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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

As 2017 comes to an end, I would like to point out that the scale argument which goes "X is the perfect scale: cheaper and more portable than the big clunky Y, and with so much more detail than little tiny Z" is now at least 50 years old, having been used by Brigadier Peter Young in Charge! (1967) in support of 30mm figures--so much cheaper and handier than 54's, and so much more personality than 20mm. This year, I think I saw it in support of 10mm figures--so much cheaper and handier than 15mm, and so much less fiddly than 6mm.)

Personally, I find arguing as to which is the superior scale to be one of the hobby's less amusing pastimes, and try not to participate in such debates. But arguments which can be used for virtually any scale lower the standard. Retire the line of argument, guys: if you insist on propagandizing for a particular scale, at least pick an argument not equally applicable to the others.

coopman31 Dec 2017 3:50 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2017 8:42 p.m. PST

If you use the broad definition of an argument to be a simple expression of opinion, why have a scale discussion board at all? If we all thought the same, there would not be multiple figure sizes and scales. As long as people are civil, I like to read why people chose one particular scale over others, especially if I am tempted by a new period.

Bill Rosser Inactive Member31 Dec 2017 8:53 p.m. PST

Happy new years Robert,
Everyone knows that the perfect scale is 1/1200 scale for pre-Dreadnoughts.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 3:49 a.m. PST

"Is this the right room for an arguement?" …..

Huscarle01 Jan 2018 4:53 a.m. PST

I'm more concerned with scale-creep than whatever the so-called perfect scale is.

M C MonkeyDew02 Jan 2018 5:36 a.m. PST

With Brigadier Young in mind I am always amused that 25mm figures are now 30mm plus.

Dave Crowell Inactive Member02 Jan 2018 7:18 p.m. PST

40mm is clearly the superior scale, and the 28mm sculptors realize it! Just look at the way their figures are slowly drawing closer to the One True Scale!

Uparmored29 Jan 2018 2:33 a.m. PST

20mm. Even though I have to solo it nowadays, for skirmish, it's still the perfect balance of being able to represent combined arms on a table and being able to convert figures to my visual tastes.

My first wargame with rules was probably 1/72 Esci US Paratroopers going against Germans defending a bridge using converted Bodycount rules I picked up at Cancon in about ' friends loved those games.

Now I have no real life friends and after years of a frustrating attempt at 54mm (ultimate convertability) solo gaming for my ultimate scenario (the fictional invasion of Cuba by the US) I've realised that 54 just can't do the helicopters I want or the on table support I want to see either. Back to 20mm, the ultimate scale! Still convertable but so much cheaper and small enough to have mortar teams on the table and some real maneuvre, as well as helicopter assaults with helicopters that are actually made in the scale (That OOP CH-53 by Italeri back in the '90s is still proving elusive though..)

UshCha30 Jan 2018 12:01 a.m. PST

How dare you spread such dreadfu disinformation, the ONE TRUE SCALE is 10mmm! or is it 12mm**? or is it 1/144???? One of them anyway.

Personally I whish manufacturers would drop the stupidity and quote a scale as a scale e.g 1/144 or 1/200 or 1/285 (relly wierd scale) and then perhaps we could avoid scale creep by taking the mick if they produce 8 ft tall figures.

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