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Has anyone else noted the 'new' scale 1/56 land military kits - figures and vehicles - released by Italeri? I am presuming that others will follow suit.

 

I understand that 1/32 / 1/35 may be a bit large for wargaming. But are great for detail and us with old eyes.

 

Tamilya and a few others have released a range of 1/48 kits - figures, vehicles, artillery etc, which would seem to be a good compromise between 1/35 and 1/72. At least they can be used alongside 1/48 scale aircraft.

 

Figures are small, but still able to be reasonably detailed.

 

But now - 1/56 WTF? If 1/48 is too big why not just go to 1/72? Or is there some strange market out there?

 

I can understand 1/35 - 1/32 A tall human is 2 inches / 50mm tall.

 

1/48: A tall human is 1.5in 37mm tall.

 

1/72 - 1/76 A tall human is 1 inch / 24mm tall. (and can be used with 1/72 aircraft and are a good scale for war gaming.

 

So why 1/56?

 

I can understand Revells release of a range of 1/144 scale US and post war German vehicles, as they work with the Landing Ship Medium, and there are 1/144 aircraft kits, and a very few figures available.

 

But 1/56?

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28mm (1/56) is a well developed wargaming scale for various periods, basically for those who want something bigger than 20mm (1/72) yet not too big. Google Perry Miniatures, Victrix and Warlord Games for extensive ranges, while much is whitemetal and in some cases resin, there is also a growing number of plastic sets of infantry and such available.

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Seems that 1:56 matches 28mm miniatures as used by Games Workshops, makers of WH40k.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Games_Workshop

 

So I guess we will see Shermans,

Panthers

and Cromwells

 

against 99120101173_BloodAngelsGaunletTactical01

 

Seems a little bit silly

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Tournaments in Europe allowed and still do unofficially - as long as it was creatively fitted in. Friend played Orks some 8-9 years ago on Grand Tournament with every truck converted from ZiL-157, airplane being modded P-51 etc and none complained.

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They go fine with the "Bolt Action" ww2 wargaming series which is in 28mm:

https://us-store.warlordgames.com/collections/bolt-action

 

Which look all heavily stylised. Okay fine for wargaming, but you may as well use chess pieces.

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Seems a little bit silly

Not at all. Soviet army can be used to proxy Vostroyans. Germans are dead-on Death Korps of Krieg. And US Army...well, just say that they are Traitor Guard ;)

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There is a simple reason for this. Most of us wargamers are ancient and have crappy short range vision. IME 20mm/1:76/1:72 is just too small for figures - I can't tell what weapon they're carrying etc. 28mm not only overcomes this, but makes for lovely chunky figures that are nice artefacts in their own right and are easier to paint with high caffeine intake.

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