Travellers Needed - The Future of Traveller

Condottiere

Cosmic Mongoose
The incentive with Warhammer is that unless playing with friends at a private venue, you tend to need to turn up with official figurines, preferably correctly equipped and painted.

I think with Traveller, it's likely to be cardboard cutouts, though with printers, you can avoid the painting aspect, and reequip as per taste.
 

Arkathan

Cosmic Mongoose
It is a shame that Micro Machines stopped making their Star Wars line. When they went on sale, you could get lots of squads of painted 15mm figures cheap.

Worked great for West End Games Star Wars and Star Warriors.
 

NOLATrav

Banded Mongoose
For those who are fine with paper/cardboard minis, El Cheapo over on DTRPG has a ton of sets available, including TAS-branded Traveller minis for Vargr, Hivers, Zhodani, Imperial Marines, etc. Each set has a few different colors and builds including a three-sided version for accurate facing on the map.


There's also a handful of publishers doing paper-printed terrain, buildings and props suitable for a Traveller game.
 

Condottiere

Cosmic Mongoose
At some point virtuality will be an option, so you play at the table, with either your cellphone, tablet or wearing Google Glass, watching the action unfold and your characters interact.
 

enpeze2

Mongoose
The incentive with Warhammer is that unless playing with friends at a private venue, you tend to need to turn up with official figurines, preferably correctly equipped and painted.

I think with Traveller, it's likely to be cardboard cutouts, though with printers, you can avoid the painting aspect, and reequip as per taste.
of course official traveller cardboard miniatures would be phantastic. But I guess bringing out a KS with 3D files is more gain for Mongoose...hm...maybe not, I dont know. I also own alot of cardboard minis. Most of them are from the excellent artist Okumart from drivethrough. Maybe this great master of 2D miniature drawing should be tasked by Mongoose with bringing out a line of official traveller cardboard minis? that would be a dream. You can see his work in the link down below. (his "extrastellar" series for example comprises PCs, aliens and alot very usable folks for our traveller rpg)

 
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gilthy

Banded Mongoose
2nd Dynasty (at 2nddynasty.com) have a license for Traveller-based STL files. They've Kickstarted the Type-S, and that also came with 25mm miniatures. And I think you can get printed versions of those through various sources (there's a commercial license for printing those minis available, not 100% sure on the details). There's one set of 59 minis (mostly human, some vargr, hiver and aslan) and a separate set of Star Marines (5 in battledress, the 6th suiting up).
 

southernap

Mongoose
IMO the thing is that expensive minis are not that attractive anymore, and Vanguard had these which explains more or less why the project failed. Too few people are playing traveller to justify real miniatures. Traveller has by far not the massive following of CMON or Bones.
On top of that it isn't that hard to repurpose more generic Sci-Fi themed minis (see this example from Reaper Mins) for Traveller. Heck playing around with HeroForge and you can get some workable Humans and Vagar and even Droynes if you wanted to buy in resin or even Colorized Standee style that is on plastic if you didn't want to paint.

STL Files are the simple way to go today. I know many people with home-printers who would luckily print out traveller minis for 10cent the piece and so do most of the hobby crowd. And best of the story is that 3D gets from year to year more popular, cheaper and better to handle. All mongoose has to do is looking for a good patreon artist and hiring him for 30 or so STL files directly from the traveller lore (ships, aliens etc.) and then starting the KS. If successful (and it will be) repeat this once per year. Its that easy.

I am not sure that having official minis anymore is a viable option for small market TTRPGs (and lets not kid ourselves Traveller isn't a power house anymore on the market) and as Enpeze2 mentions above it would be easier if Mongoose went this way for them to sell STLs or license STL rights to a few design houses. Heck selling STLs might be useful for the future, but there are so many other options right now on the marketplace to get sci-fi STLs and pre-printed minis; that they would be a loss for Mongoose (IMHO).
In my mind I like the El Cheapo products and Okumart work well for my table and think that if anything Mongoose should either feature them more often or should do cardboard/standee styles themselves say with the character sheet packs.
 
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