This model will be available from Sept 1st to Sept 30th 2017 - then it'll be "retired" and no longer for sale.
Wizard's towers seem to be crazy structures - owing more to barely controlled madness than to design.
Perhaps this one belongs to the villages local magician, making a modest living from mending-spells and low-grade curses.
But if it's hidden in the depths of a dark forest - there lives some high level Wizard who's hiding from Daemons he'd rather not meet again, keeping the lowest profile his insane ego and uncontrolled paranoia allows. Perhaps it seems abandoned yet is still so terrifying that nobody but our intrepid adventurers will visit it.
Worst case: Both of the above.
Part castle, part hovel - this one has a perilous spiral stairway winding around the tower - a small, easily defended "front door" - a balcony from which to launch a broomstick or flying carpet - or to mount a summoned hippogryph. It also sports a watch tower from which to cast fireballs and magic missiles on anyone with the nerve to approach without permission.
The model is an unpainted kit - about 11" tall.
The model consists of three sheets of parts:
It's MUCH easier to paint the parts of this kit BEFORE you clue them together. The stone parts look good if painted in a light grey - then dry-brushed with black and then a little white.
The stair treads look good in bronze with dabs of orange to make them look like rusty iron.
Running a bead of glue over the finished building and shaking model railroad "grass" dust produces an impressive array of ivy plants climbing over the tower and adding to the appearance of abandonment and dis-use. I also glued some small gravel "rocks" around the base of the building to break up the hard lines where the building meets the ground.
First locate all of the stone wall sections (there are 12 of them) and the base plate:
Before going any further, arrange the 12 wall sections in order - as shown here:
Take the left-most part (which has a cutout at the very bottom - and two holes at the top. Glue that into the base plate at the center of the widest part:
Continue to glue consecutive wall parts in a counter-clockwise direction:
Until you have all 12 parts glued into the base plate:
Next, find the four quadrant parts that top off the walls:
Glue these to the tops of the walls to keep everything straight:
Put that aside for the glue to set - then find the 13 staircase treads - two of them are broken - and one is much larger than the others. There are also eleven identical support parts - plus one smaller one and one L-shaped bracket:
Glue the L-shaped support and the smaller support into two of the regular sized stair tread:
Then glue a standard sized support into all of the remaining stair treads:
Glue the step with the L-shaped support into the bottom-most pair of holes in the tower, and the step with the smaller support into the next one around:
Push them firmly into place:
Then procede around with the remaining steps. I like to put the two broken steps next to each other and high enough up the tower to look "precarious". The longest step should be at the very top:
Next, locate the floor and walls for the building itself:
Glue the four walls into the floor as shown:
Then locate the outer wall sections:
It's easiest to glue the end sections on first, then do the two side pieces:
Next locate the parts for the balcony railings:
Glue the front and sides into the holes around the balcony - you may need to use a piece of tape to hold it together as the glue sets:
Then glue the two roof parts together - you may want to NOT glue them to the tops of the railings so you can remove it during play:
I imagine this to be a place where the Wizard lands his various flying carpets/broomsticks/steeds - but several people wanted a door to be available...you choose whether you want to glue it in place or not:
Next, find the two main roof parts and the two internal braces:
Glue the two roof sections together, then add the braces in roughly the positions shown here:
Place it on top of the walls (don't glue it down!) - and set aside for the glue to set.
Locate the dormer window parts:
Glue these together as shown:
Locate the five chimney/lookout-tower parts:
Assemble as shown:
Glue the dormer window and the chimney onto the roof:
Locate the shortest ladder section:
Glue into the holes in the topmost step:
Glue the building onto the top of the tower such that the ladder reaches to the small entry door:
Locate the two balcony braces:
Glue into the two holes under the balcony - and against the tower wall:
Glue the the four handrail parts to the lookout tower floor - then glue that assembly to the top of the chimney:
Glue the medium-lenght ladder to the side of the chimney:
Note that you could also remove the trapdoor part and use the long ladder to reach from inside the building up to the roof.