Giants of Legend! Huge miniatures! Giants! Dragons! Legendary beings from thirty years of dungeoneering! Even bigger giants!
This is only the first Giants of Legend preview. With a couple months to go before the set releases on June 18th, we're not going to open with the big guns. We're going to start by looking at some of the little people, the commons. Even in a set focused on huge and powerful creatures, we make sure that the common minis will be welcome in every roleplaying campaign and exciting to use in skirmish play.
The first D&D Miniatures set, Harbinger, had a Lizardfolk figure. Now with a few class levels in his arsenal, the Lizardfolk Rogue has ditched the standard lizardfolk shield and club to tear his foes apart with claws and fangs. As part of a squad, he makes a great thug or minion. On his own, he provides plenty of opposition for a low-level party.
The Lizardfolk Rogue's sneak attack isn't the most powerful sneak attack in the game, but he gets three attacks if he doesn't move! Team him up with the right commander, get him into sneak attack position, and this rogue can quickly turn the battle your way.
Monster Manual II introduced bladelings -- spiky, xenophobic outsiders from the plane of Acheron. Once per day they can blast enemies with a cone of razor-sharp shrapnel shot out from their spiky skin. The rest of the time they settle for hacking enemies with big swords. As bad guys, they have a lot of character. Once the Planar Handbook is out, you might even find a use for this cool-looking mini as a good guy.
The Bladeling Fighter is most useful in 100-point skirmishes, where his DR 5 ability, high AC, and cone attack throw more weight.
This is one of our favorite minis, providing a good sculpt and great paint for a creature that every D&D adventurer has fought at some point in his or her career. They may die easily but there's always lots of them. We hope that them being common will help you get as many as your DM desires.
Dire Rats fight incredibly well when they hit the enemy in large numbers. How well? We're not telling, yet. Suffice to say that their Pack Hunter ability adds something new to the skirmish environment, and that something can be a lot of fun. Lawful Evil's enemies will be glad this ability hasn't shown up on a bigger creature ... yet!
About the Author
Rob Heinsoo started playing D&D with the original brown box in 1975. He's now the lead designer of D&D Miniatures.