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not really after any answers, just expressing my annoyance with the infamous scale dilemma. Im making a city streets table and cars have become quite a problem.
Firstly, i calculated that my scale should be about 1:55-60 scale which would make a 30mm tall guardsmen 165-180cm tall, which is about average. so i try to find some die cast cars that size and I came across a brand called siku, who make 1:55 cars.
So I get some cars and when I compare them to my models, they don't look like they would fit, not by any stretch of the imagination. So I decide to go bigger. next best thing i find is 1:43 and there are heaps of cheap decent quality cars in this scale so i get some.
When I compare my models to these they look like they would fit fine but then there was a problem. 30mm at 1:43 would make my men 129cm tall, So I start measuring the chests and arms and legs of my models and I realise how extremely out of proportion these models they are. They are like midgets and I thought that it was strange that i had never noticed before. Its funny because I also saw a proper scale model of a person at 1:60 and it was the same height as a guardsmen but it was way way skinnier.
1:43 was good enough for me
WH40K models are 28mm Heroic scale. At such a small scale, some parts of the model are exaggerated to make them more easily viewable from a birds eye view on a tabletop... which is why often when you find female minis at such a scale, they are often very well endowed.
"True 28 mm figures are very close to 1:64 (S-scale) in height, but bulky sculpting and thick bases can make some look more in scale with 1/48 or 1/50 scale vehicles. This is the most common size, as 28 mm is the size that Games Workshop uses." says wikipedia.
I guess if the models were proportioned properly then they would be too brittle as well. I think its funny that I never noticed how out of proportion they are, im mean, im so used to them that i thought its what normal people looked like but none the less, its hard to find cars in a scale that looks right. its all well and good to say 28mm = 1:64 but it doesn't mean it will look good. 1:64 is a matchbox car
Why are there cars? surely they would be civilian landspeeders
its on earth, im assuming that we are one of the planets that lost contact with the rest of the Imperium and have forgotten our origins
maybe we call our planet earth too because we forgot the name of where we came from?
...anyway, there are bound to be planets like ours in the 40k universe which are isolated and have basic technology
maybe a warpstorm sends a couple teams into our time and solar system?? but back to cars, is 1:43 too big??? i think slightly. does anyone know where to get cheap 1:48 or 1:50 cars?