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Cold Warrior16 Jun 2017 12:38 p.m. PST

Been experiencing a bit of burnout for a few years now regarding 15mm and to a lesser extent, 1/600. Have an enormous amount of 15mm from the Balkan Wars all the way to SF. Tons of WWI, WWII and Moderns. Also have a large 1/600 collection for 1980's Cold War.

Been thinking of liquidating it all then going into 6mm. Would be a huge space savings, though likely not a huge savings money wise. Terrain would be easier at this scale, particularly storage. Painting would be quicker, getting things on the table faster.

Would be a huge undertaking though. Has anyone else done this? Sold off the majority of your collection in one scale and gone to another?

stephen m16 Jun 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

No. I am just getting back into gaming after being out of it for the past 25 years. I liked the scales I have from the past and am keeping them. They suit where I want to go and luckily are still well supported, 1:1200 for Age of Sail, 6 mm for most everything else, 15 mm for a little skirmish Sci Fi and 25 mm for fantasy mass battles and some FRP.

What has changed is interests so in my case I have some 1:2400 '80s "modern naval" and 1:285 '80 modern armour I would like to re-home. If you have some 15 mm scifi I would be interested in swapping '80s modern armour.

Private Matter16 Jun 2017 1:08 p.m. PST

I've shed all my 15mm and 20mm figures completely and reduced the number of 28mm figures I have. I am keeping a limited number of 28mm for skirmish games only. Everything else has been converted to 6mm for all games above the small skirmish level. This does mean that I have literally thousands of 6mm figures to paint.

stephen m16 Jun 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

Luckily I am down to hundreds of 1/300, 1/285, 6 mm to paint as I still have thousands(?) from the past ready to use. I think this is also the issue for a lot of the people dealing with "scale creep".

Dynaman878916 Jun 2017 2:05 p.m. PST

I've ditched 15mm for 6mm for the most part, even individually based skirmish, and the size saving is beyond significant. Even more so when taking terrain into account.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2017 4:48 p.m. PST

Yes, but I went in the opposite direction to 25s and 54s.

Cold Warrior17 Jun 2017 1:09 a.m. PST

Thanks for the input gents, will be going forward with this. Have a lot of sorting and inventory to do.

Stephen, I am interested in seeing what you have available for trade (in both 6mm and 1/2400 naval). I have a ton of 15mm SF from pretty much every manufacturer out there, mostly unpainted. That will be the first stuff to go on my end. Will be sorting it and taking pics next week. Should have a comprehensive list by next weekend.

You can drop me a line with a list of what you have at deltagreenATcoxDOTnet when you get the time.



Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 7:05 a.m. PST

I did a "lite" version of this. Dropped 20s and 28s for 6 and 15mm. Sold off dead projects , oddball leftovers, and 70% of unpainted. Used the money for painting services. Best thing I ever did.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2017 8:16 a.m. PST

I'm in the process, selling off 10's N's 20's and others, trying to consolidate in 15's and 28's. As you say, no money in it, but every scale--and associated terrain--eliminated is a substantial savings in space, and fewer scales means more flexibility. Go for it.

One general warning: figure out what your "worst case" board is--no club site, bad weather, can't get up steps or whatever--and as you reorganize, be sure you have board, terrain, troops and rules which will work in that space. Too easy to improve oneself out of a game.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian17 Jun 2017 8:27 a.m. PST

I went from 6mm to 15mm for just about everything several years ago. RPG and Naval are the exceptions

Timmo uk17 Jun 2017 8:50 a.m. PST

I've often thought of going 15/18mm for everything and scaling down to two main periods plus aeroplanes. I'm not sure I'll ever get rid of the 28's though.

Be very careful that you are sure before selling up. I'd actually replace the 15mm figures and get the 6mm replacements painted before you get rid of the 15s.

Elenderil27 Nov 2017 1:40 p.m. PST

I have just done this. All my old 25mm Ancients have gone to be rehomed. I wasn't using them and hadn't done so for many years. The only reason I hung onto them was nostalgia as they were the first war games armies I bought. They have now gone to players who will actually make use of them.

Me I'm continuing to add to the lead pile in 6mm.

jambo1 Inactive Member28 Nov 2017 2:46 a.m. PST

In the process of getting rid of most of my 28mm stuff and all 15mm stuff, going to concentrate on 10mm and 6mm, only keeping a couple of things for skirmishing in 28mm.

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