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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Feb 2019 5:07 p.m. PST

Writing in Slingshot issue 322, Steve Neate extols 54mm as the "scale of the Gods."

Have you ever played an Ancients game with 54mm figures?

dBerczerk09 Feb 2019 5:15 p.m. PST

Tried to get into a 54mm Ancients game at HISTORICON 2017. Sadly, it was full-up -- but looked magnificent!

Perris070709 Feb 2019 5:18 p.m. PST

When I was a kid! Not since then though.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 5:51 p.m. PST

I've used 54mm figures as tokens for divine influence for 28mm forces. The gods would battle, changing the odds for the humans, the humans would fight, creating power for the gods.

So … yeah. Scale of the gods.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 7:46 p.m. PST

I took part in a 54mm game based on the Charlton Heston movie "The Warlord."


Bob in Edmonton10 Feb 2019 6:24 a.m. PST

Yes, Commands and Colours Ancients with 54s instead of blocks. Hurray for HaT!

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2019 9:49 a.m. PST

Not sure if they are still there, but there were pictures on the HaT site of a DBx game played with 54mm plastics. Looked superb.

Green Tiger10 Feb 2019 11:13 a.m. PST

Yes – did DBA with 54mm Punic Wars figures. 42mm too…

Gone Fishing10 Feb 2019 11:24 a.m. PST

For a long while I've been tempted to do a Gallic Wars project in 54mm. This blog contains a lot of inspiration: Asterix and company would need to make an appearance, naturally!

Pan Marek10 Feb 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

I play Pigs Wars with 54s. I have some photos posted on the Pig Wars yahoo site.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2019 8:40 a.m. PST

Recently played a "fantasy" 54mm Army Men game, Green attacking the Tan forces, with a beach landing, a fight up a hill, attacking water turbine generators along the way to the city, where the Green had to stop a train coming in, with reinforcements. It was played out on a 30-foot long, by 12-feet wide, table. It was a blast!

Developing and constructing multi-story buildings, out of MDF, for a city fight, building to building. The Green will be attempting to rescue hostages from one of the buildings, with the Tan defending. The table will be the same size: 12-feet by 30-feet, virtually covered by buildings. We will have a river, a green-space city park, and DUKS navigating their way up the roadways, and possibly the river, too.

I've gamed in 6mm, all the way up to 54mm. I love my 25mm fantasy games (I do! I do!), but I really enjoy my 54mm games with Army Men figures. If you have never gamed in 54mm scale, give it a try, whatever the genre. It is a blast! I highly recommend 2"-square MDF bases. Hot glue your figures to the MDF, texture the base, and game! Cheers!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2019 9:24 a.m. PST

Ancients, no. ACW and AWI, yes.

GUNDABAD26 Feb 2019 1:22 a.m. PST

I did a Cremona / Bedriacum Roman Civil War game a while back. Since then been busy converting Weston Mexican Peasants into Gauls, Germans and Dacians as some opposition for the Romans. I detail my hobby progress here: link

These Belgian gamers also do Ancient battles with 54mm: link

Why 54mm in this scale? Failing eyesight / ease of painting, the spectacle, space – I now have a 12x6 table, lots of figures available ranging from Expeditionary Force to Del Prado to A Call to Arms plus conversions etc…

DDONVIL27 Feb 2019 11:54 p.m. PST

Thanks Gundabad for sharing the link to our blog,

Our biggest Ancient battle was Gaugamela:
But we did Punic and Medieval wars also.

DDONVIL28 Feb 2019 12:04 a.m. PST

Did post it on youtube too:

the chanal:
YouTube link

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