After I obtained my first have a look at WizKids’ newest premium determine, the five-headed evil Dragon Queen Tiamat, I couldn’t assist however chuckle at what seemed to be an absurdly giant determine – the early 3D rendering confirmed it positively dwarfing a 12oz soda can. What I wasn’t anticipating was for it to (a) really dwarf stated coke can and (b) be some of the spectacular centerpiece miniatures I’ve seen in a very long time.
WizKids just lately joked that “it pushes issues by calling this a mini,” and it weren’t kidding. The “mini” really lives as much as its Gargantuan measurement score; weighing greater than 5 kilos, the bottom it stands on alone is eight inches throughout (that’s 40 toes in tabletop D&D guidelines), which is twice the beneficial measurement for a “Gargantuan” creature. The tallest of its 5 heads stands roughly eight inches tall, and its wingspan boosts its peak to only over 14”a formidable 28” throughout at its farthest level. If I had been a participant in a Tyranny of Dragons marketing campaign (the newest official D&D journey module prominently that includes Tiamat), I might probably have a minor coronary heart assault if my Dungeon Grasp thwonk’ed this behemoth down on the desk.
The element work on every of the heads is beautiful, each of their molding and the guide paint job. The demonic orange glow across the eyes of the crimson and blue dragon heads is a very good little bit of element, although every head – in addition to the finer work across the bony spurs and claws on every limb – seems to be nice in its personal proper.
WizKids’ Gargantuan Tiamat is D&D’s Greatest Mini Ever
What’s barely disappointing about this in any other case distinctive mannequin is that the push-fit (generally referred to as “friction-fit”) joints – on this case the place the wings and tail connect to the physique – don’t line up 100%, a minimum of on the merchandise we acquired. The tail has a ≈1mm hole between sections, although there’s some element work on the underside of the joint that helps mix the items collectively. There are additionally some seen mould strains throughout its torso that weren’t sanded down earlier than portray, although they’re virtually imperceptible with out very shut inspection.
The wing joints, nonetheless, are a bit tougher to miss, since though the entrance of the wing (what can be Tiamat’s “shoulder”) suits snugly and appears nice from the entrance and aspect, the again of the wings don’t absolutely lock into place. They’re safe and in no hazard of falling off, however the hole between the torso (notably on the appropriate wing) is pretty noticeable. We tried to brute drive it into place on recommendation from the producer, however all that did was poke a gap in my wrist – it was nothing critical, however be forewarned: this Dragon Queen is spiky!
All that stated, although, while you take a step again to greater than a foot away – which we will fairly count on gamers on the tabletop or of us admiring it on a shelf probably will probably be – the piece as a complete is spectacular sufficient to overshadow its flaws. Whether or not it’s a fearsome new collectible so as to add to your show or – in the event you can handle to maintain her hidden out of your gamers – the Gargantuan Tiamat will make for a spectacular reveal throughout your closing battle.
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