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In this instructable I will show you how to make awesome Dungeons and Dragons Paper Miniatures. The same idea could be used with Pathfinder or Warhammer or any other type of role playing game that uses minis, not just D&D minis. I love playing Dungeons and Dragons. I grew up playing D&D with my brothers and still play the popular role playing game today with friends and family members. There are some awesome miniatures that you can buy which usually cost anywhere from 3 to 4 dollars to 60 to 100 for dragons, etc. If you are running an adventure with very few monsters, it may not be too expensive to spend some money and buy some. I always have tons of monsters and characters in my adventures/campaign so I wanted to create paper minis so it was lighter on the pocketbook. I have made so many of these now. They do take a little bit of time, but most of that time can be spent working in front of the TV, so you can kill two birds with one stone. They are easy to make if I can make them, you can make them, let's get started!

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Step 1: Things You Need

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Boingo6 months ago

I used to collect lead D&D miniatures back in the 1980s, and spent many fond hours painting them. Of course back then the miniatures cost a dollar each and were easy to afford, whereas the lead figures today cost ten dollars or more, and even the plastic figures are four or five dollars. So I really appreciate your method.

In The Kitchen With Matt (author)  Boingo6 months ago
That is so rad! I still have a box of old early 80s lead figures! Yeah they are pretty expensive these days. While I do like the plastic minis, just can't afford them, not on my DM budget anyways. LOL.
3d print them way cheaper. Most fablabs offer 3d printing services if you don't own a printer.
Boingo nfarrow5 months ago
Of course you have to have a 3D printer for that. I don't have one, and I don't know anyone who does. :'(
In The Kitchen With Matt (author)  nfarrow6 months ago
Yeah 3D printing them is a great way to go, but then you need the models for the printer, and access to a printer. There is a 3D printer at my library that I have access to, will give it a try sometime. Not sure how the cost will compare to my paper minis, but my minis are pretty darn cheap to make. lol
I still have my old box too. I lent them to my niece, who plays D&D now.
johnny1086 months ago
Green elf needs food badly!
hahahahaha for sure! :)
Lorddrake6 months ago
This is a great way to amass an army of minis for gaming without breaking the bank. I have a storage tote full of D&D minis and every once in a while I will need to make a paper mini for a monster that I don't have or don't have enough of for the encounter. The paper minis work great until I can make a permanent replacement. I am in the process of 3D printing ancient dragons, both good and bad, in all the colors. I recently finished Bahamut the platinum dragon .. he has a 15 inch wingspan MUH HA HA HA HA
Wow that is so awesome!! Yeah if I had a 3D printer I think I would have a field day printing up all kinds of minis. lol :) That is so cool you have a tote full of minis. If I had more money I would go to the local gaming store like once a week and buy a few packs. haha, but for now, paper minis it is! lol I do have a set of the original d&d lead figures a long with all the 1st edition books from the 70's and early 80s.
I got most of them about 16 years ago when D&D minis were sold in variety packs. I didn't mind getting duplicates since most of the time the party is encountering more than one monster.
I wish they still sold those. buying minis individually is cost prohibitive.
Yeah they are so expensive these days. It's a shame! haha