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just wondering how many of you folks use maps and miniatures? i have… 
9th-Jun-2005 11:00 am
just wondering how many of you folks use maps and miniatures? i have recently become a mini junky. not likemthe big ass battle game mini junky type ,i just really like painting them. it started out looking for a good one for my charictor in this particular campaign and at this point i have over 300 of them and about 140 painted. we used to just use 6 siders as markers but lately the whole group is getting into the mini kick, how much of the map and marker bit do the rest of you use out of curiosaty?

"sorry about punctuation and spelling,i andmittadly can not type to save my life"
9th-Jun-2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
I can't paint those little figures worth a crap...my hands shake too much...which is why I was delighted when they came up with the already coloured miniatures in random boxes.

We use them for battles. Combined with 3e and 3.5 advanced combat rules, it make battles smoother, quicker and easier...even if on a chessboard. No more "how close am I" or "how many of them are left"? They're all up there.
9th-Jun-2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
My group has been using them more and more. It helps that one member got on a trading kick a year or so ago. He would buy left-overs and duplicates of the D&D minis (plastic, pre-painted) on eBay, keep some, combine some, re-sell. He got the collection down to "only" about 200, and doing it via eBay and reselling, it didn't cost him a fortune.

We use either a battle mat (wet erase w/ grid) or plain dry-erase board (no grid). Having the minis makes it easier to do scale, or we quickly draw lines (even at larger increments like 20 feet). I'm not a huge fan of wet-erase, but the battle mats are nice.
9th-Jun-2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
My GF and I bought this enormous 5X5 linoleum sheet and spent an evening using a Sharpie to make it into a battle grid. It was pretty sweet in action to say the least. As for miniatures, we use the small transparent crystal counters (I don't know what they're called) with pictures pasted on the undersides. The curvature of the stone enlarges the image and it appears niftily on the surface. I'm too poor for miniatures, so that's what we did. It sped combat greatly, and we weren't using random objects to represent characters in battle. "Herot, son of Hrothgar, bane of evil and protector of light, could you please move your keychain calculator 5 spaces east..."
9th-Jun-2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
We use a large vinyl battlemat with squares and hexes (on opposite side), with mainly WoTC pre-painted minis. Makes combat much easy to deal with, especially with all the complex tactics d&d 3.x requires.

Darn minis are addictive though, we've got made 50-60 at this point, and I've got another ~100 on the way.
10th-Jun-2005 03:57 am (UTC)
we have the same mat! im not a big fan of the WoTC stuff i hate getting a random box o minis,altho i do have about three boxes of them and out of them i ended up with a ton of doubles and six emerald claw guys
9th-Jun-2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
I started with a small (25"x20") battlemat, and upgraded to a larger one.

I really don't have the patience or funds to deal with a lot of minis, so I bought a few bags of glass gems and marked them with a paint pen.
9th-Jun-2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
We used to use a lot of minis because one of our initial members was real into painting figures. A couple of other people got into it (I was never good enough to do interesting paint jobs), so we always had some figures to represent the battle with. And when in doubt, we used legos (lego representations of characters are always fun ;)). For a while we actually didn't ever really use a grid, just used figurines to give the general layout.

My current group uses a whiteboard on which we draw various battle grids, and then just write in letters to represent the characters and monsters. It helps for the 3e grid-based combat, and is much cheaper than having to buy miniatures, though erasing and redrawing people can get a little slow.
9th-Jun-2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
They can be fun but once you get into something like WarHammer and go all out (taking something like 30 minuets to an hour to set up) it gets a little old. For the last few years I have mostly used quicky maps. Most of the games I run do not really involve going room to room fighting monsters anymore so there is rairly need to draw some maps (like you would see in Temple of elemental evil-If you have never played it go on ebay and order a copy, you will not be sorry).

If your group is into it then I say stick with it. Painting minis can be a lot of fun and they do add something to the game
9th-Jun-2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
I love minis, but I'm running an online game right now, so I never get to use 'em!
10th-Jun-2005 03:11 am (UTC)
I got heavily into painting minis after the birth of my daughter. No time for gaming, but I can still find an hour or two here and there.

If you just like the painting, look into a game called confrontation. The minis are top shelf.
10th-Jun-2005 03:55 am (UTC)
i will have to check them out i traded a friend of mine a tattoo for a bunch of old ral partha minis and a whole bunch of the 5 rings stuff,"it was like 200 minis in all" and have been buying a ton of the reaper stuff,,there fun
10th-Jun-2005 12:41 pm (UTC)
We use the D&D minis mostly, because they're cheap and easy, but for the PC's we use mins that I've painted. Everyone buys their own, and I paint them. If you dig painting, you might want to check out mini_painter
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