In-Box Review
Donjon Wolvenstein Tower
Donjon Wolvenstein Spire Tower
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Gamers and other modelers can raise their dioramas to new heights with DonJon Wolvenstein Spire, from gaming company Ziterdes. This is a two-piece hard foam model, item 12028, scaled for 25-28mm.

Ziterdes has a marketing relationship with NOCH, who kindly provided this sample for review.

Ziterdes is based in Germany and creates a range of models for fantasy and Sci-Fi genres:
    Dungeons & Dragons
    Fantasy (Warhammer)
    Sci-Fi (Warhammer 40000)

To serve those genres many different product lines are offered:
    Tabletop Gaming Table
      Single Boards
      Modular Gaming Table Sets
      Gaming Mats

      DunkelWelt - An extensive gaming world with Starter and Extension Sets, Special Editions, Single Modules. Furthermore, DunkelWelt includes Dunkelstadt - "the ultimate playing area for all dungeon players and jailers," with...
        Dunkelstadt Dungeons
        Special Edition Monte Christo
        Dunkelstadt Single Modules
    Furniture & Accessories

      Pyramids, Temples and Ruins
      Bunkers & Positions
      Castles & Fortresses
      Ships & Boats
      Bridges & Jetties

    Terrain Accessories
      Terrain Pieces
      Tabletop Bits & Pieces
      To Water
      Basing Material
      Grasses, stones & groundcover
      Miniature Plants
      Snow and Ice
      Landscaping Colors

Welcome to the world of Ziterdes!

The Model
As with Ziterdes models previously reviewed, this one is cast in hard foam. While this is rigid hard foam, it can be carved, or manipulated with heat, so be careful where you set it. The foam is both very tough and light, more so than resin or ceramic. It can be easily cut, ground and honed, as well as painted.

These models are made to stand alone or be joined with related models and incorporated into larger scenes.

This model is packaged in a plastic bag with a cardstock label.

The foam has a rough and faux porous texture that gives the feel of organic natural material such as stone, wood, and rusty metal. The surface is further enhanced with deep mortar joints between the stones, and wood grain on the many timber elements.

Architectural details include wood grain, diamond pane windows and unique wall structuring. Look at the wood framing on the top and door - you can see nail pocks.

Painting and Instructions
No actual instructions are included, other than what is on the webpage.

The model arrives with basic pain colors applied. The foam takes acrylic paint well.

Judge the versatility of this tower for your scale with the photos I staged. You will find 25-28mm fantasy figures, figures in 1/72, 1/76 (model railroad OO scale), and HO (1/87). For model railroaders I include an HO heavyweight passenger car for comparison.

For my tastes anything larger than 1/72 or smaller than HO will not look proper.

Modelers of many genre will appreciate this Ziterdes model. I look forward to incorporating it into a larger scene or a vignette. I think this is a worthwhile addition to my 25-28mm gaming table, and even workable for "braille scale" scenes of 1/72, 1/76, and HO.

Donjon Wolvenstein Spire has good detail and makes an eye-catching "high place," with convincing texture and fine sculpting of the door and diamond pattern window panes.


Please remember to mention to Ziterdes, NOCH, and retailers that you saw this product here - on Historicus Forma.
Highs: Good detail, an eye-catching "high place," and convincing texture and fine sculpting.
Lows: None.
Verdict: Modelers of many genre will appreciate this Ziterdes model. I think this is a worthwhile addition to a 25-28mm gaming table, and even workable for "braille scale" scenes of 1/72, 1/76, and 1/87.
  Scale: 28mm
  Mfg. ID: 12028
  PUBLISHED: Sep 08, 2019

Our Thanks to NOCH!
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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2021 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.


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