This guide is to outline reasonable guidelines for listing miniatures for tabletop wargaming. Wargamers are looking for several things, and will be making several assumptions when certain terms are used - this guide will explain good use of terminology, and suggest some traps that might make a cautious buyer ask the seller some serious questions.
This guide mentions several company and trademarks - all companies and trademarks are respected and no challenge intended. Some examples are given, using "Games Workshop" ( herein called "GW") specific information. This is mainly my field of collection, so I can make examples in this field more relevant and accurate.
This guide will work on several catagories that should be addressed - manufacturer, edition, paintjob, and condition.
Manufacturer - A good listing will include the manufacturor, and accurately list any variations. Important variations include: If an end model contains several manufacturer's parts, or homemade parts. Modifications are an integral part of miniature gaming, but if more than 5% of your miniature is your own modeling, or from another manufacturor, you should mention this fact. Some people make models in the style of other manufacturors or make copies - this should be mentioned in your description.
GW example - If you are constructing a "Treeman" model, you might use some greenstuff and pinning to stablise the build. This would not need to be listed. If you resculpted the head, or took arms from a "Privateer Press" miniature, that should be listed.
Edition - A good listing will include the edition/ date of relaease/ or model number of miniatures can be critical to the value of the miniature.
GW example - A "4th Edition" single cast "high elf spearman" is significantly different quality to a new multipart "6th Edition" "high elf spearman."
Paintjob - A good listing will include the quality, and the materials of a paintjob, especially the protective coating. The best indicator of the quality of the paintjob will be the photograph - a better photograph sells a paintjob. The term 'pro painted' not much of an indicator - to receive any amount of cash for painting a miniature qualifies one as 'professional
GW example - "basic three colour paintjob with basing, using 'citadel' colours, finished in 'hard coat'" - other example "NMM (non metal metal) high quality job in 'valerjo' paints with ' humbrol gloss enamel' finish."
Condition - A good listing will tell how used, worn or broken a miniature might be, and also how much original packaging, if any, is involved. The acronym NIB stands for "New In Box". This should only be if the miniature has never hadany of the seals broken, never had anything removed and is in the condition a newly retailed item would be found. Well handled miniatures of have broken or worn parts or paintjobs, or a abused appearance from use, for example being broken and reglued. Any extra's should also be listed here.
This guide lays out several factors that should be covered in a good listing of an item for playing and collecting miniature wargames - no guide can be complete - always ask the seller to specify if you have any questions, or if they use any terminology that is confusing, or acronym's to which you are not accustomed. Happy ebaying!