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Author Topic: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)  (Read 1120 times)

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2021, 12:00:53 PM »
Oh, I meant, have yíall changed the measurement ranges for LR/DR at this scale or just left it all as is?

I did order some sweet beehive huts for what I thought was going to be 28mm, but they seem to work great for 1:72 as well. Here they are with a Citadel Dark Future model and two Dark Alliance zombies.
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Offline Hobgoblin

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Re: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)
« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2021, 12:14:06 PM »
Ah - right! No, I do the same as you and keep movement, ranges, etc., the same. The big advantage in DR/LR is that there's more space on the table because of the smaller footprint of the figures.

Those huts look spot on for 1/72. Great painting on the miniatures too!

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)
« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2021, 01:38:35 PM »
Thanks!

ok, I'm convinced. However, these great Zvedza "retinue in a box" seem hard to come by now. OOP? Certainly not low cost...ha!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ZVEZDA-1-72-ENGLISH-KNIGHTS-OF-THE-100-YEARS-WAR-BRAND-NEW/393241804412?hash=item5b8f09be7c:g:luYAAOSwQb5gcyuE

Maybe all the 100 Years War English are oop, because I can find a box of French Knights and French Infantry. The English...not so much.

Italeri seem a little more available. Decent models?

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=412
« Last Edit: April 14, 2021, 02:04:22 PM by Jack Hooligan »

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Re: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2021, 02:04:25 PM »
Wow! I bought that very box about a year ago for about a tenner.

Oh, well! There are plenty of other good medieval sets out there. It's well worth having a good look through Plastic Solcier Review's medieval section.


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Re: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)
« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2021, 02:56:23 PM »
 This Model shop near to me has quite a large range of 1/72 scale figures in-stock and have a sale on at the moment.Might come in handy for some.

 https://northeastmodelcentre.co.uk/product-category/plastic-kits/?filter_scale=1-72

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)
« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2021, 03:01:16 PM »
Lots of evil in this Dark/Light Alliance /Redbox line. Needs some more 'good' units.

I'm loving the look of the necromancer and skeletons in the Caesar Miniatures undead box... seems oop too! Same with the Adventurers.

Availability might be the largest hurdle at this scale.
« Last Edit: April 14, 2021, 03:15:17 PM by Jack Hooligan »

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Re: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)
« Reply #36 on: April 14, 2021, 03:33:22 PM »
I think the previous replies cover the topic of 1:72 figures well. Iíve used them for a bunch of side-projects, where I wanted to give a period a try but didnít want to go all-in on 28mm. For me, that has been samurai, Colonials, WW1, WW2 and War or 1812/Napoleonics. Only the WW1, WW2 and War of 1812 projects really went anywhere, but Iíve been quite happy with the results.

I donít really understand why, but I can paint 1:72 figures to a decent standard far more quickly than 15mm. Faster than 28mm, I understand, but 15s? I think maybe it is because the 1:72 figs are so cheap that I donít get as uptight.

In any case, the finished armies look good and you can make big units without going bankrupt! My War of 1812 infantry are 32-man units and they look suitably imposing on the table!
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Re: Low cost wargames (or how to play wargames on a budget)
« Reply #37 on: April 14, 2021, 08:23:09 PM »
[quote author=Pattus Magnus link=topic=130726.msg1658321#msg1658321 date=1618414402

I donít really understand why, but I can paint 1:72 figures that a decent standard far more quickly than 15mm. Faster than 28mm, I understand, but 15s? I think maybe it is because the 1:72 figs are do cheap that I donít get as uptight.

[/quote]

I find the same! They're somehow more sympathetic as well as cheaper. I find 15mm more of a false economy, time wise, because they can look a bit bland unless you spend time amping up the contrasts.

 

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