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D&D General The Sad Tale of a HeroForge Death Knight

As an experiment I designed and made myself a death knight using HeroForge. It cost me $100. Here’s how it looked on the site after I’d finished designing it.

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It arrived broken, unfortunately, and took ages to get here due to Brexity shipping delays but otherwise I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. These things are not cheap though!

The broken sword is easily fixed with a spot of glue so I’m not too worried about that.

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I liked my death knight. I’d designed it from scratch using HeroForge. I was going to give it a name. Make it a named figure in games I wrote.

But my dog ate it.

Yep, I owned my $100 HeroForge death knight for less than 6 hours. It is now a mangled mass of plastic.

Life goes on. For me. Not for the death knight.

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The culprit​
 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
We've been pretty happy with the minis we've gotten from them, both blank and colored. I think the occasional fragility of thin bits is a known issue--my wife's monk mini had its quarterstaff break the first time we handled it (not in transit the way your sword seems to have broken, if I understand you).
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I've gotten a few myself, haven't had an issue with broken bits yet but it didn't have to go through international shipping. Maybe it helps if the bits that can be broken can lay flat with the rest of the mini? If you were to lay that death knight flat (cool mini BTW), the sword sticks out quite a bit from the rest of the figure making it more prone to breaking.

Lately a lot of what I've been using it for is to have pictures of important NPCs to show to the group.
 

prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
I've gotten a few myself, haven't had an issue with broken bits yet but it didn't have to go through international shipping. Maybe it helps if the bits that can be broken can lay flat with the rest of the mini? If you were to lay that death knight flat (cool mini BTW), the sword sticks out quite a bit from the rest of the figure making it more prone to breaking.

Lately a lot of what I've been using it for is to have pictures of important NPCs to show to the group.
Were your minis color? I think the color minis are a little more fragile. They look cool, but they're not gonna survive being tossed in your dice bag and flung around.

My wife and I use it for something similar--for visualizing character ideas more broadly, both plausible PCs and (for me) occasional NPCs.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
Were your minis color? I think the color minis are a little more fragile. They look cool, but they're not gonna survive being tossed in your dice bag and flung around.

My wife and I use it for something similar--for visualizing character ideas more broadly, both plausible PCs and (for me) occasional NPCs.

No, they're the premium plastic because I like to paint. Good to know about color minis being more fragile though. Our group may finally be getting back together in person in a little over a month after we're all fully vaccinated and I was thinking of surprising one of my players and was debating color.
 

ART!

Hero
One of the people in our group gets these color figs on a pretty regular basis, and they always look great. I almost got one recently, but couldn't quite afford it.
 

collin

Explorer
I've ordered minis from Hero Forge since their first iteration some years back. I own over a dozen, both unpainted (standard and premium plastic) and prepainted (I got in on the Kickstarter). The materials they are using now are better than their original plastics, but I tend to agree they still appear to be rather brittle. They are not like the rubberized resin that Reaper Bones and the original WotC minis are made from. I have not had one break on me yet, either in shipping or handling, but I could see from the get-go how that might happen, so I have been very careful in their handling and storage.
 

prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
No, they're the premium plastic because I like to paint. Good to know about color minis being more fragile though. Our group may finally be getting back together in person in a little over a month after we're all fully vaccinated and I was thinking of surprising one of my players and was debating color.
I am pondering the idea of getting color minis for people as end-of-campaign mementos. We backed the color kickstarter, so some of those we have already paid for (which makes budgeting easier).
 


collin

Explorer
No, they're the premium plastic because I like to paint. Good to know about color minis being more fragile though. Our group may finally be getting back together in person in a little over a month after we're all fully vaccinated and I was thinking of surprising one of my players and was debating color.
I will say that traditionally, in my experience, the premium plastic minis from HeroForge are more brittle than their basic plastic. What you gain in detail you lose in durability.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Hero Forge has a current sale of the Premium Plastic minis with a promo code - 20% off (til the 21st I think)

I would love to get some, but they are just so expensive and the colored ones don't look that great to me. I'd get premium plastic and paint them myself, even if I am not a great painter. (I am disappointed to learn that the "premium" ones might be too fragile for normal use too). Has anyone tried touching up or re-painting a colored one?

I do like the idea of using the hero forge site for just creating images of NPCs to show the table.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I thought I saw something about the premium plastic being improve and no longer as brittle.

Maybe I've just been lucky, they certainly don't have as much give as the plastic minis that you buy at the hobby shop.
 


I am pondering the idea of getting color minis for people as end-of-campaign mementos. We backed the color kickstarter, so some of those we have already paid for (which makes budgeting easier).
That's a pretty neat idea. I've thought about getting stuff from Heroforge as well, but I feel like I'd only do that for my characters once they hit like level 10 or 15. Spending all that money for your character's minature and then your PC dies at the start of the campaign is such a minature mood killer.
 


Stormonu

Legend
Damn Russ! I was about to suggest contacting Heroforge for a replacement when I got to "my dog ate it!" That sucks! But, have you tried contacting them? They might have mercy on you and send you a replacement (or at least offer a discount).

I've gotten minis from them for our group before they started making them in color and have been pretty pleased with the results. To me, they're best for one-offs (our group had a Kenku & Owlman in it) where off-the-shelf minis just don't cut it.
 





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