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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:40 pm    Post subject: Finding cheap minis Reply with quote

I was wondering if there is a good sight to purchase plastic minatures. I use to be able to buy indivdual figures from the million of assorted minature games for the price of a dollar a piece. Unfourtanetly that game store closed and I'm not willing to put down 30 bucks for 6 Warhammer figures no matter how awesome they look. I also want to stay away from paper minis as errant beer bottles sometimes roll about the battlemap. Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's nowhere you can buy specific SW minis, of course you can pick up D&D minis at your FLGS or EBay.

It took me a while to understand why SW was all about figure flats. Its basically because you might be pirates this week and space marines the next, but you will never be a standard "Elf Paladin" or "Halfling Mage": there are no classes, so you cannot buy a mini that looks like your character and there is no single standard list of SW monsters to make minis of.
Warhammer figs are a bit large for rpg tabletop use and indeed hella expensive.
Possible solutions are:

Idea tokens (ie flat coin-type markers) which should be pretty beer-bottle proof

Idea lego mini-figs (build whatever char you like and even the scenery, but a bit large

Idea pawns from any game + imagination

Idea sculpt your own - you can do a lot with papier mache and patience

Idea not using a battlemap (many swear it improves the immersion)

Idea use figure flats anyway and either plastify them or keep a bunch of spares. You can easily replace flattened ones or even perhaps corral the beerbottles. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Finding cheap minis Reply with quote

wyldspirit wrote:
I was wondering if there is a good sight to purchase plastic miniatures. I use to be able to buy individual figures from the million of assorted miniature games for the price of a dollar a piece. Unfortunately that game store closed and I'm not willing to put down 30 bucks for 6 Warhammer figures no matter how awesome they look. I also want to stay away from paper minis as errant beer bottles sometimes roll about the battlemap. Any suggestions?


The problem is that a lot of the suppliers got out of those markets. Even WotC does more of the token stuff rather than minis which sucks for D&D day when you are a poker sized token labeled "Player 3" instead of a figure that looks like the pregen character.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just scour the following...

Craigslist
eBay
Your Local Conventions (Auctions and Flea Markets)

I've had remarkable success with all sources.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:23 am    Post subject: Auddies Reply with quote

Honestly, Auggie's is the best site I have found over the years.

http://www.auggiesgamesonline.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have bought a bunch of "loose" Clix, Star Wars, D&D & etc. miniatures and other "bitz" from online sites such as:

http://www.miniaturemarket.com
http://www.popularcollections.com

Miniature Market still has quite a bit of assorted HeroClix and HorrorClix minis, plus odd figures from discontinued lines such as AT-43 and Confrontation, while Popular Collections (last I checked) has a number of Halo figures.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you don't mind a little bit smaller scale, I'll point you at the various 1/72 scale plastics. I have a couple wonderful sets from Ceaser's, at Michigan Toy Soldier that could workf for fantasy games. The price comes out to about fifty cents a figure. There are a whol bunch of plastic toy soldier sets that might certainly do for a lot of different genres.

Another option, though not as cheap, is Megaminiatureshttp://megaminis.com/. they have a great range, but their prices are up a bit due to their materials going up. two or three bucks isn't too bad for metal, though.

As for me, I go with paper figures. I find I am not so fond of tri fold figure flats as I am of stuff more like OneMonk does.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the One Monk minis but I fear the amount of cutting needed would be a bit tedious.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone thinking of using 1/72 plastics, definitely check out http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chitownroy wrote:
I like the One Monk minis but I fear the amount of cutting needed would be a bit tedious.

Surprisingly not. I've used several of their sets, and it really doesn't take terribly long to construct and use. The only issue I've had has been the glue I used, which didn't handle humidity well.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i almost never cut hte minis out right on the lines, just kind of near the general shape. Patience issues.

For the finished product, a brushing with a sanding sealer or clearcote or the like should help against humidity issues.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

chugosh wrote:
i almost never cut hte minis out right on the lines, just kind of near the general shape. Patience issues.

For the finished product, a brushing with a sanding sealer or clearcote or the like should help against humidity issues.

Oh, yes, that reminds me of my other tip: just cut roughly around the figs, then color in the white outline with a black marker. Really helps to make the figure "pop". Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timon wrote:

It took me a while to understand why SW was all about figure flats. Its basically because you might be pirates this week and space marines the next, but you will never be a standard "Elf Paladin" or "Halfling Mage": there are no classes, so you cannot buy a mini that looks like your character and there is no single standard list of SW monsters to make minis of.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heroclix has lots of good minis for (duh) supers games, but also lots of modern looking figs (guys in suits with guns). We are using rebased Heroclix for the humans in our Zombie Run game. (and D&D zombies, vampires and ghouls for the zombies).
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a big fan of cardstock paper miniatures.

Onemonk.com is a great place to start, but if you check the cardboard warriors forums you'll find lots of great sources.

They are really easy to put together, I can build a whole army in just a few hours. One figure only takes a few minutes.

Print, cut, edge, glue to base. Done.

These might look familiar, if you have played 50 Fathoms. I did these in just about an hour, including the time to GIMP them from the scanned pages.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And another one for you Firefly/Serenity fans.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For SW I'm totally in the no mini camp. But that said; lately, I've been getting into building Token sets for various games. I bought a bunch of Warmachine bases and Warhammer sheild bits to make fantasy counters (specifically for D&D), and for post-apoc I've been getting a hammer and squashing bottle caps with my three year old son. The latter, for all us Fallout fans, doubles as great in game currency!

The fun thing is with DIY tokens, is they're relatively cheap and easy to make and you get something that "feels" like your setting...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mruseless wrote:
And another one for you Firefly/Serenity fans.



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My local FlGS lways has minis used or 50 cents or 5 for $2 mostly mage knight and hero clix sometimes D&D and warhammer
go to your local flgs
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

go to www.bartertown.com and buy minis there.

It's a free selling/trading site.

you can usuually get most minis for 50-60% of retail.
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