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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Jan 2017 12:56 p.m. PST

Do you mix figures from different manufacturers together happily, or do you carefully select which figures look well together?

Dynaman878903 Jan 2017 1:00 p.m. PST

Mix them happily. Sometimes even mixing scales (15mm infantry with 6mm tanks)

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

Wargamers are picky? Color me shocked! evil grin

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

Carefully select

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 1:37 p.m. PST

Picky about figures, but since people come in different sizes, I will mix

advocate03 Jan 2017 1:43 p.m. PST


VCarter Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 1:45 p.m. PST

People do come in different sizes, However, I'm picky on the size of weapons.

In the Vietnam ranges A TAG M-60 would never match with WestWind/Baker company.

That said, I will gladly use the SKS armed troops from TAG, WestWind, Baker company and even London War Room within a single unit.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 1:45 p.m. PST

Yes, I am very picky. While people come in different sizes, weapons do not.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 1:51 p.m. PST

Carefully / Picky.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

I have a wide mix.

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 1:56 p.m. PST

I am picky if sufficient different minis are available. Using VCarter's Vietnam example, I have not so happily mixed TAG and WestWing due to the relative dearth of USMC looking chaps. But I keep them in different squads so that it is not so visible. If either range was sufficiently large I would stick with it alone. In the land of WWII, I also not so happily mix the newer 1/56 stuff with the older Diecast things with plans to a gradaual drawdawn to 1/56 only.

Winston Smith03 Jan 2017 1:56 p.m. PST

My record for an FIW game was 23 different manufacturers on the table.

Fat Wally03 Jan 2017 2:00 p.m. PST

Very picky.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 2:02 p.m. PST

I love to mix ..the more diversity the better..

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

Depends some style are more unique than others. Also some periods require you to mix. As no single range give enough variation.

Oberlindes Sol LIC03 Jan 2017 2:09 p.m. PST

I am a picky mixer.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

I mix loads of different manufacturers, especially in my Dark Ages armies. Even weapons were not standard sizes back then….

Stepman303 Jan 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

Picky…I will try to stick with the same sculptor…Cooplestone with Cooplestone, Perry with Perry…etc.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 2:20 p.m. PST


andyfb03 Jan 2017 2:29 p.m. PST

Very picky

Prince Rupert of the Rhine03 Jan 2017 2:34 p.m. PST

Not picky at all but I generally do fantasy and sci-fi so it's much easier to justify things like different sized weapons than it would be for historical gamers.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 2:49 p.m. PST


14Bore03 Jan 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

Not very picky but they need to be close to size which isn't to hard.

Disco Joe03 Jan 2017 3:06 p.m. PST

Carefully select.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 3:37 p.m. PST

Carefully select, however, weapon or human body part sizes are not the main criterion. I am concerned with the overall effect rather than the details of any one or any subset of pieces.

Massively different weapons that are supposed to be identical (less of a problem the further away in time or organization from modern, industrially equipped armies – I have a hard time believing everyone's pike was the same length; even modern irregulars can have a dozen different makes of AK-47/knock offs) can ruin that effect.

whitphoto03 Jan 2017 5:30 p.m. PST

I've mixed 28mm figures from several manufacturers and 25mm figures from West Wind in my WWII games and no one has ever noticed. Maybe it's different if they're all standing tall in ranks with some games, but with the variety of poses: crouched, prone, running, aiming etc… no one has noticed.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 6:59 p.m. PST


Grignotage03 Jan 2017 9:44 p.m. PST

Mix with abandon.

Early morning writer03 Jan 2017 10:31 p.m. PST

I pick out the figures I want and, once painted, I play with them – and let others join the fun. Does that count?

Life is too short to be picky about miniatures – and sometimes you can't get what you want that way anyway.

jefritrout04 Jan 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

I will mix but generally stick to similar sizes, but I do tend to stick to manufacturer's that I like. My Arab army has 4 or 5 different companies mixed quite liberally.

And I agree that people come in very different sizes. Our ERU has a team that consist of one 6'4" guy who is quite bulky and a 5'3" guy who is rail thin. It really looks like a heroic 28 next to a true scale 25. However like Etotheipi states, they have the same size weapons. Both carry the same breeching shotgun, and same size sidearm. That is my issue with mixing figures in the more modern periods.

Timmo uk04 Jan 2017 9:23 a.m. PST

Very picky to the point that I rarely mix.

wrgmr104 Jan 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

Rarely mix, mostly picky.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut04 Jan 2017 8:22 p.m. PST

Mixer? I drink straight from the bottle!

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2017 9:02 p.m. PST

Generally don't mix figures from different manufacturers in the same unit. When gaming with my friends, it's common for different units to be composed of figures from different manufacturers.

jambo104 Jan 2017 11:13 p.m. PST

Pretty picky, have to really be near each other for me to mix.

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