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Plastic Miniatures

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Anonymous

I'm looking to create a hand-painted chess set. It looks to me like this forum is based more around desigining and building your own pieces, but I thought somebody might know where I could find some cheap plastic miniatures to use as pieces.

Lor
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Plastic Miniatures

First thought- I'd look in railroad, model or hobby shops or even toy stores. Second, Games Workshop sells blank figurines-- metal and plastic, I believe, ready to paint. But these are usually geared to one of their WarHammer game scenarios.

jkopena
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Plastic Miniatures

What do you mean by a hand painted chess set? Are you looking to make a set of humanoid fantasy or historical figures, or just painted abstract chess pieces? For the latter you can find cheap chess sets anywhere.

For the former, you should look in a local hobby or game shop. A hobby shop's more likely to have historicals, a game store fantasy. You can find boxes of ~40 historicals for ~$7US. The problem will be matching units to pieces. For example, you might have to buy three sets in order to get good pawns, knights, and a king. The queen will be tough.

You could also buy individual miniatures, at the tune of ~4US per figure. I'd reccomend Reaper Miniatures Dark Heaven line. You could make some really neat chess sets out of figures in there.

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