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22 Dec 2016 11:36 a.m. PST
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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 9:01 a.m. PST

Do you play miniature wargames in multiple scales, or just one?

(a) I only play in one scale (name scale, for example 15mm)
(b) I play in multiple scales (please specify which)

Cold Warrior05 Jul 2016 9:10 a.m. PST

(b) 28mm, 15mm, 1/600, 1/2400 Naval (with 1/1200 scale aicraft).

Mute Bystander Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 9:12 a.m. PST



25mm (legacy) armies for mass battle or skirmish

15mm armies for mass battle or skirmish

6mm armies for mass battle or skirmish

3mm for aerial

rarely, 1:6000 for naval.

Terrement Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 9:20 a.m. PST


Lascaris05 Jul 2016 9:24 a.m. PST

B) 28mm, 15mm and occasionally 1:2400 naval

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 9:26 a.m. PST

A (40mm)

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 9:27 a.m. PST

B. 54mm, 40mm, 28mm, 3mm, 1/1200 and 1/2400 naval.

rmaker05 Jul 2016 9:27 a.m. PST

Multiple. 28mm, 25mm, 20mm, 15mm, 10mm, 1/235, 1:600, 1:1200, 1:2400, 1/72, 1/144.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 9:31 a.m. PST

B: 28mm, 15mm, 6mm, (and soon-ish 1:4800 too)

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 9:35 a.m. PST

B : 28mm and 6mm

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Jul 2016 9:36 a.m. PST

Scale depends on the game/period. Generally 15mm, but 28mm for RPGs and ship scale for Naval and SF

Pedrobear Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 9:38 a.m. PST

I actually have a table for this.

I play in 6 scales and 4 broad periods.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 9:40 a.m. PST


Mako11 Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 9:49 a.m. PST

Multiple. 28mm, 25mm, 20mm (1/72nd – 1/76th), 15mm (1/100th), 1/144, 1/285, 1/300th, 1/600 – 1/700th, 1/1200, 1/2000, 1/2400, 1/3000th.

Have some 1/6000th ships, but haven't used them yet.

1/3178th, or something like that, for the Star Trek universe.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 9:54 a.m. PST

6,10,15,20,"old"25 (Ral Partha),25/28,40,54.

Good grief!

Dynaman878905 Jul 2016 9:56 a.m. PST

I'll play whatever is on the table. I only collect 6mm and 15mm, and stopped buying 15mm a few years back.

steamingdave4705 Jul 2016 10:16 a.m. PST

28mm, 20 mm, 18/15 mm, 12 mm/1:144, 10mm, 6m/5mm 1/3000 naval and, today, my first game of 54mm.

nickinsomerset05 Jul 2016 10:23 a.m. PST

6, 10, 15, 20, 28 some periods in multiple scales,

Tally Ho!

Rich Bliss05 Jul 2016 10:24 a.m. PST

Multiple. Although As I get older it's mostly 28mm. I won't stop using 20mm for WWII, however.

Garand05 Jul 2016 10:38 a.m. PST

B: 28mm, 15mm, 6mm.


Mick in Switzerland05 Jul 2016 10:44 a.m. PST

28mm and 10mm

blacksmith05 Jul 2016 11:14 a.m. PST

6, 10, 15 & 28 mm

Dentatus Fezian05 Jul 2016 11:31 a.m. PST

I WANT to do more than one scale. I HAVE minis in more than one scale. BUT I find myself sticking to 28mm.

Umpapa05 Jul 2016 12:08 p.m. PST

SF 15 mm
Everything else (historical, pulp etc) 20 mm/1:72

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 12:53 p.m. PST


Phrodon05 Jul 2016 1:07 p.m. PST

20mm WW2, Vietnam war, Modern wars
28mm Fantasy, Horror, Pulp, French/Indian wars

Yesthatphil Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 1:14 p.m. PST

I play in 1/1200 naval, 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, 30mm flats, 54mm, 90mm and 1/12 action figure scales (each according to what works best for the historical scenario being explored) .. I plan to add 28mm to the mix once I find something that popular scale is best suited to.


21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 1:49 p.m. PST

(b) 1/2400, 1/1200, 1/600 for naval things.
15mm, 20mm, 25/28mm for horse and musket eras.
Just 15mm for WWI and WWII land.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut05 Jul 2016 2:38 p.m. PST

I have armies in 6mm and 15mm from the Before Times, but I am.only actively collecting and playing 28mm.

kallman05 Jul 2016 4:00 p.m. PST

B, mostly 28 mm and 15 mm, but have 40 mm and 10 mm. Then there are those scales that are hard to pin down like Battle Fleet Gothic.

WarWizard05 Jul 2016 4:08 p.m. PST

40mm, 28mm, considering 18mm next.

galvinm Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 4:11 p.m. PST



Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 5:49 p.m. PST


6mm, 15mm, 25mm, 54mm

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2016 7:23 p.m. PST

(B) In WWII, 15mm
In AWI 25/28mm and 40mm

Toronto48 Inactive Member05 Jul 2016 10:28 p.m. PST


SAGA, Ancients 25/28


ACW Ancients Napoleonics 6mm

War Spanish Succession 10mm

Martin Rapier05 Jul 2016 11:17 p.m. PST

Only play in one scale? Maybe back in 1971 when there was only Airfix.

2,6,15,20,54mm excluding air and naval, and in some deeply sad cases, several different scales within the same period.

Vive la difference!

Oberlindes Sol LIC06 Jul 2016 2:18 a.m. PST

I might play in any scale. It depends on whether the game sounds interesting to me, who is running it, and who else is playing.

I have been running ground combat games in 25mm for several years. I haven't felt like running micro-scale armor, although I could and have.

I have run space combat games, but scale loses some meaning there, because of the disparity between table scale and model scale.

Ewan Hoosami06 Jul 2016 2:52 a.m. PST

Multiple but not at the same time!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jul 2016 5:11 a.m. PST

(b) Multiple – 28mm, 15mm, n scale, 1:1, 1:600, 1:6000

skinkmasterreturns06 Jul 2016 6:08 a.m. PST

Yes. My newest project is 54mm Song of Blades and Heroes.I am having a blast making the terrain for this,too!

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2016 6:36 a.m. PST

Primarily 15mm with some 25mm. Naval 1:1200 and 1:2400. I have a bunch of 1/72 figures but they haven't seen the light of day in years.

I do Civil War 1:1 scale, but we call that reenacting not wargaming.

I'm happy to play other scales if someone else does all the work providing the figures.

Old Wolfman06 Jul 2016 6:49 a.m. PST

Done micro-armor,15s,25s,28s,quite nice whatever the scale.

ubercommando06 Jul 2016 10:50 a.m. PST

First, the way the question is phrased is slightly misleading. At my club or at shows I will play any scale the people putting on the game have chosen.

I'll answer the question "do I collect and play multiple scales or just one?"

I believe that there's a sweet spot for different eras and scales of gaming. For example, if it's historical and simulating big battles I'll opt for 15mm for the most part. I think that size hits the right balance between detail and having enough figures to fight a large battle.

For 20th century wargaming, I prefer 20mm. I have some 15mm for Flames of War but on the whole 20mm again is the sweet spot between detail and numbers for company level games.

Some of my collection is dictated by rules: For my WW2 naval wargames I have chosen 1/3000 because that's what the rules I own recommend. I'm considering buying Sharp Practice 2 and choosing 28mm for that will be a rules consideration, not because I prefer 28mm.

As for 28mm I reserve that for pulp style skirmish gaming. I don't like 28mm for WW2 because the figures look too cartoony. 28mm is impractical, in my opinion, when it comes to big historical battles.

Toy Soldier Green06 Jul 2016 7:09 p.m. PST

Sometimes I wish I could say one.

1/600 (3mm) All from O8 and I buy it from PicoArmor.
25mm (several boardgames cannibalized as well as traditional 25mm toy soldiers.)
40mm (plastic toy soldiers from the 80s.)
54mm (more of collecting only.)

HangarFlying08 Jul 2016 11:44 a.m. PST

Actively game in 1:72 of various periods. In the process of painting up some 6mm 7YW for my personal collection—at least until my wife saw some 15mm figures and commented that if she were to play, she would prefer the 15mm over the 6mm. FML.

Personal logo vtsaogames Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2016 1:19 p.m. PST

Almost entirely 15mm except 20mm AWI, 10mm Great War mid-east, and 28mm FFL vs. Arabs (the last haven't been on the table in years).

Oh yeah, 1/72 plastic Rome/Carthage/Gaul and Mongols/Teutonic Knights. Also not been on the table in years.

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