Miniature makers for your tabletop RPG game

You like minis. We like minis.

The little plastic and pewter heroes and monsters make depicting your fantasy battles quite a bit of fun, but if you’re a longtime collector, you might be running out of places to find new miniatures.

We dug through the internet, asked friends and consulted expert painters to source some fantastic miniatures companies.

For this blog, we didn’t include pre-painted lines (WizKids for both D&D and Pathfinder) or the major fantasy wargames (Warhammer or Warmachine/Hordes) since most gamers are aware of them. We also limited our selection to companies in the U.S.

We hope this helps you expand your collection.

Probably the biggest and most well-known company is Reaper Miniatures, which has loads of metal and plastic minis. One of the best things they have on their site is the figure finder, which lets you pick races, classes, equipment and other filters to find just the right mini.

A load of different fantasy minis come from Dungeon Crawler in either white unpainted plastic or full painted. Have you seen their Kraken? It’s massive, and it’s amazing.

If you paint or are into minis at all, you’ve probably spent a good amount of time on Cool Mini Or Not, and the site now has its own line of minis in the shop. They’re limited edition, and they’re great sculpts.

These guys make some amazing pewter pieces, and they have the license to George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” as well as several lines of famous mini sculptors. And if you want to play any kind of anthropomorphic animal, they have what you need.

WizKids makes all those pre-painted plastic minis, but last year they started producing unpainted lines for both D&D and Pathfinder. They come pre-primed and ready to paint. The PC minis typically come with two sculpts of the same character in one box, so you can have multiple poses.

They’ve been around since the beginning of RPGs. They’re still here and still kicking ass.

Have you seen these? Atlantis makes incredibly detailed pieces, and their fantasy minis include orcs, goblins, dwarves, trolls, giants and a variety of fantasy monsters. Their orc war boss riding a wyvern is incredible.

They make the board game Super Dungeon Explore, and their adorable chibi miniatures are excellent. Pick up some of their expansion packs for single miniatures or groups of monsters.

This is a wargame, but their fantasy miniatures are insane. And insanely detailed.

You know these guys as the producers of Malifaux, the skirmish wargame. Not everything from their twisted world would fit your fantasy games, but a lot would.

For something completely different. ArcKnight has a full line of 2D clear flat minis. These are two-sided front and back, and feature some amazing art. They also look amazing on the game table, even alongside other 3D minis and terrain. Speaking of they have lots of that as well. The flat minis come in various packs and travel well. Much better than tokens or cardstock stand up minis. We have had them in Dungeon Crate several times and we also use them ourselves in our games.

What are your favorites?