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Questions tagged [miniatures]

A miniature figure, also known as a "miniature", "mini", "figure", or "fig". Also questions related to them.

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How many different miniatures and how many copies of those miniatures will I need at the same time in Curse of Strahd?

Coming up with a proper title is a bit tricky, so if people have suggestions, I'm open for them. I'm currently running Tomb of Annihilation, and having a blast. I lack a lot of the miniatures for ...
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Some of my paper printed 2 dimensional minis don't fit the 5th edition D&D grid. How can I correct this?

I'm designing and printing out my own paper minis for my 5e tabletop game but the size of the paper minis of some of the creatures don't match game space specifications. An example, a medium sized ...
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What is the origin of the name for the tabletop miniature company “Ral Partha”?

It sounds like something out of an old pulp fantasy novel. Is it someone's actual name, or is it just something made up? I read the wikipedia article and there's no mention of where the name came from....
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what are these figurines from [closed]

I Found this huge set of fantasy figurines at a flea market and I'm trying to track down the original game or set they are from. There are dozens of different specific characters with paint variation....
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Where did the first Dungeons and Dragons miniatures come from?

Did the first players even use miniatures? If they did, how did they acquire such things? The main reason I'm asking is because I'm looking for a cost effective way to create my own miniatures. I've ...
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D&D Miniatures pre colored? Do they exist? [closed]

I have started playing sanctioned AL play at my local game store weekly. Until now, my experience has been purely online through VTT's and my first experience was amazing. Only...I had no token for my ...
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How big should the squares be on a battle map?

I would really like to know how big the squares should be on my battle map. I haven't made one yet but I am hopefully going to, and I intend to use it with miniatures for combat.
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What size is the standard grid used when playing D&D 5e?

What size are the standard grids in those roll-up mats people use for D&D 5e and thus what radius / diameter should the base of a miniature be for easy usage?
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Options for miniature/tile storage at home [closed]

I am looking for options to store miniatures and dungeon tiles for my apartment. We play here so ability to transport is not an issue. I currently live in an apartment so I don't have room for large ...
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What exact dimensions does a physical cone AoE template need to have?

I am trying to get a precise set of measurements for cone-shaped areas of effect so that I can craft a physical template to use as an overlay when playing with miniatures. I want to get it right the ...
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Are there official, complete statistics for these exotic weapons?

The Wizards of the Coast Web site hosts Battle Sheets! that convert figures from the Chainmail Miniatures Game into Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition. Some of these Battle Sheets have dwarves armed ...
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High Quality wizard miniatures? (for Ars Magica) [closed]

I would like to buy dozens of different wizard miniatures, to use them in Ars Magica (I know they are not necessary, but I would like to use them any way, to illustrate positioning of the party and ...
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Where can I find bulk miniatures of common folk? [closed]

I am looking to teach a class on miniature painting in a fine arts camp that I run. I would like to supply 80-100 kids with their own miniature to paint. Keeping budget in mind, Is there a good place ...
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How to create reusable (or very cheap) 3D dungeons?

In our Sci-Fi session we had the recurring problem that characters were injured because of bad battle map display. We figured it would be great to have a set of reusable adjustable walls etc. with ...
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Where can I get miniatures of The Four Horsemen of Apocalyse? [closed]

I have looked a lot online but I am reaching the end of my search. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy miniatures of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — ideally resembling the Pathfinder ...
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Need help finding this DM tool!

First time post here. I have been running a game for over a year and a half now and am on technically my 3rd campaign. I am trying to introduce more visual elements to the table that would not be ...
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How can I make a working torch to use with miniatures?

I'm looking for a prop that would be a functioning torch for miniatures. Does such thing exist? Would it provide enough illumination to simulate how far the characters can see? Current LED technology ...
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Learning to paint miniatures [closed]

I've just been given an old Warhammer miniature kit and decided to have a go at building it and painting it to see if I enjoy it. I've been down to my local Games Workshop to get a couple of brushes ...
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Do miniatures for the WH40K Primarchs exist?

This is not a question asking where they are/where to get them. This is not a "Let's go shopping" question I'm merely wondering if there are any miniatures for the WH40K Primarchs, and if so, for who ...
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Where can I find pre-painted plastic miniatures for Sci-Fi games?

I love the plastic d&d and pathfinder miniatures. No assembling, no painting, lightweight, cheap(ish) and most importantly you can throw them in box together without worrying about them chipping ...
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Ways to minimize the negative effects of miniature use on immersion

Quite a number of games recommend and support the use of miniatures for combat to provide players a tactical view and tactical options. However—besides obviously having its distinct advantages—using ...
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What kind of miniature bases should I buy?

While looking for bases for my minis I have come across 3 common types: Slotted, Dimpled and Plain (Solid). What function do these differences serve? Are the slotted bases slotted so they can be sold ...
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Advice for AD&D 1e without miniatures or tiles? [duplicate]

My group has agreed that we will not use miniatures or tiles to play AD&D 1e. Instead, we will rely upon the "Theater of the Mind" style gameplay. This will be a major change for me as a DM, as I ...
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Good Miniature for a Dancing Weapon [closed]

My DnD Artificer is going to take the Dancing Weapon daily power and I want a miniature to represent the weapon. I've tried doing google searches and looking through the Wizards miniatures and can't ...
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How can I get miniatures with specific features? [closed]

Is there somewhere you can get minis corresponding to the class, race and sex of adventurers, be it singles or a giant collection of minis? For example: I might be looking for a male elf druid and a ...
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How can you use isometric maps (or other tricks for addressing 3 dimensions) for miniatures?

I remember in the 90s isometric projection, 3/4-view 3D-on-2D maps became briefly popular in published game books, then all but disappeared. Watching "The Desolation of Smaug" I became aware that I ...
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How much do people pay to have their miniatures painted? [closed]

I've been painting miniatures for a short while now and was wondering how much people usually pay to have their minis painted. After researching a bit I've narrowed my options down. I've decided ...
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A Game Board for D&D? [closed]

So I'm a new GM, and I notice there's usually a problem with positioning, so I started drawing EXACTLY what happens on the map in combat for my players. Thing is it gets messy, annoying and time ...
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Draw maps while playing rather than beforehand?

I use a huge Chessex wet-erase battle mat to draw maps from published adventures on and I'm currently running The Lost Mines of Karak Lode. It's, by far, the largest map I've had my party play. It's ...
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What is a good way to get a large range of fantasy miniatures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find fantasy minis on the cheap? I am looking to start a collection of miniatures. I mostly want one or two of a lot of different creatures, such as for example 2 ...
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Where can I find Ral Partha miniatures for cheap? [closed]

I live in Canada and I own a few of the old Ral Partha D&D miniatures which are pretty cool. Unfortunately, I haven't seen them for sale anywhere for the last couple of years. I checked out a ...
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Diceless miniatures? [closed]

I've seen diceless systems for narrative-focused role playing. But do any diceless combat tactics games exist, possibly based on miniatures? I'm thinking of personal-level combat where a single unit ...
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Combat system that is less abstract than hit points yet is not more lethal

I have a campaign based on battles with miniatures in mind, with my players controlling the standard "heroes". It should be possible for the players to keep their characters alive through the ...
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Where do I find the Lord of the Rings miniatures for D&D

Years ago we used to have wonderful 25mm miniatures that we used for our D&D games. I seem to remember they were based on the Lord of the Rings. They were grey rather than silver and were ...
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How to handle miniatures on a forum-based game?

When running a web forum game of an RPG that requires miniatures (such as D&D 4e), what's the most elegant way to handle a combat grid? In particular: Players should be able to change the map ...
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Undead skeleton papercraft minitatures [closed]

Where can I find a digital, downloadable set of papercraft skeleton miniatures (or even just a single miniature)? Please note that by skeleton I mean the animated, undead monster (not a design aid for ...
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What is a good method for storing papercraft buildings and the like?

I've recently taken to creating papercraft buildings, castle walls and towers, bridges, crates, hay-bales, etc. for my tabletop RPG combat sessions: They are fragile and need to be stored upright and ...
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Pre-painted Miniatures for D&D other than from Wizards

Are there substitutes for the official Wizards miniatures? Is there anything pre-painted that we can buy per lot? We love them, but they are getting harder to buy. My group really values props and ...
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Homemade Terrain w/miniatures [closed]

I am looking for ideas to make some homemade terrain for combat; I am not a great miniature painter as I usually fat-finger most of them, but I am pretty handy and know my way around my neighborhood ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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What does the symbol on the bottom of a WotC miniature mean?

When I look on the bottom of the latest official D&D miniatures, there is some information about what product line a particular miniature came from. But there is also a small symbol below that, ...
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What's the cheapest, good way for someone to try getting into painting miniatures?

I want to try painting miniatures (plastic ones ala Castle Ravenloft and the World of Warcraft board game), but I don't want to spend a lot of money on supplies only to find out that I stink, but I ...
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Where can I find miniatures for AD&D monsters? [closed]

This is a follow-on to this question. I am looking specifically for only monster, not character or NPC, miniatures from the 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, ...
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Where can I find a Monk miniature? [duplicate]

I need a good monk mini, no weapons, ideally female elf. Where can I find one? Material (lead vs plastic) and painted vs. unpainted is useful to know but are all doable.
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How can I make paper minatures? [closed]

How can you take an images and easily (automatically) turn them into paper minis?
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How can I obtain Custom miniatures? [closed]

I wish to get custom minatures for my kids (they play such widely available characters as a Wilden Shaman/Runepriest and a Shardmind Psion). Where can I purchase them? How onerous a process is this? ...
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Where do you find Dark Sun Minis?

Apart from picking up the old 2ed Dark Sun miniatures off ebay, does anyone have any suggestions for a line of mini's that work well thematically for Dark Sun? Perhaps a line of primitive or aztec ...
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Paper model and landscape patterns for Cricut?

I was at GenCon and this guy had a booth where he had built this huge castle out of card-stock. He was selling "it" for $15. When I expressed interest he informed me it was a .pdf download that you ...
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What are some alternatives to using miniatures for games that require them? [closed]

Miniatures traditionally are expensive and time-consuming to paint. Plus, most of us aren't great artists. If I'm playing a game that requires miniatures of some kind, but people aren't sticklers for ...
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Where can I find fantasy minis on the cheap? [closed]

I'm looking to build a collection of fantasy miniatures, preferably pewter - but I don't want to buy them one at a time from my local hobby store... Much too expensive, and they don't often carry ...