Mostly what they're intended for - tabletop miniatures gaming. If you've heard of the likes of Warhammer, then you know the sort of thing I'm talking about; games played with little model soldiers across a table.
But gaming can be a very expensive and time-consuming hobby - first you have to shell out a large wad of cash to build an army, then you spend hours (or days) painting them. As fun as it can be, not everyone has that much money or time to spend on it.
These figures are a low-cost and quicker alternative, that look about as good on the table.
Hope that goes some way to answering your question!
Post by godofrandomness on May 21, 2009 0:31:24 GMT -9
My gaming group and I have been using these for our DnD 3.5/Pathfinder games. For a while I was running a campaign where the villans the party fought every week was based on whatever set I just recently purchased and cut out.
I also want to use these for some war games, but unfotunately my gaming group only is interested in either 40K or warmachine, where Onemonk's corresponding minis are rather limited.
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Post by onemonkeybeau on May 21, 2009 6:09:53 GMT -9
I use the figs for a variety of things:
Mostly for gaming (Song of Blades and Heroes, Savage Worlds, and most recently HeroQuest)
I also use them for dioramas, as crafts for the kids, and as a stress reliever.
I don't know about the other guys here on the board but cutting out figures is very therapeutic for me. Nothing better than after a full day at work coming home and putting together some Onemonk goodness (much to my wife's chagrin )
Post by emergencyoverride on May 21, 2009 8:38:00 GMT -9
I usually use them for my Savage worlds RPGs, SOBH, and 5150 among other skirmish games. Like OneMonkeyBeau, I also find working on them theraputic and a big stress reliever. I guess its just the mechanical activity combined with my imagination about how I'll be using them during a future game. All together a great hobby! ;D
Post by old squirmydad on May 21, 2009 13:08:25 GMT -9
Skirmish games mainly, both Fantasy and SF, but mostly SF; Stargrunt2, Song of Blades, Mutants & Death Ray Guns, Guncrawl and random free ruleset dl's. Occasionally my minis have tea parties or go fishing (when my daughter gets ahold of them).
Post by stevelortz on May 21, 2009 23:44:53 GMT -9
Peace of mind... literally.
Back in the early-'70s I was almost going crazy because my fiancee had "dear john-ed" me. I realized I needed to find something else to think about. In the fall of '74 I asked myself, "Was there ever a time in my life when I felt peaceful?"
The answer was "Yes, when I was playing with my toy soldiers."
So I deliberately decided, as an adult, to start playing with toy soldiers again. I bought some Airfix 1/72nd plastics and started painting them up. I stumbled across some ads for Custom Cast and Miniature Figurines in an English Military Modelling magazine, but I couldn't figure out how to order any. That December, Playboy did a small feature on metal Napoleonic miniatures in their Christmas gifts article. Then I found the same ads for Custom Cast and MiniFigs in Military Modeler, an AMERICAN magazine. I immediately ordered their catalogues and some sample figures, and the game was afoot.
In February of '75 I was first exposed to D&D, and that was that.
One side effect was that I weaned myself off of alcohol. Early on, I noticed that I couldn't paint and drink at the same time. Well, I could. The figures looked great while I was painting, but the next morning, after I had lost the buzz, the figures looked terrible. I started asking myself, "Do I want to drink tonight, or paint some figures?" Gradually, the painting displaced the drinking. At no point did I ever decide to quit drinking altogether. It just happened.
I've been fiddling with figures ever since, sometimes professionally, other times just for fun. Now it's just for fun again.
Have fun! Steve
Last Edit: May 21, 2009 23:52:13 GMT -9 by stevelortz
As to the second, the easiest way to guarantee the print size is to draw them at the actual size you intend the final figure to be, or at some multiple (I tend to draw at double size). Start by sketching guidelines 30mm apart, and use the bottom line as the base for the feet, and the top one for the eyeline. Do any scanning at 300 dpi, as that's pretty much the optimal print resolution; when you open the file up in an image editor, it'll keep that resolution unless you specifically change it.
For making PDFs, personally I import the image into OpenOffice.org, which has an in-built PDF export facility, but there are plenty of free programs and services thart can do the job.
Post by godofrandomness on May 22, 2009 14:46:28 GMT -9
There is also the option of payng hundreds of dollars for adobe acrobat too...
As for paper buildings, there are tons of free stuff out there too. A guy posted here a while back as dagobahdave (I think) did all the buildings on this site: www.davesgames.net/wfrp2/. You just gotta scroll down a bit.
Early on, I noticed that I couldn't paint and drink at the same time.
Have fun! Steve
Actually, I was beta-testing some models a while back and I know my own skills at construction are pretty good, but I wanted to replicate the abilities of a beginner, so I drank a bunch of beer before I sat down to work on the model. Then I purposefully didn't look at the instructions, and took the pieces out as quickly as I could with shaky bleary hands. Turned out just fine so I figured the model would be easy for experienced modellers and moderate difficulty for beginners. the things I do for quality assurance. ;D
Paintbrush in the coffee, all the time. Never bothered me though as I was in the habit of rolling my brush on my tongue to get a perfect tip for detail work so everything ended up tasting like acrylic paint.
I use them to for my Pathfinder Role Playing Game, Even if you're not the DM (GM?) you can still contribute to the group and my way is with Paper Minis and Terrain. I mostly use Walls though as I view building cities as a good way to make the game more frustrating as you try to move your fig through a 5 foot wide alley between two buildings.
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