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    Hi guys.

    I live in South Africa and we have very few shops that keep miniatures. Those that do generally stock Warhammer and 40k. The only one in my area to stock Malifaux and Hordes (very limited range) has recently closed while they look for new premises.

    So I'm looking to possibly import some figures. The exchange rate is quite shocking for our currency, so before I spend any money I'd like to make sure I'm getting good quality miniatures.

    This is where I hope you folks will come in. I am new to painting, but enjoy fantasy and steampunk figures that have "personality". I'm not limiting things to those genres, but the mini having some character is important to me. Can you guys recommend any miniature manufacturers so I can know I'm spending my money on quality?

    Thanks for the help!

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    I've recently been focusing on larger scales, so I like Andrea, Pegaso, Kabuki, Nocturna, and Ares Mythologic.
    Models completed in 2016 so far: 16
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    For steampunk minis I'd recommend Infamy miniatures. The finest minis, gorgeous.
    Guild of Harmony also, have some beatiful steampunk minis.

    For fantasy you could enjoy Avatars of War. Precise models, albeit in a Games Workshop vein.
    Malifaux could be your thing. A bit fantasy with steam punk elements.
    Red Box have a distinct aesthetic you might enjoy.
    Dark Sword have a lot of minis in different brands. They do one based on Game of Thrones. Others are minis from D&D insired artwork. Another line is anthropomorphised animals.
    Heresy, Hasslefree and Black Scorpion each have enough quality minis to warrant putting in an order.

    I'd bung in links but would have to google them anyway, so you might aswell do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gohkm View Post
    I've recently been focusing on larger scales.
    Thanks gohkm - I'll definitely have a look. Painting larger minis will come with its own learning curve I'm sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyrmypops View Post
    I'd bung in links but would have to google them anyway, so you might as well do it.
    Fair enough! Thanks for the recommendations. I will engage my Google-fu and have a good look through their sites/catalogues.

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    I'll shamelessly throw in a plug for my own miniature range: Corvus Corax Miniatures (feel free to check out the current KS that is running: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...atures-dawning), otherwise I'd also recommend Demented Games' Twisted steampunk range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grefven View Post
    I'll shamelessly throw in a plug for my own miniature range: Corvus Corax Miniatures.
    I did actually see that kickstarter. I'll have a closer look. Thanks for adding to my list.

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    For me at the moment most of my non GW minis are from hasslefree, I have a guild ball starter set too, nice minis but a bit more expensive for the set, £20 for 3 minis and a ball, I did get a warzone resurrection set too, nice minis and cheaper than average for the sets of 5, the ones I got were a bit of a pain because they had capes sculpted on which made painting them a bit awkward, but all of those companies casts were just fine with little or no flash or mold lines

    Malifaux minis are also good but I find they can be difficult to build because of some tiny parts but otherwise no issues

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    Hi Sicks. Thanks for weighing in. My boyfriend and a friend of mine have Guild Ball minis. The sculpts are very cool, but they're not really my taste. I'll give hasslefree a look as you're the second one to mention them.

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    Just a few to get you started...
    http://cs-minis.ucoz.de/
    http://statuesqueminiatures.shop033.com/
    http://www.hfminis.co.uk/
    http://www.freebooterminiatures.de/en/catalog
    http://www.runicminiatures.dk/shop.php
    http://www.scale75.com/
    http://www.miniaturefactory.net/?lang=en
    http://studiomcvey.highwire.com/
    http://www.andreadepotusa.com/?redirect=true
    http://www.bombshellminis.com/
    http://www.axfaction.com/#!
    http://shop.kingdomdeath.com/
    http://crossoverminiatures.com/
    http://www.impactminiatures.com/index.php?option=home
    http://www.savageforgedminis.de/
    http://www.ultraforgeminiatures.com/
    http://www.eden-the-game.com/dante-s-angels-cat17.html
    http://www.reapermini.com/
    http://www.sukubusstudio.com/#!adult/c20xz
    http://www.shieldwolfminiatures.com/...category_id=80
    http://www.aresmythologic.com/v2/es/
    http://industriamechanika.com/shop/
    http://www.blacksmith-miniatures.com/shop/fr/
    http://www.tinyleads.co/
    http://www.art-girona.com/85-pili-pili
    http://thelittletinsoldier.com/catal...20a40fdaf882c9
    http://www.dementedgames.com/
    http://ferminiatures.com/
    http://www.claydreamsminiatures.com/
    http://roquelaine.com/site/index.php/en/
    http://morlandstudios.com/webstore/i...ex&cPath=21_25
    http://www.filmysgirls.com/#!emotional/c1t44
    http://www.hangar18miniatures.com/
    http://www.greenbriergames.com/main/...php/web-store/
    http://arenarex.com/collections/all
    http://www.pegasomodels.com/
    http://nocturnamodels.com/
    http://www.e2046.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zab View Post
    Just a few to get you started...
    Waha, ha, haha, WA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *cough* Cough* Your wallet will be forever empty!!!!! Whahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
    You are a bad, bad man! And I approve.

    I've only been painting minis for about three months and I already have a selection waiting for me to get to them. This does not stop me ogling more - there are so many gorgeous sculpts out there! Must. Have. More. Minis.

    Thanks for the links as well.

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    Start with any brand metal minis. The nice thing about those for beginners is that you can paint, then strip them and paint them again without losing details. I am personally revisiting a lot of old GW minis from the 80s and early 90s now that my skills are sufficient to do them justice
    "Remember, you can't spell paint without a little pain."

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    Haha Zab, nice list, I was going to suggest reaper. Its a pity you missed their bones 3 kickstarter - lots of seriously cheap minis to practice on. Keep an eye out for their 4th one.
    You could also look at ebay for existing bones figures - their appeal is how cheap they are, also fantasy themed and quite cool (although there are cooler companies as have been mentioned). I know you were looking for quality but its a really good idea to practice on some cheap stuff first. You should see the first goblins I painted (and tons of them)!
    This is definitely one of the best resources in learning how to paint. I live in joburg and trust me, painting minis is not big in south africa. Might be worth looking into icon and geekfest - 2 "cons" that seem to be growing although attendance is pitiful compared to europe/ US.
    Also don't forget online tutorials. Since we're in the arse end of the painting world it helps a lot to see how really good painters work too so video tuts are very helpful.
    Have a look at http://miniaturementor.com/ and obviously youtube - painting buddha have some very nice series on you tube which you can learn a ton from.
    Oh and there is no solution to the exchange rate, shipping and customs - its a killer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by archreptile View Post
    I live in joburg
    A fellow South African! Nice to meet you archreptile. I'm in Pretoria. I've set up a South African Miniature Painters group here on CMON with the ultimate idea of getting SA painters to "meet" each other. And I'm looking to possibly have a list of suppliers that people can add to.

    My boyfriend got on board with Bones III and I added my order onto his - but they're only shipping next year!

    I missed GeekFest this year, but I did make it to Icon and even entered their painting competition. YouTube is definitely made of win when it comes to tutorials. Don't know what we'd do here in deepest, darkest Africa without the Internet!

    The reason I was asking about quality minis is exactly because of the horrendous exchange rate and shipping costs to us. I figured that if I was going to be paying through the nose for that then I might as well buy quality.
    Last edited by ArchArad; 08-16-2015 at 05:26 AM.

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    Cool, what was the painting competition at icon like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by archreptile View Post
    Cool, what was the painting competition at icon like?
    From what I could understand each of the players in the wargaming had to enter a model as well as it being open to everyone else. So there was a nice collection of minis painted at various levels of skill. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see all of them because some had been rescued for tournament play by the time I arrived after judging was complete. The same guy won 1st, 2nd and 3rd (they did a blind judging with models assigned numbers). Didn't actually see his models which was a pity.

    The guys who did the judging were also painting during the con so it was cool to see what people were working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchArad View Post
    The same guy won 1st, 2nd and 3rd (they did a blind judging with models assigned numbers).
    to avoid this we use a double number system.
    1 number for the entry
    1 for the person that remains the same in the same category (for ease it's usually the number for the first entry item)

    so it looks like this: I enter 6 minis in 2 categories (max 3 allowed in the same category) and the first number is 59. In this case the minis get the pairs: 59-59, 60-59, 61-59, 62-62. 63-62, 64-62. From the same person (59 or 62) only one entry gets a prize.
    The numbering allows anonymity in theory, but in reality the judges can guess based on painter's style.
    Forgot, that it works again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAXXxxx View Post
    to avoid this we use a double number system.
    Sounds like a good system.

    To be fair to them I should point out that this was the first year that the con ran a painting contest and there weren't even prizes for the winner. But it was fun to see what painting was going on - the community here in SA is quite small and very spread out across the country.

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    Well the 'prizes' here are also just some bronze-silver-gold painted 'figures'.

    Aanyway, if you are a painter more then a gamer I really recommend the scale75 figures and most of the small butique companies like Kingdom death or origenart.

    And one cheap but great resource: historical in about the 1/100 range. They are just super for dioramas or duels.
    Forgot, that it works again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAXXxxx View Post
    Aanyway, if you are a painter more then a gamer I really recommend the scale75 figures and most of the small butique companies like Kingdom death or origenart.
    Thanks - they're going on the list to check out.

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