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79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2014 6:14 p.m. PST

I am always interested to see what people do with DBx outside of 15mm. I also really like the look of 1/72 DBx armies. So, what size figs are your favorite for this family of rules?

Ivan DBA24 Aug 2014 6:23 p.m. PST

10mm is a distant second to 15mm for me. I have about a dozen 15mm DBA armies in 15mm, but only one in 10mm.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Aug 2014 6:26 p.m. PST

6mm but using the basing or 25mm….course I only have Romand and Gauls but you asked…

ChrisBrantley24 Aug 2014 6:36 p.m. PST

Ongoing DBX player poll at link

Garand24 Aug 2014 6:47 p.m. PST

Personally I stick with 15mm. I have some 1/72 figures I intended to use for the games (Repub Romans and Carthaginians, all Hat), but 15mm seems to work out so well…


kyoteblue24 Aug 2014 7:10 p.m. PST

All my DBx is 15mm.

The Beast Rampant24 Aug 2014 8:14 p.m. PST

I prefer 15's, though I have toyed with the idea of 6 & 10mm (w/15mm basing).

kodiakblair24 Aug 2014 9:29 p.m. PST

2mm on 60mm wide bases.Sp are 360 figs,Bd 240,Cv average 80 figs,Lh 30 or 60 figs,El 4 models,Chariots 4 or 7 models. Warbands are 120,180 and 240 strong.

I've about 5/600 bases done as I prefer BBDBA visuals. Scythian,Greek,Roman,Macedonian,Sarmatian,Parthian and any Warband armies all catered for.

The number of figures actually reflect formations e.g Pike are 60 figures wide by 16 deep,not too far from 3' x 3' spacing with 1mm =3'. 15,20 and 30mm base depths used.

jameshammyhamilton25 Aug 2014 2:57 a.m. PST

The vast majority of my collection is 15mm.

I have some 1/72nd scale plastics that I was going to build into armies but has ended up sitting in the future projects queue.

There are also an army or twos worth of 28mm plastics simply because I think the figures are gorgeous.

Oh and then I am in the process of doing a load of 6mm on 15mm figures for Renaissance gaming.

But 15mm is the main scale for me by far.

Hobhood425 Aug 2014 3:10 a.m. PST

Currently doing a middle Saxon/Anglo Dane morph in 28mm, with some Welsh and Vikings down the line. Back to DBA after other rulesets and armies.

I have lots 20mm Newline Design figures on hold for DBA Punic Wars. I have discovered that the Newline figures (20mm so in theory a bit smaller than 1.72) can easily be used as 15mm for basing purposes even though they are taller. I'll be putting lots of their 20mm figures onto the DBA 3.0 extra deep bases. I'm doing both armies and am not a competition player, so I can do as I please.

Winston Smith25 Aug 2014 3:16 a.m. PST


Yesthatphil25 Aug 2014 3:46 a.m. PST

I have 10mm, 30mm flats and 54mm as well as the ubiquitous 15mm … They are all a pleasure to own and play.

We used the 54s at Bosworth last weekend (Ancients on the Move/Bosworth 2014 in case you missed it) and I am so glad I did that one off project in a bigger scale despite already having most of the kit in 15mm)


Then again, I do like those traditional flats …


Or the 10mm


Maybe I just need more toys …

Ancients on the Move

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2014 5:38 a.m. PST

@Phil: Pretty cool; good eye candy for the general public. What size bases did you use for the 54s?

Gone Fishing25 Aug 2014 5:49 a.m. PST

That 54mm Bosworth game looks incredible! I'd also be interested in learning what size bases you use (and movement distances, ranges, etc.)if you're able to provide that information. I game in 54mm and have a HYW collection--I never thought of using DBA for them! Hmmm…

I'd likewise love to know what figures you used. I see some Irregular and Britains, but can't identify many of the others. My fellows are all metal, and I've used Irregular (nice figures at an attractive price), Tradition (expensive, but beautiful) and Dorset (brilliant stuff).

Thank you for sharing the inspiring photos!

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2014 6:15 a.m. PST

About 250 generic 2mm bases (15mm standard) plus Early Medieval in 15mm and then a large pile of HotT bases in 6mm.

Yesthatphil25 Aug 2014 6:17 a.m. PST

54mm Bosworth ….

I used 80mm frontages as it meant I could just double everything up from what I am used to in 15mm (i.e. 80mm bases on a 4'x4' table … it is V3 DBA so measurements are in basewidths so nothing else to figure out)

Actually, as camps play no part at Bosworth I lopped the back 6" requirement off either side which I could then use my now standard 3' (deep) x 4' converted pasting table battlefield.

The figures are about 60% Irregular Miniatures with odds and ends mixed in (some damaged Britains swoppets that I had hung on to since I was a youngster, some new plastic Italeri that I wanted to try) … Some Airfix, some that I picked out of a bargain bin at a Toy Soldier show.

But the backbone is Irregular flying Fluttering Flags (with permission fabric versions of the Freezywater range) …


Gone Fishing25 Aug 2014 6:38 a.m. PST

Thank you! Meant to compliment you on those flags also…

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2014 6:44 a.m. PST

I prefer 6mm or 25/28/32 in all armies. With DBA that makes me rather a minority, but oh well.

elsyrsyn25 Aug 2014 7:32 a.m. PST

6mm on either 40mm or 60mm frontages.


English Thegn25 Aug 2014 9:44 a.m. PST

Plastic 1/72 figures (Late Roman and Goth at the moment) on 60mm frontages. And yes, Phil's 54mm are fantastic.


lkmjbc325 Aug 2014 11:05 a.m. PST

GI Joes on Ceiling Tiles for me!

Joe Collins

(Actually 25mm… though I have more armies in 15mm)

Who asked this joker25 Aug 2014 12:33 p.m. PST

15mm for me since that is what I started with. I suspect 6mm on 15mm or 25mm basing would give a much better looking game.

Thomas Thomas25 Aug 2014 1:03 p.m. PST

I use 25mm for all new projects (still hang onto a couple of 15mm armies). Lots of old Essex from WRG7th days but have started collecting the new boxed plastic 28mm from Perry etc. (work well with old Essex).

Architects of War donated Perry Brother box sets as prizes at my 25mm DBA 3.0 tournament at Historicon – so I owe 'em a plug.

Have considered putting 20mm on 15mm bases so I can use them in lieu of 15mm figures.

I've got lots of 54mm stuff though including a bunch of Play Along LOTR figures – have considered developing a skirmish DB game and using the big toys. (Got lots of old Marx Robin Hood guys from Christmas Past).

If starting fresh I would just go with 28mm plastics – great figures and cheap too.


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2014 3:17 p.m. PST

I have both 25mm & 15 mm Armies for DBA. Same goes for my HOTTS armies.

sumerandakkad27 Aug 2014 11:09 a.m. PST

6mm on 15mm bases. I really like the double based Achaemenids so wish I had done more like that. Thinking of rebasing but with Assyrians, Egyptians, Early Achaemenids, Hoplites, Late Roman and Sassanian I doubt it! Oh, I forgot the Classical Indians and small Hittite army.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2014 10:40 a.m. PST

Phil, great layout of Bosworth, very impressive.

I too have lots of scales, 6mm, 15mm, 1/72 (or whatever Airfix is), 25mm (no 28s, just the older stuff), 30mm flats, 54mm, and my current favorite 75mm pre-painted German made plastic figures. Here is a game I did at Historicon a few years ago.


"sumerandkkad" thinks along with me on the 6mm. These densely packed on 15mm bases do look like a historic battle, to my mind.



mashrewba30 Aug 2014 10:21 a.m. PST

I do like to trot these out!!

Father Grigori30 Aug 2014 6:42 p.m. PST

Most of my DBx stuff is 15mm, but I've got a load of (unpainted) 20mm plastics for Biblical. Since my move to Japan I've got into 6mm, and I love how it looks. A DBA Macedonian army has about 144 pikes; it looks good, and you feel you are using units, not just elements.

Socalwarhammer03 Sep 2014 8:08 a.m. PST

I have a couple of projects in the works right now, and while I think I am in going against the grain of the overwhelming majority, I prefer 25-28mm.

I guess it comes down to the enjoyment level I get out of painting, and the stunning way 25-28mm miniatures look upon the table.

So, I second Tom Thomas!

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