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Posted by Lord Shaper on 28 December 2011
What To Do With Old Figures – Mutant Chronicles: Warzone

What To Do With Old Figures – Mutant Chronicles: Warzone

Well here we all looking at 2012 and I’ve been going through some of my older figures thinking of what I can do with them.

I’ve now been gaming for just over 2o years with miniatures and playing RPG games for even longer. With that being said we always go through different phases with our gaming and I have been looking at all the models I have for Warzone which was bases in the Mutant Chronicles world.

The game takes place in a distant future where the Earth has long since been depleted of natural resources and abandoned. Humanity has spread to the worlds of Venus, Mars, Mercury, Luna (the first settlement following the exodus from Earth), and the Asteroid Belt.

Since the exodus from Earth the traditional nation-states of the world have merged into five huge megacorporations: Bauhaus, styled after the culture of continental Europe, the American-influenced Capitol, the Japanese-themed Mishima, the British-inspired Imperial, and the ultra-secretive ambiguous Cybertronic, all of whom use private military forces to fight for resources. Luna (the Moon) itself is considered to be neutral ground and is home to the massive city-state known as Luna City. The other major power of this universe is the Brotherhood, a fanatical religious organization formed to meet the threat of the Dark Legion, an ancient evil comprising five “Dark Apostles” and their horde of hideous mutants.

The reign of the Dark Legion began as mankind set foot on Nero, a fictional tenth planetbeyond the orbit of Pluto, where they discovered a citadel. As they entered, the Imperial Conquistadors – a group of interplanetary explorers – accidentally broke the First Seal Of Repulsion, a thin ring of salt spread around the citadel. Inside, a mysterious iron plate was found, and as it was touched, the Dark Legion was brought to our dimension, and along with it, the Dark Symmetry.

The Dark Symmetry prevents computers and other electronic devices from functioning reliably, if at all, and initially caused complete chaos, and then a forced adaptation of the technology used by mankind. The Dark Legion is capable of faster than light-travel, utilizing certain points in space, much like wormholes.

The Dark Legion is the enemy of all mankind and commands the most powerful armies of the solar system, including Legionnaires, resurrected corpses of fallen Megacorp heroes; Necromutants, hideously modified humanoids; Centurions, the lethal lieutenants of the Dark Legion; and Nepharites, fearsome, towering behemoths of unimaginable power.

The game came out from Target Games and due to their poor business planning they put themselves out of business which left everyone sitting there wondering what they were going to do. We had a strong presence in my local gaming area to play it and we would even have some major tournaments as well for the game. But now what do we do with it? I have boxes upon boxes of figures sitting there which now has me wondering what I should do with them.

The game was a stark difference from 40K (which at the time was in 2nd/3rd edition) and it was a refreshing break for all of us. Instead of an “I move my army then you move yours” it would be a “Your Squad, My Squad” much like Malifaux has it’s “my figure your figure” structure.

This made the game a lot more tactical since you could counter the opponents moves and we didn’t have the Alpha strike kind of movement. This changed the way we played all of our games… We brought the idea of Squad by Squad into 40K which brought back our love of the game… you should try it some time!

To be honest I still love the game. I have 3 forces for it with The Brotherhood who were my first force after playing Cawdor in Necromunda, Cybertronic and who can resist a Cyber modified army, and lastly I, like everyone else, had a Dark Legion Force which was comprised of Algeroth the Apostle of War, Ilian the Mistress of the Void, Demnogonis the Lord of Disease, Muawijhe is the Lord of Nightmares and the Lord of Insanity and Semai, the Corrupter and the Master of Lies.

So what do I do from now? No one plays it anymore that I know of so the figures that I have are just sitting there taking up space!

I have three large pewter armies stored in boxed not knowing if there is a demand for them or if I should hang onto them in case Paradox Press decides to bring the game back…

Suggestions? Keep them, Sell them throw them away?

See if somewhere like Blue Table Painting would take them for their scrap yard?

I have found out that the Molds themselves were destroyed and that there is a company in Ireland who are still selling the rules and army books that was left in stock.

Also I don’t have any photos of my figures for the game mainly because I wasn’t the painter I am now (not that I’m that good now) so I’m sure people would hate the job I did on them!

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9 Responses to “What To Do With Old Figures – Mutant Chronicles: Warzone”

  1. Mik says:

    Well obviously you don’t want to throw anything away. You could sell them, but I’d hang onto them, we only use a fraction of our collections at any given time anyway.

    The old rulebooks still work, I say hammer out a loose 4-game campaign and hash it out with your buddies. After four games it may catch back on, nobody plays it anymore but maybe you can change that?

    I played a fair deal of Warzone, and the rules were excellent, better than 40k at the time so likely *still* better than 40k today. Although the range had some real stinkers in it, there’s also a good number of great models in it too.

  2. Lord Shaper says:

    @Mik I could do that but we are still swimming in the world of Malifaux… I’d have to reread the rules to get around them again and since if people want to play more often then they would have to source the figures… at least the Australian Dollar is still going strong.

    What did you used to play back in the day?

    @Colonel Shofer I saw that and commented on it when I saw it come up on your site. That’s what made me think that there could be people out there that still play it. If only my figures looked as good hehehehe… I think after the next 90 Malifaux figures are done I might bring out some of the Warzone figures to try.

  3. Mik says:

    Well, “back in the day” consisted mostly of RPG’s (Twilight 2000, Star Frontiers, Traveller, AD&D, and the like). For minis we played a lot of Warhammer Fantasy, Blood Bowl, Warzone, and a fair amount of Car Wars and Battletech.

  4. Lord Shaper says:

    @Mik I still bring out Bloodbowl as you know I had some old figures… We also did the Carwars stuff as well as ad&d, MERPS (the table system) and the big love in the early 90’s was the White Wolf Games… I still have all my First, Second and Third edition stuff for Vampire, Mage, Werewolf, Wraith and Changling!

    We did Warhammer Fantasy as well and only about 2 years ago I did a trade with an old friend of His comic collection for my Chaos Dwarves.

  5. steeldragon says:

    I still have some Imperials… Prince August has some interesting things in stock, sadly no trenchers 🙁

    Don’t sell them, at least you really need some money, ’cause they do not reach good prices online and probably you will never get those same models again…

  6. Lupus says:

    Hi!

    If you decide to sell any of your armies just let me know, as I still collect these figures. I could buy whole Cybertronic army and I know that my colleague might be interested in Dark Legion forces.
    You can write on my email: przem.jurkiewicz@gmail.com

    Regards!

  7. spifferson says:

    Hey, this is an old post I am responding to but if you still have your Warzone miniatures you can check out the old Excelsior Entertainment forum. They were the last company to have a go with the Ultimate rulebook and Chronopia 2nd ed.

    http://forum54.oli.us/index.php
    -uncle thom’s trading post

    There is still a small underground of players and collectors who might be looking to deal with you.

  8. Alex says:

    Well now you can pitch into Warzone: Resurrection. Prodos Games brought the franchise back from oblivion and their sculpts are awesome! Don’t need new miniatures? Then check out the rules. Same principles as the original game but with with a good broom sweep! For free rules upload: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/513277403/mutant-chronicles-warzone-resurrection/posts/722441

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