Okay, so we haven’t played it yet so can’t comment on the actual gameplay, but we recently saw some of the figures from the World of Warcraft (WoW) miniatures game, and oh boy were we surprised. While we didn’t have high hopes for the game to begin with, we figured that the production values would be a bit higher than those of Mage Knight. Compounded with an advancement in whatever technology is needed to actually manufacture the respective figures, we assumed that the WoW gaming figures would look dead sexy, but we were wrong.
In truth, the WoW gaming figures are no prettier than any other pre-painted wargaming figure we’ve come across, and we’re not even sure they’re as good as the 2.0 Mage Knight figures were. Rather disappointing discovery, but there’s not much out there for meeting one’s pre-painted fantasy wargaming needs, and perhaps that alone will help Blizzard earn some sales in this arena.
At one point, we figured that the WoW gaming figures could make for a decent FigurePrints alternative with minor modifications, and that may still be true, but only because the FigurePrints we’ve seen aren’t that sexy either. That’s because FigurePrints uses all in-game models and textures to produce an “exact” copy of one’s character in physical form. The WoW miniatures game figures aren’t limited in this way, so some of the painting schemes look better than what FigurePrints offers, and the models do look nicer. Sadly, as was common on the 1.0 Mage Knight figures, the paint doesn’t always line up where it should on the WoW gaming figures, and up close, these flaws don’t look pretty.