Wizards of the Coast announced that they are no longer producing pre-painted plastic miniature sets for the “Dungeons and Dragons” product line. They will produce the occasional “special” set, but the “Every monster in the Monster Manual” sets are no more. Contrary to some of the breathless announcements on miniature sites today, this is not a surprise. Support for the miniature game ended ages ago and the nearly impossible to find display of the new miniatures at Gen Con screamed “we want it dead” pretty loudly. Seriously, I had to ask where they were and then sit on my haunches to see the ankle-level display to get a look. All it needed was a gravestone to complete the look.
I was never a fan of the miniature game, but the miniatures did see a lot of use on my game tables. Primarily because they were themed correctly, pre-painted and cheap. I am in the market for alternatives and a find from GTS 2010 came to mind.
Nice miniatures, decent paint jobs and sold in open packs make these a viable option. They are more expensive per piece than the WOTC offerings, but the lack of “blind” packs make it a wash in terms of cost. I know the current catalog lacks depth, but perhaps demand will drive more offerings.
This was just my first thought. If you know of any other cheap, pre-painted miniatures for tabletop RPG gaming, please post the link in the comments.
Trask, The Last Tyromancer