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stlouiswarrior02 Dec 2017 7:15 a.m. PST

Hello all-

I have recently been getting into the ultra modern period and so far it's been a blast! I have purchased and painted up hundreds of Oddzial's 3mm armor, infantry, and air support to fight out division level battles in the near-future Middle East.

My new tangential project is to find, purchase, and paint some modern naval models that are roughly the same 3mm scale. I'm sure that folks will have strong thoughts about this but can someone assist me in finding the closet reasonable naval scale to 3mm armor? I have found that 1:1800 and 1:2400 are close but I'm sure which is closer. Thanks for all future assistance!


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 7:25 a.m. PST

Technically, 3mm is roughly 1:600 scale. 6mm is considered 1:300 or thereabouts. But you may have to go 1:1800 or the like, because beyond little coastal vessels, ships are BIG.

A Ticonderoga class missile cruiser is 567 feet long – so just shy of a 12" model in "3mm" scale.

That's a lot of table top for one model, and I can't imagine how much it would cost!

stlouiswarrior02 Dec 2017 7:28 a.m. PST

Oh – well I certainly stand/sit corrected!
I concur that 1:600 is a bit size and cost prohibitive on my end!

For modern naval engagements – is there a great difference in popularity of rulesets for 1:1800 vs 1:2400?

Thanks Extra Crispy for great info and for the speed at which it was sent!


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Dec 2017 8:09 a.m. PST

I'd use 1:700 waterline models

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Dec 2017 9:40 a.m. PST

If you are looking at modern naval games, I'd look at Figurehead 1:6000. Inexpensive and you don't end up having a naval battle on what looks like a duck pond.

But if you want ships and armor on the same table, I'd go with 1/1200 or thereabouts.

JimDuncanUK02 Dec 2017 9:44 a.m. PST

I wouldn't even worry about models for this. Ships offshore tend to be silhouettes in the distance so I would use card mounted ship silhouettes.

Lion in the Stars02 Dec 2017 11:06 p.m. PST

I've been looking at getting a 1/1200 destroyer for my gunfire support at Normandy, a 1/1200 ship at 3 feet is the same visual size as the actual ship at ~900 yards.

lincolnlog Inactive Member07 Dec 2017 3:43 a.m. PST

For rule sets, I personally like Harpoon 3rd Edition or earlier. 4th Edition gets overly complicated. You can buy the earlier edition sets on e-bay or Amazon.

There are a couple of guys in the St. Louis area that do Modern Naval.

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