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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Jan 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

Reader dejvid once said:

…if I have two units that are nominally the same scale I will deploy them along side each and pretend to believe the manufacturers rather than my eyes.

Would you do the same?

PrivateSnafu24 Jan 2018 4:39 p.m. PST

I'd put the bigger ones closer to the action, they'll fight better naturally, having more physical prowess.

dragon624 Jan 2018 4:40 p.m. PST

Maybe. It depends on just how egregious the difference is. Blue Moon 18mm nappies along side Der Kriegspielers true 15mm would be a stretch

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 4:47 p.m. PST

If you check closely, you usually find that the offending unit is of converged grenadiers.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 4:51 p.m. PST

Yes, particularly for guards or heavy cavalry!


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 5:20 p.m. PST

If they are close in size yes – but will not mix 18mm with smaller 15mm for example

One exception is terrain – I do use some 10mm terrain with 15mms well as some 1/72 pieces – but only 1 size typically on the field of play

Personal logo jeffreyw3 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 5:37 p.m. PST

grin I don't play with my face 5" away from my miniatures, so this rarely comes up.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 6:17 p.m. PST

I prefer my figures to be pretty close in size. With my Colonial collection, which I started 34+ years ago, that means I still buy primarily from manufacturers that existed at that time or 2nd hand from eBay, TMP, convention flea markets, etc..

goragrad24 Jan 2018 9:34 p.m. PST

As I have noted in other discussions on scale creep, this is my gripe with Xyston – the discrepancy in size between the hoplites and psiloi is significant.

However, i will use the figures in the same armies.

The same with the Xyston Indian sword and clubmen goliaths that will be used with my Republican Indian DBA armies. Although I have thought that if I do a fantasy Indian army for HOTT that they (in keeping with Splintered Lights concept of having 18mm command and hero figures in their 15mm lines) will be a hero element.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 5:27 a.m. PST

Generally, if I got an additional unit to fight alongside a similar one, I would mix the figures together.

Once I did put all the tallest of a set of miniatures together in a unit, and mixed the rest. The tall unit was a family (that operated as a unit) from Harper's Ferry who mustered in support of John Brown's raid. The idea was that they6 were all tall when no one else was because they were … um … "more genetically similar than most families".

Legion 425 Jan 2018 8:24 a.m. PST

Good thing about Sci-fi … sometimes size can be "negotiable" or even required.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 10:32 a.m. PST

My RalPartha colonials will never see the same table as my Old Glory figures. I do have some Tiger figures that fight side by side with the Old Glory, however, the Tiger figures are mainly officers and two elite units. I did replace all the Tiger horses with Old Glory models.

Roderick Robertson Fezian25 Jan 2018 12:10 p.m. PST

Who you going to believe? The manufacturer or your lying eyes?

Since I do individually-based figures, it's not so bad to have tall and short mixed together.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 12:36 p.m. PST

I've honestly not come across this problem in 28mm. But then I don't have many "older" miniatures. The only 28mm ranges I have that I won't mix with other manufacturers are crann tara/minden but that is based on style not "size"

14Bore25 Jan 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

Since I seem to to be finishing my Russian army with Blue Moons I am trying to keep them somewhat together though a few snuck into Minifig2 units. My biggest is probably a Russian Horse Guard battery, they don't come out much so haven't compared them in awhile.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2018 4:49 p.m. PST

I guess.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP27 Jan 2018 10:13 p.m. PST

Artillery that scale creeps can prolong further!

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