Saturday 14 January 2023

XVII c. Ship models 1/600 vs 1/1200

 Hello guys,

This is the first post of 2023 :D I am very excited about a new mini project (literally mini), I am getting into naval wargaming, and can't decide which scale fits better to my needs and to my taste:

1/600 and 1/1200...    In both scales you can finde great models and fantastic rules. For example I placed an order on Warfare Miniatures'  naval rules, "Mad for War"  XVII c naval engagements, but I would also like to try Warlord Games' "Black Seas",   XVIII-XIX c. battles.    The first one is 1/1200 scale and the second is 1/700 o 1/600.

Regarding the models, my choice for 1/1200 is Ark Royal miniatures, the naval brand of Warfare Miniatures/League of Augsburg, I have not seen them in flesh, but ordered a small fleet this week. I also bought a 3D printer last November and have made some print test of naval models by Henry Turner miniatures, they are 1/600 but reduced the scale with the 3d printer software !

The finished model I bring you today is 3d printed in 1/1200

My choice for 1/600 will be Minairons Miniatures, like this late Galleon. A very good sculpt although the sails are metal and a little bit heavy for my taste, appart from that, perfect for my needs.

Also Warlord Games galleons and galleys seems very nice, although I don't own any of them.

1/600 Flags are by Minairons too, In my humble opinion, the best out there! They also modified some of their flags for 1/1200 scale so I will show you the result in the near future.

This is the finished model, I have no ratlines ( I think that is the English name) so it seems a little bit "nude" in this scale.

My intention is wargaming a wide variety ot conflicts from late XVI to 80 Years War, 30 Years War, and late XVII conflicts in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, building small navies for Spain, France, Netherlands, England, maybe Portugal too.

The question is …Which scale to choose? Maybe both , I don’t know yet.

One point is detail vs numbers, in 1/600 there is a lot of work to put in, plus the tedious rigging of the ship, which in 1/1200 is much simpler. I will post soon pics of Ark Royal metal miniatures in 1/1200 to compare.

Here some pics of both models


  1. Very nice. The Warfare/LoA ships are good castings - I have a few that are waiting for attention.

    The 1/600 ships look great as well, and they are tempting.

    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to see LoA ships !

  2. A couple of very nice ships there. You can easily make your own ratlines with a home made or a 3D printed jig. Henry Turner creates super ship files, all of which print nicely. What kind of printer did you get?

    1. Thanks man, I will have a look at those ratlines, I got a Anycubic photon premium 8K. Cheers!