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Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 7:16 a.m. PST

We are going to be re-designing our stone and wood bridges and we would like some input as to average base widths.

We are trying to come-up an average width that will work with most current rule sets. Your input is greatly appreciated.


Looking mainly for 15mm at this point.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 7:26 a.m. PST

15mm minimum 50mm wide road bed
28mm minimum 80mm wide road bed

Dexter Ward08 Aug 2019 8:04 a.m. PST

My 28mm roads are all 40mm wide as that's the width of most of my bases!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 8:15 a.m. PST

"Current?" What is this "current" of which you speak?

And are you keeping in mind that your master figures and molds last longer than the average hot new rule set? But really, I think a set at 1" and a set at 40mm will cover what you're likely to find in 15mm.

YogiBearMinis08 Aug 2019 9:41 a.m. PST

I like the width of road to match that of bases, so 40mm is likely a good choice. 40mm width is the standard for ancients/medieval/renaissance gamers, and many of the black powder era gamers use 20mmx25mm as a standard, which functionally works with 40mm-wide roads.

Of course, roads are usually an abstraction in 15mm, as far fewer other than FoW are playing one-to-one scale in 15mm, so you don't have to be TOO worried about it.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 2:19 p.m. PST

I like 50mm bridge roadbeds for 15mm because I don't like the bridge sides to rub the figures. Same for 28mm, the bridge needs to be wider than base size. Roads don't actually matter, easy to just move along them.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 4:35 p.m. PST

For 10mm you need 25-30mm wide.

I bought one of the Cracker Line bridges in 10mm and it was too narrow.

6mm you need 25mm

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2019 4:45 p.m. PST

I think a set at 1" and a set at 40mm will cover what you're likely to find in 15mm.
This is what I'm always seeking, for exactly the reasons YogiBearMinis mentioned. I won't use 1" wide bridges with 40mm stands and only rarely 40mm wide bridges with 1" stands.

50mm is overkill for me, and I wouldn't buy any of those. My 1" stands would look lost on them and the table footprint would be enormous. I prefer the roadbed to be just a smidge over the stand width between rails.

- Ix

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2019 9:08 p.m. PST

Mine are 1.5".

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2019 9:41 p.m. PST

You just *had* to be different, didn't you…? grin

1.5" is very nearly 40mm. Close enough for horseshoes and miniature bases.

Bill N14 Aug 2019 8:12 a.m. PST

I agree with Yogi about road width being an abstraction. For 28mm figures a 40mm wide road would be far wider than most country lanes. OTOH if the road and bridge width was reduced to scale width, chances are an artillery team wouldn't fit.

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