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Lord Ashram03 Sep 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

So… I picked up a great 6mm ACW collection. I just got some 6mm buildings for them, but honestly they are just too big… at the smallest scales, I like the terrain to be a bit smaller, and to use it in groups. Anyone here collect 6mm ACW and got some examples of their buildings? Anyone use smaller scale buildings with 6mm? Any advice/experiences from anyone in the 6mm crowd?

PJ ONeill03 Sep 2018 7:25 a.m. PST

I find that 6mm (and even 10mm) fit well with 1/300 scale terrain.

Bob in Edmonton03 Sep 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

Irregular has some 2mm terrain (mostly European, though) with towns and villages and whatnot that I always thought was amazing. Agree on smaller terrain.

Shedman03 Sep 2018 8:47 a.m. PST

If I'm doing skirmish games I always use the same scale buildings as the figures

for everything else I use the next scale down for buildings eg 6mm buildings for 10mm figures

Try and get some 2mm samples from either Irregulars or Brigade Models


Another option might be to use the houses and hotels from Monopoly which I think are somewhere in between 2mm and 6mm

6mmACW03 Sep 2018 9:32 a.m. PST

Full size 6mm buildings never look right with 6mm figures, unless 1 model = 1 man. And that's rarely the case in a 6mm game. Usually a base of figures is representing a couple hundred or more. Maybe even a thousand or more troops. We use roughly 3mm paper buildings. Free to download and print out. Our club generally does this with any era of wargaming--we shift the terrain down one size. So in 15mm WW2 games where a base is a platoon, we'll use 6mm terrain for that.


Scott MacPhee03 Sep 2018 10:11 a.m. PST

PicoArmor sells 3mm buildings!


alan L03 Sep 2018 2:23 p.m. PST

I would go for 6mm models with a small footprint, such as those by Total Battle Miniatures and Leven Miniatures.

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2018 6:33 p.m. PST

I purchase buildings then scale them down to 75-80% size then build them.

grenadier corporal03 Sep 2018 10:40 p.m. PST

PaperTerrain's 6mm range is awesome!I use them with Perrys' Travel Battle (8mm) figures.
Hope that the picture upload works …


AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2018 11:43 p.m. PST

I agree with Alan. Most buildings on ACW wargame battlefields are there for aesthetic reasons and will not impact on play, so why not represent them in 6mm?

Tigerjlm04 Sep 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

@Ashram I got some examples I'll post for you soon

williamb04 Sep 2018 1:12 p.m. PST

Another vote for Paperterrain link they have two 6mm ACW sets.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2018 8:03 p.m. PST




There are also some picturers of Brigade 3mm buildings here: facebook Miniature real estate fansite look for posts in June and July. Hope this helps.

Tigerjlm05 Sep 2018 5:00 a.m. PST

Here are some painted 6mm 3D-printed Manassas Buildings

Henry House, Chinn House, Stone House, Pittsylvania

Lord Ashram06 Sep 2018 3:31 a.m. PST

Hey all! Thanks for the input and help! Yeah, I might go with smaller buildings, just because I like doing town bases… the paper stuff, I'm just not sure I could do them justice! I'll give them a look:)

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 9:45 a.m. PST

One last item, take a look at He's selling the designs for 3D printed buildings in 3mm scale. I've been in contact with him and you can scale up the drawings to whatever size you need then have a master of each building printed at Shapeways, etc. You can then use those masters to cast many copies (for your personnel use only) of the buildings. Check his web site.


David Grech07 Sep 2018 5:38 a.m. PST

I do my own buildings for 6mm 1/300

though I make them at about 1/400 to reflect the smaller base scale but the same height scale


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