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My favorite RPG has a race of PCs called Windlings - 18 inch tall pixie/fairy/kender things. The selection of fairy type minis out there is less than ideal, but I noticed Reaper has a selection of fairy wings for adding to minis. What are the odds that I can successfully add these to a Bones figure, or should I go out and buy a metal version to add them to?

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Bones are really easy to modify. I have added metal weapons to Bones very easily. One potential problem due to the small size of the mini suitable for a windling is the tendency for an attached metal part to unbalance the mini and topple it over.

 

If you plan to mount the mini to a flying base, or attach it to a suitable weighted ground base then there shouldn't be a problem.

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I agree with the others in the thread about weighting the base, and I would add it may not be a bad idea to pose the wings in such a way that they are supported by a piece of the base (convenient tree, column etc) alternatively if the bones mini you are starting with has relatively straight legs it is possible to drill up the leg and insert some metal wire to reinforce the leg. I did that with a bones elf archer that I added metal angel wings to.

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I'd get the Bones Familiars 2 pack and just use the Tiny sized fairy that is already in it.  4th from left.  Fairy crouched down with a small staff/spear.  Here's a picture of just the fairy

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It would be easier to buy the Bones Sylph and do a wing transplant surgery.  Someone else tried using metal wings on a Bones character and had a lot of issues with weight.  But like Qwyksilver said, this only works if you want a fey character that is 28mm. 

 

http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/previews/sku-down/77266

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IIRC, windlings have dragonfly wings, if you're going with the Earthdawn version (the only one I can think of offhand).  You could take smaller bones minis and attach a basic wing shape to it using plasticard and a small amount of greenstuff and epoxy.  I think that would work for your purposes.

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For windlings, Kenzer made some pixie fairy minis for the Hackmaster game. They are perfectly sized and come with appropriate wings and come with flying bases. They came in a four pack, 2 male with tiny greatswords, and 2 female with wands.

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I'd get the Bones Familiars 2 pack and just use the Tiny sized fairy that is already in it.  4th from left.  Fairy crouched down with a small staff/spear.  Here's a picture of just the fairy

I have that pack, and if there was only one windling in the entire universe, that would totally work. Alas, I have two in my party. In combat, windlings are entitled to their own hex like all other intelligent creatures, so size is less of an issue than one might think.

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For windlings, Kenzer made some pixie fairy minis for the Hackmaster game. They are perfectly sized and come with appropriate wings and come with flying bases. They came in a four pack, 2 male with tiny greatswords, and 2 female with wands.

I was unable to find any miniatures for sale on their site.

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Stonehaven also made some teeny tiny fairies which might be suitable for your needs. Otherworld has some as well.

These look promising.

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