Welcome to today’s review in which we are having a look at some of the new Twisting Catacombs Dungeon Scenery from Zealot Miniatures. The Twisting Catacombs are part of Zealot’s recently successfully funded kickstarter campaign that focused on a range of highly detailed dungeon scenery compatible with an array of boardgames and RPG games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Heroquest, Dwarven Forge Terrain and other systems using 28mm-30mm scale miniatures.
Zealot Miniatures kindly sent these sprues and accessories over to us so that we could have a look at what to expect from the kickstarter and the similar dungeon scenery already available in the Zealot store. As these items were part of the kickstarter, they have not yet been added to the existing scenery in their store, but it sounds like this is likely to happen in the summer.
The first item we’ll be taking a look at is the bookcase which comes as kit consisting of 7 highly detailed resin parts. The casting on this and the other items we received is great, very little cleaning up was needed for any of the parts.
The kit we received came with 5 shelves, 2 of which are empty and the remaining 3 filled with piles of books, plus a creepy skull.
This bookcase can be customised by slotting your choice of shelves into the precut grooves. You can create a good selection of different bookcases by changing up the choice and order of shelves.
Once the shelves are in place, we can attach the front pannel to finish this piece. This kind of thing is great for adding detail to rooms in RPGs, maybe a few of these books are magical tombs, contain important clues, or act as a lever to open a passage to a secret room…
And just for scale, here is the Twisting Catacombs bookcase along with a 28mm fantasy miniature from Games Workshop.
Next we we’re going to have a look at something that will invoke fear in many tabletop RPG players …the deadly Spear Trap.
After cutting the parts from the sprue you can see we have the base tile for the trap, plus 5 spears. It’s a simple case of gluing the bases of the spears into the indentations on the trap tile to assemble this trap.
For scale, here is the extremely painful looking Spear Trap with the 28mm fantasy miniature shown earlier. Lets hope you have a rogue in the party who’s good at detecting traps as this looks like it could cause a lot of damage.
Many an adventure has started in a tavern, so these Tankard’s should definitely come in handy!
Here you can see the tankards with a 28mm fantasy miniature for scale, both are large enough to provide hearty drink for an adventurer and will look great placed on tables from the Twisting Catacombs range.
Another essential accessory for RPGs and similar games are torches. This slightly fuzzy photo shows an example of a lit and an extinguished torch from the Twisting Catacombs range. These are really nice and could easily be chopped from their mounts if you wanted to convert a model to hold one of these.
This photo shows how these torches look when attached to walls. This kind of thing is a great detail to add to your rooms and dungeons, and you can always work it into the adventure too – maybe the adventurers must light all the torches in a room to activate a magical door, or maybe they need to extinguish them all to weaken a fire elemental type enemy…
We also received this tiny sprue of potion bottles.
The potion bottles have been removed from the sprue in this photo, and you can see each of the 7 bottles is of its own design including a couple with sculpted labels in place and even one with an ominous skull …We’re not sure we’d suggest drinking that one!
These bottles would look great on the tables and other furniture in the Twisting Catacombs kickstarter, and you could even fill the empty shelves of the bookcase with these to create something new.
This is the Bones sprue, which contains a varied selection of bones that can be used to decorate a room, a table, a base, or many other things that your party may come across while adventuring.
Here you can see the selection of bones removed from the sprue, along with a 28mm miniature for scale. There are various bones that can pass for those of human size, with a couple that might be from something a little larger. lets try not to think about what could be lurking around here…
One great use for these is alongside the Spear Trap, these bones quickly bring this trap to life.
Last up is the Boss Door, a fantastically detailed piece, that only the brave will dare approach.
Its a very solid piece and is crammed with detail, from the blades that jut out from the edges to the demonic visage in the centre. This door is double sided with the same details sculpted on both sides.
Just to give you and idea of what these parts can look like when painted, here are a couple of examples from the Twisting Catacombs Kickstarter page.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of what you can expect from the Zealot Miniatures range of dungeon scenery and the items from the Twisting Catacombs Kickstarter. We’re thoroughly impressed with the level of detail in these pieces and are looking forward to using them in our own RPG adventures. Personally we’re fans of the use of miniatures, tiles, and scenery in our RPGs such as D&D and Pathfinder, as we feel they can help create a really immersive experience. Let us know what you think of the use of dungeon scenery in RPGs in the comments, and head over to www.zealotminiatures.co.uk to see the dungeon scenery and other kits available from Zealot Miniatures.