Friday, October 31, 2008

Huzzah for 1/72!

I'm liking 1/72 plastic more and more. My hobby interests run in cycles, so we'll see how long this lasts...BUT! Right now I'm really into this scale. I've been thinking about all the benefits:

I love 28mm metals. My closet is full of them. They're a joy to paint, but they're pricey! Supplying a 200+ model army will set you back quite a bit. A well-sculpted metal 28mm foot model costs in the neighborhood of US$2.00 - 3+ each. A couple 28mm plastic manufacturers have popped up recently, yet their models still come in at around $1 each. In contrast, a box of 40 or 50 plastic 1/72 soldiers costs anywhere from $7.50 - $11.oo. At the high end that averages to about 25 cents each. In this current economic climate the low price should appeal to everybody! 

Relating again to the low price, 1/72 sets are easily within the budget of kids. They offer an expensive introduction to the hobby. I doubt that any kid old enough to paint and game with miniatures would try munching on them, but it's also nice that 1/72 soldiers aren't made of lead. I'm planning a game with my friend and his kids. It's reassuring to know that if some models are dropped, the plastic minis won't be as easily damaged as their larger lead fellows!

1/72 sets are widely available at local hobby shops (which often don't carry 28mm metals). The range of time-periods and the variety within these eras has really blossomed in the past 10 years. You can find well-researched, well-made 1/72 historic miniatures for nearly any subject these days. 
Although not common in the US, 00 gauge model railroad supplies match up nicely with 1/72. I had been looking for plastic livestock to use in a Dark Age village raid scenario, and was pleased to find inexpensive cows, pigs, sheep, etc. from UK suppliers (eBay). This train scale is popular in England, so there is also a nice range of European model buildings appropriate for medieval to modern times.

So there ya go! Go out and buy some plastic! 


Snickering Corpses said...

Well, I was about to recommend Plastic Soldier Review when I saw this post, but I read further down and saw you already have a link to them.

I've just been testing out basing some unpainted Revell SYW Austrians this evening.

Andrew said...

Yeah, PSR is great. Does that guy buy all those sets? It's impressive that he knows the military history to review all those different eras.

I've been thinking about SYW too. Taking on a new era is probably spreading hobby-time too thin, but I'm finding it hard to resist Italeri's Indian warriors - for the French and Indian War.

Snickering Corpses said...

If you take a gander at my main SYW blog, you can see the Revell figures I referenced.

And I think there's actually two guys involved, and they do buy some sets, but also have enough recognition in the industry now that they receive preview sets sometimes direct from the manufacturers. At least that's my impression.

I've actually written them a few times to ask their assistance in identifying stray plastic figures I've found, and have yet to stump them!

Eli Arndt said...

This is what I am starting my ( yr old daughter with. She has Saracens and Crusaders right now, bought off the clearance shelf at the local hobby store.