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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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,040,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Martin on Dec 1 2003
I was really excited to see the miniatures when I received it by mail. I opened the box and was really surprised of the quality of the miniatures. They are extremely well sculpted and 95% of the time they are reasonably to very well painted. They save lots of painting hours thats for sure!
Great buy!
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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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Having read the many mixed reviews of the new D&D miniatures, it was with some hesitation that I took the plunge and bought a few packs. Like those reviewers whom I found most convincing, I think the miniatures, while flawed, are a good value for the money spent.
As others have said, quality of painting and sculpting varies wildly from figure to figure. Most of them -- say, 70 to 75 percent -- stack up pretty well against the typical amateur's paint job. A few -- 20 percent -- are noticeably better, and a very few -- 5 to 10 percent (Axe Sister, anyone?) -- are horrendous.
Here's the short version:
If you like painting your own figures, and have the time to do so in the numbers a typical D&D game requires, these probably aren't for you. But if you'd like to assemble and use anywhere from a dozen to a couple hundred colorful models, sized and sculpted specifically for D&D ... the D&D miniatures are worth your $1.25 each.
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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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