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|Author (Guardian @ Aug 14 2018, 01:30)|
|Ah, the purist streak of wanting just the right miniature. Now I get where you're coming from.|
I was pointing you to DT so you could get an idea for pricing based on effort. If what you want would work out to the equivalent of $80 worth of paper minis, you need to ask if that's worth asking your brother to do that for just you, or if this is something that would need to be sold to justify the amount of work it would entail.
And now I'm suddenly picturing a revision of this plan, selling minis also for supers and modern era. And several of your aliens would also work for that, a la Dark*Matter.
Anyway, for the most part I don't use minis for anything. If I need to put down markers, I just use some pennies (heads up=alive, heads down=dead). A friend of mine just raids his wife's sewing room (with her blessing--she's a gamer too) to get different size spools of thread.
I was mentioning AMFES because they have sheets of what they call legions, basically lots of footsoldiers for your fights. I thought that might be useful as well, but it seems I didn't mention it. Apologies.
Exactly. I was in a D&D 3E campaign years ago, and as enjoyable as it was, there were moments when the illusion was diminished slightly by the GM setting down minis for the surprise fight scene, and I thought, "Ah, we're fighting... Andy's 40K Tyrannids. Again."
That's why when I started running Dark*Matter, I went with printable minis. For a modest outlay, usually $2 to $5 per set, I get a dozen to two-dozen figures for less than the usual cost of a single metal mini; they don't take up space except on disk until I need to print them; I can print them as many times as I want for a specific encounter; and once printed they're (mostly) flat cardboard and I can store a couple dozen each in those snap-seal plastic tubes that powdered drink mix packets come in (and as I drink roughly a half-gallon of iced tea every other day, I have plenty of those piling up). As a result, I have a huge library on my laptop of figures ready to print for a wide array of fantasy, historical, modern and future scenarios. Except, as stated previously, ones that come even close to looking like the sci-fi races I want to use.
Also, it's less a matter of finding other people to buy-in to defray the initial cost, and more about having thought of a potential new market for the Unlikely Heroes Studios art team. When they aren't working on their comics, which generally require a Kickstarter campaign to fund the cost of printing physical books, they take in a lot of commission work, gaming character portraits included. It occurred to me that something like printable minis, which are a low-overhead, digital-only product, might be something they could do to sell online without being a lot of trouble to make and distribute, and could then be a (hopefully) decent and steady source of additional income. I had the idea for Star*Drive first, but if it does well, then the plan is definitely to do the same for other genres.
I'm aware of the "Legions" concept, as the Disposable Heroes/Statix lines from Precis Intermedia Games include "Army sheets" filled by copies of the same figure; and Arion Games includes the PowerPoint files for each set so you can copy-and-paste one figure until you have a whole squad. That's another question I should be asking possible customers here: Would you prefer pre-composed army sheets, or the freedom to set up your own?