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  • #114720
    Russell Phillips
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    I’m not really a fantasy gamer, but we have an old copy of Hero Quest that we play with the kids.

    I could do with some extra figures for it. Can anyone recommend a good source of cheap 25/28mm fantasy figures (orcs, goblins, etc)?

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    #114722
    Mike
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    No-where, it is hopeless.
    However I will take that useless copy of HQ off your hands, no need to even pay me, I will take it for free!

    😀

    #114723
    Russell Phillips
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    However I will take that useless copy of HQ off your hands, no need to even pay me, I will take it for free!

    Nice try, but I value my life and marriage too much 😉

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    #114724
    Krieghund
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    The Reaper Bones range might be worth a look.

    #114725
    Mike
    Keymaster

    If you are not mega fussed on a certain feel then maybe Irregular Miniatures. Cheap. Can buy as singles which is handy. Ship via wormhole and arrive just before you pay.

    #114726
    Russell Phillips
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    Looks like Irregular are cheaper than Reaper. I’m not too worried about how they look, so I’ll probably go for some Irregular figures.

    Thanks both.

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    #114728

    The Ghost Miniatures line from Old Glory are pretty cheap, but if you’re in the UK, I don’t see them on the OG UK site.

    It might be worth your while to try to get a “hands-on” look at the Dark Alliance plastics from Red Box. They’re ostensibly 1/72, but we know that’s an elastic scale. How big is a troll, anyway?

    http://theredbox.com.ua/set/139.htm

    Addendum: the cheapest source I’ve seen for those is this place:

    https://www.scale-model-kits.com/manufacturers/Alliance.html

    #114734
    Russell Phillips
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    They are cheap, but they come in boxes of 40-50, and I’m only needing half a dozen or so of each type. I doubt I’ll be able to get a look at them, so I’ll probably plump for Irregular. We’ve already got some figures, so I’d like to get more that are at least roughly equivalent in size.

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    #114735
    John D Salt
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    One word: plastics.

    Don’t forget that Caesar did some 1/72nd fantasy figires, as reviewed in a dusty corner of the Plastic Soldier Review:

    http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/ShowFeature.aspx?id=39

    Orcs, lizardmen, ratmen and zombies all seem to be currently available from Hannants.

    All the best,

    John.

    #114736
    Thorsten Frank
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    Have you already taken a look at EM4/Moonraker?

    "In strange grammar this one writes" - Master Yoda

    #114737
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    Yes, EM4 difficult to beat for Orcs

    Warrior Miniatures Fantasy figures are about the same price as Irregulars, c.£1 a go.

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #114738
    willz
    Participant

    Warrior Miniatures or Irregular Miniatures are very good and very cost effective.  Sometimes flea-bay brings up bargins, buy it now feature.

     

    Willz.

    #114778
    Russell Phillips
    Participant

    The EM4 orcs look ideal, shame they don’t do goblins. EM4 orcs and Irregular goblins are currently looking like favourites.

    I’ve got some of the original figures, so I want ones that will be roughly the same size. 1/72 are too small, unfortunately.

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    #114792

    You’re certainly right about numbers in the Red Box PBI sets, but I’d point out that the troll set I linked contains only four figures. And the Balr– oops, I mean, “Fire Demons” –box has only two:

    http://theredbox.com.ua/set/158.htm

    BTW, I’ve never understood PSR’s blanket refusal to review fantasy figures. The argument that no one knows what an Elf, say, “really” looks like is valid, as far as it goes, but their reviews consider more elements than historical accuracy. Fantasy fanciers have as much interest in knowing, for instance, whether figures have well-sculpted hands or misshapen blobs, as historical buyers do, surely?

    Addendum: you can see a painted example of one of the trolls here:

    http://philotepsfigures.blogspot.com/2017/01/to-paint-troll.html?m=1

    The figures for size comparison are 1/72, so you’ll have to judge whether the troll would be big enough vs 28mm.

    Fire Demons here:

    https://paulsbods.blogspot.com/2017/11/fire-demons-balrogs-set-2.html?m=1

    Where Paul usefully gives the heights: Fire Demons, c. 60mm, Trolls, c. 50mm.

    Over to you.

    #119517
    Matthew Kirkhart
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    I am late to the party but I buy and repaint and rebase the old Mage Knight figures.  They turn out great for the price.

     

    Their orcs are really fun looking and the orc tracker and half orc figures can easily stand in for goblins as they are significantly smaller.  They have a half-gore figure too that makes a great goblin.  You can get them on eBay for $1-2 per figure, sometimes even less if you buy a collection.  They have no fimir options really (but who does!?), but you can get new hero figures through their lines, especially the elf but also the dwarf and wizard, and you can also get options for skeletons, zombies, mummies, and a figure that is similar to the gargoyle.

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