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For most of my life I have had a lot of 1/72nd scale miniatures, as well as seen many other varieties of them in every imaginable historical era, for sale at toy shops, etc. I mean, you can get Roman-era Jews, Redcoats, Vietcong, whatever, they have a set for that.

Is there a good set of miniature rules that would utilize these? What do people do with them? They're not really great to paint as detail gets lost, but they might be cool with the right rule-set to have different period battles.
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The Games of War: A Treasury of Rules for Battles with Toy Soldiers, Ships and Planes might be an option.

I use mine for Battle Cry or Commands & Colors: Napoleonics or Memoir '44 scenarios.
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Airfix Battles for the WW2 minis.
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In general you can use 1/72s with _any_ miniature ruleset, even when written with other scales in mind. Most today state explicitly that their rules are indeed scale-agnostic. With rules for 6mm figures you might need to adjust the distances and consequently end up with too little table space, but for 28mm or 15mm stuff... no need for changes.
Take a look at http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/ and http://www.wargamevault.com to see what's popular right now with mini gamers.


My recommendations for easy-to-get-into rules would be the following:

* WW2 and beyond - skirmish level:
"Paper Tigers" A very simple set of rules with a clever card activation system - free! http://www.papertigerarmaments.com/Paper_Tigers_Rules_v3.pdf
(excuse my lack of formatting - I'm on mobile right now)
"FiveCore" by Nordic Weasel Games - breezy play, innovative system, available cheap on WargameVault.

* Medieval skirmish
"Lion Rampant" - knights with their retinue, about 40 figures per side, again, easy to get into and easy to get hold of - Osprey Publishing

* Napoleonic Skirmish
Indeed, skirmish - just a few figures needed: "Song of Drums and Shakos" from Ganesha Games - fun activation system, like the others, easy and quick to play. Also on WargameVault. Ganesha also has a version for big Battallion gaming.

* A Chessboard, some cork hills and cardboard rivers:
Bob Corduroy's "Portable Wargame" http://www.users.dircon.co.uk/~warden/portable_wargame/
Minimal investment, 2 pages of rules for 19th century, WW2 etc.
I'd say, start here


Also, http://bennosfiguresforum.com/viewforum.php?f=2 , to see how great your little toy soldiers look painted. (Caution: major time sink ahead!)
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Forgot my recommendation for

* Ancients
DBA (De Bellis Antiquitatis) - the default for ancients gamers for a long time - has a new version out that's supposedly more accessible than the older editions, I'd still suggest
"Impetus" instead http://www.dadiepiombo.it/images/stories/dp/impetus2.html
Their "Basic" (fully functional) version is free, as are dozens of army lists on their site.
Glue your figures onto some cardboard rectangles and off you go - from Bronze age chariots to the Tudor wars, you're set.
Actually, from reading your post again - exploring different periods etc., this most likely would be the rules you'd want.
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Thanks, these are great suggestions! Like I say, ever since I was a kid these have been a cheap, accessible way to get a lot of troops, but I never had any logical thing to do with them besides cut them off of the sprues and play carpet battles with them before.
 
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