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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 Nov 2016 12:52 p.m. PST

So says langobard TMP link

Do you agree?

Dynaman878914 Nov 2016 12:57 p.m. PST

Since I need reading glasses anyway the figure scale does not matter. I have the glasses on looking at the rules or charts and don't take them off to look at the table.

redbanner414514 Nov 2016 1:07 p.m. PST

The older I get the more difficulty I have moving and storing larger figures.

Weasel14 Nov 2016 1:10 p.m. PST

I started with 28mm or bust, and now, I like all scales.

32mm? 2mm? Bring 'em on! They're all great.

Rich Bliss14 Nov 2016 1:29 p.m. PST

I like painting 25mm+ but will play with anything.

14Bore14 Nov 2016 1:30 p.m. PST

I might prefer larger but 15mm is all I have.

Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 1:30 p.m. PST

No. There are uses for both larger and smaller scales. What I find is I am moving away from the middle – 28-32mm and to a lesser extent, 15-18mm – in favor of 6mm and 54mm. But that is me. If were to play more competitively or with more players who are strangers (i.e. I am not hosting the game and providing miniatures for both sides), I am sure that I would be a diehard 15mm and 28mm fan.

What has struck me with owning multiple scales is that the biggest pain is owning terrain in all of those scales. It isn't the figures themselves.

Yesthatphil14 Nov 2016 1:33 p.m. PST

Similarly, although I got going with the 54mm plastics I had (when we discovered Charge! at the library) as a 'proper' wargamer, I started with 20 and 25mm.

Now, I appreciate the full joy of a whole range of scales from small ships through 6mm and 10mm massed armies to flats and 54mm or bigger.

It is more a case of 'horses for courses' than 'one perfect scale' and, as I get older, I think I generally prefer the smaller ones.


dBerczerk14 Nov 2016 1:35 p.m. PST

I agree. 1/32nd plastic, with the occasional white metal 54mm figure, are just about all I buy and paint anymore.

Micman Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 1:35 p.m. PST

I started with HO and 1/72. Got 15mm for my first metal figs. I now have figs from 6mm to 32mm. Being near sighted, I can see the smaller sizes just fine.

JimDuncanUK14 Nov 2016 1:38 p.m. PST

I agree but I still buy 12's, 10's and 6's too!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 1:38 p.m. PST

I have to agree. As far as I know, the older he gets, the more he prefers larger figures.

As for myself, my figure is already large enough!

I'm watching my figure. Fortunately, I've got it positioned way out there where I can keep an eye on it.


WRT wargaming, any scale, any day.

thorr66614 Nov 2016 1:59 p.m. PST


athun2514 Nov 2016 2:39 p.m. PST

The way my sight is going, I'll be playing with my old original G.I. Joes pretty soon!!

Bashytubits14 Nov 2016 2:47 p.m. PST

I find the older I get the more smaller scales appeal to me, for ease of painting, cost, they take up a lot less space plus they look "right" in a large battle setting, which is my preferred game. But larger scales are easier on the eyes for sure.

Wargamer Blue14 Nov 2016 2:47 p.m. PST

I'm favouring 15mm again. But I bought a jewellers visor to help paint them.

Phillius Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 4:13 p.m. PST

I am painting 28mm and not really struggling, but not feeling overly comfortable. Even with a head visor magnification thingee, and my glasses.

A move to 40mm is looking like a real possibilty as I complete my 6th decade in a year or so's time.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 4:20 p.m. PST

I agree but not for an eyesight reason, though that may be important if I tried to go smaller than the 28MM I currently utilize. I do not wargame, I use my figs to set up battle scenes (sort of dioramas). I set up scenery and figures to represent battle scenes. I desire as realistic as I can make it and smaller scales do not appear to have the range of poses that 28mm does. I use Perry and Wargames Foundry(Perry) ACW. I prefer Napoleonics but I waited until I was too old to know exactly what armies I want.

Desert Fox14 Nov 2016 4:22 p.m. PST

Just turned 51. Started out with HO scale WWII back in the mid-1970s. Stepped up (or down?) 1/285 GHQ WWII Micro Armor in the 1980s. Graduated to 15mm Napoleonic in the 1990s. I have been trying to paint 6mm Baccus Napoleonics but I just cannot get the hang of it. Even 15mm Napoleonics is proving difficult now. I am currently thinking of either going with Scruby 12mm or HO scale Napoleonics.

Yet I still have no problem painting GHQ Micro Armor.

KSmyth14 Nov 2016 4:28 p.m. PST

I'm 61 with diminishing eyesight. I have pretty much given up 15mm figures, but am perfectly thrilled with 28mm. I have a handful of 40mm figures, but don't anticipate a major project in that scale. 28mm or bust.

Winston Smith14 Nov 2016 4:32 p.m. PST

Title sounds like something Smokey would say. grin

Schlesien14 Nov 2016 4:54 p.m. PST

Funny…I'm going smaller and bigger.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 6:49 p.m. PST

I don't paint any miniatures smaller than 28mm any more.

Calico Bill14 Nov 2016 6:54 p.m. PST

No. While I started with larger figures, now all I play is 6mm or smaller.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 6:56 p.m. PST

Yes, I agree.

cavcrazy14 Nov 2016 7:22 p.m. PST

28mm for me, although I am thinking about 40mm for my next project.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2016 7:39 p.m. PST

Sill like them all.

Whirlwind14 Nov 2016 10:55 p.m. PST

What has struck me with owning multiple scales is that the biggest pain is owning terrain in all of those scales. It isn't the figures themselves.


advocate14 Nov 2016 11:13 p.m. PST

6mm are too small for me now: otherwise I'm happy to go with anything between 10 and 28mm

Texas Jack15 Nov 2016 2:02 a.m. PST

I most definitely agree. Aside from the 1/300 aircraft, anything I have smaller than 20mm is useless now.
I imagine someday I will be going over to 54mm. huh?

Whoever said growing old isn´t for sissies was damn right. Of course, it does beat the alternative. grin

warwell15 Nov 2016 2:52 a.m. PST

No. The other way around, in fact. I've gone to 3mm because I don't have to paint details that way.

Durban Gamer15 Nov 2016 4:38 a.m. PST

If your eyes are old/troublesome, try about x5 magnification glasses for painting. I'm nearly 63 and happily keep to scales 15mm downwards because storage and transport, esp. terrain, is so much easier.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2016 5:30 a.m. PST

I switched to 40's quite awhile ago and have never looked back nor desired to.

nazrat15 Nov 2016 6:28 a.m. PST

Nope. I still love 15 and 20mm models far more than the often grotesquely sculpted 28s. Age and eyesight has nothing to do with it and never will!

richarDISNEY15 Nov 2016 7:14 a.m. PST

Nope. I still do 28mm and 1/300 WW2 planes.

doug redshirt15 Nov 2016 8:47 a.m. PST

Actually prefer a smaller table area to be honest. Less strain on my back playing on a 2' x 3' area then a 6' x 12'.

KTravlos15 Nov 2016 11:08 a.m. PST

I started 28mm, but now prefer 20mm or 15mm for skirmish gaming, and 10mm or 6mm for mass battles. Ask me again in 15 years.

USAFpilot15 Nov 2016 11:22 a.m. PST

If money was no issue, say I was a multi millionaire; I'd play with 54mm (think St. Petersburg collection) figures on a wargame surface the size of a tennis court.

UshCha15 Nov 2016 1:27 p.m. PST

I'm 62, over the past couple of years have moved down to 1/144, N Scale to some. You get the impression of scale of a battle. 28mm and above to are models to admire, far to big,' far to much to paint and stupidly expensive and too many pointless poses. My sort of troops get up dash and dry down again so most of time lying down. Faces are cammoed up so detail pointless. But it takes all sorts :-).

ordinarybass15 Nov 2016 1:35 p.m. PST

I'm not old by any stretch, but I started in 25/28mm a bit over 20 years ago. Except for unavoidable scale creep (maybe some 30/32mm here or there) and a bit of dabbling in 10mm (mechwarrior clix for cheap mech battles), I'll be sticking with 25/28 it for the forseeable future.

I love 25/28 and I'm far to invested in it to want to start over in a different scale.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2016 2:38 p.m. PST

I've (mostly) cut out the intermediary scales: 15mm on multiple-figure bases for big battles and individually mounted 28mm for small actions and skirmishes. BUT I also keep a stack of 54mm as a hedge against failing eyes--painted, but not often played with--and a stack of 5/6mm against spending extreme old age in a small space somewhere. I haven't figured out a plan to cope with both catastrophes, though.

rmaker15 Nov 2016 7:45 p.m. PST


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