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UshCha10 Sep 2018 11:50 p.m. PST

If we are fighting a very uban centric game then 6ft by 4ft for 1/172 as a maximum of 20 or so houses is fine and bigger does not work better for us if its a housing estate.

Not really that into urban centric nowdays so don't play that much, but at 1/144 but it could be done easily on a 6ft by 4 ft and practicaly even less say 4ft by 4 ft.

So what size do you play on and what are your percieved limitations.

Dynaman878911 Sep 2018 3:54 a.m. PST

I use 6mm models and hinches in most cases (half inches per inch). That allows a 6 by 4 setup to fit on half of a regular banquet table. a 34" table could be used to represent a 6ft by 6ft table if scaling the hinch down just a tad more but generally if I need a 3ft space I'll use a 3 foot wide piece of wood secured to the top of the banquet table.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 5:00 a.m. PST

I game with 28mm – 40mm models. My table is an unused pool table, so full size is roughly 4 x 8. I generally use only a 3 x 3 area, as most of my gaming is skirmish/pulp.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 5:16 a.m. PST

I play both 25mm, and 54mm figures. For the 25's, I use a 5' x 9' table. For the 54's, we tend to set up multiple tables, spanning something around 15' x 20'. We have played 54's on the 5' x 9' table, but it was cramped, to be sure. We usually played an urban setup, on the smaller table size, to block LOS, making it an, "up close and personal", sort of combat game. Cheers!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 5:33 a.m. PST

Our last Stalingrad inspired game was played on a 6x12 table in 20mm. Here is a video of the table set up:

YouTube link

In general I find this kind of fight a real slog. Which may be realistic but makes for a rather uninteresting game.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 5:57 a.m. PST

We game with 40mm figures on a 15'x5' table. We just had an AWI game on Friday using over 700 figures with plenty of room to move around. Our AWI collection consists of over 2,000 40mm figures.

nickinsomerset11 Sep 2018 6:24 a.m. PST

6 x 16, all scales,

Tally Ho!

TodCreasey Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

6 x 4 with 28s or 15s mostly, occasionally go wider if required

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 7:00 a.m. PST

The table in my game room is 12'x6' and twice a year we have a game using a table of 20/24'x6'. All games are 28s, thought I am starting to paint 40s.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 7:32 a.m. PST

2'x 3', or 2'x 2, using 15mm.

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 7:39 a.m. PST

Ping-pong table; 5 X 9 with all scales.

Extra Crispy:

On your video, it sounds like you've crowded everyone in a corner so you could take the video body-free. Slogging match or not, it is a a nice winter table.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 7:53 a.m. PST

Depends on the scenario. Since I have many 6 x 4 folding tables I am flexible on the size. I can do anywhere from 6 x 4 up to 14 x 6. The last game I hosted was last month and it was a 14 x 6 scenario. Next month I will need a playing surface of 7 x 5. All scales can be accommodated. Usually 28mm or 15mm.

Here is my 14 x 6 battlefield.


Oberlindes Sol LIC11 Sep 2018 7:56 a.m. PST

For science fiction miniatures skirmish games in 25mm, I find that 4' x 6' is usually enough for the miniatures, but I always want a little more space for charts and play aids and stuff.

panzerCDR11 Sep 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

6' x 8' in 15mm. Usually sufficient for maneuver, but can become a tank park if terrain gets constricting.

DrSkull11 Sep 2018 8:39 a.m. PST

5'x5' table, 28mm minis

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 8:40 a.m. PST

6' x 4' and using 6mm. Gives a fair bit of space for manouvre

Night Owl III11 Sep 2018 9:16 a.m. PST

Preference is 20mm on 8X4. Oftentimes deployment is lengthwise depending on the objectives.

wrgmr111 Sep 2018 10:17 a.m. PST

Most of our group have 6' x 12' tables, using 28mm figures. Occasionally 20mm or 15mm.

Titchmonster11 Sep 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

9'x 5' ping pong table for all sizes except DBA which is played on a smaller plastic folding table.

Kraken Skulls Consortium11 Sep 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

6 x 12, all scales. It is actually a lot of fun in 6mm, Kursk scenarios can actually look and feel rather Kursk-like. Loads of maneuver room, tanks well spaced, and ranges feel realistic.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 10:40 a.m. PST

I have a 6 X 8 foot table and use it for 28 mm and smaller. I wish I had a 6 X 12 foot, but that won't happen.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 11:57 a.m. PST

I have a table 1.6m x 1.2m – actually my 1.6m x 0.8m workbench with a long hinged flap that folds up supported by fold-down legs.

With the amount of storage & equipemnt in the room I don't have space for anything bigger, even that is a squeeze if there are 4 players.

You guys must live in immense mansions to be able to field 24ft tables.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 12:09 p.m. PST

6 x 16 and 4 x16..all scales.

leidang11 Sep 2018 12:10 p.m. PST

My main table is 12' v 5' but I can double (almost triple) that if needed for a specific scenario. or if we want to do a double blind. I would say that we try to keep the table oversized so we don't need to worry about the edges being a problem. If we are playing in a 4'x 6' area then we set it up in the middle and allow for maneuver beyond the edges of what would normally be the board.

We also intentionally oversize the battlefield for setup and maneuver. For instance I can cover my entire 12' x 5' with desert buildings but the likely play area for a 28mm skirmish fight will end up being much smaller, but will be chosen by the players' maneuver within the larger area.

A bigger battlefield doesn't mean you have to fill the whole thing with troops. Room to maneuver is a priority for our group.

GildasFacit –
We just moved into a new house last year and I got my dream space for a gaming and storage room. Before that I was limited to a 5' X 7.5' with one edge against a wall. Now I have about 1,000 sq ft in which to spread out! It was only a 20 year wait to get me here!

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 12:19 p.m. PST

5'x6' or 6'x7' using 15mm and 25mm figures.

Cooldude11 Sep 2018 2:44 p.m. PST

Currently using a 4x8 for 15mm and 28mm. My 28mm games get quite cramped so I'm going to build out a 5x12 table this winter when I've gotten a decent collection of napoleonics painted.

MSU John11 Sep 2018 6:04 p.m. PST

Up to 7.5 x 8. Have to be very careful reaching troops in the center.

SultanSevy11 Sep 2018 6:29 p.m. PST

8' x 5' wargames table using 28mm figures. Sometimes use a smaller portion of it for skirmish gaming.

Desert Fox11 Sep 2018 8:01 p.m. PST

6x4 for…
…GHQ micro armor and Spearhead rules
…thinking about using the the same size for C and C Ancients and Napoleonics in 1/72
…Shako, Piquet, Black powder, Field of Battle II, Lasalle and Blucher, all with cards. Figure scale yet to be determined. Thinking about 3mm.

Also thinking about 3mm Pico WWII and Moderns with Spearhead at 2/3 scale. So 20mm instead of 30mm bases and movement and ranges etc adjusted accordingly.

Like many wargamers I am guilty as charged of having too many "thinking about doing" but cannot decide on a scale!

Elenderil12 Sep 2018 6:02 a.m. PST

I have moved almost entirely to 6mm (1/330 or 1/285 call it what you will). I also have some 2mm blocks for ECW. I folding banqueting tables. That said my mantra is "more space" so ideally for any scale I would want the biggest table I can comfortably reach the middle of. What I'm trying to do all the time is remove the edge of the table as flank protection and create space for maneuver.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

Biggest I can do is 6'x12'--suitable for the old 30mm CLS armies and some 54mm forces I keep around in event of failing eyes.

The "usual" boards are 4x4 with 28mm individually mounted and 3x3 with 20mm and smaller, or 28mm if the terrain is dense enough.

I'm making a real push for a truly portable arrangement, and the best I've come up with is 2mm played on hex boards, getting me down around 2x2. But that's purely for travel.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2018 10:57 a.m. PST

5' x 9' for all genres.

UshCha12 Sep 2018 11:49 a.m. PST

Interesting among the res ponders their is very little commonality, which is a bit of a surprise. In the UK most clubs use either 6 by 4 or 6 by 8.

Teppsta12 Sep 2018 3:47 p.m. PST

Yes for single tables but we often put a couple (or more) together …

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