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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 Jul 2015 5:51 p.m. PST

What is your preferred scale for ultramodern gaming?


Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2015 6:19 p.m. PST

28mm land

John Leahy15 Jul 2015 6:28 p.m. PST


Ben Lacy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jul 2015 6:33 p.m. PST


Jamesonsafari15 Jul 2015 7:09 p.m. PST

20mm land good selection of vehicles

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut15 Jul 2015 7:09 p.m. PST

My plan is 28mm for land. Strictly small skirmishes.

Combat Colours Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2015 7:37 p.m. PST

15mm..because it has been picked yet!

bishnak15 Jul 2015 7:48 p.m. PST

Definitely 3mm IMHO. See examples of games at my blog:

David in Coffs15 Jul 2015 7:48 p.m. PST

For my gaming -
Land 20mm as I have a truck load (literally) of models and terrain for C20/21
Naval 1/700 because I like models and have trouble seeing smaller
Air 1/144 or 1/350 – I'm tending more to 1/350

Apache 615 Jul 2015 8:12 p.m. PST


Rod I Robertson15 Jul 2015 8:31 p.m. PST

15mm for skirmish or small scale tactical. 6mm for large scale tactical or operational.
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.

Great War Ace15 Jul 2015 8:39 p.m. PST

1/1 "It is no game"….

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2015 9:09 p.m. PST

It used to be 28mm but I switched to 20mm there is just too much of it to go wrong.

Lion in the Stars15 Jul 2015 9:26 p.m. PST

Used to game modern naval in 1/1. Now, I lean towards 1/2400 for figure scale, and about 1"=1000yds for ground scale.

15mm for ground combat.

1/600 for air.

53Punisher15 Jul 2015 10:51 p.m. PST

20mm all around.

Weasel15 Jul 2015 11:49 p.m. PST

I don't play ultramodern, but for "moderns" (Cold war) I do 15mm and 3mm.

No reason to change for the ultramoderns if I did it, I wager.

Bez Bezson16 Jul 2015 1:57 a.m. PST

6mm for me.

Goober16 Jul 2015 2:38 a.m. PST

25mm for skirmish as I picked up a bucket load of the Mongoose BF:EVO stuff. it's hard to find true 25mm stuff out there.

I also have 6mm soviet and syrian forces for Cold War Commander and 3mm aircraft for use with AirWar C:21.

Green Tiger16 Jul 2015 2:39 a.m. PST

Another vote for 20mm…

Martin Rapier16 Jul 2015 3:42 a.m. PST

Ultramodern tends to be the province of counter insurgency, so my chaps are 15mm for that.

Proper moderns (ie 1960 to 1989) more tend to be massed tank battles, so 6mm and 2mm.

nickinsomerset16 Jul 2015 4:00 a.m. PST

Cold war – 20mm and 6mm,

Ultra moderns – East Europe I should think 20 and 6mm, otherwise Iraq/AFg etc 28mm would suit,

Tally Ho!

Cosmic Reset16 Jul 2015 4:37 a.m. PST

15mm and 6mm depending on the scope of the game.

WCTFreak16 Jul 2015 4:44 a.m. PST


shaun from s and s models16 Jul 2015 4:46 a.m. PST

20mm but I am biased!

Personal logo Buckeye AKA Darryl Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2015 5:35 a.m. PST

15mm land
1/285th air
1/3000th sea

Gaz004516 Jul 2015 6:06 a.m. PST

20mm for 'low level' gaming………6mm for lots of tanks and planes!

boy wundyr x16 Jul 2015 6:13 a.m. PST

3mm and 6mm for land – 3mm for a brigade plus per side, 6mm for a company plus per side.

1/600 for air, other than maybe coastal stuff, I see naval as being an off-shoot of air, so I would look at 1/6000 for ships, but mainly as targets for the aircraft.

Dynaman878916 Jul 2015 6:20 a.m. PST

I'm switching to 6mm for everything. 15mm is secondary now.

Lion in the Stars16 Jul 2015 7:11 a.m. PST

Martin Rapier does have a point: Ultramoderns is either COIN or special operations missions, so you generally don't even need tanks or IFVs. Not that I wouldn't want some, mind you.

So you can get away with 15mm, 20mm, or even 28mm pretty easily, depends on what your terrain collection looks like. Since my 28mm terrain is scifi, I stuck with 15mm to recycle my European and Whereverstan terrain.

Since my air gaming is mostly hex-based, I want small birds to fit in 1" hexes, which means 1/600 scale/3mm.

Noble71316 Jul 2015 7:42 a.m. PST

I like company to battalion-sized actions, so 6mm.

RavenscraftCybernetics16 Jul 2015 8:12 a.m. PST

1:1 as in about to go down in Tx.

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2015 8:39 a.m. PST

Land and air: 3mm for brigades, 6mm for skirmish.
Sea: 1/3000 or 1/4800

Visceral Impact Studios16 Jul 2015 9:37 a.m. PST

6mm for battalion+ actions

15mm for platoon/company action but was recently forced to also start 20mm due to lack of Stryker MGS in 15mm (found them in 1/72 scale)

28mm for skirmish

twawaddell Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2015 9:57 a.m. PST

1:285th/6mm. Anything smaller than that and I can't see it to paint it. I can just handle the 6mm size as it is. Wow, this getting old has some annoying features! Also, there is no room for the larger scales in my house. Just can't do them justice in the space available.

Mako1116 Jul 2015 12:04 p.m. PST

1/300th, 1/144th, and 1/100th for land.

1/1200th, or smaller, in most cases, for naval.

1/300th and 1/600th for air.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jul 2015 3:06 a.m. PST

Scale is a function of the scenarios, not the genre. It is even less a function of the era.

49mountain17 Jul 2015 11:35 a.m. PST


Mute Bystander17 Jul 2015 6:37 p.m. PST

Land – 15/18 mm allows combined arms and skirmish.

Air – 1/600th because AAMs fly BVR now.

Naval – 1/6000th because missiles… only longer distances can be involved.

Not that I want to convince anyone who is in error. wink

Some Chicken18 Jul 2015 2:32 a.m. PST

Being honest, 0:1.

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