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I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't find it.
I'm thinking of making some models for a new unit that I've made up (mainly infantry) and I'd liked to know the scale that Games Workshop use so they don't look ou of place. By measuring my space marines and eldar and comparing them to their fluff size the models seem to be around 1/64 but I'd like to know the proper/official scale.
Games Workshop don't really use proper scale for their units. Space Marines should be about 150% as tall as Guardsmen fluffwise, modelwise there is barely a difference.
If you are using real-world models as a base then 1/35 tanks work well while 1/72 infantry are far to small, and 1/35 infantry are far too big. Maybe about 1/56.
The best bet is find a GW model similar to the size you want yours to be and base it of that.
Thanks. The army I'm planning has very little tanks, they're mainly monstrous creatures which I'm assuming will be the same scale as infantry.
The main models are about ten foot tall in real life so I'll try and find a comparison model or just use around 1:56-64.
1/48 is too small and 1/35 is too large. Just from my experience. And not just a little bit, I mean alot.
1/48 people go to about a Guardsman's shoulder and are skinnier than las guns, while 1/35 is as tall as a Dreadnought.
Warhammer models are 1/45 scale
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Warhammer models are not scale models. They are described as 28mm, or Heroic 28mm scale, but they are very disproportionate compared with realistic scale models. A toy soldier from a regular range of models, such as Tamiya or Airfix, will have pretty much regular human proportions. Warhammer (and 40K) figures have cartoonish proportions - huge shoulders and biceps, big heads etc.
There is also the issue of vehicle scale. Again, realistic models of vehicles are much larger than the people they are supposed to be carrying. But if Warhammer vehicles had the same proportions, they would be too big to be practical on the tabletop as wargame models. So, even though the figures of people are chunky and heroic, the vehicles are not realistically capable of carrying squadloads of them. This has lessened with newer models such as the Ork Trukk, or the larger tanks from Forge World.
Basically, don't be fooled into thinking it's a simple matter of scale, eg 1/48 or 28mm. Consider how the figures will look next to other models in GW's range. (Or their competitors.) Go to a toy or model shop and look at various scales - they are sometimes different even between manufacturers. This is more true for toys than scale models.
Compare your designs with existing GW model kits, and it will make it easier to represent what you want on the battlefield. For instance, if you are building an APC for a squad of ten, and it's 50cm long (or 5cm!) it probably won't please your opponents. Also remember that scale models of tanks tend to have hatches, crew weapons and other details in realistic proportions - on a real life tank, a hatch is something that a man can just drop through. A 1/35 hatch on a GW scale tank would look too tiddly for even a Guardsman to use, let alone a Space Marine.
So, check out all sorts of model kits - including GW's own - but don't rely on strict scales to tell you what to build. Build what looks good and looks like it could work.
Last edited by TargetOnMyBack; January 9th, 2010 at 07:43.
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Thanks for answers everyone.
I've decided that the ten foot infantry are going to be 2" whilst standing tall and about 1.8" with knees bent. This makes marines go to their shoulder height which seems about right. For the monstrous creatures/vechiles I'm just going to do what ever looks correct next to the infantry.
Now to get to work.
p.s. if anyone else still has suggestions on miniature size please post as the more advice the better.