03/08/2016 at 11:07 #45793
I play many things in many scales. One of my pleasures has always been plastic 1/72 figures – ‘airfix’ scale. I have a number of ancients armies built using some of the more modern, very good ranges from people like Caesar and selected HAT offerings. I cherish them because they are big enough to see and paint, look good on the battlefield, and are by far the least expensive way to build a large force. There was no way I was ever going to do a proper Hail Caesar Egyptian and Hittite army in 28mm when I needed 30 chariots a side, not when I could buy three armies of something else with the money it would cost for one.
It’s always made me curious why no one, ever, has done SF figures in 1/72. Imagine the fun you could have with ‘Not Marines’ and ‘Alien Bugs’ and all the conversion possibilities for the huge number of AFV models on the market in that scale.
I am fully aware that 1/72 is the Ginger Stepchild of the Wargames world, everyone I suspect has idly looked at some of the ghastly figures available from some manufacturers, shuddered and walked away – but Manufacturers like Caesar or Emhar have shown what CAN be done in that material and scale if they are willing to take some care. I am just curious why no one has ever had a go?03/08/2016 at 17:30 #45806Gaz045Participant
Admittedly not in plastic but there are some about……..
MJ Figures have ‘not-Dune’ and ‘not-Stargate’ baddies…..
RH Models have several opposing factions in 20mm too…at bottom of page and follow link to old website…..
Both Caesar and Airfix have produced astronauts….more ‘present’ than sci-fi tho’…….
"Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"04/08/2016 at 09:02 #45833Angel BarracksModerator
Is stuck in limbo between 15mm and 25mm, just as 10mm is stuck between 6mm and 15mm?04/08/2016 at 09:14 #45834kid bananasParticipant
It probably isn’t bigger because if you want smaller scale there are so many manufacturers of 15mm figs that you can do colonial marines vs aliens, and just about anything else you can imagine. All for a relatively low cost and easy storage.
The same is true in the opposite direction, although the miniatures will cost more and storage becomes more of an issue.
Also kitbashing and scratchbuilding doesn’t seem to be an issue at those sizes. Personally I don’t see much of a need for 20mm, and I’m guessing most companies don’t see that size as being very profitable.
Then again, who is to say that someone doesn’t invent a game that is wildly successful in this size and spur a growth of lines trying to cash in on it’s popularity like all the 40k wannabe companies or the 15mm manufacturers of late.04/08/2016 at 09:36 #45837
Then again, who is to say that someone doesn’t invent a game that is wildly successful in this size and spur a growth of lines trying to cash in on it’s popularity like all the 40k wannabe companies or the 15mm manufacturers of late.
Yes…. a bit like the way Battlefront suddenly had huge numbers of people collecting WWII in 15mm that previously had no idea there WAS a 15mm… or a WWII… 🙂
Write a game called ‘Flames of 50k’ and sell it as ‘In the Dark Grimness of the Far Future there is only 20mm’ and you suddenly won’t be able to move for 1/72 scale SF.
If I was fabulously wealthy I would certainly think of it.
Pat04/08/2016 at 09:46 #45839
I suspect it is simply an historical accident.
Airfix laid a massive base for 1/72 plastic figure collectors/gamers in the UK. That was nearly all historical. They were priced at the toy market.
Other historical producers and ranges found a ready market.
SF never had that base and the lead wargame manufacturers who saw a market stuck to their own (non-scale) figures. Tooling a production line for a range of figures that traditionally has been low (ish) volume/high unit price is a big gamble. The switch to resin and plastic for existing manufacturers had an existing (captive?) audience. A new scale venture wouldn’t have that.
Just a prohibitive market entry cost for the perceived return?
Edit: Sorry Pat posts crossed – Yes, it s the old joke isn’t it – how do you make a million in the wargame business – start with 2 million.04/08/2016 at 10:14 #45842
Edit: Sorry Pat posts crossed – Yes, it s the old joke isn’t it – how do you make a million in the wargame business – start with 2 million.
It is an old joke…. But Some people do actually make some money… and kiddies DO like SF.
For comparison. Caesar stuck their toe in the water with a Fantasy Range. It was a bit badly conceived – Not-Skaven?…. let’s give them BOWS!. Goblins. 1 Archer…. but it shows there are some people thinking outside the box. The Dwarves are particularly nice.04/08/2016 at 16:03 #45854
Really lovely stuff there Pat.
Fair enough – I wish someone would make some, I would definitely be tempted.
I’m sure I should ask this on the Ancients board but as I’m here – who made the Assyrians?05/08/2016 at 08:50 #45897
HAT. One of the more puzzling companies – I assume they outsource their sculpting, as some of their recent ranges are lovely, some horrid. Also some of their ranges are made in a new, soft and squishy plastic which oddly takes paint really well, some are still made in the old glossy plastic which doesn’t. The Assyrians are the only range of theirs I would buy.
All the Caesar Biblical stuff is bloody good05/08/2016 at 11:13 #45907
Thanks – been hedging about whether to do these in 10mm or 15mm for ages – looks like its going to be 20mm!05/08/2016 at 14:18 #45916
Only if you can find an opponent surely? Otherwise they will end up gathering dust, ‘cos no other bugger has a 1/72 army.
I ended up having to buy Egyptians… then Hittites to fight them- then Sea People – then Libyans as allies for the Sea People – then Assyrians as a break from painting things brown and off-white. 5 armies. It’s a burden….
FIVE 750 point Hail Caesar armies – my god, I must have spent well over £300.00 in all! I can see why no one uses 1/72.08/08/2016 at 23:34 #4611809/08/2016 at 19:38 #46195kurt causerParticipant
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I like them, they kind of remind me of a cross between Imperial Guard and 90’s sci-fi film guys.
Both of which are good in my book.
😀11/08/2016 at 19:17 #46359kid bananasParticipant
I got the same 40k Imperial Guard vibe as well. Didn’t someone just run a Kickstarter within the past few months that also had 20mm not-Imperial Guard like figs with different helmets, officers with chain swords, etc?
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