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Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 5:55 a.m. PST

A. 6mm
B. 10mm
C. 15mm/18mm
D. 28mm
E. 20mm/ 1/72
F. 40mm
G. 54mm

Vote for as many as you like. Just wondering what size miniatures you all like to play at a con. Skirmish could be from 1 mini per player up to what you define as Skirmish, like the Rampant or xGrave games.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 6:03 a.m. PST

28mm and 20mm for me at skirmish level at cons. I tried 15mm, but too small for my aging eyes.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 6:42 a.m. PST

d, f and g

Preferred G

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 6:48 a.m. PST

D – 28mm


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 6:56 a.m. PST

D, F and G.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 7:29 a.m. PST


Big Red Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 7:44 a.m. PST


Wackmole928 Aug 2023 7:54 a.m. PST

all of the above

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 8:00 a.m. PST


Perris070728 Aug 2023 8:33 a.m. PST

D, F, and G

Dave Knight28 Aug 2023 8:37 a.m. PST


SpuriousMilius28 Aug 2023 8:56 a.m. PST

I've got excellent Graven Image WWII figures including zombies that I think were sold as 35mm but are closer to 40mm. Americans were in the pipeline but they closed shop before they were produced. I've used these for more than one convention games.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 9:32 a.m. PST

D and SM is right. Those are great figures. Too bad they couldn't stay in business longer

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 9:56 a.m. PST


The Nigerian Lead Minister28 Aug 2023 11:52 a.m. PST


martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 11:55 a.m. PST

25mm allows for movement and good scenery


epturner28 Aug 2023 12:15 p.m. PST

25mm is great, but I like 54mm as well.


Martyn K28 Aug 2023 1:01 p.m. PST

I put on modern skirmish games at conventions. My preferred scale is 28mm as you can get great figures, good looking buildings and a lot of different scatter terrain which is essential to skirmish games. Overall, I think that I can get a better looking game with 28mm.

I am doing a skirmish game next year that needs a number of more difficult to find vehicles. It is again a modern game, but not involving the usual combatants. To find the right models I have had to use 1/72 (20mm) kits and so that has forced a change of scale on me.

14Bore28 Aug 2023 1:42 p.m. PST

Never played a skirmish game but was talking to a game master and commenting on his 54mm troops.

Major B28 Aug 2023 1:43 p.m. PST

I prefer larger scales for skirmish. D-G. I have run skirmish games with 90mm knights as well.

HMS Exeter28 Aug 2023 2:49 p.m. PST

Skirmish – D

Personal logo BobTYW Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 4:05 p.m. PST

Skirmish Games: D then F

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 4:25 p.m. PST

D, E

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2023 6:34 p.m. PST

You left out my most preferred scale for skirmish games at conventions: 25mm

Striker28 Aug 2023 10:25 p.m. PST

D, F.

billclo29 Aug 2023 3:27 a.m. PST

28mm Heroic scale.

UshCha29 Aug 2023 7:04 a.m. PST

Definietly E and C. These are good compromises, bigger really fails for me too larger discrepancy between figure and ground scale if coveting a decent area of real terrain.

E for small games with infantry and C for vehicle based games. Although we are doing a vehicle games at 1/72 (E) but its very tailored to keep it simple.

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2023 12:51 p.m. PST

Oberlindes Sol LIC, I always lump 25mm into 28mm along with 'heroic' 28mm. Heresy, I know, but I'm a rebel. lol

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Aug 2023 4:53 p.m. PST

Well, if the man-to-figure ratio is 1:1 there is no discrepancies regarding ground scale.

Of course, when the ratio goes up to, say, 1:5, there could be scale issues.

I've played many skirmish games in my time (Wild West, especially), but some Medievals, and a fair amount of WW II.
In most cases, they were in "G Scale"/54mm, the ideal size (to my mind) for 1:1 games with the opportunity for maximum individualism in the figures (moustaches, scars, 5 o'clock shadow, sweaty armpits, rank badges, etc), plus the benefit that even on a really big table (e.g. 6' x 12') there is still only so much space for maneuver, so overall numbers of figures are entirely manageable. This is especially true in WW II gaming as it also demands smaller numbers of tanks/vehicles.

All in all, it's also considerably less expensive than
smaller scales, and that's not a bad thing either!


Old Contemptible29 Aug 2023 11:47 p.m. PST

D, E

huron725 Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2023 2:40 p.m. PST

F & G

TSD10131 Aug 2023 8:09 p.m. PST

I can't imagine playing a skirmish game in anything less than 20mm. 6mm just sounds ludicrous to me, unless you want to be able to play on a 11 x 8.5 sheet of paper.

The Last Conformist31 Aug 2023 11:39 p.m. PST

D and the larger varieties of E. Figures that are actually about 20mm tall strike me as unsuitably small for skirmish gaming.

Bezmozgu704 Sep 2023 4:55 a.m. PST

C – easier to transport and provides for better maneuver options during a game on a standard 6' x 4' footprint table.

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