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Usta Playalot
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Hello all. I'm new in the Heroscape world and have noticed that pretty much eveything is OOP now that I'm in the market for it. Bummer for me. I have picked up most of what I can get from online retailers and have done a fair bit of fleBaying as well and have a pretty good collection. However, many of the more popular figures (flagbearers, knights of weston, samurai, ninjas, zombies, monks, sentinels of Jandar, etc) are prohibitively expensive, especially with inflated shipping charges (like the $20 I paid for a multiple item order which had the postage price of $8.50 printed on the box angry ). Especially when I would want multiple sets of many of them to field good armies.

So given their limited availability, here's my questions:

1. Do you think it is unethical to print the unit/squad stat cards online and us other non-Heroscape miniatures (which could be obtained for far cheaper) in their place?

2. Do you have any suggestions as to which series of miniature series or manufacturer would be comparable in terms of size/quality/appearance and could also be acquired inexpensively? And where do you guys recommend purchasing these figures from?

Any input will be appreciated.

Drew
 
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It's a game. You can print out the stats and play with blocks of wood for that euro feel for all I care. You are not costing the publisher money.

Heck, for my D&D game, I use Zombie! dogs for substitute miniatures that the one time they ran into zombie dogs, I substituted in pirate figures and got a huge laugh.

I like the basic heroscape system- even made up a tank game (using that flood of cheap tank figures a couple years ago) that I called "Tankscape" which was well received by my gaming group. The cool bit was the free infantry movement if next to a tank.

Also- play with friends who have the figures. You do not have to own everything.

Heroscape is starting to feel like Heroquest did at the end (harder to get in brick and mortar stores). You *really* want to buy the current sets however you can get them. Because the last heroscape sets are going to be like the heroquest "Barbarian" sets that go for $120 in 10 years.

There are a ton of user created heroscape units as well. Some are nice.

I stopped liking heroscape the day it became all about combos and less about basic tactics. Sort of like MTG. Obscure figures in combinations that were unbeatable (I had some combo that locked my figures unable to move while also giving attack dice bonus to all his figures and I think also reduced my attack dice). So it is more for hobbeists/specialists now.

But still a fantastic set of figures for the price (use a lot in my D&D game) and fun for simple random setup games (tho a bit slow for the amount of "tin" you get to push around- I prefer moving about 50 to 80 figures like smaller Chainmail battles).
 
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Cheapest figures right now are the commons from D&D boxed sets. You can get them for less than $1 which is cheaper than original heroscape figures. So you can pick up a dozen platemail figures to use for knights of westin, a bunch of kobolds- dab them with blue and now they are grut orcs, etc).

The entire rarity game in D&D turns me off. It's 2 to 10 cents worth of plastic.
but I can buy a figure (Remorhaz) that weighs nearly 8 ounces for $2.50 but an almost invisible scrap of plastic (stirges) is $2.00.

I think the commonality/rareness should in part be based on the original d&d numbers appearing. Stirges appeared in numbers from 30 to 300. I ended up using a more common demon for them and making my own as well.
 
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D&D minis are easy to find on the web. The large-sized ones have bases that are too big for heroscape, but they usually can be rebased pretty easily.
Mage Knight figures are becoming harder to find, but they too make good heroscape proxies.

I have also used some pieces from Reaper's Legendary Encounters.

Look for minis that are 28mm scale, but 25mm will do alright for non-humanoid figures.
 
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You should try Auggie Games. Great place to buy figures a la carte...

http://store02.prostores.com/servlet/auggiesgames/Categories...
 
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