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DeathbyDoughnut

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I am often on the hunt for quality (at least boardgame quality), inexpensive (<$2 to $3 USD each) ~25mm miniatures for roleplaying and generic wargaming. Typically I shop on Amazon or eBay, but not limited to there. Here are some products I've found that fill out my miniature collection nicely while retaining good value and quality balance.

The Wizkids D&D board games of course are excellent value, typically holding around 40 miniatures snag these games on Amazon for ~$50 USD.

CMON board games are also great. Higher quality board game miniatures in all sorts of styles and flavors. I just picked up Zombicide: Black Plague for ~$65 USD, excellent for a horde of fantasy zombie figures and comes with 71 miniatures total. I've been eyeballing Blood Rage (49 figures for ~$60), and Massive Darkness (75 figures for ~$100), as well as the other Zombicide games. I wanted some pirate themed miniatures, so I got Rum and Bones 70 figures for ~$75.

Fantasy Flight Games also makes a variety of board games with nice miniatures. I picked up Descent 2e with 50 miniatures for ~$70. Expansions tend to be less value if all you're after are the miniatures, but most are still under ~$5 USD per figure, and you get a cool variety of monsters and heroes.

I found Asmodee's Conan for ~$60 on Amazon which has 74 32mm miniatures, honestly the scale is comparable to more heroic scale miniatures, but only really the Conan figures look huge, the rest just look like taller people with similar proportions to 25mm figures.

Mantic has a number of great games in a bunch of genres that have miniatures. Kings of War for Fantasy specifically look really nice.

Also, I keep an eye for wargaming troop packs that I can purchase for similar price per models. Northstar's Frostgrave soldiers 20 customizable miniatures for ~$35 has been a lot of fun to put together.

Even GW can fit this price point if you look around at their product lines: 20 Fantasy ghouls for $34, or the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game troop boxes are typically 24 miniatures for $40 or less.

What are your sources for best bang for your buck miniatures (excluding one-off special deals)?
 
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ChariotDriver

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Also, I keep an eye for wargaming troop packs that I can purchase for similar price per models. Northstar's Frostgrave soldiers 20 customizable miniatures for ~$35 has been a lot of fun to put together.
Historical wargames figures are frequently significantly better value than fantasy miniatures. Sometimes even metal figures are around your price point. If you can find them in the US then Gripping Beast unit packs are 44 figures for £22, and their web site has multi-pack deals for three or five packs at a significant discount - five packs for £95 gives 220 infantry figures, though of course it's a specialist 'dark age' range.
 

DeathbyDoughnut

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A good suggestion for others for sure.

My problem is I don't buy metal anymore. I don't like assembling metal miniatures, I don't like painting metal miniatures. I don't like using metal miniatures.

Reminded of historical miniatures, Perry Miniatures has a plastic historical line, 36 figures for $35.

And Warlord has boxes of different historical plastic soldiers from around the world, Celts, Romans, Greeks, Macedonians, etc 24 miniatures for $30.
 

kross

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Frostgrave has several boxed sets of plastic miniatures that allow you to basically build your own figures from several different options. There have been (medieval) Soldiers I and II(the latter females as I recall), Barbarians, Cultists (including a few undead options), (Ship's?) Crewmen, and Snake-Men, at least. 20 figures per box, usually around $30-$40 I think.
 

DeathbyDoughnut

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Reaper is okay in price, $3 to $5 for single 28mm.

Bones material is terrible for keeping its shape so swords and things are always bent and look weird. Even following "hardening" guides I've had poor results for weapons. Which definitely is a quality hit in my opinion. Hard plastics are better and I get them when I can.

That being said for larger figures like monsters Reaper Bones is generally the way to go. The price point stays in that value range for me. A big old ancient dragon in Bones is like $20. A similar sized model in a hard plastic like from GW would be near $100. Plus Reaper has a wide variety of monster models to choose from.
 

kross

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Reaper has started using a harder plastic for some Bones figures called Bones Black even though it's just a really dark grey. Seems to be firmer and hold details better. Some of their recent Chronoscope Bones releases have been in this material (see also their fun steampunk-flavored Wild West Oz figures).
 

Ogrob

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I also like Wixkids Deep Cuts for monsters. Not super keen on their human sized models for similar reasons to the Reaper Bones mentioned above, but I have several of their larger models. Really like the Gargantuan dragons that were released a few months ago, and I've seen young dragons on the release schedule.

For historical plastic miniatures, Victrix Limited is also worth a mention. Usually lots of minis in their boxes, and they are just moving into the Dark Age market. There is a viking kit coming in the new couple of months that looks really fab.
 

Codeine

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For historical plastic miniatures, Victrix Limited is also worth a mention. Usually lots of minis in their boxes, and they are just moving into the Dark Age market. There is a viking kit coming in the new couple of months that looks really fab.
Ooh! I may hold off on getting Gripping Beast Vikings until I see the Victrix sprues.
 
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