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barcah200114 Dec 2021 3:16 a.m. PST

I need help in starting to collect and paint dinosaurs or cavemen and appropriate animals with my grandson. Are there rules for a game an 8 year old could play? I have thousands of historical gaming figures but I'm at a loss here and could use some help please.

Striker14 Dec 2021 4:40 a.m. PST

For dinosaurs I'd say hit Michael's arts/crafts. Not sure if they have scaled cavemen, the ones I've seen were large but from same Schleicht (sp?). If you're talking metal cavemen Pulp has them along with Acheson (also dinos and mammals), Reaper, and others I'm missing.

I use dinos mostly for big game hunts but I do have a handful of Copplestone and Acheson humans. The dinos from Schleicht work well, just not the smaller things like raptors as they aren't all in one set scale, but the big critters work fine.

A couple of links I found:


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Arcane Steve14 Dec 2021 5:16 a.m. PST

We carry a range of Cavemen and Ice Age beasts such as Mammoths and Cave Bears. The models are made from metal or resin and have some sharp points. They are designed for adult wargamers rather than children but if you are supervising the painting and playing, your 8 Year old should be fine. I have an 8 year old Granddaughter, who 'collects' them when she is in the mood to do some crafting!


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2021 5:18 a.m. PST

Check out Tribal/Primeval from Manna Press. Fairly simple rules that use playing cards rather than dice and rulers.
For figures, in metal the best are from Lucid Eye and Copplestone (North Star). There are also tubs of plastic cavemen, in larger size. Please don't mix cavemen and dinosaurs in the same game! You can use the rules to teach the child proper history.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Dec 2021 8:02 a.m. PST

Disagree. Mix cavemen and dinosaurs. Throw in some aliens or time travelers too if you feel like it.

Toy dinos are the way to go. Cheap, and usually already painted.

You can scour the toy aisle for humans, or use historical figures and go "Lost World."

For rules:


Captain dEwell14 Dec 2021 10:49 a.m. PST

+1 Arcane Steve

I've not yet purchased any from Arcane but they are top of my list in this genre. I'd been looking for a while and believe they are the Miniatures for me.


Rules, I'd try Caveman Clash 2nd Edition from link for a start.
Got mine for free!



Explore both …why don't you

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2021 7:35 p.m. PST

I bought a bucket of 54mm tall Cave Men from Wal-Mart's toy department, around 20 years ago. I painted the parts which were not flesh, then I painted on The Dip (Minwax Polyshades Royal Walnut urethane stain). I Hot Glued them to 50mm squares of MDF, as bases: Link1; Link2; Link3.

I use them as AD&D Hill Giants, but they look decent at arm's length. The urethane can rub off, but it's quick and easy to touch them up, as needed. The bases help avoid rough handling which makes their paint last longer.

My cave men figures were made by Tim Mee. They still make them. Easy-peasy for your intended purpose. Cheers!

barcah200115 Dec 2021 6:44 a.m. PST

Thank you for the suggestions!

Dan Cyr15 Dec 2021 9:38 a.m. PST

You can, if you have a 3D printer, a huge choice of files ranging from dinosaurs to the last ice age.

Joe Jarge Pereiro has had a number of KS projects that might be of interest.

Koval Liudmila has had several KS projects that might be of interest.


Legionarius15 Dec 2021 6:19 p.m. PST

Sgt Slag +1. O have the same cave men. Good stuff for kids and adults. They are perfect for large plastic dinos and mamoths.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2021 10:57 a.m. PST

I used the plastic Triceratops toys in the same bucket from Wal-Mart, as Ultra-Heavy Cavalry mounts for some Goblins… Totally out there, even for my fantasy games, but it sure was a lot of fun to put them on the table for a game! I used Caesar 1/72 Goblins, cut off from their injection molded bases. Used E6000 Glue to secure the Gobbos behind the head-shield of the dino's. They looked awesome, IMO. LOL! Cheers!

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