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neural_dream
10-26-2007, 05:39 AM
I heard a really cool motto for the latest trend in ww2 miniature wargaming: "...Where are you soldier? The world is at war and you are painting miniatures?..."

Prepainted miniatures then, and wargaming on a hex board instead of a table, plus few, easy-to-understand rules, and everyone can play, provided you can devise a cool scenario for the day. Add to this, Wizards of the Coast for quality of product and you get a really cool-looking intelligent game you can play with your kids and your not-that-much-geek-friends at tea time every Sunday:


Axis and Allies Miniatures

http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic89186_md.jpg


You first buy a starter set, which includes a set of maps and 12 random miniatures of both sides

http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic94714_md.jpg

and then either ebay for specific units or miniarmies, like I do, or booster packs from retail shops.

And, of course, if you want, you can make your own custom dioramas or custom 3d maps:

http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic240032_md.jpg

Some of the 300 units that I have:

British Royal engineer
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/aam_base_gallery/tn_engineer_jpg.jpg
French Char Bis heavy tank
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/aamcs_gallery/Char_B1.jpg
Russian IL-10 Sturmovik
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/aamcs_gallery/Sturmovik.jpg

American Sherman
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/aamcs_gallery/105_Sherman.jpg
Polish determined infantryman
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/reserves_gallery/Determined_Infantrymen.jpg
German Elephant
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/reserves_gallery/Elefant.jpg
Russian Commissar
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/aam_base_gallery/tn_der-kommisar_jpg.jpg
FW190D
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/dday_gallery/tn_fw190_jpg.jpg
P-38
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/dday_gallery/tn_lightning_jpg.jpg

and some wacky ones:
German "Goliath"
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/reserves_gallery/Sd_Kfz_303_Goliath.jpg
Japanese armoured car
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/aamcs_gallery/Type87_Armored_Car.jpg
...



Then, there is the naval version too:

Axis and Allies Miniatures "War At Sea"

http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic199139_md.jpg http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic200843_md.jpg

And some examples:

Italian Battleship "Vittorio Veneto"
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/was_gallery/Vittorio-Veneto.jpg

Japanese Aircraft carrier "Akagi"
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/was_gallery/Akagi.jpg

American PBY Catalina
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/was_gallery/PBY-Catalina.jpg

French "Richelieu"
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/was_gallery/Richelieu.jpg

British Swordfish
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/was_gallery/Swordfish-Mk-II.jpg

German Uboat U-510
http://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/images/was_gallery/U-510.jpg

....



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And I just found out about a miniature version of Wings of War.

Wings of War miniatures.

Now that looks impressive, and affordable:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/216605


http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic218329_md.jpg

Rickenbacker and Richthofen almost collide
http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic216626_md.jpg

http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic214728_md.jpg

A lone Spad flying home when a couple Fokkers come out of the sun.
http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic216705_md.jpg
Notice how the altitude is modelled.



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Do you play miniature wargaming?

Low_Flyer_MkIX
10-26-2007, 06:14 AM
Miniature Wargaming? Used to do it a lot a few years ago. Had huge 15mm armies (American civil war, 7 years war Russian & British/Hanoverian), loads of 20mm WWII and a large collection of 15 & 25mm medieval. Was building up a very nice (though I say it myself) 25mm British/Spanish Peninsular war army - hundreds of figures. Won a few awards and had a nice little business painting figures for other gamers and collectors. All had to go when a relationship ended in tears and I need cash fast. Never got back into it.

Those pics look like the sort of thing I can involved in with my nephew. He collects (actually I collect a lot of it for him) Forces of Valour & Dragon armour. I'll have a chat with him next time he's around. Thanks for posting.

joeap
10-26-2007, 07:18 AM
Cool cool cool. Played some this summer with a fellow who made his own rules for a scenario about the First Battle of Narvik and also a commercial set for a part of the Battle of the Bulge. I "lost" the first game (well we were 4, me my boss, this other fellow and the gentleman who made the rules as ref who played the Germans as well) we each commanded 2 DDs... I got sunk. My boss did well on that game.

We were 5 for the Bulge game...I helped set up the map, with cloth on a felt underlay. Me and this another for the Americans, 2 others for the Germans, and the ref, and we "won" by preventing the German side from reaching the objectives they reached historically.

Blutarski2004
10-26-2007, 08:05 AM
Been a miniatures gamer since the 70's. Still play regularly. Latest project WW1 naval rules - Beatty versus Hipper stuff.

Playing Troubridge versus Souchon here tomw. Those in the know will know what I'm talking about.

Great multi-faceted hobby for any kid IMO.

Ernst_Rohr
10-26-2007, 08:13 AM
I think the trend is a good intro into the hobby, but I still think that good old lead/pewter is hard to beat.

I have hordes of stuff laying about, from 15mm Sumerians to Napoleonic French, to Warhammer 40k stuff. Our next game is WWI naval minis, and I am looking forward to it.

Historical minis are a great hobby, especially because it and wargaming in general tends to be a great introduction into history for the ADD generation. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

leitmotiv
10-26-2007, 08:57 AM
Originally posted by Blutarski2004:
Been a miniatures gamer since the 70's. Still play regularly. Latest project WW1 naval rules - Beatty versus Hipper stuff.

Playing Troubridge versus Souchon here tomw. Those in the know will know what I'm talking about.

Great multi-faceted hobby for any kid IMO.

Wish I lived near you, B! Troubridge vs. Souchon is my favorite naval problem, and really separates the men from the boys. I, too, used to play miniatures naval in the '70's (once had a hideously expensive Navis HOOD wrecked in a game---after that 1:2400 scale---only!).

Also used loads of the GHQ and C-in-C armor miniatures in the '70's.

Blutarski2004
10-26-2007, 11:22 AM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Wish I lived near you, B! Troubridge vs. Souchon is my favorite naval problem, and really separates the men from the boys. I, too, used to play miniatures naval in the '70's (once had a hideously expensive Navis HOOD wrecked in a game---after that 1:2400 scale---only!).


..... I'll PM you a copy of the battle report.

I have a friend who is crazy enough [PhD - what can I say?] to use his hideously expensive super-detailed Navis and Neptune models for play on the tabletop. I know he paid over US$100 for HMS Tiger five years ago.

Some of his models now look like they went through a storm at sea.