As cool as receiving a ton of D&D miniatures from Wizards of the Coast is, the Critical Hit Podcast fans are by far the best fans out there.  When you aren’t giving us fantastic five star reviews and comments at iTunes, you’re flooding our email with letters of support and encouragement. We’ve received sketches of the Critical Hit cast, but the box that arrived in the mail today takes the cake to date.

Critical Hit fan Aldo sent a unassuming box to the Major Spoilers HQ, and when I opened it, and made it through the layer after later of tissue and packing foam, I discovered something quite wonderful…

For the last couple of months, Aldo had been sending emails to us asking questions about what color Torq’s skin was, the robe color of Orem and so on.  Since that time, he’s been slaving away crafting and painting heavy duty metal figures that represent each of the characters in the Critical Hit podcast.

I am blown away and humbled at how generous and awesome this gift to the podcast is.  Aldo signed his note, “Your Biggest Fan.”  He’s certainly thrown down the gauntlet, and for now he is the top of the stack, the bee’s knees, and now holds the title as Critical Hit’s Number One Fan.

Instead of going on and on, I’ll just let these images do the talking.

OREM

TORQ

RANDUS

SMITH

And so Rodrigo is not left out of the mix, Aldo created a figure of

THE QUEEN’S REBELLIOUS DAUGHTER

And for those of you who are already dying for a high quality large image of the group, make sure you click this image for the big 1920×1080 image.

Once again, THANK YOU Aldo for being a big supporter and fan of Critical Hit!

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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42 Comments

  1. Troy
    June 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm — Reply

    Wow… that is just… wow. Aldo, those are incredible, well done man! I will give testimony to the idea that miniatures that replicate your vision of a character definitely add to the fun of the game, and these just absolutely rock! Always great to see your efforts being recognized, both by WotC and your awesome fanbase!

  2. FatBirdWillFly
    June 27, 2010 at 12:37 am — Reply

    This is absolutely amazing, getting noticed by wizards of the coast and custom made characters by a hugely talented listener, a sure sign you guys are doing something good.

  3. vistapa
    June 27, 2010 at 12:58 am — Reply

    Aldo, you are truly the greatest fan of them all, i kneel before your craft

  4. peter
    June 27, 2010 at 1:50 am — Reply

    oh my god, an you imagine how much work went into this. These are all conversions/ build up characters from bits and pieces from all sort of gaming compagnies. I even think that some it it is actuall green stuff sculpting. Amazing.

  5. Missing
    June 27, 2010 at 2:57 am — Reply

    That is not at all what I pictured the characters to look like and that’s not a complaint I really like these and I shall keep them in my head the next time I listen to Critical hit.

  6. Rob (aka Smith)
    June 27, 2010 at 4:46 am — Reply

    Holy crap these are amazing. You even got how I would be holding the dagger correctly. I can’t wait to get to see the actual product when we record next.

  7. Rodrigo
    June 27, 2010 at 9:06 am — Reply

    Holy crap!

  8. chillidawg72
    June 27, 2010 at 10:22 am — Reply

    Matthew is going to be over the moon. (Which isn’t that hard. He’s already on the moon. All he has to do is jump.) Anyway. Too bad he’s not going to be able to handle his own mini. At least it will be easier for him to see his mini through the web cam. That’s some awesome work there, Aldo.

  9. litanyofthieves
    June 27, 2010 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Truly, truly amazing. That is some fantastic art right there. Aldo, whoever you are, you are amazing!

    Is it just me, or does Orem’s chest seem to be… glistening?

  10. Lizzie
    June 27, 2010 at 11:01 am — Reply

    Oh my good freakin’ god! Those are awesome! Aldo, dude you rock!

  11. Torontofrog
    June 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Holy s*it, those are awesome! Aldo, you are the number 1 fan for sure!

  12. June 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    Neat!

  13. 0Johnny0
    June 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    Holy carp! These are amongst the best minis I have ever seen, hard to even categorize them as such, they are in a league of their own. A couple favorite details are randus’ arm and assistant.

  14. wolvenfang
    June 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    Wow, absolutely amazing work, do you have a website Aldo??

  15. DnD Brian
    June 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm — Reply

    This is the most awesome thing I have ever seen

  16. J Michael t
    June 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    These are amazing. The vision and care that went into these is impressive. I think “Aldo” should appear in the podcast as a guest character. I know the podcasts are taped well in advance of when they are published, but that just gives Rodrigo time to think up a way to do this…

    Again, what a cool gift to the show. Aldo wins.

  17. Bob
    June 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    Speaking of “The Queen’s Rebellious Daughter”, any chance of her make a return appearance?

  18. Bryan
    June 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm — Reply

    Now that is a donation. More than just money time effort and love. Many thanks to you Aldo. That is exactly how I would have pictured them.

  19. Greywolf
    June 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    Oh, wow. Amazing stuff. Does he do commissions?

  20. Greywolf
    June 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm — Reply

    One big problem, though. Now what are you going to do if one of the characters dies.

    • Damascus
      August 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm — Reply

      If one of them dies, then Matthew will probably demand some sort of trophy case memorial like the statue room of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Which isn’t a bad idea really, honor for the fallen and all.

  21. Robbie
    June 28, 2010 at 11:33 am — Reply

    Amazing! Now, Critical Hittites, we need a giant wallpaper of the Randus miniature with the caption “Indeed.”
    Those are better than any I have ever seen, Sir Aldo!

  22. June 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    Oh man, those are crazy awesome! Great job Aldo!

  23. June 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    Amazing.

  24. Ivdar
    June 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    I don’t think anyone will be able to take Aldo’s title as number one fan. Having a tailor-made, awesome as all heck figure of your character is every D&D player’s dream. Kudos to the artist for making it come true ; this really is a testament to the greatness of the show. Flabbergasting work.

    • June 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm — Reply

      Oh, there are plenty of ways someone could take the title as Number One Fan…The question is, what is someone going to have to do to claim that title?

  25. lochutus
    June 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm — Reply

    Heh, Rodrigo’s a girl!

    Those are amazing and a great way to thank the group for the entertainment they give. Can he make Torq a window to jump out of?

  26. June 29, 2010 at 8:59 am — Reply

    Wow. Just wow.

    Like FatBirdWillFly said, you guys must be doing something right. I know you are, or else I wouldn’t have listened to all episodes from the start, which, at the beginning, felt weird… listening to other people play. But since my own gaming group dissolved a few weeks before you guys started the podcast was a great way to at least stay in a game.

    Kudos to Aldo for these amazing pieces of art (they’re beyond just “work”).

    When will they start showing up in the shownotes though? Considering how far in advance you guys tape the show…

  27. SpiderLover
    June 29, 2010 at 11:12 am — Reply

    That is beautiful. Wow just wow, I cannot believe how detailed that looks. I don’t know what else to say, just simply stunning.

  28. Aldo
    June 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    Thanks everyone for the cool comments. I’m humbled to see how much you liked them. Thanks Stephen for writing a post about the minis I was very surprised and happy. The minis were just my way to say thanks for all the hours of fun you have given us. Keep up the amazing job.

  29. June 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm — Reply

    First, Grats on the freebies from WOTC. Second WOW. Aldo rocks. Those are amazing. You guys are lucky.

  30. Saffron
    June 29, 2010 at 11:13 pm — Reply

    Holy wowza. These are absolutely amazing, I cannot imagine a more appropriate or better executed tribute to a podcast that has been an inspiration to so many of us running and playing in our own little games. Thanks, ya’ll, and thanks, Aldo, for honoring these guys so phenomenally.

  31. Gary
    July 2, 2010 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Stephen,

    This is unrelated to your post, but I was listening through the old podcasts and run into the question about where to get hooked up with other gamers. You should also check out http://penandpapergames.com/. You can post a “look for group” there, without having to be near a college (like CATTG). I don’t have a CATTG nearby but when I checked PenAndPaper there were ~15 or so people looking for group or looking to lead a group.

    Thanks for the awesome cast and congrats on the minis!

  32. Woody.T
    July 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    they almost look like moded warhamer modles

  33. Jared
    July 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    My Lord… These Are Incredible..Aldo, That is So Impressive That it makes me want to pay you to make on of my Character..Wizards of the Coast Could use you dude! This are Just Fantastic! You Truely Are Fan #1!

    • Jared
      July 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm — Reply

      One*

  34. IStoneI
    July 17, 2010 at 4:04 am — Reply

    just stumbled across these images. they are fraking AWESOME. i love the detail and they even seem completely custom made. not just the painting. just wonderfull and perfect work.

    congrats

  35. Eathu
    July 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    I love the fact that The Queen’s Rebellious Daughter is in the middle of throwing the rock… Hmmmmmm maybe at Smith perhaps? I must say Randus is my favorite though, the assistant and hand make it feel just right and sticks to the steam punkish feel I get when I think of Artificers. Thank you Aldo, you fixed a face on to the various ideas I had for the characters in my head.

  36. Damascus
    August 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm — Reply

    It’s pretty awesome, and the best part is that unless you play the clear cut, cookie cutter, characters that are listed in the PHB, you’ll have a pretty hard time finding the right figure to represent your guy. I used to love playing a Halfling Monk, which not surprisingly, I’ve never found a figure for that. Don’t laugh at my Halfling Monk either, he was pretty effective. Too small to hit most of the time, and everyone else was easier to hit since the target was so much bigger. He was like a mini little Quick-Kick (of G.I. Joe fame), in my mind that is.

    • Rodrigo
      August 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm — Reply

      Why would anyone make fun of that? Halflings make awesome monks! I used to play a halfling monk named Meticulous Mouse, he had an awesome hat.

      • Damascus
        August 29, 2010 at 7:05 am — Reply

        My monk was very dextrous and I tried to be a resourceful player, thankfully my DM let us use innovative ways to tackle different obstacles which always made it fun. I used to always try to come up with ways to make non-combat spells work proactively for those times when your mage is running low on big spells among other things. I know our mage once cast Light in a cave on a particular Orc’s eyes, it didn’t really give us any light obviously but it freaked out the Orc which went running down a tunnel hitting walls and screaming. That and my little monk was facing a medium sized dragon with the rest of my party and we wer on a big plateau around some lava and I tried running up his back using my great agility and acrobatics, I failed like 4 times in a row but finally made it up his neck and used a cursed belt of squeezing that I’d found much earlier in our campaign and had the foresight to get it checked out before putting it on and just so happened to roll a Nat 20 and the DM must’ve rolled poorly so the belt started choking the dragon and it stumbled backwards off the plateau. It was always those improvised things that I found really fun. That and how you guys try to play true to your characters despite it possibly being detrimental to the group. We had a Torq-like character named Oog, which only spoke in two word phrases and on one occasion due to his Rage or frenzy or whatever just kept swinging and knocked one of our groupmates off a cliff. I love what you’re doing with the mechanics of the game being built right into the story aspect, it’s more interesting that way.

  37. June 16, 2012 at 1:59 am — Reply

    So I recognize the mini used as a base for Orem but I don’t recognize the others.

    What minis were used to create these wondrous custom creations?

    I really like your color schemes and they really bring a nice physical representation of the characters to the table.

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