If you are like this reviewer, you have neither the desire, or space, or cash, to ?collect? traditional miniatures. Yet, with the tactical combat systems used in many game systems these days, being able to bust out the battle mat and a set of minis is often necessary. Thus you find yourself looking for a practical and inexpensive option for your miniatures needs. Paper miniatures meet this need. When they are packaged as a PDF, you are provided with a readily available source of minis for your games, being able to print as many of a particular figure as you need, without having to invest too much money in them,or time and effort, in the case of those who paint their minis. Additionally, should you feel the need, you can engage in some army man pyrotechnics after a particularly spectacular battle (note, do not attempt!). In short, paper minis are an attractive option for their low cost and convenience, and are also logical options for collectors needing a particular miniature, or several of them, for their game.
The figures in Arion Games? miniatures sets come in 3 styles, ?A-frame?, ?Flat?, and ?Triagonal?. The ?A-frame? and ?Flat? figures can be constructed from the same sheets, depending on how they are cut out. The ?Triagonal? minis are constructed from a separate sheet. These construction choices provide additional options in preparing your minis for use in the game, major characters or monsters can be constructed as the ?Triagonal? versions to provide a more visual flair, and to emphasize their importance. Other figures can be done as ?A-Frame? or flat versions to make them easier to handle or distinguish them from each other, thus providing a functional use beyond their graphical characteristics.
The instructions are easy to follow and assembling the minis is quick and painless, just requiring a bit of work with scissors and some glue. There are also instructions provided on how to prepare a custom sheet of figures to meet your specific needs. The minis look good, even when printed on plain paper. Each figure is drawn from a 3D rendering (done in Poser using figures provided by DAZED, according to the credits), providing sharp detail and life-like shading, even when printed.
This 3 page PDF (7 with cover & assembly instructions) provides a set of paper miniatures featuring historical Saxon figures, including 4 mounted figures. The set includes two Saxon Thegns figures, who most likely have brawny thews, three Saxon Fyrdsmen, stout yeoman no doubt, three Saxon Huscarls, doughty fighters all, two Saxon Peasants (one male and one female), one Saxon Coastguard, one Saxon Ealdorman, one Saxon Noblewoman, looking back over her shoulder, one Saxon Sailor, and a Saxon King figure. The mounted figures include a Mounted Saxon Thegn, a Mounted Saxon Ealdorman, a Mounted Saxon King, and a Mounted Saxon Coastguard.
Overall, this is another excellent product from Arion Games, providing a historically accurate selection of authentic looking Saxons for your historical and fantasy miniatures needs. Adding in the fact that you can print as many as you need, and prepare your own figure sheets, this is excellent value as well. I recommend it to anyone looking conquer some barbaric Celts or looking for some Saxon dogs to be subjugated by your Norman pigs.
<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Overall Excellent graphics, ?triagonal? minis as well as flat/A-frame. Mounted figures are nice. Authentic details and historically accurate armaments.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Noblewoman figure is indistinct and hard to tell which direction she is facing, skirt is washed out looking.
<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br><BR>[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]<BR>