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Zephyr109 Mar 2022 4:01 p.m. PST

Yes, those ones from the comic book ads from like 50 years ago. ;-)
Many of the sets had one page rules included in with the minis. Is there any place on the 'net that has collected them (images or pdf's) in one place? Not having any luck finding them (though I did find an image of the Gold Crown rules that were up on ebay.)
Thanks for any assistance! ;-)

DisasterWargamer09 Mar 2022 4:16 p.m. PST


Found this retyped version

Nice photo listing of all the old ads – or at least most of them

joedog09 Mar 2022 8:31 p.m. PST

I had a couple of those – but was not successful when I first attempted to send an envelope full of small change with a single postage stamp on it.

Zephyr109 Mar 2022 11:28 p.m. PST



Ran across it by accident, Google results just gave me garbage.

And the site has them all…! thumbs up

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2022 3:10 a.m. PST

I actually have 2 of the games: Tank Trap & Task Force (my playing board is not the fancy one). Got them in the early 70's I think.

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2022 8:52 a.m. PST

Zephyr, great find! Thank you.

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2022 8:55 a.m. PST

Thank you Disaster as well. I always imagined a huge "footlocker" coming in the mail!

Lucius10 Mar 2022 2:42 p.m. PST

I had bits and pieces of the Roman and Task Force sets that older kids in the neighborhood had purchased, and then ended up getting sold in garage sales, swapped for marbles, or worse.

As great as the ads were, we knew that the soldiers themselves were thin gruel compared to the Marx playsets that dominated our playtime, so I never did buy one directly.

I spent hours daydreaming about the ads, though.

Swampking11 Mar 2022 3:01 p.m. PST

I remember buying all of them, except for "Blast Off" (the space game). As a matter of fact, I remember taking the 'Battle of Chickamauga" to a friend's house and it got lost in the creek by his house.

Great times!

joedog12 Mar 2022 3:29 p.m. PST

IIRC, the "footlocker" set had flats that were not in scale with each other.

We used to set those up on a shelf, and shoot each other's armies with those disc guns (plastic disc about the size of a nickel) that were also popular in the 1970s.

Pretty sure I got the stunty little Revolutionary War set in 1976.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP16 May 2022 5:28 a.m. PST

Awesome links thank you all

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP16 May 2022 5:29 a.m. PST

I got the AWI flat in the early 60's and the flat WWII Footlocker in the later 60's

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