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Porkmann Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 3:47 p.m. PST

Have you ever taken the plunge into narcissism and attempted to portray yourself as a miniature combatant?

I ask because I have been working this weekend on a general for my new Crusader force and have based him upon myself in my living history apparel.

Perhaps madness is nearer than I first thought!

vojvoda Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 3:56 p.m. PST

No but one of our TMPers has had a figure made of him. I have two of them. One painted for the ACW and one painted as where is Waldo.

James Mattes

Porkmann Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 4:28 p.m. PST



This fella had a similar idea to mine!

Were the figures commercially available James?

Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2013 4:31 p.m. PST

Here I am in Flintloque.


Only Warlock06 Jan 2013 5:16 p.m. PST

Absolutely! I painted up the head of My 15mm AK47 Republic Mercenary unit as myself. LOL

Thorfin11 Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 5:18 p.m. PST

I've just painted up Hasslefree figures to portray myself, my wife and each of our kids on the table. I'll try and get a photo up soon.

Happy Little Trees Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 5:38 p.m. PST

Oh! The poor horses!

SpuriousMilius06 Jan 2013 6:23 p.m. PST

I have an Irish warband for Pig Wars which consists of suitable minis for my family, my friends & myself.

cavcrazy06 Jan 2013 6:51 p.m. PST

I played in a FPW game some years ago and Dick Bryant had a French command figure that looked like him, he had a bottle of wine in one hand and a flagpole decorated with ladies bloomers.

Tommy2006 Jan 2013 7:12 p.m. PST

Way back when I still played Warhammer (3rd Edition, I think), I converted an Empire general in my image. That is, I filed off most of his hair, and trimmed his moustache down to "cheesy".

Never got him painted, though. I should dig him out and finish him…

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2013 7:45 p.m. PST

Never been able to find a miniature that good-looking. I settle for merely projecting my astral self into whatever figure is commanding my army.


shelldrake06 Jan 2013 9:34 p.m. PST

I actually encourage players in my skirmish games to have a figure that represents themselves amongst the troops they control… makes them less likely to sacrifice the figure in the pitch of battle.

Dan 055 Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 10:29 p.m. PST

Yup, I used to re-enact in the War of 1812. My current War of 1812 army (28mm) has me as a private in my re-enacting gear included.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 10:45 p.m. PST

Not of myself, but did have one mini that looked like a friend of mine in his Renaissance garb.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member06 Jan 2013 10:50 p.m. PST

I also had a Partha female that looked just like my high school girlfriend.

UnfortunateWound Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 4:02 a.m. PST

My dad and I are Macro & Cato fans. I painted him the limited edition Warlord models with him as Macro and me as Cato.

Otherwise, I just name my leaders with puns on my own names.

Porkmann Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 4:13 a.m. PST

At least I am not alone :-)

vojvoda Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 7:32 a.m. PST

Limited Edition run. I think Chris (Hughes of S&S) did up about 100 or so.

James Mattes

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 7:58 a.m. PST

Not exactly – I do tend to have a command figure representing myself when I play Ancients, but any resemblances are totally coincidence (like my last Roman command, when I went as the legate Poisonous Fungus)

Caesar Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 8:52 a.m. PST

When I played 40K (Chaos Space Marines) I named each of my Possessed after an ex-girlfriend.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 9:04 a.m. PST


CPBelt07 Jan 2013 10:14 a.m. PST

I paint figures that look like people I know.

For example, one of my West Wind gunfighters looks just like my neurologist, so I call him Doc Hartley. What's even better is that my neuro is a huge Western (Robert Duval) fan, deocrating his office with western landscape paintings. He loved the figure of him I did!

Here is Doc Hartely defending his home against a bandito.


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 10:56 a.m. PST

I always paint a figure as myself for every period I play. Very few of them are "chunky" enough however.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 1:12 p.m. PST


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 2:55 p.m. PST

Ever since our LotR Airfix days; Sassanid,Arthurian, WWII,Back of Beyond,Modern, Post Apocalypse, 25mm science fiction,Starship Troopers, 15mm science fiction, Western Gunfight (a couple of times) and they were kind enough to make a pack including me in West Wind's Western line a few years back. God bless you Steve Lawrence!
Very few are as porky as I might have been at the time I made the figure.

tigrifsgt07 Jan 2013 5:26 p.m. PST

Ihave an unpainted GB saxon that is stocky with a big fat moustache, just like me. I just haven't decided how to paint him yet.

Mako11 Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 5:35 p.m. PST

Doesn't everyone?

In the medieval, or the renaissance periods, its easy.

I'm usually the guy in full plate, with closed helm, and holding a nice, sharp sword, or other favorite pole arm.

Frequently, a nice long lance, when on horseback.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 8:10 p.m. PST

Click on my name.
That IS the OFM.

John D Salt Inactive Member17 Feb 2013 10:36 a.m. PST

Porkmann wrote:

Have you ever taken the plunge into narcissism and attempted to portray yourself as a miniature combatant?

For myself, no; but I did once run a game where I produced individual personality figures for each of the defending platoon commanders in a game I did based on a Soviet airborne assault on Horsham (defended, for game purposes, by C Coy, 6/7th Queen's; not the right location, as they lived in Crawley, but we assumed on the move to war that everyone would move round one, and we had last week's nominal roll of C Coy -- it's good to have an up-to-date orbat).

One chap (later clerk of the court at Epsom, which required him to transfer to the RMP) I portrayed as a fairly normal-looking bloke in combats, SLR at the ready load (figure mdified from the Airfix US Paratroopers "John Wayne" figure).

Another (a bit of a keenie, later unit IO and MTO, and is still in as a Major) was modelled kneeling, SLR at the ready, with a Ramboseque bandana as headdress, showing off his red hair (figure converted from the top half of the Airfix NATO ground crew SLR-at-the ready figure, with a new (bare) head and kneeling legs).

The third (in fact a civilian defence analyst, and a keen amateur photographer, train-spotter, butterfly expert and all-round eccentric) was shown as a tall, gangling figure with SLR slung and a camera round his neck, and one puttee trailing untidily (figure convered from the Airfix WW2 British Infantry figure with slung rifle holding his left hand up to his helmet).

I'm not saying that these figures helped the players to fulfil their sterotypes, but it was the butterfly-spotter taking snaps on the side of Denne Hill who spotted the train the Spetsnaz had hijacked as it zoomed past and shot up the MT park at the back of the drill hall.

The tragic business of how the RSM's fighting patrol (the RSM on this occasion being played by the RSM) was obliterated by flanking fire from Horsham cricket pavilion after the Spetsnaz bundled off the train when it was stopped by a Charlie G is another story, and will keep for another beer.

All the best,


Come In Nighthawk18 Feb 2013 2:31 p.m. PST

My problem is that… so far at least… no one offers an Early-, Mid-, or Late-Imperial Roman high-ranking (Tribune or better) officer wearing glasses… huh?


Great War Ace18 Feb 2013 7:44 p.m. PST

I like to pick a miniature to represent "me" in full-sized battles, and then see what happens to "me". But I have not actually painted up a miniature as "me", well, other than a FRPG one, with a repeating (Chinese) crossbow, but I haven't used him in years and years….

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