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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 10:54 a.m. PST

My 12 year old daughter is a Greek mythology nerd and wants to do some miniatures gaming. We currently play the zombie board game "Last Night on Earth" and she really likes it. She would like to game Greek mythology and use the 3D set up that is more typical of gaming with figures and terrain. I know "Of Gods and Mortals" has been released, but I haven't seen much about it (maybe I'm not looking in the right place). Foundry has a very nice and fairly comprehensive mythology range. Are there any other miniatures rules out there that were designed for gaming Greek mythology? Any thoughts on gaming the genre?

MajorB02 Oct 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

You could try "7th Voyage"

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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 11:06 a.m. PST

There are Saga Boards for Greeks/Troy. Also the Crom Rules would work great for the period.

Gone Fishing Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 11:18 a.m. PST

I'd second the recommendations above. 7th Voyage is beautifully presented and is built on a very strong rules engine (The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game) – I highly recommend the tokens and extra cards if you go this route.

CROM! is also great fun. Coincidentally I've played this set in a Greek Mythology setting with my own daughters (age 13 twins) and they had an absolute hoot: they found allocating their dice pools each turn so much fun. And of course rolling buckets of dice can be so pleasing.

Totally understand 28mm is probably your goal here, but you might take a look at the Typhon range by Alternative Armies. The figures are 50mm (!!!) but have real presence on the table, and at least to my eye possess their own chunky charm.

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The rules by the same name are also excellent. They actually show the deepest knowledge of the Greeks and their gods of any rules set I know.

Have fun and please keep us posted!

colgar6 Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

I've used the "7th Voyage" rules a few times (http://www.crooked-dice.co.uk/wp/rules/7th-voyage/); you can see some battle reports and other related articles on my blog: link . They're fairly good rules, but not so good that I wouldn't consider others as well.

Alternatively, you might consider "Song of Blades and Heroes". That's a very good, cheap set of rules for heroic combat, but without any specific tuning for Greek mythology. I think that "Of Gods and Mortals" is a derivative of SoBH and therefore might suit better.

For 28mm miniatures, the Foundry range is obvious. You might also give the "Wargods of Olympus" range from Crocodile Games a look: link . Steve Barber Models have some pieces specific to the genre and I have a few monsters from Reaper miniatures as well. Figures that aren't specifically designed for Greek mythology can be used for some troops; I have Games Workshop skeletons (re-equipped with round hoplon shields), Ancient Greeks and Numidians from Warlord Games.

Hugh

chaos0xomega02 Oct 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

Its a "hybrid" board game, but this may be right up your alley. Not sure when its releasing.

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Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 2:56 p.m. PST

Played Gods and Mortal- it's ok, part of the Osprey franchise of small, easy skrimish game, you can mixt Norse vs. Greek gods.

OneHuaiTicket02 Oct 2017 3:07 p.m. PST

7th Voyage is great fun, and best of all, it allows for each of the major characters to have real personality thru all the various abilities and stats. Small enough forces for everyone to really play an important role. Highly recommended!

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 4:44 p.m. PST

Alternative Armies has the Greek mythology game,Typhon. They allow a hero to grow and develop over games. They are skirmish level.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Oct 2017 6:31 p.m. PST

Does anyone remember the Lottery of the Gods game at Salute in the early 1990s? There was an article about it in Practical Wargamer magazine. The game used a Bingo ball device to activate the Gods and Mortals.

David Johansen02 Oct 2017 8:26 p.m. PST

War Gods of Olympus by Crocodile Games.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 5:29 a.m. PST

It looks like there are more rules choices than I thought there would be, and they all look like they've got something going for them. Thanks.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Oct 2017 5:51 a.m. PST

A board game with miniatures you might check out:

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Age of Mythology, is actually a pretty good 3 player game with a lot of miniatures for the army building portion.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 5:55 a.m. PST

While you're collecting and painting minis, I also recommend adding the board game Cyclades to your family gaming: link

25 players, it does play better with 45, but 23 is still enjoyable. Super thematic and great board game with miniatures!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 2:51 p.m. PST

It just hit me, Hordes of the Things is an option as well, and I already own that set of rules. I'll have to see what my princess thinks.

BigDan Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 3:30 p.m. PST

Joe,

I don't know if it is something the daughter would like but several weeks ago someone posted a conversion they did for a game.

They used a plastic hoplite (Victix?) set along with some plastic skeletons to make some very nice undead a la Harryhausen. I think the "good guys" were Wargames Foundry Jason and the Argonauts figures. It looked like a cheap and easy way to put together an Age of Mythology skirmish game.

V/r

Dan

Ivan DBA03 Oct 2017 4:37 p.m. PST

Issue 86 of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy has a Greek mythology adaptation of the Frostgrave rules, written by the author of Frostgrave. There is an extra adventure for it in the most recent issue of WSS.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2017 6:27 p.m. PST

There are many 1/72 plastic, historical figure sets available, for little cash. Safari, Ltd. makes a wonderful Cerebus toy figure, which can be used with figures from 15mm 54mm. It's around $12 USD, and fully, nicely, painted, off the shelf. They make some wonderful pre-painted toys which you could likely use, including a couple of Hydras!

For figures, I think you have many venues to choose from… Cheers!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

Someone else mentioned plastic skeletons somewhere on TMP. And Warlord is having a free shipping same right now. I'll check it out. Thanks.

BigDan Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2017 8:10 p.m. PST

The figures were done by Graham Green and I think they were posted on Steve Deans facebook page.

If you are on facebook you can see them here:

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BigDan Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2017 8:16 p.m. PST

This guy might work out for you too:

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If the link doesn't work it is the Safari Ltd Mythical Realms Cyclops. I think he is around 100mm tall, already painted and you can get him shipped for around $10 USD-12.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Thanks for the links.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

Oh, and also check out the aforementioned Cyclades for the minis.

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