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Anybody going to be playing in 1/72 scale

Post by Fenton » Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:06 am

I have quite a few plastic figures now, and was wondering if anyone else was going to be building armies in 1/72 plastic?

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Post by hammy » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:33 am

I have 1/72nd figures for:

Egyptians
Assyrians
Sumerians
Macedonians / Pergamene
Gauls / British
Romans
and 100 years war

One of the guys at the club just took delivery of the plastic medievals he has had painted in Sri Lanka and they look very good.

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Re: Anybody going to be playing in 1/72 scale

Post by youngr » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:22 am

Fenton wrote:I have quite a few plastic figures now, and was wondering if anyone else was going to be building armies in 1/72 plastic?

Cheers

I intend to - for dbm, and FOG once I've read the rules! I'm building Hoplite Greek and Assyrians. Lots of choice out there and figures are easy to modify.

Richard

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Re: Anybody going to be playing in 1/72 scale

Post by rbodleyscott » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:43 am

Fenton wrote:I have quite a few plastic figures now, and was wondering if anyone else was going to be building armies in 1/72 plastic?
Quite a few people already have 1/72 plastic armies. (Hell, I have some I converted in 1972 :shock: ).

They are normally used to play in 25/28mm scale using the standard basing conventions.

They look a bit weedy up against 28mm opponents, and, of course, don't mix well in the same army, but you won't get anyone complaining about you using them.

I can confirm that Dave Ruddock's medieval figures looked fantastic.

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Post by Fenton » Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:45 pm

I agree with them looking weedy against 28mm metals, but with the price of metals these days, I can afford to build two armies by myslef in plastic without breaking the bank, Oh while I'm here, what is the 28mm basing scheme, I havnt got the rules yet but would like to get started on some Macedonians


Any with Zvesda bringing out their Mediveal Peasent army soon, the ranges just get better and better

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Post by hammy » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:39 pm

25/8mm basing is on a 60mm frontage

Heavy foot, four figures to a 20mm deep base,
Medium foot, three or four figures to a 30mm deep base
Light foot, two figures to a 30mm deep base
Cataphracts, three or four figures to a 40mm deep base
Cavalry, three figures to a 40mm deep base
Light horse, two figures to a 40mm deep base

You can use less or more figures if you want and it looks right. What matters are the base frontages.

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Post by rbodleyscott » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:41 pm

Fenton wrote:I agree with them looking weedy against 28mm metals, but with the price of metals these days, I can afford to build two armies by myslef in plastic without breaking the bank, Oh while I'm here, what is the 28mm basing scheme, I havnt got the rules yet but would like to get started on some Macedonians
HF (Pikes, Hoplites, optionally Thureophoroi) 4 to a base, 60mm x 20mm
MF (Iphikratean mercenaries, Thureophoroi) 3 or 4 to a base, 60mm x 30mm
LF (Cretans, Agrianians etc) 2 to a base, 60mm x 30mm
Cavalry (Companions, Thessalians) 3 to a base, 60mm x 40mm
Light Horse (Prodromoi, Thracians etc.) 2 to a base, 60mm x 40mm

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Post by dave_r » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:50 pm

I have just gotten a 25mm Medieval French plastic army from a mix of Italeri, Zvesda, MiniArt and Strelets I think. Got them painted in Sri Lanka, look fab.

I* am basing them on steel bases to give them a bit of weight, but still much, much cheaper than a 25mm metal army.



* Somebody else actually...

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Post by 1ngram » Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:03 pm

I imagine most people with large armies have them already in 15mm. If you want to play with more than one army, building two or three in 28mm will be prohibitively expensive - and you dont need to. Just go to the Plastic Soldier review site and see how many figures there are for the ancient amd medieval period for a fraction of the price of a metal figure. And the quality in many of the ranges is superb.

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Post by tony0306 » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:07 pm

just got some Hat alexanders phalangites and hoplites to form the core of any hellenic army and may add a few specialised units to form perticular armies such as cataphracts for Seleucid etc.

Thinking of Starting a late roman byzantine army as well.

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Post by Fenton » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:01 pm

Its nice to see Plastics making a come back, I am waiting with baited breath now for HATs new EL Cid range to appear

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Post by jdm » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:49 pm

Just wait till you see the Wargames Factory stuff, it will set the bench mark in my view

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Post by Fenton » Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:57 am

To be honest I never really gamed in 28mm, mainly due to cost and mainly that I think it looks silly in the scale of battles your trying to refight I've always prefered 6 or 10mm, and only contemplate 20mm due to price, and supplier options in Australia

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Post by thabear » Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:00 am

Hi Steve , ( Its me tom )

I am planning on starting an army in 1/72 , as you know i already started a huge collection in 1/72 painted up for WAB , but as soon as i get my hands on the FoG ruleset you can expect a ready opponent here .
BTW did you pick up your copy of the ruleset here in Australia or O/S ?

cheers tom

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Post by Shem » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:11 am

I've had about a dozend DBA armies in 1/72, so now I'm backing some of them up to be playable with FoG. Germans, Carthaginians and Celts are almost done. Greeks, Macedonians, republican Romans (and I fear: the rest also...) will follow soon.

Another advantage of 1/72 scale is also that they fit the 25mm basing very well. Personally, I dont know how someone manages to get 4 cataphracts on a 60x40mm base in 28mm - plain impossible to me. With modern 28mm figures getting bigger and bigger the old 25/8mm measurements just dont work anymore.

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Post by tony0306 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:12 pm

A problem I have with 1/72 is that i just buy more and more and now i have so many i'll probally never get them all painted. I find this scale perfect in all other aspects not too big and not too small.

Just incase anyone missed it here is a link to a 1/72 Ancients group to help people with army building ideas and the like.

http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/172ancients/

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Post by Fenton » Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:15 pm

Hi Tom

No I havnt got a copy yet, but I am trying to get one in the UK andd get it sent over, I am going to try and get down to the Ceasers challange to have a look at it in action

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Post by Quintus » Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:06 pm

I can't believe the quality and variety of the 1/72 plastic figures that are available. It's amazing! When I was a boy I was hard pushed to find much, now there is so much choice (more easily found too because of the internet).

I have ordered 15mm metal figures for HYW English and Scots Isles but in the meantime (and in an effort to practise the rules and demonstrate them to others) I have ordered 1/72 plastic Republican Romans and Carthaginian-era Spaniards. Hopefully I can encourage some of the youngsters at my son's club to take this up and the much cheaper range might be a help here too. (These kids are used to paying £2 per Warhammer figure!)

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Post by hammy » Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:33 pm

Quintus wrote:I can't believe the quality and variety of the 1/72 plastic figures that are available. It's amazing! When I was a boy I was hard pushed to find much, now there is so much choice (more easily found too because of the internet).

I have ordered 15mm metal figures for HYW English and Scots Isles but in the meantime (and in an effort to practise the rules and demonstrate them to others) I have ordered 1/72 plastic Republican Romans and Carthaginian-era Spaniards. Hopefully I can encourage some of the youngsters at my son's club to take this up and the much cheaper range might be a help here too. (These kids are used to paying £2 per Warhammer figure!)
And you can get 48 1/72nd figures for the price of three GW ones.

I am waiting with baited breath for the Wargames Factory plastic 28mm figures too but in the meantime I will I think paint at least one if not two 1/72nd armies. It is the fact that they are so cheap that makes it really interesting for younger players, I remember having to convert ACW figures to Roman cavalry when I was a kid, now you can pick from three different manufacturers for them.

The only 1/72nd metals I have are 12 cataphracts because there was a big gap for years where there were none available but now there are two from Hat and their Parthians are really really nice.

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Post by karakhanid » Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:54 pm

Making some research about 1/72 plastic figures I've found :
http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com
I hope you find it useful.
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