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POLL: What Does 'Is X Compatible with Y?' Mean?


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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP writes:

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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
they are within a milimeter in height
39
9%
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they are of the same general heft
81
19%
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the poses are similar
10
2%
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the equipment is similar
43
10%
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the basing is similar
12
3%
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I can't explain it, but I know it when I see it
38
9%
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they look good standing together
135
32%
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they look similar from 4 feet away
54
13%
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other (explain)
5
1%
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no opinion
4
1%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP observes:

This drives me nuts.

We are always seeing someone on TMP asking things like "Are the Foundry AWI figures compatible with the Perry AWI figures?"

What exactly does he mean by that?

Does it matter that the Perry figures might be 0.5mm taller than the Foundry ones? Both are by the same sculptor, and I presume from the same masters.

But, when they ask for a comparison to Old Glory, Eureka, or Front Rank, what criteria should wee apply?

It is all totally subjective. I happily mix literally dozens of manufacturers in my armies for the French and Indian Wars through the American Revolution. Militia is militia, and so are Indians. Guns too.

What if the "incompatibilities" do not bother me one bit? What if I tell someone that Front Rank figures in the same army are perfectly fine mixed with Perry? I happen to think so, but what if he does not?

My default answer is almost always "Sure, go ahead and mix them. It'll look fine!"

But not everyone is as round-heeled as I am.

I think that anyone asking that question should qualify what exactly he means.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.