While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.
From left to right: Tanker/Vehicle Crewman (20-402), Paramilitary Operative 2 (20-011b), and ?
A big “THANK YOU!” to Mark A. Morin here, for pointing out this reference for tracking down old minis. Huge help in quickly identifying the first two!
Ral Partha, 1985.
Tanker/Vehicle Crewman (20-402)
Paramilitary Operative 2 (20-011b)
Sadly, my net searching skills are not turning up anything for the last guy. I thought he would be the first one I would find too. Ah, well.
Mostly generic characters here. The guy on the far right looks like a superhero character my brother used to draw and matches the color scheme of his costume. I’m guessing that was intentional. I don’t recall us using these minis, but quite possibly came out in the Alternity SciFi game or one of the Superhero RPGs we played. We played pretty much all of them, Villains & Vigilantes, Champions, Marvel Super-Heroes, and DC Heroes. I even owned Superworld, Gurps Supers, Golden Heroes, Heroes Unlimited, and Superhero: 2044. My brother had a copy of “Guardians”, which was a rulebook about the size of a mini-comic. I also tried running a game of Mutants & Masterminds later on, but we barely got past making a character.
Tangent – Availability
Speaking of superheroes reminds me of the days when minis were sometimes scarce. You could find some Fantasy minis here and there. SciFi/Modern minis in 25mm might be a little tougher. And good luck if you were looking to play superheroes. Even just finding the right minis for a Dungeons & Dragons module could be a big chore. ‘Oh, there is a pack of Stirges in this module, cool I’ll just…uh, wait, I don’t have any Stirges!’
It takes some courage, to fight the stirge!
‘Hmm, I do have 2 Kobolds, but this room has 20… There is also a Wight… I have a Gargoyle, maybe I’ll just sub that…. *sigh*’.
Nowadays there seem to be a lot more options. Though I have ran into the occasional weirdness, like the Stirge above, or needing a large Mummy but finding them going for $6+ per model on Ebay. With the collectible plastic crap games like Heroclix and MageKnight, and others…there is a lot of fodder for gaming and conversions out there. Reaper Bones is also a great source for cheaper minis. Just Ebay alone, made availability of any gaming materials much easier to get ahold of.
In the old days though, there was a mix of frustration and also wonderment. Companies often made things that had no relation to existing games and franchises, so I would sometimes run across bizarre minis, that I had no idea what they belonged to. I found that sometimes pretty cool that they took a risk to do something different, which isn’t something you see too often nowadays.
Thoughts? Do you find pretty much what you are looking for nowadays and that things were more scarce in the past?