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#52348
15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
I know the Tiles are scaled for 25/28mm, but would 15mm figures be WAY too small, too small, or just kind of small in comparison? I am in the market for minis now that I've Tiles & I'm looking for relatively economical ways (in both storage space & cost) to inhabit my new domains.
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#52354
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
15mm figures could work with particular elements but others will look way out of scale. Stairs for example or doors would look wrong.

One other thought, 15mm Fantasy Figures do not have as wide a selection as 25mm/28mm figures. While you could use some 28mm monsters as larger 15mm scale monsters (Dragons for example) you will run into issues with many others.

Just my .02
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#52357
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
The stonework is also scaled to 25mm, so stone bricks will look like stone blocks alongside 15mm miniatures.

15mm figures painted metallic or stone colors would make good statues or idols for 25mm scale, and they might be good for an adventure in a giant's lair, but I think you would find the difference in scale fairly obvious in general use.
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#52358
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
chokehazard, Welcome to the DF forum!

Fantasy minis are by far more readily available in the 25-28 mm scale. Most 15 mm figures I've seen are historical (medieval or modern). Could you tell us which minis you had in mind? I think you would probably regret getting into 15 mm figures in the first place if you want to expand your collection later on. Otherwise, I don't see why you could not use 15 mm minis with DF; I guess they would look a little awkward aside accessories.

...also my 2 cents.
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#52361
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
If you need ideas on getting minis, this thread has a decent bit of info for various ways to get more. I myself owned about a whopping ten in plastic and about 15 in pewter from the Ral Partha days (the rest of my stuff was sold ages ago to fuel another hobby). Now I have close to 40 plastic with another fifteen on the way, enough paints to start out, a brush set, and I spent a whopping ten dollars cash so far. The rest was covered with trades. The trades were Magic cards and non-game related books. Oh, I almost forgot to mention another six minis I rebased (first time, it is very easy) and I found some tiny plastic charms at my hobby store that I can turn some of into minis for animals and beasties.

If you have more specific questions about a particular thing, ask away. These guys are an awesome resource and very knowledgeable.
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#52461
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Thanks! I'm in the planning stages at this point. I'll probably go with 28mm since that seems to be the prevalent size. Otherworld has a couple of boxsets that are almost tailor-made for "In Search of the Unknown."
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#52484
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
So, for the mentally slow among us...what is the exact scale that best works with DF products?
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#52486
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
They are designed for 25mm scale. Which was the standard for a long long time in RPG minis. Now most manufacturers try to one-up each other by making their minis look more "heroic" so the 28mm "heroic" scale is becoming more common.

Just pretend every mini took a 10% growth potion before the session :P
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#52509
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
One more comment about scale: 25mm or 28mm, the difference really only shows up with Humanoid figures. I have several off scale monsters and the scale works for them. Dragons from a toy line for example. It never hurts to look at other scales, just know that the Humans or Elves might nor work. But the stange monster with claws and teeth? Works just fine. :-)
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#52516
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Haha, growth potion. I just ordered 4 Pathfinder minis. Don't laugh but I only have 6 total. Anyway, if DF is designed for 25mm scale it looks like the Pathfinder version is 28mm. Bleh. I can't really picture the difference but I plan to check it out before I buy more.

Thanks guys!
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#52517
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
A grand total of 15 minutes worth of hard core research leads me to believe the size of minis is not readily advertised.

I found the below graphic that gives me a pretty good idea of the difference between 25 and 28mm. I suppose it wont make much of a difference...tell me size doesn't matter, right?

1.bp.blogspot.com/-6IZa98iGmX0/UY0PTBYm7QI/AAAAAAAAALw/XBqrtoOQmPs/s1600/skeletons.jpg

That image is from here...

cheapfantasyminis.blogspot.com/
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#52520
Re:15mm minis vs. Tiles 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
25mm vs 28mm is not that large of a difference because the minis are in various poses and the "scale" between various fantasy figures even within the same line can vary. The only issue I have had is when I mix GW's 32mm Heroic figures with my D&D or Pathfinder figures. Then you begin to see enough difference that it is an issue.

With all that in mind, I will also say that each company seems to have a slightly different idea of buljk as well. Even two figures that are the same height might not look the same because fo their bulk.

I figure I don't mind much of a variation because humans are not all the same size. As long as it is not so much, I can ignore it.
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