|Front cover of the humongous Super Dungeon Explore manual|
|Back cover of the Super Dungeon Explore manual showcasing three heroes|
Straight out of the box I instantly fell in love with Super Dungeon Explore's humongous manual. In this day and age where manuals are increasingly smaller with fonts so tiny that it's undetectable by electron microscope (ok so I am exaggerating a wee bit), having a game manual whose size (10 inches by 10 inches, or 25.4 cm by 25.4 cm) is nearly equal to the board game packaging itself is a sight for a sight for sore eyes, especially for old and tired ones like mine. Much kudos to Soda Pop Miniatures for bucking the trend and giving us a good-old-fashioned, big and colourful manual.
|Simple instructions for assembling the Super Dungeon Explore heroes|
Assembling the heroes was very straightforward with easy enough to follow instructions, which were needed because the pieces were all mixed-up together. One thing I noticed about these chibi style board game pieces was their details were not as clearly defined as what I have come to expect from dedicated miniatures. But I guess that is to be expected because the primary function of these plastic figures are as board game pieces to be moved around and not miniatures to be painted.
|Super Dungeon Explore heroes, assembled and ready for priming|
In addition to the manual which contained many colourful references to the plastic figures, there was also a set of nine very beautiful playing cards that offer a glimpse as to the colour scheme that belongs to each individual hero character in the Super Dungeon Explore board game. I will most likely stay true to the individual character's colour scheme as I feel they have been well conceived.
|Playing cards for heroes in the Super Dungeon Explore board game|
I am pretty excited to be painting the Super Dungeon Explore heroes. Other than being an interesting diversion from the same old same old, this projects finally allows me to paint anime characters ... something that got me started on my journey as a miniature painter. Seems like fun days ahead!