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Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 11:01:32


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


The thread on Science Fiction model kits with wargaming use has gotten a bit crowded with toys (and I bare the blame for that) so I'm starting a new thread for toys that have wargaming uses.

Note: If you want to discuss generally how or whether toys can be used in modeling, that's something for general discussions.

For example:
http://www.amazon.com/Matchbox-Mission-Undersea-Squid-Playset/dp/B00IVP170S/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1462444768&sr=8-5&keywords=toy+squid



Landing craft/shuttle/explorer anyone?

http://www.amazon.com/Matchbox-Boots-Catcher-Truck-Vehicle/dp/B00CKH9UQQ/ref=pd_sim_21_9?ie=UTF8&dpID=51V0N5NKUVL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0WRJKRVS48NTGNYWXD6S




Wastelands truck

http://www.amazon.com/Matchbox-Boots-Star-Shuttle-Vehicle/dp/B00FF4EGZ6/ref=pd_sim_21_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=41yBm3H7OeL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0NJMSP5Z6D1QEM8GBNN5



Shuttle




Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 15:44:42


Post by: MLaw


There are some 1/48ish trucks at Wal-Mart which are big rigs, semis, transfer trucks, etc, which I own some of. While I was in the store the other day, I saw a Matchbox car hauler. It's intended to carry regular Matchbox which is closer to 15mm gaming.. but the truck itself is pretty close to those 1/48 trucks. Mind you it's big.. but that's the nature of those types of trucks.



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 18:31:38


Post by: Smokestack


My son has a bunch of skylanders. The vehicles look like they could be of use...

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Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 18:32:55


Post by: Nostromodamus


Does this really belong in News & Rumors?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 18:47:53


Post by: DarkTraveler777


 Nostromodamus wrote:
Does this really belong in News & Rumors?


I agree. This isn't really news. Perhaps Dakka Discussions or Painting & Modeling?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 19:18:57


Post by: Sinful Hero


 Nostromodamus wrote:
Does this really belong in News & Rumors?

Historical kits and Sci-fi kits for 40k deal mostly with new kits. Will this thread follow the same pattern with new toys?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 19:24:52


Post by: MLaw


 Sinful Hero wrote:
 Nostromodamus wrote:
Does this really belong in News & Rumors?

Historical kits and Sci-fi kits for 40k deal mostly with new kits. Will this thread follow the same pattern with new toys?


The one I posted is new.. For the most part if it's still on the shelves at major retailers it's probably new. Toys tend to have a very short shelf life in retail.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 19:44:36


Post by: judgedoug


Watch out, I got banned for making a thread in General Discussion that featured cheap-toys-as-terrain.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 20:11:29


Post by: Kilkrazy


No you didn't. However you've gone off topic so you could be baned for that.

Back on topic, I think this is fine in News & Rumours as long as it is used to highlight new toys.

Otherwise there is an existing thread in the Modelling section to cover old toys that can be used for wargames.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 21:11:25


Post by: TheAuldGrump


They are getting harder to find, but the Todd McFarlane Dragons series had some truly excellent dragons.

Seeing this fellow going for $55 is strange, I picked him up for $5.



Not quite as nifty, but still easy to find, are the toy dragons and monsters by Safari Ltd.




*EDIT*Even a quick dip can really help with that model, without needing to repaint the whole thing.


A fair number of terrain pieces can be found in aquarium shops as well - I used to have a pretty nifty ship wreck model from a shop at the mall. (Now long closed.)



Not the one that I had, but one that I could find with a quick Google.

The Auld Grump


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/05 23:29:36


Post by: DarkTraveler777


 TheAuldGrump wrote:
They are getting harder to find, but the Todd McFarlane Dragons series had some truly excellent dragons.

Seeing this fellow going for $55 is strange, I picked him up for $5.



I second the recommendation for McFarlane Dragons. They are great and there some really interesting designs among the various releases. The plastic is a bit bendy, though, so some prep work might be needed to get them up to modeling standards.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/06 00:05:50


Post by: xevv


 TheAuldGrump wrote:
They are getting harder to find, but the Todd McFarlane Dragons series had some truly excellent dragons.

Seeing this fellow going for $55 is strange, I picked him up for $5.





Heh yea I picked up these guys a looong time ago for a 8-10 per if I recall. Great scale for fantasy and decent paintjob on them out of the box if youre lazy and dont feel like redoing them.





Damn things are pushing 100$ now. Wish I bought more.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/06 03:54:22


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I'm fine with it being in either forum, here we can post more older stuff. I'd stay away from rare & OOP things though, this should be a recommendation thread for stuff you can actually get, not a nostalgic one.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/06 21:41:42


Post by: Easy E


I use Skylanders figures in games of Dragon Rampant all the time.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 00:26:52


Post by: TheAuldGrump


Technically, the Matchbox Models of Yesteryear are 'vintage' and 'collectible' - but they are neither hard to find on eBay nor are they expensive. I was able to pick up several Foden steam trucks for a game at just under $5 each, ranging from colliers to Guinness beer.


(Currently $10 for 5)

And just the right size to look good next to the figures.

The Auld Grump


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 10:52:07


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I put this one up before but it's worth a mention here:



http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-BHX73-Imaginext-Alpha-Eagle/dp/B00J4T6ZMA/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1462704580&sr=8-9&keywords=fisher+price+alpha

Arvis Lighter for under $20?


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And a Dread Claw for $15



http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J4T6X5O/ref=pd_luc_rh_bxgy_01_04_t_img_lh?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1


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And then there's this bird/helicopter/airplane thing which might be big enough for models to enter the ramps.





http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T03TQVW/ref=pd_luc_rh_mrairec_03_03_t_ttl_lh?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 11:04:15


Post by: TheWaspinator


The Transformers franchise is full of potential stuff.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 11:33:53


Post by: Llamahead


Posted this before but it's really useful and widely available in the UK so.....

£6 in Poundstretcher currently available and looks the part straight of the bat.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 11:38:23


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I've got another thread going in the game design section on dirt cheap toy space ships for games.

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/689209.page

You can couple 100 of these for under $10, plus a few other shuttles and stuff from an old board game.



Or 144 of these for under $10.



And on the fantasy side I just found these



2"~3" long, 20 for $16. more for 10mm, 15mm games or mabye hatchlings but there you go.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0131S4VTS?psc=1


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 12:02:35


Post by: bantha_beast


Looking for the 'arvus lighter' i ran across this from Fisher Price.



http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fisher-Price-Imaginext-Alpha-Walker-Dinosaur-Robot-Action-Figure-Play-set-/401086169746?hash=item5d62994292:g:faQAAOSwT5tWQcsF

Would be a good start for some sort of techno war mammoth or something orky. Or as a large patlabour type mech for your anime inspired sci fi skirmish game.

And it can actually walk!!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 12:12:36


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


The 'Arvis Lighter' is a Fisher Price Alpha Eagle. And I have to stop looking at it, too darn tempting.

Anyway anyone needs a 8" dragon for $15?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QKLLC1O/ref=s9_simh_gw_g21_i11_r?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-4&pf_rd_r=0QJBFK0NR6KYG42ZD2AW&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2437869522&pf_rd_i=desktop



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 12:25:34


Post by: Eilif


If anyone is interested, I've got a log of my gaming-terrain-suitable resale shop toy finds here:
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/688498.page
Alot of it is stuff that is no longer produced, but it might be good for inspiration and it has alot of links to finished products using toys.

 bantha_beast wrote:
Looking for the 'arvus lighter' i ran across this from Fisher Price.

Spoiler:


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fisher-Price-Imaginext-Alpha-Walker-Dinosaur-Robot-Action-Figure-Play-set-/401086169746?hash=item5d62994292:g:faQAAOSwT5tWQcsF

Would be a good start for some sort of techno war mammoth or something orky. Or as a large patlabour type mech for your anime inspired sci fi skirmish game.

And it can actually walk!!


I really like that. Reminds me alot of the old Void 1.1 Tiger.
http://www.scotiagrendel.com/Products/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=217_218_42
Swap the tusks and horns for guns, cover the red standing spot and cut down the balcony and top and you'd be ready to go.

I've got a boat from this toiy series (Looks kind of like a landing craft) that I hope to convert some day.



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 14:15:25


Post by: Genoside07


You guys are just evil....
This topic caused me to relapse and now I won't be able to go to Walmart without looking at the toy section...


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 15:20:40


Post by: TheAuldGrump


I have seen a not-Thunderhawk built using a G.I. Joe toy as the basis. (A Thunderhawk with turbofans?) Mind you, that was in the days of The Big Black Book.

The Auld Grump


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 15:49:58


Post by: Guildenstern


Sorry I don't have a picture, and this is a bit local, but if you're in the US near a Michael's they have a pretty cheap set of kids animal toys, with dinosaurs that easily convert to dragons. I used one in one of my older terrain bits as a "dead" dragon, buried in dirt type thing.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/08 15:58:07


Post by: Matthew


Check this out: At least 10 good looking Daemons/statues.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/09 09:33:36


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Oh and since we'll need some planets for all the space games we're gonna write.

http://www.amazon.com/University-Games-3D-Planets-Tube/dp/B0030BJRWS?ie=UTF8&keywords=toy%20planet&qid=1462786109&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2



Might be a big small for the Rinco ships but they might work, especially if you use the BFG logic that the model is just a representation and the ship itself is a tiny little dot in the center of the base.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/09 10:28:02


Post by: -Loki-


The Avengers Quinjet and Halo Warthog are popular with the Infinity crowd because they look like generic futuristic military vehicles.



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/09 12:07:38


Post by: Kilkrazy


Meccano did some nice construction toys from Gears Of War:

King Raven assault helicopter

Armadillo APC

Centaur tank

These are slightly pricey to my mind, being as expensive as the mid-range 40K vehicles but if you get them on sale...


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/10 08:40:12


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Anyone need a Tyranid army?

They come prepainted!

Can also double as a Nurgle daemon army.



http://www.amazon.com/144-Assorted-Realistic-Insects-Bugs/dp/B0019F0CDA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462869392&sr=8-1&keywords=realistic+insects

144 for $16.50



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/10 17:03:19


Post by: Sinful Hero


I've seen these on sale before, and it want to find a use for them. Perhaps some enterprising Wargamer can come up with something?

http://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Mouser/dp/B00DV5ZY16


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/10 17:10:43


Post by: Matthew


Those look like awesome Killa Kan conversions. Stick a Grot in the mouths and add a few arms and we're set!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/11 14:33:37


Post by: porkuslime


 Guildenstern wrote:
Sorry I don't have a picture, and this is a bit local, but if you're in the US near a Michael's they have a pretty cheap set of kids animal toys, with dinosaurs that easily convert to dragons. I used one in one of my older terrain bits as a "dead" dragon, buried in dirt type thing.


Yes, that line also had Cyclops (great WHFB giants), Minotaur and a Bridge, as well as Dragons ..

Safari Ltd is the line.,.

http://www.michaels.com/search?q=safari%20ltd.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/11 14:44:55


Post by: thegreatchimp


Z-Knights

I had this one and used it in 40k as and Imperial Knight / huge dreadnought type vehicle.


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Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/11 19:19:38


Post by: Momotaro


Papo and Safari make my favourite toy dinosaurs. No painting required, indeed some of the paintjobs are really good.

They do tend to be hopelessly out of scale compared with either each other or 28mm figures. The Papo classics - Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops - are HUGE - probably best to avoid those unless you need something to face off against an Imperial Knight. A lot of the "smaller" models are 8" long or less, and will do for generic "dino hunt" models or as a cheap alternative to Lizardmen mounts (if you like building howdahs!).

Also those "excavate your own dinosaur skeleton" kits are OK for making giant undead dinos - again, you may want to fashion your own howdah to carry figures. They're often very cheap, you just have to tap them out of of the block of plaster they come encased in... hammer supplied!

McFarlane dragons - thirded!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/11 20:54:14


Post by: lord_blackfang


Are those skellies just straight up GW recasts?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/11 21:44:29


Post by: porkuslime


oh no.. those are closer to 54mm models, and bendy as all heck


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/15 02:53:02


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I posted this a while back but it seems worth putting here

So someone on the great Warhammer Proxies! FB group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/535981369814344/

Posted a few funky WWII armored cars. They're 1:43 die cast cars by a company called Eaglemoss (who also do a great line of Batmobiles and Star Trek ships if that's something you'd like).







Apparently they're pretty cheap in the UK, 5UKP, in the US I found a site with them for $20, or y'know, less than half the cost of a Taurox.

Looking at their stuff I see a lot of potentially useful vehicles.

http://www.themotorpool.net/Eaglemoss-Collections-Diecast-Military-Vehicles-s/896.htm

At 1:43 they'll be a bit smaller than GW's oversized offerings but should be about right for civilian vehicles and terrain.



A damn near perfect armored limo.



Truck, van, APC, maybe even an alternate Taurox.



I love this truck, it's just odd enough so it won't stand out as a historical vehicle on the grim dark battle fields of the 41st millennium.



And this puppy, this puppy is just about perfect for an IG logistics vehicle. I'm about half a minute from buying 3 of them.



This stretched jeep is another odd vehicle that I can imagine being parked in an Imperial city.



Salamander?



Alternate Leman Russ tanks? Probably too small but can be an inferior PDF tank or maybe a predator.



Salamander?



Chimera?





Good for scout cars or trucks.



Wyvern or some jerry rigged cult or PDF weapon? Orks maybe?



A good bit of terrain or an objective.





Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/25 04:20:31


Post by: Stormonu


Eaglemoss makes military vehicles !!!??!!

/hobbit voice

You are an evil, evil man for showing me these.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/25 15:14:15


Post by: ExFideFortis




5$ earth shaker carriages. Looks great painted up.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/25 15:34:34


Post by: jreilly89


Tamiya 1:35 scale are pretty great. Also, forget the name, but Hobby Lobby sells a lot of 1:35 scale military vehicles that are the perfect size, think it was $14 for a half track I converted into an Ork Trukk?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/28 13:31:45


Post by: Scorpionov


those toys look good' use greenstuff to mash them together for fiends or beasts of nurgle


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/29 17:52:09


Post by: TheAuldGrump


Still in production, but maybe not that easy to find, is the Girder and Panel construction toy -

(Image links to Amazon page, hopefully.)

Also called Power City Construction - with identical girders, but different panels.





I prefer the look and price of the Power City sets - but it was known as Girder & Panel when I was growing up.

Be careful as to where you buy the sets - Amazon sells the sets for about $30 - but there are places that sell the identical sets for $120....

The basic structure is made using Girders - some vertical, others horizontal, and then placing Panels onto the pegs that come out of the Girders - there are real world buildings made in much the same way. (I watched them test fitting panels to the university library not far from where I live... it was eerily familiar. )

There used to be a site that had a template for creating Panels to the toy in graphics programs - including some with a familiar Grimdark feel. I couldn't find it with a quick Google, but perhaps someone else will have more luck?

The toy has been around for a long, long time - I first played with it in the 1960s.... Back then it came with a monorail....

I am looking at them as potential terrain for a super heroes game.

The Auld Grump


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/29 17:58:35


Post by: Asterios


LEGO, nuff said.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/30 09:25:45


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


OMG they still make girders and panels? I had them in the 70s and a rubber dinosaur to smash them godzilla style!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/30 10:37:47


Post by: Jefffar


They are being made by Street Toys and there's a lot of cool stuff on their website.

It is in HO scale though.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/05/30 20:11:52


Post by: Eilif


Girder and panel is a nice system. A few things to note.

1)It's made of polypropylene so superglue or epoxy is necessary for gluing and basing and Krylon Fusion and Camo paints are by far the best I've found for priming.

2) It can function in different scales depending on what panels you use. The picture that Grump posted above shows alot of panels that are much closer to 28mm than HO. However, some of the power city panels have doors that are somewhere between to HO (1/87) and 1/64

3) The power city structures do not provide enough panels to cover all the sides, but they are just paper so you can easily copy and print as many as you want.

I did a very brief review of the stuff and it's measurements here:
http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/08/terrain-triptych-part-2-power-station.html

And here's a building where I used it.

http://chicagoskirmish.blogspot.com/2014/09/more-terrain-small-chem-plant.html



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/06/27 12:08:38


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Returning to Fisher Price...

Various Knights for $15~$30



https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Imaginext-Pirate-Dive-Armor/dp/B00P6MAORQ/ref=pd_sim_21_15?ie=UTF8&dpID=51zQ5gsfLoL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR143%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=HDPQ7F6F9T8PA802GZ1B



https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Imaginext-Super-Friends-Luthor/dp/B00CQN5T9Q/ref=pd_sim_21_37?ie=UTF8&dpID=41Lus2yaJwL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=HDPQ7F6F9T8PA802GZ1B



https://www.amazon.com/Imaginext-Mechanical-Gotham-Exclusive-Playset/dp/B00OBR04MW/ref=pd_sim_21_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51tOB7cA8vL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=7E4PKQYE4Z03WS7CEMP6



https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Imaginext-Friends-Superman-Exoskeleton/dp/B00COE2XA0/ref=pd_bxgy_21_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=51BZWG6CCQS24ZH8NQBE



https://www.amazon.com/Playskool-Heroes-Marvel-Adventures-Figure/dp/B00N3T3GOC/ref=pd_sbs_21_40?ie=UTF8&dpID=51u3gHAC9KL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=EX9F1N7JFV0NXDGZBXM1



Uh Cap nice mech but I really don't think that's going to help against Thanos...

https://www.amazon.com/Playskool-Heroes-Super-Adventures-Command/dp/B013PQS3MC/ref=pd_sim_21_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=51sUGNIkQpL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=K1JEQSP2CPCCBY2NNE07

And some other stuff



https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Imaginext-Racers-Hornet-Copter/dp/B006JVUH1G/ref=pd_sim_21_42?ie=UTF8&dpID=5173xtidbNL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=HDPQ7F6F9T8PA802GZ1B



https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-P6460-Imaginext-Spider-Vehicle/dp/B002ACOPPW/ref=pd_sim_21_17?ie=UTF8&dpID=41bvKTq13cL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=HDPQ7F6F9T8PA802GZ1B

Nice terrain peice





https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Imaginext-Super-Friends-Justice/dp/B00Z69JKLA/ref=pd_sim_21_29?ie=UTF8&dpID=5120fDYQjWL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=HDPQ7F6F9T8PA802GZ1B

And I've mentioned it before but everytime I see this 18" Hulkbuster I think... plastic Reaver Titan



https://www.amazon.com/Hulk-Buster-Armor-Avengers-Titan/dp/B017QJOP62/ref=sr_1_6?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1467028872&sr=1-6&keywords=hulkbuster


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/06/30 02:50:13


Post by: Rootbeard


No picture, and an internet search utterly fails to find a relevant match, but 5 Below is selling these drink/snack cups styled after rockets, complete with thrusters on the bottoms, which could be useful.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/06/30 03:13:07


Post by: PrehistoricUFO


It's been posted in a lot of terrain threads, but the Generator from the 'Generator Defense' Halo boxed sets is absolutely gorgeous as a massive generator/silo/supercomputer/etc. It's large, about 10" tall:







Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/06/30 13:15:22


Post by: Pete Melvin


That girder and panel stuff looks excellent, and surprisingly you can seem to buy it here in the UK, hella expensive though


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/07/15 04:00:15


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


OMG! Lego is making a model of that German de-mountainator machine!







http://gizmodo.com/legos-largest-technic-set-can-dig-a-moat-around-your-ho-1783690219?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

As close to a titan as real life is likely to get.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/07/15 09:13:30


Post by: Matthew


Oh mama, slap a few orks on that and you have a stompa.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/08/01 04:55:11


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I'm thinking of a backwater space port table and obvioously it would need a crane.

Not one of those sleek yellow T cranes we have nowadays, has to be a big ugly dirty one.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PBJDR6/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_26?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER



Yeah.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/08/31 12:17:02


Post by: Eilif


That Tomica stuff is pretty cool!

I've ordered a fair number of Plarail items from HLJ and Hobbysearch for my son's Thomas trains which were started from the blue Tomica track system that has since been replaced in the USA with different track.

Maybe it's time to start looking at the rest of the Tomy/Tomica line.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/01 03:10:10


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Thomas, ug.

We have 3 different Thomas sets in different scales and mediums, wood, Tomy Prarail and not-Legos.

Japanese kids' magazines come packaged with DVDs of cartoon samplers including tons of ads of course. Kyoto Secunda Prime studies Prarail commercials and pamphlets the way I used to study Star Wars and GI Joe toy catalogs. I remember having dreams about building a whole city out of SW playsets.

DNA huh.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/01 03:30:16


Post by: Grot 6


 porkuslime wrote:
 Guildenstern wrote:
Sorry I don't have a picture, and this is a bit local, but if you're in the US near a Michael's they have a pretty cheap set of kids animal toys, with dinosaurs that easily convert to dragons. I used one in one of my older terrain bits as a "dead" dragon, buried in dirt type thing.


Yes, that line also had Cyclops (great WHFB giants), Minotaur and a Bridge, as well as Dragons ..

Safari Ltd is the line.,.

http://www.michaels.com/search?q=safari%20ltd.


Those are a steal at the price, BTW.

I picked up the 40mm wooden disks, some gravel, and brown 99cent paint, and they base excellently. The Greek stuff is absolutely awesome sauce for games. They also have an excellent Dinosaur, and creature line. You ever wanted that Johnny Quest Giant lizard, Spider, or Scorpion? They are just the ticket. Other games to use them in include Pulp City, Warhammer fantasy, Crooked Dice TV series, or any other game that you need some freakish creatures in. 10 bucks or so, compared to 50.... Yeah, its like that.

Another line to look into is old school MARX sets. The Naverone, Battleground, or Porkchop Hill set has plenty of stuff. The old west range as well, works great for games like Blackwater Gulch, Buckshot, or SoB. You find these sets on E bay for a song and a dance, or at your local thrift shops. OR, you might just have some left over from back in the day.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/01 03:30:29


Post by: KingmanHighborn


https://www.dropbox.com/s/36i089bcxhjpomf/IMG_20151101_222331884.jpg?dl=0

I can't figure out how to make it show as a picture here, but tell me that's not a deathstrike, 3 battlecannons and a perfect fortress set up.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/01 10:29:30


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Another Tomica Hyper, this one really has me tempted.





It already has 2 cargo pods on the bottom and if that train is the same size as my kids' train then it might be big enough to mount a Chimera or Rhino under it.

I wish I had a better size shot but it looks good for a 40k transport shuttle.

https://www.amazon.com/Tomica-HyperCity-Rescue-Storm-Runner/dp/B009ROWUY4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472725726&sr=8-1&keywords=tomica+storm+runner


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/01 11:25:02


Post by: Eilif


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Thomas, ug.

We have 3 different Thomas sets in different scales and mediums, wood, Tomy Prarail and not-Legos.

Japanese kids' magazines come packaged with DVDs of cartoon samplers including tons of ads of course. Kyoto Secunda Prime studies Prarail commercials and pamphlets the way I used to study Star Wars and GI Joe toy catalogs. I remember having dreams about building a whole city out of SW playsets.

DNA huh.


Ha!

We managed to keep it to two types Tomy Plarail and the die cast metal ones. I convinced him to give the metal ones away to friends with younger kids but I kind of like the Plarail system. He's already begun to leave the Thomas engines asside and use the 3 Japanese style "real" trains I bought him and the PlaRail system is so large with such cool options. Far better than the playset based stuff that Fisher price now makes here in the USA where the Trains are still rougly PlaRail compatible but the track system is completely different.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/07 11:38:48


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I posted this somewhere else but it should be here.

http://www.amazon.com/1947-Ford-Fire-Department-Truck/dp/B004NPEGOO/ref=sr_1_4?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1454393784&sr=1-4&keywords=jada+1947

A 1947 Ford flat bed by a company called Jada. 1:27 scale.

Check out that overbite!





There's a couple of versions on Amazon for anywhere from $15-$60 plus shipping. The scale is completely wrong of course, but it's so, so pretty.

I can see it as an Ork battlewagon, an IG tank carrier, a wastelands truck etc. The main thing would be to cover or obscure the doors since nothing else really give it a sense of scale.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/07 11:51:35


Post by: Capamaru


Well hulkbuster Toy's arms and Tau stormsurge is for sure a reason to start a TAU army.



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/08 20:42:13


Post by: LuciusAR


Plastic ants, available in all sorts of toy shops and online (especially close to Halloween) turned into epic scale bugs/alternative nids by a guy on a blog I follow. A whole army for a few pounds.



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/10 07:52:58


Post by: frozenwastes


If you do 15mm sci-fi, every matchbox release will have something useful:



They tend to be around a dollar each and repaint really well. I cut back some of the gun shield as I wanted an un-armed one.



Right now you should be able to find the Rumble Raider. Here are some painted up by Little Chris:



They come like this:







Here's a list of 2016's releases:

http://matchbox.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_2016_Matchbox

Generally speaking for 15mm, cars will be out of scale and close to 20mm while trucks and heavy equipment will be perfect. Though occasionally they'll be too small and more appropriate to 10mm. The Rumble Raiders are enormous vehicles with the tires almost as tall as a person, but the doors and general feel of the scale works with current 15mm sci-fi and modern/near future miniatures.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/11 12:46:06


Post by: Eilif


Good suggestions. I've got alot of quite small scaled matchbox vehicles that I've grabbed as civilian vehicles for my 10mm stuff. Sometimes they even have a scale on the bottom. I should really post some pics of them.

Here's some matchbox choppers I found that look great for 10mm and might pass as 15mm
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/501554.page


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/11 21:16:01


Post by: frozenwastes


I really like the Sky scorcher for 15mm. I think it looks about right:


picture from: http://overthehillgaming.blogspot.ca/2013/04/matchbox-finds-for-15mm-3.html

Another thing I've started being more intentional about is paying attention to which miniature makers sell accessory weapons in different scales.

The very first time I was exposed to someone using a toy in miniature wargaming was when a local Dark Angels player got a vindicator kit, built a rhino out of it and then took the extra parts and stuck it on a $5 toy tank. He made WW2 german style tank skirts out of plasticard.

Shipping costs to Canada going up as much as they have has caused me to order a lot less parts off of ebay, but anyone in the US or UK should definitely consider toys + bitz when planning their next vehicle project. For 15mm, I wait for seasonal shipping discounts or sales and order a bunch of guns and parts to use going forward.

15mm.co.uk and The Ion Age recently had a free shipping promotion, so I grabbed the guns and missiles from this:

Spoiler:


Since they could be ordered separately from the whole accessory pack. I've got 10+ matchbox vehicles just waiting for them to arrive. In the order I also got some figures that come with weapon options so I'll have extra parts to use on vehicles:

Spoiler:


For 28mm there are so many more options for augmenting toys with bits.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/22 14:06:50


Post by: Llamahead


One of those large cheap toy insects painted and based up has become a Devourer for Frostgrave. Got some decent sized Giant Scorpions as well.



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/09/28 04:49:22


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I'm looking at these, perhaps for terrain or for scratch building space ships (with a lot of grubbings of course)



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U6TLDEC/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_9?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2ODT4HHX4AECS

Seems they might have Lego's flexibility without making something that looks like Legos.


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I won't try and reprint here but I found an article on this year's Star Wars releases.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/here-are-all-the-coolest-new-rogue-one-toys-that-were-r-1786063224?utm_source=taboola


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/10/01 17:08:51


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Another building toy I'm thinking of.



Quercetti-Tubation Interlocking Pipeline Construction
https://www.amazon.com/Quercetti-Tubation-Interlocking-Pipeline-Construction/dp/B0002VZ0ZC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475341172&sr=8-1&keywords=tubation

Seems it would provide plenty of bits for an industrial or underhive terrain project. Sure it could be done with PDV pipes but these look easier to work with and for $20 not that much more.



Another take on the idea, with some wheels and cogs as well.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D30JGT4?psc=1&smid=A1QHOBU0D8QCC6


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/10/30 21:52:11


Post by: Llamahead


Morrisons has some nice cheap Halloween bugs and snakes which are good for 28mm.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/04 04:36:50


Post by: Monkeysloth


 -Loki- wrote:
The Avengers Quinjet and Halo Warthog are popular with the Infinity crowd because they look like generic futuristic military vehicles.



Hey, it's my still unfinished Quinn Jet and my old townhome. Sadly I think I've played infinity maybe twice since then (so in the past 18 months I believed). Well, it will get more use once my we start up the infinity RPG next year.

Here's another shot of it, without the end of the wings, if people want a better scale shot.



The Halo Warthog was from the Wizkids action clix line and you still see them appear from time to time for less then $10 (got my 4 for $5 each)

Anyway, recently picked up one of these 1/48 light rails after seeing one used on the infinity forum.


http://www.ezbustoys.com/kids-143-scale-plastics-white-city-express-tram-toy-p-1076.html

Only one side of the tram's doors open though. there are more expensive ones that both sides open but I decided the extra $40 or so wasn't worth it.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/11 16:27:39


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I understand there's some sort of new Space Battles (I think it's called, it was big in the 70s?) movie coming. Rouge One, I think about intersteller makeup salesmen. Anyway that means MOAR TOYS and that's always a good thing no?

These are all of course scaled for 3 1/2 inch figures (though undersized for them) but there's very little that gives away the scale so they should/could work as 28mm shuttles.

First up the new hotness, the U wing

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Rogue-U-Wing-Fighter/dp/B01BYBV2OQ/ref=sr_1_9?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1478871692&sr=1-9&keywords=rogue+one





I see potential in there for Imperial, Tau, Chaos or terrain.

Then the new TIE

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Rogue-One-Striker/dp/B01BQ9S9LK/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1478871692&sr=1-1&keywords=rogue+one



Not much you can do with it, it's obviously a TIE fighter but maybe replacing the front window with some kind of cockpit or prow would make it look like something new. And it is a nice TIE.

And a new A Wing.

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Rebels-Syndullas-Wing/dp/B017VV3JNA/ref=sr_1_86?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1478871756&sr=1-86&keywords=rogue+one



As with the TIE, not much you can do to pretend it's not a Star Wars ship, but it is a nice one.

And finally if you have $400 to burn...

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Rogue-Imperial-AT-ACT/dp/B01BQ9S794/ref=sr_1_15?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1478878528&sr=1-15&keywords=rogue+one



A remote controlled walking AT-AT!

Again not much you can do to make incorporate it in other games short of major surgery (and $400 is a bit much to drop for something you'd cut up) but very very nice.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/11 20:12:07


Post by: Eilif


The ATAT Looks like it might actually be near-perfectly scaled for 28mm. I'm not going to pay that, but if someone were running a 28mm SW convention game it might be worth it.

For wargaming, the real SW toy gems are in the Micro Machines and Hot Wheels miniature line. Lots of ships there that -depending on the model- might scale well for X-Wing. With almost every notable vehicle being available in two different scales, you're very likely to find a close match scale-wise.

If you want to do 28mm, check out the Revel model kits. They vary in size and scale, but there are quite a few that are close enough to 28mm to look good as scenery on the table.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/15 13:45:40


Post by: STG


Love this thread! really good stuff


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/15 15:14:29


Post by: Eilif


Dang, I want that copter! Just the perfect amount of realism and sci-fi mixed.

I got word on another forum that this older snap-tite kit is about to be re-released.

Unlike the newer, smaller, and less detailed Snap-tite AT-ATC, the AT-AT is 1/53 and measures over a foot tall!

Some folks are selling NOS examples from years ago here.
https://www.amazon.com/Revell-AT-AT-Imperial-Walker-Snaptite/dp/B001MDV1MK
Prices are way too high right now, but there's some info about the size. Based on the price of other models, this one may go for less than $50 if it gets released in the states!



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/15 18:20:19


Post by: Matthew


Isn't there an RC AT-AT? I sense a Titan conversion...


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/15 19:14:54


Post by: Eilif


Went ahead and ordered one of the "SWAT" cargo copters. It's only 9 bucks from Walmart with free in-store pickup. Too good to pass up.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/15 19:15:53


Post by: usernamesareannoying


post some scale shots eilif if you wouldnt mind


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/15 20:02:36


Post by: Eilif


 usernamesareannoying wrote:
post some scale shots eilif if you wouldnt mind


I'll definitely do so!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/16 03:39:56


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


 Eilif wrote:
 usernamesareannoying wrote:
post some scale shots eilif if you wouldnt mind


I'll definitely do so!


The chopper I've actually seen in the store. It's big enough for 40k, though a bit undersized from what it should be (if that makes sense). At 28mm it works as a smallish cargo chopper carrying a bike or two or 10 men, while at 15mm or 10mm it would work best.


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 Matthew wrote:
Isn't there an RC AT-AT? I sense a Titan conversion...


About half a page up.

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Rogue-Imperial-AT-ACT/dp/B01BQ9S794/ref=sr_1_15?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1478878528&sr=1-15&keywords=rogue+one

$400


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Oh and update on the Tomica Storm Runner





Scale wise looks pretty good, I mean comically small if you're being realistic, but for 40k looks about right. For $20~$30 it makes a nice alternate flier for IG or Marines.

More pics here:

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/180/638981.page


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/16 18:44:26


Post by: Eilif


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
 Eilif wrote:
 usernamesareannoying wrote:
post some scale shots eilif if you wouldnt mind


I'll definitely do so!


The chopper I've actually seen in the store. It's big enough for 40k, though a bit undersized from what it should be (if that makes sense). At 28mm it works as a smallish cargo chopper carrying a bike or two or 10 men, while at 15mm or 10mm it would work best.

Good to know. That actually sounds perfect to me. I won't be using it for 40k, but for my mech attack games. IMHO, aircraft need to be smaller-than-scale or chibi-in-proportion to work in 28mm or they usually end up way too big. A properly scaled Skycrane would take up a quarter of the table. It's the same reason I think that trains compressed for 0-27 curves work better than true scale "0" trains.*

I'll do a full review when it comes in. It really doesn't look like there's much to be done to it to make it sci-fi ready.


*Speaking of which I should have an update on the sci-fi train soon....


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/21 20:30:45


Post by: Llamahead



Morrisons Scorpion plus torso and head from bitz box. Chilopendra for Frostgrave......


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/11/24 16:00:20


Post by: Eilif


Anyone need some ALIENS?
https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Select-Colonial-Marines-Builder/dp/B015R6PUVK
It's basically the ALIEN version of plastic army men. 17 aliens and 18 Colonial Marines for $15 bucks.

The Marines are around 1/32 but the aliens look right -if a bit chunky- for 28mm.

THere's a good review of them by INL gameshere:
http://www.inlgames.com/alien.htm
From which I stole the pics above.
Being soft plastic, they'll have to be cleaned really well and some plastic-spcific spray paint would be advised as a base coat, but even if you have no use for the marines, less than a buck each for ALIENS is pretty good and they come in 5 different poses!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/12/12 08:29:30


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


And here's another line worth a look-see.

The Corps!

Starting with the Beast Bomber

https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Corps-Elite-Beast-Bomber/53985882







It looks scaled for GI Joe sized figures which means it would be a massive piece of terrain for 28mm. Perhaps an IG Platoon-level dropship?

$40~$50


Then there's a battle suit

https://www.amazon.com/Corps-Elite-EXO-Battle-action-figure/dp/B0173VM0LK/ref=pd_sbs_21_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=HNG1CEHR2CZRDP6CPXPT



Probably about Knight sized

A helicopter with a transport ramp that could probably hold most 40k vehicles.

https://www.amazon.com/Corps-Soldier-Fortress-Transport-Helicopter/dp/B00CTKCDCW/ref=pd_sbs_21_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=HNG1CEHR2CZRDP6CPXPT



Drone launcher would make a fine Deathstrike launcher or objective.

https://www.amazon.com/Lanard-Total-Soldier-Tactical-Offensive/dp/B00W0J3PLA/ref=pd_sim_21_14?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=MT9CK2R90T7TY36054RP



I only seem to see this in the UK but another interesting starting point for a drop ship or lander.

http://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/toys/action-figures-playsets/c-336/soldier-force-the-corps/p-12266/soldier-force-submarine-playset/




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One more, I only seem to see it in the UK though, but what a perfect shuttle if you chop off the rotors.

http://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/toys/action-figures-playsets/c-336/soldier-force-the-corps/p-18762/the-corps-elite-rain-fire-helicopter/





Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/12/12 16:26:58


Post by: Eilif




I've seen alot of "the corps " stuff around here. Generally they're way too outsized or cartoony to work well with 28mm, but the Sub and Dual Rotor Chopper do have potential for spacecraft.

Most interesting to me, that Exo suit could be quite good with a bit of modification to the legs (either mechanisms or just some plasticard to cover it up. How tall is a Knight? The Exo suit probably isn't bigger than 6 inches tall.. Looks like it can be found for a bit cheaper if you shop around and there is at least one other Torso sculpt that looks pretty cool.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/172440770048?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true

That plane reminds me of the Timmee Toy Hercules I had as a kid. A bit too big as a C-130, but could be a passable as a C-5 Galaxy with propellers...
https://timmeeusa.com/products/jl-timmee-c130-hercules-upc?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=20025076929&gclid=CM2SibSI79ACFQ86gQodbTIMaQ


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/12/12 19:30:42


Post by: usernamesareannoying


that beast bomber is an ork super bomber all the way...


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/12/12 19:36:38


Post by: Elbows


Yeah...that Beast Bomber screams Ork special scenario (or a lot of work could turn it Imperial).


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/12/12 20:39:32


Post by: Barzam


Wow! I've never seen those big Corps vehicles. They've been recycling the same handful of vehicles for about the last 20 years, so it's nice to see something new from them. I would've loved the Beast Bomber and the crazy Chinook looking helo when I was a kid.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/12/13 01:10:02


Post by: Grot 6


There are sets of Animal Planet toys that are abundant that include pieces akin to the old Marx kits. The Prehistoric has dinosaurs, the Animals has jungle animals, and BOTH of them include rocks, trees, Cliff outcroppings, and some additional stuff that makes for great terrain fodder.

Second was the buckets of The Core armymen. They had gak loads of add ons, such as cages, fences, statues, odds and ends, and each of the sets has a number of interesting bits that have numerous uses.

Animals
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=87690416&gclid=CMKF14j679ACFQkyaQod9b0EPA&camp=PLAPPCG-_-PID23586293:TRUS&cagpspn=plat_23586293&eESource=CAPLA_DF:87690416:TRUS

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2333512&ab=TRU:tproduct_rr:Customers Also Liked:5

Dinosaurs

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11107499&cp=67716186.2255959.2256399.2256535&parentPage=family

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=98003396&cp=2255956.2273442.67716376.2469772.67779916.3308205&parentPage=search

The Core- Army men, Pirates, Forest fantasy, ETC.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3546319&cp=2255956.2273442.67715136.2255958.67715306.3123176&parentPage=family

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3546320&cp=67715136.2255958.67715306.3123176&parentPage=family

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=84170536&cp=&parentPage=search

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=84170556&cp=67715136.2255958.67715306.2289887&parentPage=family




Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2016/12/13 02:21:06


Post by: Mathieu Raymond


 Eilif wrote:


I've seen alot of "the corps " stuff around here. Generally they're way too outsized or cartoony to work well with 28mm, but the Sub and Dual Rotor Chopper do have potential for spacecraft.

Most interesting to me, that Exo suit could be quite good with a bit of modification to the legs (either mechanisms or just some plasticard to cover it up. How tall is a Knight? The Exo suit probably isn't bigger than 6 inches tall.. Looks like it can be found for a bit cheaper if you shop around and there is at least one other Torso sculpt that looks pretty cool.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/172440770048?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true

That plane reminds me of the Timmee Toy Hercules I had as a kid. A bit too big as a C-130, but could be a passable as a C-5 Galaxy with propellers...
https://timmeeusa.com/products/jl-timmee-c130-hercules-upc?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=20025076929&gclid=CM2SibSI79ACFQ86gQodbTIMaQ


Not a single "sentence" without an exclamation mark. Quite the feat. Gotta get'em rilled up!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/01/07 02:52:08


Post by: lord marcus


ExFideFortis wrote:


5$ earth shaker carriages. Looks great painted up.


Where did you get this?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/01/15 18:19:02


Post by: Smokestack


The Titan Fall Funko pops look nice.

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Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/08/21 09:12:50


Post by: H.B.M.C.


Well that looks very princess-y... wait... Batgirl?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/08/21 19:26:53


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Well, that's an Ulthuan board settled, then.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/08/25 11:21:04


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


So on Facebook someone's been showing off his Thunderbird/hawk project.

https://www.amazon.com/Thunderbirds-Supersize-TB2-Vehicle-Multicolored/dp/B01B89KP0Q/ref=sr_1_4?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1503659661&sr=1-4&keywords=thunderbirds



$50 is a bit much for me to try unless I see it in person but if it's big enough to carry a Chimera in that box...

18" long any guesses?

If nothing else it can be a troop shuttle, maybe with 2 APCs slung under it.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/08/25 12:26:33


Post by: Adeptus Doritos


Marauder Task Force figures have potential if you're into Skirmish games. You literally purchase a figure and build his kit from the ground up.

Army of Two ballistic mask? Colonial Marine Helmet? Tactical lightweight helmet? Baseball cap? Boonie hat? Beret?

Plate carrier? H-Harness? Tactical plate armor?

M-60? M-16? SCAR? The Terminator's Remington 1887 T-series shotgun? Colonial Marines M56 'Steady Cam' Smartgun?

They got you, fam. All that and more.

Currently working on figuring out a skirmish game for this.

Another toy line that was a lot of fun- Mega Force. We actually made a 'game' for this when I was a kid. I wouldn't say they were complex, but the rules were that certain vehicles had limited capability and you had to use the vehicles that worked (A tank can't shoot down a jet, etc.). I think we 'resolved' combat by using a deck of cards and playing 'battle', but a capable person could get their hands on these toys and make a pretty awesome game.

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Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/08/25 23:53:49


Post by: lasgunpacker


Ah yes, Mega Force. Roughly 1/285/6mm stuff and some of it quite large or scifi.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/08/26 06:49:38


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Marauder Task Force sounds like exactly what I was looking for circa 1986 in my peak GI Joe customizing days.

Wonder if it's on Amazon...


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/08/30 21:17:26


Post by: Barzam


Kid Kyoto, you can buy the Marauder Task Force figures directly from Marauder inc.

www.marauderinc.com

They're a bit pricey, but there's a wide variety of bits and bobs, including female figures. If you're really interested, they're running their third Kickstarter right now for articulated dogs, exo skeletons, and PMC mercs.

Related to them, check out Bossfight Studios. They designed the basic figures for Marauder. They're currently doing their own line of 1/18 fantasy figures with modular gear. The first series was Greeks vs Gorgons. Second series is sword & sorcery fantasy and its first wave just released. They're supposed to have conversion sets releasing soon along with generic "blank" figures. Another company partnered with them to do a line of modular zombies and survivors that just finished up a Kickstarter campaign.

Another little tidbit, Marauder said that they are planning to make an actual tabletop RPG to go along with their figures which will incorporate the toys' customizability.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/03 17:38:21


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


There's apparently a new La guerra de las galaxias (forget the English name) film coming this year which means new fodder!

http://io9.gizmodo.com/all-the-glorious-new-star-wars-the-last-jedi-toys-reve-1798310172

Obviously a lot of sites with full reviews out there so I'll just hit what I think works for wargaming.



The ships... the A wing and new TIE with extra EVIL are gorgeous but a bit hard to un-Star Warsify. The other two are speeders and might be useful as some sort of flyer or landed ship terrain.





These two are play sets that fold into a BB-8 toy, potentially useful but pricey.

On the whole I don't see all that much that looks useful but we all know more will come and if there's an appropriately sized version of the Gorilla AT-AT I'll be all over it.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/04 02:22:42


Post by: Eilif


The snap-fit 1:53 AT-AT is avaialble now, though it's about 100 bucks.
https://www.amazon.com/Revell-06715-Star-Wars-AT-AT/dp/B01D4QFVC8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504491492&sr=8-1&keywords=1%3A53+at+at

It's a reissue of an older kit, but it's a pretty good looking set. I'm not sure if it's a regular release in the US and the price is solid, or if it's an import and a US release would be lower in price


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/04 05:34:37


Post by: Crimson Devil


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:

Automatically Appended Next Post:
And while I'm on the subject of cheap toys of yesteryear...


I loved these guys when I was a kid. Maybe it's time for an army of turtle aliens.


Oh wow! I had these too. I remember also having a kid sized helmet, laser pistol, and sword.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/12 13:52:14


Post by: Eilif


I just picked this up Gryffindor tower playset yesterday.


http://metalsdiecast.com/portfolio-item/nano-scene-harry-potter-gryffindor-tower/

It was only $25 at WalMart.
It's essentially one sided, but has alot of potential for placement in the corner of a small Frostgrave or Mordheim board or for an RPG encounter.
I'll do up a proper review of it this week. Also wouldn't be a bad way to display some fantasy figs.

It's scaled for the $1 Nano Metalfigs which are about 38mm sole-to-eye and though the figures are not great on detail they would be fine for some cheap, light wargaming.
Already did a review of them here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/08/02/cheapskate-gaming-1-harry-potter-and-superhero-nano-metalfigs/


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/12 13:59:11


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


That does look useful, how bad is the back? Would paint cover the unfinished nature?

Look forward to seeing it with some figures for scale.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/12 14:30:27


Post by: Anpu-adom


Glue 4 of them together? Leave out a wall or two on each side?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/13 01:26:44


Post by: Eilif


Kid_Kyoto wrote:That does look useful, how bad is the back? Would paint cover the unfinished nature?

Look forward to seeing it with some figures for scale.


Unfortunatley it's half-hollow plastic. I'll take lots of pics when I do my blog review.

As an estimated scale comparison, the figs in this picture with their thin bases are just a smidge taller than heroclix on their bases.



Anpu-adom wrote:Glue 4 of them together? Leave out a wall or two on each side?


possible, but the two walls are different sizes. Maybe with some filling. It really is best I think as a corner of a table or with an entire second wall built behind it.

One thing though is that it is really sturdy. The pieces fit together so nicely and snap so tight that I don't think I could take it apart without breaking it a bit.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/13 03:27:54


Post by: Mezmaron


1) The Hasbro Milano scales perfectly with the 15mm Galactic A-Holes from Highlander Studios.




2) I used a "Dragon Universe" toy egg for a spore pod:


Mez


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/13 13:06:49


Post by: Prestor Jon


 Eilif wrote:
Kid_Kyoto wrote:That does look useful, how bad is the back? Would paint cover the unfinished nature?

Look forward to seeing it with some figures for scale.


Unfortunatley it's half-hollow plastic. I'll take lots of pics when I do my blog review.

As an estimated scale comparison, the figs in this picture with their thin bases are just a smidge taller than heroclix on their bases.



Anpu-adom wrote:Glue 4 of them together? Leave out a wall or two on each side?


possible, but the two walls are different sizes. Maybe with some filling. It really is best I think as a corner of a table or with an entire second wall built behind it.

One thing though is that it is really sturdy. The pieces fit together so nicely and snap so tight that I don't think I could take it apart without breaking it a bit.


Hmmm,,,,now I want to buy that kit and put my Mantic DungeonSaga furniture in it. I can use it as a ruin so hopefully the exterior façade won't require too much work to look like broken stone walls.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/13 15:50:07


Post by: Easy E


That is a good find.

Not a toy, but for an aquarium....



and



I have seen them in person and they are the perfect scale for 28mm figures. Good for Frostgrave, Of Gods and Mortals, Song of Blades and Heroes, etc, etc.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/13 15:59:42


Post by: Desubot


 Eilif wrote:
Kid_Kyoto wrote:That does look useful, how bad is the back? Would paint cover the unfinished nature?

Look forward to seeing it with some figures for scale.


Unfortunatley it's half-hollow plastic. I'll take lots of pics when I do my blog review.

As an estimated scale comparison, the figs in this picture with their thin bases are just a smidge taller than heroclix on their bases.



Anpu-adom wrote:Glue 4 of them together? Leave out a wall or two on each side?


possible, but the two walls are different sizes. Maybe with some filling. It really is best I think as a corner of a table or with an entire second wall built behind it.

One thing though is that it is really sturdy. The pieces fit together so nicely and snap so tight that I don't think I could take it apart without breaking it a bit.


Seems like id be nice to rip up for parts and or recasting, like the book case window arches and those sick sofa chairs.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/13 16:39:22


Post by: Anpu-adom


Yeah, aquarium/terrarium stuff are often good finds for terrain.
From alien foliage to giant idols to huge pieces of dead trees... all for fairly inexpensive at the pet store.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/13 16:48:54


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Do you have a link for the aquarium pieces?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/15 14:17:47


Post by: Eilif


 Easy E wrote:
That is a good find.

Not a toy, but for an aquarium....



and



I have seen them in person and they are the perfect scale for 28mm figures. Good for Frostgrave, Of Gods and Mortals, Song of Blades and Heroes, etc, etc.


Those are great. We used that same round piece s a few years back for a Song of Blades and Heroes game.
Here's the batrep that one of our members did in a narrative style.
https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2014/05/15/the-beacon-of-raggid-holf-song-of/
At least two other pieces of aquarium terrain in there too.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/16 05:03:49


Post by: Monkeysloth


There's also a batcave nano metal set that looks like it would be good for repurposing.

Also here's a video of the HP one that shows all the parts (starts around 7 min mark)




Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/16 20:24:27


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I didn't want to be the guy who posts this in the Bones 4 thread, but I found this at the dollar store.

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Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/16 20:35:58


Post by: Gilda


Wow, which chain of dollar stores? I'll go looking if we have them here.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/16 20:46:38


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Dollar Tree, I think.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/18 19:06:19


Post by: Elbows


This is vaguely related. (US players only)

Just saw on the news that Toys R' Us (large US commercial toystore chain) is considering declaring bankruptcy. While in many cases this doesn't result in a chain shutting down (somehow), it's very likely you could be seeing some major stores closing....always worth keeping an eye on for discount stuff if they have going-out-of-business sales.



Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/18 19:17:02


Post by: Desubot


Oooo might be time to grab that one crane


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/19 03:38:57


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


 Elbows wrote:
This is vaguely related. (US players only)

Just saw on the news that Toys R' Us (large US commercial toystore chain) is considering declaring bankruptcy. While in many cases this doesn't result in a chain shutting down (somehow), it's very likely you could be seeing some major stores closing....always worth keeping an eye on for discount stuff if they have going-out-of-business sales.



The rumor comes around every few years, but apparently this last year or so has been really bad for retail so this might be it.

Walmart and the Internet are just killing them, they make all their money on Babies R Us.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/19 21:00:07


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Gilda, it turned out to be a 99Cents Only store. They have a lot of great stuff for terrain there.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/19 21:51:07


Post by: kestral


I got the best armyman set for 40K ever for $10 at Reny's (I fear that is only a Maine, USA thing). It was called "River combat, and featured vaguely USA and East German forces, but everything had tons of rivets on it. Scale varied but lots of it will be usable. Four Jeeps, truck with radar dish, truck with MRS, two paper fold buildings, quonset hut (a little small, but convertable), sandbag enclosure, two quite detailed artillery pieces, two highly convertible stealth bombers, two bridges, two missiles on wagons. Some other stuff out of scale but great for making junk piles when cut up. Amazing value. Just goes to show it pays to look closely at what might be in the bag!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/21 12:21:56


Post by: Kid_Kyoto




https://www.amazon.com/Banpresto-Dragon-5-9-Inch-Friezas-Spaceship/dp/B013X7RPKY/ref=sr_1_31?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1505995920&sr=1-31&keywords=spaceship

One of the ships from Dragon Ball, a bit pricey at $23 but a good flying sauce for various game needs.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/21 12:30:47


Post by: Elbows


That could easily be done up into some kind of Rogue Trader or commercial flying vehicle --- with some grime and gribbly bits it's easy to see it in 40K.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/21 12:41:23


Post by: OrlandotheTechnicoloured


Or a flying disc for Magnus for when he doesn't want to use his wings


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/09/22 01:10:20


Post by: kestral


Whoah! I like that thing!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/18 09:44:33


Post by: Kid_Kyoto




30" tall

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Imaginext-DC-Super-Friends-Batbot-Xtreme-/362173910492

Well that's my Night Lords Reaver Titan sorted.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/19 12:24:42


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


I've been going nuts looking for this entry. Turns out it was in the Science Fiction kit thread rather than the toy thread where it should be

https://hlj.com/product/tkt97755





Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/19 13:25:17


Post by: Elbows


What a great potential piece for a land train and a very cool scenario/terrain piece...


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/19 13:51:00


Post by: Zingraff




I've seen one of these once, in real life. It was surreal, at the time I didn't know such a machine even existed or could exist. I was on a high school excursion to an open cut coal mine in Eastern Germany (for no particular reason), and as we turned a corner, looking down one of those deep, kilometre long corridors into the ground, there was one of these beasts towering above us. The size of a city block, maybe 30 stories high and rigged like a huge, steel galleon. It was just incomprehensible.

Also Lego, for most types of buildings and fortifications. And you could play skirmish games, like Mordheim using lego men, because changing equipment would be really easy.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/19 15:12:38


Post by: AndrewGPaul


There are LEGO wargaming rules floating about the Internet already.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/19 15:18:26


Post by: Easy E


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
 Elbows wrote:
This is vaguely related. (US players only)

Just saw on the news that Toys R' Us (large US commercial toystore chain) is considering declaring bankruptcy. While in many cases this doesn't result in a chain shutting down (somehow), it's very likely you could be seeing some major stores closing....always worth keeping an eye on for discount stuff if they have going-out-of-business sales.



The rumor comes around every few years, but apparently this last year or so has been really bad for retail so this might be it.

Walmart and the Internet are just killing them, they make all their money on Babies R Us.


Not a rumor. They filed in 3rd quarter all ready.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/19 16:17:55


Post by: Coh Magnussen


 kestral wrote:
I got the best armyman set for 40K ever for $10 at Reny's (I fear that is only a Maine, USA thing). It was called "River combat, and featured vaguely USA and East German forces, but everything had tons of rivets on it.


Do you happen to remember the brand?


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/19 17:19:02


Post by: Stevefamine


Local store had about 5 of these. Painted up they look great AMAZON has them for 13$ each. On my work blackberry right now (I know lol), can anyway link the jpeg?


https://www.amazon.com/BMC-Bombed-French-Farm-House/dp/B000ST0OVS/ref=pd_sim_21_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=R7ZJPS9763WWH9TRWQY6


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/20 04:05:52


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Anyone need Necromunda Walkways?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MSPCVWL/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A356B9SKXB6KHX



8" long, 3" wide, so too narrow for most 40k vehicles (great for Epic!) but decent enough for infantry. 2 for $10.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/20 05:46:44


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Darn it! Handrails! Guess I can't use them for Star Wars Legions.


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/20 19:41:57


Post by: Stormonu


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
Darn it! Handrails! Guess I can't use them for Star Wars Legions.


Sure you can - just turn them upside down so the handrails become support beams!


Toys with war gaming or terrain uses @ 2017/12/20 20:01:02


Post by: Eilif


Finally got my reviews up for the Harry Potter
Gryffindor Tower https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/10/09/review-harry-potter-hogwarts-fun/
and 20 figure pack. https://www.chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2017/12/11/harry-potter-nano-metalfigs-update-20-pack-and-next-releases/

Really fun and affordable stuff for those wanting to try HP wargaming and willing to do it in 38mm (aprox 1/43).

AndrewGPaul wrote:There are LEGO wargaming rules floating about the Internet already.

There are, but if it's Brikwars you're talking about, they're more fun to read than to actually play. I've had alot more fun using Song of Blades and Heroes for LEGO battles.

Kid_Kyoto wrote:Anyone need Necromunda Walkways?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MSPCVWL/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A356B9SKXB6KHX



8" long, 3" wide, so too narrow for most 40k vehicles (great for Epic!) but decent enough for infantry. 2 for $10.

Nice.
I have one or two of those. They originated in army men playsets. They're nice, but they are made of polyurethane so be sure to use some krylon camo (with "fusion") to prime them.