Well… I failed the painting challenge.

I bunch of half-painted orcs remain at my workstation. Maybe they’ll be done next week, hopefully.

In the meantime, since I reviewed some Dragon figures by Safari LTD last Friday, let’s continue the theme with Wizards of the Coast’s Gargantuan Black Dragon.

For a large pre-painted figure, the detail is good.

I recall purchasing this figure in 2008 or so, after the debut of D&D 4e, for at least 50% off. Now it might be worth over $100.

It’s never graced my tabletop for any game, just sat on the shelf like a collector’s miniature ought to. Which is a shame, because I do like the miniature, more or less.

The scales have nice detail and a paint job, but the wings are bit “ho-hum” in my opinion.
Please don’t freak out that I’ve taken it out of the box. If yours is still in the box, it just went up in value just a little bit more… maybe.
The accessories.

Wizards of the Coast produced the Gargantuan Black Dragon for two games: the D&D Miniatures game, and Dungeons & Dragons, 3rd Edition.

Its worth 500 points (that’s a lot) in a miniature game, and in D&D 3.5e, it has Challenge Rating of 22. That means characters would have to be around level 19 or 20 to take it on. (And high-level play in D&D 3.5e was such a headache…)

Thus, it’s too potent for average play in either game.

The lair of the dragon.

A scenario booklet came with the dragon along with a battlemat. To make the dragon even more challenging, it can dive into each pool and resurface.

And thus, its had remained on my shelf for the better part of the last decade, adding +1 or +2 to my nerd reputation, but really not being of any use.

I might use it for a wargame, Dragon Rampant perhaps, with some adjusting to the rules. The fact is, however, a miniature this size is destined to be a unbalancing factor in nearly any game.

Thus, back to the shelf it goes for the foreseeable future…