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"Minis at the Strategic Level" Topic

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Nov 2016 3:13 p.m. PST

Do you enjoy using miniatures when playing strategic-level games, or would you prefer counters/pawns?

USAFpilot12 Nov 2016 3:38 p.m. PST

I enjoy war games and miniatures. The scope of the game, strategic level or not, is immaterial to the question IMHO. Any game above the skirmish level of a figure to actual human ratio of 1:1; the miniature is purely symbolic at that point. So to answer your question: yes I would use miniatures for strategic level games. And I would also use flags.

Dynaman878912 Nov 2016 3:54 p.m. PST

The disconnect is too much for me to use miniatures – hex and counter games at that scale for me.

warwell12 Nov 2016 3:54 p.m. PST

I like minis.

For example, I'd rather play Risk with these


than these


Mako11 Inactive Member13 Nov 2016 3:11 a.m. PST

I like the idea of small minis, though every time I start looking at the scale of Cold War bombers and interceptors I want for the project I shudder, and think perhaps the way forward is to really use nicely printed, cardboard counters instead.

A pity, but some minis ranges are way over-priced (1/1200th scale aircraft), compared to others that are twice as big, or bigger, some of which are even 4X the size, and come prepainted, too.

A pity.

The downside of the larger ones is that you need a lot more maneuvering room, meaning bigger tables, and/or multiple transits of the same table to make the game(s) work, since otherwise the ground scale to the size of the aircraft gets ridiculous at strategic levels.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Nov 2016 8:24 a.m. PST

Yes! It's like you were reading my mind.

My condolences.

Weasel13 Nov 2016 8:52 a.m. PST

Even board games look nicer with some figures :-)

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2016 8:59 a.m. PST

Yes, but some boardgames are much easier to convert than others since stacking rules can always be an issue.

I prefer to use a simple boardgame with low counter density and simple stacking rules (e.g., AH's Afrika Korps) as the campaign module with battles fought out on the gaming table (using 3mm).

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Nov 2016 1:14 p.m. PST

Yes, but some boardgames are much easier to convert than others

We play a lot of Elder Sign. The little tokens that come with it are garbage. Too small, and they have a high density design.

Instead of the counters that relate to the character cards, we have people make a LEGO figure of themselves for use instead of the counter.

Green Tiger13 Nov 2016 2:48 p.m. PST


Yesthatphil Inactive Member13 Nov 2016 4:47 p.m. PST

I prefer wargame figures.


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