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Wednesday, August 14, 2019


So this is really for the party in my current game. Old school heavy metal, just don't put these in your mouth. Still there are some decisions to be made and it seems easier to post all the pics here than have a gargantuan email...

PS There is lead in these metal miniatures, "white metal" which is any number of lead or tin alloys. These metallic forms of lead only cause problems if a person ingests it, so the time there needs to be extra precautions is when working on a figure i.e., melting, filing, cutting and the like. Painted and sealed lead-alloy minis carry little to no risk. (Recommended to apply base coat of paint over the entire figure, even the bottom which I hadn't done in the past.) And don't suck on them!

Anton: What colors do you want for your plague Doctor?
(In particular the color of that flask-like holy symbol!)

Bree: See Joe below.
<Kobold pic>

Darren: This is the only elf cleric-mage mini I found. Can I paint him up???

Jim: This is your half-orc barbarian with the 2-handed sword. I will paint him barbarianey.

Joe: Your miniature and Bree's are all finished by you and Bree. Don't forget them October 5th!

John P.: Found this broad on eBay. Bastard sword, crossbow, no shield, and sensible chain.

(Ha, this is my robot character.)

Mike: Do you want to use Elf #1, or Efl #2?

Rick: Half-elf mage with floppy dart.

Sasch: Do you want to use Fighter #1, or Fighter #2?
 (Or another Fighter, I don't recall your weapon-in-hand or armor.)

Scott: Found a Dwarf mini with an ax where the shield is molded into the miniature. Success!


  1. Only the old metal minis contain lead. As far as I know manufacturers stopped using it sometime in the nineties for health reasons, and started using a different alloy.

  2. Lead in miniatures is actually a somewhat difficult issue to research. Yes there was a lead-scare in the mid-1990s and most US manufacturers switched to lead-free alternatives such as pewter. But the scare was actually pretty unfounded as to the level of risk and even the New York Department of Public Health law the raised the concern exempted gaming miniatures. Then in about 2000 the pre-painted plastic miniatures began production and the art of DIY-painted miniatures began to dwindle. From what I've read it is best to presume any metal mini has some amount of lead (in particular if you're buying vintage miniatures) and use particular care when cutting or sanding, then seal the mini with a base coat of paint.