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Zookie01 Feb 2018 10:08 p.m. PST

Any recommendations for a rule set for 6mm to 20mm to model a asymmetrical game of alien invaders vs. cold war era armies? Think "The War of the Worlds" movie from 1953.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 10:25 p.m. PST

Zookie, I have some ideas on my blog, and my contact email is there if you want to discuss it more.

Recently, I have been working on something like Them!

The key is to keep it interesting for the human player.


Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2018 11:38 p.m. PST

You could do worse than Striker (GDW 1983). You can design all of your own weapons (other than small arms) and vehicles at various technological levels from pre-gunpowder through grav vehicles and fusion guns.

Striker02 Feb 2018 6:47 a.m. PST

I'm running something along these lines but using giant monsters allied with human jets vs Alien fighters and their mother ship. The rules are "Invasion of Monster Island", supplement to "Monster Island" and "Escape from Monster Island". All 3 are needed but I believe they are on Wargame VAult. Not super-accurate but provide for a fast paced game and modifications are easy.

Hayden02 Feb 2018 9:11 a.m. PST

Dirtside II would work too and Laserstorm too ( i played Cold War gone hot scenario with it)

Oldgrumbler02 Feb 2018 9:53 a.m. PST

Laserrstorm & Dirtside sounds like a great suggestion. Both have good game systems & allow you to design your own troops. You could use some off the Laserstorm armies in the supplements for the aliens.


Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 10:50 a.m. PST

You might try "Invasion X" from

02 Feb 2018 11:02 a.m. PST

I play it using the HOTT rules, and it makes for a very fun game.


Murvihill02 Feb 2018 11:03 a.m. PST

I'd use the "Awful Green Things from Outer Space" rule for weapons. There were chits with different effects for different weapons. Some worked well and some…didn't. Kinda fun finding out the hard way that copper makes the aliens stronger.

Ferreo Cuore02 Feb 2018 3:22 p.m. PST

Striker is not the fun game for what you seem to want.

There is one such by Ganesha Games in "Song of…" series, and a couple others are supportive of same effort, if I remember.

Italian bias aside, hear it was fun game!

Captain Gamma02 Feb 2018 4:46 p.m. PST

'Invasion X' from Killer B Games may be just what you're looking for. In the U.S. it is carried by Recreational Conflict.


tsofian02 Feb 2018 5:51 p.m. PST

Kick it old school with WRG!

lincolnlog03 Feb 2018 4:07 a.m. PST

I'm going to do "All Quiet on the Martian Front" but with WWII men and vehicles, but using the Martian tri-pods from the game. By the way, the game is 15mm scale. Sold by Miniature Market.

Tri-pods and Sherman's sounds cool.

mghFond03 Feb 2018 12:53 p.m. PST

I'm old enough to remember Striker….that was a complex set of rules. Our sci fi group tried it and did not like it.

Personal logo 15mm and 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2018 2:52 p.m. PST

I like the cool stuff Pegasus Hobbies released for WotW. It would be nice if someone wrote a set of rules for them.



Cacique Caribe03 Feb 2018 5:55 p.m. PST

28mm Fanatik

I'm salivating now. Wow. Those look enticing.


Lucius04 Feb 2018 2:52 a.m. PST

Pegasus also just released the 1/144 Shermans that come with the War of the Worlds as a 2-pack, so you can beef up the human side at $4 USD per tank.

deflatermouse04 Feb 2018 3:15 a.m. PST

I have always been drawn to Quadrant 13 from Two Fat Lardies ..
It appealed because It was company sized. (using a couple of platoons etc)



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Legion 404 Feb 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

I always liked that model with the Martian "aircraft" zapping those M4s !

Personal logo 15mm and 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 8:53 p.m. PST

There's one for the tripods too.



Legion 406 Feb 2018 9:26 a.m. PST

Oh ! Did not see that one !!!! thumbs up

LDC27113 Feb 2018 12:10 a.m. PST

There is a Flames of War hack called "The Army of Men".

Cacique Caribe13 Feb 2018 7:27 a.m. PST

How about "The Army of Powdered Men?



zoneofcontrol13 Feb 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

LOL – I prefer sprinkles.

Pyrate Captain13 Feb 2018 8:00 p.m. PST

WOW rules….Tanks, guns, bombs, nothing stops them. Cities destroyed. Civilization all but eradicated. Then, the Martians catch a cold.

Rest and plenty of fluids and in 10 days, it starts all over again?

I'm not sure I get it.

LDC27114 Feb 2018 5:33 p.m. PST

In the original book cannons could stop the tripods.

Legion 415 Feb 2018 9:16 a.m. PST

My favorite scene in Tom Cruise's WotW was when the Grunt Platoon from 10MTN opened up with AT4s(IIRC) on the Marty Tripods when their shields failed. WHOWAAAA !!!!

I always make that point when gaming SF with Titans, Mechs, Combat Walkers, etc. They are nothing but very big targets … evil grin

Burn Baby Burn ! evil grin

iceaxe17 Apr 2018 11:18 p.m. PST

Hi – I'm keen on getting a copy of Invasion X by Killer B, but their website is no more. does anyone know where I can find one?

Other than the US, from where I'll be paying more in postage than the rules?

Cacique Caribe18 Apr 2018 9:38 a.m. PST

Iceaxe, check here, at the very bottom:


By the way, the premise of this movie could be adapted easily to a game taking place in the 50s:

TMP link

Just think … A group of 5 urban students goes out to the country, perhaps on a dare by friends or rivals at the malt shop, off to a cabin deep in the woods … :)

PS. Zeelow has also been working on rules for something similar:
TMP link

vicmagpa119 Apr 2018 10:09 p.m. PST

I'd use the "Awful Green Things from Outer Space" rule for weapons.

I played that game. lots of fun. does anybody makes the minis for the aliens?

Cacique Caribe20 Apr 2018 8:27 a.m. PST


Do they look like this?


I think Khurasan makes/made some for 15mm.


TMP link

PS. Also, I found these pictures of what I think looks like a miniatures version of the ship and the occupants:



Cacique Caribe20 Apr 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

Vending machine aliens look very Pulp SF too.



Legion 420 Apr 2018 2:06 p.m. PST

Love the looks of that spaceship !

And some of those vending machine aliens are kind of cool !

Pyrate Captain23 Apr 2018 6:03 p.m. PST

Much like the actual invasion or should I say, coup-de-coercition, most people wouldn't even now it was already a fait accompli.

TheBeast24 Apr 2018 6:22 p.m. PST

Not that I'm intending to try, but it'd seem possible to adapt All Quiet on the Martian Front. Fair amount of Flames of War 'Nam and Arab/Israeli sets around to bash the humans.

Actually, tripods fighting Arabs and/or Israelis would make an interesting change of pace.

Thanks for sharing those images, Dan. Not interested in those aliens; most are TOO cute, but that Znutar is AWESOME!

Okay, I take the first back; I've always loved cute bloodthirsty aliens. ;->=


Legion 425 Apr 2018 7:56 a.m. PST

There are a number of interesting Tripod models out there in a number of scales … link

I do like this one in particular … link

capncarp20 Jun 2018 7:53 p.m. PST

There was an anthology of alternate viewpoints of the War of the Worlds (War of the Worlds: A Global Perspective) by various authors, two of my favorites were "The Night of the Cooters", wherein the Martians learn the hard way why you "don't mess with Texas"; and the other was a pseudointellectual analysis of the Invasion vis-a-vis the writings of Emily Dickinson.

Cacique Caribe20 Jun 2018 8:27 p.m. PST


I'll check it out. Thanks!


Old Wolfman21 Jun 2018 7:30 a.m. PST

Or something like "The Invaders".

miniMo21 Jun 2018 8:34 a.m. PST

For skirmish level games set in the invasion, 7TV would be worth a look.

capncarp29 Jun 2018 10:01 p.m. PST

"War of the Worlds: A Global Perspective" should be "War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches".

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