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Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2020 6:19 p.m. PST

Okay I know this is heresy, but have you ever just tossed some figs in the bin?
Perhaps they were crappy plastic or lead jobs that just were not what you expected when you ordered.
Or perhaps you ended up with a few extra minis from a project and just didn't want to take them to the new house.
Various reasons.
I have tossed some crappy plastics and a few extra 15mm figs. Rarely really, but trying to find a home for 10 MAW 15mm gunners is just a chore.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2020 6:22 p.m. PST


Stryderg10 Aug 2020 6:27 p.m. PST

I understand the individual words that you used, but when you put them together like that, they just don't make any sense to me.

smithsco10 Aug 2020 6:28 p.m. PST

Yes. 20mm plastics for Bolt Action. Really got tired of playing. No way I could get them sold. Even tried to donate them to the wargaming club at the high school I teach at (I don't run the club) and the advisor turned me down because he wanted me to play Bolt Action. When I moved and lost storage space I honestly dumped them so I had a reason not to play.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2020 7:15 p.m. PST

Yes, but very few. Mostly conversion that just didn't work out.

rmaker10 Aug 2020 7:39 p.m. PST

Define "thrown away". I've had a few botched conversions that went into the melting pot, but otherwise, no.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Aug 2020 7:43 p.m. PST


Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Aug 2020 7:58 p.m. PST

You can do that?

Personal logo sneakgun Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2020 8:07 p.m. PST

I botched a primer job and I sold them here but the guy was so upset he squashed all of them, a WWI army, so I refunded and tossed them rulebook and all.

Lascaris10 Aug 2020 8:44 p.m. PST

Yes I have. Wasn't interested in them any more and didn't want to have the bother of trying to sell/pack/ship them.

Garand10 Aug 2020 9:32 p.m. PST

Once I purchased some figures that originated from the Dark Ages of miniature design, based on the recomendation of another gamer. They were awful. Ended up using them as weights in a resin casting for a modeling project. I guess technically I didn't throw them away, as they still had a use. But they were pretty bad…


Saxondog10 Aug 2020 10:59 p.m. PST

NO!!!! Always a use for old crap figures. I have used such to teach the basics of figure painting. Bodies on a battlefield. Parts of "Stuff". Etc.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2020 11:59 p.m. PST

Yes! When a paint job went sooo bad, despite multiple touch ups. Also, some rubbish casts.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 1:18 a.m. PST

Melted them down & recast or added lead & cast bullets from them.

Uparmored11 Aug 2020 1:53 a.m. PST

I gave my childhood 1/72 collection in a shoebox to some little shits related to my former housemate. Worst decision I ever made. I have so many regrets in life. I hate all those Bleeped texters that say they have no regrets. How the Bleeped text can you have no regrets???

altfritz11 Aug 2020 2:41 a.m. PST

No. I've given stuff away though.

FusilierDan11 Aug 2020 2:42 a.m. PST

I tried to sell off most of my Airfix figures at a Garage Sale. I don't think they sold and were probably tossed with all the other stuff when the house was sold. Yes I miss looking at them from time to time but in reality they were just taking up space.

Cavcmdr11 Aug 2020 2:58 a.m. PST

No. I don't believe I have ever done that.

Partners over the decades may have suggested it but guess who won those battles, hehe.

Have fun.

bobspruster11 Aug 2020 3:25 a.m. PST

Most of my collection is 1/72nd Plastic and I have tossed some over the years: bad paint jobs on marginal sculpts, stupid poses, broken figs, redundant stuff.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 3:38 a.m. PST

Yes; when they get lead rot, no matter how well painted, it is the only thing to do.


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 3:44 a.m. PST


King Monkey11 Aug 2020 3:59 a.m. PST


GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 5:18 a.m. PST


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 5:50 a.m. PST

MAW gunners?

cavcrazy11 Aug 2020 6:05 a.m. PST

Stop! You are hurting my ears!

Chuckaroobob11 Aug 2020 6:13 a.m. PST


Dagwood11 Aug 2020 6:44 a.m. PST

Very few, mainly brittle plastic figures probably 40 years old. I have a few in my spares box, though, providing arms legs and heads when needed. And some waiting to be melted down (but since I've never melted any down …)

Eclectic Wave11 Aug 2020 6:51 a.m. PST

Old Plastic miniatures yes, if they are broken, and not worth fixing. A couple lead ones that got stepped on once (stomped on really, and they were true lead).

All times made me very emotional, the black bunting around the trash cans had people asking me about it for weeks, and that hurt having to recount the incidents. I… can't talk more about this… Sorry… thought I had gotten over it.

SpuriousMilius11 Aug 2020 8:06 a.m. PST

Decades ago, I had the grandiose plan of building 15mm WRG rules armies for all of the ECW forces--Royalist (English, Scots & Welsh), Early Parlementarian, New Model, & both Irish factions. I don't recall the figure company that I bought the models from but they were cheap & I amassed a few hundred. They were abysmal but I organized them into units & put them in plastic baggies which went into a cardboard box that set on a shelf for years. I did try to sell them at a fire-sale price at 2 cons--no takers. When I rediscovered them a few months ago & accepted that I'd never use them & that no one would buy them they ended out on the curb.

rjones6911 Aug 2020 8:12 a.m. PST

"Throw" "Figures" "Away".

I can't use those three words in the same sentence without going into convulsions.

rjones6911 Aug 2020 8:21 a.m. PST

I just spoke to my doctor and she prescribed a cure. I added the word "Never" in front of the three words "Throw" "Figures" "Away", and the convulsions stopped.

Whoa!!! That was a close call!

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 8:32 a.m. PST

Yep, several times in fact.I really only regret the time I threw out my collection of converted plastic Orcs, Easterlings, Haradrim and Olog-Hai.

Palewarrior11 Aug 2020 8:35 a.m. PST

Yes, back in the days when you could ask for a free sample.
Some real bad stuff, that looked like the owners kids had made them ;)

14Bore11 Aug 2020 10:08 a.m. PST

No, but wouldn't throw them away if I didn't want them, I would melt them .

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 11:00 a.m. PST

Not yet. But it will come to that if the flea markets stay closed long enough. If I don't move and pitch them, when I die my son will call in a dumpster.

HMS Exeter11 Aug 2020 11:30 a.m. PST


mckrok Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 1:33 p.m. PST

Yes, but not very many or very often.


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 5:28 p.m. PST

I don't understand the question. Each word sounds like a word I know, but they don't make sense together.

Londonplod12 Aug 2020 2:53 a.m. PST

I have a stack of Perry plastic ACW that is potentially bin fodder, l have painted more than enough for my modest sized games so they really are surplus but cannot be bothered to try and sell them.

KSmyth12 Aug 2020 7:24 a.m. PST

Yes, but not in a long time.

The Beast Rampant12 Aug 2020 3:26 p.m. PST

I used to have a big coffee can I tossed old minis into, with the notion of recasting them some day. It got pretty full. I'm not entirely sure where it is now.

But I really don't like tossing metal minis I haven't butchered for parts. I consider the plastic ones to be expendable, especially If I give them a crappy paint job I can't easily fix.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 4:20 a.m. PST

I stepped away from wargaming for 10 years. When I started up again, I found some infected with Lead Rot. They were beyond saving, so I tossed them.

parrot1500 Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2020 5:42 p.m. PST

I find myself doing this more and more. Threw away a bunch of Chronopia stuff from the 90's that went to four or five flea markets and got no takers. Life seems shorter. I dunno!

The Last Conformist17 Sep 2020 9:06 p.m. PST

I've thrown away a few that were badly miscast or broken beyond easy repair.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2020 12:09 p.m. PST

Yes. Cleaned House on two occasions. Once in the 90s when preparing to movE from an apartment to a house.

The lot in question included first and second editions of "Space Hulk" as well as a first edition "Battlefleet Gothic."

2nd time in the mid-2000s included both painted and unpainted minis from numerous incomplete projects.

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