Cheap RPG Minis Are A Snap With Clix
[Editor's Note: This is our first article from my talented buddy Kev McClain, whose painted minis have appeared on the site several times before. ]
More and more RPGs are using miniatures these days. D&D of course is the most prevalent, but Savage Worlds is another good example. If you’re a GM and minis painter like me, you love to put awesome miniatures out on the tabletop to torment your players. Sadly, I don’t have a heck of a lot of time to paint them these days, which can lead to the same handful of figs being used over and over again to represent different foes. I often end up saying, “These orc minis are gnolls this time guys. Just imagine them browner and hairier.” It works well enough but sort of takes me out of the mood.
I was at Gen Con this year when an idea struck me. Looking at all the assorted prepainted miniatures in the exhibit hall I realized that many of them were of decent enough quality
for most of my gaming needs. Of course there is the D&D line of miniatures that are made for the fantasy setting, and they look great, though I’ve always felt they were somewhat expensive. Of course, not everyone plays in a fantasy setting. You could be playing D20 Modern, White Wolf’s Storyteller, or even Star Wars. Where are you going to get miniatures for those sorts of games.
To your rescue comes the Clix line of miniatures produced by WizKids. I didn’t realize just how many settings they covered. From sci-fi to horror to superheroes, there is a set that can fit into almost any setting. As an added bonus a lot of them can be had online for fairly cheap. Of course, there are a couple of downsides to Clix minis.
First, they tend to be a little big for the gaming table compared to more common 25/28mm minis, maps, and scenery. They were intended to be used with other Clix on the big 1.5” grid maps printed for the system, so fitting them on a standard 1” square or hex map can be a challenge.
Second Clix minis are package with a random assortment in every box. This can be a good or bad thing depending on your outlook. You MAY get just what you want, but opening every box is a little like Christmas morning. You just don’t know if you’ll end up with socks and shirts from your Aunt Martha or an Xbox 360 from your rich Uncle Stan.
Third, some of the Clix minis can get a bit bent or warped in their boxes, especially if you are buying a set that’s old or out of print. They’ve probably been sitting bent those boxes for a long time in a hot, dusty warehouse somewhere. Fortunately, some careful bending aided with a bit of gentle heat if necessary can quickly set most problems to rights.
Warning: The next paragraph will make anybody who plays Clix games shudder. Look at the bright side; I’m increasing the value of YOUR miniatures.
If you don’t like the oversized bases you can in most cases easily pop the figure off of them with a pair of modeling clippers. Then you can rebase them on something else closer to the correct size. I like to use the Gale Force Nine: Econo Bases. They’re cheap, and come in a wide variety of useful sizes and shapes. You can use anything flat you like. A dab of superglue on the base and most of the miniatures sit very well.
By using Clix you can greatly expand your miniatures collection without spending a fortune. As an added bonus, some of the random Clix minis can supply inspiration for many unique encounters to keep your players on their toes. Go be creative, and give your PC’s hell.
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