Help support TMP

"Used a Historical battle for a Sci-Fi setting? " Topic

16 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Campaign Message Board

Back to the SF Discussion Message Board

Back to the TMP Poll Suggestions Message Board

Areas of Interest

Science Fiction

524 hits since 19 Feb 2019
©1994-2019 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 3:14 p.m. PST

Have you ever used a historical battle or campaign as the outline or source material for a Sci-Fi game or campaign?

Soaring Soren19 Feb 2019 3:58 p.m. PST

I've used the scenarios from Lock N' Load Publishing's Forgotten Heroes: Vietnam to play Catachan Imperial Guard versus Orks, in a loose solo campaign. Closest I've gotten.
Oh, and played Orks Drift before.

Legion 419 Feb 2019 4:38 p.m. PST

Sure why not !? We talked about using AH's Panzerblitz scenarios for Epic. E.g. A Plt of T-34s = a Plt of L/Russes, Ragnoroks = KV1s, etc. …

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 5:45 p.m. PST

It's been said that sci-fi games and WWII games have a lot in common and share the same DNA, not just in terms of small arms ranged fire but also vehicles, big guns (arty) and air support. It would stand to reason that the missions of one could easily be used in the other.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 7:22 p.m. PST

Yep! The Alamo works well for Space Marines vs Orks

surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Feb 2019 8:07 p.m. PST

I do this all the time. Under the theory that historical battles are more interesting in most cases than one you just make up, I often disguise historical encounters and play them as science fiction games.

Buck Surdu

DesertScrb19 Feb 2019 9:37 p.m. PST

Yes. I used the battle of Stalingrad for a big Ogre scenario called Siege of Steelville:



bsrlee20 Feb 2019 12:25 a.m. PST

Recycling history as SF or Fantasy fiction is pretty much standard these days, you just get to play who is who in the story.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 6:43 a.m. PST

All the time.

A lot of scifi through the 80's was WWII in different clothes. Colonial gaming is colonial gaming, no matter what the planet. Resistance movements also have a lot of key tactical and strategic similarities, no matter what the venue, even when moved into space.

Lion in the Stars20 Feb 2019 6:49 a.m. PST

Crud, Lucas raided the LZ XRay movements for the Republic Gunships at the Battle of Geonosis in Ep2.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 8:21 a.m. PST

I've seen Rorke's Drift refought with Imperial Space Marines versus Orcs. Looked like a fun game.


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa20 Feb 2019 11:08 a.m. PST

Based a FUBAR scenario on a WWII Japanese vs Commonwealth action in the Kabaw Valley, Burma. So yes.

On a personal note it speeds up scenario design something wicked if you can just pinch an historic event…

Legion 421 Feb 2019 7:01 a.m. PST

Or Rourke's Drift with IG vs.'Nids ! huh?

And I've seen "Orkinowa" played too. evil grin

Aethelflaeda was framed22 Feb 2019 1:01 p.m. PST

Did Midway as a home brewed, sci-fi fleet game.

Oberlindes Sol LIC23 Feb 2019 1:48 p.m. PST

I have used situations from SMALL UNIT ACTION IN VIETNAM SUMMER 1966 By Captain Francis J. West, Jr., USMCR as an inspiration for StarGrunt games.


zircher23 Feb 2019 4:58 p.m. PST

Some of the Berserker books also used military action such as Midway for their stories.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.