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Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2012 8:33 a.m. PST

Do you treat these as different scales, or are they "close enough" that the difference doesn't matter?

John the OFM22 Jun 2012 8:36 a.m. PST

I don't have any of either, but I suspect that the difference is comparable to that of 25mm and 28mm. Both "scales" serve together on my table.

Striker22 Jun 2012 8:37 a.m. PST

I treat them as the same.

combat wombat22 Jun 2012 8:41 a.m. PST

i have craploads of both. mix fine with me.

Angel Barracks22 Jun 2012 8:43 a.m. PST

Close enough, especially given one mans 6mm figure is often 7mm and another 6mm figure is 8mm and all in between and so on.

What is very noticable other than height difference is bulk of the figures, some are thin and others quite chunky.

Even though they are small they don't all mix well.

elsyrsyn22 Jun 2012 8:45 a.m. PST

With historical vehicles, it can be noticeable if you have the same thing in both scales close together. Otherwise, I treat them as interchangeable.


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2012 8:57 a.m. PST

The same.

ancientsgamer22 Jun 2012 9:17 a.m. PST

Pretty much the same. Interestingly enough, we tend to have one or two brands in microarmor (GHQ and CinC) but multiple brands with the associated infantry. Ros is very popular in the U.K. for microarmor, not so much with the folks I game with in the U.S.

Dynaman878922 Jun 2012 9:32 a.m. PST

I mix them together.

HistoryPhD22 Jun 2012 9:34 a.m. PST

I use both without distinction

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2012 9:45 a.m. PST

Close enough for gaming purposes!

wargame insomniac22 Jun 2012 9:45 a.m. PST

Close enough.

Would happily mix Epic and Battletech figures and scenary (subject to the difference in styling).

Sundance22 Jun 2012 9:45 a.m. PST


Milites22 Jun 2012 10:21 a.m. PST

I found the difference between the 1/300 manufacturers was pretty considerable to really worry about 1/285 not fitting in.

FredNoris22 Jun 2012 10:28 a.m. PST

I mix them.

Kaoschallenged22 Jun 2012 10:47 a.m. PST

When I use to game with them. I treated them the same. Robert

Yesthatphil22 Jun 2012 10:59 a.m. PST

No – but my only significant small scale action is 6mm.


raylev322 Jun 2012 12:04 p.m. PST

When I had both I treated them the same, but the visual difference was/is really noticable. I stick to 1/285 now.

NoBodyLovesMe22 Jun 2012 1:37 p.m. PST

I tried mixing them originally but there really is a noticable difference to me so changed entirely to 1/285.

Kaoschallenged22 Jun 2012 1:57 p.m. PST

I pretty much used 1/285 with the ones not available in 1/285 but in 1/300 together. Robert

DOUGKL22 Jun 2012 2:10 p.m. PST

I use both together. As others have said just be sure all of the same vehicle or aircraft are the same scale.

Splod8922 Jun 2012 2:56 p.m. PST

I tick to 1/285… There are better quality figs available and the size difference is really quite noticeable.

Failure1622 Jun 2012 3:19 p.m. PST

For me they are completely interchangeable, for most of the reasons already enumerated above. If you are playing SF microarmor, there is no meterstick against which to measure since each manufacturer has their own ideas and it is all notional anyway. For real-world AFVs, I tend to stick to PFC-CinC with a smattering of GHQ (too expensive to use as a basis from my POV) and possibly some Scotia/Navwar/Irregular for larger [filler/fodder] units.

At the end of the day they are really markers in a holotank, so if the size is close, it flies with me. Having said that, I cannot bring myself to use, say, Battletech AFVs on the same board as my other microarmor because the size differences are too glaring.

sillypoint22 Jun 2012 3:46 p.m. PST

Does gluing the skirting armor on my Centurion tanks the wrong way bother me, deep down, yes. However, the one game of Jordanian vs. IDF that I'm likely to have in the next ten years, no. Paint them, put them on the table and go. At 1 tank represents 5, shouldn't the ground scale be closer to 1:1500? The roads should be thinner, the buildings should be smaller, the hills might be about right, but you wouldn't describe them as the Golan Heights.
Scale smale, just roll that dice and roll high!

coopman22 Jun 2012 4:12 p.m. PST

No, they're close enough to the same scale to not bother me…especially if you're 3' or more away from them.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2012 4:22 p.m. PST

Yes, I don't use either of them.

Mike "Bunkermeister" Creek


I've never really cared, but I will use the same scale for each vehicle.

Martin Rapier23 Jun 2012 11:15 a.m. PST

1/300th scale are half the price so tend to get my vote;)

I do mix up 1/300 and 1/285, but as the difference is quite noticeable, not the same vehicles in the same unit.

Paul Y23 Jun 2012 4:48 p.m. PST

No, I don't.

hagenthedwarf24 Jun 2012 9:30 a.m. PST

With historical vehicles, it can be noticeable if you have the same thing in both scales close together. Otherwise, I treat them as interchangeable.

1/300th scale are half the price so tend to get my vote;)

I do mix up 1/300 and 1/285, but as the difference is quite noticeable, not the same vehicles in the same unit.

Place them together and you can note the difference; so I never place them together in the same army.

1/285 are nicer models but 1/300 notably cheaper; thus my choice is 1/300.

foxbat24 Jun 2012 11:11 a.m. PST

I mostly treat them different : 1/300 and 1/285 models do not mix if you have them side by side. But that does not extend to scenery and buildings (for me they are all "6mm") and of course, I've no issue playing an opponnet(s 1/300 army with my 1/285 minis.

Dasher28 Jun 2012 8:00 p.m. PST

I thought I'd be okay with it until I put a 1/285th Tiger I next to a 1/300th Tiger I… side by side, the 1/300th looked like a Mk IV. :-/

PVT64111 Sep 2012 1:04 p.m. PST

intermix. But only get the 1/300 for items not made n 1/285. Casting quality of most 1/285 scale manufacturers is much more supurb.

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