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  • #63100
    Darryl SmithDarryl Smith
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    …and money was no object, what would you have created?

    For myself, I love the obscure and the choices would be many, but I would start with a proper range of the Legion of the United States in 15/18mm. Blue Moon make them, but they are not 100% accurate nor is the range complete. Infantry, dragoons, properly attired artillery crew, King’s Howitzers, and tons of Indians with small arms…even the British 24th Foot for Fort Miamis.

    http://foragecaps.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-summary-of-all-things-legion-part-one.html

    But, I also would do a complete range of the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark), in 15/18mm. Two figures for every member (nattily attired in uniform and then later when they were not so much in uniform).

    US Troops at Fort MassacLater Troops

    One last range, First Bull Run. Specific figures for each unit with a painting guide for each. This is just some of the uniforms seen there:

    First Bull Run

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    #63102
    ian pillayian pillay
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    For me, I would create a range of true 20mm sized, science fiction and fantasy armies. the traditional Tolkien fir fantasy,  men, orcs, dwarves, elves. The sci-fi would be loosely based around action force type good guys and red skull bad guys….

    Tally-Ho!

    #63104
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    I’m an obsessive collector of Minifigs 2nd gen 15mm figures so I would want to create a range that was stylistically identical to them but filled in the gaps in the various ranges. I’d start out with Napoleonic British infantry sergeants with half-pikes, Lithuanian Tartars and sword-armed guys for the second rank of all the lancer regiments.   Then I’d probably move on to expanding the AWI range.

    It is the kind of thing I can spend hours pointlessly daydreaming about.

    #63105
    Rod RobertsonRod Robertson
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    Daryl:

    If cost is not a constraint then I would make my minis out of a durable memory-metal so that buyers could pose them in new ways and if they didn’t like the new poses then they just heat up the mini et voila, it’s back to its original pose. The line would be 25/28mm Gloranthan fantasy minis and then branching out to other fantasy realms.

    A second line would be an ever updating contemporary line of 15mm troops, mercenaries, insurgents and guerrilas for the modern world and near-future conflicts. These too would be memory metal.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

     

    #63106
    MikeMike
    Keymaster

    If money were not an issue I would make the complete range of licensed Star Wars in 6mm complete with infantry and vehicles and everything!!!

    The attack on Hoth would be soooo cool.

    #63124
    Ivan SorensenIvan Sorensen
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    Ww2 in 15mm.

    But wait everyone does that.

    Sure, but it’d be all about the poses.

    Running, reloading, crouching, looking around, waving, signaling, fixing bayonet. 20 unique poses per nationality just for the rifles so I never have to skirmish with duplicates again

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    #63127
    Radar
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    Ww2 in 15mm. But wait everyone does that. Sure, but it’d be all about the poses. Running, reloading, crouching, looking around, waving, signaling, fixing bayonet. 20 unique poses per nationality just for the rifles so I never have to skirmish with duplicates again

     

    Peter Pig are heading down that road already. Factor in headswaps and you probably wouldn’t be far off your goal.

     

    Like General Slade I have lots of proper 15mm figures (none of those 18mm to eye chaps) so would like the holes in my Heritage/ Naismith Napoleonic collection filling.

    In the meantime I shall keep badgering Martin to fill the few holes in Peter Pig’s ECW range. (That goal is realistically achievable)

    #63128
    Victoria DicksonVictoria Dickson
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    Probably a comprehensive range of 15mm civilians for all periods.  Men, women, children, armed, unarmed, standing, sitting, whatever I could think of.

    #63131
    Rules Junkie JimRules Junkie Jim
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    Generic figure types for 6mm modern: different helmet types, caps, berets, bareheaded, with AKs, SLRs, M16s,  bullpups (you can tell the difference with these figures I’m thinking of), and every post 1945 military vehicle and variant known to humanity.

    I’d also produce 15mm (maybe even 28mm as I’m loaded in this scenario) goblins from the film Labyrinth. And all the ships from the battles of Navarino and Sinope in 1/1200th.

    #63133
    willzwillz
    Participant

    If money was no object a range of 25/28mm 18th century figures that paint themselves or any wargame figures that paint themselves for that mater.

    #63137
    McKinstry
    Participant

    1/4800 naval from pre-dreadnought through Cold War.

    I am fully aware that I would lose my shirt as I doubt a 1/4800 Brazilian battleship or US seaplane tender, much less destroyers would even sell enough to cover costs but I can dream.

     

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    #63147
    crestabearcrestabear
    Participant

    An extensive range of retro scifi in 25 or 28mm for me, all the Flash Gordon stuff and more…

    #63150
    Ivan SorensenIvan Sorensen
    Participant

    Oh, a big range of “totally not Rogue Trader era space marines” made to match the GZG 25mm figures.

    I suppose the “money is no object” also includes legal fees 😀

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    #63161
    Victoria DicksonVictoria Dickson
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    Oh, a big range of “totally not Rogue Trader era space marines” made to match the GZG 25mm figures. I suppose the “money is no object” also includes legal fees 😀

     

    Money no object, just buy Games Workshop. 

    #63162
    Ivan SorensenIvan Sorensen
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    LOL,true.

    Well shoot, then I’d have them make them in 15mm instead, but with the same sculpting quality they use for their big figures.

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    #63177
    Mr. Average
    Participant

    A full range of 3mm scale sci fi.  Including licensed 40k Space Marine material, as well as some of the more recent Onslaught offerings, in 3mm scale as well.  Plus 3mm scale terrain – especially cities.

    Then, a full line of SF3D figures, preferably in 6mm, but also 15mm scale, including the tanks, the later Shutoral powered armor, the works.

    #63180
    kyotebluekyoteblue
    Participant

    I would go with Civilians as well.

    #63190
    Iain FullerIain Fuller
    Participant

    I’d bring out all the ‘missing’ 6mm Modern kit not covered by H&R or Scotia first, a full Piranha range with all the variants for example, and then re-do those that need re-doing – Vickers Mk.3 for a start – then I’d do a range of kit that didn’t go into production but would be useful to have, Vickers Mk.7 for example. Lots of infantry and support weapons options as suggested by Jim above would be a must too.

    I’d also have a range of 18mm Confederation of the Rhine made for each country, even the small ones like Reuss a la the Perry’s range. And with skirmishing options from the off so people didn’t have to wait ages for them (hint, hint Blue Moon).

    Not too bothered if any of them sell, they’d be for me really (although the Napoleonic line might I reckon).

    #63201
    OB
    Participant

    A few years ago I put aside the money to commission a range of 16th Century Irish figures in 15mm for the Nine Years War. While I hesitated at the last minute Khurasan released their range.  I was delighted and in pocket.  I’ve not felt the urge since though I am eagerly awaiting more Carlist War 15mm from QRF and Totentanz.

    OB
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    #63203

    Dark Age Britain figures – Picts, Britons, Saxons, Irish – in 1/72 scale and in plastic since there are no terribly decent figures out there.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    #63207
    Microworld Steve
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    A fully licensed version of the old Chronopia Empires game in 6mm, I would love to do that.

    I would love to do a really comprehensive 3mm fantasy range, not sure who would want to sculpt it though!

     

    #63210
    Mike HeaddenMike Headden
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    Currently it would be a complete range of 6mm Early Bronze Age Near Eastern figures. Amorites, Elamites, Gutians, Maganites, Melukkhans, Old Kingdom Egyptians and the rest.

    At the moment I am relying on 6mm being small enough that I can get away with “near enough” figures and “paintbrush conversions” 🙂

    In terms of commercial viability, I suspect those of us interested in the complete range could have a get together in a phone box … if we could find one these days!! 😀

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #63228
    John D SaltJohn D Salt
    Participant

    I would do a range of 15mm soft plastics. It would be good to have, say, the complete Airfix, Caesar, Hat, Pegasus, Revell, Waterloo 1815, and Zvezda 1/72nd WW2 ranges pantographed down to 15mm. Preferable would be a rationally-designed range covering all the major combatants (with additional sets for major differences in uniform, such as tropical, para, late-war) with a proper proportion of weaponry, including all the light and heavy wapons found within a battalion. Then we could add Cold War 1970s sets for the Americans, Belgians, British, Canadians, Danish, Dutch, French, Germans, and the East Germans, Poles and Russians.

    All the best,

    John.

    #63301
    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    Pulp in 54mm would definitely be my first choice. There would have to be a Not-Indy, other archaeological/explorer types, babes of various descriptions, Nazis in snappy but impractical uniforms, sinister Gestapo, tribals, cultists in pointy hats and an assortment of characterful villains. My eyes glaze a little just thinking about it. Seems to me the scale would be perfect for the genre.

    My second choice would be Samurai in 54mm. Not for the Age of War but for the much more interesting (at least to my mind) Heike War. Think what could be done with kabutos and yoroi in that size. If fully allowed to follow my dream, I would have swappable heads and quite a few variants of armour styles to reflect bushi/warriors of different means. Oh, and monks would be a must.

    Fun topic!

     

    #63312
    PaulPaul
    Participant

    Oh, so many. Off the top of my head:

    15mm Star Wars including vehicles.
    15mm Red Dwarf crew
    28mm versions of the entire cast of 13 Assassins (including the cannon fodder)
    Ditto for Game of Thrones
    28mm characters from Jagged Alliance pc game
    15mm figures for the old Outwars pc game
    28mm figures for the Pandorum film
    28mm Johnny Cash, Meatloaf, and the Gallagher brothers from Oasis (including zombified versions).

    For historical, just really 15mm askaris and dayak headhunters.

    Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them!

    #63314
    Angel BarracksAngel Barracks
    Moderator

    a full line of SF3D figures, preferably in 6mm….

    THIS  ^^

    #63325
    Shahbahraz
    Participant

    Hmm..  how about some Danish Cold War kit in 15mm… of course, Geoff at QRF will get to it one day 😉

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    #63328
    Radar
    Participant

    Just a question, not loaded, no snobbery intended: why the fascination with ranges made in plastic?

     

    I can really see the benefit (price, weight) of 28mm plastics, but 15mm those benefits wouldn’t be quite so noticeable. Plus of course it also opens the whole can of worms that is ‘what is 15mm’ (to top of head, to eye, heroic 18mm to eye etc etc)

    #63329
    Ivan SorensenIvan Sorensen
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    I don’t have a huge preference either way, but I sometimes find plastic figures more pleasant to paint.
    Not sure I can quite explain why.

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    #63332
    Bill Alexander
    Participant

    Firstly I go for rereleasing/remaking the Minifigs 2nd ed Napoleonic’s, with maybe a few gaps filled.

    Secondly, a range of 40mm SYW, same level of detail as the Prince August moulds, but full round rather than their semi flat, and not the IMHO rather silly looking lunging pose!

    #63333
    Northern MonkeyNorthern Monkey
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    I would do both Star wars and Middle Earth (unoriginal I know) but do them in 6mm and 15mm so I can switch from big battles to skirmish, would be tempted by a 15mm, original 1980’s TV  “V” range too.

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #63336
    kyotebluekyoteblue
    Participant

    Now that I think about it, Raggedy Ass Marines for Guadalcanal in 15mm.

    #63338
    Ivan SorensenIvan Sorensen
    Participant

    Great coated Americans for Archangelsk 1918

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    #63340
    DMDM
    Participant

    Korean turtle ships and contemporaries in 1/600. I’ve had the rules for these for ages but no models 🙁

    #63346
    Iain FullerIain Fuller
    Participant

    Firstly I go for rereleasing/remaking the Minifigs 2nd ed Napoleonic’s, with maybe a few gaps filled. 

    YES!

    #63362
    Radar
    Participant

    Strange that considering the love for 2nd gen Minifigs they aren’t in production. (The horses were available for a short time, but the link on their site is now a cyclical dead end).

    So the slight deviation from the OP, I’d like to resurrect Heritage Napoleonettes. The moulds were in Texas, but there must have been a set in the UK as Hinchliffe and Skytrex sold them.

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    #63367
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Strange that considering the love for 2nd gen Minifigs they aren’t in production. (The horses were available for a short time, but the link on their site is now a cyclical dead end). So the slight deviation from the OP, I’d like to resurrect Heritage Napoleonettes. The moulds were in Texas, but there must have been a set in the UK as Hinchliffe and Skytrex sold them.

    As far as I am aware the molds for 2nd gen Minifigs Napoleonics were destroyed (though I think Tom Dye of GFI who had the licence to make the range in the US may still have some).  I emailed Dave Ryan at Caliver about the 2nd gen horses a while ago and it turned out that they had been misidentified (they weren’t 2nd gen after all) but because of a complication with the Minifigs website they are unable to remove them completely.

     

    #63386
    Darryl SmithDarryl Smith
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    I agree about the Heritage/Empire ranges, particularly the Nappies and ACW. About five years ago I contacted a lady via Facebook who told me she was selling packs from all ranges (15mm) for $9.95 per pack. I did not buy any (thoughts the price was a bit steep for such old figures) and have since lost the contact info…but as a few years ago they were still out there!

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    #63393
    Radar
    Participant

    I tried to get hold of a few important packs that I was missing from her (mainly personality packs) but never got a reply. Shame really as they are very well regarded sculpts,  couple of years back there were a lot of unopened packs on fleabay. They went for silly money.

     

    Fortunately I downloaded her images of the Napoleonettes catalogue before her profile disappeared.

    #63430
    PatricePatrice
    Participant

    (I play 28mm skirmish / RPG adventures)

    — More civilians for all historical periods (and non-historical also, why not).

    — “Soudan Occidental” (“Western Sudan” : today Mali and surrounding countries) in the 1880’s. Some miniatures exist but I feel that this has a lot of gaming and adventure potential and is not known enough; books written by people who where present there in this time are fascinating but are not well-known – totally forgotten I should say – because of the difficult relation to the French colonial past.

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