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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 8:57 a.m. PST

OK, my 28mm medieval/fantasy figures can run off with chests, barrels, sacks and livestock. Does anyone know of a nice line of high-tech Maguffins for my SF figures to steal and fight over, or is it back to the bits box?

Bob Hume21 Aug 2021 11:37 a.m. PST

Well, for Stargrave, I went to Litko and ordered colored, shaped tokens that say data and physical on them. Still, they are just tokens though, not actual items.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 11:42 a.m. PST

Ground Zero Games and Brigademodels make a large assortment of boxes, cases, that look quite SF. Gamer Craft does some along with Khurasan. Must be a ton of 3D modelers making stuff also.

Scalecreep carries the Brigademodels stuff in the USA

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 11:49 a.m. PST

Had to look up the word "maguffins". Sounds like it can be anything you want it to be. Something in a box (could be a mystery what is actually is) that is the objective to recover.

On a side note concerning treasure. Finding fantasy themed treasure is much more fun than science fiction treasure; which is mainly finding more ammo,

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 1:24 p.m. PST

Something like this?


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 1:35 p.m. PST

The usual spelling is McGuffin or MacGuffin (depending on whether you're feeling Irish or Scottish, respectively). Hitchcock popularized use of the term.

Any kind of small object can be painted and accessorized into science fiction loot, such as the little plastic cubes that are used in many games. Glue on a couple of pieces of flat toothpick for handles, paint it gray or silver or whatever, and you're done. Make a little assembly line, use spray paint, and easily do as many as you need.

You may also find some useful items in the bead section of Joann's or Michael's or even stores like Dollar Tree.

Sprues are another good source of accessories.

Those little cans of compressed gas that you find on the street all the time (in certain neighborhoods anyway) make good tanks of fuel or oxygen or whatever commodity-type loot you might need. ("Remember, we're stealing the one that's full of deuterium, not urine. Read the signage!")

blackjack07121 Aug 2021 2:14 p.m. PST

Warsenal sells various items as "scatter terrain" that might be suitable – supply boxes, medical caches, and various pods, barrels, and containers.

Reaper has a couple of things in their Bones line – the "sci-fi barrels" and "starship generator" look promising. I recently got the "soda machine" to add a whimsical touch to the next sci-fi board I set up, but I can see it as something to be carted off in a scenario.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 2:25 p.m. PST

WargamesVaukt has a lot of sci fi crates and such you print yourself.

Battle Systems also makes stuff (as well as walls that come with clips)

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 2:31 p.m. PST

Thank you, one and all. 79th PA, you especially were spot on. And yes, it was reading the Stargrave rules which got me thinking of them. Maybe it's just me, but I hate to put time, money and energy into the figures and terrain, and then paper it all over with tokens and markers.

Now for Northwest Smith and Yarol figures!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 4:00 p.m. PST

blackjack, I can see it too. GI's managing to crush themselves under vending machines by tilting them to get a free soft drink used to be a fairly common cause of death. In the field, with vehicles…one can only imagine. But in the Stargrave universe--well, clearly the machine is filled with Mocha Cola, not produced since the Last War, and some millionaire collector/lunatic warlord will pay a fortune for the stuff.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 4:47 p.m. PST

Ummm, Mocha Cola.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Aug 2021 6:32 p.m. PST


Thresher0122 Aug 2021 5:02 a.m. PST

Depends upon your sense of scale (28mm listed here, but I'm considering the other definition too), e.g. small arms, heavy weapons, wine, rare jewels, high tech electronics, etc., etc..

Of course, that could be increased in size to vehicles, crates, individual boxes of rare or valuable items, creatures, slaves, etc., etc. too.

Then, on a much larger scale, we're talking individual cargo containers, or even whole ship loads of cargo containers, etc., and perhaps, even the ships carrying the cargo themselves.

There are some nice, cargo containers and boxes on Etsy available for sale.

Saxondog22 Aug 2021 8:04 p.m. PST

Playing with my 3d printer ….. laptops, tablets, ATMs, guns, etc….no two markers the same

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Aug 2021 7:09 a.m. PST

I always make my own.

Bottle caps stuff is great, IMHO. One of my faves --- a bottle cap used as a paint holder:


williamb23 Aug 2021 9:45 a.m. PST
Der Krieg Geist27 Aug 2021 4:52 p.m. PST

Robert, I am an advocate of the bits box route here. Either power-pack components for various Science fiction heavy weapons or quick parts bashing to create something intriguing to look at, can be made for minimum effort. With a little prompting , you might be able to convince someone to build them for you ;)

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