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Khusrau Inactive Member22 Sep 2017 4:30 p.m. PST

So – who has the same army in multiple scales? I have at least three armies in 6mm, 15mm and 38mm.. I have two in 6mm, 15mm, 20mm and 28mm.

Khusrau Inactive Member22 Sep 2017 4:30 p.m. PST

So – who has the same army in multiple scales? I have at least three armies in 6mm, 15mm and 38mm.. I have two in 6mm, 15mm, 20mm and 28mm.

Glengarry522 Sep 2017 4:35 p.m. PST

I have 15MM 16th century Samurai for "big" battles and 28mm 16th century Samurai for skirmish games.

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 4:41 p.m. PST

There's never too many.

gamershs Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 4:53 p.m. PST

I guess I am a little less extreme. I have three armies in 15mm and 28mm that are duplicated. It is a matter of change in times and costs causing a change in scales. For my 15mm armies I have over 100 buildings and can put 2 to 3 times as many figures on the table without crowding.

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 5:34 p.m. PST

I have a WW2 German army in 3mm, 6mm, 10mm, 15mm and the models for another in 1/72.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 6:06 p.m. PST

I have ECW in 10mm and 28mm. I have Napoleonic naval in 1/2400, 1/900 and 28mm.

roving bandit22 Sep 2017 6:21 p.m. PST

I have at least 3 different armies collected in 2mm or 3mm, 15mm, 1/72nd, and 28mm.
At least 6 armies in 2mm, 15mm, and 28mm.

McKinstry Fezian22 Sep 2017 6:24 p.m. PST

Do navies count? I have AOS in 1/2400 & 1/3000 and Span-Am and Russo-Japan in 1/6000 and 1/2400.

I also have LIR in 28mm and 6mm.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 6:42 p.m. PST

Hmmm. Napoleonics in 5mm, 15mm, 1/72, 28mm, 30mm and 54mm. Could be worse. There used to be 2mm, 6mm, N-gauge and 25mm.

You could, I think, represent any of the tactical levels with two or three sets, and (probably) any of the rules with three or possibly four, give or take some tweaking. In my case the 1/72, 28mm and 54mm are all individual mounts and could use the same rules. It's a matter of table space, portability and eyesight.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 8:04 p.m. PST

I have ACW forces in 5, 15, and 25 mm, Napoleonic forces in 15 and 25 mm, and WWII forces in N scale and 20 mm. Please don't ask how many board games I may have on the same battle (I'm sure Gettysburg tops the list for most games).

Oberlindes Sol LIC22 Sep 2017 8:26 p.m. PST

I don't have any forces in multiple scales.

KSmyth22 Sep 2017 9:16 p.m. PST

I have had ACW in 6mm, 15mm, 28mm, and 1/600. I've improved. The 15's are gone.

RudyNelson22 Sep 2017 9:22 p.m. PST

Depends on the era. Pre1870 one scale 15mm, colonials both 15 and 25. For WW2 I had micro, 15mm and 25/28mm.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 10:46 p.m. PST

US Army in 1/72nd, 60mm, and 1/6 GI Joe.

I do have a different emphasis on each scale.

The HO/OO 1/72nd Minitanks/ Airfix size is a vast army of the US Army from the First Muster of Militia in December 13, 1636 the historical roots of the United States Army to the near future. That's a lot of time and a lot of troops and vehicles.

The 60mm is focused on the Pentomic Era US Army, and some Communists, from the end of the Korea War to the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis. A modern number of troops and vehicles, with some science fiction thrown into the mix.

The 1/6 GI Joe concentrates from about 1942 to 1973, the start of the US Army wearing the "new" helmet until the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. I also have a few Germans from WWII.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Black Hat Miniatures22 Sep 2017 11:30 p.m. PST

Only napoleonics in 15mm and 54mm but as the 54mm collection grows it will replace the 15mm one… too many periods to volleyball t the same thing multiple times.


kustenjaeger23 Sep 2017 1:31 a.m. PST

Hmm – most of these are not complete/painted and the asterisked items may well be sold. I have a number of other periods in multiple scales just not the same armies.

ECW. 6mm and 28mm
Seven Years War Prussian and Austrian: 6mm* (mass battle) and 18mm (for imaginations)
Napoleonic French and Austrian 1809: 6mm* (mass battle) and 10mm
ACW: 10mm and 15mm*; 28mm (skirmish)*
WW1 late German and British: 15mm (C&C) and 20mm (skirmish)
WW2 German, Soviet: 10mm (big battles), 15mm, 20mm (skirmish)
WW2 British late war: 15mm, 20mm (skirmish)


nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Sep 2017 2:02 a.m. PST

I have 28 mm, 54 mm and 60 mm metal for F&I War, AWI, 1812, Alamo, Mex-Am War, ACW and Wild West.

I also have similar collections in unpainted 54 and 60 mm plastic,
which number in the thousands. Lots of old Marx playsets and figures.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Sep 2017 2:16 a.m. PST

Nearest I have are 1940 France in 3mm & VBCW in 20mm and 6mm Italian Wars and 2mm generic Renaissance.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2017 4:45 a.m. PST

I have WWII US and Germans in 15mm and 28mm. 15mm for FoW and 28mm for CoC.

I also have ACW in 15mm but can't really count the dozen or so 28mm as an army. It won't take a lot of arm twisting to get there though.

steamingdave4723 Sep 2017 6:04 a.m. PST

Napoleonics in 6mm, 10 mm and 15mm. Did have 28 mm, but storage space ran out and I needed WW2 in 6mm, 10 mm and 20mm. Thinking about adding 10 mm or 15mm ECW to my existing 28mm ECW. Having different size figure does enable me to play "big battles" and smaller actions in the same limited space.

Ottoathome Inactive Member23 Sep 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

20mm for moderns

28 to 32 mm for everything else.

Complete non-interest in anything smaller than 20mm

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2017 8:49 a.m. PST

ACW in 6mm, 15mm, 25mm and 54mm

World War II in 6mm, 15mm 28mm and 54mm

Napoleonic in 6mm 28mm and 54mm

UshCha23 Sep 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

I have a small modern German force in 1/72 and a much larger force in 1/144. Does that count?

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2017 12:30 p.m. PST

I have WWI navies in multiple scales (1/6000 and 1/2400), Napoleonic navies in 2 scales (1/2400 and 1/1200), and WWII air forces in 3 scales (1/300, 1/200 and 1/144).

This kind of thing really bugs me, so much that I launched a project several years ago to consolidate all my naval miniatures into 2 scales (1/2400 and 1/1200), I've been discarding various projects in scales that "don't fit", and there are entire game systems I don't play just because they're too fixed on scales I don't have (e.g. Lion Rampant, Saga). Am I in the minority? I seem to know an awful lot of gamers collecting the same period in multiple scales, and not too many people in this thread seem too bothered by duplicated collections either.

- Ix

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

Yellow Admiral, I am bugged by it--and as I wrote, bad as my case it, it used to be worse. But I think in land warfare, you're sometimes forced into different basing systems by rules, but sometimes pinned by the nature of the warfare, which is harder to fight.

If I want to fight out Chippewa or Guilford Courthouse--the level of warfare I'm most comfortable with--I need to be able to break up my formed units into skirmishers, change formations, and represent attritional losses. You can fuss around on the fringes, but the "natural" solution is individually-mounted figures big enough to be identified and handled--probably 20mm and up. And if I could only do one thing, that's what I'd do.

But if you also want to do the great battles of Napoleon and Frederick, those big castings are going to require a huge amount of table space or an unconvincing level of representation. ("Those four figures are two battalions of infantry.") So I think the practical minimum, if you want to do the full range of land warfare in any one period, is two sets of armies, one of which is large castings individually based and one of which is much smaller, and involves multiple figures on bases of uniform frontage.

And if you can tell me now how sharp my eyes will be, how steady my hands, and how much gaming space I'll have for the rest of my life, I'll tell you what those scales ought to be.

skinkmasterreturns24 Sep 2017 2:36 a.m. PST

I have Orcs in 6,10 ,15, 25 and 28mm.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 5:09 a.m. PST

I have kaiju and giant stompy robots that play against various ~6mm, 15mm, and 25/28mm armies. Is that the same thing?

Khusrau Inactive Member27 Sep 2017 3:21 a.m. PST

Thanks guys, nice to know I am not alone.

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