It's that time of year again. Seems like only a few weeks ago that we were excitedly opening our packages, wondering what new treasures might be inside.
Wait. That was just a few weeks ago, with the release of Blood War. Now, we can look forward to a time, not so far in the future, when we will once again open boxes, curious and excited to discover their contents. I'm talking, of course, about the release of Unhallowed, the next D&D Miniatures expansion set. Over the next few weeks leading up to the release of Unhallowed in early March of next year, I'll be looking at select miniatures from the set, giving you a glimpse of things to come.
Each D&D Miniatures expansion set has a theme. Where War of the Dragon Queen had dragons and Blood War had devils and other extraplanar threats, Unhallowed has undead, including undead creatures that haven't yet been seen in the D&D Miniatures game and undead versions of monsters we've already seen. Of course, the set doesn't restrict itself just to undead creatures. There are plenty of undead hunters provided for the good factions, and a myriad of other sub-themes run through the set. While the set is a great companion to the Expedition to Ravenloft campaign adventure, it also provides creatures from the Monster Manual and a few from other sources such as Monster Manual III and Magic of Incarnum. Fans of the Forgotten Realms and Eberron campaign settings each get miniatures inspired by the themes of those worlds. The ranks of the yugoloth are expanded by more than one. Classics are both revisited and seen for the first time. Even a small number of highly desired holdovers from the Blood War make an appearance.
There are also Dragons, such as the Large Black Dragon pictured here. Skirmish players may be intrigued by the potential of the Large Black, as while it isn't very accurate, its three attacks can each hit for 20 damage when it does its claw/claw/bite routine. The Large Black is also an Enforcer for the Chaotic Evil faction, giving a bit of a forced morale boost to allies, so long as it is under command. It's fast and sticks around for a while, but we'll have to wait and see whether it takes the place of a 40-ish point beater in a typical CE band. I'm sure more than one person will try, however, and some of those will succeed.
Stay tuned every Thursday for more info on the Unhallowed set. I'm already looking forward to its release, especially the prerelease tournament being held at D&D eXPerience (formerly Winter Fantasy) in Arlington, Virginia on the second-to-last weekend of February. That event will be a full week before the in-store release events, so get there if you can to get your first glimpse of Unhallowed miniatures in person.
Next week, we'll look at a pair of old foes, one of whom is nearly pictured here.
About the Author
Stephen Schubert is a Developer in RPG/Minis R&D, Lead Developer for the D&D Miniatures Game, and has worked on a variety of D&D game products, including Monster Manual IV, Tome of Battle, and Magic Item Compendium. He is the author of the upcoming Eberron super-adventure Eyes of the Lich Queen.
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