So I had this idea that in the game world of Star Frontiers I wanted to use 15mm miniatures instead of the 1″ counters used in the original game.
My goal was to run the game mainly on a mat that had a grid drawn on it and use 15mm miniatures on the grid. My first hurdle was finding a place that sold 15mm scifi miniatures. This was easier said than done. Eventually I found what appeared to be a company called Brigade Games that had 15mm science fiction miniatures that looked like they would work. Brigade Games site is http://www.brigadegames.com/StoreFront/e88/s946/p1/Brigade-Games-SciFi-15mm .html
The first step to using 15mm miniatures is getting yourself a grid map or hex map (or both) so you can see where everything is on your tabletop. Then it’s just a matter of finding an appropriate vehicle template, putting it together with some sanding paper and spray adhesive, then popping it onto your vehicle base plate! Finally comes painting time…
15mm miniatures on the grid.
My goal was to run the game mainly on a mat that had a grid drawn on it and use 15mm miniatures on the grid.
The idea was that by using the grid lines, movement would become more efficient. Movement is critical in Star Frontiers because it affects how quickly you can get from point A to point B, so if you’re moving too slowly or too fast it can cause problems later when trying to shoot someone or shoot at them.
Also by having this additional level of detail (the grid) added into your miniatures, combat becomes much more engaging since you have something else other than just another piece of scenery which needs looking at every time there’s combat going on; instead now everything has meaning behind its placement – even if they’re standing still they still give off some kind of vibe or feeling because they’re marked out clearly as ‘X’ or ‘O’ etcetera…
My first hurdle was finding a place that sold 15mm scifi miniatures.
My first hurdle was finding a place that sold 15mm scifi miniatures. Luckily, I found one in my local gaming store and bought some bases, ship parts and ships to get started.
I also decided to run my game mainly on a mat with grid drawn on it. This way I could use the same basic rules for movement as well as combat (Movement based on distance from target point), but have more flexibility with terrain placement – if there are any holes in your walls or doors you can use them as cover points even if they’re not covered by terrain cards!
This was easier said than done.
You can also find a company that sells 15mm scifi miniatures, maps, vehicles and terrain. The first thing you want to do is look at their website and see what they have available. Then you should contact them by email or phone with your request. If they say no then move on to the next company!
Eventually I found what appeared to be a company called Alternative Armies that had 15mm science fiction miniatures that looked like they would work.
Ground Zero Games (GZG) is another good source. They have some good looking models and some are made out of resin , which is great as it allows you to paint them without having to worry about damaging the surface. There’s also a good selection of different types of aliens and even some vehicles included in their sets!
One thing I do know is that its incredibly difficult to find vehicles or minature sets for scifi games at this scale, especially vehicles like flying cars, hoversleds and grav tanks etc..
- One thing I do know is that its incredibly difficult to find vehicles or minature sets for scifi games at this scale, especially vehicles like flying cars, hoversleds and grav tanks etc..
- This is because they’re not as popular here in the US. The other countries don’t really have the same tastes as us Americans.
If you want to run a scifi game with 15mm miniatures, then these should be your first stop. They have everything from asteroids to starships and they are easy enough to buy online or at any convention.