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ced110622 Jul 2017 10:22 p.m. PST

The guys behind the Fire & Bone metal jewelry KS now have an upcoming line of RPG miniatures to better match your mini's equipment with that of your character.

Hand of Glory is a new type of gaming miniature with a very cool twist: each Hand of Glory figure and accessory is magnetized using tiny rare-earth magnets. This means for the first time, you will be able to change your character on the fly. This will literally change the game!

Since everything in the Hand of Glory line is magnetized, your character can swap out weapons and items to use whatever your adventure calls for. Since all accessories work with all figures, you can easily customize your character's loadout and pick up new items along your journey. You can level up your character, swap weapons with allies, and steal items from foes. Use Hand of Glory to tell your own story.


emckinney22 Jul 2017 11:17 p.m. PST

Well, they did one thing wrong. You need ratcheting rims to keep the hands from spinning around constantly, while still allowing you to place them in different positions. It's what Ninja Magic was using.

ced110623 Jul 2017 1:03 a.m. PST

For their review, Nerds on Earth played with the pieces in an RPG game, and didn't mention that spinning around was a problem. They did say, "if you try and move a figure by an attached weapon for instance, you get a spinning piece. To be fair, it doesn't disconnect, but it does feel like it could be attached stronger."

So, yes, you could get the miniature to spin, but you'd have to be pulling the miniature around by the weapon. Doesn't sound like there's any problems when the miniature isn't being moved, or if you push it by the base or hold the miniature itself.

GeekDad review: link
NoE review: link

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member23 Jul 2017 1:34 a.m. PST

Fantastic idea … although the hands are (I guess inevitably) a bit on the large size.

Still … 19 days to go and funding currently at 1,200 percent … not bad!

Would seem to indicate quite strong demand for this kind of approach.

ced110623 Jul 2017 5:42 p.m. PST


The creators said, "The female sculpts will be tweaked to be more proportional for the final production molds."

The GeekDad review said, "This doesn't notice too much on the hands holding weapons, but the empty hand I have is slightly out of proportion. If you look at the pictures on the Kickstarter page, you can see this is the case, but I would have to say with the miniatures I've been sent, the hands, though slightly on the large side, are in better proportion than the Kickstarter pictures suggest." Personally, I'd like them to have, for their second KS, a "slender hands" KS for females, elves, halflings, etc.

Six accessories have been unlocked, and, at $200 USDK, they'll be adding a new, female, figure. Current projection is just under $300 USDK.

fwiw, I'm also picking up these miniatures for various dungeoncrawl boardgames, many of which have equipment swaps during and between gameplay.

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 11:24 a.m. PST

Not something I need, but it's a great idea and not terribly expensive when you consider the number of bits and the inclusion of the magnets

altfritz24 Jul 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

Doesn't work for me. The hands don't look like they belong to the figure.

ced110631 Jul 2017 8:50 p.m. PST

Another comparison pic:

We've decided to offer some additional optional add-ons that will be available through the pledge manager after the campaign. These are based on suggestion from backers and we're able to do these in time because we actually have many of these things already designed! If you don't see your suggested idea below, don't worry, we'll continue to make tons of additional items for the future. The list so far is:

Empty Hands Set
Extra empty hands in different poses. Fist, grasping, pointing, etc.
Mostly existing poses, some new.
8 total (4 left & 4 right) – $5 USD

Spell Effects Set
Energy bolt, energy shield, energy ball, wand, etc.
These will be mostly new models to go along with the Flaming Hands set that was unlocked as free for the Legendary tier and as a $3 USD add-on for everyone else.
6 total (3 left & 3 right) – $6 USD

Musical Instruments Set
Lyre, horn, lute, and flute.
These will be new models to go along with the pan flute from Series 3.
4 total (2 left & 2 right) – $5 USD

We are also going to make each individual figure, individual accessories series, and extra magnet and steel plug sets available as a la carte add-ons through the pledge manager. Price estimates will be:
Hero Figures – $10 USD each
Series 1 Weapons & Items – $15 USD
Series 2 Weapons & Items – $25 USD
Series 3 Weapons & Items – $50 USD
Goblin 3 Pack – $25 USD
25 extra magnets – $3 USD
25 extra steel plugs -$3

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