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04 Jun 2016 9:55 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Preferred Scae for SYW?" to "Preferred Scale for SYW?"

12 Dec 2016 11:54 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Jun 2016 9:53 a.m. PST

What scale or size of figures do you prefer for the Seven Years War? (Not including the French & Indian War.)

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 10:00 a.m. PST

I'm doing 15mm.

Big Martin Back04 Jun 2016 10:00 a.m. PST

I've got the figures to do it in 6mm, just need to get around to painting them!

MajorB04 Jun 2016 10:06 a.m. PST


Lt Col Pedant Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 10:07 a.m. PST

I prefer 1/60 scale for SYW la petite guerre games.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 10:10 a.m. PST

20mm, supplemented with 1/72 plastics.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 10:14 a.m. PST

No particular preference, but my friend does 15mm Age of Reason.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 10:18 a.m. PST


autos da fe Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 10:24 a.m. PST

I like painting the 1/56, but don't think they'll ever get on the table.

Altefritz04 Jun 2016 10:33 a.m. PST

6 mm. I like the "big picture".

DinOfBattle204 Jun 2016 10:45 a.m. PST

15mm is our prefered scale

corona66 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 10:49 a.m. PST


nickinsomerset04 Jun 2016 11:06 a.m. PST

10mm, on the spur project, very nice figures from Pendraken,

Tally Ho!

Fat Wally04 Jun 2016 11:10 a.m. PST


Sharpe5204 Jun 2016 11:18 a.m. PST

28mm cause I don't think we need so many troops on the table and uniforms worth your while to be well detailed.

Mute Bystander Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 11:27 a.m. PST

Blake's multiple 15mm armies!

Even if all the scenarios are meeting engagement with town in center with/without river/stream crossing board left to right. wink

Zippee04 Jun 2016 11:33 a.m. PST

10mm for me – Pendraken stuff is very nice

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 11:51 a.m. PST

Since I'm exclusively Minden and Crann Tara, 28mm. As Sharpe mentioned, the lovely uniforms are worth it.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 12:00 p.m. PST


McKinstry Fezian04 Jun 2016 12:16 p.m. PST


thehawk04 Jun 2016 12:24 p.m. PST

35mm (1/48)

WCTFreak Inactive Member04 Jun 2016 12:25 p.m. PST


Lancer5804 Jun 2016 12:53 p.m. PST


Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 12:59 p.m. PST

Since SYW is one of my favoritye periods, I have them in 6, 10, 15 and 28's. I, most recently, have become charmed with the likes of Black hussar and Cran Tara.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 1:42 p.m. PST


steamingdave4704 Jun 2016 1:45 p.m. PST

Got a lot of 15 mm, but it's a period I would really like to do in 28mm- the Minden figures look superb

rct7500104 Jun 2016 1:53 p.m. PST

28 to allow for the magnificent uniforms

Costanzo104 Jun 2016 2:06 p.m. PST

28 to the beauty

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 3:05 p.m. PST

I have painted--and sometimes even played--SYW in 2mm, 5mm, 6mm, N-gauge, 10mm, 15mm 1/72 and 25mm. On balance, I think you need two. One set no bigger than 15mm and probably around 5/6mm and mounted on 2"or 3" frontages to represent the great battles of the era, and another set of at least 20mm, and probably 25 or 28mm individually mounted for smaller battles and skirmishes--and, as is noted, the beauty.

I'm a broad church wargamer. It's fine by me to say "I'm not interested in big battles (or skirmishes)" but certain scales and basings lend themselves to certain tables and battles, and if you get it wrong--or fudge too much instead of deciding--you'll drive yourself nuts.

Preferred battles + available table=ground scale, and from this you see your figure scale options. Do it any other way, and you'll wind up with brigades of six 28mm figures or foraging in a village with individually mounted 5mm castings. (Don't laugh: I've seen both.)

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 3:18 p.m. PST

I have 28mm for SYW Imagi-Nation gaming, but also do 15mm for "real" SYW gaming (figures owned by another gamer). Both sizes work well for smaller (28mm) and larger (15mm) battles.


marmont1814 Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 3:58 p.m. PST

currently 15mm, busy building the armies for Kolin

Frostie04 Jun 2016 5:18 p.m. PST

10mm Pendraken, great figures and great options for massive battles

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 5:20 p.m. PST


Bandolier04 Jun 2016 5:44 p.m. PST


Rich Bliss04 Jun 2016 5:45 p.m. PST

28mm using Volley and Baypnet

spontoon04 Jun 2016 6:31 p.m. PST

25 & 28mm

21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 6:32 p.m. PST

Sadly I have large collections in both 15mm and 28mm. Each have their appeal and charm.

Terry3704 Jun 2016 7:23 p.m. PST

I first gamed the SYW back in the 70's using Scruby 20 MM figures. but now am doing it in 15 MM, using mostly Essex figures.


Personal logo Dances with Clydesdales Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 7:43 p.m. PST


AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 10:35 p.m. PST

15mm. Can do all the battles and still appreciate the uniforms.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 11:14 p.m. PST


Price and numbers
Better relation to height of terrain than possible with 28mm.

Last small scale to really see the flamboyant uniforms of the time.

By the way could we call it mid 18 th century as WAS is just as interesting .
And could someone do the Dutch in 18mm?

John Watts05 Jun 2016 4:03 a.m. PST

10mm – it just looks right.

HangarFlying05 Jun 2016 7:45 p.m. PST

My group does 1:72 plastics. I've started painting my own army in 6mm, but will start doing 15mm soon as well.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2016 11:37 p.m. PST

15mm for bigger battles and for storage. But I get doing it in 25/28mm.

18CTEXAN06 Jun 2016 7:45 a.m. PST

I prefer Adler 6mm figures with a scale of 1 figure to 10 "real" men. Battalions of 60-90 figures or 12-16 figure squadrons look great! And the figures are fantastic sculptors.

vtsaogames06 Jun 2016 4:00 p.m. PST


Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member06 Jun 2016 5:36 p.m. PST

18mm – Eureka miniatures

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jun 2016 10:47 a.m. PST

I have two sizes of figures in my armies. There is the 1/56 scale (~29-30mm) Minden Miniatures figures using a 1:20 figure to men ratio.

And then there is the 30mm collection of old Staddens, Surens, Hinchcliffe, Elite Miniatures and many others. These are done in a 1:10 ratio.

AlexMacP Inactive Member16 Jun 2016 10:53 p.m. PST

I love the look of epic battles with lots of figures. I also love the splendid uniforms of this period. Using 10mm figures, I get the best of both worlds. Pendraken figures for me!

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2016 11:39 a.m. PST

I have a ton of 25mm, but if I had to start over I would probably go for 15mm.

Now for skirmishing in North America, I would stick with 25 or 28 mm.

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