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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Feb 2016 10:49 a.m. PST

What is the smallest scale in which you wargame?

(Excluding air, space and naval wargaming.)

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 10:51 a.m. PST


Personal logo John Treadaway Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 10:51 a.m. PST

1/300 as I can't include the Trek ships!

John T

fredjg13 Feb 2016 10:52 a.m. PST


advocate13 Feb 2016 10:55 a.m. PST


Griefbringer13 Feb 2016 11:03 a.m. PST

What is the smallest scale in which you wargame?

by this question, do you mean:

a.) smallest scale that a person has ever gamed with
b.) smallest scale that a person has lately gamed with
c.) smallest scale that a person regularly games with
d.) smallest scale that a person buys and paints models games with them

I have gamed with 6 mm figures, but I have never painted models in that size.

Also, does gaming with flat paper/cardboard counters count? I think those were somewhere between 0.1 and 0.2 mm in thickness…

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 11:19 a.m. PST

1/600 pico armor

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 11:20 a.m. PST

2mm – and I think that probably fits all your criteria for me GB.

2mm is the smallest still manufactured (a couple of tries at supposedly 1mm were not much use and neither got anywhere).

The number of people using 2mm regularly is quite large and now 1/600th or 3mm has extended the scope of 'small' scale wargaming even further.

I suppose that you could include counters on maps but that would be stretching the intention of the question.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 11:29 a.m. PST

Actually, now that I come to think of it, the Land Ironclads from Brigade Models may be 1/1000th (in theory, at least) which is a bit less than 2mm. Splitting hairs really as the comparable models are around the same size.

wrgmr113 Feb 2016 11:39 a.m. PST


FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 11:40 a.m. PST

15mm. I sold off the other scales a few years ago.

Timmo uk13 Feb 2016 11:44 a.m. PST

1/285 WW2 Planes. I have a couple of 1/1200 Napoleonic ships but I've never gamed with them.

One day I will do 1/4800 WW2 naval.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 11:44 a.m. PST


or do I have some 1/3000th ships tucked away somewhere ?

Oh hang on, have some Corgi/Hotwheels Star Trek models – they're ~ 1/3400th.

Project Vehemence13 Feb 2016 11:49 a.m. PST

6mm ftw!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 11:50 a.m. PST


Bismarck13 Feb 2016 11:54 a.m. PST

15mm. I just can't see 6mm anymore. Nowadays, 25 and 28s look like 15s used to. As to painting, again 15s, but it has been a long long time since I picked up a brush.

Don Manser13 Feb 2016 11:59 a.m. PST

10mm but the Pico Armor siren song gets louder and louder.


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 12:01 p.m. PST


Don Manser13 Feb 2016 12:16 p.m. PST

I lied. I have 1/2000 Age of Sail.

But have you seen that Pico Armor?


goragrad13 Feb 2016 12:21 p.m. PST

1/2400, although I have some 1/3000 that was mislabeled by the seller on Ebay.

Should get rid of that someday.

Mako11 Inactive Member13 Feb 2016 12:24 p.m. PST

1/285th, though I do have some armored vehicles (targets for the aircraft) in 1/600th scale.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 12:26 p.m. PST


Wretched Peasant Scum13 Feb 2016 12:29 p.m. PST

1:3788 Star Trek by (nowadays) Amarillo Design Bureau, used to be Lou Zocchi.

warwell13 Feb 2016 12:31 p.m. PST

Was 2mm but I switched to 3mm

Martin from Canada13 Feb 2016 12:33 p.m. PST

1/12k Saganami Island Tactical Simulator
1/6k Figurehead Ships WW1
1/600 Picoarmor
15mm modern skirmish

galvinm Inactive Member13 Feb 2016 12:57 p.m. PST

WW2 1/285.

Everything else 10mm.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 1:22 p.m. PST


Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 1:36 p.m. PST

1/1200 Ironclads
6mm Adler
10mm AWI starting
15mm ACW & AWI
25mm Denizen
25mm Wild West

John Armatys13 Feb 2016 1:46 p.m. PST


Dynaman878913 Feb 2016 1:55 p.m. PST

6mm though I would not object to playing in 1/600 if someone else buys them – the detail on the ones I have seen is amazing.

slugbalancer13 Feb 2016 2:13 p.m. PST


waaslandwarrior13 Feb 2016 2:19 p.m. PST

15mm, but that is rare now.
Mostly gaming in 28mm.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 2:24 p.m. PST

15mm is my favorite scale but I still have a fair number of 28mm.

Personal logo Cyrus the Great Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 2:29 p.m. PST

15mm right now, but that could still change in the future.

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 2:44 p.m. PST

1:6000 Figurehead WW2 Ships

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 3:18 p.m. PST

Once company sized element to a pixel?

Other than that, 28mm.

jdpintex13 Feb 2016 3:48 p.m. PST


McKinstry Fezian13 Feb 2016 3:57 p.m. PST


I normally play nothing larger than 15mm.

jpattern213 Feb 2016 4:05 p.m. PST


Cosmic Reset13 Feb 2016 4:18 p.m. PST


Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 4:26 p.m. PST

40mm only now

45thdiv Inactive Member13 Feb 2016 4:49 p.m. PST


Private Matter13 Feb 2016 5:29 p.m. PST

For land it's 6mm unless you count my 1/600 fortifications for my ACW Ironclad games. For naval it's 1/2400

KSmyth13 Feb 2016 6:27 p.m. PST

1/600 ACW naval and WWII coastal. 1/700 modern coastal.

rmaker13 Feb 2016 7:36 p.m. PST


dilettante Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 8:53 p.m. PST


Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 10:31 p.m. PST

Board game counter thickness. Is that what 2mm is?

Martin Rapier13 Feb 2016 11:51 p.m. PST

2mm, which I use fairly regularly for a range of periods.

Mute Bystander Inactive Member14 Feb 2016 3:16 a.m. PST

Currently 3mm but am looking at 2mm terrain. Does that mean I should say 2mm?

Most of my miniatures involve aerial games so this is not representative of my interests currently.

Durban Gamer14 Feb 2016 3:55 a.m. PST

My best decision decades ago was to stay true 15mm and below. As retirement looms, I still have space for everything (including terrain) in a much smaller residence!

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