Not just that, I've been buying/collecting models specifically to fit the PCs and certain NPCs and monsters. This has not only involved Oldhammer-esque models (Citadel, Grenadier and Ral Partha are all in the mix), but also exploring what's on offer from newer and current ranges.
I got my players to help choose their own minis, and these ended up coming from two suppliers I was previoulsy unfamiliar with: Darksword Miniatures from the US, and Spellcrow from Poland. I was really happy with my purchases from both.
|Our Paladin, Erin aka 'Biff Thundermuffin' by Darksword Miniatures|
|Our Bard, Briar - by Darksword Miniatures|
The Darksword minis are cast in pewter and are very fine. I appreciate where the models have been cast in seperate pieces this has been done seemingly to allow easiest access for the painter more than anything else, but they were still very fiddly to put toegther, and needed more metal work than I was prepared for. I'll know better for next time, and there is going to be a next time as I also ordered minis to represent some key NPCs (as yet unseen in the campaign!) at the same time, and they are going to be a right pain in the arse when the time comes to paint them.
|Thia aka Human Female with Sword - by Spellcrow Miniatures|
|Joradin aka Drunk Dwarf by Spellcrow Miniatures|
|The whole sorry bunch of them... including Bruce the ever flatulant Moorhound|
|Baskillion the Blackblade (25mm Sturm Brightblade from Ral Partha) and the Tramilar Guard (WHFB4 Plastic Empire Halbediers)|
I pressed a 25mm Ral Partha sculpt of Sturm Brightblade from the AD&D Dragonlance saga, into service as the Captain of the guard and the Duke's Brother-in-law Baskillion the Blackblade. The paintjob on the mini is not mine, and is apparently unfinished so happens to have a black sword and shield - so I made that a feature of the character. This was possibly the first element where I allowed the features of the miniature to dictate the features of the NPC in game. I was in a rush, needed a painted mini, and it was easy to incorporate that elements into the story. I didn't need to, nobody would have questioned the unfinished mini if I'd just left it, but I've always enjoyed the creative exercise of blending different inputs and source materials into a D&D campaign - it is one of the main attractions for me in being a DM - so tying in features of the mini or its paintjob to the description or storyline was just another variation on that theme. Nothing novel in that of course, but we've so rarely played D&D with minis over the many years of paly (where as this campaign uses them heavily though not exclusively) that it has not been something I've had the chance to do very often. It certainly got me thinking...
|'Uncle Trap' is still waiting for them...|
|'Sturm Brightblade' (not authors own work) - 'Hazlik' from the RP Denizens of Ravenloft set - 'Unknown' 25 mm pre slotta (not authors own work) - Narg the Torturer by Hasslefree Miniatures|
Something else which D&D allows for is a more agnostic approach when it comes to scale. I primarily use 28mm minis, but am happy to incorporate 25mm and 30mm ranges. Partly of course this is because all minis are only supposed to representational anyway, but in D&D with it's wide range of playable character races and body types, the different scales in minis can help indicate whether an NPC might be halfling, or half-elf, or just shorter or heavier set than the average. I feel this all adds to the melting pot effect, and gets away from all the minis being so uniform as they might tend to be if only using models from my existing Warhammer forces for example.
|'Damsel' - 'Vampiress' - 'Banshee' from Ral Partha's Denizen's of Ravenloft Box Set|
... and that little white bird? Well that turned out to be the wyvern from the tower, polymorphed into a dove so it could stay close to it's mistress while she went about her dastardly deeds!
|Marauder Wyvern - sans Azhag the Slaughterer, and still needing to be based.|
|Blacksmiths' forge and Kitchen Stove|
|Some desert based bad guys|
|Nekrophidian (Bone Golem) from Blacktree|
|Giant Scorpion from Heresy Miniatures|
|Scorpion Swarm from Blacktree Studio|
|Citadel Halflings, including Cedric the Ogre Hunter in the yellow cloak.|
|I just love the detail on the backs of these minitures, especially the folds in the floppy hat, and the crossed satchels on the chap on the end.|
Ramon is also known as the Minstrel from Hasslefree. Giselle is the 'Gypsy' from the Denizens of Ravenloft set by Ral Partha.
|A group of non-combatants painted/collected specifically to represent NPCs from our current D&D campaign|
|'Giselle the Bard' aka the 'Gypsy' from Ral Partha's Denizens of Ravenloft set|
|This guy is called Ramon. He's a douche.|
|'Medieval kids' from Hasslefree Miniatures line up to 'bat each other one' in the time honoured tradition of kids everywhere|
|In the blue corner!|
|In the red corner!|
|And looking on dissaprovingly from the crowd...|
|This one is definitely my favourite model. She could easily double as a Halfling Ranger|
Well, if you made it this far then thank you! I've actually had this post in draft form for several months, but have delayed publishing and have removed certain photos as I don't want to risk my players getting any spoilers of future encounters. No point going to all this trouble if I then give them a sneak preview of what's coming up and don't get to taste their delicious in game tears!
Stay tuned for further updates as our campaign continues :)