Modular Worlds Product Sample Review

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Last updated on September 27th, 2022 at 08:40 pm

After something a little bit different to paint, or looking for some new models for your next D&D session? Maybe you just want your new Space Marine legion captain to look like your favourite anime character, or you’re after some scenery or bases for a diorama. If any of these sound like you, come and check out the eclectic and exciting selection of miniatures on show in our Modular Worlds Product Sample Review.

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Modular Worlds Product Sample Review – Summary

Whilst Modular Worlds’ miniatures come with the same handful of drawbacks that you might expect when dealing with 3D-printed miniatures, the quirky and unique range of fun and irreverent miniatures will brighten up any painting desk, display shelf, or gaming table.

Modular Worlds Product Sample Review – Introduction

Here at FauxHammer.com, we love miniatures – and we know you do too.

In fact, some of you love miniatures so much, you’ve taken to designing and printing your own – just like Cornwall-based Modular Worlds.

A small, independent miniature maker, Modular Worlds specialise in creating quirky and original figures. Whilst their primary focus is fantasy and D&D, they also create basing accessories, scenery, and models aimed at other universes.

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Modular Worlds pop up briefly in our UKGE video shortly after the seven-minute mark. Whilst they didn’t feature extensively in our roundup, we liked the look of the products they had on offer.

Modular Worlds very kindly sent us the below selection of their miniatures so we could have a hands-on look at what they offer.

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Read on for a closer look at these figures!

Modular Worlds Product Sample Review – Packaging

The miniatures from Modular Worlds come in fairly standard and basic packaging. Most larger miniatures that may require a little assembly are packed in hard plastic packaging, like the Cake Golem on the left in the image below. Smaller figures come in plastic baggies stapled to cardboard backing. Those provided in hard plastic packages come packaged with a centimetre-thick piece of foam.

Modular Worlds Product Sample Review Packaging

When we were first inspecting the miniatures, we did see that a few had been damaged in their packets. See the little white spots in the Cake Golem’s packet above? Those are some bits of his icing, and a few parts of candles. They’ve broken off in transit. The Lizardfolk Bodyguard, who we’ll see more of in a moment, also arrived with a snapped horn.

These were easy enough to repair, though. All it took was a dot of superglue and everything went back to how it was.

Modular Worlds Product Sample Review – The Figures

The vast majority of the miniatures we were sent required little to no assembly, so we won’t cover that in any real detail here.

As with all models that have so much as a whiff of resin about them, you’ll need to wash your Modular Worlds miniatures. It may seem like a faff, but it’s a good habit to get into when assembling and painting miniatures.

If you’re working with a “traditional” resin (i.e. from Forge World), models can come coated in a release agent that will stop paint and glue from working on the figure. If your model has been sitting around on a shelf for a few days/weeks/month/years (delete as appropriate), giving them a quick rinse and a scrub in some warm, soapy water with a soft-bristled toothbrush will get rid of any dust and grime that might have built up on the figure’s surface.

Once your models are washed and dry, you should be able to assemble them without any issues.

Note that in the images of the unpainted figures below, we haven’t removed any of the excess plastic that was left following printing. We’ve done this to give you a truer sense of how much/little tidying up is needed across the models.

Crazed Guts Marine Captain

Fans of the late Kentaro Miura‘s most famous work might recognise the chap below – though he’s switched out his archetypical dark fantasy armour for something more suited to the grimdark battlefields of the far future.

Crazed Guts Marine Captain is a smashing model. Retaining all the crucial details from his key inspiration, this miniature blends the Soulsborne-inspiring world of Berserk with the war-torn futures of the Forty First Millennium.

He also comes with a helmeted head option – and yes, it looks exactly like you think it does.

I have three criticisms of this figure. The first is that there are a handful of supports and leftovers that needs to be cleared up – most prominent are those on his pack, which you can see below. These aren’t a big deal, though, as you expect this when 3D printing. These ones just happen to be in a bit of an irritating spot.

The second – and probably most significant criticism – is that getting the feet and sword to line up with the base is very hard. As you can see in the image above, the sword still isn’t quite there. I had to spend quite some time rotating the figure and its base to try and work out where the model is supposed to be positioned. I found that the images on Modular World’s Esty store and Facebook page didn’t help out much. However, I did eventually get the two into a position I was happy with.

The final issue, which is more of a warning to others than a criticism, is that his cape is extremely thin. Drop this model and the cape will break off. There’s absolutely no way it’ll survive the fall.

I showed this miniature to playtester Jordan (currently of How to Play Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game fame) who is a huge Berserk and Warhammer 40,000 fan. He was so taken with the figure he immediately went out and purchased one himself. If that isn’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.

Lizardfolk Bodyguard

The Lizardfolk Bodyguard is a really striking miniature. Full of dynamism and pose, you get a real sense of action when looking at this figure.

The addition of the optional debris really helps increase the sense that the figure is performing an action. It has just struck with its weapon. Its mighty reach has carved a great chunk out of the earth. It is powerful, energetic, and imposing.

As I mentioned above, the Lizardfolk Bodyguard we received had taken a little damage. As you can just about make out in the image above, his left horn had snapped off and needed to be re-attached.

But other than that this is a superb figure. Covered in lots of delightful little details, such as on the armour and scaly flesh, this is a model that will delight painters.

Cake Golem and Cake

Of all the figures we were sent by Modular worlds, I think the Cake Golem is my favourite. He shouldn’t be. He’s a monster made out of cake, for pity’s sake.

But he’s just so fun and silly.

The Cake Golem and Cake actually arrived having sustained a bit of damage. Quite a few of the flames on top of the candles and (what I think are) the iced gems on the Cake Golem itself had broken off, so these needed to be re-attached with superglue.

Other than that, this beefy model was intact and was extremely easy to assemble. Requiring only the attachment of his chunky arms and his party hat-wearing head, you don’t need any help putting him together.

Perhaps I’ll surprise our Dungeons and Dragons playtesters with this chap next time we’re mid-encounter.

Chubbicorn

When you think of a unicorn, you probably imagine a tall, striking, creature with a golden mane that prances and dances effortlessly across a fantastical landscape. Perhaps it’s trailing a rainbow, or maybe its mane is made from spun gold.

Well, prepare to have that image undermined. Meet the Chubbicorn.

Lower the tone of your next mystical woodland encounter with this chunky little chap.

The model arrives in one solid part, so no sticking is required. There are a couple of nice little details on the miniature too: the horn, the eyelashes, and the flowers in the miniature’s mane.

What’s more, my partner looks after a chunky little pony that bears a striking resemblance to this little chap.

Guess I’ll be painting it to look like him!

Racoonfolk Mystic

Things get even smaller with the Racoonfolk Mystic. This crystal ball-wielding trash panda has exchanged their empty crisp packets and coating of leftover curry for some traditional fortune teller-esque garb.

It’s a cute little figure. The sculpt on the robes is really nice, and there are some simple but well-executed details in the jewellery, the belt, and the headdress.

However, due to the weight of the model’s tail, the Racoonfolk Mystic can’t stand up by itself.

It also doesn’t come with a base in its packet, which is a bit of a bummer. You won’t be able to get the figure to stand up without a base, so you’ll need to source one from somewhere. Hold that thought, though: we’ll return to this in a minute.

It’s not the only miniature in our selection that also can’t bear its own weight by itself.

Myconid Cook

Unfortunately, like the Racoonfolk Mystic before it, the Myconid Cook can’t stand up on its own.

The Myconid Cook is a similar size and shape to the Racoonfolk Mystic. A short, chunky model, it struggles to stand on its own two feet because the contact points are very small.

Again, it’s a fun little figure, garbed in its frilly apron and brandishing pot and spoon. Also, with a figure this dense, you’re unlikely to cause it any lasting damage if you end up dropping it.

Again, the Myconid Cook doesn’t come with a base of its own, so you’ll need to find one somewhere. Luckily, however, Modular World also create…

Aztec Bases

A glance over Modular Worlds’ Etsy store will reveal that a great deal of what is on offer is designed to go under the feet of your miniature.

There are custom bases and base toppers in all different kinds of themes, styles, and shapes. They are intricately detailed and will help just finish off your miniature.

We were sent these Aztec Bases. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find these exact bases on Modular Worlds’ Etsy store.

The detail on these are great, and there’s absolutely no print lines so they’ll take washes and drybrushing like a dream.

The simple but well-executed patterns will be super easy to paint, and will also help add a little bit of extra life to the miniature destined to stand atop it.

Church Pews and Altar

In addition to bases and miniatures and bases, Modular Worlds also make a few bits of scenery. Take a look at these church pews and altar.

The pews sport some lovely baroque-like carvings. There are a few straggly bits of print ina few places, but these come off with ease (you can see one on the image to the below-right).

I don’t know why, but I really like the altar. I mean, if we were to split hairs, it’s actually a lectern, but whatever it is, it makes for an awesome centrepiece for any D&D battle map.

There are a few more bits that require tidying up on the altar/lectern, though, and a couple of the print lines are a little more prominent. Still, this shouldn’t get in the way of painting anything – as we’ll see in a moment.

Modular Worlds Product Sample Review – Painting

This is a bit embarassing.

I have to start this section with an apology to the guys at Modular Worlds. I had originally promised them that I would pain the majority of the figures that they sent me for this review so viewers would get a good sense of what they looked like with colours on.

However, I’ve only painted two. I do have a reason for this, though.

Shortly after I received the miniatures from Modular Worlds, I received a selection of paints to review. I had heard good things about these particular paints, so had hoped to kill two birds with one stone by painting Modular Worlds’ minis with this particular set.

This was not to be. The paints I used were a nightmare and ruined several of the miniatures. Frustrated, I eventually gave up on both the paints and the poorly-painted minis and decided the best I could do was try and ensure those not wrecked by uncontrollable, unpredictable, reactivating paints paints were done to a decent level.

Turning my hand instead to my trustworthy (and immeasurably superior) Scale 75 Metal ‘n’ Alchemy Steel Series, I was able to get the Crazed Guts Captain looking fairly presentable.

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I wasn’t particularly familiar with the inspiration behind this miniature before I came to painting it. However, with the help of a reference photo, I discovered that the clever sculpt on this miniature is a faithful re-creation of its classic roots.

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The Crazed Guts Captain would make an excellent Grey Knights proxy, perhaps replacing Castellan Crowe should you prefer this miniature. Perhaps you just have a particular hankering for some classic anime in your army; if so, let Crazed Guts Captain into your ranks.

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Taking a turn from the sublime to the ridiculous, the other miniature I painted was – yup, you guess it – the Cake Golem.

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I mean, just look at the thing. It’s the greatest miniature I’ve ever seen. It’s so daft. It’s so funny. I love it.

I did struggle with a few areas whilst painting the Cake Golem, though this was no fault of the miniature. I had a very clear image in my head of howI wanted the miniature to look, then realised that I had very few pink paints to my name.

Modular Worlds Product Sample Review Cake Golem 2

In spite of my rudimentary-at-best paintjob, the cartoon hilarity of the character still shines through. It’s a charming little figure – as daft as it is funny.

I mean, look at his little party hat!

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I think these two models sum up Modular Worlds’ range quite well. There is something for everybody, no matter how serious (or not) you are about your painting.

Modular Worlds Product Sample Review – Price and Availability

Here’s how much everything we’ve looked at in the article costs on Modular Worlds’ Etsy store.

ModelPrice (GBP)
Crazed Guts Marine Captain£13.00
Lizardfolk Bodyguard£10.00
Cake GolemNo-longer listed on store
Chubbicorn£9.00
Racoonfolk Mystic£7.00
Myconid Cook£8.00
Aztec BasesNo-longer listed on store
Church Altar & Pews£10.00

With everything landing between the £7.00-£13.00 mark, Modular World’s pricing feels very fair. Larger miniatures, like the Crazed Guts Marine Captain and the Lizardfolk Bodyguard, cost a little bit more. Smaller figures rarely seem to break the £10.00 marker.

If you’re after an extra figure for something quick and inexpensively, Modular Worlds’ Etsy store is definitely the place to check out.

Modular Worlds Product Sample Review – Final Thoughts

ProsCons
Fun, quirky, and original miniatures
Good level of detail across all figures
Impressive sculpts
Crazy cheap
Detail occasionally lost to print
The usual 3D printing pitfalls (faint print lines, a few leftover bits that need removed, etc.)
A couple of broken bits (but these were easy enough to repair)

3D printing has opened the world of miniature sculpting up to a huge pool of talent. For decades, the formula for doing this kind of thing has been a closely-guarded secret, hidden behind locked gates and factory walls.

But now, with the increase in the availability of good-quality sculpting and printing software, and hundreds of 3D printers available, for the first time ever regular folks like you and me can have a go at making and creating our own models. Some of us, like the guys at Modular Worlds, are actually pretty good at it, too.

Modular Worlds may not be creating GW-level sculpts, but they’re a small company just starting out. They ooze promise, and there’s obviously a huge amount of imagination and heart behind the creative side of the company. The minis on offer are fun and exciting, occasionally a bit silly, and ultimately of perfectly reasonable quality. That they’re available at such a reasonable price only increases their appeal.

What’s not to like?

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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  • Rob has spent most of the last 15 years playing World of Warcraft and writing stories set in made-up worlds. At some point, he also managed to get a Master's degree by writing about Medieval zombies.

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