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Does anyone have any good resources from custom or less iconic Star Wars style minis for RPG characters?

I know miniatures arent necessary, but we like the idea of using them to help with spatial stuff during combats So we know who is what range away from who, etc.

Any help pointing me in the right direction would be great. We're looking for kinda offbeat stuff for the PCs. Otherwise we just plan to use IA and Legion minis for stormtroopers and stuff.


Thank you!
 

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That's funny.  Similar conversation going on over at SWRPG reddit site.

The old Star Wars miniatures game has  a lot of lesser known characters as well as the more famous ones.  I've picked up a few of the cheaper ones from Amazon/Troll and Toad/Miniatures Market and through the magic of clippers and super glue made some unique characters with the weapons I want them to have.

I added lightsabers to a Jawa and a Weequay figure and they came out pretty well.

 

 

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I go a far less expensive and far more customizable route. Using card stock, and either a 1” or 2” round scrapbooking punch (depending on the size I need), I print custom tokens similar to those in the Beginner Games.

If I want a little more heft to a token, I glue it to a 3D printed disc of the appropriate size. I’ve recently started experimenting instead with attaching them to punched pieces of magnetic sheets (like those thin, magnetic calendars places give away as promos), to see how they work on my magnetic dry erase board, but haven’t had an opportunity to use those test tokens yet.

Significantly lower cost than minis, a lot more customizable in representing the characters, and a lot less storage space required.

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9 minutes ago, Nytwyng said:

Significantly lower cost than minis, a lot more customizable in representing the characters, and a lot less storage space required.

Yes, but sometimes the 3D aspect just enhances the experience...MkvpQx2.jpg

(You can see my edited Jawa in the backfround of this pic

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3 minutes ago, Varlie said:

Yes, but sometimes the 3D aspect just enhances the experience...MkvpQx2.jpg

(You can see my edited Jawa in the backfround of this pic

Oh, for sure. I just know that I wouldn’t be happy with some of the compromises made in those cases where I’d have to settle for “close enough.” The tokens make for a simple solution to that, and FFG gave me a head start on NPCs with the Beginner Games. 😁

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On 10/16/2019 at 9:25 AM, danicusrex said:

Does anyone have any good resources from custom or less iconic Star Wars style minis for RPG characters?

I know miniatures arent necessary, but we like the idea of using them to help with spatial stuff during combats So we know who is what range away from who, etc.

Any help pointing me in the right direction would be great. We're looking for kinda offbeat stuff for the PCs. Otherwise we just plan to use IA and Legion minis for stormtroopers and stuff.


Thank you!
 

Talk to @Tramp Graphics if you give him some character art, he can select a wotc mini from troll & road that he can mod to match, you buy the mini, have it shipped to him in Buffalo NY, he sends you pictures when it's done, one you approve you pay him over pay pal (he's  normally charged me $20 per mini including shipping, assuming you're in the United States) and he mails it to you.   I've had him modify something like 10 or so minis over the years.  Best results when he picks the mini to match character art rather than saying here mod this mini.  Michael Trampert and I argue like an old married couple, but he does top notch work when it comes to modding minis.  I've also commissioned a few other pieces of art (drawings, one marker) from him over the years.  The graphics in his username is because he is a self employed graphic artist.

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On 10/16/2019 at 10:08 AM, Nytwyng said:

I go a far less expensive and far more customizable route. Using card stock, and either a 1” or 2” round scrapbooking punch (depending on the size I need), I print custom tokens similar to those in the Beginner Games.

If I want a little more heft to a token, I glue it to a 3D printed disc of the appropriate size. I’ve recently started experimenting instead with attaching them to punched pieces of magnetic sheets (like those thin, magnetic calendars places give away as promos), to see how they work on my magnetic dry erase board, but haven’t had an opportunity to use those test tokens yet.

Significantly lower cost than minis, a lot more customizable in representing the characters, and a lot less storage space required.

It is NOT more customizable in representing characters, $20 (maybe @Tramp Graphics has raised his prices) on top of the base unmodded mini and you get a mini that very closely matches character art that you give him.  Tokens are a lot cheaper though, I won't argue that.  If you want a testimonial talk to @Jonas Shaaf, who was in my live play group.  Tramp selected a Leia hoth commander to mod to a jedi.  Unless you knew, you wouldn't guess that they were the same mini seeing the before and after, spot on the character art.

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37 minutes ago, EliasWindrider said:

It is NOT more customizable in representing characters, $20 (maybe @Tramp Graphics has raised his prices) on top of the base unmodded mini and you get a mini that very closely matches character art that you give him.  Tokens are a lot cheaper though, I won't argue that.  If you want a testimonial talk to @Jonas Shaaf, who was in my live play group.  Tramp selected a Leia hoth commander to mod to a jedi.  Unless you knew, you wouldn't guess that they were the same mini seeing the before and after, spot on the character art.

Perhaps “more easily customizable” is closer to the spirit of what I’m saying, but my point stands. “Here’s what my character looks like.” <print> as opposed to tracking down a suitable foundation mini, locating any additional parts or material for the customization, finding someone capable of the customization (if one isn’t capable of it themselves), and so on.

I mean...I’d be looking at a lot of trouble to get a suitable representation of my Togruta Batman-like Jedi. Or I can just print the headshot that I like.

No doubt...having a spot-on mini would be awesome, but for a GM on the go assembling good representations of the entire cast including NPCs...once the reference art is there, 90% of the work is done.

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8 hours ago, Nytwyng said:

Perhaps “more easily customizable” is closer to the spirit of what I’m saying, but my point stands. “Here’s what my character looks like.” <print> as opposed to tracking down a suitable foundation mini, locating any additional parts or material for the customization, finding someone capable of the customization (if one isn’t capable of it themselves), and so on.

I mean...I’d be looking at a lot of trouble to get a suitable representation of my Togruta Batman-like Jedi. Or I can just print the headshot that I like.

No doubt...having a spot-on mini would be awesome, but for a GM on the go assembling good representations of the entire cast including NPCs...once the reference art is there, 90% of the work is done.

Getting Tramp to do virtually all of that isn't "hard" for me and I'm willing to pay about $35 each for awesome for a few pcs/npcs per campaign 

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On 10/16/2019 at 12:16 PM, Varlie said:

Yes, but sometimes the 3D aspect just enhances the experience...MkvpQx2.jpg

(You can see my edited Jawa in the backfround of this pic

Just wow. Tell me where I can find this game!

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I've got 500+ wotc miniatures with many duplicates of battle droids, clone/storm troopers, and other soldier types, some of them are from the starship battles game.  Bought almost all of them from troll and road.  Since my live play game has been on hiatus since December I think (gm got busy after a promotion) I'm not looking to buy any more minis now

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Thanks for all the responses, gang! You've given me a lot to think about. My group is pretty married to miniatures, (theyre D&D players of old) so yeah we might have to look into some customs. No ready-made Besalisk minis that i can see. hahaha.

 

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1 hour ago, danicusrex said:

...No ready-made Besalisk minis that i can see. hahaha.

 

You didn't look hard enough: https://www.trollandtoad.com/d-d-swm-more-minis/bounty-hunters-singles/basilisk-war-droid-54-bounty-hunters-star-wars-miniatures-huge-uncommon/145503

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Although it's mostly out of stock.  I finally found one available last week and am waiting for it to arrive

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