It's been brought to my attention that we haven't previewed many of the Deathknell commons. Let's fix that.
Those of you reading Inquest magazine have already seen this mini: it appeared by mistake in a preview that was meant to show off the Vampire Spawn. This Orc Savage is our first truly wild orc, hailing from a pre-armor tribe equipped with stone weapons.
This creature's gameplay keeps everyone interested. He's Fearless and has 5 hp, which at first would seem to be a useless arrangement. But his new ability, Savage Frenzy, reads as follows: "This creature gains +20 hp the first time it hits with a melee attack." What we're trying to evoke is a primitive tribal orc who's going to run away if the enemy hits him first, but if he lands the first blow, he fights to the death ... and it's not guaranteed to be his own.
This little guy can work as a spellcasting goblin or as a minor-league skirmisher if that pointing finger is just for show. Team it up with the Blue from Giants of Legend for a tag-team of goblin magickers.
The Adept offers two castings of burning hands and one casting of cure moderate wounds. Yes, it's a healing spell for Lawful Evil. Warbands containing Snig and Urthok should be able to make use of that.
Celestial Dire Badger
I confess that this is one of my favorite little miniatures. Judging from trouble we've had in the past, it's tough to get badgers right, but artist Jim Nelson nailed it. The gold spines on the badger's back do a good job of saying "dire and celestial." For those of you who want to use summon monster III and get something worthwhile, Happy CG Badger Day.
The Celestial Dire Badger is CG on the summoning charts, but for skirmish play, it can scrabble its oversized claws into both LG and CG warbands. At 9 points, I've found that it's pretty useful, partly because its major ability is the type of tactical challenge I enjoy: Bloodlust (If this creature reduces a living enemy's hp to 0 with a melee attack, it gains Fearless).
That's it for this week's common minis. Next week ... I don't know yet. We'll find out together.
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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