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King Monkey22 Jan 2023 2:10 a.m. PST

What's a finished army? never heard of that before.

Cerdic22 Jan 2023 2:58 a.m. PST

My vote was based on my unfinished armies. Does it still count?

Covert Walrus22 Jan 2023 3:39 a.m. PST

I take it "plastic" includes resin, cast and 3D printed?

PzGeneral22 Jan 2023 4:42 a.m. PST


No idea

myxemail22 Jan 2023 5:14 a.m. PST

My next project is 100% plastic/resin/printed, so in the future the ratio is going to change significantly

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 5:45 a.m. PST

My metal armies don't have any plastic, but my 1/72 armies are almost all plastic.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 5:50 a.m. PST

Other = wide diversion by genre in armies that are mixed media.

advocate22 Jan 2023 10:31 a.m. PST

Voted 70-30 but its more complicated than that. Its a gut feel, not a count, and based on number of figures, not volume.
New 28s are mostly plastic (and selected on that basis; I'm not sure I'll go for a new 28mm metal army again). 15mm are mostly metal, the exception being WW2. 10mm are all metal.

advocate22 Jan 2023 10:33 a.m. PST

Cerdic: rules are rules!

Col Durnford22 Jan 2023 3:14 p.m. PST

I went 100% metal, however, I do have some resin and plastic vehicles.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 4:31 p.m. PST

Oddly, the ratios are very different in my 28mm, 10mm, 6mm and 2mm armies.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 5:18 p.m. PST

I have no idea, and wouldn't want to guess, and certainly don't want to try to figure it all out. Plus, I have prepaints in the mix.

But some are a mix of plastic and metal, some are all metal, some are all plastic, and some are resin (though still WIPs).

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 3:01 a.m. PST

I didn't include my one off kits of plastic toy soldiers into the mix. They are for specific games and not what I call part of my collection. In the realm of miniatures, I much prefer metal.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 9:18 a.m. PST

Depends on the army – for my 6mm Napleonic, 100% metal; for my sci-fi Tau and Guard armies, 90% plastic – I picked 80/20 metal/plastic as the is the usual mix for most of my historical 28mm armies

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 11:12 a.m. PST

No choice for paper. I have several paper armies.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 12:38 p.m. PST

I do have a few resin cast vehicles (20 or so) and a couple of plastic kits but no plastic figures actually painted. Once painted my first plastic figures will be 3 3-D printed elephants & crew. Even with them I'd say well under 1% of my collection.

14Bore25 Jan 2023 3:39 p.m. PST

I wrote 100% metal, but in over 5,000 men do have 1 plastic civilian so not a military figure.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2023 6:41 a.m. PST

In the early years, mine were 80% metal. I sold off most of my collection for a charity project, which collapsed on me. I then began collecting/building armies anew. The second go-round I went for more plastic minis: less expensive, more of what I wanted was in plastic, than metal (see last paragraph, below).

I enjoyed the heft of metal mini's, for many years; I owned around six Prince August molds, and I cast a couple of hundred figures out of lead and their Model Metal -- plenty of weight in stands of three of these 25mm metal figures!

After I began collecting plastic minis, I grew accustomed to the (lack of) heft for my now 90% plastic armies. It really is what you grow accustomed to. This old dog, apparently, can learn a new trick. Figure sizes ("scale" is a very relative term, always useless, for fantasy, due to no standard sizes for creatures/non-Human races), but I found more plastic minis in the sizes that I wanted, so I went to plastic, because the figure sizes I wanted were only available in plastic. Cheers!

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