Let’s Look for Mesoamerican Minis!

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. 

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1. Foundry

Foundry has a line of both Aztec and Incan minis. They come in sets of 6 for £12.00, or about $15.50USD at the time of this post.

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2. Gringo 40′s

Gringo 40′s has Mayan and Aztecs minis, sold individually at £1.60-2.00 ($2.00-2.50USD)

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3. Outpost
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.

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4. Acheson Creations

A line of Aztec minis, at around $6 for a pack of 4 figures. 

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5. Eureka 

Eureka has a line of Aztec minis. $2.50/mini in a set of 4.

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6. Mirliton

A small range of Aztec (and one Mayan) minis, around $1.60 per figure.

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7. Paymaster

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.

Conclusion

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!

[D&D Crafting] Are Baba Yaga huts the AT-ATs of the fantasy world? In this essay, I will…

So here’s something I made. It’s inspired heavily by this episode of Will Friedle’s Painter’s Guild (with guest expert Nox Berf) and Black Magic Craft’s Hag’s Hut, but with some twists and additions.

(The glyphs there are runes from the original Greyhawk setting, meaning “Female”, “House” and “Deadly/Dangerous”, respectively.)
(The papercraft furniture is from Fat Dragon games, mostly, except for the stove and herbs, which I made.)

Clearance Aisle Minis: Rodan Edition

Whilst shopping at the Mart of Wal yesterweek, I did find me a treasure in the fabled Aisle of Clearance, and decided to endeavor about forging improvements on’t.

They just leapt into my cart when I wasn’t looking, honest!

I haven’t done much with the Ghidorah yet (though I fully intend to do so!); thus this story will focus on the Rodan figure. Note that these toys come with destructible cityscapes, which I think is a nice touch.

The first thing to do was the get rid of all the unsightly crevices caused by the joints. This was accomplished with green epoxy putty, which I tried to texture a bit to match the rest of the wings so it wasn’t super obvious after painting.

Here we are after a coat of black primer and a dry brushing of gray. At this point in the process, it looked about as good as the initial toy, just less red and minus the joints.

Wanting to make it a little more special than the original toy, though, the next step was to trace most of the lowest points in the wings and give them a highlight with white primer.

Then I traced all the white lines with red paint, and then a slightly smaller line of orange, and then finally, closer to the body, a small line of yellow blending into the orange as it spread away from the core.

Here’s how it turned out! This idea is based on some concept art from the recent film depicting Rodan emerging from the volcano on Isla de Mara:

(Now all I need is an erupting volcano to go with it…)