Skirmish Wargames for Generic Miniatures
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We already have a GeekList for skirmish wargames here:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/37978

However, that's only for systems that have their own range of miniatures. There's a whole another world once you free yourself from reliance on one manufacturer. Cheap armies, customization, making your own setting, the list goes on.

What this list is for:

- Skirmish wargames or miniature boardgames. If it has miniatures but less than 100 on the table, it goes here.

- Non-dependent on a single miniature manufacturer - for example, generic rules with no minis at all, historical wargames where one can easily find substitutes in the same scale even if there's an "official" line, and so on.

- Rules are already available, i.e. no upcoming releases/kickstarters/ads. If we can't download/buy it and play it yet, it doesn't belong here.
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1. Board Game: Saga [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:2355]
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Players: 2
Type: Wargame
Weight: Light
Setting: Viking Age, expansions cover crusades and related.
Miniatures intended: historical 28 mm, 20-50 per army
Rule Cost: 25 GBP

Saga is a wargame equivalent of a filler game. List building is done while you take the minis off the shelf, rules are simple and with few expections, everything is done to facilitate the flow. Saga features faction-based Battleboards where a dice-placement mechanic is used to determine unit activation and special abilities.

Saga has its own line of (quite cheap) minis, but many armies can be easily and cheaply (20 GBP for my 6 points of Vikings) made from generic minis.
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2. Board Game: Chain Of Command [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:4604]
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WWII skirmishing. Requiring about 40-60 minis per army, possibly plus a tank or two, any WWII minis of the appropriate nationality will suffice. Designed with a 15mm ground scale, but mostly illustrated by 28mm minis. Personally I use 10mm scale minis, which could easily give you an army (albeit one with little variety in poses) for less than £10...
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3. Board Game: Bolt Action [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:2169] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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Another WWII game, while there is an extensive line of 28mm miniatures, any WWII minis can be used.
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4. Board Game: FUBAR [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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How generic can you get? Free, one-page miniatures rules, design your own armies. There are a few sets of campaign-specific additions around to set the game in WWII, the Stargate universe, etc, which typically only add a second page.
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5. Board Game: Sharp Practice [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:7085]
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Napoleonic skirmishing, although numbers of figures can reach over 100 a side. Like Chain Of Command, designed around 28mm figures on a 15mm ground scale, but suitable for any scale really (and, again, I intend to use 10mm minis...)
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Kent Reuber
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This whole family of games is designed for generic miniatures. Description from Song of Blades and Heroes (5th edition):

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Photographs in this book depict 28mm models by Mirliton SG. These are models in our collection and although we recommend them, the game can be played with any miniatures you already have.
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7. Board Game: Plastic Hell [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Mike Ricotta
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Should I promote my own game? Well I will, mainly since I think it fits. Around 20-30 guys on the table total. The whole game is designed on toy soldiers and other toy soldier like guys available at the dollar store. Army building is done as a random draw out of a bag (with some rules to allow a little control). The idea is that for under $10 (probably under $5) you could have a complete two player set up! Or just use the army men you have around the house...
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8. Board Game: MechaWar [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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A skirmish-scale giant stompy robot game, for the princely cost of £1:00...
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9. Board Game: DinoMight [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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What counts as a wargame? Do you need a formal declaration of war, or just two sides fighting? If the latter, here's another, but this time it's one set of dinosaurs vs. another..

Designed around Magister Militum's 10mm scale dinos, but really useable with any dino minis. You may have to adjust ground scale for bigger ones...
 
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10. Board Game: Dux Britanniarum [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:7692]
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More from the same stable as Chain Of Command and Sharp Practice, this time in Dark Ages/Romano British times.
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11. Board Game: 7TV [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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Designed around the publisher's own line of 28mm minis, but playable with anything suitable, these rules allow for the play of skirmishes in the style of action TV or movies - be they James Bond like, Gerry Anderson-esque, etc.
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12. Board Game: Little Wars [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:7730]
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The one that started it all, from well-known pacifist H. G. Wells
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13. Board Game: Fanticide [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
Stephen G Roy
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Standard skirmish armies? Not so much, but they are easily added.
Native American-based centaurs? Check. Flying monkeys from the Land of Odd? Check. Hordes of Fae and subterranean horrors? Check. Legendary items like the Smoking Chain Sword? Check.
 
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14. Board Game: 7ombieTV [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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See 7TV, above
 
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15. Board Game: Sellsword Miniatures Skirmish Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Grid-based fantasy skirmish with gridless and Sci-Fi forthcoming.
 
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Carl Marl
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Bethel Park
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Muskets & Tomahawks is a skirmish game for battles in North America during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The designer, Alexandre Buchel also designed Saga.
 
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17. Board Game: All Things Zombie [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:6072]
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Being fair, everything from Two-Hour Wargames allows generic miniatures.
 
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18. Board Game: Gutshot [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:7205]
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Got Cowboys?
 
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19. Board Game: BioSyndrome [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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A free Print and Play Table Top Survival Horror War Game, it contains three different games in one: A Fantasy War Game, a Modern War Game and a role playing pen and paper version.

Features: Point based customizable armies, shooting, movement hand to hand combat all in a easy to use hard to master D8 gaming system.
 
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20. Board Game: Savage Worlds Showdown! [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:7571]
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including Zed or Alive: The Zombie Miniatures Game
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21. Board Game: Open Combat [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:9199]
David Mason
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Indianapolis
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Skirmish/warband rules for generic minis. PDF rules available for purchase. Print edition forthcoming.
 
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22. Board Game: Whack & Slaughter [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Kai Scheuer
Germany
Eppelsheim
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Players: 2-8
Type: Skirmish System
Weight: Medium-Heavy
Setting: Fantasy
Miniatures intended: any fantasy and/or pirate range
Rule Cost: Free


Whack & Slaughter is meant to be played with up to 8 players controlling 1 Hero each.
With an innovative point buy system you create you Hero, assign some skills and unleash him onto the battlefield.

Though played at best with 28-35mm miniatures, W&S is designed for play with ANY kind of miniatures, since it is up to the players to determine a unit of measurement.

Players either duke it out among each other in a free for all carnage or gang up in teams for tactical "missions", such as capture the flag or king of the hill (or even in an even more lighthearted snowball fight).
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23. Board Game: Skirmish Outbreak [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Jay Adan
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Erving
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Zombie Apocalypse skirmish rules. Very narrative in favor. Includes full campaign system.
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24. Board Game: 2184 Generation War [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked]
Cargol Maxime
France
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Rulebook to play with miniatures you want. Streamlined rules with lots of possibilities. For sale only on Amazon.
 
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25. Board Game: F28 [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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We just released our ruleset for 28mm wargaming, which can be played in both "narrative", "skirmish" and "battles" scale; complete with classes, experience points, gear and the like.
 
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