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Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 11:24 a.m. PST

National Geographic (a US non-profit magazine) is famous for producing high quality photographs of people all over the world, and its articles on historical and archaeological subjects frequently include drawings of people from past eras incorporating the latest research. I've used back issues as a painting guide for my Touaregs, Vikings, and Greeks. They are also a potential source of information for scratch building scenery.

1. Yes, I subscribe to the magazine, save them, and use them as source material.
2. I subscribe, but get rid of most of them after I've read them.
3. I buy them from the newsstand from time to time if they have articles that are interesting or applicable.
4. I never bother with the magazine.
5. Never heard of it/not available where I live.


14Bore19 Jul 2019 11:39 a.m. PST

Had them since I was a kid but stopped a few years ago.
Do have a Viking cover on my paint table to use as idea on a dwarf but haven't do it yet.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 11:48 a.m. PST

Are they on the newsstand? They might be so ubiquitous I never noticed.

I'm somewhere on 3, but without ever having done so.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 12:00 p.m. PST

3 – helpful from time to time

bsrlee19 Jul 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

I have the DVD & BluRay collections which cover from issue 1 until around 2015, as well as a few print issues from when I subscribed and some from the 1930's.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 12:07 p.m. PST


Besides painting guide for figs, also maps and history. I also have a CD set of the NG archives.

Smithsonian, too.

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 12:36 p.m. PST

2. Most issues are interesting reading but not really source material for me. The ones that are, though, I do keep.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 3:22 p.m. PST

4 had some in the past but not recently. Threw them away.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2019 4:19 p.m. PST

6. I pick them up in thrift shops when I need to see what some portion of the world looks (or looked) like.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2019 6:37 a.m. PST

4. Since they jumped the shark on global warming I would have to question any of their "research" or "science".

However, the pre-1970's issues are good.

14Bore20 Jul 2019 3:07 p.m. PST

They do sell new issues in stores

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2019 4:20 p.m. PST

I never buy them, my Dentist provides them for free.

JimSelzer26 Jul 2019 11:52 a.m. PST

only in the bathroom as a preteen

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2020 4:21 p.m. PST

I have used pictures from National Geographic in role-playing games (1) to help the set the scene and (2) as portraits of characters.

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