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If you are trading miniatures in bulk or buy used lots of minis, you sometimes end up with miniatures that do not really fit your collection. I've collected some ideas what to do with them, if you don't want to spend time to get rid of them.

Miniatures that do not belong to your armies

Unless your game is very special, most of the time you only use miniatures that belong to a single species and a single nation. This means the majority of the miniatures in the market won't fit into your army.

Allies: While they retain their own command, they help your army in battles. If the rules of your game allow this, use these miniatures as allies.

Immigrant volunteers: They joined your nation and they would like to show their good intentions by joining the army. Use these miniatures as if they belong to one of the units of your army, that do not have any special abilities these minis do not have. So if you have an Undead army, and get some orcs, you can make them into a cultist unit or maybe zombies (just don't give these minis zombi fortitude), but you can't use them as ghosts as they are not ethereal.

Slaves: These are captive enemies or criminals conscripted into military service. If the rules of your game allow this, use these miniatures as conscripts or penal soldiers. They won't fight for your army unless they are pushed to do it, but they can still be useful as human shields.

Captives: Your army defeated the soldiers of the other army, and now these minis represent your captives. Cut off the weapons from the minis, and put some ropes or chains around their hands or neck. You can use the weapons you have cut on some trophy stand.

Bits of miniatures that do not belong to your armies

Sometimes you don't get the whole miniature, just bits and pieces that belong to another army.

Trophies: These heads, weapons or other bits represent trophies your army collected from a defeated army. You can create a stand to put the trophies on, or hang them from a pole. If you are planning a parade, you might even create a moving trophy stand from a chariot.

Static miniatures

Some miniatures just look like they are standing on guard duty or fell asleep while standing.

Statue: Paint them with a colour that fits a statue (concrete grey, marble colours, metallics) and put them on a stand to represent heroes of the past.

Larger miniatures

Miniatures are made for several scales. Most wargaming miniatures are done in 1/300, 1/100, 1/72, 1/56, 1/35 scale, but there are still more scales on both ends of this spectrum. Sometimes a miniature is just bigger than your other miniatures even if it has the same size. For example heroic scale miniatures will always look bigger than their realistic counterparts.

Giants: These minis represent a hardened nation, mutants or genetically engineered creations. Use them as stronger troops. with maybe more fortitude.

Statue: Paint them with a colour that fits a statue (concrete grey, marble colours, metallics) and put them on a stand to represent heroes of the past.

Smaller miniatures

Miniatures come in various sizes, it's easy to get some that do not fit with the size of the others. Realistic scale models will always look tiny and fragile compared to heroic scale ones.

Midget: This model represents a midget. Probably a headswap will be needed to include a head of one of your normal sized miniatures. The mini will be probably weaker than other units.

Kid: This model represents a kid. The mini will be probably weaker than other units.

Small statue / figurine: Paint them with a colour that fits a statue (concrete grey, marble colours, metallics) and put them on a stand to represent heroes of the past.

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Do you have other ideas what to do with miniatures that do not fit your army? Did you encounter further problems? Tell us in the comments!

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