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srgt. gak
17-01-2008, 22:59
Ive gotta akind of imbarresing question. What scale is 40k in? ive seen it listed under 15mm and 2mm. Can anyone clear this up for me

17-01-2008, 23:02
28mm is generally considered the correct scale for 40k.

17-01-2008, 23:11
Or as some people call it, 28mm Heroic, cos the hands, head and weapon are larger than they should be. You can see it if you compare a 40k mini like a Guardsman to a LotR mini, the LotR have much smaller, in-scale heads and hands.

The tanks tend to be out of scale, as they're too small for the infantry. For example, try standing a marine next to a Land Raider, doesn't seem right, does it?

Anything else I can help with?

17-01-2008, 23:33
You will find about one 40k scale thread every month here on warseer. Have a search.
Short answer:
While miniatures are 28mm heroic scale (so about 30mm height), they have unrealistic proportions (too big heads, hands, weapons etc) and look weird next to realistic proportioned miniatures (e.g. Star Wars Miniatures from Wizards).
While the height suggests a scale of 1:60, some 1:48 tanks look more fitting. But 40k has no general scale on vehicles (Rhino!) or buildings. It is even more complicated horizontal, as the 40k battlefield distances are not even linear, with artillery shooting 70times cc range.
But you will find more details in most of the other threads on that topic.

18-01-2008, 00:27
I second everything that Bregalad said. 28mm figures are theoretically too small to work with 1:48, but a) GW figures have grown a little bit bigger than 28mm, b) the heroic scale effect makes oversized objects look like a better fit, and c) the bases that GW figures stand on add to their visual height.

In practical terms, I think 1:48 scale is O scale in model railroad terms... excellent source for terrain. Sadly, there aren't many ground vehicles (besides trains) in 1:48. Tanks tend to be 1:72/76, or 1:35. Neither work, I've tried (except for small tanks, like the Panzer I and II - they can be bought in 1:35 and used as the basis of medium tanks in 40k). 1:43 toy cars can work too, because they're often smaller than they should be, and again the big fat slottabase makes up the difference.

Epic 40,000 was in 6mm scale, aka 1:285, aka ZZ scale.

Chaos and Evil
18-01-2008, 00:31
28 or 30mm scale.

srgt. gak
18-01-2008, 14:40
Thanks a bunch . I wa looking for some terrain peices to make a ww2 french/last scene of private ryan board. again thanks

18-01-2008, 18:11
Terrain and tanks are really out of scale so dont worry about it. A rhino may hold 6 marines in a real squeeze if some stand and some sit, but is supposed to hold another 4.

18-01-2008, 18:19
There is an increasing number of vehicles avaiable in 1:48 scale, which is very good for 40k Tamiya are taking the lead on this, so they're cheaper and better than GW...