This is a case where the name pretty much says it all. Flat Plastic Miniatures (FPM) is a KickStarter to make, well, flat plastic miniatures for tabletop roleplaying games. There is also a digital reward that allows you to get versions of the minis to use in the virtual tabletop of your choice though so maybe the name doesn’t quite say it all, but it’s close. Twenty-five dollars (US) gets you any set of 62 miniatures of your choice along with a panel of bases to stand them up on the table. You can of course double your order for $50 but things get interesting if you pledge $75. At that point you get all five of the core sets of FPM along with the two sets of bases. That is over 300 plastic miniatures and around 60 bases for the cost of three or four boxes of random miniatures from anywhere else, and that’s with shipping included (domestically at least, it will cost an additional $20 for international shipping).
The samples shown on the KickStarter page should be enough to give you an idea of the type of quality to expect from these minis. They are printed on clear plastic with the character’s front on one side and a separate image showing the back of the mini on the reverse side, so facing is easy to distinguish in games where this makes a difference. The variety in the core five sets is fairly impressive as well. There are five sets: The Grove (elves and woodland creatures), Ancient Evils (Necromancers, zombies, eldritch horrors etc), Mankind (actual people), Wild Lands (goblins, orcs, barbarians etc), and The Underground (dwarves, drow, beholders and more). As you can tell the basic sets are highly geared towards fantasy games which makes sense considering how dominate fantasy RPGs are within the genre.
The KickStarter is already well past being funded with 30 days still to go as of the posting of this article and as more Stretch Goals are unlocked more interesting miniatures are made available including legendary creatures and additional add-on sets. So far a pack of Super heroes and villains has been unlocked ($25 add-on) as well as a Monster Mansion pack that can be used with the board game of the same name which is currently on KickStarter with 15 days remaining.
I’m personally holding out hope for a set of modern man minis that can be used in Call of Cthulhu games and the like, but that will most likely be in a second phase of releases unless this KickStarter continues to roll along at a great pace.
There are also other rewards besides more miniatures that can be gotten including the right to submit your own miniatures which are added to one of the sets. Have a specific monster you always wanted a mini for but could never find? Here’s your chance! FPM seems like one of those ideas that is so obvious that once you first see it it’s impossible to believe it hasn’t been done before. Cost and storage alone make this a great idea for any tabletop RPG fan. Check it out and let us know what you think!