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Deathknell Preview 4
By Rob Heinsoo

Aren't they cute?



We want to make clear that we are not responsible for your Player Character's death/petrification/sudden jump into the lava pit/disintegration. Manufacturers of pre-painted plastic Beholder miniatures don't kill PCs; DMs who use pre-painted plastic Beholder miniatures kill PCs.


Robert Hatch and Timothy Whisenhunt won beautifully customized versions of this mini at the Anaheim Mayhem limited format tournaments. The minis came complete with stat cards, and I believe people have been discussing the stats on the web. If you want to see photos of those prize minis (that don't really do them justice, I'm afraid), click here.

The Beholder's stats were fun to design. Part of the fun was my sense that no one would guess how D&D Miniatures would handle the critter. Rolling randomly to see which eyestalk can activate is whacky, but it captures all the flavor of the giant eyeball of death. If your first eye ray doesn't work out so well, the Beholder can activate twice per round thanks to its Dual Activation ability.

Death Knight


Given how well Death Knights are known in the D&D world, I feel that I can simply repeat my earlier advisement: "We are not responsible for your Player Character's decapitation/flash-frying/embarrassing fear save failures." See Monster Manual II for the full stats and art that Tom Baxa turned into the concept for this mini.


If you met Lord Soth in Giants of Legend, you have a sense of where the Death Knight comes from. The new Deathknell model, however, isn't a commander. He's just this guy, y'know, with an arsenal of abilities that can benefit from most Lawful Evil commanders you care to put by his side.

Mummy Lord


I won't badmouth the Harbinger mummy ... Wait a minute, whenever anyone begins a sentence that way, they go ahead and do exactly what they promised not to do. So the heck with it: the Mummy Lord shows how the D&D Miniatures line has matured since Harbinger. The Mummy isn't bad, but the Mummy Lord is freakin' great. As a rare figure, like the other two cover critters, he's more likely to serve as a boss monster than as a mook (even though he's not a commander).


The fact that I didn't realize until now that all of our cover models are Lawful Evil is a testament to each of their overwhelming personalities. The Mummy Lord isn't the most expensive of the three, but at times he's going to be the scariest. No, it's not an Aura of Fear (the Death Knight has that). In the Mummy Lord's case, it's a one-use Death Touch. Here's the full text: Death Touch 35 [one-use] (Replaces attacks: touch; destroy living creature with 35 hp or less). No, there isn't a save. If you can batter a living enemy creature down to 35 hp and get the Mummy Lord in position to touch the enemy, that figure is dead, regardless of its AC or Spell Resistance or save bonus.

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.

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