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4th Cuirassier05 Dec 2019 8:43 a.m. PST

If you had 1/32 Airfix modern Germans, British, Soviet, and SAS figures, and you were also using the accompanying vehicles as transport / support – Saracen armoured car, Alvis Stalwart, Bedford truck – what sort of sci-fi opponent could you pit them against?

Skirmish size battles maybe in a BUA against, I don't know, something nasty coming out of the ground? Something a bit Quatermass, or maybe the Thing?

A mate has come by a stash of these and we're thinking about a change of pace. They are all 70s vintage, i.e. made then but also depicting the troops of then. Who could they fight?

Rich Bliss05 Dec 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

A friend of mine ran a famous Twilight 2000 scenario with US Army veterans fighting radioactive slugs.

Scary Robots ate my Puppy05 Dec 2019 9:26 a.m. PST

How about sculpting an alien parasite onto backs of similar troopers and having them as mind-slaves like Robert Heinlein's Puppet Masters?

paul liddle05 Dec 2019 9:27 a.m. PST

Daleks?.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa05 Dec 2019 10:05 a.m. PST

Clearly something that looks like a bloke in a rubber suit….

More helpfully – giant plastic insects and/or arachnids?

Airfix did do a set of 1:32 sci-fi figures, which were actually rather good that included some lizardmen-like aliens with blasters that would be rather good. But I doubt you could get hold of even a handful for anything other than really silly money.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2019 10:17 a.m. PST

Zombies, of course.


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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2019 11:11 a.m. PST

Those 70s Airfix figures are some of the best they made. The "Modern British" is a particular favorite of mine.

4th Cuirassier05 Dec 2019 4:45 p.m. PST

Yeah, the scenario I'm envisaging would be small units sent out in their Stalwarts / trucks with a Saracen as support to, well, do something or retrieve something.

I'm thinking something like the XCom PC games. What would they fight and who does the miniatures?

Daleks could be good except that in recent times one Dalek would be invincible. Does anyone do 1/32 Daleks?

emckinney05 Dec 2019 11:34 p.m. PST

Posleen.

paul liddle06 Dec 2019 2:51 a.m. PST

Does anyone do 1/32 Daleks?

Might these do.. auction

I remembered having some soft plastic "Timpo" style ones as a boy in the '60s.

Lonkka1Actual06 Dec 2019 3:45 a.m. PST

Zombies is always indeed a good choice.

Also, dinosaurs.
Or Godzilla ( = overkill!)

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2019 5:10 a.m. PST

I'm lucky, I live in Thailand which appears to be the home of cheap plastic Taiwan/Chinese/Vietnamese/sweat shop du jour models. I can get Godzilla models in about 20 different sizes. So I picked up a dozen of them at about 60mm high. With just a smidge of work with plastic rod and strip, plus a paint job, they become great alien invaders.

Scour the cheap pound or dollar stores, it's amazing what you can find.

The Shadow06 Dec 2019 7:16 a.m. PST

The OP offered his own suggestion. NATO vs. Warsaw Pact. Russians vs. any of the others mentioned.

4th Cuirassier06 Dec 2019 8:20 a.m. PST

The Warsaw Pact aren't really sci-fi enough. Where are the plasma cannon, the endo-rifles, the quark lasers, the hovertanks?

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa06 Dec 2019 10:52 a.m. PST

Those 70s Airfix figures are some of the best they made. The "Modern British" is a particular favorite of mine.

I had a set as kid, good sculpts, poses not bad and IIRC it actually had a good number of support weapons.

There is at least one Russian company churning out 54mm sci-fi figures. Size difference probably won't mean much for alien-types. Stylistically probably not quite what was asked for, but not badly priced if you if you don't buy from the first ebay seller you find.

I also have a vague memory of cheap plastic not-cybermen?

paul liddle06 Dec 2019 1:03 p.m. PST

What about plastic toy spiders, luminous or otherwise.

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I recall an old Dr.Who with giant spiders.

joedog07 Dec 2019 11:04 p.m. PST

Not so "Giant" robots.

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Umpapa08 Dec 2019 9:08 a.m. PST

SCS Direct Robot Fantasy Sci-fi Action Figures

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4th Cuirassier08 Dec 2019 12:58 p.m. PST

How big are the SCS things?

How do people game versus (eg) giant spiders – do the spiders have hit points or what?

I quite like the idea of a large adversary you need to fire missiles at, but which doesn't shoot them back, so you don't need to be armoured. This would allow the incorporation of SHADO mobiles…

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