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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Sep 2020 10:32 p.m. PST

HeroClix is gone.

D&D Miniatures are still available, but no new sets have come out for a few years.

Is the field dead? Is it coming back?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 4:02 a.m. PST

D&D Minis released a set last month. And six months before that.

HeroClix released three(?) big sets this year, plus some other smaller packs.

altfritz04 Sep 2020 5:14 a.m. PST

It's thriving as far as I can see. Pathfinder plus the D&D sets, plus a slew of accessory and terrain sets, including a large bridge.

There is a new set just arriving in stores – Sept release date, IIRC.

altfritz04 Sep 2020 5:15 a.m. PST
Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 6:25 a.m. PST

There is a company in our area that does a lot of work on Kickstarters and the new scale for fantasy and sci-fi seems to be around 36mm. In fact, Steve Jackson Games may release a fantasy set of miniatures on Kickstarter soon and the prototypes they shared seemed to be around 36mm.

Col Durnford04 Sep 2020 7:37 a.m. PST

DOA in my gaming room.

I saw some nice figures that could never fit in with the collection.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2020 12:50 p.m. PST

Pathfinder seems to still be producing. With the development on 3D printed, and painted mini's that was featured in a recent KS, I seriously doubt it.

I genuinely miss the Mage Knight mini's: never played the game, but they were a gold mine of mini's for my fantasy games! They produced a single model of Zombie Centaurs which was very decent. I've got quite a number of them, D&D pre-paints, a few Heroclix, and a lot of Pathfinder pre-painted mini's in my fantasy army collections.

With the insane amount of sales occurring in the Dwarven Forge KS's, and other 3D terrain sets hitting the market place, I do not see the demand for pre-painted mini's declining. At least, I hope not… Cheers!

Mister Tibbles04 Sep 2020 4:57 p.m. PST

The hobby is crazy alive and always growing!

Pathfinder Battles collectable figures:

Wizkids D&D Miniatures:
I'm looking forward to the new Icewind Dale set coming soon. Plus the WK D&D line has been crossing over with Magic the Gathering settings.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2020 1:23 p.m. PST

I asked an expert…..

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Sep 2020 3:53 p.m. PST

D&D Minis released a set last month. And six months before that.

Wikipedia is wrong??? grin link

Produced by Wizards of the Coast, the Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures line is composed of 20 loosely themed sets that were released roughly every four months since the line was launched in 2003 until its cancellation in 2011.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Sep 2020 5:07 a.m. PST

Wikipedia is wrong???

From the end of that same article:

In 2012, Wizards of the Coast released Dungeon Command, the successor to the D&D Miniatures skirmish game.

In February 2014, Wizards of the Coast and WizKids announced that the latter would be creating a new line of D&D Miniatures. On July 15, 2014 WizKids released the first set of their new line of D&D Miniatures under the label of D&D Icons of the Realms brand.[

altfritz06 Sep 2020 9:42 a.m. PST

I believe that the gallery pages I linked to above show all the releases, through all the iterations, right up until the present day.

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