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D&D Miniatures Harbinger Booster Pack: A D&D Miniatures Game Product Misc. Supplies


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  • Misc. Supplies
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786933151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786933150
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 10.7 x 5.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on March 2 2004
The Harbinger and Dragon Eye expansions are a great way of accumulating miniatures for your roleplaying enjoyment. Don't expect any professional paint jobs using dry brush and ink techniques, and you'll be well pleased. For the price, this is the way to go to quickly enjoy miniatures battles.
For those that enjoy customizing/painting miniatures, these provide a suitable paint foundation to expand upon. Rather than having to start from the ground up as you would w/typical miniatures you buy for $5 a pop, you can quickly improve upon the look of the miniature through your own drybrush and inking techniques straight out of the box. Add ground cover and you've got a professional looking miniature that closely rivals lead-based.
Another advantage of using plastic miniatures is their ability to withstand being tossed around more during battle, or in storage. Paint on lead-based miniatures tend to chip more often due to their shear weight and inflexibility when colliding with other miniatures or objects.
The drawback w/plastic is that many long swords on these miniatures look more like melted taffy than strong and dangerous instruments of destruction.
Have fun!
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For a complete review of the harbinger miniature line, please see my post on the entry pack...
What should be stated in addition to that previous post is that the price per miniature is cheaper (even though it provides fewer miniatures than the entry pack) - the expansion packs DO NOT provide the terrain cards, fold-out map, 20-sided die, or rulebook. Expansions packs are a great way to bulk-up on your collection. However, as you start to collect more expansion packs - you will increasingly be provided with the common miniatures that you no longer want and will still be missing some of the more rare miniatures that you desire. This is the result of randomized packaging. Your only hope is to sell your undesired miniatures individually or hope to trade groups of them for a single rare miniature (others like having tons of common miniatures for mass battles).
I only gave the expansion pack 3 stars because I would like to see the price per miniature to be lower, or for them to increase the number of miniatures per package. It should also be noted that the Harbinger series is going to be the BASE miniature line for D&D for maybe a year. After the next series, Dragoneye, is released - the harbinger expansion packs are likely to become unavailable (although the entry packs should be available for the year).
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I picked up a few of these to check them out. I have played with minis for over 20 years. Most of my minis are metal figures I picked up over 20 years ago - I have about 150 of them. And in all that time I've only managed to paint about 30-40 of them. I do enjoy painting them and I think they are very good figures. They also cost me 3-8 dollars each and required an investment in paint, brushes, and a lot of time just to get a handful of them painted. Contrast that to a price of $1.25-$1.00 each (or less, there are places where you can get them cheaper than that) and it becomes obvious what the value of these figures are. Are they lower quality than a painted metal figure. Of course. That is a ridiculous comparison, because they cost so much less. If you want a collection of 100 orcs, all painted, in metal, you are welcome to spend $500 to do so, and take a year off of work to paint them. For me, I'm happy to still paint those figures that I have (and pick up other singles that I really like) and I'll use the cheap, painted, plastic ones as more than adequate figures for a supporting role my game.
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The expansion pack contains 8 prepainted flexible plastic figures, in a typical distribution of 4 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare. Also contained are 8 related cards for each of the figures, with rules for use in the D&D Miniature Skirmish game on one side and the D&D roleplaying game on the reverse side. If you wish to play the skirmish game, you will need access to one copy of the D&D Entry Pack which is also availible through Amazon. Since the expansion pack has no rules for the game, I will concentrate this review on the quality of the figures.
Are they perfect? Not in the least. I agree with some points from a review written by the reader in Florida. (The one who thinks I sound like a company plant.) There are sections of the figures which have not been fully painted. My Umber Hulk figure (a Rare) has what looks to be a half centemeter light brown spot which is probably caused by a drip from an overloaded paint brush. You'll have figures without the eyes painted. Many of the sculptures pale when next to the majority of quality metal figures on the market.
There are other options to these miniatures. There is a company that have small sets of 5 prepainted non-random metal figures which are much better than these D&D figures, but they also cost $25 for a set of 5. A typical unpainted metal figure will cost on the order of $3, with some of the larger figures around $5. Games Workshop puts out several sets of plastic figures which are unpainted but a similar price. At first glance, the Mage Knight prepainted figures look to be of higher quality, but once you take into account that they're a larger scale (35 mm tall as opposed to the more historical 25-28mm D&D Miniature scale) the overall quality is about the same.
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