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darren carter
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I need help, my son would like a battle type game with lots of figurines. Warhammer was his first choice but he doesn't like painting. Heroscape was another option but I can't find a master set anywhere. Any suggestions?

 
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Don Weed
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Heroscape would still be your best bet. It's available at Toys R Us, Walmart, Target and recently I've seen it at Kmart. If not in the stores it's readily available on the web at Hasbro, TRU, etc. Painted figures with modular terrain for a reasonable price. You really can't ask for much more.
 
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Peter Klaus
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BattleLore and you are done!
 
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Darren;

Your description is a little too broad.

There is the fully fledged miniatures hobby where one buys expensive miniatures that need to be painted. The rules are often not that complex but all-in-all this is more along the lines of a hobby as opposed to a packaged "game". These games are played on giant 4'x8'+ tables decorated along the lines of HO scale train layouts.

Then there are many boxed wargames ranging in complexity wherein a game lasts from an hour to several weeks.

But, in my mind, the most important question is what period are you looking for: Fantasy, ancients, Napoleonics, WWII, modern?

Also the term miniatures has a wide meaning in wargaming. As I mentioned, there are the highly detailed miniature sculptures of true miniatures wargaming. Then there are many games that use mediocre, though still very good, plastic miniature sculptures. These are more like high quality game bits as opposed to true miniatures.

I too bought some Warhammer for one of my sons. And, as mentioned by another, I was also turned off by the very high pricing from Games Workshop. But, these are in the realm of miniatures wargaming.

If you want a game-game, I suggest Axis & Allies or Memoir 44. They both have lots of cool looking miniatures. Or, if your son prefers fantasy, currently the game to get is Battlelore.

There is now a new middle ground between cool looking game bits and highly detailed miniatures. This is the new line of Axis & Allies prepainted plastic miniatures. The detail and quality are not on the same level of true miniatures, but not having to paint them is a huge plus. Also, the game system is less complex. Note, however, that A&A miniatures are marketed as a collectible game system with all that that entails.
 
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Brian Morris
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That same thought went through my mind as well. Battlelore seems to be the perfect choice in this case.

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BattleLore and you are done!
 
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Darren,

Update your profile to show what country you're in. If you're in the USA and can't find Heroscape, try harder. Nearly every major department store I've been in the past month has the master set and about half the online dealers carry it also.

Also, are you looking for collectible or non-CMG?
 
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It depends on your son's age. If he's young then Heroscape. If he's older then Battlelore. YOU will probably enjoy Battlelore more, but if your son isn't old enough to be reading a lot of cards (whether because of inability or disinterest) then Heroscape is a fine back-up choice.
 
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