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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Mar 2016 8:16 a.m. PST

Which historical period is best suited for wargaming using 25/28mm figures?

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 8:20 a.m. PST

WWII obviously…

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 8:22 a.m. PST

American Revolution.
Almost every IMPORTANT battle can be fought on a typical gaming table at a 1:20 figure scale in a few short hours.
The bigger ones may take a little more time. grin

wrgmr119 Mar 2016 8:46 a.m. PST

Napoleonic. So many choices and ranges.

RudyNelson19 Mar 2016 9:00 a.m. PST

Any Skirmish…1800s colonial, WW2, Old West, Early colonial Frontiers.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 9:03 a.m. PST

25/28mm is not a scale.

I'll get my hat…

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Mar 2016 9:12 a.m. PST

periods with smaller battles and armies. AWI and mid 19th Century. Although if space is not an issue, then obviously periods with the most ornate uniforms SYW and Naps.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 9:16 a.m. PST

All of them.

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 10:29 a.m. PST

WOW!!! What a question. I suspect that most will choose their favorite period. I think they all are, however, my choice is AWI but Napoleonics and SYW would be in the top number also, but then again…maybe colonials, hummmm, I better stop. I can think of many others too.

eddy195719 Mar 2016 10:33 a.m. PST

Dark ages, many small scale actions.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 10:39 a.m. PST

Napoleonic is among the worst periods for 28mm from a representative perspective, because you cannot field armies at less than a 1/100 ratio in any reasonable manner, but it is perhaps the best period in 28mm due to the pageantry and variety of uniforms that you can depict on the figures. It is a matter of what is important to you.

And while someone will point out that they regularly game Austerlitz with 5000 figures in 28mm on each side, I don't find those layouts convincing or realistic even if quite beautiful.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 10:39 a.m. PST

Dark Ages and Medieval.

Loads of small scale warfare as eddy said. Also no uniforms, so great scope for individual looking figures!

Personal logo jeffreyw3 Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 10:40 a.m. PST


thorr666 Inactive Member19 Mar 2016 11:14 a.m. PST

Sci fi and fantasy! Oh wait…

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 11:26 a.m. PST

The Great Unicorn Hunt.

As in, this question is …

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 11:35 a.m. PST

AWI. Not even close.

Ney Ney19 Mar 2016 12:15 p.m. PST

Dark Ages

Militia Pete Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 12:22 p.m. PST

F/I, AWI, Dark Ages, Greeks.

HammerHead19 Mar 2016 12:58 p.m. PST

zombies, do I get a prize, wait what was the question again??

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member19 Mar 2016 1:03 p.m. PST

late renaissance.

Personal logo Baccus 6mm Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 1:03 p.m. PST

A qualified reply. All periods, If the games are played at an appropriate level to the size of the figures. My 28mm and 25mm figures (Yes, I do actually have some) are used for skirmish games. They are perfect for this sort of game, where the small number of figures needed offsets the inordinate amount of time and money expended on getting them to the table.

For games involving lots of battalions, regiments, brigades and divisions then the answer is no period is appropriate. The spiralling cost in terms of time spent painting the 'miniature masterpieces' and money spent on amassing the armies becomes prohibitive. The very large tabletop 'footprint' of the units leads to sterile 'curtain' deployments with no hanging flanks or reserves and precious little option for manoeuvre. The even larger proportionate footprint of buildings creates big distortions in their relevance and importance.

It's a case of the right tools for the right jobs.

Agreement with the above points is neither expected or mandatory…

myxemail Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 1:40 p.m. PST

I second the comments from Baccus, it depends on the type of game. In addition to the cost of time and money, I also feel that the more men a figure represents, the smaller the figure needed. Visually massed battles look cool with massed figures; and smaller battles or skirmishes look better with fewer and larger figures


ITALWARS19 Mar 2016 2:11 p.m. PST

i use 28mm as a final legacy from only 3 neat factors:

a)total reject of scales smaller than 20mm/1:72 simply because they 're not miniatures but only sort of counters/scraps of metal
b)only what was'nt sufficiently available, from manufactures, in plastic could be elected to be represented in 25/28mm
c)something also playable in small battles

result up today: Colonials and, in a minor extent, 19c.FPW, Risorgimento, French Revolution in Vendée

Fat Wally19 Mar 2016 3:14 p.m. PST

No contest. AWI

Gnu200019 Mar 2016 3:28 p.m. PST

AWI, obviously.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 10:44 p.m. PST

Victorian colonial warfare as played with TS a TF. I hardly ever see and have never done this era in any other scale.

I enjoy Napoleonic's, especially of 1 to 20 ratio in 25 mm, last summer we do a 10,000 figure Waterloo.

For a very nice look 25 mm, ancients with DBA three are very good too. Our local club has been working its way through the war of the roses in 25 mm with hundreds of elements on the table.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2016 11:42 p.m. PST

No contest, its the American Revolution.

If you are talking single based skirmish, then it has to be the Victorian Colonial period.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2016 2:25 a.m. PST

I would say the Carlist Wars. You have all the reasons for the American Revolution only more so.

And the uniforms are prettier.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2016 6:03 a.m. PST

Only for skirmishes. Totally useless to me for anything but 1:1 representations.

I want to fight battles and I want to see armies, not a few poncy guys in pretty uniforms pretending to be a regiment.

I don't have space for a 12x8 table so I need to use smaller figures – but mine are not just 'lumps of lead'. Italwars, I suggest you get glasses or find someone with decently painted 6mm figures so you can see what can be done in smaller scales.

Chuckaroobob20 Mar 2016 7:38 a.m. PST

Since 25/28 is God's Chosen Size, the answer is "all of them." I use 25/28's cause they look great, not because I want to play huge battles like Austerlitz.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2016 10:23 a.m. PST

Yes, any period could be 28mm miniatures friendly, because all periods had small conflicts with smaller amounts of soldiers. I personally like playing WWII skirmish, Vietnam War skirmish, Spanish Civil War skirmish, litalian Renaissance, James Bond style, post Apocalyptic games and some fantasy games. If the table is small, then lots of buildings and scenery works.

huron72520 Mar 2016 12:07 p.m. PST

What ever I happened to have on the table that day.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2016 12:27 p.m. PST

British colonials in "true 25mm" scale.

Green Tiger20 Mar 2016 12:38 p.m. PST

The only period I really do in 25/28mm is Wars of the Roses. Generally it is my least favourite scale.

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