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2021 Edit. Currently updating this list.

I remember when cheap minis were a buck or less. All that's changed now so it's time for a new standard of what constitutes really cheap miniatures.

As a refferrence for the community please list lines of 28mm Sci-Fi miniatures whose retail price is 3 bucks each (1.85 GBP)and I'll add it to the list. If possible, provide the following info.

Manufacturer
line(s)/Factions
Price
Website/Source where they can be had
Description

Manufacturers in Bold actually sell individual figures for $3 or less. The others sell boxed sets that average out to $3 or less.

Companies with 28mm Sci-Fi figs for 3 bucks or less.

Manufacturer: Denizen
Lines: Denizen Sci-Fi (Ventaurans, Khiff, Federation, Federation mid-tech troopers)
Price: $1.65-$1.80
Website: www.denizenminiatures.co.uk/index.htm or http://www.historicalminiatures.com/denizen.html
Description: Just barely 28mm to the eye, these figs are realistically proportioned and though labeled 25mm, are more accurately true 28's. Really fine 20 year old sculpts that still hold up today. Notable are the Ventaurans which are humanoid (could be human) figs in armor. Also, the "Mid-Tech" Troopers are pretty clear colonial marines from aliens. Be aware, figs from the lines not mentioned above may or may not be 28mm. Check the comparison pics closely. Some are olds school true 25mm figures.

Manufacturer: East Riding Miniatures
Lines: Corporate Wars (Slicks, Enforcers, Interpol, Assasins), Wierd WW2, Gologo Island (lots of wierdness)
Price $2.10 USD and up.
Website: In the UK http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/erm-25-11-c.asp
In the USA http://www.syrhobbswargames.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SHWL&Category_Code=ERM28
Description: Quite a few lines of affordable figs. These size up very well (even on the larger end) of current 28-30mm figs. Detailing is sparse, but the sculpting is very clean and characterful.

Manufacturer: EM4
Lines: Spacelords (Bunker Breakers, Phagon and Yoyodyne), Grenadier Future Warriors (Troopers, scavengers, cops, gangers, etc, etc) Plastic troopers and gangers.
Price: 75 cents for plastics and about $2.10 for metal figs
Website: http://www.em4miniatures.com/acatalog/Sci_Fi.html
Description: Selling mostly re-released grenadier and metal magic lines, EM4 has an impressive range of figures. Their metal Troopers in particular, formerly of grenadier, are a very deep line with around 30 sculpts.

Manufacturer: Games Workshop
Lines: Warhammer 40k
Price: $8.75-35.00 See note below.
Website: http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/home.jsp
Description: Though 3 dollars won't buy you any GW figures, their are boxed Troop sets for every army except Grey Knights and Witchhunters that average out to less than 3 bucks a piece.

Manufacturer: Turnkey Miniatures (most former Mega Miniatures USA)
Lines: Various Fantasy, Modern and Sci-Fi ranges.
Website: http://www.turnkeyminiatures.com/
Description: Many of the lines are rather dated and it shows in the style and size (the pictures don't do them any favors either) but there are some great classic figs in there, especially some of the fantasy figures. At this point it appears to be mostly/entirely made of lines formerly held by Mega MInis.

Manufacturer/seller: Prince August Games selling New Old Stock from Target Games
Lines:Various figures from the original Warzone boxed game.
Price:Varried, but lots of packs of 4 miniatures for 10-12 dollars.
Website: http://www.princeaugust.ie/target_games/tg2420-1.html
Description: The plastic bag-of-figures is long gone, but lots of cool figures still present.

Manufacturer: Wargames Factory
These lines have been taken over by Warlord Games. Haven't researched price and location yet...

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Okay, let's see.

How does $13 for 35 minis strike you? Lots of Fantasy here. You can now afford to have a small army for each of the major races in 25mm:

http://classictoysoldiers.com/cgi-bin/ctsc6/rtl/prd_d.cgi?category=25mm%20Toy%20Soldiers+Fantasy,%20Dungeon%20and%20Dragons%20(25mm)

EDIT - sorry these are not sci-fi. But wow, I couldn't resist showing these off.

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Those Caesar figures are pretty cool, but beware, they're not actually 25mm.

They're 1/72, which comes to a rather heroic 21mm and are even dwarfed by old school 25mm metals. However, they match up pretty well with 1/72 scale medieval and ancient figures, which are really cheap (around 50 for 6-9 dollars) and are available in a wide range from many different brands.

My friend keeps tempting me to play Hordes of the Things, and if I do, it will probably be with 1/72 figs.

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The Warzone plastics are ok quality and very cheap, you get a sack of 80 for a fairly small amount.
   
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Excellent. Added.

I'd forgotten all about these. I've never built mine as intended, but the heads, backpacks and guns have shown up on some of my conversions.

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The eM-4 Future Warriors (ex-Grenadier) were sculpted by Mark Copplestone (who did the original commissars for GW) and still stand up next to his current line of Future War figures at his own company (even though many of his current ones are generally around iteration #3 of the models).

Good value though.

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That's a good point. Even though the Copplestone figs are a bit more than 3 bucks a piece, between the two lines of troopers you have one of the most expansive selections of poses for a single Sci-Fi unit type outside of GW space marines or Imperial Guard.

It's a testament to how good the originals were that the newer versions are reworked and expanded, but so similar and compatible. I haven't got any of either troopers, but I have most of the Mark Copplestone Grenadier sculpts for Bikers, Savages and Scavengers.

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Well, most GW basic units are less than $3 per model.

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East Riding Miniatures added.

As to GW...
I was trying to specify figures that could actually be bought for 3 dollars. However, as we've included the Warzone bag of Troopers, I'll add GW as well.

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Heresy Miniatures Sc-Fi Troopers:
http://www.heresyminiatures.com/scifi.htm

4 for £12.00. You really cannot go wrong.
   
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Wargames Factory Shock Troopers..

18 Sci Fi Greatcoats for $18-$20 retail.. about a buck a fig, AND you get 12 heads on a sprue for 3 guys, as well as about 9 possible weapons.

2+2=5 for sufficiently large values of 2.

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em4 minis have some awesomely cool plastic prices! £7 for 50, £2.55 for multiparts, and £2.55 for 12 spaceships (I'm gonna get some - I see a game coming on!)

Essex Miniatures - £2.50 for 8 metal 15mm!


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These are just Airfix scaled up! Copy!

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Anyone know any dirt cheap plastics? As in cheap lots/cheap individually, not as in 'if you divide the boxed set by 20' e.tc. ?

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Mr. Burning wrote:Heresy Miniatures Sc-Fi Troopers:
http://www.heresyminiatures.com/scifi.htm

4 for £12.00. You really cannot go wrong.


Great price, but at 4-5 bucks a piece, they're not quite bargain basement cheap. I really like the Heresey Gangers which would make a great Delaque Necromunda game

porkuslime wrote:Wargames Factory Shock Troopers..

18 Sci Fi Greatcoats for $18-$20 retail.. about a buck a fig, AND you get 12 heads on a sprue for 3 guys, as well as about 9 possible weapons.


Excellent. Added.

Peatreed wrote:
Essex Miniatures - £2.50 for 8 metal 15mm!


Definitely a good price, but pretty standard price for 15mm stuff

Peatreed wrote:
These are just Airfix scaled up! Copy!
http://classictoysoldiers.com/cgi-bin/ctsc6/rtl/phd.cgi?Autoincrement=003775&category=25mm%20Toy%20Soldiers%20WWII%20Figures%20(25mm)&dsply_name=British%20Infantry%20WWII%20--%2048%20pie

Unfortunately these are not scaled up at all. CTS just refers to all it's 1/72 stuff as 25mm, when it's really 21mm. Kind of frustrating really.

Peatreed wrote:
Anyone know any dirt cheap plastics? As in cheap lots/cheap individually, not as in 'if you divide the boxed set by 20' e.tc. ?

Asside from the EM4 plastic fantasy figs ( http://www.em4miniatures.com/acatalog/Copy_of_Fantasy.html )which are available individually and their Sci-Fi which come in packs of 5 packs, both of which come to around 40-70 cents each, I don't know of any others.

Peatreed wrote:em4 minis have some awesomely cool plastic prices! £7 for 50, £2.55 for multiparts, and £2.55 for 12 spaceships (I'm gonna get some - I see a game coming on!)

If you like the EM4 plastics, I defintiely recommend the metal heavy weapon upgrade kit. http://www.em4miniatures.com/acatalog/Science_Fiction.html
You may not need all 5 heavy weapons, but it comes with replacement head/torso-front pieces that I think look alot better than the standard torsos.
Here's a squad I built with The HW upgrade torsos, guns taken from Warzone figs, backpacks are IG binoculars, and the leader has a couple of arms from the EM4 command trooper kit.




Not the best paintjobs, but i'm happy with them. I've already acquired 15 more EM4 and 20 of the Shockforce troopers to go with them. Some of the Shockforce troopers are now available through megaminis ( http://freeboardgamesnow.com/sciencefictionfrontierdefenseforce.aspx ) and the style is quite compatible.

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Thanks, nice minis - they look pretty nice, i was expecting the EM4 minis to look less crisp! Those plastic ships should be cool.

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chromedog wrote:The eM-4 Future Warriors (ex-Grenadier) were sculpted by Mark Copplestone (who did the original commissars for GW) and still stand up next to his current line of Future War figures at his own company (even though many of his current ones are generally around iteration #3 of the models).

Good value though.


The plastics and metals look good together but they are on the small side, 25mm, they are about a head shorter than GW IG.

 
   
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The metals stand shoulder to shoulder with mine current plastic IG figures.

I have his ex-grenadier "jungle troopers" and they are the same size as his current ones.

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40 k would be probably one of the most expensive commonly bought things and that would discourage me if the first model i painted hadnt had such afeel of acompishment.

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Kid_Kyoto wrote: The plastics and metals look good together but they are on the small side, 25mm, they are about a head shorter than GW IG.


I've got the plastics and while not nearly as Chunky, they compare favorably heightwise with GW. I'll try and post up a pic later. I don't have any of the EM4 metals troopers to compare to GW. However, my EM4 Scavengers are a bit smaller than my EM4 plastic troopers.

Here's an EM4 metal fig (painted) next to an EM4 plastic. The figure on the left is a Denizen Mid-Tech Marine, another of the miniatures lines mentioned in the list of cheap 28mm Sci-FI. Without the integral base, it's about the smallest you can get and still be 28mm.

The Em4 plastic is slightly taller than the metal, but not terribly so.

chromedog wrote:The metals stand shoulder to shoulder with mine current plastic IG figures. I have his ex-grenadier "jungle troopers" and they are the same size as his current ones.


This is a bit more thorny. Most reviewers put Mark's Grenadier trooper sculpts (the ones sold by EM4) as ever so slightly smaller than his post Grenadier "Copplestone Castings" brand troopers. Here's a comparison pic.

EM4 painted in the middle and Copplestone officer in the cap to the right. Note that the Copplestone has a bit of an integral base between his boots and the slotta base and is standing straiter whereas to the EM4 fig's Slotta tab brings him level with the base. Still, even taking that into account, the Copplestone figure is a tiny bit larger. However, most folks don't mind the difference and mix them freely in units as the size is quite close and certainly no more different than the size of many GW plastic and metal figs.

In the end, it doesn't matter much. The stylistic difference between EM4/Copplestone Vs EM4 plastics, Vs. GW means that they will likely never be mixed in the same units. Scale-wise, they are all in the 28-30mm (boot sole to eye) range and look fine on the table together.

All pics borrowed from Dawn of the Lead's awesome review of the various Colonial Marine style figures. http://dawnofthelead.com/2011/03/25/colonial-marine-miniatures-a-review/

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First Corps for metal at £1 each, well 18 for £18

   
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This thread is from ten years ago...

I'm inclined to leave it, as it's likely still relevant, although it probably needs some updating. The WGF shock troopers are (as far as I know) no longer available, and I believe Prince August no longer sell the plastic Warzone figures.

 
   
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I think we can throw Wargames Atlantic into this topic. A good portion of their kits sell for about $1.50 per model. That's pretty good, even when this thread was started 10 years ago. Today it's just amazing.
   
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There are some decent starfinder figs cheap.

https://www.miniaturemarket.com/sbpp-01.html

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 insaniak wrote:
This thread is from ten years ago...

I'm inclined to leave it, as it's likely still relevant, although it probably needs some updating. The WGF shock troopers are (as far as I know) no longer available, and I believe Prince August no longer sell the plastic Warzone figures.


The whole "Thread Necromancy" thing aggravates me, there are new people looking to start different armies every day so this thread will be relevant to someone until you can't get any mini's at that price point. Unless a subject is truly time sensitive in its relevance to the whole hobby (eg rumours about upcoming new releases) then it should stay open forever.

   
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I'm just happy to see a 10 year old thread with the pictures still there.

Lots of times when I've done a deep dive while looking for something most of the pictures are broken links.
   
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All Necromunda 10 man squads are approx 3 bucks a model (3.15) if you buy from someone that puts a 25% discount on GW products. Here all the online stores have that discount. Even at full price they're 4.2 $ a model, which isn't bad.

Gretchins + Runtherd (11 miniatures) are 1.64$ a model at full retail price .

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 Matt Swain wrote:
There are some decent starfinder figs cheap.

https://www.miniaturemarket.com/sbpp-01.html


Thanks for that! I was just looking at acquiring some heroclix for civilians in wargames and model railroading and now I'll look at starfinder also.


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 insaniak wrote:
This thread is from ten years ago...

I'm inclined to leave it, as it's likely still relevant, although it probably needs some updating. The WGF shock troopers are (as far as I know) no longer available, and I believe Prince August no longer sell the plastic Warzone figures.

I'll Update the OP.

I'm glad to see folks still finding this thread useful. Some figs are of course OOP, but there's alot of stuff in the OP that's still available.


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Just added the new link for some of the Mega Minis lines and corrected some info regarding prince August.

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jprp wrote:

The whole "Thread Necromancy" thing aggravates me, there are new people looking to start different armies every day so this thread will be relevant to someone until you can't get any mini's at that price point. Unless a subject is truly time sensitive in its relevance to the whole hobby (eg rumours about upcoming new releases) then it should stay open forever.

We try to take it on a case by case basis, rather than just blanket locking everything old. Sometimes a topic may still be relevant but the specific discussion that was going on a decade ago may not be, so starting a new thread might be preferable.


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Also, while we're updating, it would be remiss of me to not mention that most of the Maelstrom's Edge plastics work out at around $2.25 or less per model...

Or (IIRC) about half that if you pick up the Battle for Zycanthus set.

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 insaniak wrote:
jprp wrote:

The whole "Thread Necromancy" thing aggravates me, there are new people looking to start different armies every day so this thread will be relevant to someone until you can't get any mini's at that price point. Unless a subject is truly time sensitive in its relevance to the whole hobby (eg rumours about upcoming new releases) then it should stay open forever.

We try to take it on a case by case basis, rather than just blanket locking everything old. Sometimes a topic may still be relevant but the specific discussion that was going on a decade ago may not be, so starting a new thread might be preferable.


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Also, while we're updating, it would be remiss of me to not mention that most of the Maelstrom's Edge plastics work out at around $2.25 or less per model...

Or (IIRC) about half that if you pick up the Battle for Zycanthus set.
With the mass of cheap plastic sets today, might it be better if I refocused the thread and the OP on figures that can actually be bought separately for $3 each or less.

It's been a decade, but I'm pretty sure that was my original intent anyway.

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