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Illuminati






New Delhi, India

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


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San Diego

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.


   
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Been Around the Block




Baltimore, MD USA

My son has a bunch of skylanders. The vehicles look like they could be of use...
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Does this really belong in News & Rumors?

"The Omnissiah is my Moderati" 
   
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Shangri-LA

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


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

   
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TN/AL/MS state line.

 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?

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Plus other games- miniature and cardboard both. 
   
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San Diego

 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.

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Somewhere in southern England.

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.

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Everything is better with a huge wig. I thought that was common knowledge.

We should always remember that behind every social movement, every political ideal, and really anything worth doing at all, there is basically one thing that makes it function: work.

We're not very big on official rules. Rules lead to people looking for loopholes. What's here is about it.

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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

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Kilkrazy wrote:When I was a young boy all my wargames were narratively based because I played with my toy soldiers and vehicles without the use of any rules.

The reason I bought rules and became a real wargamer was because I wanted a properly thought out structure to govern the action instead of just making things up as I went along.
 
   
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Shangri-LA

 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.

   
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Scouting Shadow Warrior



Pennsylvania

 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.
   
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Illuminati






New Delhi, India

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.

 
   
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MN

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

Do you like Free Wargames?
http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/ 
   
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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

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Kilkrazy wrote:When I was a young boy all my wargames were narratively based because I played with my toy soldiers and vehicles without the use of any rules.

The reason I bought rules and became a real wargamer was because I wanted a properly thought out structure to govern the action instead of just making things up as I went along.
 
   
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Illuminati






New Delhi, India

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

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The Transformers franchise is full of potential stuff.
   
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Earlobe deep in doo doo

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.

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Illuminati






New Delhi, India

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

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Leeds, UK

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!!

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Illuminati






New Delhi, India

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


 
   
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Chicago

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.


Chicago Skirmish Wargames club. Join us for some fast-play, indie gaming in the windy city.
http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/

Complete Guide to Brush Dipping.
http://chicagoskirmishwargames.com/blog/2012/01/16/with-liberty-and-brush-dipping-for-a/l

My Project Log, mostly revolving around custom "Toybashed" terrain.
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/651712.page 
   
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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...

 
   
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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

Kilkrazy wrote:When I was a young boy all my wargames were narratively based because I played with my toy soldiers and vehicles without the use of any rules.

The reason I bought rules and became a real wargamer was because I wanted a properly thought out structure to govern the action instead of just making things up as I went along.
 
   
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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.

   
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Ancient Space Wolves Venerable Dreadnought






I... actually don't know. Help?

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

To Valhall! ~2800 points

Tutorials: Wet Palette | Painting Station
 
   
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Illuminati






New Delhi, India

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.

 
   
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Norn Queen






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

   
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Anti-piracy Officer






Somewhere in southern England.

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...

Everything is better with a huge wig. I thought that was common knowledge.

We should always remember that behind every social movement, every political ideal, and really anything worth doing at all, there is basically one thing that makes it function: work.

We're not very big on official rules. Rules lead to people looking for loopholes. What's here is about it.

Forum posting guidelines, please learn them! You will be tested. 
   
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Illuminati






New Delhi, India

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


 
   
 
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