Commonly used miniatures rules
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I am attempting to compile a list of commonly used miniatures rules. This list is not meant to be a list of boardgames with miniatures such as Memoir 44, Descent, and Battle Cry, but rather miniatures rules that are independent of the miniatures. This would rule out games such as Warhammer, Man O' War, AT-43, and Heroscape. I am not claiming one is better than the other.

I am hoping to help new miniatures players find rules that are commonly used. A new miniatures player might say "why would I be looking for rules?". Well different reasons really. You might have bought into one of those collectible miniatures games such as War At Sea or Axis and Allies and want more out of the game than the included simple rules. Or maybe you play 40k and hate the constant rule updates/changes/codexes, so just find some new rules.

How did I choose the rules on this list? Basically from what I see being used at conventions and gaming clubs. You might notice that most are rated 7 or higher, this is a coincidence. But it shows that users of the rules like them and that is why they are popular. Now of course you cannot judge from BGG that they are popular, mainly because BGG has more of a boardgame following.

Let me know if I have over looked a rule set.

I changed the order of the list to period covered with Fantasy at the top and Sci-fi at the bottom.
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26. Board Game: AK47 Republic [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:5289]
 
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AK47 Republic

Period: Africa (1950-1990)
Scale: 15mm
Level: Warlord armies


Players assume the roles of local dictators or warlords. The rules have a political system that can effect your army before the game start.

AK47 Republic also seems to be popular for converting to other conflicts such as Russian Civil War, Warlord Era China, and the Mexican Revolution.

Peter Pig is main supplier of infantry for this era, but several manufacturers produce vehicles/armor.
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27. Board Game: Charlie Company: Infantry Combat in Vietnam, 1965-1972 [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Charlie Company

Period: Vietnam (1965-1972)
Scale: 20mm
Level: Squad to Company

Charlie Company covers the American involvement in Vietnam. The GM runs the enemy forces and the players all cooperate to defeat the enemy.

Limited number of manufacturers.
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28. Board Game: AirWar: C21 Lite [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Air War: C21

Period: Modern aerial combat
Scale: 1/285 1/300
Level:

Uses a unique 2D system to recreate the 3D maneuvers of dogfighting.

Several manufacturers of aircraft in this scale.
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29. Board Game: Harpoon 4 [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3358]
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Harpoon

Period: Modern Naval
Scale: 1/1200, 1/2400 and 1/3000
Level: Individual ships and aircraft

Harpoon 4 also comes with cardboard counters.

Many manufacturers of ships in several scales.
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30. Board Game: SuperSystem (second edition) [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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SuperSystem

Period: Modern
Scale: 28mm
Level: Skirmish 1 on 1

Rules have a system to design your own superhero (or supervillain).

Wizkid's HeroClix are commonly used. Can really use any beast, modern or sci-fi figure.
 
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31. Board Game: ATZ: All Things Zombie [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:4198]
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ATZ - All Things Zombie

Period: Modern/Horror
Scale: 15mm and 28mm
Level: Skirmish 1 on 1

The game auto-runs the zombies and the players all cooperate (or not) to defeat them. This also makes it an easy solo game.

Many manufacturers of suitable figures in both scales, especially 28mm.
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32. Board Game: Stargrunt II [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:2803]
 
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Stargrunt

Period: Sci-fi
Scale: 15mm 25/28mm
Level: Squad

Considered by many players to be one of the best squad level universal sci-fi miniatures rules.

Several manufacturers of 15mm and more so of 25/28mm.
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33. Board Game: Starmada X: Brigade [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
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Starmada

Period: Sci-Fi Space combat
Scale: NA
Level: 1 ship to full Fleets

Ship design system allows for endless miniatures possibilities. Can be played in just about any science fiction setting you can imagine.

Many manufacturers of sci-fi ships. Some scratch build their own.
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34. Board Game: Full Thrust [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1539]
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Full Thrust

Period: Sci-Fi Space combat
Scale: NA
Level: 1 ship to full Fleets

Full Thrust is one of the most popular games representing starship battles. Ship design system allows for endless miniatures possibilities.

Many manufacturers of sci-fi ships. Some scratch build their own, such as those in the picture.
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35. Board Game: Dirtside II [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:3362]
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Dirtside II

Period: Sci-Fi
Scale: 1/285(1/300)
Size: Platoons to battalion level

Rules are included for infantry, AFV's of all types, artillery, aerospace support and landings, and combat walkers. Vehicle design system allows for endless miniatures possibilities.

Several manufacturers of 1/285 sci-fi. Mechwarrior figures work great too.
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