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Article updated: 2019.11.21

When someone creates a miniature, they have the copyright to the mini, that is, the right to create copies of it. Creating copies without the permission of the copyright owner is illegal.

If a sculptor wants to copy the designs of an existing intellectual property (IP), they need the IP holder's permission to do that. The way you create this copy (recast, 3D print, papercraft) doesn't matter in this regard. Copying the original designs without the licence is illegal. The law protects every design for a number of years. After it has passed, you can use the design to sculpt or print your own model, but you still can't make physical copies of the originals.

I've seen several opinions and question on the internet about the legalities of copying miniatures, so I've collected some of them.

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Capes from MaxMiniimage © MaxMini
sculpt © MaxMini

Miniature set: Capes (MXMCB105)Miniature accessory: cape & cloak, Range: Historical / Fantasy / Modern / FuturisticFuturistic fantasy, Company: MaxMini, Production: -2015-2016-
Scale: 1:56 (28mm / 32mm), Proportions: Realistic / Heroic, Size: ?, Material: Resin, Priming: Not necessary
Assembly: One-piece, Posing: ?, Paintjob: Unpainted, Base: -, Conceptual design: ?, Sculptor: ?
Features: 1x 5 capes / cloaks.

Base set price: 7 EUR, Price/mini: 1,4 EUR


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Camo Cloaks from Victoria Miniatures - Miniature accessoryimage © Victoria Miniatures
sculpt © Victoria Miniatures
paint © Victoria Miniatures

Miniature accessory: Cloak with hood, Set: Camo Cloaks x5: contains 5, Product Code: -, Range: Futuristic, Company: Victoria Miniatures, Production: 2012-2016-
Scale: 1:56 (28mm / 32mm), Proportions: Realistic / Heroic, Size: ?, Material: Metal or Resin, Priming: Primer is necessary for metal, Not necessary for resin
Assembly: One-piece, Posing: ?, Paintjob: Unpainted, Base: -, Conceptual design: ?, Sculptor: ?
Features: 1x 5 cloak.

Base set price (metal): 5,5 AUD, Price/mini: 1,1 AUD
Base set price (resin): 6 AUD, Price/mini: 1,2 AUD


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Alien spaceship (Neozylthy) from CIP Gamesimage © CIP Games
modified by Kadmon
sculpt © CIP Games

Miniature spaceship: Neozylthy, Set: Nebulosa boardgame, Type: Alien spaceship (Neozylthy), Range: Nebulosa (Futuristic), Company: CIP Games
Scale: ?, Proportions: Realistic, Size: 37mm long, 15mm high, 37mm wingspan, Material: PLA filament, Priming: Primer is necessary
Assembly: One-piece, Free, No cutting, Posing: Hard, Paintjob: Unpainted, Base: No base, Conceptual design: Lorenzo Cipriani, 3D Sculptor: Lorenzo Cipriani
Features: Embedded magnet to attach the miniature to flying base
Accessories: None

Base set price: ? EUR, Price/mini: ?

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Flyer in 1/89 scale - TIE Fighter Pewter Collectible for Star Wars from Royal Selangor - Miniature vehicle reviewimage © Royal Selangor
sculpt © Royal Selangor
painting © Royal Selangor

Miniature vehicle kit: TIE Fighter Pewter Collectible

Product name: TIE Fighter, Product Code: ?, Sprue: -, Set: TIE Fighter Pewter Collectible set: contains 1, Range: Star Wars 1:89 scale (Futuristic fantasy), Series: Star Wars universe, Company: Royal Selangor company, Production: -2017-

Type: Flyer, Technology: Futuristic (Advanced), Based on: TIE Fighter
Size: Huge (S5) / Giant (S6)
Category: ?
Accessories: Flying stand

Scale: 1:89 scale, Proportions: Realistic, Size: ca. 100mm long, Material: Pewter (Metal), Priming: Primer is necessary
Assembly: One-piece, Sprueless, No cutting needed, No assembly, Posing: Hard, Paintjob: Unpainted, Base: No base, Conceptual design: ?, Sculptor: ?

Base price (TIE Fighter Pewter Collectible): EUR / GBP / 175? 480? USD, Price per miniature: EUR / GBP / 175? 480? USD

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Flyer in 1/59 scale - X-Wing Starfighter Pewter Collectible for Star Wars from Royal Selangor - Miniature vehicle reviewimage © Royal Selangor
sculpt © Royal Selangor
painting © Royal Selangor

Miniature vehicle kit: X-Wing Starfighter Pewter Collectible

Product name: X-Wing Starfighter, Product Code: ?, Sprue: -, Set: X-Wing Starfighter Pewter Collectible set: contains 1, Range: Star Wars 1:59 scale (Futuristic fantasy), Series: Star Wars universe, Company: Royal Selangor company, Production: 2018.03-

Type: Flyer, Technology: Futuristic (Advanced), Based on: T-70 X-Wing Fighter
Size: Ultra Giant (S8)
Category: ?
Accessories: Flying stand

Scale: 1:59 scale, Proportions: Realistic, Size: ca. 100mm long, Material: Pewter (Metal), Priming: Primer is necessary
Assembly: One-piece, Sprueless, No cutting needed, No assembly, Posing: Hard, Paintjob: Unpainted, Base: No base, Conceptual design: ?, Sculptor: ?

Base price (X-Wing Starfighter Pewter Collectible): EUR / GBP / 250 USD, Price per miniature: EUR / GBP /250 USD

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Article updated: 2019.08.03

There are several different ideas of how to do miniatures "properly", and it's often a source of heated debates on the internet forums. The source of these dabates is that these people believe in separate philosophies.

I'm listing here the broad categories, if you'd like to know further details, read their own articles.

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Alien vs Predator - The Hunt Begins 2. kiadás társasjáték (Prodos Games) - Társasjáték ismertető Ottótólimage © Gregor Ottó
Alien vs Predator - The Hunt Begins Ed2 board game

Game: Alien vs Predator - The Hunt Begins Ed2 board game (Prodos Games company)

The Alien vs Predator - The Hunt Begins Ed2 board game from Prodos Games was reviewed by Gregor Ottó.

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