1942 2nd ed. miniatures?



  • Does anybody know which miniatures I could use to sub every piece in A&A 1942 Second Ed? I’m talking like the expansion kind of miniatures that are highly detailed. I wanted to paint the miniatures and use them in actual gameplay.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    If I understand your question correctly, what you want to do is to replace all the OOB sculpts in A&A 1942 Second Edition with non-OOB sculpts which correspond roughly to all the unit types which are required by the game for each nation, but which are sculpted to a higher degree of detail than the OOB ones.

    If that’s the case, then you’re looking for something that doesn’t exist.  There are various non-OOB sculpts on the market which depict WWII troops and equipment, and which are correctly sized, but many of them are not more detailed than the OOB ones.  Some of the ones from HBG are arguably a little more detailed than the OOB ones, but as far as I know HGB hasn’t produced an alternate sculpt – in five different national variants – for every single unit type used in 1942/2.



  • I see. Well, what I’m looking to do is basically have more artistic / detailed game pieces and not use the original. It doesn’t have to be exact matches I suppose, I was just wondering if people do this and if so how they go about it? I see the game as more like pieces of art, and I just wanted the pieces to look pretty, does that make sense?



  • Ok, I just did some research and Im going to revise my question. Is it possible to use miniatures to substitute game pieces for the original board game?


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16 '15 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @LETitRIDE:

    I see. Well, what I’m looking to do is basically have more artistic / detailed game pieces and not use the original. It doesn’t have to be exact matches I suppose, I was just wondering if people do this and if so how they go about it? I see the game as more like pieces of art, and I just wanted the pieces to look pretty, does that make sense?

    Most folks on the forum who want to give their A&A game pieces a major artistic upgrade do so by painting the ones in the box, without replacing them by other sculpts.  As you’ll see from some of the painting threads on this forum, the results can be extremely impressive.  Some folks also paint non-OOB sculpts, either as supplementary special units or as case-by-case replacements for certain OOB units.

    As far as I’m aware, however, it’s not a common strategy (if it’s even been done at all) to want to replace every single sculpt for every single nation before painting them, and to work from the principle that the highest priority is to find sculpts which are highly detailed, while giving a lower priority to the question of whether or not the new sculpts actually correspond to what the units are supposed to be.  The kind of detail that, let’s say, you might find in microminiature metal castings rather than plastic injection-molded sculpts.  It’s a valid choice to make on a personal level, even if it’s not a typical one, but it potentially raises the problem of whether you might end up with a beautifully detailed, exquisitely painted set of A&A variant sculpts that the other players you play with might have trouble using because they don’t recognize the units.  To use a chess analogy: there are chess sets out there that are fabulously ornate works of art, but which are impractical for play because the pieces are not necessarily easy to identify.  That’s the reason why official chess tournaments are played with plain, simple, rigourously standardized chessmen: so that the players don’t have to waste any mental energy trying to figure out what each piece is supposed to represent.



  • Got it. That makes sense. Thanks!


  • 2017 '16

    @CWO:

    To use a chess analogy: there are chess sets out there that are fabulously ornate works of art, but which are impractical for play because the pieces are not necessarily easy to identify.  That’s the reason why official chess tournaments are played with plain, simple, rigourously standardized chessmen: so that the players don’t have to waste any mental energy trying to figure out what each piece is supposed to represent.

    But won’t everyone recognize Captain Kirk and Emperor Palpatine as the king piece in my chess sets? lolz


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