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13 Oct 2017 10:36 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "looking for smalle Acw miniatures in the UK " to "looking for small ACW miniatures in the UK "

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zenturtle13 Oct 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

Are there any smaller scales than 1/1200 Navwar in UK. Cant find any and really need to sell all mine and buy in 1/2400 or smaller if possible due to limited game space

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

Tumbling dice has some 1:2400 ACWN:


I can't imagine why you'd want smaller than that. The actions were, with few exceptions small, and almost none were in open water.

zenturtle13 Oct 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Thanks Beast. Just needed smaller ships as im playing on a 3ftx3ft table. I normally game 1/6000 ww2 and found my 1/1200 acw couldnt turn or manouver on the table

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 11:36 a.m. PST

You can also get more generic period ships (e.g. sloops, corvettes, frigates, civilian ships, sidewheelers, etc.) from the Figurehead 1/2400 line at Magister Militum.

What are you playing? I don't understand how you're running out of room on a 3'x3' table with 1/1200 miniatures. Are you using a literal 1:1 ground scale?

Most of my ACW naval gaming has been in 1/600 scale and could almost always fit comfortably in a 6'x6' space (which is to say: we usually *start* on a 5-6' x 8-9' table, but the action all takes place in less than 6'x6' often *much* less).

Value my advice as much as you paid for it, but I highly recommend sticking with 1/1200. The variety and visibility of the miniatures is much better. Most 1/1200 ACW warships are already pretty small (around 1.5"-2" long), and there are plenty of even smaller ones. I've found most of the smaller casemate ironclads and small gunboats have almost no presence on the table (no masts, low hulls, short length) and are difficult to manage. In 1/2400 scale, most warships will be fiddly and indistinguishable, and only the big broadside warships (sloops, corvettes, frigates) will be longer than 1". If you're trying to do battles like Lissa or Mobile Bay this starts to make sense, but for most riverine/littoral ACW battles with a few small- to middle-sized ships per side, there won't be much to look at and the measurements will be painfully tight and millimetric.

- Ix

zenturtle13 Oct 2017 11:44 a.m. PST

I use Iron and Fire by DM (a family favourite) and we have a mixture of size ships from large frigates to small monitors. We also use islands, sandbanks and the such but struggled to play on my dining table. We genearly field 3/4 ships a side. I'm going to sell them all and re-buy the 2 battle packs from tumbling dice in 1/2400.

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