We decided to go 1/72 for Fantasy. There are a thousand options at this scale. Orcs and goblins can still be had (Dark Alliance and ocasionally Ceasar), 28mm make good trolls, and a 28mm oger is a rediculous giant.
We based on .75 inch washers. We still do range and movement in full inches, but scale area effect down to .75 to 1.
Haven't posted any thing for a while but thought I'd share a couple of pictures of models I've scratch built recently for my Victorian Science Fiction games using Warstuff, in an attempt to show you don't have to spend a fortune on larger items for your games.
As you can see from the photos I've taken inspiration from the father of wargaming, the great man himself Mr H G Wells and his book War of the Worlds.
The models represent HMS Thunderchild (isn't based on any particular real ship but hopefully looks convincingly victorian) and a pair of Martian Tripods .
HMS Thunderchild is mostly built from card, both sheet and tubing (cling film inners etc). The main superstructure and turrets are paper machete boxes from hobbycraft, the guns are old biros and straws, the winch is card and push pins, the rivets are stick on gems for card making and the masts are bamboo barbecue skewers both from the pound shop. I added a few details from specialist model boat suppliers (I decided building lifeboats a step to far) and that's just about it.
All in all she cost me about £25~£30 to build, which I didn't think was to bad.
I'm recruiting a crew from tiger miniatures which I hope to complete soon.
The tripods are of similar construction. A lucky find in a garden centre of all places of a kids Mr Potato Head kit for making robots provided the arms and feet (plus lots of bits for other projects). Even with buying a couple of the kits each tripod cost well under £5.
I hope you like the models and the inspire you to have a go at scratch building for yourselves
Thanks Spencer. Now all I need to get hold of is a 28mm figure of a priest that looks like Phil Lynott who for us of a certain age will remember was a brilliant Irish musician and songwriter. For those of you not old enough to remember him he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist of Thin Lizzy (who I was lucky enough to see twice live at Hammersmith Odeon in the late 70's). Most importantly as far as my tripods are concerned he was Parson Nathaniel in the original recording of Jeff Wayne's musical War of the Worlds.
If you're into paper minis and want a quicker, easier to craft and store away, and maybe "portable" option, you could consider top-down tokens. RPGNow has many (especially now that softwares that allow to play RPGs across the internet are becoming common). I would suggest the following website, though: Very neat tokens, and a few sample packs are free. immortalnights.com/tokensite/