Review: Flat Minis

In my younger days back in the 80s we did a lot of role-playing. Should have been studying but instead played D&D for three days straight sort too much role-playing.  One thing we used to do was make cardboard flats for gaming – in New Zealand in those days you just didn’t get metals although most people I knew had the odd figure here and there.  So, as aids for combat and so forth  I used to draw my own and mount them on card.  Had a big collection – especially Judge Dredd flats – that I wish I still had but it went south many decades ago.

In recent years flats have made a big comeback. Go to Drivethru-RPG and you can find dozens of down-loadable minis. There are even fan-made freebies out there – like these ones for Tekumel: Empire of the Petal Throne RPG (these examples are single sided).ept-minis

I was asked to review some paper minis from the aptly named company from Lithuania called Flat Minis.

Right off the bat I have to say that I think that they have a great product. The minis are printed on an elasticised material with an adhesive backing. The images are double sided and come individually packaged in a small plastic bag.

The neat thing is that there is a laser-cut plastic body matching the image of the mini to stick the miniature to. This then clips into a small base to hold upright. The plastic is fairly rigid and about 1-2mm thick. I think these would be robust enough to be chucked into a container for transport without any damage. The cost is €2 per figure. Not exactly cheap but you get a gaming token ready to go with no effort. I would prefer metals but then add the extra cost, painting time, storage for transport and so forth. For role-playing I think these are a good idea.

Assembly took about five seconds. The sticker wraps around the plastic cut-out and the completed 2-D miniature fits snugly into the plastic base.

The actual images are somewhat cartoony – perhaps a little too much so for my taste.  The printing however is crisp and the colours vivid.  The current range from Flat Minis includes some eighteen characters.  I would prefer a more realistic representation of characters – but these will do the job intended. If they made these for either the Harn or Empire of the Petal Throne settings – I would buy the lot.

Some other examples from their current range.

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And of course one good thing about 2D miniatures. They can fit through really narrow gaps on your dungeon layout.

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Flat Minis – http://www.flatminis.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Review: Flat Minis”

  1. This is a nice idea and much better than unpainted plastic or metal on the table. I, too, would prefer a more realistic style. I also would like it better, if there would be no white border, but rather transparent background. The catch might be price. For a similar amount I can get some decent metal or plastic minis, but naturally I have to still paint them. Thank you for the review and pointing those out to us.

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