D&D Miniatures05/22/2008

Against the Giants Preview 3
Our Dragon Friends

Against the Giants isn't restricted just to titans and giants -- if you include the dragonborn, there are just as many dragons in the set. Dungeons & Dragons has (obviously!) had a long history of these scaly fiends and their friends.

Elder White Dragon

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Of all the dragon miniatures that have been released since Dragoneye, I think this one is my favorite. There is something about the pose that just leaps out at me; this looks like the ferocious savage that the white dragon is.

With this second preview of a huge figure, I need to add another snippet on Epic play. When you first get a chance to tear open your boosters, make sure you look at the inserted checklist. The insert has a specific rule for the miniatures game just for Huge creatures -- the ability to squeeze. For casual play, you don't need to have a map designed specifically for huge creatures. Here are the squeezing rules:

Squeeze: Move, Huge creature only; treat this creature as Large (2-square-by-2-square base) and move it up to half its Speed. At the end of this move, it expands back into its normal size and must occupy a legal position (including the space in which it ended the squeeze action). While squeezing, the creature grants combat advantage to all enemies and has -5 Attack (if it is able to attack while moving). It provokes opportunity attacks from enemies that are adjacent to it at the start of the squeeze.

Dragonborn Defender

Last week you saw one of the two Dragonborn in Against the Giants. Now we show the other. This fighter, armed with a bone longsword and shield, costs a comfortable 31 points. While a little slow, his damage output is higher than average for his level -- especially if you manage to bloody a few enemies first.

There's another week down. Up next -- Demons and Angels. Here's a little nugget of cheese for you to chew on -- there is a 3-point common figure in Against the Giants that is usable in Wild and Underdark warbands.

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(Not to scale with
Elder White Dragon)

About the Author

Peter Lee is the newest member of the RPG R&D Design team and the new Lead Designer for theD&D Miniatures game.

For the insatiably curious among you, here are the silhouettes of the 16 creatures that will be previewed here. Go ahead and try to figure out what they are. We dare you. (Clicking on any revealed image takes you to its preview.)

Dwarf Warsword
Earth Titan
Angel of Retribution
Gnaw Demon
Dragonborn Defender
Elder White Dragon
Dragonborn Myrmidon
Feybound Halfling
Yuan-Ti Anathema
Chain Golem
Eladrin Pyromancer
Blazing Skeleton
Shadow Hulk
Lurking Wraith
Fire Bat
Efreeti Flamestrider
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