To that end, I've been thinking a lot about miniatures of late. As anyone with a family knows, working extras like this into a budget can be a challenge, especially if you're a single-income family. Even the mass-packaged pre-painted plastic minis are expensive, and you never know if you'll get what you need in the package. In addition, if the party is fighting a horde of goblins, but the minis manufacturer only used two or three different molds for goblins, it can become frustrating trying to remember which one Goblin 1, or Goblin 2, or Goblin 13 is. I'm working on an extremely low-cost alternative, which I'll share with this community when I've completed it.