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I'm starting down the dark, dark road of using non-GW models for IG tanks. There are a lot of very slick armor models out there, and I've always thought that the Leman Russ was kind of a goofy looking piece that doesn't mesh well with Steel Legion troopers.
So, for all you people who have messed around with non-canon models, what is the correct scale (or what is the best match) for 40K?
I've been measuring some minis and have come up with 1:58 as true WH scale. Guardsmen are 1.25" in helmet and boots, whereas a lifesize guardsman should be around 72" in helmet and boots.
The problem is that most models are built in 1:35; 1:48; or 1:72 scale.
1:72 is way too small.
Theoretically, 1:48 is 20% oversized, but most tank models at this size measure around 3" wide and 6-7" long. Which is narrower than most 40K tanks.
1:35 is going to be more inline with the width of 40K tanks (~4"), but way too long, and the fittings and hatches will be 60% oversize.
What are people's experiences? Is 1:48 a good match? Good enough?
id go for a 1:35 scale then use plasticard ant gw vehicle hatches to 'downscale' the length a bit.
but this method depends on how much converting experience you have had. So what i'd suggest is to look at the apc that your looking at and draw out the model that you want to end up with, then look at your availiable parts and your abbilities and see if you think that you could do it.
if you want any help then dont hesitate to pm me, and i'll see what i can do to help.
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Take a look here http://www.agnminiatures.com/
Especialy take a look at the soviet armour. My favorite is the T35 (landcruiser), it was 11 meters long and 4 meters high and 5 turrets, couldnt be better.... not.
The french Char B would work as a Leman Russ
Last edited by King Frolic; September 28th, 2005 at 10:59.
Those are pretty smooth.
They really do show how GW tanks are much "larger than life" at their scale. The chassis of the Soviet BT-7 and KV-2 aren't that tall compared to the soldiers, and you really get a sense for how small tank hatches are. (My problem with 1:48 tanks is that the hatches and fittings look tiny compared to GW hatches and fittings, so if you put GW and non-GW models side by side, the truer scale models look undersized. 1:56 would exacerbate this problem, unless the whole army used 1:56 armor.)
I always thought that GW tanks were undersized, the scaling pitcures in the SMurf codex show the tanks to be almost two times taller than a marine but the models aren't (as far as I know, i've never done an accurate comparison).
As for scale, i've used 1:35 scale barrels and jerry cans which seemed to be the right size.
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