A plentiful lack of sci-fi minis

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A plentiful lack of sci-fi minis

#1 Postby Vinzent » Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:53 pm

I mentioned my trials of trying to find minis for sci-fi games (Star Wars with the serial numbers filed off) on my blog. I know about Reaper Chronoscope and I have them some on order. The problem is, there isn't much choice in aliens. Most sci-fi minis are humans. I get it, if I design my own aliens then it's "good luck finding a mini to match it".

I could make figure flats, but that is a lot of work in making custom artwork. It's a good bet that I am not going to find decent pics of different members of the same species. Plus I just like minis better.

I could pay a small fortune for all of those Star Wars minis I missed out on, but I'm not made of money and I really hate price gougers.

I could use Hero Forge, but again that's really expensive.

My last option is the "Star Trek option": Define different species as humans with different colored skins, and perhaps add a minor detail like horns or a bumpy forehead. Also take fantasy minis with near enough poses that I could switch out their staves with guns. Honestly, if Reaper just made sci-fi versions of the fantasy races it would be all-good!
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#2 Postby Snate56 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:44 am

I typically use the Star Wars, Hero Clix, D&D, and Mage Knight figs from Strike Zone, Troll & Toad or Noble Knight Games, and while some are ridiculously expensive, there are usually a ton for less than a dollar.



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#3 Postby Lord Inar » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:21 pm

Dreadball minis can often be found somewhat inexpensively and they have a number of non-human figures which have an SF look. They don't have guns however!

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#4 Postby SteelDraco » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:27 pm

The Infinity wargame seems to have some good miniatures and support, from what I've seen.

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#5 Postby Lord Inar » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:37 pm

SteelDraco wrote:The Infinity wargame seems to have some good miniatures and support, from what I've seen.

Those Infinity minis are nice, but man, are they expensive! (also mostly human, too)

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#6 Postby Ndreare » Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:08 pm

I usually use my 40k, War Machine or Mage Knight miniatures.

But if you are looking to save money check out Lego dinghies on Amazon.com. they end up about $1 each and players like to fidget with them.

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#7 Postby marshal kt » Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:08 pm

Here's the question:
Are you using minis to represent specific looking aliens; like Aliens, or greys or Shadows?
Or are you custom designing aliens around the models you find/found?

If you're looking for the former, buy 1 or 2 and use other minis as proxies.
If the later, just find a mini you like and design the rules around the look.

There are things for old games like Gamma World, Star Frontiers, Aftermath and other way OOP RPG's.
You can repaint cheap models like from some other games, or even cut and glue them to fit your needs.
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#8 Postby Vinzent » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:50 pm

I was planning on running a pulpy sci-fi anyways, so I'm going to go ahead with the mini mods such as adding bumpy foreheads and changing skin colors to reaper minis. They also have sabertooth tigermen and werewolves for other races
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#9 Postby siefertma » Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:26 am

How about these figures from CP Models?
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#10 Postby SteelDraco » Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:41 pm

siefertma wrote:How about these figures from CP Models?

Ooh, these are super cool!

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#11 Postby Vinzent » Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:28 am

siefertma wrote:How about these figures from CP Models?


Oooooooooooooooooo! Those are cool. Pity I would have to pay for international shipping.
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#12 Postby Mono X » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:09 pm

Not very Star Wars like, but very pulpy.

http://www.hydraminiatures.com
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#13 Postby Ndreare » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:17 pm

Duplicate, sorry
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#14 Postby Ndreare » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:19 pm

Mono X wrote:Not very Star Wars like, but very pulpy.

http://www.hydraminiatures.com

I really like this style.
Do you know if they come painted like that?
If so $4 is a steel. If not, still worth it.

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#15 Postby Ndreare » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:22 pm

Yep, not painted, but still awesome.

Pack contains 5 random Galacteer Trooper models. Each Galacteer trooper is equipped with one jetpack. Miniatures supplied unpainted and unassembled. Bases not included. Sculpted by Matt Beauchamp. Display models painted by Matt Beauchamp. Shipping weight 3 ounces

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#16 Postby Mono X » Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:25 pm

Pretty certain they are supplied unpainted.
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#17 Postby salcor » Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:42 pm

You could also hope on Ebay and pick up some Heroscape minis. They are prepainted.

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#18 Postby Capnsmitty19 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:54 pm

Along the lines of the Dreadball suggestion, the Deadzone line by Mantic games have a large(ish) number of alien races.
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#19 Postby SavageGamerGirl » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:25 pm

If you don't mind the waiting and the expense*, with HeroForge you can create your own mini. They have Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Modern, East Asian, and Western genres, or you can mix and match.

https://www.heroforge.com/

It's somewhat limited in the selections available, but they're always adding new stuff.

*$15 or so for a mini of approximately the same quality as a $2 Reaper Bones mini. You can get minis with greater detail but the prices go up from there.
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Re: A plentiful lack of sci-fi minis

#20 Postby Vinzent » Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:35 pm

SavageGamerGirl wrote:If you don't mind the waiting and the expense*, with HeroForge you can create your own mini. They have Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Modern, East Asian, and Western genres, or you can mix and match.

https://www.heroforge.com/

It's somewhat limited in the selections available, but they're always adding new stuff.

*$15 or so for a mini of approximately the same quality as a $2 Reaper Bones mini. You can get minis with greater detail but the prices go up from there.


I looked into them, but they are just too dang expensive.

In fact, if it weren't for the fact that my art time is spent at work and on maps, I would create a 3d model that I could pose and switch up ala City of Heroes and print the results as figure flats.
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