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Kings Cliff
Kings Cliff
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

Introduction
Kings Cliff is a hard foam model from Ziterdes, released in cooperation with scenery masters NOCH. Scaled for 25-28mm, this outcrop with an exposure is versatile and can be used for sci-fi, wargaming and fantasy gaming, and perhaps melded into historical modeling. Kings Cliff is item 12753.

Ziterdes tells us:
    The King Rock is powerful, imposing and formidable in appearance. With a total height of 21cm it really makes your gaming table to a special place. This rock impresses with its overall appearance and the incredible detail in particular the face and arms are a real eye catcher and makes the Ancients every honor - a must for any Fantasy and Lord of the Rings (LOTR) Fan!

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

    Dungeons
      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
    Statues
    Furniture & Accessories

    Buildings
      Pyramids, Temples and Ruins
      Houses
      Bunkers & Positions
      Castles & Fortresses
      Tents
      Towers
      Ships & Boats
      Bridges & Jetties

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

Welcome to the world of Ziterdes!

Kings Cliff
This model is cast in hard foam. While this is rigid hard foam, it can be manipulated with heat, so be careful what you set it near. 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, common to Ziterdes, as wrapping the model is plastic and gluing it to a sturdy card sheet. One oddity: Ziterdes' packaging identifies the product with a sticker bearing the name and item number. My Kings Cliff tag states Kӧnigsfelsen, which is "Kings Cliff," but the translation underneath is "Petrified Troll."

Detail
Onto this one-piece casting Ziterdes sculpted a spiraling stairs and huge exposure of a noble warrior, stone buttressing, and obviously exposed rock.

Scale
This outcropping is scaled to the common fantasy wargaming, skirmish-level, science fiction, and role-playing scale of 25-28mm; that is 1/64 (S gauge for model railroading). If you have read the previous Ziterdes reviews you will recall that the models were displayed with several scales. Modelers can use this for forced-perspective although if one is a scalist, you will be limited to a narrow range of scales.

This model bears a footprint of:
    Width 260 mm (10 1/4 inches)
    Length 210 mm (8.25 inches)
    Height 170 mm (6 2/3 inches)

Painting
I have not tested this foam with solvent-based paint. Acrylics can be applied without worry.

Conclusion
Thoughts of the Fellowship of the Ring navigating The Argonath, (a.k.a. The Gates of Argonath, or The Pillars of Kings) came to mind when I first saw this model. Ziterdes thinks that Kings Cliff will be popular with The Lord of the Rings and I agree. I also think this hard foam scenery piece will be welcomed by other fantasy and sci-fi modelers and gamers.

Surface texture and detailing of the rock and sculpting is very convincing. Kings Cliff will look impressive painted up or not, and should enhance modeling and gaming scenes.

Thanks to Ziterdes' partner NOCH for providing this model for review! Please mention to NOCH and Ziterdes, and retailers, that you saw this product here - on Historicus Forma!
SUMMARY
Highs: Surface texture and detailing of the rock and sculpting is very convincing.
Lows: Nothing objective.
Verdict: This model will look impressive painted up or not, and should enhance modeling and gaming scenes.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 6012753
  Related Link: 
  PUBLISHED: Jul 26, 2019
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 0.00%

Our Thanks to NOCH!
This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

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 2019 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 KitMaker Network or the British Bulldogs IPMS-UK group. All rights reserved.



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