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mrbond
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Can anybody tell me a good place to go to find medieval style pieces? I am looking for inexpensive small plastic figures 1inch or 2 centimeters high. Archers, infantrymen, and cavalry units. Your help would be appreciated. Thank You

english
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Hi there

A few of questions:

Where are you based?
Are you looking for 'off-the-shelf' or bespoke (special sculpts for you)?
What sort of quantities are you after?

You could look at the various historical wargame figure foundrys they may be able to help. If your quantities are high enough you might be able to negotiate some sort of trade wholesale deal with them.

Carl

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Do you need them for personal use/prototyping or for production? If you need just one set, you can get these cheap in the defunct Lionheart game. They are larger than you want (cavalry figures are almost always larger than 1" tall), but cheap and functional.

mrbond
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english wrote:
Hi there

A few of questions:

Where are you based?Illinois
Are you looking for 'off-the-shelf' or bespoke (special sculpts for you)? Probably "off the shelf"
What sort of quantities are you after?maybe 400 total units, enough to build 4 armies.

You could look at the various historical wargame figure foundrys they may be able to help. If your quantities are high enough you might be able to negotiate some sort of trade wholesale deal with them.

Carl

mrbond
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VeritasGames wrote:
Do you need them for personal use/prototyping or for production? If you need just one set, you can get these cheap in the defunct Lionheart game. They are larger than you want (cavalry figures are almost always larger than 1" tall), but cheap and functional.

Personal use. I am developing a medieval style board game. I am starting to work out the gameplay and I need 5-7 different units.

sedjtroll
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Here's a site you could use for cheap minis, if you're willing to do a little work:
http://users.skynet.be/gwindel/

And for something commercial that is similar:
http://www.sjgames.com/heroes/

- Seth

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400 pieces in 5-7 different styles? That may be quite difficult, especially based on the sheer volume. I would count out Pewter figurines for sure! Ralco Games sells plastic pieces, and can do customs, but it still won't be cheap.

There are these from ToyKnights.com....

This site seems to be more of what you're looking for, but the price is still going to be rather expensive...

It would probably be your best bet if you could find a place to buy generic plastic toy soldiers similar to the millitary ones you can buy in the toy section at the store.

sedjtroll
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I don't know if they have the right genre for you, but here's another place to find game pieces:
http://www.coeytech.com/secure/eaglegames/store/index.cfm

look for replacement parts for various games.

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mrbond wrote:
Personal use. I am developing a medieval style board game. I am starting to work out the gameplay and I need 5-7 different units.

If you're just developing/working out gameplay, I'd use Lego bricks... 1x1 = Infantry, 2x2 = Archers, 2x2 w 1x1 on top = Calvary.

Small, cheap... many different colors...

Just a thought...

Trek

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TrekNoid wrote:
mrbond wrote:
Personal use. I am developing a medieval style board game. I am starting to work out the gameplay and I need 5-7 different units.

If you're just developing/working out gameplay, I'd use Lego bricks... 1x1 = Infantry, 2x2 = Archers, 2x2 w 1x1 on top = Calvary.

Small, cheap... many different colors...

Just a thought...

Trek

Thanks that is a good idea. My brother has a bunch of old legos.
I have been looking into some of these sites that have been posted. The figures are pretty expensive for large quanities.

Thanks for everyone's input.

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If there's an educational supply store near you, the kind of place that sells stuff for teachers to use for class projects, it's worth checking out. There's one in the NY area (http://www.educationalwarehouse.com/products.htm) which has lots of useful bits like mini poker chips, stacking pegs and cubes, dice, beads of various shapes and sizes, etc.

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mrbond wrote:
Thanks that is a good idea. My brother has a bunch of old legos.
I have been looking into some of these sites that have been posted. The figures are pretty expensive for large quanities.

Thanks for everyone's input.

There's also Paper Knights!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486292924/104-9908132-1799110

Trek

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I use bingo chips for my protos. they are cheap and plentyful. I believe there is a place in Illinois called MR Chips. That is if you want to get large quantities. If not you can buy a pack of 200 at any department store for$3.00 canadain. Also dollar stores have them cheap. You should be able to get about 8 colours.

Anonymous
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Wow ! I guess I should have looked at the date first. I am a little late with my response. Any way I just found this site and look forward to particpating.

The bingo chip idea is a heads up for everyone .

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