Dr.Bedlam Posted August 13, 2019 Share Posted August 13, 2019 I'm inclined to agree with the Grump: it's all about what's "official D&D" as opposed to "what's the best mini out there, plastic or otherwise." Back in the dying days of the seventies, I played D&D and I wanted to learn about miniatures: how to use 'em, how to paint 'em, and so forth. Being out in the middle of nowhere, I sent off for the catalog from The Dungeon Hobby Shop in Lake Geneva. They sent me back a photocopied catalog with few pictures, and the pix it had were... well, seventies photocopy quality. So I said hellwiddit and bought several Grenadier Official D&D Boxed Sets. And lo, there was much rejoicing, and I learned to paint miniatures on those. I accumulated many more before I learned about this Ral Partha thing, and quickly realized that while Grenadier was "Official D&D," Ral Partha made far superior minis, and I promptly began acquiring THOSE. The important thing to notice is that I was way the hell out in the sticks, shopping off a photocopied list, completely unable to go out and DO anything about it. I didn't see what you and I would call a "hobby and game shop" until 1980. Children are at the mercy of their parents and their budget until they get drivers' licenses and jobs. So the younger set, if they buy miniatures, are going to buy the official D&D stuff, if they're interested in D&D. Period. If they ask for minis for birthdays or Christmas, the parents are going to go with Official D&D Miniatures, to avoid disappointing their offspring. They may wise up upon seeing a better miniature, but they're going to start with the Real Stuff, if you get my drift. Even if it's nothing but a name. 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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