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    D&D Icons of the Realms, Dungeon of the Mad Mage miniatures

    Last week WizKids released their latest pre-painted miniature set.

    I have high-quality photos of most of the miniatures now posted:
    https://www.minisgallery.com/dnd/dnd20.htm

    Here is a link to a great video review The Gallant Goblin has done on this set:
    https://youtu.be/zXBR-d8a3MM
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    Maybe it is just the photos, but these seem really bad, even for pre-paints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pogre View Post
    Maybe it is just the photos, but these seem really bad, even for pre-paints.
    Having seen most of them in person I'd rate them as average (for pre-painted D&D stuff).
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    I would consider the paint application on these minis to be somewhere between average and above average. While the quality of the paint application may not be great, many of these miniatures have a significant amount of paint steps applied to them. Because of this, I do think they are slightly above average.

    The downside of taking photos with a macro lense, is that it will show off every little flaw on the mini -- it is sort of like placing the mini right in front of your eyeball. For general table top use, in which you would be sitting about 2-feet away from the minis, you will not notice these flaws and imperfections.

    For mass-manufactured minis made at a fairly reasonable price, the paint application is going to have these types of imperfections -- the main challenge for the makers of pre-painted miniatures is to ensure the level of flaws and imperfections do not detract from the overall appearance or to decrease the amount of satisfaction one feels when using the miniatures. I think WizKids has met the goal of this challenge.

    However, if anyone is comparing the minis in this set to WizKids' Pathfinder Battles minis, then you may note that the overall paint application of the D&D miniatures is not at the same level of quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kor View Post
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    The downside of taking photos with a macro lense, is that it will show off every little flaw on the mini -- it is sort of like placing the mini right in front of your eyeball. For general table top use, in which you would be sitting about 2-feet away from the minis, you will not notice these flaws and imperfections.
    Oh, I am keenly aware of the dastardly macro lense! I always think I have painted well until I get the figures in a photo tent.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kor View Post
    For mass-manufactured minis made at a fairly reasonable price, the paint application is going to have these types of imperfections -- the main challenge for the makers of pre-painted miniatures is to ensure the level of flaws and imperfections do not detract from the overall appearance or to decrease the amount of satisfaction one feels when using the miniatures. I think WizKids has met the goal of this challenge.
    We call it the "two-foot good" paint job.

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    However, if anyone is comparing the minis in this set to WizKids' Pathfinder Battles minis, then you may note that the overall paint application of the D&D miniatures is not at the same level of quality.
    Interesting - is the price point of the Pathfinder miniatures significantly higher?

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    I really like the dungeon furniture. I have got to get me some of those.

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