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23 Dec 2016 8:54 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Jul 2016 12:48 p.m. PST

Which figure scale do you see becoming more popular?


normsmith Inactive Member04 Jul 2016 1:00 p.m. PST

At my most recent game show, there was more 28mm than anything else.

I my nearest game store they only sell 28mm

several recent rule books seem to specifically favour 28mm – (though give advice on using other scales).

These points only deal with new purchases, I am guessing that there is more 15mm in people's gaming drawers, than any other scale, but they may be migrating to 18mm :-)

I would imagine that every scale has manufacturers that are seeing growth, but that perhaps 28mm is growing the fastest.

Toy Soldier Green Inactive Member04 Jul 2016 1:01 p.m. PST

3mm, 6mm and 15mm.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 1:08 p.m. PST

3mm growing from a very small start and 6mm & 10mm from more substantial bases.

I do think that 28mm & larger are popular due to the shift to more skirmish type games but that doesn't sell as many figures.

Mako11 Inactive Member04 Jul 2016 1:28 p.m. PST

15mm, but figuratively and literally, given the new 15mm/18mm options.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 1:30 p.m. PST

3mm and 40mm.

14Bore04 Jul 2016 1:41 p.m. PST

I'd say 1/72 with the advent of plastics

Personal logo Baccus 6mm Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 1:43 p.m. PST

Our sales continue to grow steadily year on year. As people get older they realise that there is no way on earth that they will have the time to start new large projects in 28mm and so they downsize. 28mm is increasingly the favoured scale for skirmish actions.

wrgmr104 Jul 2016 1:50 p.m. PST

28mm in particular, plastics.

Black Hat Miniatures04 Jul 2016 1:58 p.m. PST

Funny Pete, as I get older I have moved up to 54mm as I can see them….


steamingdave4704 Jul 2016 2:10 p.m. PST

For myself, it's 10mm. Great ranges from several manufacturers. Painting time to get an army on the table is much shorter than for 28mm and the appearance of the games is great. I still have a couple of 28mm armies, but they are quite small in relation to my 10mm stuff.

Inkpaduta Inactive Member04 Jul 2016 2:18 p.m. PST

Those who are feeling the financial pinch are going smaller, 3mm and 6mm but the older gamers seem to be moving towards 40mm. Nothing is going to replace 28mm at the top.

Timmo uk04 Jul 2016 2:18 p.m. PST

10mm but equally 28mm is more popular than ever with so many interesting new releases almost on a weekly basis.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 2:23 p.m. PST


RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member04 Jul 2016 2:26 p.m. PST

the only scale that can grow is 1:1
everything else is relative to that.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 2:31 p.m. PST


PzGeneral04 Jul 2016 3:11 p.m. PST

My bathroom scale…or at least the numbers on it….. frown

John Treadaway04 Jul 2016 3:15 p.m. PST


John T

rmaker04 Jul 2016 3:16 p.m. PST

All of them … scale creep is a given.

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 4:01 p.m. PST

We're seeing a continued growth in 40mm figures. That may be due to the popularity of skirmish gaming at the moment and, I would guess eyesight of, ah lets say, maturing gamers!

Toronto48 Inactive Member04 Jul 2016 6:15 p.m. PST


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 6:36 p.m. PST

I thought you were referring to scale creep.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2016 9:16 p.m. PST

Some of the aircraft miniatures have been creeping.

1:6 Go big or go home!

Green Tiger05 Jul 2016 7:37 a.m. PST

How would we know?

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 9:20 a.m. PST


Yesthatphil Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 1:19 p.m. PST

I think 15mm will continue to dominate local wargaming with 28mm being more common at shows.

The scale I expect to grow most is 10mm …


skinkmasterreturns06 Jul 2016 6:14 a.m. PST

In my house lately,its been 54mm. Theres lots of "toy" figures that can be had quite cheaply. So far I've laid out less than $50 USD and have enough stuff to do 7 or 8 warbands for Song of Blades and Heroes.Terrain is a problem,but I love scratchbuilding.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2016 10:57 a.m. PST

I just got some 40mm Indians, so I would guess 40mm scale is growing.

snurl107 Jul 2016 3:08 a.m. PST

28mm seems to be getting bigger. Some of the figures are darn near 32mm now.

Glenn Pearce05 Feb 2017 6:56 a.m. PST

Hello Bill!

I try to keep abreast of what is going on in our hobby and about 10 years ago I made a general inquiry into "what scales (sizes) are popular in your area?". The responses confirmed my thoughts that 25mm was without question the most popular around the world.

My responses from 6 years ago were 25/28mm was still number one and 15/18mm was number two.

Little changed when I did it again 3 years ago, with one exception, 6mm was now number three. So oddly enough a size hierarchy.

All the other scales don't seem to be as well served/played around the world. Where as the big three have players/collectors in a lot of places.

So my observations clearly support what Baccus and some others are saying, 6mm is becoming more popular. You have even created a 6mm Napoleonic board. Need I say more?

Best regards,


VicCina Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

10mm seems to be making great strides forward in the number of figures available for armies in all periods.

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