Adventurers! It’s time to meet some monsters from the depths of the dungeon in the new Pathfinder Battles Dungeons Deep set. We’ve long been fans of using miniatures in our RPG sessions and have been collecting pre-painted RPG miniatures for several years, so we’re always excited to see new sets being released. To learn more about some of the other sets, check out our other pre-painted RPG miniatures set reviews.
Dungeons Deep is the newest range of miniatures from Paizo/WizKids and contains a wide range of fantastic creatures for use with Pathfinder and other tabletop RPGs such as Dungeons and Dragons. We’re going to be opening up several booster boxes of miniatures, each of which are priced at around $15.99 and contain a randomized set of 1 large size and 3 medium and/or small sized miniatures from the Dungeons Deep range.
Each of these booster boxes contains 4 randomized RPG miniatures, which come pre-painted so you can use them right out of the box and are made of a durable plastic so they’ll no doubt last many, many adventures.
The front of our Pathfinder Battles Dungeons Deep booster box includes a great piece of artwork showing some adventurers fighting off a gruesome monster in a trap-filled corridor, and lets us know this is a standard booster that contains pre-painted plastic miniatures.
The sides of the box show us some 3D renders of some of the possible creatures we may find in this randomized booster, everything from goblins and giants plus some very alien looking creatures like the Mi-Go and Yithian.
The rear of the box lets us know that the Dungeons Deep set consists of 51 figures, and shows off the premium figure in this set (not available in these random boosters – it’s too large!) the Gargantuan Red Dragon. We’ve also got one of these, so look out for a review in the near future.
Opening up our first Dungeons Deep booster we’ve got a large sized miniature protected by a plastic shell and held in place with a twist-tie, plus 3 medium or small creatures in bubble wrap pouches.
Removing the miniatures from their protective packaging, here is our haul. From left to right we have a large sized Dire Bat, a small sized Balazar Gnome Summoner, a medium sized Cruel Conjurer, and a Giant Crawling Hand. Seems like a great collection for our first box!
Just as with the previous Pathfinder Battles sets, each of the miniatures has the set initials, plus the name of the creature and its number in the set written on the base in white writing.
Taking a closer look at our pulls from the first box, here is the Cruel Conjurer. This miniature has got a lot of good things going on including the translucent green magic effect and floating spell book. The icing on the cake for us is that the inside of the spell book is actually painted to suggest magical texts, and when you consider how small this thing is (tiny!) it’s a really nice touch.
Our next pull fits quite nicely thematically with the Cruel Conjurer, its the Giant Crawling Hand. This frightening thing has a good pose and is painted in a very unhealthy green colour. There’s a little extra glue on our one where one of the fingers connects with the base, but this likely varies with each mini. One thing we’d have liked to see on this one is a different colour of paint on the fingernails to make them stand out a bit more.
Here’s the Gnome Summoner we pulled, Balazar, a character you might recognise from other Pathfinder products. Baring in mind how small this guy is, they’ve done a great job in painting plenty of details on him.
Our large creature from the first booster was this Dire Bat, which looks very scary indeed. The Dire Bat hovers above its base via the use of a flight stand which joins his back at a 90 degree angle. We’ve got some of the older Dire Bats from the now out of production Underdark D&D miniatures set, and these ones feel a lot more intimidating.
Some great minis so far, and that was just one of our eight Dungeons Deep booster boxes! After opening up the rest of the boxes here is the selection of minis we collected, excluding duplicates of which there were only a couple.
Lets take a closer look at some of our other pulls. Next to our Cruel Conjurer we have the Half-Orc Adept, a beefy looking humanoid carrying some vicious looking weapons.
Here you can see 2 of the Gnolls available in the Dungeons Deep set, the Gnoll Slaver on the left and the Gnoll Warrior on the right. These stand about the same height as a human which makes them a touch smaller than a few of the other Gnolls in our collection, but these are very nicely detailed and we like them a lot.
Here are two dwarven characters from the set, the Dwarf Sundering Axe on the left and the Dwarf Barbarian on the right. The Dwarf Barbarian seems particularly cool to us with his spiked shield.
This sickly looking creature is a Baykok, an undead creature with a bow made of bone. Baykoks also have hideously elongated legs which is reflected in the sculpt of this mini.
A couple of very alien looking monsters here, a Mi-Go on the left and an Elder Thing on the right. Both of these are very nice additions to the collection, we especially like the translucent wings on these guys.
Here we have a powerful looking Andrazku Demon on the left and a Mouth Horror. The Andrazku resembles a cross between a satyr and a blue gorilla, and is carrying some skulls on its belt. The Mouth Horror is a very unsettling creature covered in eyes and mouths, a cool little sculpt!
Dungeons are often the home to various insects like the creepy Giant Centipede on the left and Mining Beetle on the right. These could make great low level encounters and can also be used as summoned creatures. Both of these are commons in the Dungeons Deep set so we look forward to picking up a few more of these guys.
A very cool addition to the set is medium sized Mimic. Originally disguised as a treasure chest this monster is erupting into a huge toothy maw.
Here are a few more of the smaller creatures included in the Dungeons Deep set, from left to right we have a Goblin Archer, a Pukwudgie, Balazar the Gnome Summoner from our first booster, plus a Chupacabra. The Goblin Archer fits in well with the existing Pathfinder goblins with their iconic style, although his paint job is quite basic. The Puckwudgie is a strange porcupine-like humanoid which is presented well in this creepy miniature. The lizard-like Chupacabra is nicely sculpted and detailed, and we really like the colour chosen for this mini.
Next up is the tiniest prepainted RPG miniature we’ve ever seen, the Bat. As you can see, even next to Balazar who himself is a small creature the bat is tiny! We’ve also put it next to the Dire Bat from earlier to show you the difference scale. The Bat is on its own flight stand so that this tiny miniature floats at around the head height of a human. It’s too small to really see any painted details on, but its a very fun little mini to own, and could make a great familiar for a spellcaster.
On to some of the larger Dungeons Deep creatures, we have the Emperor Cobra, a very intimidating looking snake miniature with some nicely painted details.
We also have the Terror Bird in this set which comes on a small flight stand to enable its pose. This would definitely be terrifying to come across with its large talons, deadly looking beak, and red eyes. An excellent Axe beak!
The Dire Boar is the next of our large miniatures and its a great one with its intimidating size and nice details, especially around the face. This monster could also make a great mount for an Orc!
Next up, we have the majestic Griffon, another powerful predator, which could also make a great mount for a brave adventurer.
Comparing the large sized creatures to our human sized Half-Orc Adept, you can see these are some pretty terrifying monsters.
…Not a problem if the Half-Orc calls in some backup from a Frost Giant though! It’s great to see another female giant and this is a really nice one with lots of details, especially in the armour. She’s also got a massive battle-axe and a strong pose.
This hulking contraption is the Clockwork Golem, its got a lot of character in it’s jerky walking pose. The wood and metal details on this are done well, this will definintely be a fun mini to throw into some encounters.
This terrifying thing is a Yithian, a bizarre conical creature that’s a mass of tentacles ending in claws, tubes, and a strange spherical head. It’s a got a decent paintjob with colours that suit this alien monster.
Saving one of our favourite parts of the Dungeons Deep set till last, here are two of the dungeon dressings to be found in this set in addition to the monsters and characters. We’re big fans of having small objects like this to help bring our dungeons and other environments to life on the tabletop. Out of the 6 possible objects, we were lucky enough to pull the bubbling caldron on the left and the chest on the right, both of which will be very useful in our games. These are well sculpted and painted (especially the bubbling cauldron), and come without bases so that they fit more easily into your rooms without looking out of place.
Extra points to Piazo for making both the Mimic and the Chest the same style, this is going to a fun encounter for some unlucky adventurers!
Our love for collecting and playing with these pre-painted RPG miniatures only grows now that we’ve seen some of the Pathfinder Battles Dungeons Deep set. Congratulations to Paizo/WizKids for getting so many things right with this set. These minis come well protected in their booster boxes so we had zero broken minis on arrival, and the addition of dungeon dressings like the chest and cauldron are very exciting – we hope to pick up more of those in future. There seems to be more of a focus on monsters (rather than PC/NPCs) in this set which suits us as longer term collectors, and there are some excellent and ambitious minis here like the tiny Bat and the Cruel Conjurer and Elder Thing. Let us know what you think of these miniatures in the comments below.