A friend steered me to Hero Forge, a Kickstarted miniatures company that allows you to design your own character and then order a 3d printed version in ultra detailed hard plastic. They are available in 30 mm ($25), 3″ tall ($80) or 6″ tall ($245), all suitable for painting. I tried it out and came up with the elf mage at the right. I like the design, solid and simple but with enough range for customization that each figure can be a little different. The price is high for a miniature, but not for a custom figure. Seems like a good deal to me!
Since I really don’t use miniatures any more, I also like the way they worked the copyright. You are allowed to download screenshots for personal, non-commercial use (only!), which includes “networked and public viewing viewing such as on social media.” Nice! This means that I can create a character image, then save it to Paint.net, and paint it up as a miniature for my online games. At the right is what I came up with after a couple hours of work. Not something I would do everyday, but for a valued character I might (and did!).