Need opinions on fast/affordable tabletop miniature games
Hey everyone. I was hoping to get some suggestions on tabletop miniature games (preferably hex-based) that were fast to play & learn, had a slick game system with minimal overhead and not too expensive. I haven't had that much exposure to this genre but I'm interested in learning these types of systems for a game development project I'm working on. It'd also be nice to have something new to play at a geek party I'm heading to tonight.
I've been looking at purchasing Starfleet Battles (which overlaps the game dev project a lot) or even Squad Leader but was also thinking learning a game like AT-43 (which I just discovered) or maybe a WW2 game like Flames of War might be interesting as well. I guess what I'm looking for more than anything is learning about simple game systems that facilitate this sort of gameplay without spending too much money or getting bogged down in rules.
So my GWJ grognards and arm-chair commanders... any suggestions or thoughts? Is there a particular game (possibly starship capital ship combat related ) that I should keep my eyes open for?