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Black Cavalier14 Apr 2017 11:46 p.m. PST

A friend and I are looking around for rules to play small sci-fi skirmishes (5-10 individual figures). What modern or sci-fi rules match this game size for 28mm figures?

I know of Rogue Stars, Clash on the Fringe, 5 Parsecs from Home, and In the Emperors Name for sci-fi rules.

For modern games, I know of Flying Lead and No End in Sight.


OneBadMonkee15 Apr 2017 12:04 a.m. PST

For sci-fi: Void Pirates, Infinity, Necromunda.
For modern: Black Ops, OSC.

hurrahbro Inactive Member15 Apr 2017 1:45 a.m. PST

there is the useme series of rules as well


Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 3:03 a.m. PST

Infinity rules are amazing for this period and scale of game. Plus you can get them for free.

Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 3:09 a.m. PST

Starport scum looks good.

nvdoyle15 Apr 2017 5:11 a.m. PST

Pulp Alley, esp. with the thematic bits in Pulp Leagues, does this very well. It's focused on effects, rather than equipment – the characters are more important than the gear, but gear is easily represented.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 6:06 a.m. PST

Force on Force and Tomorrow's War by Ambush Alley.

Timotheous Inactive Member15 Apr 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

Not sure if it is any batter, but Flying Lead would fit the bill. It even has lists for a Stargate scenario and a Blackhawk Down scenario: Delta force and army rangers vs Somali insurgents.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 7:03 a.m. PST

Take a look at Firefight 2.0 by Alternative Armies (Ion Age). Good game, simple but challenging.

SpuriousMilius15 Apr 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

Two Hour Wargames has the "5150" rules for SciFi & rules for WWII & Vietnam; you can download free SciFi skirmish rules & "Chain Reaction 2015" for modern combat at the website.

Personal logo Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

Try Chain Reaction, but switch in the combat mechanics. All free and easy to pick up.


Stealth1000 Inactive Member15 Apr 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

Occult wars works well.

Faustnik pt15 Apr 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

Force on Force and Tomorrow's War, same game engine, two worlds.

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 12:18 p.m. PST

Rogue Planet (not to be confused with Rogue Stars) might fit the bill.
Its very avant-garde though

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

+1 Two Hour Wargames System. My "go to" for skirmishes at this level.

Buff Orpington Inactive Member15 Apr 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

Laserblade makes a very good intro system if you have a new(ish) player.

Bob Faust of Strategic Elite Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 2:40 p.m. PST
(Major Disaster) Inactive Member15 Apr 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

+3 for Two Hour Wargames Chain Reaction & 2d6 Sci-Fi rule books, both are free link

Use any figures you want or have, in any scale. The rules are easy to learn. Great for someone just getting into wargaming. They also have an active, friendly forum where you can get any question you might have answered quickly, usually by Ed himself. link

BaldLea15 Apr 2017 4:02 p.m. PST

Pulp Alley!

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 4:43 p.m. PST

For a free game, Slammer. Give it a google, sort of cinematic but the lower end of "cinematic".
Very clever activation system.

Henry Martini15 Apr 2017 4:49 p.m. PST

I'm surprised that FoF and Tomorrow's War have been recommended; they're platoon-level games. Even with ten figures per side you'd only have a couple of fire teams per player, and two units per side doesn't make for much of a game.

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2017 8:08 p.m. PST


Mako11 Inactive Member15 Apr 2017 11:39 p.m. PST

D10 FUBAR – it's almost always the answer……..

surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 2:44 a.m. PST

The pulp supplement for GASLIGHT, called To Be Continued… by GASLIGHT, could be used for the kinds of games you suggest. This supplement is part of the GASLIGHT Compendium. There is a free GASLIGHT starter rules document available for free download from Wargames Vault, so you can take a look at how they work.

Buck Surdu

thedisgruntledfusilier Inactive Member17 Apr 2017 9:50 a.m. PST

"One Page 40k" (think they call it "GRIMDARK" or something now, is a cool set. Same with FUBAR, a very underrated set.

Lion in the Stars17 Apr 2017 1:34 p.m. PST

Infinity would be my initial recommendation, can't go wrong with FREE rules!

Tomorrow's War/Ambush Alley/Force on Force are really a step bigger than that, intended for a platoon per side or so.

ordinarybass17 Apr 2017 5:10 p.m. PST

For "Grimdark Future" (Formerly "One Page 40k") Make sure you're going for the "GF: Firefight" rules. That's the skirmish game. the regular "Grimdark Future" Game is intended for regular 40k size battle games.

Their "Double Tap" ruleset is also worth looking at. It says it's aimed at spec-ops battles in the near future.

sharkbait Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 6:29 p.m. PST

THW or Clash on the Fringe would be my suggestions. Let us know what you end up trying.

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