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repaint15 Jun 2017 3:53 p.m. PST

that's very nice. But why the obsession with 1/56 while 1/48 looks good with 28mm figures.

(I'd go for it too, don't get me wrong… just think that 1/48mm looks better with my miniatures).


the tank behind is 1/56 and figures are standard 28mm. The tank looks very smallish. I am ok with it, but I'd prefer it to be bigger.

28mm Fanatik15 Jun 2017 5:34 p.m. PST

Actually the 28mm French paras in your pic look too short relative to the 1/56 Chaffee because their heads barely reach track level. The pics below clearly show that a person's head (and shoulder) should be well above it:



However, many 28mm figures are not realistically proportioned and too chunky, which gives the impression that 1/56 vehicles are too small.

repaint15 Jun 2017 5:59 p.m. PST

Yes, your analysis is perfectly right Fanatik. That is why, overall, I prefer to use 1/48 kit when available for my 28mm minis.

kallman15 Jun 2017 6:01 p.m. PST

As 28mm Fanatik as shown, 1/56 is the closes scale to 28mm miniatures. It is my scale of choice. I base my WW II minis on flat washers to not excacerbate the bulkier look. Newer 28 mm lines for WW II are becoming more proportional and the range of vehicles for 1/56 now almost rivals 20mm…almost.

7dot62mm15 Jun 2017 10:58 p.m. PST

This T-62 proves that the shape of the vehicle is very difficult to render correctly.

Partizanmeister SloppyJalopy Inactive Member16 Jun 2017 5:57 a.m. PST

In terms of scale we chose both! For our inter-war, WW1 and VBCW range we decided to do 1/48th as the figure ranges tend to be 'larger' 28mm. For the Cold War range we went with 1/56th as the existing ranges at the time, particularly the much-lamented Mongrel Miniatures were slightly smaller and seemed to fit better with what was then the new concept of 1/56th scaling.

FWIW bases also tend to lift figures a bit and make them look taller / bigger than they are, and for my personal stuff I tend to base my vehicles to make them match and 'look right' But a lot is down to personal taste…

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