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Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 1:46 a.m. PST

I need a new project something completely new to me. I have not started anything new in some time (since completing English State police). Preferably something available as a starter set, set army or similar but not games workshop.
I have most of the obvious stuff already so it must be something new or very unusual.

I am starting to go spare, I'm on the corona virus very vulnerable list and have emptied my lead mountain. I really need something to work on.


Prince Rupert of the Rhine06 Jun 2020 2:35 a.m. PST

Maybe Maelstrom's Edge has a complete starter set?


Prince Rupert of the Rhine06 Jun 2020 2:39 a.m. PST

or Dropzone Commander?


Insomniac06 Jun 2020 3:18 a.m. PST

Star Saga?:


parrskool06 Jun 2020 5:34 a.m. PST

Dan Dare ? Retro sci-fi models available from Irregular Miniatures?

TNE230006 Jun 2020 5:44 a.m. PST

…or very unusual.

female cannibals?
penguin civil wars?

jwebster Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 7:09 a.m. PST

"Emptied the lead mountain"
I did not realize that there was such a concept …

And now for something different

If you haven't painted Samurai before, it's enough to drive you crazy, with or without coronavirus. Painting details … The Perry figures are very nice, the Steel Fist are very very nice. There are lots of rules out there, I like Ronin, and the figure packs are nice

The Dragon Rampant rules are fun and great for pickup games. Building an army is flexible and simple the author intended it to be an excuse to bring out old figures that haven't seen the light of day for a while. You could take some stuff that you have already and add a centerpiece figure or two to make an impressive (or crazy) army

A completely new painting technique

A showpiece piece of terrain


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 7:53 a.m. PST

Okay, since folks are posting other than Sci Fi ideas, I have one for you. Neolithic gaming. Pick up copies of Tribal and Primeval, several packs of Lucid Eye cavemen and two decks of cards. The game is loads of fun, even solo. No die every or rulers needed, just cards, figures and terrain.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2020 8:21 a.m. PST

Thank you all for suggestions to date

Prince Rupert of the Rhine
Maelstrom's Edge looks much like a lot of SF of that ilk I've downloaded the rules for an intense scrut but I don't think so. Dropzone Commander looks better and Carnevale by the same manufacturer may well be the one. Thank you for that link.

Looks too much like other stuff. Probably not but will give it a good look at.

I've Dan Dare the Mekon and Treen from when they were the latest in SF

I'd forgotten khurasan I'll have to give their stuff a good looking over again.

I had thought of Medieval Mayhem but like to have my minis as playing pieces. They might do for some minor stand alone for other forces.
Samurai I have quite a few both fantasy and historic. Including a Satsuma force facing Perry.
Dragon Rampant I have

Thank you all Please keep suggestions coming.


Jakar Nilson06 Jun 2020 9:15 a.m. PST

Heavy Gear Blitz? With the new plastics, you've got four different starter sets.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa07 Jun 2020 4:29 a.m. PST

Browse Irregular Miniatures website for inspiration, even if you're not keen on their miniatures they seem to do figures for pretty much any actual or conceivable conflict!

Brigade Models does aeronef starters and fleet packs if that kind of things floats your VSF dirigible, plus starters and army packs for their other ranges. They also do Iron Stars – a rather small range of 'pre-dreadnoughts in space' plus rules.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2020 9:19 a.m. PST

How about 1/72 fantasy plastics? They are inexpensive, more detailed than you might imagine, and very nicely designed. I recommend both Caesar fantasy figures, and Red Box's Light and Dark Alliance figures.

They are suitable for generic fantasy gaming, as well as LotR gaming! Rules are up to you. My personal choice is TSR's 2e BattleSystem rules, available from Hard copies are usually available on e-Bay, and Amazon. They're a bucket-o-dice game, which has a joy all its own. When you have a line of 50 Orcs, facing a line of 50 Humans, each side will roll 50 dice, one for each figure attacking… A Dice Tower, with tray, is highly recommended to contain your dice. >;-) Cheers!

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa07 Jun 2020 9:44 a.m. PST

Thinking about plastic what diesel punk air pirates (like Crimson Skies, Sky Captain etc) – PSC does some plastic 1:300 aircraft for their Battle of Britain game, which are cheap enough to be low risk conversion fodder (if they have any in stock).

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian08 Jun 2020 3:26 p.m. PST
Der Krieg Geist26 Jun 2020 2:06 a.m. PST

X42Brown, Have you considered taking a new setting and marring it to a new(to you) set of rules?
Examples I have done: Meta-Barons as setting and painting inspiration and WarEngine (free rules,update of ShockForce II) or Fading Suns as setting and StarGrunt or Void 1.5 as rules.
There are many possibilities, even the original Rogue Trader 40K is much more of a small size skirmish game and although it offered a setting ,was designed to be generic SF also..
I Have also considered playing Infinity while using miniatures from many other manufacturers.

Der Krieg Geist26 Jun 2020 2:17 a.m. PST

As for games with Starter sets, as you posted as one of your preferences….How about Beyond the Gates of Antares for multi-squad battles or Maelstroms Edge for smaller conflicts?
I Can't really endorse either as I have not played them but I really like the look of the miniatures. :)

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