If you've started looking around already, you
will surely have noticed that this is no Godzilla fan site and that there aren't any nekkid guys and
girls either (although there will
definitely be some in the future... but they will be tiny - and PEWTER!)
This site is actually about miniatures... toy soldiers, that is.
If you know everything about them already, don't read further; I have
nothing to teach you.
If, on the other hand, you're still wondering
"What the...?", well...
Miniatures can be either metal or plastic/resin and come in different
sizes, or "scales".
People buy them for different reasons: some play wargames with them or
use them to represent their characters in RPGs; some others simply buy
the ones they like just for the heck of it, and collect them; some others
enjoy painting them to an astonishingly high standard - and some others,
like yours truly, keep promising themselves that they will, indeed, paint
them really well someday, and in the meantime buy compulsively more. LOL!
I still dream of portraying every single PC of
every RPG I've played... yet, alas, characters enter - and sometimes,
sadly enough, depart - their respective worlds much faster than I can
But I digress... let's get back to our little lesson.
The smallest miniatures can be as tiny as 6 mm, although nowadays
theyre usually around 10-15 mm. Most of these are historical in
nature; that's because they're used by wargamers to re-enact and fight
actual historical battles (es. Waterloo
and such). Since those battles involved many thousands of soldiers, the
minis need to be very small, otherwise players would need a gaming table
as wide as a tennis field to line them up... logical, uh?
I greatly admire people who can paint 15 mm stuff and make it
look beautiful despite the tiny size, yet I favour working on larger
"Heroic" 25 mm
is the scale employed by most producers of fantasy/sci-fi minis, such as
Games Workshop. They're actually bigger than what the name would let you
suppose - they're usually 28 mm high and sometimes even close to 32-35 mm.
This is my favourite scale to paint: big enough
that you can put some detail on the fig, yet not so much as to become a
54mm is, again, a scale favoured by historical aficionados; since they're
relatively big, they're not used in games (except "skirmish"
ones involving only a few characters for each player, such as GW's Inquisitor): people just paint
them to look nice and keep them for display.
�I have a
couple of these myself... someday I'll work up the courage to try
Bigger figures can't be classified as "miniatures" any more;
they're rather "models" - again, either metal or plastic (resin
or vinyl) and ranging from historical to fantasy/sci-fi, horror, manga,
Now you know everything there is to know about miniatures, so to hell
with theory and enjoy the real thing!
And please, be back soon...