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Cornelius Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 2:25 a.m. PST

It all depends on the period but for most WWII I would go for 1/300 or 1/150 (i.e. 10mm) rather than 20mm.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 2:53 a.m. PST

Another vote for 'depends on the period'. I tend to use larger scale figures for ancients / dark ages, 15mm for horse and musket, but then use 28mm, 15mm or 1/285 for WW2 depending on if I'm playing a platoon / company / regimental or brigade size game.

Plus, the older I get, the more I prefer larger figures :)

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 4:52 a.m. PST

1/72nd (and plastic) – with the recent arrival of quite a large number of good fantasy figures my every want in 1/72nd is now met.

Bigger than 15mm, wonderful sculpts, so affordable. And I can bulk out with 20mm metals!

Weasel07 Nov 2016 5:12 a.m. PST

6mm would look really tempting.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 6:18 a.m. PST

Probably mostly stick with what I have but for WWII/ACW would go with 10mm

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 6:38 a.m. PST

I find great difficulty in imagining doing any different to what I have done. I happily move between scales for different games and freely mix scales at times.


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 7:22 a.m. PST

Other – No changes

rmaker07 Nov 2016 7:51 a.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 7:52 a.m. PST

Pretty much like I do now: All of the Above!

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 8:31 a.m. PST

I do 15, 20 and 25/28. It depends on the period. ACW, Nappy, FPW and WWI, has huge battles. The AWI has small battles and great 28mm figs so I do it in 28mm. All colonial games French or British I use 28mm.

So far I do WWII in 20mm skirmish. I am thinking of doing 28mm skirmish WWII. If I was going to do large battles in WWII I would go with 15mm battalion level.

Who asked this joker07 Nov 2016 8:56 a.m. PST

10mm scale.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 9:01 a.m. PST

Can I be the first to point out that 10mm is not a scale ?

That's a tick on my TMP meme bingo chart.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 9:01 a.m. PST

evil grin

nazrat07 Nov 2016 9:05 a.m. PST

Other-- No changes (which should have been an option since it is part of the original question).

Yesthatphil07 Nov 2016 9:16 a.m. PST

Other: I have a variety of scales in my collection and am happy that's the right solution.

Other: if I had to pick a single scale/type, I guess 45 years of experience would make me pick 30mm flats.


Who asked this joker07 Nov 2016 10:16 a.m. PST

I guess 45 years of experience would make me pick 30mm flats.

Those do have a lot of charm!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 11:05 a.m. PST

15mm or 28mm.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 12:12 p.m. PST

Started with 1/72 Airfix plastics and was dissatisfied so went to 15mm when they came around and eventually they came good. Moved to 2mm then 6mm then 3mm and 10mm with a few 20mm & 28mm ('cos mates were doing those).

Still using all of them sometimes and can't see any reason why I might not go back to any of them again (except plastics – don't like working with those) – may even do something else if it came along.

Why all this desire to restrict yourself to just a single size/scale ? Can't think of a dafter thing to do.

Mithmee07 Nov 2016 1:41 p.m. PST

For what period that is important as well.

kodiakblair07 Nov 2016 2:19 p.m. PST

Been happy using 2mm and 6mm for pre-gunpowder these last 20 years.

Can't see that changing.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 4:52 p.m. PST

If the castings Gestapo confiscated everything and only let me buy one scale to replace, it would probably be 1/72--light, cheap, relatively visible, hardy--and I know how to make the paint stick now.

But instead of the silly "pick one" of the poll, could we be at least slightly realistic? To get the full span of wargaming, you need at least two. Yes, on paper, you could do Pickett's Charge with 80 54mm castings in V&B--but where's the joy in that? To do big battles--Gettysburg, Sedan, Wagram, Borodino--you want hundreds or thousands of castings, and that means little fellows on multiple casting bases. But to hold La Haye Saint, Little Round Top or the hacienda at Camerone, you need every individual casting--each visible, unique and carrying the right equipment. You need the big fellows. For me, starting from scratch or swapping out, probably 5mm and 28mm, but it's a matter of budget, eyes and table space. I've had a lot of right answers in my day.

Winston Smith07 Nov 2016 5:10 p.m. PST

No changes.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 9:15 p.m. PST

I stand with 20th Maine, 1:72 the one true scale to rule them all.


Martin Rapier07 Nov 2016 11:59 p.m. PST

If forced to pick just one, then 15mm (especially as modern 15s are about the size as the Airfix stuff I grew up with).

However, if the house burned down and I was faced with cranking some stuff out for a game, then 6mm as I can churn those out at a huge rate.

snurl108 Nov 2016 1:00 a.m. PST

I used to paint 1/32 and 1/35 scale WWII models and figures, but have changed over the years to 25/28mm in several periods plus Fantasy as well. It would have been great if 25/28mm would have been around way back then.

There is no right or wrong answer for this poll, it's just a conversation starter.

Scorpio08 Nov 2016 8:07 a.m. PST

15mm didn't have the diversity it does now back when I started gaming, but man, everything in 15mm would be a beautiful alternative universe. (I say as I work to divest myself of my 15mm figs, as I have decided to stick with 28mmm.)

Dave Crowell09 Nov 2016 6:53 p.m. PST

40mm. My favourite period is well represented, and the lack of representation in other periods would serve well to keep me focused.

Plus I love my 40s

Syrinx009 Nov 2016 7:22 p.m. PST

Only have 25/28 now. Don't see a reason to change.

ordinarybass15 Nov 2016 2:37 p.m. PST

Assuming I had friends to play in that scale, I might be tempted by the affordability, scope and relative detail of 15mm.

Really though I'd probably still go for 25/28. There's just so much available and so many games use it.

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