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Tf12345619 Mar 2017 1:12 p.m. PST

Hey people, I'm thinking of getting some modern naval stuff, and I can't decide what scale would be best.

I'm looking for;

- availability (I'm in the UK)
- cost
- how good they look. I'd rather not have a 4'x4' table with twenty tiny miniatures you can barely see on it. What scales do you think look best? Given that it's not going to be to scale anyway.

Vigilant19 Mar 2017 2:26 p.m. PST

Depends on what type of game you want to play and how modern. Given that much combat these days would be missile dominant you are going to need very small ships, or a very miss-matched ground scale. That said GHQ are excellent models, I'm not sure what their modern range is like. In the UK Magister Millitum stock them.

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 2:43 p.m. PST

1/2400th look great, but availability in the UK may be an issue, due to international shipping.

1/3000th, or 1/6000th might be better for you.

1/1200th should be considered, if you are interested in small, missile boat actions, as should 1/700th too, for gunboat and patrol boat actions, or where you like larger minis.

Scale compression you can live with, of missile ranges will be your biggest concern.

Allen5719 Mar 2017 5:26 p.m. PST

I would go 1/2400 with each task force on a separate maneuver board for the miniatures and use a map for other movement. In modern naval aircraft and missiles are so fast and cover such distance that unless you go to 1/6000 it does not look very good to me. While I collect 1/1200 the carriers are too large even for the scheme I suggest for 1/2400. Not o mention cost (ouch!). Even at 1/2400 the maneuver boards are quite large. Few of the 1/3000 models inspire me.

dragon619 Mar 2017 8:24 p.m. PST

I would go 1/2400 with each task force on a separate maneuver board for the miniatures and use a map for other movement. In modern naval aircraft and missiles are so fast and cover such distance that unless you go to 1/6000 it does not look very good to me.
This is the way I run modern naval games.

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 8:54 p.m. PST

For regular games I use 1/3000 miniatures from Skytrex, Navwar and DenIan, these being the most common models available in the UK.

I use 1/700 for coastal games using FACs and FIACs

Colonel Bogey20 Mar 2017 4:20 a.m. PST

1:1 – you only need about 3 ships to field the serviceable Royal Navy (and you can't see the subs anyway) … :-) ?

Mako11 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 6:17 p.m. PST

LOL, Colonel Bogey, and yet very sad too, as well.

Guess they need to hope that even piracy doesn't catch back on again, or things could get a bit dicey.

gamershs21 Mar 2017 9:36 p.m. PST

The Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales CV's should add some punch to the Royal Navy.

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