Mechwarrior Miniatures Game
Information on the Mechwarrior Collectible Miniature Game
in 2002 game makers WizKids created a collectible miniatures game based on the Mechwarrior universe. This was Mechwarrior: Dark Age. (MW:DA) It featured play pieces depicting infantry units, armored vehicles and the iconic Battlemechs, the giant war machines of the milieu. For fans of the original Battletech/ Mechwarrior boardgame, this was a welcome arrival. Not only could you play a simplified and more portable game, the figures could be used in the more complex original format.
Just like Magic the Gathering the miniatures were sold in starter and booster sets. The boxes had random assortments of items much like any trading card game. Battletech evolved with various expansions adding more unit types and more detailed rules. Eventually, Wizkids discontinued random content boxes in favor of prepackaged sets of figures called Battle Packs. A second edition of the rules tweaked unit abilities and the game was renamed Mechwarrior: Age of Destruction (MW:AoD).
Unfortunately its manufacturer, Wizkids, could not sustain their operations. In 2008 the game was discontinued. Fans continue to hope for another revival.
Expansions and Releases
The Mechwarrior Collectible Miniatures Game had a fairly long production run with a number of rules expansions. The game offered the players even more unit options. Aircraft, artillery and other support units created a more dynamic battlefield. For a time, the massive Battlemechs were supplanted by powerful artillery units. It wasn't until the release of the Mechwarrior: Age of Destruction rule set that the Mech regained preeminence.
Dark Age Sets
- Dark Age (August 2002)
- Fire For Effect (February 2003)
- Death From Above (May 2003)
- Liao Incursion (September 2003)
- Counterassault (January 2004)
- Falcon's Prey (August 2004)
Age of Destruction Sets
- Age of Destruction (January 2005)
- Firepower (May 2005)
- Annihilation (November 2005)
- Domination (January 2006)
- Vanguard (May 2006)
- Wolf Strike (September 2006)
- Clan Jade Falcon (January 2006)
- Republic of the Sphere (May 2006)
- War College (Summer 2006)
- Ares 3-Pack (Debuted at GenCon 2006; general release September 2006)
- Phantom War Battleforce Set (September 2006)
- Poseidon (October 2006)
Action Pack releases
- House Davion Action Pack (May 2007)
- Champions Vol.1 (June 2007)
- Champions Vol.2 (July 2007)
MechWarrior World Championships
- MechWarrior: Solaris VII (August 2007)
- Undead Lance (October 2007)
- Wolf's Dragoons Wolf Spiders Action Pack (November 2007)
- Wolf's Dragoons Gamma Regiment Action Pack (December 2007)
Strengthen your Forces - Buy Mechwarrior Minis here
The best way to round out your fighting force is to buy Mechwarrior singles. That way you know exactly what you're getting and you're paying only for the items you need.
Each Mechwarrior faction has its own special abilities. That allowed players to develop their own play styles.
Knights of the Sphere
Mechwarrior on your PC - Step inside your own Mech
Whenever the tabletop games wavered in popularity the Mechwarrior series of PC games gave new life to the franchise. Players got the chance to pilot a virtual mech, in the same vein as other vehicle simulation games. The interplay of digital and analog games kept the brand interest alive through the decades.
Terrain in Mechwarrior
Miniature Battles depend on terrain
Like most wargames, terrain plays an important part of any tabletop conflict. Even the slightest adjustments in terrain will change the dynamics of the battlefield.
The original tabletop game used hex maps to help players track combatant positions. The Mechwarrior CMG did away with this and relied on old fashioned tape measures to determine distance. Originally, Wizkids published terrain templates to provide some more order to the playing field. Only these terrain could be used for tournament play. Later editions, altered the terrain rules giving incentives for more creative terrain design. In a strange twist, terrain creation continues to evolve after the end of organized tournaments and the end of the game's manufacture.
Official Mechwarrior Terrain - Commercial Terrain pieces built to specifications
These terrain features use the standard Mechwarrior Terrain Template to determine their shape. The 3D elements were built up to add more visual impact. These 3D components can be removed so your Battlemechs can fit nicely onto the terrain.
Mechwarrior Terrain Video Report
A site with the Official Terrain Templates
- Fen's Unofficial MechWarrior: Age of Destruction support page
stats and terrain info
- Zakken's Mechwarrior Dark Age site
temporary but contains good looking pieces
- ISA Mechwarrior site
A Polish game distributor. They have rules and the old official grey terrain templates
- A Hex-based 3D Battletech Map
Thread on TerraGenesis: showing a Hex-based 3D Battletech Map and Terrain. It shows some good ideas which can be adopted to create 3d Mechwarrior Terrain
- Sarna.net - BattleTech: Downloads: media/cardstock/
Papercraft Terrain from Sarna.net. These are Battletech 3d terrain but many are still useful for Mechwarrior despite the scale difference.
Mechwarrior Terrain Links - Official Templates and Creative Pieces
The natural formation of the country is the soldier's best ally
N gauge or 12mm or 1/160
Some terrain builders may want to know what is the scale of those Mechwarrior Miniatures. The consensus seems to be they are around N gauge/ N scale in railroad modelling. Since N gauge is a range, some opt for the upper end at 1/160 scale. In wargamer terms that's about 12mm scale. So if you're planning to purchase, convert or build 3d terrain these are the scales you should look at.
Be warned that there is some inconsistency with the sizes. Based on older Battletech material some mech should be much smaller than presented. In comparison, the classic battletech minis are smaller at 1/285 scale. However, their scale is much more consistent throughout the product line.
Terrain Pieces for Battletech - some off-scale pieces will work
If you can't find terrain in the exact scale, look for items where the difference is not very noticeable. These terrain features may suit the larger battlemechs from Mechwarrior. The elements that would give a clue to their intended scale are not very evident (door and window sizes). Plus they look appropriately Sci-Fi.
The Mechwarrior Dial
Can you take the heat?
People familiar with the Mageknight and Heroclix figures will know about the dial at the bottom of the miniature. This describes the unit's stats and powers. The Mechwarrior figures have an additional dial for heat. Whenever a Mech takes certain actions the heat builds up. Heat impairs the unit's abilities giving it penalties. Just like in the original tabletop game, managing heat becomes critical. Ignore it and your mech engine will blow up, taking your heavy hitter out of the game.
Comm Center - General Information on Mechwarrior
- Catalyst Games
They have the license to produce material for the Battletech/ Mechwarrior universe. They also have the license for other FASA products like Shadowrun.
is a subscription-based website developed by InMediaRes Productions, LLC. Its goal is to actively support the Classic BattleTech universe with new canon art, fiction, and a dynamic community.
- Heavy Metal Pro
Software for Official Battletech
- Scrapyard Armory
Mechwarrrior and Battletech info. Has some really good ideas for game and scenario variants. Take a look at their mechwarrior miniatures gallery filed under the minis category.
- Scrapyard Armory's Chaos Campaign Conversion
Catalyst Game's Classic Battletech material converted to use for Mechwarrior. Nice going guys!
- Mechwarrior Armies
Information for Mechwarrior and Battletech.
- Battletech Wiki
The Mechwarrior section of the Battletech Wiki
- Extreme Encounters
Has pictures of Mechwarrior figs rebased on hex tiles from Home Depot
- Mechwarrior Universe
Information about the Video Games as well as General information for the setting
- World Lingo Mechwarrior Article
has information on the released sets, the factions and rules additions.
Pryde Rrock Industries has a lot of information including galleries. This link goes to printable Terrain and Map making links for Battletech.
Mechwarrior for the Next Generation - Robotech, Battletech, Mechwarrior
A child sized walker mech from Sakakibara-Kikai. They also have a larger unit mounted with a nerf cannon. I wonder If I can bring one to an airsoft match...
Mechwarrior Minis Rules
The rules set you use will obviously impact the way your game is played. Here are some rules that survived the closure of Wizkids. Some links are for the older Mechwarrior: Dark Ages rules and some are for the sequel Mechwarriors: Age of Destruction. Many advise that you use M: AoD because it balances out some abilities considered too strong in the previous edition.
Here are links to the various Mechwarrior rules.
- Battletech Wiki Download page
Battletech Wiki Download page
Fansite with mechwarrior rules. Has the rules for Age of Destruction as well as the Special Equipment Card for that rule set. Also has the Mechwarrior Tournament rules and the approved Wizkids tournament rules.
- Gamer's Den
Supremacy League site for City Combat rules
- Archived Wizkids site
copy of the old wizkids site
- Gaming Corner's Rules PDF
Mechwarrior: Age of Destruction rules. This is the latest version of the Mechwarrior rules
Mechwarrior Templates - Make custom Mechwarrior units and cards
These templates are for various components from Dark Age and Age of Destruction. Use them to create custom units, gear and pilots.
Featured Site: Mechwarrior Mobile Command
Mechwarrior Mobile Command is a fan site with a near complete set of Mechwarrior official documents. It appears the site owner had the forsight to save them prior to the closure of the Official Mechwarrior site. Look under the documents tab at Mechwarrior Mobile Command
And for the rpg players here is a homebrew Mechwarrior CMG/ RPG in pdf format. This might be a good system to get the two different gamers on one table.
Featured Site: Mechwarrior Living Legends
Online game development
Some very creative people created a Mechwarrior mod for Crysis. Dubbed Mechwarrior Living Legend it is an online MMO and it's open beta. it is also free. Check out Mechwarrior Living Legend
Players sometimes take the extra effort to redo the paint job on their Mechwarrior units.
- MechWarrior Gallery
- Mechwarrior4Less -- A Mechwarrior Blog: Cool Mechwarrior Repaint
Mechwarrior4Less -- A Mechwarrior Blog
- GSX Angel Repaint Using Gundam Markers - HeroClix Realms
GSX Angel Repaint Using Gundam Markers The Artisan's Guild
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