How Many Minis Do You Have?

How Many Minis Do You Have?


Cadence

Legend
Supporter
If I don't count the small badly painted Lyran fleet from the 1980s, or the unpainted bunch in Ascension: Tactics... then one (ordered for a sci-fi game that never got started).
 

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Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
I have a HeroQuest set plus expansions from the 90s that is fully painted, the relaunch set from last year that isn't painted at all (yet), plus over 400 minis from the two Blacklist Games Fantasy Series Kickstarters that are chilling in a Florida warehouse with no delivery ETA. Plus I have a handful of others I've purchased recently, some prepainted and some not.

I don't use minis in my D&D, DCC, or other TTRPG games, but I enjoy painting the miniatures. This summer I plan to do all the HeroQuest relaunch minis, plus the Blacklist ones if they ever show up. And hopefully my 8yo will join me, since that's a big part of why I've bought so many.
 

delericho

Legend
Not sure. Maybe 1,000? I got them all painted, but haven't really used them for anything (honestly, it was the painting that most interested me), and so they've been packed up since my first house move and are unlikely ever to be unpacked.

But having put all that effort into painting them, I'll never get rid of them, which probably means they'll sit in their boxes for another few decades, and then my wife or children will get rid when I'm gone.
 

amethal

Adventurer
No idea. Thousands, probably - not going to count them.

Mostly D&D pre-painted minis but also some star wars spaceships and a few unpainted ones.
 


Cadence

Legend
Supporter
We always used the cardboard chits for SFB. We wouldn't have been able to afford enough miniatures to make it worthwhile.
Just counting the rule books (I think I still have all of them in a big binder downstairs somewhere), it was a lot of $$$ for not many chances to play :-/

I think I only had a handful of the minis, so that part of the cost wasn't nearly as bad as my paint and gluing jobs.
 

aramis erak

Legend
Just counting the rule books (I think I still have all of them in a big binder downstairs somewhere), it was a lot of $$$ for not many chances to play :-/

I think I only had a handful of the minis, so that part of the cost wasn't nearly as bad as my paint and gluing jobs.
I enjoyed SFB a lot when I was playing 1-3 games a week, 0-2 duels, 0-2 small fleet (200-500 point Commanders/Captains). that was 1990 to 1994 or so.

In the last decade, I've used SFB materials more for Prime Directive setting than for SFB itself.

What happened? I moved out of the urban zone, and friends no longer stopped by to play pickup games...
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Just today, while cleaning, I ran across a case containing a couple of dozen 1e-era minis. Those are the only ones I have, and I haven't touched them in... at least a decade?
 

MGibster

Legend
Just counting the rule books (I think I still have all of them in a big binder downstairs somewhere), it was a lot of $$$ for not many chances to play :-/
My SFB pal gave me all his stuff in the early 2000s. I've never been able to find another human being willing to play, so the game has sat untouched and unloved for many, many years now. At this point, I doubt I'll ever have the opportunity to play again.
 

MGibster

Legend
Just today, while cleaning, I ran across a case containing a couple of dozen 1e-era minis. Those are the only ones I have, and I haven't touched them in... at least a decade?
Despite all the improvements that have been made both aesthatically and technically over the years, I have a soft spot for those old school miniatures. A lot of that is nostalgia talking, but many of them have a charm I can't help but appreciate.
 

aramis erak

Legend
My SFB pal gave me all his stuff in the early 2000s. I've never been able to find another human being willing to play, so the game has sat untouched and unloved for many, many years now. At this point, I doubt I'll ever have the opportunity to play again.
These days, I'd rather play Starfire... as a tactical game... but almost all the Starfire players want to play campaign.
It also had minis... but they were small enough to fit in the SL2200 hexmap (1.25in?)... the new minis are bigger,,, I had 1 of the old Frigates.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
If I don't count the small badly painted Lyran fleet from the 1980s, or the unpainted bunch in Ascension: Tactics... then one (ordered for a sci-fi game that never got started).
Loved SFB (and Starfire), but never bought any metal minis for it. Or any other vehicle minis for any game except OGRE./G.E.V.

I may have bought some minis for use as game tokens for RoboRally.
 

Mezuka

Hero
These days, I'd rather play Starfire... as a tactical game... but almost all the Starfire players want to play campaign.
It also had minis... but they were small enough to fit in the SL2200 hexmap (1.25in?)... the new minis are bigger,,, I had 1 of the old Frigates.

Too bad we don't live in the same city. I also prefer playing tactical game of SF. My fleets made from Battleship Galaxies models. (Hasbro, out of print). I bought three boxes.

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CarlZog

Explorer
Probably around 2,700, but that includes a lot of vessels and vehicles for wargames as well as RPGs: WotC Star Wars, 28mm fantasy, CAV: Strike Operations, 10mm fantasy, 1/2400 WWII ships, Star Fleet Battles, 1/1200 Napoleonic sailing ships, Crimson Skies.
 




CarlZog

Explorer
It's interesting, most people either have none or over a thousand. I didn't expect that.

Not only that, about 25% have 5 or fewer, and around 50% have more than 300!

I think most people make the decision that minis either are or aren't going to be part of their gaming. It's easy to end up with a handful of personal character minis or enough to to rep a typical party, but if you're a DM who's using 'em, you end up collecting more and more for everything you want to run.

I think also on this poll, a lot of people, like myself, are including separate minis collections used for wargaming, where your collection size ramps up much more quickly.
 

aramis erak

Legend
I think most people make the decision that minis either are or aren't going to be part of their gaming. It's easy to end up with a handful of personal character minis or enough to to rep a typical party, but if you're a DM who's using 'em, you end up collecting more and more for everything you want to run.

I think also on this poll, a lot of people, like myself, are including separate minis collections used for wargaming, where your collection size ramps up much more quickly.
Since I see RPGs and Minis Wargames to be almost interchangeable, and I've used all but my 40K Epic Scale in RPing at one point or another... Yes, that does include genestealers in a Rogue Trader RPG campaign.

I didn't include the 300 tiny but nigh identical minis in Fleets, nor the half dozen in Lemmings in Space, the dozen in Talisman, nor the hundred or so in Shadows over Camelot... in part, mixed and non-standard scales, and in part not wanting to risk misplacing them. Nor the several hundred in my minis boxes for BattleLore and Memoir 44... again, scale. Loves me some Scots Dwarves Pipers...
 

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