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Sho Boki Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 12:14 a.m. PST

10mm, 8mm, 6mm.. and so on.. all scales from 10mm and below.
But I voted for 6mm, because I prepare the Waterloo table for this scale.

advocate08 Sep 2019 3:01 a.m. PST

What have you got?

williamb08 Sep 2019 5:11 a.m. PST

I have 6mm figures also, but what is more important than the figure scale is the ground scale. At one inch equals 200 yards the battlefield will fit on a six foot by nine foot area.

USAFpilot08 Sep 2019 5:39 a.m. PST

28mm because it's Napoleonics; you want to see the colorful uniforms. As previous poster stated, it is ground scale which is important. Figure size is irrelevant for any game with a figure to man ratio greater than 1:1.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 6:27 a.m. PST

USAFpilot is right. You do not need any more figures, just a bigger table.


Wargamer Blue08 Sep 2019 2:55 p.m. PST

I've never seen an 8mm figure.

advocate08 Sep 2019 10:30 p.m. PST

Wargames Blue: 8mm is usually advertised as either "Heroic 6mm" or "Cowardly 10mm"

Sho Boki Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 4:21 p.m. PST

8mm? Here..

Ground scale is important indeed.
For 6mm figures I have 10cm = 1km and every battalion have separate stand. For Waterloo we need 6 x 8 km, so 60 x 80 cm table. For bigger figures bigger table. And for 6mm also, if we use more figures/stands for battalions.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 4:55 a.m. PST

Ground scale mater: for distances for guns, not to look too weird, for buildings. If you want a decent Hougoumont, even one scale down, in 15mm the thing with a shrunk garden can,ot end up being 2km wide! Then theheights are better if slightly higher then flags…
Waterloo fortunately for you is one of the tiniest battle of the era.
And ground scale because of minis depth. You cannot have a gun with 400 m depth. You will have the devil with units moving in depth, with recoils, with spacing. At best it might look like Nürnberg parade 1936.

As said get a big table. For 28, tables, with depth. Remember Plancenoit is in the rear!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

I would use 6mm 'cause i) that's what I have and ii) I don't have a gym that I could play it in

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2019 1:02 p.m. PST

The one true scale 1/72. Bigger tables or slice the battle into sections.

gounour12 Sep 2019 4:50 a.m. PST

we are going to play it (well a what-if starting at 1600) Nov.30/Dec.1st on 1/75 scale, with lots of pro painted 25mm minifigs, re-using the table that was done here
the minis displayed in teh photos are 15mmm, ours will be bigger
you get all the making of the terrain with no added cost…

(good work should not be let to rot, but reused! I may come back to post some photos in december)

companycmd18 Sep 2019 6:03 a.m. PST

1/72 is the only sensible scale.

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