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Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2023 10:16 p.m. PST

I want buildings for 1/144 tank gaming on the East Front. 1/150 (10mm) to 1/160 (N scale) scales will be just fine – I prefer buildings to be somewhat underscale anyway.

I know about Timecast, Battlescale and Pendraken. What other options should I be looking at?

- Ix

machinehead19 Jan 2023 11:39 p.m. PST
machinehead20 Jan 2023 3:13 a.m. PST
Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 6:27 a.m. PST

And if just starting out a pretty economical yet very nice looking alternative is paper terrain

Check out some of their European village packs for some great deals

And a very good selection for the Russian front

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 10:09 a.m. PST

I am a big Total Battle fan. While marketed as being in 6mm scale, I have used their buildings with my 10mm forces. There are even entire villages available with the groundwork. Total Battle have started to populate their long neglected 10mm ranges with upscaled 6mm offerings. I am attaching a link that takes you direct to their 6mm range FYI. link

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 12:42 p.m. PST

I'm also a huge fan of Total Battle Miniatures, and I built a town out of their 3mm buildings. In 10mm they have North Africa covered, and quite a few of their 10mm buildings for other eras will work for WWII Western Europe, but nothing looks Russian to me. I'll keep an eye on them for future developments.

I'm disinclined to use 6mm buildings for 1/144 gaming. The difference between "6mm" and "10mm" doesn't sound all that great, but the difference between 1/285 (6mm) and 1/144 (12mm) is 2x, so the buildings will look excessively diminutive next to the vehicles, fences, trees and people.

- Ix

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 12:52 p.m. PST

You can't say that the link does not show Russian style buildings. Of course, your desire for in-scale buildings is most valid for many (especially if you intend to do MOUT fighting).

For many of us, it is just an enhancement for the overall look of the game table. MOUT fighting is done abstractly because of the level of command used. Town/city fighting is a huge drain on available resources and just allocating enough to secure their coming out to attack your entrails allows for your offensive to carry on. Guess it depends upon the level of tactical knowledge of your gamers?

Pretty sure more will come on to the market as gamers ask for it. Pretty popular theatre for sure!

Martin Rapier20 Jan 2023 11:30 p.m. PST

The Timecast buildings are are fairly hefty. I use their 6mm Russian buildings with my 15mm stuff!

They will be fine with 1/144.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 11:48 p.m. PST

You mean they're overscale for 6mm?

- Ix

machinehead21 Jan 2023 3:03 a.m. PST

Yellow Admiral, Battlescale also makes 10mm buildings.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 7:27 a.m. PST

Martin Rapier do you have any photos of 15mm tanks near 6mm Timecast buildings? I'd love to see the size comparison.

Martin Rapier22 Jan 2023 1:22 a.m. PST

No, they aren't overscale, they just have a much bigger footprint than eg Hovels

There are a couple of the wooden huts used as scatter terrain on my blog post here if you hunt around a bit (the elements are on thick movement trays for this so higher than normal).


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