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Default What scale are flames of war figures?

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Just wondering, what scale are FOW figures in? I know they're 15mm, but I want to know if my collection of airfix would work with their scenery (they are 1:72 scale). Does anyone know? Thank you for your help.


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15mm= 1/100 scale.
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Are you sure Elc? That would imply that the figures were of something 1.5 metres high (about 4'10" if my maths is good).

By my reckoning, a 15mm figure, representing a 6'6" person (let's say, so 2m) would be at 2000/15, or 1:133 or thereabouts.

1:72 is 1"=6' (72"). This is 'supposed' to be the scale of 40k... only, GW have beefed up all the 'normal' people in 40k so they don't look ridiculous next to SMs (old Citadel minis, and the LotR ranges, are much more accurate for heights)... so nothing in 40k is now 1:72. Even though 1" on the table = 6' on the battlefield, supposedly.

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No, 40k is definitely not 1:72 (as any airfix fan would know). I think it's about 1:44. So, airfix figures would look out of place in and silly in FOW scenery, right?


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I dunno about the math or anything, I just pulled this from the Battlefront (makers of FoW) Website:

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http://www.flamesofwar.com/Default.aspx?tabid=76
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OK, here's 2 calculations of scale.

Space Marines are 7' (at least).

Space Marine minis are 28mm (at least).

Therefore 28mm (game) = 7' (real).

So (divide by 7 to make the math easier) 4mm (game) = 1' or 300mm (real).

Dividing by 4, we see that 1mm (game) thus = 75mm (real).

So 1=75, in other words 1:75.

Guardsmen are 6' tall.

Guard minis are 1" tall (except they aren't, see previous post).

Therefore 1" (game) = 6' or 72" (real).

So 1=75, in other words 1:72.

So 40k is 1:72 or thereabouts - it's just really badly done. I find the closest commonly available scale is 1:35 (for kit, vehicles etc) - I use a fair quantity of old Tamiya stuff, especially on my orks, because 40k figures are so preposterously bulky. The early Citadel sculpts, and current LotR ranges are much more like 'truescale' 1:72.

Still Airfix weren't terribly consistant either, the 1:72 British Paratroopers were very different to the 1:72 Desert Rats, and the pilots of some of the aircraft (eg the JU88) were tiny. My suspicion is that many of the 1:72 Airfix figs (unless they've changed the sculpts since the '70s) are probably closer to 1:100 (1m=1cm, or 6'6"=2cm); and you may find that the '15mm' terrain is closer to 1:100 than 1:132 or whatever it's supposed to be.

You'll have to try it really - you never know, it may be OK!

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I use 1/35 stuff for kitbashing as well. Lots of goodies.
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I dunno about the math or anything, I just pulled this from the Battlefront (makers of FoW) Website:



http://www.flamesofwar.com/Default.aspx?tabid=76
In which case you are totally forgiven for not doing the math!

I dunno, I don't wish to disparage the makers of this product (why not? I've just disparaged GW and Airfix) but 1:100 is only '15mm' if you're a Hobbit.

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Well New Zealand IS Middle Earth.
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