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Sgt Slag24 Mar 2020 6:35 a.m. PST

This vendor, Sinodolls (e-Bay store link here), sells seemingly unique, non-standard, non-IP rip-off, D&D mini's, for bargain-basement prices. They're made in China, so take this as you will. For low-priced mini's, they are very hard to beat.

I ordered some, to fill a niche in my armies for mass battles games. Not sure what type of plastic they are (I think some sort of vinyl) so I don't know how well they will take paint. I will update this thread after they arrive, and I have a chance to paint some. Cheers!

john snelling24 Mar 2020 7:01 a.m. PST

Please, keep us informed.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Mar 2020 7:16 a.m. PST

looks like a lot of the WizKids plastics. Some game pieces for Scythe too.

Deucey24 Mar 2020 7:32 a.m. PST

They are probably stolen from the factory production line then sold on eBay.

So they probably are the real thing, just stolen.

That's just my theory.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 8:09 a.m. PST

We dealt with this when I worked on the Happy Meals business.

Often they are factory seconds, with only very minor flaws. But yes, they are "liberated" from the recycling or trash bins and then sold on Ebay. Yes, some are just outright stolen.

mad monkey 124 Mar 2020 8:40 a.m. PST

Lot of boardgame parts. I think some are from Joan of Arc. Maybe Smog. Bloodrage?

JMcCarroll Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 8:45 a.m. PST

Thanks for the link!
Await you update on how they take paint.
Also how long shipping takes.

gregmita224 Mar 2020 1:24 p.m. PST

These pieces are from various boardgames. I can spot Zombicide, Scythe, Smog, etc. Aliexpress is actually full of stuff like this. They are either recasts or produced from the same factories as "official" game miniatures and sold on the side.

But yes, they are "liberated" from the recycling or trash bins and then sold on Ebay. Yes, some are just outright stolen.

But hey, the companies that made the games saved a bunch of money producing them cheap…

Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian24 Mar 2020 2:17 p.m. PST

Nice – but those are boardgame parts.

altfritz25 Mar 2020 5:41 a.m. PST

Yes. Some might be Battlelore medievals. The base measures slightly over 1 cm, so I guess about 15mm scale.

Sgt Slag25 Mar 2020 6:39 a.m. PST

Thanks, Gentlemen. I am not familiar with any of those games. I bought a dozen Mantlets, as they looked good, and they were inexpensive. They will also be quite easy, and fast, to paint -- if primer will stick to them.

The rest of the figures are not something I need, but the prices seemed phenomenally low. Hoping they will come straight, and not badly warped. Cheers!

altfritz25 Mar 2020 11:04 a.m. PST

The mantlets (which the vendor appears to believe are some sort of car) did look nice. I assumed roughly 15mm scale to match the medieval infantry so didn't order any.

Xintao25 Mar 2020 11:22 a.m. PST

Some game pieces from Massive Darkness, a CMON Kickstarter.

Sgt Slag25 Mar 2020 12:50 p.m. PST

From the item description: "About 3 cm tall." That, and the photo with the ruler, suggest they are 25mm 30mm tall. My hope is that they are 30mm tall, for use with my 25mm 28mm tall, figures. I guess I will find out, for certain, within the next 30-45 days, hopefully sooner. Cheers!

Slow Oats25 Mar 2020 4:37 p.m. PST

I see Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu in there also. Lots of weird bootleg stuff going on with this seller, it seems like.

Actually that's not fair to say, they may just have a lot of boardgame stuff to unload.

TBeyer25 Mar 2020 6:04 p.m. PST

This may sound paranoid – but when I see every clerk at the few stores still open are wearing gloves and masks, ordering something from China makes me a little nervous.
Is it possible these items could carry a virus when they arrive in the US? Sgt Slag, I appreciate the tip on these items, maybe you could give us an update on your health after 14-17 days of receiving them? Maybe you want to wash them very thoroughly when they arrive?

Sgt Slag26 Mar 2020 7:54 a.m. PST

I have thought about that. I received some miniature tree models from China, last week. I took no precautions on those. They are still in the bag, and they will likely sit, untouched, for another few weeks -- waiting for bases to mount them, to arrive.

In short, I would suggest leaving the package to sit for a few weeks, to allow the virus to die off. Or, you can spray the package/items with Lysol, or some other aerosol disinfectant.

TBeyer, I recommend you watch Governor Walz's shelter-in-place video, which he posted, yesterday. It should put the infection into context for you. I am a 36-year survivor of Type I Diabetes. When I get the virus, we will see how my body is able to cope with it. Until then, I will continue to enjoy my life, as best I can. Cheers!

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