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Scott Muir
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I've just found in my attic a TON of those little plastic green and tan army men and a few of their little vehicles. It occured to me that I have the makings for a potential miniature wargame here. I see that there seem to be a lot of different rulesets people have made for the little plastic guys.

My question is, if anyone has tried any of them, what rulesets do you like best and could you link me to them ?
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Gregor McNish
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I used to play a set of rules published as a paperback book called _Operation Warboard_. Straightforward and fun. No idea of availability. I think we were using the 1/72 scale. We played on a small sand table.
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Rob "Bodhi" Wolff
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Here is a link to dozens and dozens of free world war 2 miniatures rulesets, including some for army men.

http://www.freewargamesrules.co.uk/index.php/Main/WW2

As well as a link to a page devoted to fighting using army men in particular

http://www.thortrains.net/armymen/

We used these rules once
http://www.juniorgeneral.org/w2plastic/plastic.html
and they worked nicely. Quick and simple, but fun, specifically for army men.

A slightly goofier version, inspired by the PC game "Army Men", is here.
http://www.thortrains.net/armymen/newpic04/fpgame1.html

There is a free copy of Plastic Warfare
http://www.thortrains.net/armymen/newpic04/fpgame1.html

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Richard Partin
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Try this link:

http://www.angelfire.com/games2/warpspawn/GPM.html
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I started a Geeklist (Plastic Toy Soldier Games) about this topic before I found this forum.

I put some of your ideas on the list and a link back to here. Thanks!
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Coldwarrior1984 wrote:
I started a Geeklist (Plastic Toy Soldier Games) about this topic before I found this forum.

I put some of your ideas on the list and a link back to here. Thanks!


Hmm, I would love to make a customer measure tape army man game ala Warhammer!
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When I was a kid, we'd set up opposing armies in the sandbox, then bomb the bejesus out of them with rocks.

INCOMING!!!

Anybody that stayed upright survived.

SOOOO much fun.
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Combat Storm
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chiba13 wrote:
When I was a kid, we'd set up opposing armies in the sandbox, then bomb the bejesus out of them with rocks.

INCOMING!!!

Anybody that stayed upright survived.

SOOOO much fun.


Oh sure. When we got older, it was lady finger firecrackers and BB guns and wrist rocket (slingshots). Dirt bombs...pebbles...sticks...anything that would fly was used as a projectile.

Toy soldiers...fun forever.
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hasn't noticed this thread.

If you're still looking for rules, try : The Games of War: A Treasury of Rules for Battles with Toy Soldiers, Ships and Planes
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*cough*

These are CUTE!!!

http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=7595&cn=622
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I don't know who you plan to play against, but I really had a blast with the rules when my boy was younger.

http://www.alliancemartialarts.com/1BCToySoldiers.pdf

It would be hard to find a faster playing, easier set of rules for green plastic army men.


*just noticed the recent thread necromancy. Oops. Oh well, these are still a great set of rules for anyone that might click on the thread thinking its new.
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Quote:
My little boy (7 this month) thinks they are COOL!
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Jooky wrote:
I don't know who you plan to play against, but I really had a blast with the rules when my boy was younger.

http://www.alliancemartialarts.com/1BCToySoldiers.pdf

It would be hard to find a faster playing, easier set of rules for green plastic army men.


*just noticed the recent thread necromancy. Oops. Oh well, these are still a great set of rules for anyone that might click on the thread thinking its new.


Thanks! That's a good and easy ruleset! I'm going to add your post to the geeklist.
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michaeldavidcox wrote:


Seconded
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michaeldavidcox wrote:


Oops, I forgot to cross reference this. Combat Storm is now on the Plastic Toy Soldier Games geeklist with a hat tip to michaeldavidcox.
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Jooky wrote:
I don't know who you plan to play against, but I really had a blast with the rules when my boy was younger.

http://www.alliancemartialarts.com/1BCToySoldiers.pdf

It would be hard to find a faster playing, easier set of rules for green plastic army men.


*just noticed the recent thread necromancy. Oops. Oh well, these are still a great set of rules for anyone that might click on the thread thinking its new.


Beat me to the link,I have to second these as a great, super simple set of rules.
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BTRC had a set of rules many years ago called Kill the Commie Bastards.

It was more of a "play your favorite action-adventure movie" game, with players controlling the heroes, and baddies that would die with the equivalent of grazing shots. Bad guys would fall by the hundreds while you never run out of ammunition.


Or you could just build your own sandbox:

 
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You could try Savage Worlds Showdown, fast and simple. Free rules, scenarios, and troop builder available here:

http://www.peginc.com/downloads.html

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My own special house rules:

The Army men represent the Wehrmacht around 1944 and my cat represents The Mighty Soviet Bear.

Safe to say I stopped playing after this.
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These guys have a free miniatures base rules that work well for small skirmishes and solitaire.

http://www.angelfire.com/az3/twohourwargames/wargames.htm

The rules you would want are Chain Reaction 3
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penroff4 wrote:
My own special house rules:

The Army men represent the Wehrmacht around 1944 and my cat represents The Mighty Soviet Bear.

Safe to say I stopped playing after this.


Is that Jinro in your avatar? thumbsup
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My recollection of the correct way to play is to pull all the books off your parents' bookshelf to create appropriate "terrain". Armies are assembled on either side of the living room. Marbles are used as projectiles, a hit knocking over a soldier renders him dead. Soldiers can be relocated and advanced from place to place in a manner that is deemed "reasonable" by both players. From close range soldiers that can see each other (clear LOS) can shoot by saying "bang" or some similar indication of opening fire. The defending soldier is rendered dead or not dead by mutual agreement of the players.

This continues until all the soldiers identified as Nazis are eliminated. Solitary model tanks, artillery pieces and anything else that looks remotely like a weapon, regardless of inconsistencies in scale, may also be used.
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I once saw a thread somewhere here where a guy dedicated his life to playing toy soldier wargames on his property. It was amazing and quite sad. Can someone point me to the thread or his website again, thanks.
 
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Snowman wrote:
I once saw a thread somewhere here where a guy dedicated his life to playing toy soldier wargames on his property. It was amazing and quite sad. Can someone point me to the thread or his website again, thanks.


Of course if he devoted his life to playing them in a sandbox in his basement with model terrain, painting them and using them according to a complex codified ruleset, well that would be perfectly normal.
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