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Post by Dropbear » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:31 am

Rather than detract from my tray battle thread, I decided to make a new one to discuss different settings for skirmish games using three to five 28mm figures max per side in the small tray.

Please feel free to add suggestions, or better still, start your own tray battlefield and join in the fun.

Some questions/thoughts: What should be the historical extend of missile weapons/fire arms used in such a small space? One missile weapon figure per side for the game? No firearms after the 1700's?

I am thinking one figure per side as after a shot or two the figure would most likely be in melee and the weapon would be no good, or at the very best, an empty musket with a bayonet on the end.

Maybe limit missle weapons to bows and black powder weapons?

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Post by Dropbear » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:11 am

Ok, the following setting (the late 15th century) wasn't on my radar for this game, but I came across some beautiful miniatures from Stell Fist Miniatures that would work for a skirmish:

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those two packs would all that is needed to get the game rolling. Anything extra is just adding to the story as you play.

I know next to nothing about this period, so would have to do a bit of reasearch.

This setting wouldn't be high on my list of things to do, but the 'ooooh shiny' factor of the minis is.

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Post by Dropbear » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:26 am

I have to amit, this project has really kicked my thoughts in to over drive.

I am convince a Wild West game would work.

The scenery can still be varied enough to have a diffent set up each time, from the main street in a town, a rocky outcrop, a corral, a mine site or just the wilderness.

For a town some store fronts jutted up against the edges of the tray would leave plenty of room for a game, or you could have the fronts extend in for about 2 cms to give cover to your figures. Add some hourse troughs, some barrels etc and you could play out a shoot out within the area of the tray.

Keeping track of rounds fired would be important, but easy to do with only a few figures.

Weapon ranges wouldn't be a big issue, as a lot of gun fighters were at short range for this kind of thing, and add a lot of cover in the form of scenery and it should make for a good game.

It would make for a great campaign and have a great story to go with it.

Here is a mock set up I made just now to see if it would work:

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I have a lot of wild west figures, and it is a genre I love and grew up on, and playing a sheriff, a bounty hunter, a gunslinger or a texas ranger etc would lend itself to a narrative campaign.

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Post by Chuckie » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:27 am

Love the knights one. Always been on my horizon to paint some. Now I have a "tray" excuse. I thought this was to deal with man flu and not become a new "era". You are out of control :)

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Post by Dropbear » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:33 am

Chuckie wrote:Love the knights one. Always been on my horizon to paint some. Now I have a "tray" excuse. I thought this was to deal with man flu and not become a new "era". You are out of control :)
I am all for a new era! Bring it on I say.

Actually, I am keen on this idea as I have a lot of different bits and pieces of a lot of things, but never enough to make a big game of anything, so this is letting me use those figures in my lead pile for once.

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Post by Dropbear » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:35 am

Fantasy would be easy to do, either am assassin or group of thieve in a city, or Conan the barbarian.

I think the Conan would be easier to do, as I would only need Conan and a Companion and someone to fight. I even have a Conan in a bag somewhere.

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What about Ancients and Dark Ages? I feel that Romans vs Celts, or Vikings vs Saxons is really for more than two to five figures a side. Especially for the Romans, this has more to do with the large battles they fought.

It would work for Mythology type settings pefectly though.

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Post by Dropbear » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:51 pm

Robin Hood would work ok.

A series of missions including robbing the rich, rescuing captured outlaws, ambushes. Each mission adds or decucts from a 'most wanted' rating, which activates certain evens when it gets to certain levels... such as more enemy troops accompany nobels, more enemy patrols an so forth.

Conquest games makes them, and unlike a lot of other compaines, sell them as single figures. It is amazing how many companies wont sell singles even when asked.

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Post by Chuckie » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:24 pm

You are a nightmare. Got into my head about this. I didnt want to sway away from WW2. But no got me thinking, always wanted a few Zombies. Can use the same scenery etc and just get figures. A new "ERA" in man flu time.

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Post by Captain Darling » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:02 pm

Some really nice looking figures there Dropbear! Excellent work.

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Post by Dropbear » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:39 am

Captain Darling wrote:Some really nice looking figures there Dropbear! Excellent work.

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Ummm, I should have mentioned all of those figures are images taken from the web site they are sold on, and I don't actually have any of these figures, and thus haven't painted any... :(

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Post by Dropbear » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:40 am

Except for the wild west stuff... I own and painted those.

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Post by Captain Darling » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:31 pm

Haha right... very nice looking Western Figures then :D !
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