As the observant amongst you will have noticed these are not 10mm Pendraken figs but rather 1/72nd scale Valiant Miniatures.
At least they say they on the box they are 1/72nd but when I compare them against the 1/72nd German Infantry figures that I bought just before Xmas from Plastic Soldier Company they are a good couple of mm taller and they are positively huge compared with 20mm figures from other manufacturers.
So what's a few millimetres between friends? (no sniggering please) Well actually quite a lot and for a wargamer it can be extremely frustrating when you buy figures from 1 manufacturer only to find they tower over another manufacturer's figures and thus look completely out of place:-
Here is a Valiant figure next to the Plastic soldier guys:-
The Valiant figure in the middle is significantly larger in proportion to the Plastic Soldier guys yet both are sold as 1/72nd scale.
And so the problem occurs in other scales as well - some 28mm figs are nearer 30mm or even in some cases 32mm. Some are nearer 25mm - the Valiant guys are pretty close to 25mm which makes pretty well useless with the 20mm figs that I had been thinking of buying to use with the Valiant stuff (gun crews and the like) and as the guys at Valiant have not released any new models for ages (must be coming up for 2 years now) it leaves me with the quandary - do I keep the Valiant stuff and game with it even though the range is pretty limited, or do I shift it on and get figures from manufacturers that have a broader range of figures available? Of course there will be those of you (Gordon) who will be saying why am I bothering with this scale at all and I should stick to the 10mm stuff.
I guess it comes down to the type of games you like to play. In 10mm and smaller scales (and maybe at a push 15mm scale for those that like to play Flames of War) the "big battles" can be fought on not a particularly large table and give a good feel for that type of game. You can of course fight "big battles" in larger scales as well - I was once fortunate enough to play in a League of Gentleman Wargamers WW2 game which was fought with 28mm figures. It sure looked impressive but the table took up the floor of a small hall:-
The LoGW WW2 game in 28mm held at Kirriemuir Wargames Club a few years back.
But for those of us with limited space and funds that can only dream about fighting on such tables above (and in fairness the above game was a combination of many, many peoples figures and terrain), the 20mm and upwards scales are more suited for the skirmish type wargame where you can fight a battle on the same size of table you would use for your 10mm stuff but with fewer figures and it would still look right. As it happens I like to play both so that's why I have the 2 scales of figures (that and the fact that I was literally blackballed into getting the 10mm stuff as the boys were buying all their WW2 stuff in that scale too).
Maybe I should look at getting stuff in 54mm (I'm sure those old Airfix figs re in the loft..............)