Saturday, 20 October 2012

Keeping it all in Scale

Saturday Potpourri

This is how I feel when buying ratio'd (1:35, 1:46, etc.) scale military models for Conversion...
Many of us have thought of using non-standard product for our table-top armies. Many more have taken the leap and then realized, too late, that what they bought is the wrong scale.... Which, of course, sucks when you're spending your hard-earned money.  And worse, if you are anything like me, you'll just keep buying more stuff in the hopes some of it will be the right size...
Well NO MORE! I say.
I've scoured the internet and spent many hours finding a correct scale chart, and I believe I've finally found it, Thanks to The Miniatures Page.

SCALEWhere UsedTheoretical Equivalent*
1/6000Some naval miniatures come in this scale..27mm
1/4800Certain naval miniatures are available in this scale..34mm
1/4600Some starships available in this scale..35mm
1/3900A few starships available in this scale..41mm
1/3000European manufacturers produce naval miniatures in this scale, just slightly smaller than 1/2400 scale. Also used for starships..54mm
1/2400Commonly used for naval miniatures (WWI, WWII, modern)..67mm
1/1250Some German naval miniatures are in this scale.1.29mm
1/1200Also used for naval miniatures, especially for pre-20th century ships. (In the modern periods, most gamers now use 1/2400 scale due to price and playing area size.)1.34mm
1/900Some Fighting Sail era ships available in this scale.1.8mm
2mmAt this scale, each miniature often represents an entire unit (a group of men, squadron of cavalry, battery of artillery). Recommended for those who want to depict large, epic battles in a limited table space, or who have less time for painting. Historical and science fiction.1/805
1/700One manufacturer offers rules in this scale, to be used for the paper ship kits he produces. Several ranges of plastic ships are also available in this scale.2.3mm
1/650Naval miniatures.2.5mm
1/600Naval miniatures.2.7mm
1/432Some aircraft available in this scale.3.7mm
1/300European manufacturers traditionally offer modern armor and infantry in this scale, slightly smaller than 1/285 scale. Aircraft and space fighter miniatures are also available in this scale.5.4mm
1/285The popular scale in North America for modern combat, often involving armored vehicles. Periods include WWI, WWII, and contemporary.5.6mm
6mmEquivalent to 1/285 scale and 1/300 scales. Miniatures in this scale have the advantage of being inexpensive. The small size also means there is less visible detail to paint. In this scale it is possible to put armies on the tabletop which give the impression of masses of infantry. Figures available for fantasy, historical, and science fiction.1/268
1/220Z scale (model railroad scale).7mm
1/200Another scale in which 20th Century armored vehicles and aircraft are available. Some WWII era recognition models are made in this scale.8mm
10mmRelatively new scale, used for fantasy, historical and science fiction. Some think this will be the popular scale of the future, larger enough to show detail but small enough to fit a large army on a tabletop.1/161
1/160Same as N scale (model railroad scale). 10.06mm
1/144Aircraft kits in metal and plastic are available in this scale.11.2mm
15mmThe most popular scale for pre-20th Century wargaming. Also used for fantasy, science fiction, and 20th Century "skirmish-level" games.1/107
1/100Plastic kits of mechs (robotic fighting machines) are available in this scale. Modern military vehicles also come in this scale, in metal and plastic.16.1mm
1/87Same as HO scale (model railroad scale - "HO" is "half O" scale, or 1:87.2). Several popular lines of pre- assembled and painted armored vehicles are available in this scale.18.5mm
20mmBecoming popular for skirmish-level 20th Century wargaming. Also used for science fiction.1/80.5
1/76Same as OO scale (British model railroad scale, alternative to HO scale). Plastic miniatures and kits are available in this scale for aircraft, ground vehicles, and soldiers. 21.2mm
1/72As above, though a slight bit larger.22.4mm
25mmTraditionally popular for pre-20th Century wargaming, though most historical gamers have now switched to 15mm. Excellent scale for display games. Continues to be popular for fantasy wargaming, historical skirmish-level games, science fiction, and for use with role-playing games. Same as railroad S gauge.1/64
28mmThe "large" 25mm figures are sometimes listed as being 28mm.1/58
30mmAnother scale used for pre-20th Century miniatures.1/54
1/43.5Traditional O gauge (railroad). Not a wargaming scale.37mm
1/48Popular scale for plastic aircraft kits. Some display figures available in this scale. Also a railroad scale (P48 gauge).33.5mm
40mmSome American Civil War figures available in this scale.1/40
1/35Popular scale for plastic kits of armor. Occasionally used for modern gaming.46mm
1/32Same as I scale (model railroad scale). Also used for display models.50.3mm
54mmTraditional "toy soldier" scale, no longer a common scale in miniature wargaming. However, it has been making a comeback in recent years - the large figures are said to be more convenient for older gamers. This scale is also popular for display (non-wargaming) figures.1/30
80mmThese and larger scales are not used for wargaming miniatures, but instead are figures which are painted and displayed as a hobby unto themselves.1/20
* using "eye height" as the rule for height scale

Note: Again this is all courtesy of The Miniatures Page. Go have a look as there is more on the site to see (Including more about about scale!).

Until Next Time,
Keep things in scale.
Bean out~


  1. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for doing all the hard work!

  2. I just found it, the guys at the miniatures page made it... But it's excellent. I've been using it for over a year and it's pretty much spot on.
    Glad to help!

  3. 1/144 is N Scale in Japan, so when buying Japanese kits, keep that in mind. Different standards in different regions... Quite confusing TBH...


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