When my good friend, Steve, first suggested I might be interested in Super Dungeon Explore I was a bit sceptical. After all, this was fantasy gaming unlike any other I had done before. The Chibi look of the figures certainly did not put me off but I did wonder if this game could sustain my interest. So I researched the game to see what was available for it and that was when I got hooked. I discovered that there were two expansion sets available for the game - Caverns of Roxor and Von Drakk Manor. Von Drakk Manor REALLY caught my imagination in a big way and I just fell in love with it. Here were the undead as I had never seen them before - Chibi style! I had to have this set.
For those of you wondering why I have been so heavily promoting SDE on a blog devoted to all things undead then wonder no more. Von Drakk Manor is THE set that firmly ties in SDE to my blog. I'll be doing a full review of it this month, starting off with a look at the four Heroes.
These figures are truly amazing sculpts, especially the Celestial Herald and Von Wilder. The Celestial Herald is literally in a kick ass pose. I was very pleased to see one of the inhabitants of Celestia make an appearance as it helps to open up the world of Crystalia.
I deliberately painted the Sister of Light's tabard in the same colours I used on the Royal Paladin's shield - white background with a gold cross. Also, just like the Royal Paladin she wears a blue cloak. I see them as coming from the same Order.
Von Wilding is a very nice figure but he suffers from the same complaint as the Deeproot Druid - why use him when you can use the much cooler looking Shapeshift version? I didn't expect to see a werewolf as one of the Heroes but they have traditionally been known to oppose vampires so why not? The figure of Von Wilder is one of the coolest figures I have ever seen and just exudes menace and power. I am not surprised that in multi-player games arguments can break out over who gets to play Von Wilder. I have read that some players feel Von Wilder is too powerful. Rubbish! No Hero in SDE can be too powerful. In the first game that I used these four Heroes they did not fare well against Von Drakk and rather surprisingly, I thought Von Wilder was the weakest of them all. He died first. Maybe I just had an off day with them. I shall try again with them and hope for better luck next time.