I have found the least expensive way to laminate minis and cards for games is to buy a roll of clear, self-stick shelf paper (it costs me about $5 US for about 30ft x 19 in wide), and it can usually be found in the homewares section of your local superstore. You cut one piece and remove the backing, put your minis/cards on it, then take another cut piece and stick it onto the top of the sandwich. One note about this: Once the second sheet touches the first, that's it, it's stuck so it may take a few tries to get the technique down to make sure all of the bubbles and wrinkles are out of it. When you finish burnishing it and making sure the edges are closed, you can use dry erase markers on them and just wipe them off when you finish. This works great for reusable damage tracking cards (i.e. Armor Grid, OGRE, etc.).
There's no such thing as sanity, and that's the sanest fact.
I recently started "laminating" my figures with packing-tape before I cut them out. Next time I swing by an office shop, I'll have to look for some wider stuff for bigger figures. I'm actually really pleased with the results of packing tape. The obvious benefit is I just had some laying around but it also really reinforces the figures I make, especially fiddly thin bits like spear shafts and sword blades. The plastic "slickness" also just feels better to touch, and protects their printing. I actually really like the slight shine they get.
I started off with packing-tape too! Works well, except for the times that it gets a wrinkle or stuck in the wrong spot. I have grown fond of adhesive laminating pages because they function like the packing tape but I find it easier to handle.
I have used a bit of spray on Matte clear coat over laminate for reducing glare of some mini-figures for a photo shoot. It worked well and looked great, however not sure how well that matte finish would hold up on the long haul though. I have not done any durability tests with it.
Also haven't tried thermal laminates yet. They have been on my to-do list for a while.
Vermin King: Not the style you are looking for, but try a search for 'paper theatre' or 'paper theater', and you will find a few pages of epinal figures. Not many, but I know there are a few
May 14, 2019 5:08:58 GMT -9
shep: Does anyone know where to find decent individual minis of late Roman Republic era civilians? From senator to slave, every mini would be great, as long as they are not legionaires or generals or other military (Praetorian Guard and Roman Vigiles excluded)
May 14, 2019 4:20:32 GMT -9
wyvern: Nah, just rewatched the 1931 Universal "Dracula" movies (the Lugosi one and the Spanish version)
May 1, 2019 12:20:34 GMT -9
Vermin King: did you do your bonfire?
Apr 30, 2019 10:08:38 GMT -9
woosh: also, where can i find cool ships and mechs? im looking particularly for any spider tanks or spider mechs. ive seen the site with all the mechwarrior papercrafts and ive made a couple of those but none of them are especially spider-like
Apr 7, 2019 12:38:49 GMT -9
woosh: ebbles sent me here when i asked about his ud41 utility dropship, and that hed seen a mod that had 4 engines, which id like to try
Apr 7, 2019 12:37:22 GMT -9
woosh: i was typing up a thread and it said it was too big. soooo whatever
Apr 7, 2019 12:36:03 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sorry, long day yesterday ...
Apr 7, 2019 4:37:09 GMT -9
woosh: is anyone currently online?
Apr 6, 2019 19:10:30 GMT -9
woosh: hello! i am new. im currently typing up a thread in the 'say hi' forum
Apr 6, 2019 19:09:52 GMT -9
okumarts: ANYONE can do it!
Apr 2, 2019 9:46:48 GMT -9
chiefasaur: Sweet tutorial! Now I know how to make paper minis ;P
Apr 1, 2019 19:15:04 GMT -9
oldschooldm: Yup. More power to anyone who tries it. It will only whet the appetite for people who want paper minis that were designed to be paper minis. :-) Fronts and Backs FOREVER! :-) [... it's bait, don't bite it! ... ]
Mar 25, 2019 8:13:22 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9