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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Jan 2022 8:00 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

It seems that people are most comfortable playing the great war that never was. Is modern war miniatures gaming stuck in the 1980s?

41% said "no, modern gaming is not stuck in the 80s"
30% said "yes, modern gaming is stuck in the 80s"

Captain Pete12 Jan 2022 12:36 p.m. PST

I see all sorts of Modern games being played including contemporary hypothetical scenarios.

I do think that most Cold War goes hot with NATO vs Warsaw Pact are set in the 1980s. I think that is a function of more cool "toys" to use and more varied camo patterns for vehicles.

Having said that, the Cold War lasted approximately 45 years and there were a number of possible scenarios that could have caused things to heat up.

Not counting the end of WWII with a possible transition into WWIII(The Patton Fantasy Scenario) there were several other possible trigger points prior to the 1980s.

1948 Berlin Airlift, 1961 Berlin Crisis, 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, 1973 Arab-Israeli War are just a few that happened before 1980.

My main Modern interests are the 1967 and '73 Arab-Israeli Wars and yes, I am painting armies for 1980s NATO vs. Warsaw Pact. I like the variety of weaponry and vehicles in that era although have nothing against doing Cold War games set in earlier periods.

Striker12 Jan 2022 10:57 p.m. PST

For big tank battles I'm sticking to 83 Europe Brits and Sovs. When it comes to skirmish games then the timeline moves up to current day since there's more "gaming meat" to it than drones and 1 shot kill type battles, hard to make it interesting. Skirmish lends itself to all kinds of historically probable scenarios.

Valderian14 Jan 2022 11:13 p.m. PST

I don't know how you perceive these times with Russia-Ukraine-NATO tense situation in the past years, but at least for wargaming these are good news: modern wargaming should definitely not be stuck in '80s when you have 2010s. There are many examples of new vehicles and military equipment not represented in wargaming. Also, we have Irak, Afghanistan and other battlefields examples that should be fun to represent on tabletop wargaming.

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