This is a great damn idea.
I’m wading into the shallow end of the Malifaux RPG, Through the Breach. Last week I put in an order (through Amazon because I don’t think I could get both of them from Wyrd’s store at the time) for both boxes of their PC character kits.
Because, you know, yes.
This is a phenomenal idea. The price is almost a secondary consideration, as the ability to custom-craft a PC is an incredibly attractive option. My last three player character models have all had some level of modification, from as simple as a paint job and a swapped sword for Darif…
…to the far more elaborate alterations that Barateur, my dwarven (actually, as he liked to point out, his mother was a rock) druid/monk character:
He was a Druid with the crocodile archetype, mostly so I could knock people prone on unarmed attacks and then wrestle them into unconsciousness. Ton of fun, til I missed a night and the party managed a TPK; note, not the DM, who did everything he could to prevent a group of level 5’s from picking a fight with a Frost Wyrm. In one of our big fights prior to that TPK, Barateur and another character trapped themselves in a bead of force with a fiendish gargoyle and his evil-priestess mommy. That fight…well, we survived it. Later, when we caught up with them a second time, Barateur and the party crushed the gargoyle and after it was dead, Barateur ripped its head off. So, obviously, modeled:
I also gave him an alligator-skin cloak (that part actually came first). The base model for all of this was a Reaper Bones, as was Darif, and my current 5e character is a very simple mod of Vaeloth the Paladin—all I did with him was hack off the shield and shape the arm into something cestus-like. Reaper minis are great for character models because they’re already evocative, and take alteration pretty easily; you can cut them without worrying they’ll shatter or splinter, and since they aren’t metal there’s not that same bending issue. I think that’ll continue with the second wave, though I’ve noticed the weapons are far more prone to bending out of the box; to the point where my wife commented on it when I was showing off my spoils.
However, these Wyrd minis take things to an entirely new level. Each box makes eleven different models. The box is careful to stress “up to,” because you only get those 11 if you’re not duplicating any of the key details. Still, that’s easily enough for a group of players to customize to their hearts’ content, particularly since the models are a good—albeit very small and slender, as is the case with the entire line—plastic and can thus take further modifications as necessary.
Plus, they come in ladyparts too!
That is a woman in a double-breasted (*rimshot*) jacket, with a chainsaw. That’s a thing you can have. Also, zombie lady. Plus, so many stylish chapeaus. Go back and look at that first box, since I didn’t gush as hard over the options there, and you’ll see they’re of similar quality. Plus, with both boxes there are options to take things a touch further. You can swap accessories, or even go scorched-earth and chop some weapons off one side to hand to the other (I’m looking at you, gatling gun).
Price-wise, you’re spending about half again as much as buying 11 Reaper minis figures; and if you expected me to include, say, Warhammer in this price comparison I’m going to begin laughing now and you tell me when you need me to stop. I even consider the price low enough that a DM could comfortably pick up a box for some new players, walk them through the construction process, and still have pieces left over for either his own NPCs or to roll folks into the game later.
At least, I hope so, because that’s the plan for this week.