Harebrained idea I'm working up... Star Citizen Miniatures?
As I noted in the shoutbox, part of my day-job is I'm a consultant to a tabletop-miniatures game company, and I had an idea for something to pitch to both CIG and my clients: a Star Citizen Collectible Miniatures Game.
As I see it, there are two ways this could be done: it could focus on fleet action, or single-ship duels. Notable examples of the former include Axis & Allies Miniatures (which I was an advisor on the War at Sea naval line for), Warhammer, Flames of War and the old Star Wars Miniatures and Star Wars Starship Battles lines; the latter, Wings of War/Wings of Glory (current consultant on) and X-Wing Miniatures, and Sails of Glory (currently my main effort) fits in somewhere between the two.
The first you have a certain Point Limit for your force and each unit costs a certain point value; the latter you get a certain number of miniatures, frequently balanced by things like year limits, equipment or crew upgrades.
Large-force lines are typically done in one of two options: fixed formation (say, a single tank platoon; this option is usually Painting & Assembly Required), or random booster (units of different rarity, blind-packed; this is usually the only way you get prepainted, preassembled "bulk units").
Small-force lines are typically WYSIWIG--you know exactly what's in the box when you pick it up; mostly Paint/Assembly Required though X-Wing, WoWM/WoG and SoG are all prepainted and preassembled.
I'll elaborate more on these later (trying to keep this initial thought brief--if I dump everything here it's guaranteed TL;DR), but for now I just wanted to raise the idea, see if anyone else around here is in the miniatures scene and might have thoughts to refine it--then, after throwing a nucleus together I figure I'll toss something up in General Chat or Subscribers' Den over at RSI and reach out to Ares and CIG and see about bringing them together.
Personally, one thing I'd like to see would be having a miniature unlock some low-power exclusive or discounted item in-game, like for example a small-group miniature of a named pilot in Squadron 42 might unlock a skin for their ship or a discount "package" of any special load-out they may use, or a fleet miniature of a capital ship might include an unlock code for a skin of that ship's fighters, or a fleet mini of a fighter might include a non-combinable code to knock a percentage off of buying that fighter in-game or a special "optional extras" fit that you could otherwise build in-game but would have to pay a bit more and/or hunt down some of the more rare and special parts for.