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Don1962 Inactive Member02 Jan 2013 5:47 p.m. PST

What's the best scale for World War 1? Please share your own preferences and personal experience with one or more of these scales.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2013 7:16 p.m. PST

I would go with 28mm. Great War Miniatures are one of the finest sculpted minis out there. Bar none! MHO, of course…
My guys:

Sets: WW1 Game in action & WW1 Detail shots
These are GWM & Renegade minis. I started WW1 before GWM came out. Renegade are good, but I just like GWM so much…

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2013 7:19 p.m. PST

What size actions do you want to game and what is the size of your table? For me, WWI is best represented by multi-division level games, so I would have a hard time going over 15mm. The only reason I'd go up to 1/72 is because I am falling in love with the scale again.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2013 7:39 p.m. PST

Your right. I play skirmish (Mud & Blood). Good point.

RazorMind02 Jan 2013 8:16 p.m. PST

79thPA what ruleset are you using?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2013 8:39 p.m. PST

Razor--Nothing. It is one of those back burner projects I think about every once in awhile. I have been giving serious thought to a Volley and Bayonet or DBA type game in which a stand is a battalion (or maybe a regiment).

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2013 8:40 p.m. PST

Ceterman-as is yours. Lots of beautiful 25s out there for small scale actions.

Abwehrschlacht Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 4:11 a.m. PST

I play Square Bashing in 15mm. Mostly from Peter Pig, but with a few extras from QRF. Here are my armies on my Blog:


Martin Rapier03 Jan 2013 4:17 a.m. PST

I would hesitate to say waht was 'best', but my personal preferences are 6mm, 15mm and 20mm.

Being a glutton for punishment my Mesopotamia/Palestie/African armies are all 6mm, 1914-15 Western FRont 15mm and 1916+ 20mm…

I use Irregular Really Useful Guns for medium and heavies with both the 15 & 20mm stuff as it is of intermediate scale.

If starting from scratch I would go with either 6mm or 15mm and definiately avoid 28mm. I like to do division/corps/army sized actions, for which you need lots and lots of guns. This is both prohibitively expensive in 28mm and looks a bit silly.

Yesthatphil03 Jan 2013 6:37 a.m. PST

Great link, vargulver …

I need to make this decision myself shortly and am tempted by 10mm. Then I see PP's square Bashing stuff again and waver …

So I'm stuck looking at 10, 15 and 20 (10 because it is probably the ideal scale for WWI, 15 because PP's stuff looks so good – and 20mm because I think my collection needs a 20mm boost and I'll inevitably do a number of public demos with the game … so something people can get in toy shops always has an appeal …)

Good luck


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 7:08 a.m. PST

^^^That about sums up may scale dilemma as well!

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 7:12 a.m. PST

I mostly standardised to 28mm since I prefer skirmish gaming.

We built a trench board with just one sides' trench and use for raids/the troops that make it to the trenches and basically fight the combat of the outnumbered defenders trying to recapture their forward lines

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 7:56 a.m. PST

I am doing 10mm with the Great War Spearhead rules. I found for this type of game the smaller scales looked better. Since I did not like the quality of the available 6mm I decided to go with 10. This allows me to put multiple figures on the bases and have it not look as crowded as 15mm would. 6mm would be ideal if I thought the quality ( such as Adler) was available in that scale.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 11:11 a.m. PST

I like and use Renegade and GWM 28mm figures on multi-figure bases with Black Powder and Regimental Fire and Fury for 1914.

Individually mounted figures with Trench Wars, Great War and maybe Bolt Action (1918) for late war.

Ned Ludd Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 11:46 a.m. PST

I play Through the Mud and Blood in 28mm. However after a revaluation of my gaming space 6X4 table I am contemplating selling all my 28mm and going with Bluemoon for 1916 plus and most defiantly 15mm PP for 1914 which I am just planning now.

On the other hand I am keeping all my 28mm RCW to skirmish with and play at brigade level one unit being a company etc.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 2:26 p.m. PST

I just received an email today stating that Baccus will be releasing a WW1 range this year. 6mm may be back in the mix.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 2:26 p.m. PST

I just received an email today stating that Baccus will be releasing a WW1 range this year. 6mm may be back in the mix.

moocifer Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 7:48 a.m. PST

Will be interesting to see what Baccus 6mm WWI look like but I think I'll stick with Pendraken's 10mm range nonetheless ..

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 2:23 p.m. PST

Hi there,
Just in case anyone was wondering we at Adler have no plans for a WW1 range. Thought Id say that so as to stop any 'what if' thinking out there lol
Lots of nice WW1 stuff out there in the smaller scales already we figure and too much equipment needed to make the range a quickie. Tempted though I am by the tanks.

moocifer Inactive Member11 Jan 2013 9:02 a.m. PST

Renegade's 28mm range is pretty nice. I have been quite tempted by that recently .. but must resist !! :)

UnfortunateWound Inactive Member19 Jan 2013 3:51 a.m. PST

I personally like 6, 15 and 20mm for Great War games.

That said, for the scale of game you're playing, I would advise Airfix scale 20mm miniatures. They're cheap, plentiful and easily accessible in hobby stores and online at places like models2u. Plus, Plastic Soldier Review lets you check out your prospective inter-company purchases and ensure you have a cohesive force.

richinq Inactive Member13 May 2013 1:02 p.m. PST

I am waiting for Baccus 6mm WW1 to be released.

Just need to decide what size game I want to play.

spontoon15 May 2013 5:05 p.m. PST

I'd say 6mm or 20mm. 6mm for big games. 20mm for anything where you might want good vehicles.

spontoon16 Jun 2013 8:27 a.m. PST

I appreciate all your comments on rules for WWI. I still ahve to settle on a set. Anyone tried adapting FOW for WWI?

freddy326 Inactive Member17 Jun 2013 2:44 a.m. PST

Yep, there's a yahoo group at




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