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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Jun 2019 4:10 p.m. PST

On a 28mm wargaming sculpt. Do they bother you?

Perris070726 Jun 2019 4:28 p.m. PST

No. Rather than broken, any time.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2019 4:37 p.m. PST

What he said.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2019 4:58 p.m. PST


The Beast Rampant26 Jun 2019 5:23 p.m. PST


Spooner626 Jun 2019 9:40 p.m. PST

I am fine with oversized bayonets, they stay intact. I hate busted bayonets, but that is just my pet peeve.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Jun 2019 10:55 p.m. PST

It would depend on to what degree they are oversized. If the models are to be handled , then yes they must be oversized.
Most bayonets are bladed.
The thickness of the blade in real life is about 10mm at the median (if that). Any thicker and it would be very difficult indeed to lift at arms length.
Assuming a 1/50th figure size (big 25mm-32mm) this would give casting thickness of 10 divide by 50 =0.2 of a mm. This would be impossible to cast or injection mould. Thus no company can ever claim with any sanity that their bayonets are accurate 0.2 of a mm in width. I am sure some still will though?

Of course there are degrees of "chunkiness". So the question is , how chunky?

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2019 1:46 a.m. PST

Nope I like them more sturdy.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2019 6:30 a.m. PST

Several producers make good bayonets, that's also sturdy.
Minden and crann tara are two examples.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2019 7:49 a.m. PST

As a 32 year 40k player….YES.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2019 8:24 a.m. PST

Like others above, prefer oversize to broken. Same with guns.

Texas Jack28 Jun 2019 1:53 a.m. PST

Most definitely along with the tree trunk muskets. Thatīs why I do 1/72.

Legion 428 Jun 2019 6:06 a.m. PST

I'm a fan of barrels, bayonets, etc. that may be too big for accuracy. But won't breakoff too easily. Of course all I do now is 6mm Sci-fi. That being said, IMO display models should be very accurate. But for gaming purposes they should be as accurate as possible balanced with gamer/user friendly models.

E.g. GW had made some 6mm Sci-fi resin models a ways back that were/are very fragile … too brittle. But were very detailed and "accurate" … But not at all gamer friendly. frown

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2019 8:27 a.m. PST

There is a fellow in Britain who makes his own figures. He uses pins for bayonets. The pins do look nice, but the blob of solder at the end of the muskets ruins the effect.

I would rather have a slightly oversized bayonet and well defined barrel bands than a blob of solder holding a pin.

Old Contemptible28 Jun 2019 8:58 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jun 2019 3:49 a.m. PST

I'm perfectly content if my bayonet is bigger than the other guy's.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2019 5:42 a.m. PST


Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jul 2019 1:39 a.m. PST

And I thought you mean the Russians Great War version…

That said, "oversized" only goes so far. If its thicker then an arm should be, I rather skip the mini. Usually that "stable rather then detailed" infects the rest of the mini, too.
For display, I rather like them as fragile as possible if it enhances the impression. One of the main reason my tabletop armies are nowadays more plastic then metal is that these allow for more realistic weapons and proportions, and I did replace some metals with surplus plastics (got myself spare sprues exactly for that reason) on my WW2 and ancient to medievals.

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