Review: SSDC – Paper Miniatures (Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century)


Paper Miniatures Battlelords & Paper Miniatures No Man’s Land
These paper miniatures are designed for the military sci-fi system Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century designed by Michael Osadciw and published by SSDC.
By Aaron T. Huss

SSDC has published two sets of paper miniatures for use with Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century. Paper Miniatures Battlelords features races found in the core rulebook while Paper Miniatures No Man’s Land features races found in the No Man’s Land campaign setting. Both paper miniatures products are produced in the same fashion and are thus being reviewed under the same posting.

CONTENT

Both paper miniatures publications contain mail and female versions of the core races and those found within the No Man’s Land campaign setting. The miniatures are designed in a triangle format where you get a right and left side, full-color view of the character and a rear washed out version of the character. This format does not require a base and the miniatures should stand well on the tabletop.

OVERALL

Both sets of paper miniatures look excellent and are perfect additions to your collection due to the uniqueness of the different races (try finding miniatures that look like that, it’s probably impossible). The only drawback is that they all look like their dressed for diplomacy or a stroll through the park instead of being outfitted for combat through their career as a battlelord. Although they perfectly represent the races of Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century, they do a poor job of representing the military sci-fi theme of the system.

RATINGS

Publication Quality: 10 out of 10
Both paper miniatures publications are of the highest quality, as is all SSDC products. The triangle format is an interesting style for paper miniatures, but has the advantage that you don’t need to purchase plastic bases or attempt to construct one out by folding and gluing/taping the paper.

Visual Appeal: 9 out of 10
Both sets of paper miniatures look fantastic. The races come through crisp and clear and the coloring is superb. The inclusion of male and female miniatures is a perfect addition to really show off the different characteristics of the race considering male versus female. This is a great visual representation of Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century.

Desire to Use: 5 out of 10
Here’s where I find a big problem with both sets of paper miniatures. All of the miniatures are dressed in basic clothing. There is no armor, no weapons, and none of them look posed for action. While it’s a great representation of what the races look like, it’s a poor representation of what atmosphere the game system is designed to create. There’s a good chance that you’ll never find miniatures for the Battlelords’ races, so these miniatures may be necessary. But if you want your tabletop to look like a scene from what you picture in a Battlelords encounter, you’ll have to look elsewhere as these ones look like diplomats instead of battlelords.

Overall: 8 out of 10
Both sets of paper miniatures are a great addition to your Battlelords games, as long as you can overlook their attire. Being that the system’s races are so unique, it’s helpful to have a constant reminder of what your player characters look like.

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