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Since I had so much fun with the last one, I thought I'd go for a second. Only this time leave it up for a week so more people can get in on it and tell me what to do. Er, paint.

 

*channels cylon* By. Your. Command.

 

Anywhat, here's what we've got in the ring.

 

1. Representing Reaper Miniatures, weighing in with three skeletons and a hot chick, give it up for: 03100, Thanis, Bonecaller!

 

*crowd cheers* *camera flashes strobe*

 

2. And from RAFM miniatures, for your entertainment with his whacky bag of tricks and prestidigitation, it's 3737, Lich Magician with Skeletal Rabbit!

 

*hand goes up in audience*

 

"Um, excuse me, is that rabbit really dead?"

 

No, sir. It is undead!

 

3. And from Ral Partha, the woman who wrote the book on dragons, 03-092: Ellana, Dragonmistress.

 

Smaug: "Boo! Hiss! You suck! Bring back my cookware!"

 

4. And last but not least, straight from the infinite layers of the Abyss, it's a trio from Ral Partha TSR 11-651: Dretch!

 

*Three Stooges Sounds*

 

 

 

Who will be crowned Miss Macross . . . uh, I mean who will be painted? You, the Reaperinos, will decide!

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Actually, can I vote on the horse rider from ADventure #1?

 

Not for this one, but he'll be back. Count on it.

 

 

Also, the parthas that aren't labeled TSR are all still available from IWM if you see one you've gotta have. Only the TSRs are OOP (and sometimes quite expensive).

 

I've been known to spend more on two RP TSR figures than a double shot of vampire level bones would cost me. And that's why, if anybody asks, I tell them I deal in precious metals.

 

'Nother edit: This format will be the same for all WIP adventures, with one from each company in my collection represented. I may have mentioned that already, but oppressive humidity has shot my sleep pattern to bits and I'm incredibly tired.

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Also, the parthas that aren't labeled TSR are all still available from IWM if you see one you've gotta have. Only the TSRs are OOP (and sometimes quite expensive).

 

I wish that were true. Or are you talking only about the ones you're posting? Most of the older '70s and early '80s Partha figures our OOP regardless of whether they were done under license from TSR or not. For example, most of the Personalities and Things that Go Bump in the Night figures are not in the IWM catalog as far as I could find. IWM does seem to have most of the later figures, though.

 

Oh, and I'll vote 3. Even though I like #1 more, I think we should keep you on your old school Partha kick :;):

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Also, the parthas that aren't labeled TSR are all still available from IWM if you see one you've gotta have. Only the TSRs are OOP (and sometimes quite expensive).

 

I wish that were true. Or are you talking only about the ones you're posting? Most of the older '70s and early '80s Partha figures our OOP regardless of whether they were done under license from TSR or not. For example, most of the Personalities and Things that Go Bump in the Night figures are not in the IWM catalog as far as I could find. IWM does seem to have most of the later figures, though.

 

Oh, and I'll vote 3. Even though I like #1 more, I think we should keep you on your old school Partha kick :;):

 

 

Sorry, you're right. Should have clarified - yes, the ones I'm posting. Most of my RP's are from the era beginning around the acquisition of the TSR license. There are a few from before then in my collection, but those are the bulk. So far as I know, these are now all available.

 

This was actually not always the case. For example, 61-054 Zora Gypsy Swordswoman was listed with IWM, but 61-059 Melorian, Adventuress was not (she is now, though). I had to hunt a Melorian down hither and yon, couldn't find one on eBay even after months, and finally found one in Mongolia of all places.

 

There are also a few "mounted and on foot" figures whose mold whereabouts are currently unknown. After RP's time of troubles, a lot of the molds got mixed up, and parts got new order labels, and it was a bit of a mess. So in pursuit of my own collection I do what I can to help identify parts that go together from different label numbers, and send the info along so they can update their catalog.

 

So as far as I'm aware, all the non-TSRs I post are available. The order number may have changed however, so in future I'll try to include the IWM number as well as the description (most of the time that doesn't change).

 

 

ETA:

 

Ellana Dragonmistress is still 03-092

Zora is now 03-083

Melorian is now DF-711, Adventuress with Sword

 

*The one from my first WIP is now 10-310J Female Warrior w/Sword and Torch.

 

So, yeah. I'll try to keep an eye on that and include the old number and the new if I can find it.

 

ETA 2: Incidentally, I think whoever up and decided to relabel stuff made a huge mistake. It means people like me, who would happily buy stuff IWM can cast up, have to go through ridiculous hoops to find what it's listed as now. Keeping the numbers consistent, even if it looked weird during the Direct Fantasy catalog days, would have been a plus. I have to wonder how many old schoolers like me go through their old catalogs, find something neat, and then give up searching on IWM because they never learn Evil Fighter EF-012 has become Dark Warlord DW-666.

 

I mean, I'm still trying to figure out what label 01-404 Leonara, Warrior Champion is hiding under these days. That's . . . 5 years I've been trying to find out. Amiright? Sheesh.

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So as far as I'm aware, all the non-TSRs I post are available. The order number may have changed however, so in future I'll try to include the IWM number as well as the description (most of the time that doesn't change).

 

That's very cool of you. I find it kind of sad all the minis that have gone OOP over the years.

 

I seem to remember reading, maybe on Tom Meiers blog, that some of the Ral Partha miniature's reproduction rights reverted to him when Partha went under, so I wouldn't be surprised if there are still some holes in the line. IWM does seem to have filled in most of the later catalogs, though.

 

For pure nostalgia reasons, I would KILL for those earlier models to go back into production. I know they quality doesn't compare to today, and the scale is off (true 25mm), but I have almost nothing from my early days of playing except my original 1976 Monster Manual and a ragged copy of Eldritch Wizardry, and would love some of the old minis. Why those two books didn't get sold with everything else, I do not know. Maybe my mom was embarrassed to put out the book with the nekkid lady on the front.

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So as far as I'm aware, all the non-TSRs I post are available. The order number may have changed however, so in future I'll try to include the IWM number as well as the description (most of the time that doesn't change).

 

That's very cool of you. I find it kind of sad all the minis that have gone OOP over the years.

 

I seem to remember reading, maybe on Tom Meiers blog, that some of the Ral Partha miniature's reproduction rights reverted to him when Partha went under, so I wouldn't be surprised if there are still some holes in the line. IWM does seem to have filled in most of the later catalogs, though.

 

For pure nostalgia reasons, I would KILL for those earlier models to go back into production. I know they quality doesn't compare to today, and the scale is off (true 25mm), but I have almost nothing from my early days of playing except my original 1976 Monster Manual and a ragged copy of Eldritch Wizardry, and would love some of the old minis. Why those two books didn't get sold with everything else, I do not know. Maybe my mom was embarrassed to put out the book with the nekkid lady on the front.

 

 

Oh, you know what? I never even thought of that, even though I knew it. I bet half of what I'm trying to find reverted to Meier (which is fair) and I've just been looking in the wrong place.

 

Good news is, at least there's eBay. Although I keep missing Leonara, only finding the listing after it's closed. But if I could find a by-god mint condition Takhisis dragon for under $100, I can find Leonara. Eventually.

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