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#21 Postby VonDan » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:42 pm

and dont forget the Dollor store. Y-day I bought 5 bags of insects now I have to add an encounter with mutant 6 foot long locus in my pulp game.

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#22 Postby OJ » Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:06 pm

Dollar store, and Party City are good for bugs, critters and random stuff. I buy a lot of Horrorclix from Strikezoneonline.com. I usually get about a dozen minis at a time from them, pay more for shipping than I did on the minis. They also carry a ton of D&D, Heroclix, and Star Wars.

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#23 Postby VonDan » Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:10 pm

OJ wrote:Dollar store, and Party City are good for bugs, critters and random stuff. I buy a lot of Horrorclix from Strikezoneonline.com. I usually get about a dozen minis at a time from them, pay more for shipping than I did on the minis. They also carry a ton of D&D, Heroclix, and Star Wars.


Thats why I only get used minis from the FLGS

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#24 Postby OJ » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:06 pm

I always check the Game Store first, but they can't always meet my bizarre needs. Still, I just ordered a set of ten Indy Heroclix for use with Iron Dynasty. (From the comic Shi).

With shipping, I'm paying like, $15. I'm okay with those prices.

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#25 Postby VonDan » Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:54 pm

and this week the dollor store had little ceramic figures the scale of D&D minis that were people like from a berl and ive christmas card.

ha now in my snow deamon side adventure in my pulp game the caroloers will be in danger

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#26 Postby Vinzent » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:35 pm

You could always use some celophane tape to coat figure flats and make them stain resistant.
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#27 Postby warrenss2 » Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:12 am

FLGS


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What's this VonDan?
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#28 Postby Wibbs » Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:33 am

Friendly local game store?

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#29 Postby kronovan » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:15 am

I used to be able to buy single miniatures at a few LGS's (actually collected a complete SWMini Clone Strike set that way), but that hasn't been the case for about 3 years now. There's a still a few monthly tournaments for SWMini and D&DMini's being run at LGS's and you can often trade or buy from the players - takes a lot of coordinating though. :( Heroclix singles for some reason seem to be much more available, which is fine by me because as someone already mentioned they work well in a number of settings.

I've bought online a number of times. The already mentioned miniaturemarket.com has been good, but I've dealt with coolstuffinc.com more often because they have buy back lists which can really help cut down on costs. I haven't tried paper figs yet, but those displayed here look more than decent so I might give that a go.

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#30 Postby ValhallaGH » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:41 pm

Wibbs wrote:Friendly local game store?

Or Favorite Local Gaming Store.
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#31 Postby warrenss2 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:41 pm

Wibbs wrote:
Friendly local game store?

Or Favorite Local Gaming Store.


D'Oh!!!!! :-?
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Paper Mini Techniques

#32 Postby Ornimancer » Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:47 pm

I really like paper figures, whether they are tri-fold or tent-type. Here's the construction technique I use (using all acid-free materials):

1) print them out on quality ink jet paper

2) spray the sheet with a workable fixative (makes it pretty water-resistant)

3) glue the sheet (with a spray glue) to a sheet of Bristol (a heavy drawing paper); let dry

4) trim them out with an x-acto & straight edge, lightly scoring the fold lines

5) fold and crease folds with a burnisher

6) glue tabs with Best-Test One Coat rubber cement, with a final crimping/pressing with flat pliers

This results in a nice solid cardboard kind of feeling for them.

P.S. To really make them beer-proof, one could also add an optional step:

3.5) spray both sides with an acrylic varnish, let dry

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#33 Postby warrenss2 » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:05 am

Here's the construction technique I use (using all acid-free materials):


But, Ornimancer, doesn't all these steps jack up the price of the end result?

Printer ink, quality paper, fixative, spray glue, Bristol paper, Burnisher, rubber cement, (optional) beer-proofing, time involved... all adds up.

Don't get me wrong, if I was going to do the paper miniatures I would most certainly give your method a try. I think it's the best method I've heard to date. :)
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#34 Postby Vinzent » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:13 pm

The sad thing is, I just can't carry around minis for every occasion, even the pogs start to take up considerable room in my pack. In an effort to make my gaming more mobile, I'm thinking of creating 20 generic pogs for baddies and 10 for good guys.

Maybe I'll use generic pogs for mooks and just have wild card pogs that represent the baddies.
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