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So this thread really could apply to 40k and fantasy both, but I wasn't exactly sure where to make this thread. Reading through the rules a thought had occurred to me. It states that measurements are made in inches. Simple enough, yes I know, but it made me think, why? It's a UK based company and game and they clearly have a global market, though a large chunk may be the US. Though, still it makes me wonder why measurements are done in inches instead of centimeters. The game is based on 25 mm scale even. Any thoughts on the matter? I really couldn't think of a good reason why.
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Inches are just the common measure of distance in the UK. Technically we use metric for everything but people still measure their heights in feet and inches for example.

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Inches are just the common measure of distance in the UK. Technically we use metric for everything but people still measure their heights in feet and inches for example.
This. They also measure speed in Miles Per Hour.
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Part of it is purely historic, coming from a UK based company.
The other part I imagine is that inches is a more forgiving granularity that centimetres when playing a game. I can see a lot more arguments arising on whether something is a centimetre in/out of range during a game.
Also, to me it just feels like confusing/clunky for something to have a range of 24", rather than 61cm (although, this might due to being British and playing GW games with inches for 20+ years).
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Honestly we're just lazy and half-arsed here in the UK. Suppossedly we went metric which is why we weigh stuff in grams and kilograms and use litres, but at the same time we still use stone, miles, inches and a whole load of other stuff from the good old Imperial system.

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So this thread really could apply to 40k and fantasy both, but I wasn't exactly sure where to make this thread. Reading through the rules a thought had occurred to me. It states that measurements are made in inches. Simple enough, yes I know, but it made me think, why? It's a UK based company and game and they clearly have a global market, though a large chunk may be the US. Though, still it makes me wonder why measurements are done in inches instead of centimeters. The game is based on 25 mm scale even. Any thoughts on the matter? I really couldn't think of a good reason why.

Because inches are the Imperial measurement for the Imperium ;)
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Because the conversion from imperial to metric wasn't taught very well and now we have a mixed society who goes by both measurements depending on when you where born.
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Was the Metric system even 'favourite' when the game was created?
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Is quite correct here, and its very fascinating within the UK, my various jobs have me switching between both metric and imperial measurements quite often.

One of my passions is building with wood, and its easier to frame build in inches and feet, since that the language at the local lumber-yard. However if we are talking about counter tops and cupboards, these are all measured in millimetres - and this is in the same wood yard!

When I am buying IPA and liquid fluxes for my work these are measured in metric millilitres and while my solder is measured in grams ans millimetres, however the wire is measured in AWG imperial thickness measurement.

Don't even get me started on Engineering!

So - to live in the UK one must know and float between the two systems easily.

After all, order my milk by pints, as my beer as well - the British imperial pint is 20oz, the American pint is 16oz - this follows up the chain...

Interestingly the British imperial system differs compared to the US imperial system - most notably metric of liquids - the US gallon is only 83.3% of the UK gallon - so when you hear some idiot spouting the better mileage per gallon of European cars - its not always case since we use and have nearly 20% more fuel in measuring a gallon.

So in my head at anyone time, I have both the American imperial metric, the British imperial metric and the International metric system (the latter being based on water at room temperature in case you didn't know)

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