Help support TMP


"15mm and Table size" Topic


9 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

Please do not post offers to buy and sell on the main forum.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.


Back to the 15mm WWII Message Board


Action Log

03 Jun 2020 11:44 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "15mm and tsble size" to "15mm and Table size"

Areas of Interest

World War Two on the Land

Featured Hobby News Article


Featured Link


Featured Ruleset

A Sergeant's War


Rating: gold star gold star gold star gold star 


Featured Showcase Article

15mm GAZ Trucks from Peter Pig

Old Guard Painters adds more trucks to my Soviet arsenal.


Featured Profile Article


Featured Book Review


Featured Movie Review


1,726 hits since 3 Jun 2020
©1994-2022 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

captaincold6903 Jun 2020 9:48 a.m. PST

Gah…of course I meant to type table size…sorry for the minor stroke there :)


I'm going to be playing IABSM with 15mm. My ONLY gaming experience was Chain of Command using 28mm on a really big table. I think it was a ping pong table plus a smaller table added.

I like to have some room to maneuver so I thought I'd go the 6mm route. Bought some GHQ, painted them up, put them on the table and for a second I thought I went blind :)

So, to have a company + per side using 15mm, what's the optimal table size I'd need to have room for maneuvering.

freerangeegg03 Jun 2020 11:36 a.m. PST

We normally play on a 6 x 5 table, but if you have a table tennis table (5 x 9) you'll have plenty of room

captaincold6903 Jun 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

Thanks to who every corrected my spelling!!

Legionarius03 Jun 2020 12:51 p.m. PST

Many company size battles may be done comfortably with 15mm figures in a 3' x 3' space. You may have to add more terrain than you are used to to limit line of sight and movement. But infantry fights in WWII often took place in very close terrain.

Martin Rapier03 Jun 2020 11:49 p.m. PST

As Legionaries says, you don't need a huge table for WW2 infantry combat. I did Brecourt Manor on a 2x3 in 15mm.

It is partly a function of ground scale of course,but iirc IABSM is roughly 1/300 so 12" is 100 yards. Typical company frontage in WW2 was 300 to 500 yards so a 6x4 is plenty big enough.

von Schwartz ver 209 Jan 2021 6:04 p.m. PST

Well, at least you didn't type something of an offensive nature.

Dan in Vermont11 Jan 2021 11:20 a.m. PST

for IABSM, it really depends upon your scenario. Using 6mm or 10mm is nice because visually it is "more accurate" with the ground scale in IABSM where 12 inches equals about 80-100 yards. Remember that in IABSM there is no range limit. Tanks and Machine Guns can shoot effectively at anything over 18 inches. The effectiveness of regular infantry fire does not diminish quite a bit over 18 inches. And yes have others have noted, 6 x 5 is the "standard" size for IABSM tables (i.e. it matches some of the older scenario books)…

VonBlucher24 Apr 2021 9:40 a.m. PST

I play Battlegroup in 15mm, depending on forces used anywhere from 4x4, 4x6, or 4x8 table. For a very large game with multiple players where we played a battalion level game we did 8x8 with the 2 8x4 tables and on the tables had rollers so we could divide them to help with figure placement. The individual figures are on metal based and small magnetic bases to place a full squad on a base for movement.

Gauntlet14 May 2021 11:23 a.m. PST

If you haven't purchased figures yet, I'd say go 10mm figures. I also like room to maneuver and I use a 6x8 table. I might be the minority though.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.