Thursday, October 6, 2011

Musings on minis

For the longest time, including occasionally up to now, I've been involved with playing various miniatures games, ranging from RPG's with miniature components to my most favored game, Heroclix.  I've played Heroclix since about 2004, and considering it's only been around since 2003, I'm comfortable saying I've been there since the start.

For those of you that don't know, Heroclix is a miniatures game, usually about a half inch or less tall, representing licensed comic book characters, both DC and Marvel.  The game is a derivative of Wizkids original game, Mage Knight.  They have an included base that has their stats and abilities included in them, in two pieces, a top piece that includes that figure's name, point cost, team abilities, etc, and a bottom piece on which the stats are printed.  The 'clix' bit comes from the fact that the stats are displayed through a window on a top piece, showing one set of stats at a time, and each time that figure is dealt damage by an opponent the bottom of the piece is 'clicked' clockwise to represent this.  In any event, I've played the game both casually and tournament-wise. 

Lately, relating to my not so fantastic employment situation, I have been entirely unable to afford this game or any others.  One of my favorite things to do with these, or lots of other kinds of minis has been to repaint or modify them.  I might link to some of them in a bit, but we'll get there.  But lately, I've come to realize that these, while entirely pointless, may have served as a real creative outlet for me.

So lately, I've been trying to find an alternative to Heroclix, Reaper Miniatures, Warhammer, Warhemmer 40k (something I would love to get in to, but please refer back to funding issues), or Battletech.  So, betting that there's probably nobody out there reading this, I suppose that no service is actually done by asking, but if anyone is, do you have any suggestions about what might be a good choice?

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