I love minis. I love painting minis and I love buying pre-painted minis.
But one thing I have never done is order a custom 3D-printed mini. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I’ve wanted to. I run my daughter and nephews through a campaign and I had the thought to design them a custom mini of their characters for Christmas. Unfortunately, I never got around to it.
So, you can image how pleased I was to get some sample Eldritch Foundry miniatures for review. Let’s take a look at some photos below, then I’ll share some thoughts.
Eldritch Foundry minis are nice. Even with my grandpa eyes, I could see the texture of the hair, the layers of the fabric, features on the face, and all the little accoutrements that make minis really nice and special.
The tin they come in is a really nice touch as well.
Normal mini “stuff” applies. They are covered with the oily residue that is typical of minis, so you’ll want to dip them in some warm water and dish soap, then use an old toothbrush to clean them up. That’s a normal thing for minis and part of the creation process.
After that, hit them with a coat of primer and they are ready to paint! Or play with them unpainted. They look sharp that way as well.
It comes down to the software. Being that these were review figures, I didn’t custom create the designs myself. But I knew that to authentically endorse Eldritch Foundry, I’d need to kick the tires of the software.
You can do so yourself at eldritch-foundry.com.
Some of the names of the base races weren’t familiar to me, like Vantar and Aeth, but I saw there is a lore page, which gave some of the background. Honestly, you will find many of your favorite, recognizable archetypes like orcs, elves, etc.
You select the race from a carousel of options. Operation and scrolling was smooth and responsive. You can get a 360-degree view of everything, letting you see the glorious shadows from each of those six packs.
From there you select “Body and Face,” which allows you a nice variety of options. I gave my bro a beard. Next up is “Clothing.” What’s a mini without all the delightful gear and trappings to go with it?
You round it out with Items, Pose, and Base.
Let’s be honest, the best thing about customizable figures is the opportunity to buy goof figures of your friends. I’m telling you, you can create a likeness of your friends to be as goofy or realistic as you want it to be. Pants optional.
It makes sense for me to mention the market leader, Hero Forge. I haven’t personally used Hero Forge, but my colleague has and enjoyed the mini he designed. Hero Forge was first to market, so they seem to have more options at this point, but those additional skins should be something that will be added to Eldritch Foundry quickly, I’d assume.
It’s good to have market competition. And it seems like Eldritch Foundry is doing some things in their business plan to differentiate themselves. One example is a sincere effort to bring Eldritch Foundry local by investing in shops.
Eldritch Foundry is a great entrant to the market! Us nerds need more options for minis and the custom variety is certainly a growing trend. Give the design process a spin at eldritch-foundry.com. Start, of course, by designing the likeness of one of your friends.