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  • #172568
    Mr. Average
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    I’ve been gazing jealously at Thomaston’s 3D prints of micro scale skirmish units, and although I lack a 3D printer myself, it got my mind rolling – can 3mm skirmish actually be done?

    The logical mind says “No, of course not, what kind of stupid question is that?” But my illogical mind says… “Maybe.”

    So I’m gathering some things from my spares box and trying it.

    Miniatures from Vanguard, Microworld and O8 all have a great deal of potential.  I want a set of very simple rules, and have been reading Grimdark Future, Rogue Planet and Swatters as potential candidates. As Rogue Planet is the most compact, Vanguard’s more gothic offerings seem like the best initial sets to try, so I’m going to make some traditional Gothic Factions to fight it out over some crumbling urban terrain. Down the road if this works, US Colonial Marines versus Xenomorphs will be a definite next move but as I’m out of stock on O8 Colonial Marines, that one will have to wait.

    With that settled, basing becomes the next issue. If I’m going to base these guys individually, they will want round bases and something to keep them from skidding around in storage and turning into a mess. Magnetic sheet rises willingly to the top of the pile so I took some adhesive HD magnet and affixed it to some thin cardboard. The cardboard will let me use white glue for  basing material, the magnet will keep my troops stable in their box. To make little rounds, I used a standard 1/4” hole punch. Result:


    Success. They have a good grip and are nice and clean, ready for some Powered Armor troopers and Traitors, and perhaps some Galactic Militia. And as you can see above, my bits box always provides, and we’re off.

    So far, so good.

    #172569
    Jim Webster
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    This is a project I want to follow. Like it already 🙂

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    #172570
    Mr. Average
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    Thanks, Jim! My Mint Tin Heretics will, in my ideal world, make a game possible in about a 12” square. Might need to source some pincers to move them around but who cares?

    #172572
    Jim Webster
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    Thanks, Jim! My Mint Tin Heretics will, in my ideal world, make a game possible in about a 12” square. Might need to source some pincers to move them around but who cares?

    I suspect a cheap pair of tweezers from any shop with a discount beauty range will do and could perhaps be handier than pincers 🙂

    Or you could splash out and buy a modelling set 🙂

     

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    #172573
    Mr. Average
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    Actually I’m finding that with bases on they are well balanced and have a reasonable grip even with my stubby fingers.

    I’ve selected some vehicles from my extras, too:

    #172578
    Jim Webster
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    Yes the bases are enough to lift them

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    #172581
    Mr. Average
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    About to add basing grit to the troops and then prime them. But this seems like a nice little force, based on practically nothing other than looks.

    #172585
    Andrew Beasley
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    But this seems like a nice little force, based on practically nothing other than looks.

    Agreed and I’ll add sometimes my best games have been based on looks rather than any planned OOB!

    #172588
    Mike Headden
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    Looking good so far. I look forward to further reports.

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #172596
    Tony Hughes
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    Don’t see why a skirmish game can’t have multi-figure bases. A skirmish is a small engagement and squad sized bases would surely work OK with singly based vehicles.

     

     

    #172597
    ian pillay
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    Don’t see why a skirmish game can’t have multi-figure bases. A skirmish is a small engagement and squad sized bases would surely work OK with singly based vehicles.

    Tony I think you are spot on, it’s all about scale. (No pun intended) Fab project as it stands. Looking forward to seeing them painted and some AAR.

    All the best

    Ian

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    #172598
    Mr. Average
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    Don’t see why a skirmish game can’t have multi-figure bases. A skirmish is a small engagement and squad sized bases would surely work OK with singly based vehicles.

    Horizon Wars runs very much that way, and I like it a lot. This is more a “can this work” kind of thing. So far not bad. However maybe 3/4” steel movement trays will work too, you never know.

    #172602
    Thomaston
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    Love seeing more 3mm skirmish 😀

    I see using bases for them as a simple solution to cohesion. Also usually with a base picking up one mini will bring up the whole base making movmenet a lot easier. Advice on tweezers, don’t buy metal ones to use with minis on magnetic base, guess how I found that one.

    Can’t wait to see them painted, knowing your painting standard.

    Tired is enough.
    I like tiny miniatures

    #172642
    neuzd
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    Ruleswise I’d suggest to have a look also at Squad Hammer Core by Nordic Weasel.

    It’s extremely simple and versatile. You can have single based figures, multiple figures, single that act as a squad, literally whatever you like.

    It’s PWYW on wargame vault so, no harm in trying it for free.

    #172659
    Thaddeus Blanchette
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    I have been thinking about doing this forever, so I am curious as to how it will turn out!

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #172661
    Paint it Pink
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    Inspirational project. Here to see the progress.

    One is good, more is better
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    #172662
    Don Glewwe
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    Advice on tweezers, don’t buy metal ones to use with minis on magnetic base…

    Not-enough-coffee-yet thinking…it may be possible to use a ferrous pick-up tool?

    I use one for my 6mm ‘Crossfire’ stands*, but there are two big differences: the embedded magnet is easy to isolate with the tool and the stand itself provides surface area for a finger to press down/detach the stand once it is in place, so I’m not sure a way could be made to work with single figs but figured it wouldn’t hurt anything (more than my self-respect) to put the idea out.

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    #172843
    Mr. Average
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    For a playing surface, a 3” square tile set with 9×9 squares seems, quite by accident, to be perfectly sized.

    #172854
    Thomaston
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    Interesting. I went with 90mm tile divided into 6×6.

    Tired is enough.
    I like tiny miniatures

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