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DisasterWargamer08 Sep 2019 3:39 p.m. PST

Was reading how one of Compass games (Battle Hymn) is easily converted to miniatures play (not Campaign Games).

Was remembering easy conversions of some of Craig Taylor Games (Fire Power and Close Assault) and was wondering what other Board games easily make that transition?

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 3:52 p.m. PST

AH's Mustangs, Flight Leader and Tobruk.

Wargamer Blue08 Sep 2019 3:57 p.m. PST

Conflict of Heroes.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 4:22 p.m. PST

The Panzer series being reissued by GMT Games are convertible. Squad Leader and Advanced Squad Leader – AH published 2 games specifically to use with 1/285 or 1/300 scale figures.
Ironclad and Ironclad Expansion.
Panzerblitz and Panzer Leader.

Rich Bliss08 Sep 2019 4:24 p.m. PST

GDW first battles system translates well.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 5:01 p.m. PST

The Commands and Colors series can be easily adapted: ancients, Napoleonics et. al.

HMS Exeter08 Sep 2019 5:21 p.m. PST

The most beautifully painted army I ever saw was done by a fellow doing counter replacements for AH's Waterloo.

Each "stand" was a glorious mini-diorama.

Ragbones08 Sep 2019 5:25 p.m. PST

‘Ancients,' by Bill Banks.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 6:02 p.m. PST

Conflict of Heroes (Academy Games), Undaunted (Osprey), Nations at war (Lock and Load Publishing). Wooden Ships and Iron Men (Avalon Hill). For solo play Combat! (Compass Games).

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 6:15 p.m. PST

I've always though that Kingmaker would be great for a minis campaign.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 7:01 p.m. PST

Wooden Ships and Iron Men.

3rd5ODeuce Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 7:10 p.m. PST

AH's original Squad Leader is great with miniatures.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 7:30 p.m. PST

Blue Max

There might be a difference between converting a board game to a miniatures game as opposed to playing a board game with miniatures.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 7:47 p.m. PST

Victory In The Pacific

Prince Rupert of the Rhine08 Sep 2019 10:28 p.m. PST

I always wanted to convert Samurai Blades to a use miniatures I think it would work well as a miniature skirmish games.

chasseur08 Sep 2019 11:19 p.m. PST

MBT (Avalon Hill) in fact, the original edition had a small set of rules at the end suggesting how one could use 1/285 micro armor and GeoHex terrain to play the game in 3D.

It was that game that got me to move from board games into miniatures. Went right down to Brookhurst hobbies, bought a bunch of GHQ armor and a box of GeoHex. Never looked back.

Sundance09 Sep 2019 5:25 a.m. PST

The La Battaille series is essentially miniatures rules played with board and counters.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 5:56 a.m. PST

As Sundance notes The 'La Bataille' series and the old "System 7" are miniatures with cardboard counters. You also replace counters n board games with miniatures. I saw a guy make up AH Blitzkrieg using GHQ miniatures instead of counters.

The freeware game rules by Pz8 (forget where they can be found) in the WW2 divisional set uses one counter to represent a battalion. Those can changed for based miniatures quite easily.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 7:51 a.m. PST

Yes, even the old AH Panzerblitz and Panzerleader …

dmebust09 Sep 2019 12:31 p.m. PST

Kingmaker, using the Peter Pig, Bloody Barons rules. Bloody Kingmaker is a supplement. Search around to find it, I think it is free.

JimSelzer09 Sep 2019 1:10 p.m. PST

AH Tobruk and Wooden Ships TSR Dawn Patrol

Timmo uk09 Sep 2019 2:01 p.m. PST

AH WS&IM as noted above.

AH Bismarck as the advanced rules are just like a miniatures game and therefore I presume AH Jutland, which uses the same combat system, would also convert well.

Richtofen's War would convert and the WoG models would be ideal but it might need a large playing area and I always thought the rules were/are flawed.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 2:45 p.m. PST

I have converted the "awful green things from outer space" into a game of miniatures in both 25 mm scale And 75 mm. Also "the creature that ate Sheboygan." I converted the board game Clue into a miniatures game where the players are fighting zombies in the house instead of looking for a murderer.

(Leftee)09 Sep 2019 2:52 p.m. PST

Soldier King Avalanche Press for SYW.

rmaker09 Sep 2019 3:37 p.m. PST

AH's U-Boat – the first printing actually had miniatures.
AH's Jutland.

Some of the games mentioned above such as TSR's Dawn Patrol (aka Fight in the Skies) are actually miniatures games masquerading as board games.

Panzerblitz and Panzer Leader are frequently cited above. To them should be added the rest of the SPI Tactical Game series.

Drone710 Sep 2019 1:30 a.m. PST

Blue Max
All the Commands & Colors series

langobard10 Sep 2019 2:28 a.m. PST

Another vote for the old La Bataille series.

rmaker10 Sep 2019 9:40 a.m. PST

The Commands and Colors games are again cases of miniatures rules masquerading as board games.

surdu200510 Sep 2019 1:30 p.m. PST

Panzer, Armor, and 88 from Yaquinto.

Russ Lockwood10 Sep 2019 6:03 p.m. PST

Can't remember the magazine, maybe the AH General, maybe not, but I recall someone did a "3D" PanzerBlitz board with thick cardboard contours and the map glued atop it so you had "real" hills, gullies, etc. No trees or buildings (beyond those printed on the map), but the 3D effect looked cool. Must have been painstaking work to cut along the hexlines to separate one contour level from another. The guy used the 6mm GHQ tanks in the photos.

Now with the Pico 3mm figures and Irregular (?) 2mm figs, you can populate such a hexgrid with a fair representation of multiple figures per platoon. Who knows, bigger hexes might be available as well.

KSmyth10 Sep 2019 8:04 p.m. PST

Yaquinto's Ironclads. Play with hexes with 1/1200. Toss the hexes with 1/600.

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