Monday, December 13, 2010

Musing About Mini's On Monday

Since I've been contemplating getting into skirmish miniatures and war gaming again, I've been trying to decide what scale I wanted to get into.  15mm or 25mm?  Then I thought about it, and realized I just wasn't that familiar with all the different scales.  Some research was needed, and I found The Miniatures Page , it's chocked full of useful resources.

The Wikipedia page on miniatures had some information on scale, but I think I'm just as confused as I was when I started.  There doesn't seem to be an industry standard, and some companies measure the miniature from the bottom of the foot to level with the eyes, and others from the bottom of the foot to the top of the head.  I think all my research has lead me to the conclusion that I need to do more research, or maybe just deal with some discrepancy in scale in miniatures from different companies.

Check out Frozen Chaos , the miniatures are awesome.  This website has tons of visual inspiration for those interested in creating dungeon dressing. I really like the WYSIWYG concept.

I've actually found some of my old miniatures.  There's some old Epic Space Marine vehicles, some blister packs of WH40K Orks, and a couple with just weapons, and a bunch of RAFM Ogre miniatures for the Steve Jackson Game, even a blister pack of some Micro Armor tanks, and other assorted painted and unpainted miniatures.  I also found some resin terrain pieces, some small bricks and barrels and skulls. Oh my!  The camera seems to be misplaced otherwise I would have a few pics.  Oh well...

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with them, but I may put the Ogre minis and maybe the orks on eBay to help fund other purchases.

Oh, and how could I forget the Mage Knight mini's?  My brother was really into that, much more so than me, and he must have had hundreds.   If not close to over a thousand.  He dropped most of them off when he moved.  A mini for every occasion.  I should ask him if I can re-base some of the commons.  I could stage quite an epic battle...


  1. This makes me happy. I've been writing a lot on crossover recently, and the passion shows no sign of waning. Glad you feel the whole hobby too.

  2. You've got a great idea, take all your leftovers lying around and sell them off to fund new ones.

    15mm is so much cheaper and there are SO many companies out offering all kinds of figs, and new companies are popping up all the time.

    A set of rules to check out would be A Song of Blade and Heroes, lots of fun, not a high figure count required, and solid rules that are inexpensive. Something you can test drive with Mage Knight minis too, I know I have!

  3. The Miniatures Page is definitely your friend, as is selling old stuff to fund the new (I'm doing that very thing right now). A casual look at the TMP boards will show many, many threads asking about scale compatibility between Manufacturer A and Manufacturer B--you are not alone in your confusion. ;)

    My go-to rules for fantasy gaming is Armies of Arcana, which can be used with either 15mm or 28mm and can accommodate any miniature you care to field. Because of the influence of Games Workshop, 28mm is probably closest to "industry standard" (my fantasy armies are all 28s), but like Gyro said, there's a lot to recommend 15mm (or even 10mm!).

    In addition to AoA, I'd also heartily recommend checking out pretty much anything by Two Hour Wargames--they make some great products, and their Warrior Heroes/Rally Round the King rules would probably be a perfect fit for your Mage Knight collection (can't say for sure, as I haven't personally played WH).

  4. Porky, I'm a true blue gamer. I've tried every aspect of this hobby.

    Gyro, I really think I am going to sell the old stuff. I doubt I will ever play Ogre again anyway. There's a lot of other stuff I want to play.

    sirlarkins, I am familiar with Two Hour Wargames. I really want to try ATZ. I'm giving some thought to 15mm scale for some sci-fi/military skirmish games.