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I'm looking to find some realistic alternatives to FW Basilisk and Medusa artillery batteries and am wondering if 1/72 is the correct scale. I realize it won't be as beefy as heroic scale GW and FW models tend to be. Will it be the correct length and overall size, or will it be too small? Is there a better scale when considering artillery? I'm specifically considering the German 21cm Morser 18 revell AG 1/72 GERMAN 21cm MORSER 18 ARTILLERY GUN | eBay
1/72 is really small.
1/48 or 1/35 would be a better fit.
In the photo above, from left to right:
1/72 scale Hasegawa plastic kit
25mm Battle Honors metal wargaming miniature
1/48 scale Aurora plastic kit
1/48 scale Bandai plastic kit
1/35 scale Tamiya plastic kit.
The blurry light-colored strip in front is a 12"/30cm ruler.
(The Hasegawa Sherman, on the far left of this photo, is billed as being 1/72 scale, but actually measures out to be closer to 1/68 scale.) "
Wow. Huge difference in 1/72 to 1/35. I honestly figured as much though I haven't built regular model kits in quite some time. I'm guessing choosing between 1/48 and 1/35 is going to be objective specific. Some conversions will do better with the smaller build while others will require the larger.
If you are using realistic scale models to represent WH40K models, I would use large 1/48 vehicles (for tanks and APCs) or small 1/35 ones (for artillery, jeeps, etc).
It is always difficult to match scale for a number of reasons:
1. Different manufacturers just have different standards. What one company calls 1/72 could be 1/76 or even 1/68. Just like clothes being different sizes in different brand names or shops.
2. Some scales are measured to the top of a figure's head. Some are to the figure's eyes. Some include the base. Some don't. So figures that are supposed to be the same scale can be different sizes. WH40K figures look a bit bigger than model soldiers because they are usually on thick bases.
3. WH40K and other games are 'heroic' scale - they have greatly exaggerated faces, muscles, hands, weapons etc. That makes them visually interesting - and a bit more chunky so that they can be used as figures on a table top without little bits coming off all the time. Accurate models that won't get handled can be more delicate. So if a 180cm tall soldier is a realistic 1/72 scale figure he will be about 25mm tall - and a lot skinnier than a so-called 28mm figure from GW. That heroic scale also applies to hatches, weapons and even rivets on GW vehicles. If you were going to use a 1/48 scale tank in a GW game, you would want to make sure that Imperial Guardsmen could actually fit through the hatches!
4. Vehicles in table top wargames are generally smaller than they would be if they were a 'realistic' size for the figures. That is so the model can be small enough to look about right, but not so big that it takes up a large amount of the table top.
So - don't rely on just scale to tell you whether a model kit is going to be good on the table top. There are plenty of model making websites and forums out there that will show you what you get in the box. I like http://www.armorama.com or http://www.armorama.co.uk but there are lots. Also, if you ask the model shop nicely, they should be able to open the box before you buy a kit. Don't just open the box in the shop without asking; they hate that!
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Back in 3rd edition 40k I used some 1/35 tanks as basic frame for my Ork Battlewagons, and anything but the Main gun was way too small for anything remotely looking like 40k. Granted, ork weaponry tends to be extra bulky even for 40k standards, but even for all others regular weaponry will appear all too flimsy.
For a comparison: from 1/35 a 76mm gun will do nicely as a Big Shoota but that's about it.
So my personal conclusion would be that 1/72 probably won't do for 40k.
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