miniatures. Yet, with the tactical combat systems used in many game systems these days, being able to bust out the battle mat and a set of minis is often necessary. Thus you find yourself looking for a practical and inexpensive option for your miniatures needs. Paper miniatures meet this need. You are able to print as many of a particular figure as you need, without having to invest too much money in them, or time and effort, in the case of those who paint their minis. It also saves you from having to worry about your painstakingly painted miniature falling off the table and getting eaten by your friend?s dog, who would surely suffer from the ?Stick of Pain!? for such a faux paus. In short, paper minis are an attractive option for their low cost and convenience, and are also logical options for collectors needing a particular miniature, or several of them, for their game.
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, which are not included in this PDF, but are available on the publisher?s website, are easy to follow and assembling the minis is quick and painless, just requiring a bit of work with scissors and some glue. 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 3 page PDF (4 with cover) provides a set of 19 paper miniatures featuring historical Saracens figures. The Saracens were the ruler?s of the Holy Land during the period of the Crusades. The miniatures include two Saracen Archers figures, three Saracen Soldiers figures, three Desert Nomad figures, in the traditional loose robes and head garb of the region, one Saracen Lady figure, three Saracen Knights, in the colorfully decorated light armor favored by the warriors in the region, one Saracen King figure, looking quite noble and daunting, one Saracen Physician figure, and one Saracen Merchant figure. The set also includes 4 mounted miniatures, one Mounted Saracen Archer figure, one Mounted Saracen Knight figure, one Mounted Saracen King figure, and one Mounted Desert Nomad figure.
Overall, this is an excellent product from Arion Games, providing a beautifully detailed believable set of historical based figures for your historical or fantasy gaming needs. 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. The figures provide a nice Middle Eastern flavor making them a good choice for more exotic cultures in a fantasy game and a nice change of pace from western European style figures. They are of course perfect for a Crusade era game, and I recommend them to anyone who might need such a set of figures for their game.
<b>LIKED</b>: Mounted Nomad, King<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Figures seem a bit small compared to paper size.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>