Minis are all but written into the DNA of D&D. Throughout the last forty-five years, these pewter and plastic figures have put adventurers on the map.
Dungeons & Dragons might be the dominant force in the tabletop roleplaying world--but it would be nothing if not for the miniatures that came before it. Before Heroforge, before Reaper and their patented formulas, before even Ral Partha there was the fledgling wargaming community in North America. It all starts a little more than sixty years ago, with the rise of miniatures wargaming in America.
In 1955, a California man named Jack Scruby began making inexpensive miniature models for miniature wargames out of type metal. Scruby's major contribution to the miniature wargaming hobby was to network players across America and the UK. At the time, the miniature wargaming community was minuscule, and players struggled to find each other. In 1956, Scruby organized the first miniature wargaming convention in America, which was attended by just fourteen people. From 1957 to 1962, he self-published the world's first miniature wargaming magazine, titled The War Game Digest, through which wargamers could publish their rules and share game reports. It had less than two hundred subscribers, but it did establish a community that kept growing.
The War Game Digest & The General
The War Game Digest was by no means the only on...