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ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa08 Nov 2023 9:34 a.m. PST

Picked up a copy of GWs old introductory Space Fleet game. Initially planned to use some of my Red Alert plastic vessels as proxies since the original vessels and follow up Battlefleet Gothic ones are long OOP, thin on the ground, and stupid expensive on eBay. But there's been a rise in the number of more Grim-dark proxies particularly 3D printed. I like Valiant miniatures BattleGroup Helios range but they are a little bit pricy – even though I don't need many. Anyone have any other recommendations? UK-based so shipping costs will probably render postage from the US budget destroying.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2023 11:57 a.m. PST

The BFG ships are a bit big compared to Spacefleet – I don't think they'd mix well.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART09 Nov 2023 4:34 a.m. PST

3d printing seems to be the best fix. Perhaps custom designs to fit the look and size needed? Sadly, the big question is how?

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2023 1:12 p.m. PST

Are the original Spacefleet expensive on eBay now? They used to be quite unloved…

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa10 Nov 2023 5:53 a.m. PST

Original Space Fleet metals seem to be around GBP10 and upwards for 'buy it now' on eBay. Auctions are a bit more varied obviously. BFG seems to be even more so. Quality is also an issue the metals tend to be okay but the core set plastics seem to hard to get in decent condition

Thx for the heads up on size difference don't think I appreciated that.

There are some nice 3D prints around but again can be quit pricy to purchase (seem very much pegged to the aftermarket price of the actual BFG mini's) and probably scaled more for BFG.

Vanguard does do a rather good match for the original Gothic Battleship (need to check the measurements though)

billclo11 Nov 2023 4:16 a.m. PST

Have you looked on Etsy for some 3d printed proxies? BFG-lookalike ships are everywhere on Etsy or Shapeways.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa12 Nov 2023 1:10 p.m. PST

In the UK at least there is a lot of cross-over between Etsy and Ebay sellers of 3d printed stuff. Though I did find one different seller on Etsy with a limited range but slightly cheaper than other options. But will have to check sizing.

There is some nice stuff on Shapeways, I really fancied some of the TTA designs that were put up, but their pricing particularly postage has always put me off.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2023 3:16 p.m. PST

eBay can be wildly out there.

I recently picked up a pair of Shadow Hunters(Eldar) for less than $8 USD, and as I was buying several small things, shippage was next to nothing.

I actually always thought some of the Imperial designs would have made more sense as space 'High' elves, given the high round domes and hull curves.

Weirdly, a few of the Man O' War Slanesh felt the same…

Given the widening of scope I just experienced, I shall cogitate more. Maybe another look at recent Spelljammer offerings…


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa18 Nov 2023 3:12 a.m. PST

Yeah Ebay has always been more than a little bi-polar on pricing.

Vanguard miniatures also sell STL files if you have access to a 3d printer. Even though I was never a massive fan of Eldar ships they have some rather nice looking Space Elf designs for sale. Its the sails that did it for me.
The not-Imperial stuff for some weird reason puts me in mind of Stargate ships.

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