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UshCha22 Oct 2020 1:59 a.m. PST

To me 54mm is a model scale not a wargame scale.

I would never be able to safely move pices on a 36ft by 27 ft board even If I could store one and the terrain. Hence NEVER.

Marulaz113 Nov 2020 4:30 p.m. PST

For small, simple toy soldier style games as pictured here like the Battle of Coldstream Bridge I would consider it.


Albus Malum09 Jan 2021 6:35 p.m. PST

I would never say never, but at this time I would say definitely NO!!!

I could see myself buying a 6mm army though.
I currently game in 15mm

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Apr 2021 7:44 p.m. PST

Yes, definitely yes. I built Egyptian and Dervish 54mm armies last year and I had a blast painting the figures (easier to see and paint) and building terrain models.

Hannibal versus the Romans is on my radar for 54mm toy soldier games.

AGregory15 Jun 2021 4:13 p.m. PST

This is a great scale to game in, if you like the aesthetic. We do a lot of "toy soldier" Victorian-era games in 54mm (Armies in Plastic and homecasts), and do some historical skirmish games like Sharp Practice in 54mm for remote games – big figures are easier to see over a web-cam.

With the cost of 28mm figures, 54mm is cheaper, so long as you buy AIP or cast your own, but I think the range and quality of poses is actually worse, despite the scale. They look like what they are – toy soldiers. But a big table full of big figures is a sight to behold! Just take a look at this from the Alte Fritz blog:

Johann von Gluhwein16 Jun 2021 9:14 p.m. PST

If you like the toy soldier aesthetic it is an amazing scale to game in.

I think some people get stuck in their heads on how many figures a unit should be and forget to adjust it for the scale. If you like 20 figures as a unit in 28mm, it would be very rigid thinking to expect 10mm gaming to have their units with only 20 figures. Same in reverse.

Nothing wrong with 8-15 castings for a unit. Like in Bob Lehman's example here (All The King's Men rules I think):

Or even less like in Mike Lewis' games of the Bob Cordery's The Portable Wargame:

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