While I did not use those first miniatures at the table, they did become part of my gaming experience in another way. The art on many of those first miniatures was inspiring. These little dudes (and dudettes) were less than two inches tall, but they were incredible line drawings. They had real personality. What is more, they were much more detailed than the crummy lead miniatures of the day and a load less expensive. The Cardboard Heroes were so detailed that I found myself using the miniatures as models to create NPCs in the fantasy games I ran. I found myself even creating adventures specifically to include the creations these minis inspired.
|Size isn't everything.|
This guy looks awesome
when he is 2" Tall.
When I went on my no-fantasy hiatus, this practice of minis as NPC generator fell a bit to the wayside. When I started running traditional fantasy again a few years ago, I found that paper minis were far more available than in the good old days. I have purchased a bunch of those, both fantasy and modern, since I started using miniatures at the table. I have even found a way to make some of my own which has been a great addition to the game. If there is any interest in my process for that, sound off and I might make it a future blog entry. Even with all the other options, however, the Cardboard Heroes still figure prominently in the mix whenever I run a fantasy game.
Remember that lunkheadedness I mentioned before? It was only as I wrote this that I considered the notion of creating a PC for Fat Bandit. Now if I can find a fantasy game to play him in...