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Miniature Games Don’t Always Mean Wargames

Miniatures are used in different types of tabletop and miniatures games. Wargaming is one type, but it’s also not everyone’s cup of tea (or dare we say… blood?). If you’re a relative newbie, there are other games that utilize minis, and which don’t involve hobby painting, rolling vast amounts of dice and wielding a tape measure to attack.

Here are our 5 suggestions of miniature games for non-wargamers.

Zombicide Black Plague

The general concept:

Zombie Black Plague takes place in a medieval, fantasy setting, and is a cooperative board/miniatures game. The goal is to work with fellow players to complete the mission objectives while slaying zombies and not getting killed.

Why you’d like it:

If you wanted, you could make this an ongoing, campaign-style game. Your “characters” can gain experience that allows you to acquire new abilities. So if your character survives, you can use him/her in the next mission. And, while expansions allow you to add different scenarios, tile sets, missions, and characters, you can also choose to make your own custom missions.

Warhammer Underworlds

The general concept:

Warhammer Underworlds is a combination board, deck-building, and miniatures game, set in Games Workshop’s Age of Sigmar “universe”. Gameplay is competitive, where players use cards, dice, and minis to complete objectives and acquire Glory Points. The person with the most Glory Points wins.

Why you’d like it:

The game is ready for two players to play right out of the box. You only need about 3-8 minis depending on the war band you choose. You also don’t have to paint or assemble them. Expansions are available so you can choose from over a dozen warbands, as well as gain more cards. And the game is set up with “random” objectives, so you don’t repeat the same gameplay experience.

Wings of Glory

The general concept:

Wings of Glory is a WWI-based, aerial combat game. You can play against your opponent in a general dogfight, or play by completing missions.

Why you’d like it:

This game is simple and minimal. Miniatures don’t require assembly or painting and are inexpensive. There are 2 sets of rules — easy and advanced. Mechanics are easy to learn and it doesn’t take long to play. You also don’t need a lot of table space or terrain. Additionally, if you like WWI history or historical-based games, the entire game is based on real planes and pilots.

X-Wing Miniatures

The general concept:

X-Wing Miniatures is a Star Wars-based, ship-to-ship space battle that uses miniatures, cards, and dice. You pick a faction (such as the Rebel Alliance), and the goal is to defeat your opponents by taking down all their ships. You build your fleet with various ships from the entire Star Wars genre, along with upgrades and pilots to fill the designated points value. It is similar to Wings of Glory in that you can either play freestyle games or missions.

Why you’d like it:

You only need a 3ft x 3ft surface to play on, and you and a friend can start playing right out of the box. Version 2.0 includes new point costs for ships and upgrades, and reflects improvements to how certain mechanics apply to ship upgrades. There are also now more pilots and ships added from the Star Wars universe of video games, books, movies, and animated shows. It’s a highly-recommended miniature gaming option for Star Wars fans!

Monsterpocalypse

The general concept:

In Monsterpocalypse, you either play as Protectors (those who guard Earth) or Destroyers (creatures and aliens who want to invade and conquer Earth). You play your miniatures on a gridded “board” in a city-scape with city buildings as your terrain.

Why you’d like it:

In short — it’s monsters and robots and alien spaceships fighting in a city! If you’re a fan of movies like Godzilla or Pacific Rim, this game is for you. Like the previous mentions, you can play it right out of the box (no assembly, and painting optional), and the miniatures themselves are fantastic-looking. Plus, you can play Monsterpocalypse in under an hour.

More Miniature Games to Explore

There are several other miniatures games to try that aren’t wargames. It’s a matter of choosing a style and genre you love. Here are a few other possibilities for you to try. Let us know if we can help you explore more options!

  • Blackstone Fortress
  • BattleTech
  • Mansions of Madness
  • Gloomhaven
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault