EXCERPT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bless them all, bless them all

"The long and the short and the tall"

Too tired to say much. It is possible that I've dabbled in too many scales over the years even though there are no 6mm or 10mm left. From left to right, 15mm, 1/72nd, Minifig 25mm, RAFM 25mm, Willie 30mm, Zinnbrigade 40mm, "Standard" or original Britains, New Britain's 54mm.  Its the 30 & 40 that strike me as the sweet zone .


  1. What a splendid photo! I think I 'only' have six scales of ground-based toys on the go.

  2. Ross

    But they all seem to be different armies. Don't you model all your armies in every scale?


  3. Ross Mac,

    I agree with you about the 30mm and 40mm figures being in the 'sweet zone'.

    All the best,


  4. Tim, technically I think this lot could be called 6 scales, but only 3 of them are active anyway.

  5. Peter, I try never to do the same army in more than 3 scales.

  6. Bob, I'm watching your developments closely.

  7. Hi Ross,

    I have to agree about the 30/40mm 'sweet zone' - I note no 'modern' 28mm though. Presumably not required!

    Great photo and for me, very timely!

    All the best,


  8. Bless em all indeed- loved the photo!

  9. From a 'sentimental' point of view, 54mm -the size of the toy soldiers of our childhood- would be the favorite. But for obvious practical reasons one has to prefer a more diminutive scale. So much the more as, the larger the mini the closer it is to 1:1 scale, so to be visually satisfying the 'representational scale' of the figurines has also to be closer to 1:1. A 48 figs infantry battalion looks fine in 25 - 30mm, but would look as a company in 54mm (imho).
    While from 20mm down the figurines are so small that a 'regiment' is just a 3D marker.
    So I agree, 28 - 30mm offers most 'candy'.

  10. Great shot, Ross. Put me in the 30-40mm camp as well.