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captaincold6928 Apr 2022 4:50 p.m. PST

So, I'm going to play Panzer by GMT using 6mm miniatures instead of the cardboard counters.

Anyone here use minis on their boards? If so, what other 3d items do you add to add a little more depth?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2022 6:56 p.m. PST

Yes, the Jackson Gamers use 15mm and 25mm (and even 40mm) soldiers for the various Commands & Colors games and 6mm/1:285 for Memoir 44.

We use variously scaled buildings, trees, hedges, and hills as well as other terrain items.


Perris070728 Apr 2022 7:37 p.m. PST

I am thinking about adapting the old Conquest of the Empire boardgame set in the Roman Empire period into a medieval era game and using 15mm miniatures to represent the armies. Early planning stages at this point.

Lazyworker28 Apr 2022 8:23 p.m. PST

Command and Colors.
Increase the size of the hexes and you're off to the races. I knew a guy at my FLAGS that created complete boards and painted 15mm armies for those willing to part with the cash.

Looks great if you already enjoyed the board game.

I don't recall him offering any 3D terrain as the troop stands could enter into them but it would have looked great.

captaincold6928 Apr 2022 8:34 p.m. PST

How does one increase the size of hexes on maps?

Nick Bowler28 Apr 2022 9:33 p.m. PST

For Command and Colors, I 3d printed hexes that clip together, and played the board game using 15mm miniatures. link

Martin Rapier28 Apr 2022 10:09 p.m. PST

Mainly the Command and Colours games. I use 10cm Hexon hexess, although my standard 30x30 bases fit fine on the supplied map boards too. I like the look of the bigger hexes and units though.

Otherwise, there are a few games like Waterloo 1815, XII Corps or the Table Battles series where I use my toys instead of blocks/counters to track unit strengths and locations.

rustymusket29 Apr 2022 3:15 a.m. PST

Yes, command and colors with a customer hex map with larger hexes. Great!

paul liddle29 Apr 2022 3:32 a.m. PST

Commands & Colors on a painted board with 90mm hexes drawn on.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2022 4:16 a.m. PST

Coming at it from the other side. Looking at board game rules which can be adapted to work with my 2mm WWII.

BattlerBritain29 Apr 2022 5:39 a.m. PST

I use 6mm for Squad Leader but on enlarged boards.

To enlarge a board basically scan it in and print it at a bigger size.

To print larger I use PaintShopPro7 to take the image and use PSPs image splitter to break the image down in to row and column cells then print each cell the same size in MS Word on separate pieces of paper. Cut and paste back together to get the bigger printed map.

I do battle on Squad Leader boards with 2 inch hexes. Looks great.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2022 5:53 a.m. PST

I use Cigar Box mats with printed 4" (flat to flat) hexes. Example: link

My 15mm figures are based to WRG+ stands and I use four stands per unit.


skipper John29 Apr 2022 7:32 a.m. PST

ColCampbell that was my first thought!

Nick Pasha29 Apr 2022 3:00 p.m. PST

Command and colors. I used a green railroad mat and drew 3' hexes on it. I use 15/18 mm figures. I made hills out of styrofoam, made fences, rock walls, trees, etc. I use 15mm buildings. For the Samurai game I am using castles from Samurai Swords game and I bought command screen tents from Eureka.

svsavory29 Apr 2022 7:24 p.m. PST

My solution is almost exactly like ColCampbell's.

huron725 Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2022 5:11 a.m. PST

Great subject. And much like robert piepenbrink I am always on the lookout to bring boardgame rules to the wargame table.

I have always wanted to convert "Ambush" to miniatures wargame. Enlarge the maps and use 15mm. It is on my to do list someday.

Another game system to look at is "Combat" from the 1980s. I've played around with that to bring to the miniature wargame table. Excellent rules.

Gallocelt03 May 2022 7:44 p.m. PST

My goal is to use 20mm Miniatures to indicate army groups. These markers will move about on the hex maps that I have designed. Since one of my main areas of interest is War of the Spanish Succession, I used 20mm Les Higgins figures that represent that historical period. Each figure has a number painted on the back of the base so that a commander can keep track of the whereabouts of the specific army group. The group represents whatever the general has designated to be in that force. For instance, it might contain 6 battalions of infantry 4 squadrons of cavalry and no artillery. Let's say that it is represented by the figure that has the number "3" painted on it (see the figure positioned at the city of Tournai). The commander keeps a document that records the names of the units represented by each figure.


I've not campaigned using this board or markers as yet but that is the plan.



Gozerius25 May 2022 6:14 p.m. PST

My son tarted up his Axis and Allies game by painting all the miniatures, putting decals on all the planes, etc.

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