Choice of Scale

Choice of Scale

Postby Plattattack » 13 Jul 2017

Hi All,

I'm in a bit of a dilemma as what scale I should use for Battlegroup NORTHAG when it finally arrives. So far (Scale wise ) I have:
10mm Fantasy
10mm Ancients
6mm Napoleonics
10mm WW 2
15mm Sci Fi

I do have a few 15mm Modern ( post cold war stuff ) and a few 6mm and 10mm cold war miniatures (not many at all )

So what do people recommend ?

Thanks
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Troy » 13 Jul 2017

guys in our club have 15mm, 10mm and 6mm

I like 10mm, but there are not a lot of models available in that scale (at least not in The US). You can find them, but... 10mm looks good on the table. the scale is good if you run larger point game.

6mm has more model variety available than 10mm. It's smaller. But that means even bigger forces if that's your cup of tea.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby NTM » 13 Jul 2017

My initial thought would be 10mm as you probably have a lot of terrain and scenics in that scale. As Troy points out though there is a lot more modern kit available in 6mm. I know pendraken are expanding their range but not sure it's possible to build a viable force at present.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Brodir » 13 Jul 2017

I've been looking hard at 10mm stuff, and think the ranges are rather too limited, especially for the oddities I'd like to include for BG (radio vehicles etc). The basics are mostly there. For me 6mm means infantry are a waste of time, its not a game in which infantry really need to feature.

I'm a bit stuck... might end up back at 20mm again... a habit I just can't break.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby NTM » 13 Jul 2017

I'm going 15mm as usual in fact all the traffic on the Facebook page promted me to order a platoon each of East and West Germans. They're only small so I may just get them painted up before the book comes out.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Piers » 13 Jul 2017

20mm for me I suspect...

May paint up some 15mm for the book though.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Plattattack » 13 Jul 2017

Thanks all,

I might sit back and see what happens over the next few months but at this stage I have nailed it down to either 10 or 15mm. I might go 20mm for Vietnam .
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Plattattack » 13 Jul 2017

Another question ... does anyone have multiple scales for the same time period ?
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Gunbird » 13 Jul 2017

Plattattack wrote:Another question ... does anyone have multiple scales for the same time period ?


WW2 and Modern - Naval 1/3000, Air 1/600 and 1/300, Land 1/300 and 20mm (though selling my 1/300 Land and Air assets as larger games no longer interest me, I've become more of a skirmish/platoon/flight kind of guy.

If you jump into a new period, get one where you have a lot of suitable scenery for. This quickly makes the games look better and it is easier to stay motivated. I find nothing more demotivating then a nicely painted model on a pooltable with just some moss and a few cans of coke on the edges. But I'm weird, I know.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Dan Wade » 14 Jul 2017

I started buying up 1/72nd scale models and figures awhile ago with no rule set in mind so this works out well for me.
(I went with 20mm as I already have an old collection of WW2 terrain.)
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby chairborne » 14 Jul 2017

Brodir wrote: For me 6mm means infantry are a waste of time, its not a game in which infantry really need to feature,


This is my dilemma too - I'd really like to use this for my 6mm Cold War stuff (other rules yet to scratch itch properly), but how to do infantry casualties at this scale for BG is difficult. We tried out my adaptions in 20mm and I wasn't convinced.

Anyone have experience of using the WWII BG rules in 6mm?
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby mellis1644 » 14 Jul 2017

Plattattack wrote:Another question ... does anyone have multiple scales for the same time period ?


I have 6 and 15mm vietnam. :)

But I have resisted doing that in WW2. :)
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Cimmerian » 15 Jul 2017

15 and 20mm for me.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby kustenjaeger » 15 Jul 2017

I think I am holding out for 10mm, especially as I have a 6' X 4' gaming area. Between Timecast and Pendraken and Minifigs more is coming out.

In other eras I do have a multiplicity of scales, especially WW2: 20mm for platoon size, 15mm for company size and 10mm for desert 1940-41 and Russia mid 1943.

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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Plattattack » 16 Jul 2017

Thanks all for the replies ... I might do a slow burn for 10mm Cold War and also get some 20mm or 15mm for smaller platoon sized engagements.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Cold Steel » 17 Jul 2017

What can't you find in 10 mm Cold War? What the regular manufacturers don't have is almost always available on Shapeways. I have large US and Soviet armies for the early 80s. I haven't found some specialized Ace or BAT-T engineering vehicles, but that's about it. I scratch built an M60 AVLB. Besides several versions of the T-64, T-72, BMPs and BTRs, my Soviets are well supported by ATGM and AA assets, helos and CAS, artillery and even MTU-72 bridges and IMR-72 breaching vehicles. Sometimes it takes a little digging, but what you need is there.

10 mm is my preferred scale for WW2 and 3, although I am dabbling with 20 mm right now. 10 mm is small enough to avoid the tactical motor pool, while large enough to paint my US in BDUs. With my basing scheme, I can use the same troops for BKC/CWC, CD, Battlefront, Battlegroup and IABSM.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby sundaysoldier » 17 Jul 2017

For "big battle" modern, I would go for 15mm or 6mm. Especially if you want some "minor" nations, and a lot of variety in armour choice.

20mm scale is nice (I choosed it for skirmishing), but I always struggled with limited choice for the thematics I like (modern french and portuguese ultramarine wars). Not so easy to find all gear and vehicles. In 15mm or 6mm, it's a way easier.
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Plattattack » 17 Jul 2017

I'm looking for the AT104 Saxon APC for my United kingdom Mobile Force ... if one exists in 10mm please point me in the direction !!!!
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby mausmann » 17 Jul 2017

For me it would be 20mm as already have it, but if I was starting from scratch it would be the terrain and how it looks that would determine the scale.

It has to look right for me otherwise you might as well play a board game instead..... ;)
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Re: Choice of Scale

Postby Cold Steel » 17 Jul 2017

Plattattack, Skytrex makes the Saxon in 1/200, but it won't mix well with other lines. Timecast is working on one in 1/144 scale. I know a Shapesways vendor who will make almost any vehicle if you pay for the prototype or buy a minimum quantity.
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