More fantasy RPG miniatures! The kind folks over at Dungeon Crawler have obviously heard about our addiction to pre-painted RPG miniatures as they have sent us some of their minis for review. We’ve been collecting pre-painted fantasy miniatures for RPGs such as D&D and Pathfinder for a long time, and have been enjoying the new sets from WizKids. We’re very excited to discover another company producing this kind of miniature and look forward to seeing the minis from Dungeon Crawler’s first 3 sets up close.
Set 1: From the Depths
Dungeon Crawler’s first set of pre-painted fantasy miniatures is a 4 mini set titled From the Depths. This set is themed with grasping tentacles and entangling vines, something that we’re sure many RPG players are familiar with. From the Depths is priced at $16 directly from the Dungeon Crawler online store. These miniatures consist of a durable plastic that still has a bit of flexibility to it, so on first impressions these should last a long time.
Here’s the Kraken Tentacle miniature. It’s instantly recognisable as the sucker-covered limb of a Kraken or other monster from the briny depths, ready to drag an adventure to a watery grave. The suckers are all sculpted so it has a nice feel, and the colour scheme works well. This is a miniature that will be of special interest to anyone who picks up one of Dungeon Crawler’s massive Kraken miniatures.
Also included in From the Depths is a Plant Vine miniature, this could have several uses including a terrain piece that an adventurer could climb, a marker for an entangling vine like spell, or as a plant-based monster.
The Otherworld Arm miniature creeps us out, there’s something weird and insect like about it, making it perfect to represent the limb of some aberration-like monster.
Here is the Grappler miniature, it instantly jumps out at us as being perfect to represent those familiar spells that conjure a field of rubbery black tentacles. The miniature itself is a nice glossy black and the sculpt works well as 3 smaller tentacles rather than 1 larger version like the other minis from this set.
Something you will probably be wondering about if you have never come across Dungeon Crawler’s miniatures before is why the bases have little cut-outs around them. Dungeon Crawler call these Combat Bases. Firstly, we like that Dungeon Crawler chose a reasonably glossy black for the colour of the base, so that they fit in perfectly with our pre-painted D&D and Pathfinder miniatures. The little cut-outs and indentations around each of the Combat Bases is for Dungeon Crawler’s innovative Combat Clips and Combat Counters. Each of the cut-outs around a Dungeon Crawler miniature base can accommodate a Combat Counter, which contains a dial for you to keep track of a numeric value, like damage taken, or number or round a creature is stunned for, or it can accommodate a Combat Clip which is a sculpted item like a flag or torch, allowing your to easily keep track of which creature is carrying this kind of item.
Beneath each of these Combat Bases are some familiar markings for anyone who has collected Pathfinder or Dungeons and Dragons miniatures, the name, set icon, and set number are all present.
For scale, here is the Kraken Tentacle alongside two miniatures from the D&D miniatures Tyranny of Dragons set, a medium sized Human Paladin and small sized Rock Gnome Female Wizard. The Kraken Tentacle seems well sized to look like quite a threat to your average adventurer.
With more than one miniature from the From the Depths set, this adventurer is in some serious trouble. We’d like to pick up some multiples of some of these minis as where there’s one tentacle, there’s normally more!
Set 2: Omens
Set 2 of the Dungeon Crawler fantasy RPG miniatures is titled Omens and is priced at $16 for 4 pre-painted miniatures you see below. You can also order the unpainted version of the Omens set for $10 from the Dungeon Crawler online store.
One of the creatures included in set 2 is the Giant Ant, something that could work well as a summoned creature, an unusual familiar or as a monster lurking in a dungeon or tunnel.
Next up is the Mastiff, a solidly built dog miniature on a medium base.
Also included is a Raven miniature on a small sized flight base. The very simple black paintjob with a pin-prick white eye works well for this creature.
The last miniature in Set 2 is a Wood Coffin on a medium base.
In this scale photo, you can see the Giant Ant is no joke. Our adventurers from the D&D Miniatures Tyranny of Dragons set might be able to deal with one of these, but what about a swarm?
Mastiffs are a breed of dog known for their size and strength, so its no surprise this is a rather large dog miniature. It would work well as a familiar, summoned creature, or mount for a small sized creature like the Gnome adventurer shown here.
We’ve been in need of a bird familiar miniature for our current campaign so the Raven miniature will be put to good use. It has a small base although the Raven itself is quite large, and again would make an excellent familiar, summoned creature, or possibly a messenger.
The coffin is a nice addition to this set, we could do with a few of these to kit out our dungeons and crypts. It has a nice wood-like texture and a paint job to make that stand out. A great extra to this is that the coffin actually opens so you can possibly fill it with creatures or items. We’ve included a doppleganger from the D&D Miniatures set as it makes a good looking ghoul or similar undead.
Set 3: Town Folk
The third and final set we are looking at today from Dungeon Crawler is Town Folk. This set is available as the pre-painted 4 miniature set you see below for $20 or as an unpainted set for $10. We really like the idea of an unpainted version of this set, as it would allow you to paint up zombie or ghost versions of these characters if needed.
Here is the set 3 Merchant, a large fellow who could be put to use selling many different wares in a town – we can easily see him being put to use as an inn keeper or blacksmith. His paint job seems quite a lot glossier than we’ve seen in the previous sets which is especially noticeable with the bright lights we’re using to take these photos.
The Beggar miniature is another one which could fill a variety of uses in a town such as a wise elder, or a witch. Her paint job is also glossy, but it has been reigned back in with an ink wash over the hair and clothing which works well.
Here’s the Scamp miniature, a young boy or girl you might find running around the town causing mischief.
Lastly in this set we have the Seductress, this miniature uses a less glossy paint for the skin which works well. We can see plent of uses for a mini like this in our games, a dancer in a tavern, a a slave, or a sorceress.
Scale wise, this is a merchant you probably shouldn’t mess with, he’s a very bulky fellow indeed. Roughly the same height as the D&D Human Paladin, but very different proportions.
The beggar miniature is still a bit bulky, but it’s a lot less noticeable here, her hunched pose helping out with this. She fits quite well with the other minis.
Here is the Scamp along with two small sized D&D Tyranny of Dragons miniatures. This human child is roughly the height of a gnome or halfling, but a bit stockier which seems about right.
Here is the Seductress miniature along with 2 Tyranny of Dragons minis, she’s a similar height but again has slightly different proportions.
One thing we liked with the Dungeon Crawler Towns Folk miniatures is the open hands and poses on the Merchant and beggar, allowing us to use a small amount of blue tack/poster tack to get them to hold items.
Here are all three of the first sets of Dungeon Crawler miniatures together. Other sets from Dungeon Crawler include undead and other monsters, scenery, and even a massive Kraken.
We’re big fans of using miniatures in our tabletop RPGs like D&D or Pathfinder and can see ourselves using several of these Dungeon Crawler minis frequently. The miniatures from set 1 will make great spell markers or monsters, we’ll likely pick up another set or 2 of these so that we can use multiple tentacles of the same type. We’d love a few more of the Wood Coffins from set 2 as they’ll make great dungeon scenery and can even be interactive since you can open/close them and place small items inside. The animals from set 2 will see use as familiars or summoned creatures.
The Towns Folk from set 3 will help create a town or village setting filled with non-combat NPCs to interact with, something that we didnt previously have many miniatures to represent. The paint jobs on a couple of the Town Folk is a bit more glossy than we’d like, but we can always add a touch of matte varnish to tone that down. Some of the proportions on the Town Folk are less than realistic, but this is familiar across pre-painted mini sets from most manufacturers …we’ve still got one of the Guard of Mithral Hall D&D miniatures, a dwarf who is taller than most humans, and about twice as wide – haha.
Dungeon Crawler’s prices seem reasonable especially for anyone who signs up for the Dungeon Crawler newsletter, since as a subscriber you are entitled to 25% off the listed prices. We look forward to seeing more minis from Dungeon Crawler in future, let us know what you think of sets 1-3 in the comments below. If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter or see the other sets available from Dungeon Crawler, head over to www.dungeoncrawler.com