Saturday, August 28, 2010

In Search of Last Minute Paper Minis

Due to various projects staring me in the face, I've grown slack in my miniature painting regiment. As such, I realize that I won't have certain pieces that I might need for upcoming sessions finished by game time. While I don't need minis, I do like using them when we play at the FLGS as they attract attention and get people wondering what we're playing.

I'm looking for some paper animal minis--horses, wolves, bears, cougars, even big game. I've taken a look on RPGNow.com and I've seen a big sheet of them for $3.00. However, I'm feeling a little stingy at the moment and if I can find them for even cheaper ($0.99 is around what I'm willing to pay) or for free, so much the better. If anyone knows where I might be able to find some animals, please let me know. Orcs, adventurers, and monsters are a snap to find, but more everyday beasties are eluding me.

Thanks!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ma and Pa toy stores (at least here in Vancouver) tend to have bins with little plastic farm animals and spiders and frogs and whatnot that work perfectly.

Anthony said...

http://savagepedia.wikispaces.com/Gaming+Aids

If you scroll about 2/3s of the way down, you will find links to a number of free repositories of paper miniatures. I looked for the type of animals you requested and I didn't really find anything too promising though (sorry!), but it is a great cache for future paper mini needs.

Tim Scott said...

I know just the place you are looking for: One Monk Miniatures. This site has a TON of free miniatures on it. Sci-fi, fantasy... you name it. The forums are pretty active too. The owner is a hoopy frood that really knows where his towel is.

Jamie Albrecht said...

You weren't kidding, Tim. That One Monk site has a TON of free stuff!

I've been working on making washer miniatures, which may not work as well with your current minis collection as the paper stand-up ones do, but they're cheap, easy to make and super portable.

There's a couple of tutorials here:
http://www.blackbirddreams.com/?p=156
and here:
http://newbiedm.com/2008/11/22/newbiedm-tutorial-counters-tokens-or-pogs/

Jack said...

Bears? Uh, Mars Markus is going back to town.

T. Scott said...

Another good source of some freebies is Dungeon Plungin'. The characters are a bit on the cartoony side, but that's the appeal.

Anonymous said...

I use www.britannica.com, which has illustrations of many animals.

1d30 said...

Sounds like there's at least one adventuring party out there who is about to encounter a Swagger Portrait of henry VIII!

Roll for disgust!