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I wanted to show you all an interesting idea that our gaming group developed during the last 6 months. What we managed to achieve is a radical reduction in dimensions of the standard Warhammer 40.000 into a much, much smaller version, using the easily available miniatures for Epic Armageddon.
There could me more to say, but everything is pretty much already in the website, which is mostly pictures in the gallery.
6mm Pocket Warhammer 40K conversion
Here goes just a small appetizer of what is possible:
The idea came up to other people already in the past, but since there was no unified or complete source of information on how to make it, we built the website along with our armies to let everyone enjoy.
If anyone picks up the idea and tries it we'd be very glad to put some of his pictures on the website too. All comments and opinions are much welcome.
I remember hearing about this way back when epic 40k was still on the shelves, using the models as individuals to play regular 40k.
There's a lack of diversity on the individual infantry models when trying to show special/heavy weapons but is easily solved by paint codes (ex black=normal weapon, red= special, etc). The biggest problem that generally arose was moving infantry around when they got clumped up. since it's hard to touch just 1 small guy and deftly move him with a finger that's 5 times bigger than he, especially when not trying to knock over models next to him. Also, having to be cautious as to not bump or fumble and potentially knock over everything on the battlefield.
I'd suggest that if you're going to go the 'pocket' direction, you go all out and make it like 'travel'-sized versions of boardgames. Make a magnetized battlefield, and attempt to put a small magnet on the bottom of each model, which should be easy for vehicles/terrain but may take some fiddlying with the infantry (maybe just rebase them all on 1/8" magnets). That'll make it easier to keep models upright and slide them along their way. Also, you can just fold the case and not lose progress, being able to carry the game literally in your pocket.
Anyways, whatever you do, sounds like a great project to explore. Good luck and take pics.
Well, that's actually what we've already done and thoroughly documented on the website.
The precision of movement of single models comes through a little practice after a couple of games.
We know that many people have already tried/done this sort of conversion, but no one has ever made a good place where to gather informations, templates, meters and so on to rescale everything. We reckoned that a website and our own presence would have been a nice support to all those people whom are afraid of dealing with Warhammer 40K on 28mm.
My friends and I did this with Warmaster during our highschool years. We could pack a whole game into an 18x12 inch space (we used the X/4 method for scales). Our board was made with a thin sheet of of balsa, and then we slid a magnetic sheet behind it to "save the game". We tried building directly onto the magnetic sheet, but we found that the large surface area of the movement-trays meant that they stuck to the magnetic bottom too strongly and we could barely move our models!
The 1:.25 scale also made measuring a lot simpler, since you just converted every inch into a quarter of an inch. For faster games we sometimes even rounded everything to the nearest half-inch (as the change was only 1" on the 'real' table)
The most unfortunate thing about Epic/Warmaster however, is that they lack a lot of the new armies and models. For example, nobody could have used the Ogre-Kingdom army in those days - although Ogres and Goblins both existed separately, things like Leadbelchers and Stonehorns were only a distant dream.
Still, it's awesome to see that your group is enjoying this, and it's certainly awesome to see it being played in a 40k version!
this is a great idea.... for those of us on a budget or on the go... I do not know it i will be buying a set, but... this is a fantastic idea!!!
REP for the OP
I did this with a friend many, MANY years ago! Back in 2nd edition 40k. I called it 'Travel 40k'. It's a great idea if you want to play 40k on holiday or something, or as we did, in the back seat of our parent's car on the way to and from a gaming convention!
I also used the Epic scale models, scaled down all the measurements and made a tiny board in the lid of a shoebox! With some epic buildings, small hills and tiny trees for terrain. I also used blu-tack on the bottoms of the minis, so they wouldn't fall over and skid around the board while we were playing the game in a moving vehicle!
Last edited by Tzeentch Lord; May 29th, 2012 at 08:34.
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The tutorial to easily make a Dark Eldar Talos Pain Engine is now online on Pocket Warhammer! We hope you like it.
Talos Pain Engine - 6mm Pocket Warhammer 40K conversion
Last edited by Dirinel; June 7th, 2012 at 16:31.
A new brand tutorial, for tyranid'sTervigon:
We've also new Tyranid's photo here
Now we've started a Campaign. This is the section (it contains the battles too )