Our addiction to pre-painted D&D miniatures continues! This time we’ve picked up 8 booster boxes from the recently released Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil range which is the second set of Dungeons and Dragons miniatures released by WizKids. These collectable miniatures tie into the Elemental Evil storyline in which 4 elemental cults of immense power must be stopped from unifying under the Elder Elemental Eye. After reviewing the first set of these miniatures (see our Tyranny of Dragons Review), we’re eager to see how set 2 builds on the range, so join us as we open up some boosters and have a look through the set.
Each Dungeons and Dragons Elemental Evil booster box is priced around £12 ($15-$16) and includes 4 random pre-painted miniatures to help bring your D&D RPG sessions to life. These booster boxes will be familiar to anyone who has picked up models from the any of the Pathfinder Miniatures sets, as they are also made by WizKids and work in the same way.
The sides and back of the booster box show some 3D renders of miniatures from the Elemental Evil range, and lets us know that there are 4 figures inside from the range of 44 pre-painted collectable miniatures. There’s actually a 45th miniature available separately from these boosters, a Gargantuan Silver Dragon which we will be reviewing in the near future. Of the 4 miniatures inside each booster box, 1 will be a large size miniature like the Ettin shown in the artwork, and the remaining 3 will be medium or small sized creatures. The 3D renders look great and we’re especially hoping to pull some of the elementals, as we frequently use these in our games of D&D.
Here’s the contents of our first Elemental Evil booster box. You can see that we’ve got our large miniature protected in a plastic shell, with the 3 smaller miniatures in bubble wrap bags. In addition to the minis there is also a promotional flyer for the Neverwinter online game.
Every Elemental Evil booster box we opened included one of these promotional codes for the MMORPG Neverwinter, a great online game we’ve spent many hours playing. We didn’t find anything like this in the boosters from set 1, so this is a nice added extra for anyone who plays or is thinking of starting Neverwinter.
Our large miniature from this booster is a Fire Elemental – hooray! What a great start. This large size miniature is a nice sculpt and consists of translucent plastic with a paintjob on top to bring this fiery form life.
Our second pull from this box is a Fire Snake, a common, small size creature. Fire Snakes are the young of Salamanders, another fire themed creature available in this set. It would have been cool to have a translucent mane or similar on this one to really get the fire theme across.
Pull 3 is a Fire Cult Warrior, a mean looking humanoid in glossy black armour with a fire theme. Not easy to tell in the photo but the fire on his spear is the same translucent material as we saw on the Fire Elemental, as are the flames licking up the back of his legs – very cool.
Our 4th and last pull from this box is a surprisingly large (for a medium sized creature!) Black Dragon. This barely squeezed into his bubblewrap packet, and comes with a separate flying stand. A good sculpt of an iconic and very scary monster!
We’re off to a great start, 3 fire themed creatures, plus a dragon! Lets crack open the remaining booster boxes and see what other minis we end up with…
The fire theme continues with these 3 great looking minis, all of them making use of fiery translucent plastic in addition to their paint jobs. The small creature at the front is a Magmin, with a Fire Bat and Fire Myrmidon behind him.
Here are 3 shorter characters we pulled from our boosters. Left to right is the Forrest Gnome Ranger, Shield Dwarf Fighter, and Duergar fighter, all of these are good sculpts and the paint jobs hold up well. The Forrest Gnome Ranger has a very nicely painted face (it’s so small!) and so would work well for a player character.
Luckily for us, we managed to pull 1 of each of the cult warriors included in this set. Left to right we have the Earth Cult Warrior, Air Cult Warrior, Water Cult Warrior, and the Fire Cult Warrior we pulled earlier. All of these are nicely themed, have plenty of details, and have decent paint jobs …in fact it feels like most of the paint jobs so far are improved over the last set.
2 more medium creatures here, a cool looking Dread Warrior on the left and an Earth Genasi Fighter on the right. Both have decent paint jobs and nicely detailed sculpts, we particularly like the Dread Warrior as its quite eye-catching and stands out against other minis.
On the left here we have a Troglodyte, it’s a great sculpt and the paint highlights it’s scaly hide well, although the spear looks like its missing some paint. On the right is a Pseudodragon, we’re impressed they managed to design this one to have a flying base as it’s a tiny creature but it works well. both of these should see regular use in our games.
We managed to pull 3 of the 4 elementals from this set, we’re just missing an Air Elemental. On the left is the Water Elemental making great use of translucent plastic and a very light paint job, in the middle is our large Fire Elemental we saw earlier, and on the right is the Earth Elemental, quite an original scupt with it’s jagged head, but we like it a lot. Elementals like these are classic monsters in RPGs, so they’re no doubt to get plenty of use!
Here is the Gnoll Fighter we pulled. We’ve got a soft spot for gnolls and have quite a few from the old DDM line of minis. For a medium creature this guy is BIG! Check out the second picture with him next to a human sized figure. Due to his size, he’ll make a great leader figure for use with our older gnolls.
Here we have the Ghoul (left) and the Wight, 2 undead creatures from the set. Both of these are nice, especially the paint job on the Ghoul – we’d like a few more of these.
As with set 1 of the Icons of the Realms, several of the miniatures in Elemental Evil are available in invisible versions too. These are quite rare, but we pulled this invisible Moon Elf Ranger from one of our boosters. There are 6 of these invisible minis in set 2, each a cast of an existing miniature from the set. They make great invisible representations of characters on the tabletop or could also be used as ghosts.
Moving onto the larger monsters we pulled, here are 3 impressive winged creatures all making use of flight stands. On the left we have a Griffon, a classic beast that’s got a great sculpt and neat paint job. In the middle is the Solar Angel, a large celestial creature. This is a good sculpt, and the simple paint job could easily be improved with a wash or ink application to bring out the details. On the right is a Hieracosphinx, a fearsome mix of hawk and lion, this has had a dry brush to pick out the details in its feathered wings.
The other large flying creature we pulled is this Bronze Dragon, he’s received a good attempt at a bronze paint job and makes use of a different style of flight stand to pull off a dynamic pose. The second photo shows the right angled transparent post which arrives pre-glued into a hole in his back.
These large brutes are great, we’ve got an Ogre on the left and an Ettin on the right. Both of these hulking monsters look suitably intimidating and are carrying huge weapons. We noticed the sculpt of the Ogre is super similar in style to the Ogre from the old D&D Dungeon Command game, only quite a bit bigger as shown in the second photo. For this reason we’ll likely use him as a leader for our other ogres.
Here we have our collection of D&D Elemental Evil miniatures pulled from our 8 booster boxes. We only ended up with 3 duplicates (not shown) so have a great selection from across the range. We’ll definitely be picking up more of these at some point as we’d like to get our hands on a few of the other minis from the set including the Owlbear and Chimera.
We’ve created a quick checklist for this set so that we could check off each model and see which ones we were missing. We’re attaching it here as a PDF in case it’s useful to you guys too.
D&D Miniatures Elemental Evil Checklist
This set fills us with a lot of enthusiasm for the new D&D Icons of the realms ranges, there’s a great selection of monsters here, things that will not only be useful for the Elemental Evil storyline, but minis we’ll use time and time again in our adventures. There are a couple of basic paint jobs on the minis we pulled but in general we feel like the paint work is a step up from Set 1, with many of these minis making great use of washes, dry-brushing, and translucent plastic to bring them to life. Bring on set 3!