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earlofwessex25 Sep 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

I've always been drawn to the kind of space combat you'd get if the old TSR Buck Rogers game had minis rules. It's just the solar system with Mars, Venus, Earth, the Moon each having fleets… pulp stuff. What games should I be looking at?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

I wonder who would make spaceships for that?

Conversions from toys is all I would be able to come up with:


PS. Eli Arndt did a few scratchbuilt ones out of wood bits that I was impressed with:


leidang25 Sep 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

War Rocket


emckinney25 Sep 2017 12:20 p.m. PST

Irrational Designs has a range of pulpy spacecraft available on Shapeways. link


Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 12:51 p.m. PST


Do you have alink to Eli's post or blog?


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 6:17 p.m. PST


I don't know what's happening to my wifi today, but this is the link I had for his scratchbuilt work:


His pictures should be there, but they aren't loading up for me* right now for some reason. You might have better luck, I hope.

* Or maybe i finally broke the Internet. :)

dragon625 Sep 2017 9:03 p.m. PST

The pictures don't load for me either.

It's all your fault Dan!
evil grin

The Shadow26 Sep 2017 7:05 a.m. PST

Leidang is right. War Rocket is what you want.

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 8:37 a.m. PST

I will also recommend War Rocket. It is a complete game system with rules and fleets. Great stuff. In addition to Irrational designs on shapeways there are several other sulptors who make pulp rocketships.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 8:48 a.m. PST

Milord, while I have mixed feelings about War Rocket itself, it is the only game system of which I'm aware that does pulp as completely as it does.

Mind, almost any of the simpler rules can be adapted to play quite satisfactory. I shall refrain from my usual fanboy rant about my particular favorite. ;->=

As for Eli's great work, please note that's a Traveller ship, and doesn't really match pulp, though as an example of relatively simple DIY, he did do a masterful job!

If you scroll down the page, you'll find links to other blog entries with piccies that DO work.


TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 11:22 a.m. PST


"simpler rules" as in simpler-side of rulesets available in abundance. Did not wish to imply War Rocket is particularly complicated, nor that there is a simple version of it.


earlofwessex26 Sep 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the feedback! I didn't know about war rocket and will look into it.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 5:18 p.m. PST

Take a look at Minifigs spaceships too….very "pulpy" :





Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2017 6:40 a.m. PST

I wonder if this would be too difficult to do with wood pieces like Eli did.

The "waisted" (flared?) piece for the back half of the ship could be the hardest piece to find.




Whemever129 Sep 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

Has anyone tried out the Star Crush rules or miniatures from They look plenty pulpy to me.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2017 7:41 p.m. PST

Bought some, but have yet to see paint, or even try the rules.

I thought they would work well with Star Wars, and I think folks talked about creating their own builds for X-Wing.

And, while some SW stuff feels pulpy, I didn't feel that with the Crush models I bought.


Part time gamer15 Dec 2017 12:33 a.m. PST

War Rocket, looks great for that Buck Rogers theme.
Just a suggestion: if you want 'more ships for less' dont use the 'big' ships. simply use the smaller size's "As" the main warships to suit your own story line. After all, its "your game".

Shapeways is an amazing but, I just cant get past that: "Has grainy feel to it". I know its the WSF (white soft flexible) material they use.

@earlofwessex, have you looked at Agents of Gaming? If your looking for 'flying saucers'. There is a site that still has some of B5 Fleet Action Minis.
You might try this, if it wont 'link' try to copy it to your browser.

Best of luck.

Akalabeth Inactive Member15 Dec 2017 12:55 a.m. PST

If you check out agents of gaming, the flying saucers are the Vree

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