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bpmasher Inactive Member04 Nov 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

I got skirmish rules, company rules and divisional rules, but only 1/72 figures. I'm currently painting and prepping a bunch of them but haven't decided on which game to play mostly. I'm thinking of testing various rulesets with only the minis I have, but I've been looking at 6mm regularly because PRICE.

I can't get over how good my 1/72 look when painted up and washed so I think I should stick with this scale for most of my gaming. I can use this stuff single based and create temporary templates from cardboard or whatever and use blue-tac to attach the single bases.

My most studied rules currently are Panzer Korps, FFT 3, Schwere Kompanie and Chain of Command. I think I can manage to play games with each of these systems using my current collection of minis. I can even expand my collection knowing that they will at least have use in CoC and PK.

I don't know how well FFT 3 would run with 1/72 but I'm willing to try at least. Same with SK but I think I can manage a game or so with temporary base templates. Just put some sand and flock on them and that's it.

rvandusen04 Nov 2018 7:05 a.m. PST

I'm a huge fan of 1/72/"20 mm" WW2 and modern. They look great and leave plenty of space on the table. Also 1" tall figures are a nice size to paint.

Frothers Did It And Ran Away04 Nov 2018 7:29 a.m. PST

1/72 or "20mm" is such a flexible scale, I can't see you'd gain anything by repeating everything in 6mm, and don't forget that'd also mean duplicating your terrain too.

Murvihill04 Nov 2018 7:32 a.m. PST

I have a box full of 6mm left over from before I started with 20mm. I don't think I've had it out in 10 years.

Richard Baber04 Nov 2018 7:32 a.m. PST

Other than a small skirmish set-up in 28mm for my pet period (Rif War 1920s Morocco). I only do 20mm Mexican Revolution, French & Spanish Colonial Africa 1900-35; SCW; Syria 1941, Operation Torch/Tunisia 1942/43; NWE 1944-45; Indo-china/French Algerian War/ Spanish Infi War 1950s/60s; Vietnam (Yanks only) + a Spanish Cold War 1980s/90s force.

One scale seems to fit all the periods we play :)

Legion 404 Nov 2018 7:35 a.m. PST

6mm and 6mm only … evil grin

Lee49404 Nov 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

Because I belong to WAA (pronounced Waah lol Wargamers Anonymous Association), I've gamed extensively in 6mm, 15mm, 20mm (aka 1/72), and 28mm. I'd do all my gaming in 20mm, my favorite scale, except for A) I can't find people near me who play it and B) the selection of minis is so much better in the smaller scales.

Actually seems like there is an inverse relationship to scale and selection, with 6mm having the most and 28mm the least. I dont mean manufacturers, but actually types of different tanks, vehicles, guns etc. from different countries.

Bottom line if you can find minis and opponents in 1/72 I'd stick with it! Cheers!

UshCha04 Nov 2018 9:25 a.m. PST

Its a matter of the sort of games you want to play and how plausible you want stuff to look. To me if you want tanks and infantry to operate plausibly then 1/72 is a limiting factor unless you play on tables at a minimum of 8ft by 6ft. Smaller than that and the stuff looks far to close to be plausible. Personally I like 1/144 (about 12mm) for big battles but you could use 6mm.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2018 9:57 a.m. PST

I'm more and more a two-scale person. One scale for skirmishes and smaller, more intimate battles, and a different much smaller scale for major clashes--or really small tables. Which two scales varies a bit with me, but I think the minimum difference is that the smaller scale can't be larger than half the height of the larger one. So my WWII stuff is 20mm and 6mm, but you could make a case for 28mm/10mm.

bpmasher Inactive Member04 Nov 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

I have a 9' by 7' playing mat for war gaming so I think I can use my 1/72 for most stuff.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2018 10:32 a.m. PST

I tend to stick to one scale for most periods with a couple of exceptions

I have WWII in 6mm and 20mm

And I have ACE in 6mm, 15mm, 28mm and 54mm

Everything else – one scale!

Waco Joe04 Nov 2018 10:53 a.m. PST

Since I do not know what scale the Good Lord plays, I tend to cover my bases and collect in multiple scales.

I just hope he is not a 40k fangod. grin

bruntonboy04 Nov 2018 10:54 a.m. PST

Yeh, sticking with one scale makes perfect sense. That is why I have figures in 6,10,15,20 and 28mm sizes. Several armies are duplicated in two scales as well.Being sensible isn't really my forte…..

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2018 3:15 p.m. PST

I think much of it has to do with how it looks to you. The table seems big enough to handle 1/72 at the division level. How much 1/72 do you have? If you have only enough for CoC ( 50 infantry a vehicle or 2) then maybe you do want to look harder at 6mm. An Airfix Sherman is about US$8.00 a pack of 5 from GHQ US$11.95. While 1/72 infantry is relatively inexpensive armour and artillery start to add up and I think the selection is limited. However if you already have several tanks and things in 1/72 the few more you need may be just as costly as everything you'll have to buy to start a new scale.

Of course all this comes from someone who has WWII in 15mm and 28mm. I sold off my 6mm and 20mm:-)

Grumble8710604 Nov 2018 6:39 p.m. PST

Since the mid-1960's, everything I have in WW1 and WW2 is 20mm scale -- including airplanes. I use it for operational-level games (Command Decision), tactical games (Men Under Fire) and skirmish games (Arc of Fire). Of course, for the skirmish games I do have individually-based figures, but they're cheap and I have enough of them that it's not an issue.

For ACW I mostly use 20mm as well (Johnny Reb). The only exception: my brother-in-law gave me some 28mm ACW and I use them for ACW skirmish games (Brother Against Brother).

Lion in the Stars04 Nov 2018 6:50 p.m. PST

28mm for Infinity and Roleplaying, 15mm for everything else.

Trierarch04 Nov 2018 11:45 p.m. PST

I'd have to say: Any Period worth doing, is worth doing in more than one scale…

That said, 1/72nd is definitely one of those scales.

Generally I go for the bigger the units the littler the toys.


bpmasher Inactive Member05 Nov 2018 2:20 a.m. PST

I got a platoon of US paras in 20mm, at-guns for them, machine gun teams etc. A whole bunch of Germans in 1/72 (the size difference bothers me a bit) which I started speed painting just now. Russians in 1/72 ordered, British commandos in 20mm (1/76), British in 1/72. A couple of tanks (2 U.S., one Jagdpanther, one Cromwell/Centaur kit).

Artillery and trucks bother me in 1/72. 15 trucks for 9-12 euros each? Oh man. Then again that would be 15 trucks forever for every system I might ever want to try.

I'm invested in 1/72 mainly because my painting skills are getting better, I just painted 30 Germans in a couple of days (after a long break) and they don't even look bad. Also my big mat looks to be big enough for 1/72 and 20mm kit over big games too.

Martin Rapier05 Nov 2018 8:52 a.m. PST

I admire the discipline of people who can stick to one scale.

coopman05 Nov 2018 12:18 p.m. PST

I have WW2 land forces in 3mm, 6mm, 15mm and 28mm.

blank frank05 Nov 2018 12:31 p.m. PST

I wish I could have stuck with one scale (20mm). But unfortunately if your mates down the club game in various different scales, you've got to go with it…groan…or not get a game…so I blame other people.

Blacky750 Inactive Member06 Nov 2018 4:13 a.m. PST

20mm is the only way to go

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wargamingUSA06 Nov 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

In 1968 it all started as 20mm (1/76-1/72) and continues to this day. I enjoy friends' 15mm for larger battles and 28mm for some skirmish, but for me 20mm is the WWII scale. So I'll add another voice to "just go with 20mm."

Of course, my FIW is 28mm!

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