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What miniatures do you use for VAS?

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:34 am
by Captain Chum
Was just wondering what most players use for miniatures for VAS. I listed what I thought were some popular brands. If you use something else please share what miniature you use.

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:31 am
by Lincolnlog
I use A&A mini's with increased range (double game ground scale). I can still get a good scenario on a 5 x 10 foot table. Had too much trouble using the larger mini's with the scale in the game.

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:51 pm
by Spectrar Ghost
Figurehead 1:6000.

Good from a atorage standpoint and from an economy standpoint. I got playing with a 5pt Raid fleet for under $25. Now I've got something like 13pts pf War and have spent under $100 all told.

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:07 pm
by Captain Chum
I too have the A&A minis but have thought of going smaller for this game. The figurehead minis would produce large fleets on a smaller game surface. It seems to be a tough call. The A&A minis are very cool looking in relation to detail. The very small minis like figurehead will loose some detail to the scale. What about a happy medium like GHQ? Does anyone use these miniatures?

The A&A minis would seem to be the logical choice as you can use them for both games. However, I am restricted to space at the moment.

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:54 pm
by Spectrar Ghost
From what I've heard, GHQ is a bugger to assemble. They also cost a fortune comparatively. 1:2400 or 1:3000 resin one piece molds (Navwar, Panzerschiffe, etc.) are comparitavely cheap and lose little detail, from what I understand.

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:15 pm
by DM
Mine are a mix of Skytrex (Davco) and Navwar, with a few scratchbuilt ships, some from B&M and a few others from sources that I can't recall.

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:49 pm
by afilter
Hmmm....the poll only allows one choice. I use WaS for all my WWII gaming and a combination of Panzerschiffe and GHQ for WWI.

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:41 pm
by verdantgreen
I use Panzerschiffe for ships and several different manufacturers for planes. I like the place Panzerschiffe sits on the scale of detail versus cost.

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:35 pm
by Rolls Dice
My 2nd hand French fleets are Navwar but everything I've bought from new is from Davco/Skytrex and will continue to be so until Navwar get into the 20th (let alone 21st) century with online ordering...

I can't get my head around people using Hallmark 1/6000 for 'reasons of economy'; they are more expensive than many 1/2400 ranges, including Davco.

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:12 am
by rcbecker1
Captain Chum wrote:I too have the A&A minis but have thought of going smaller for this game. The figurehead minis would produce large fleets on a smaller game surface. It seems to be a tough call. The A&A minis are very cool looking in relation to detail. The very small minis like figurehead will loose some detail to the scale. What about a happy medium like GHQ? Does anyone use these miniatures?

The A&A minis would seem to be the logical choice as you can use them for both games. However, I am restricted to space at the moment.
I like the big ships but what can I say I also play with 54mm Infantry and tanks. Normally I play smaller games but the Big games that are run at cons are my favorite when you can game on a 16' by 8' table with massive fleets its just awesome.
Ray

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:35 am
by DM
You can't beat "big" models for demonstration games. We refought the battle of North Cape on board HMS Belfast using 1/600 minis - fighting it out on board aship involved in the actual battle, on the 60th anniversary of the battle itself (with several veterans attending as well, one of whom pulled me up on the arrangement of ship's boats on the destroyer on which he'd served!)

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:33 am
by rcbecker1
Man that would be cool.

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:24 pm
by mustanguk
Mick Yarrow and Navwar 1:3000 works well on a 6' x 4' and look pretty too!

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:58 am
by Draconis
All of our club use Navwar 1:3000 when we play.

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:58 am
by rcbecker1
Its definately the best bargain for your buck when talking $. They look good for the scale.

Points System and Modern VAS

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:15 am
by Cap'n Scott
I have had a go at a points system for VAS (WWII basic version) and also a "Modern VAS" version. There is no facility to upload files here, so I am posting them to the FreeWargame Rules blog. They are both Word files.

happy sailing

Scott Elaurant

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:17 am
by Cap'n Scott
I also use Navwar 1:3000, with a small number of Skytrex 1:3000. In future I may get more Skytrex/Davco though, because the ordering system for the Navwar website is archaic for international orders.

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:46 pm
by BFalcon
I voted Davco, but have half Navwar too... would like to have seen a seperate Navco option, but they're nearly the same thing, so didn't vote "other".

Re: What miniatures do you use for VAS?

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:00 pm
by kamenski
I use navwar 1/3000, cheap(1,25£ for 1 battleship or 4 subs or 2 or 3 light cruisers), well designed, perfect for a 6' x 4' table

Re: What miniatures do you use for VAS?

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:48 am
by rcbecker123
I use The Axis & Allies WAS minis on a nice big table.