Alternate title: If Only WizKids had a Planeshift: Ixalan line.
So! I’m going to run a campaign set on a continent that is very much Ixalan meets Chult. Some of the humans who live there are inspired by Precolombian Mesoamerican cultures, primarily the Mayans and Aztecs. As this is going to be an IRL campaign, I’m going to be using minis and all those terrain bits I’ve been crafting lately. But, there aren’t a lot of Mesoamerican-style official D&D minis, so I have to look elsewhere. This post is about that elsewhere.
Let’s go through some of the options I’ve found. If you know of any other good options, please let me know!
Most of these are metal minis, and none of them are going to have quite the level of sophisticated detail that you’ll find in WizKids minis. Some of them are nice nonetheless, but many of them suffer from what might be called “miniature hideousness”, which is a common ailment for metal miniatures whereby the face is a contorted caricature. We’ll want to avoid that as much as possible. We’ll also want to avoid lines that make the Mesoamerican cultures villainous or barbaric, or rely on stereotypical depictions.
2. Gringo 40′s
Outpost has collections for Aztecs (gallery here), Mayans, and Incans. They also have a website that appears to have been designed in the mid-1990s, so good luck with that. Prices are around £7.50 for 8 or so figures.
A line of Aztec minis, at around $6 for a pack of 4 figures.
Eureka has a line of Aztec minis. $2.50/mini in a set of 4.
A small range of Aztec (and one Mayan) minis, around $1.60 per figure.
Several lines of minis encompassing Aztec, Incan, and Mayan peoples, as well as other indigenous peoples of north and south America and Polynesia, leaning towards the fantasy side of things, and leaning heavily on fanservice in some instances. Around $8-10/figure.
That’s about all I have that is currently available and worth mentioning. Like I said, feel free and let me know if there are others I’m missing! I’m probably going to go with a variety of them all, picking the best from each of the lines.
I hope this has been helpful for somebody!