my Caverns of Doom figures

Sadly, most of the figures that came with Caverns of Doom were lost or broken over the years. So, when I recreated the CoD map and began playtesting it, I gathered the few that remained and chose some other figures that were from the same early 1980s vintage. Here are the my stalwart adventurers:


The thief is original. The knight is a Heritage paladin, the wizard and cleric are Grenadier AD&D figures, the barbarian is a TSR figure, and the elf is cast from a Prince August mold. I still have the original knight, wizard, and cleric, they just need a paint job, and the barbarian woman needs her legs & sword reconstructed. I’ll try to get to them some day.

The monsters similarly are a mixed bag. I don’t think my set (actually my brother’s — I got the Crypt, he got the Caverns that fateful Xmas) ever had the Hobgoblin figure, but it had two demon figures, one of which I converted to a Gollum figure by filing off the wings, tail, and horns, but that is now long gone.
The spider didn’t last long, with skinny legs and being made of soft lead.

monsters1The demon and skeleton with bow are original; the slime monster, vampire, and skeleton with axe are Grenadier figures from the Tomb of Spells set; the rats are plastic accessories from the Heroquest game (a fairly decent dungeon crawl game in its own right); the spider is a plastic toy from a bag of Halloween decorations.

monsters2The hobgoblin is a “Mon-ogre” from a manufacturer I forget — maybe Broadsword or Asgard? The dragon is another Grenadier, from an “Action Art” set.

I still have part of the original dragon — just the body. I tried making a new tail, head, and wings a while back but the head and tail really need to be redone before I’d be willing to let anyone see it! has a number of the Dungeon Dweller figures back in production and maybe some day I’ll try to replace more of the original set with their recasts (which are also in a sturdier tin, I believe.

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  1. Good stuff, I’ve still got some of those minis myself!

  2. No fair giving Tom props! I thought we agreed, a long time ago, that we would not, under any circumstances EVER allow Tom to believe that we believed he was superior to us in any way, shape or form. Better reader of Tolkien my ass. Traitor!

    • Uh, I didn’t mean he read better, just more. I never made waded through the Silmarillion, for example, nor the many internet forums on JRRT. But you are right, and I apologize for coming so dangerously to breaking our pact.

      • Nice save.

  3. Oh, and btw, it was ME who gave you the Sabbath album for your 13th birthday and I’m still waiting for my thank you note. 🙂

    • I think that would be a another album, probably “Sabbath, bloody sabbath.” I remember it being summer when we got it. (Tom & I were very communist about our possessions until college, though, so I guess I have to admit I don’t know. But I was thinking it was even before I was 13. Although I guess that is a very metal age! \m/
      BTW — you can post comments on the actual page or post you are commenting on. Even Tom managed that …

      • Low blow. I take back my earlier reply to your reply to my comment. Now I am officially PISSED.

  4. Yep it was Lisa

  5. […] Caverns of Doom figures, rebased etc. I started this blog, lo these many weeks ago, to document a project of recreating the Caverns of Doom and the Sorcerer’s Crypt.  As I sought out information to fill in some gaps (Ihad lost some of the rules sheets and discarded the boxes, which had the character and monster stats in the case of the Sorcerer’s Crypt.  I found Scottsz’s Sorcerers of Doom project and was so impressed with what he was up to that I thought I’d start my own blog.  That’s when I put up most of the “static pages” too, as I was figuring out how blogs work.  The Caverns of Doom page just shows the map.  You can see some older, blurry pics on the Caverns of Doom post here. […]

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