Which Are the Three Scales in D&D Miniatures?
The Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures Game is an incredibly popular collectible miniatures game mostly played with plastic, pre painted, miniatures usually based on creatures and characters from the successful Dungeons and Dragons game series. These miniatures are usually sculpted by hand, and are painstakingly detailed with thousands of tiny parts. The miniatures, when well made, are quite impressive. However, like any collector, there is always room for more. Sometimes the miniatures are so well made that the publisher will decide to put more into the product, at other times the publisher will make more copies of a certain miniature than it’s possible to produce. In this article we’ll look at some of the most sought after miniatures from D&D.
First there is the Helm of Baldur. Rare and prized, only a few hundred of these miniatures have ever been produced. These were sculpted by Thomas Van Houtte, who was a master sculptor. His designs often showed a combination of medieval and renaissance styles, and often showed a sense of humor. His Helm of Baldur miniatures often had a sense of adventure and fantasy, and exuded a sense of nobility.
Next there is the Defender of Waterdeep miniatures, also by Thomas Van Houtte. The Defender of Waterdeep miniatures were sculpted by Van Houtte in pencil and ink, and scaled to become one of the earliest miniatures to use a scale in D&D. They feature a scale similar to that used for the first D&D set, but were scaled to fit the time period of the game at the time.
The third miniature in the series that is commonly called the “reaper miniatures” or the miniatures of the minotaur is called the Reaper Bones. In the original French version, they were called Chiffon Miniatures, which was due to the metal alloy used in the miniature. However, it has since been changed to “Reaper Miniatures”, which seems to be more appropriate. The reaper miniatures are sculpted from sturdy wood, and feature small spider webs instead of hair.
One of the most popular miniatures that D&D uses is the Anklebone miniatures. These are incredibly detailed, using an absolute scale to mimic the effect that the tiny characters would have on the eye. The miniatures are made from sturdy white acrylic, and feature hair that is colored to match that of the actual minature. They come with an additional accessory, the Anklebone Boots. This accessory is an exact scale replica of the original ankle bone from the game, and features a gold paint finish. Many fans feel that this is an excellent choice for D&D Anklebone miniatures, as the detail is very precise, and the painted gold makes the painted gold quite dramatic.
Another popular scale is the Ruins scale, which is roughly three times smaller than the Anklebone scale. At first glance, the Ruins might not appear to be very different from the Anklebone scale, but that’s not the case. The Ruins are extremely detailed and feature hand-painted miniature miniatures that are slightly larger than the originals. The miniature has been frosted so that it will stand out when the miniature is displayed. Some people think that the larger sizes of the ruins are a better choice, but even if you don’t plan on using the miniatures at all, it can be fun to display them!
There are also several scales that relate directly to the games that D&D set out to play. For example, the Frostscale is used to depict characters who are colder than others. In the pen and paper game, the characters would be depicted as snowmen and elves. Now these larger miniatures have been scaled down to Anklebone size, and if you own one of the original games or own a collector’s editions of them, you can use them for D&D miniatures and display them in your game environment.
There are plenty more scales and names that might be unfamiliar to you. In the future I hope to expand this topic and write about them. However, for now I recommend that you just choose one of the three main scales for miniatures and use that for everything else. That way, you’ll know that you’re using the right scale for the right miniatures. I hope that this article has been helpful to you. Enjoy your D&D miniatures!
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