As a tabletop gamer who loves accessories, I find it increasingly difficult to find miniatures that are both highly detailed and affordable. Reaper Miniatures offers the standard go-to for miniature figures for tabletop roleplayers and while the affordability is there, the lack of diversity makes the figures quite tired after years of staring at a catalog of the same minis.
Then there’s things like Hero Forge (I’ll review that next!), where you can get detailed, customizable, 3D-printed miniatures. This is SUPER awesome, until you look at the price. At $30 a miniature (for the premium plastic), that’s an awfully steep price when you’re a Dungeon Master trying to maximize visualization on your table.
You can also use the official Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder miniatures. They come pre-painted and run $10-$15 per a blind box which usually contains four minis. The downside? They’re pretty awful looking.
So, what else is out there?
I came across this company randomly on Facebook and was immediately impressed by their digitally rendered models. The detail in every miniature was intricate, giving every single creature a distinct personality.
The Goblins Infantry set is what drew me in. For years, I’ve been visually assaulted with little goblins, usually green in color, large, weird smiles, oblong bodies, and hardly imposing; annoying, yes, but imposing? No. The Atlantis Miniatures goblins are JACKED! They bench press 450 and eat iron shields for breakfast! Seriously, look at those abs!
There is so much detail in each miniature goblin that you almost want to take the time to name them, give them personalities, and make an NPC sheet for them! The Orc set is no different! These are vicious looking orcs, menacing even! Plus, there’s a female orc model!
On top the of Orcs and Goblins sets, Atlantis Miniatures also offers creatures such as animals and monster creatures such as the gorgeous looking Ettin (seriously, I want it so bad!) and the Wyvern. The 3D models are just stunning, full of detail and personality. But, the biggest question I wanted to know: do these miniatures look as good in person as they do online?
The answer? Yes, so far!
I immediately ordered the War Bear to replace my druid’s current bear form model (taken from one of the D&D board games). Needless to say, after over three weeks of waiting (they were kind enough to offer a coupon for the delay in shipping, they usually ship much faster than that, even across the pond), I cut open the plastic package and felt the truly awesome power of the mini in my hand.
It wasn’t heavy like pewter figures, but it was much heavier than a rubber or plastic one. The details were sharp, deep, and very defined. I could make out all of the individual clusters of hair on the bear, along with deeper details in the teeth, tongue, and claws. The only place that did not really have a lot of detail were the feet. The claws were disappointingly flat. However, that is not a reason to dismiss this mini. I ended up covering the feet with terrain material.
Priming the mini was easy. I used a fine, grey primer that stuck to it and dried quickly with no issues. I then coated the bear in a thin layer of beige, not quite sure of what I wanted to do just yet. When it came to washing, I did notice that the crevices of all the details were so deep that they soaked up most of the wash. Deeper areas ended up pooling, so I had to thicken up my wash with paint.
Dry-brushing was a breeze! With all the nooks and crannies, I wish I hadn’t needed to pain the miniature bear black (sloth bear!) because the fur is just so detailed that you could really go nuts with different layers of fur-coloring!
I ended up using hot glue (couldn’t find my plastic glue) to secure the bear to the large round base that came with the mini. It stuck, no problem. A little wood glue and some terrain materials finished the figure off rather nicely (I’m a novice, especially with basing, but this was big enough and easy to manage).
Despite the problems with shipping, the customer service and response times were wonderful. Dan was very pleasant over e-mails and resolved the issue promptly. The miniature itself looked identical to the 3D rendered image presented on the website. I was so pleased with how well this handled paint, the stability and heftiness of the figure, and the amount of detail overall that I placed an order for the goblin infantry set, forest trolls set, Minotaur, and cave troll. Overboard? Probably. But they were on sale and this simple little War Bear miniature sold me on their value.
The cost is something that may turn people away (the War Bear was about $15USD with shipping, other minis cost between $8-$75+), but when you’re stuck between the crummy, lackluster quality of mass-produced official miniatures or the old tired-but-true Reaper models, paying a little more for a quality product was completely worth it in my eyes.
Atlantis Miniatures receives 9 out of 10 for quality, customer service, creativity, and delivery.
You can order and pre-order Atlantis Miniatures from their website here. They are also launching a Kickstarter featuring Dwarven models!
Let me know if you’ve ordered from Atlantis Miniatures before! What do you think about their product? Does the pricing scare you off or would you like to see them produce more creatures ?