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#1 NecroMancer

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:01 AM

Hey everybody I am not into fantasy gaming but I really want to get into the painting of some miniatures.  The problem is that I don't want the tiny little 25mm miniatures, I am looking for something more like the 6"-12" (or bigger) type of figure.  I am looking for any model kits or already assembled pieces fantasy related. 

 

I figured you guys are the ones to ask.  Do you know where I can find anything like this?  Please help!

 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:04 AM

I'm assuming you want humanoid figures?  If you want Dragons, then Reaper or Games Workshop would have some stuff that would fit your size criteria.  For human figures the best bet is going to be the Anime shops like E2046 or Hobbyfan, or specialist casters.  You could try chasing down a copy of Amazing Figure Magazine and see what's being advertised there.  Usually a number of Conan or Red Sonja figures available.  Another option would be pre-painted collectible figures that you could then repaint (hope you have an airbrush).  Be aware that the cheapest anime figures are going to run you $30-50, and any of the cast in AFM are probably going to be $150+, and same with most of the pre-painted collectible figures.  Scale 75 and Nuts Planet do a lot 75mm figures (~3") but again they're $35+ per figure.  Andrea has a nice line of 54mm (2+") figures (again $35+/ea.).  Hope that helps, and good luck!


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:06 AM

I'm assuming you want humanoid figures?  If you want Dragons, then Reaper or Games Workshop would have some stuff that would fit your size criteria.  For human figures the best bet is going to be the Anime shops like E2046 or Hobbyfan, or specialist casters.  You could try chasing down a copy of Amazing Figure Magazine and see what's being advertised there.  Usually a number of Conan or Red Sonja figures available.  Another option would be pre-painted collectible figures that you could then repaint (hope you have an airbrush).  Be aware that the cheapest anime figures are going to run you $30-50, and any of the cast in AFM are probably going to be $150+, and same with most of the pre-painted collectible figures.  Scale 75 and Nuts Planet do a lot 75mm figures (~3") but again they're $35+ per figure.  Andrea has a nice line of 54mm (2+") figures (again $35+/ea.).  Hope that helps, and good luck!

Another option is to hit up the toy store and repaint some action figures!


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:09 AM

Welcome to the forum!

 

You could start with bigger guys like Giants, Dragons, Trolls etc.

 

Things like this:

 

https://www.reapermi.../sku-down/77194

 

https://www.reapermi.../sku-down/77116

 

https://www.reapermi.../sku-down/03431

 

There are also lots of manufacturers of 54mm, 75mm and bigger fantasy miniatures.

 

Or maybe Busts?


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:12 AM

hmmn.  maybe closer to the 54 or 75 mm scale then at the smallest.  Avoid anything that says 28mm, 32mm, heroic scale or smaller, as these are the tiny ones!  miniatures are generally not assembled, so would require a bit of work.  You could try just using plastic type action figures- those would already be painted and assembled, but you can paint over them.

 

try:

Ares Mythologic/Draconia miniatures

Scale 75 miniatures

kabuki studio miniatures

nocturna miniatures

 

be aware most of the miniatures at a larger scale are resin rather than metal, so are more fragile. resin dust is also toxic to breath, so be careful when sanding the minis and use a mask.

 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:46 AM

Thanks a lot guys, I appreciate it!  

 

Hey Xherman, how can I tell how big the items you listed are?

 

Any ideas of where I can get reasonably priced resin kits?


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:53 AM

Those two little triangular marks on the lower right side of the picture are "Bryangles", placed at 1/2" and 1" above the bottom of the figure.  On the really big figures, it might be more useful if they used a longer ruler, but at least you can see how big they are compared to a 1" tall figure.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:53 AM

I usually find that resin and reasonably priced do not go hand in hand...  

 

With regards to the sizing of the models that Xherman linked, if you look through the pictures, there will always be one with another figure, usually the same "Sir ForScale".  This should give you a rough idea.  I have C'thulhu and I'd say he stands about 10 inches tall.  


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:09 PM

Cool!  That helps!  Where can i find the C'thulu?


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:53 PM

Cool!  That helps!  Where can i find the C'thulu?

 

That one is from Reaper Itself. Bones. PVC

 

The link I showed you is actually from Reaper's Store.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:32 PM

One last quick question, do most reaper miniatures require some assembly?

 

Thanks again guys you've been a huge help.  I have now found so many I am a little over whelmed :wow: but that's a good thing!  Hopefully after this I'll be on here asking for painting tips. 



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 02:30 PM

Most Bones does not require assembly, but usually need a bit of cleanup to remove mould lines and such. They may also need a bath in boiling water in oder to correct bent parts.

But if you want large pieces you may want to consider a 3D printer and to look for suitable figures on sites such as Thingiverse.
(The software used with 3D printers will usually allow you to scale up to whatever size you want)

But... one of the reasons we paint minis is 'because we can'. It's a nice challenge...

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 02:37 PM

if you by the BONES larger figures some gluing will be needed but they are generally designed with tabs and sockets which usually makes this quite easy to do.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 02:57 PM

Most Bones does not require assembly, but usually need a bit of cleanup to remove mould lines and such. They may also need a bath in boiling water in oder to correct bent parts.

But if you want large pieces you may want to consider a 3D printer and to look for suitable figures on sites such as Thingiverse.
(The software used with 3D printers will usually allow you to scale up to whatever size you want)

But... one of the reasons we paint minis is 'because we can'. It's a nice challenge...

 

 

You make a great point!  Honestly, the more I look at them the more I like the smaller ones.  I'll probably stick to the ones over an inch or two for now until I get better at it though.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:35 PM

If you're really interested in trying it out, check out Reaper's Learn to Paint Kits.

 

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Both the orc and the knight are pretty beefy minis.


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