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HakeJumble09 Sep 2018 2:23 a.m. PST


For a couple of years now I've been collecting ww2 miniatures of all different scales and sizes for my commission paintings. Mainly being in the 10mm range for the low cost and quick turnaround to pump out full regiments.

However, as of late I have started to look into the 15mm side of things (FOW etc) and realised how much more choice there is in regards to manufacturers, ranges, scenery etc. and it has really got me interested in moving over to this scale.

I think for its scale and coverage of the Second World War, i'm going to settle on Flames of War and have started to read it's articles on the beginners section.

I just wondered if you guys would be able to point me in the right direction with getting started.

i – Which FOW rulebook should I use? I am solely interested in late war stuff, so from Overlord onwards. From what I have read is there a particular rulebook for this period or is there a rulebook which covers all the period 39-45?

ii – Where can I learn about unit organisation in the game? I am looking to start ordering my new mini's in the next couple of days, but don't want to commit to anything I can get a basic grasp of the unit organisation system. Will I have to buy books to understand this or is there plenty of reading material online?

iii – What manufacturers of mini's would you reccomend (UK Based ideally) I was totally blown away by the amount of manufacturers there were selling 15mm ww2 miniatures and it really shows how popular the scale is. Whilst the all look good, which one's would people recommend for value, quality of castings and range?

Thank you for your help and here's to the next chapter.


Colonel Bogey09 Sep 2018 4:51 a.m. PST

iii) You have a choice of plastic vs. metal. Peter Pig have probably the widest range of (metal) figures, which are very nice. Depending on period / theatre, they don't quite have a full coverage of vehicles, but you could complement these with Plastic Soldier Company ones (nicely made and great value).

Fingerspitzengefuhl09 Sep 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

I'm wanting to move from 15mm to 10mm!!

Love the idea of more realistic ranges and terrain

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian09 Sep 2018 7:19 a.m. PST

If you have the troops use them! The figure scale has no bearing on the game. There are LOTS of WW-II rules that will work with your figures. Just use the 15mm measurements and it will work fine.

coopman09 Sep 2018 2:55 p.m. PST

Just play the rules as written. I am about to be playing FOW in 3mm as soon as I get my forces painted up. I may convert the distances to half inches.

khanscom09 Sep 2018 3:57 p.m. PST

15mm figures-- I prefer Old Glory for the variety offered. They also mix well with Peter Pig for size.

Zvezda 1/100 plastic vehicles are an excellent choice if they have what you're looking for-- the range is limited, but much nicer than any of the metal vehicles that I've seen (Quality Castings excepted).

FoxtrotPapaRomeo10 Sep 2018 2:07 a.m. PST


I suggest you look at Butlers Printed Models ( English Company). I have had great service from them, and the models are easy to put together and cheap. I have an almost 1:1 Canadian and UK battlegroups, plus padded out my Warsaw Pact opponents.

Have a great day, FPR

HakeJumble12 Sep 2018 1:23 p.m. PST

Great, a lot to go on there thanks very much.

So far have ordered some tester batches from Skytrex, Forged in Battle, Peter Pig and Old Glory UK.

My skytrex figures and vehicles have arrived and I have started to paint those. A little bit more detail to pick out then there was at 10mm and so only getting 5 figures out a night instead of 5 bases!

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