IMHO, I think the comparisons between the Point of Contact and the other two maufacturers (Flames of War or Command Decision) are not fair.....
PoC is 1:100, and were designed upon the Ratio Scale, which takes in a more complicated computation of size comparisons from original (full lize) to replica (miniature size). Length, width, and height. In actual fact, they are NOT 15mm. They are bigger.
FoW is 15mm, and were designed upon the Barret Scale, which takes the actual height of the miniature figure itself, in millimeters (i.e., 15mm; meaning the Infantry figure is 15 millimeters in actual height), as the defining calculation. The problem with this is, almost every maufacturer confuses the issue by measuring for different end results.
An example of this would be measuring from base of foot [i]to eyeline for one manufacturer; while another manufacturer measures up to the top of the head, which can lead to inconsistencies when you’re dealing with an Infantry figure who in real life wore a WWI British helmet versus a foot and a half tall shako in the Napolionic Wars!
The same holds true for vehicles. Think about it....Flames of War uses a very specific infantry figure whose proportions are questionalble at best (no, not saying bad; saying different in stylistic interpretation). These infantry figures are featured more prominently in AFVs than say, Axis & Allies miniatures; and pretty much ot-at-all in Old Glory's Command Decision. My opinion is that FoW scale proportionate to there soldiers.[/i]
CoD is 15mm, and were designed upon the Barret Scale as well, but from what I've seen, don't have infantry in their vehicles. They can afford to concentrate on scaling the vehicle itself and not worry about what is going to sit inside. In fact, they may be even more proportionately correct! Look at the stowage on those M3A1s....some of the most roporionate I've seen, certainly....and you mention detail?
If what I say above holds water, FoW must alter some detail to accoodate proportion allowances. Hmmmmmm?
I've diverged on one side of your point....to get to the other half of *too big* vs. *too small*, I guess it all comes down to preference. In example, look at Axis & Allies Miniatres again: The infantry, artillery, and vehicles are all questionalbly out of scale with one another....and in point of fact, some of the old vehicles are drasically oout of scale with newer versions. Yet for some, "...it's cool, I say" (<-- movie" Disk to Dawn" quote)
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