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Offline Christian

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Scale-o-matic TM
« on: April 09, 2009, 10:20:56 AM »
So begineth the Scale-o-matic:

Simply activate the Search/Find function in your browser and type in the manufacturer you require. Please be patient, this will take a while to complete! All feedback welcome!


Renegade, Brigade Games, Woodbine, Scarab, Musketeer, Great War, Baldrick


Copplestone, Renegade, Brigade Games, Great War, Brigade Games


Metal Magic/eM-4 Dunwich Detectives (2011c), Metal Magic/eM-4 Dunwich Detectives (2001f), Artizan (PLP094), Artizan (PLP043), Hasslefree (HFW104), Grenadier Call of Cthulhu, Grenadier Call of Cthulhu, Citadel Gothic Horror 1987, Citadel Gothic Horror 1985, RAFM Call of Cthulhu (RAF02912), RAFM Call of Cthulhu (RAF02918)


Copplestone, Hasslefree, Blue Moon, Artizan, Copplestone


Foundry, Hasslefree, Blue Moon, Artizan, Copplestone


Alban, Perry Metal, Perry Plastic, Victrix, Offensive, Front Rank, Foundry


Perry Metal, Perry Plastic, Victrix, Offensive (close up)


IKORE, Grenadier, Hasslefree, Foundry Street Violence, Copplestone Future Wars


Heresy inspector, Black Scorpion Cowgirl, BA Rogue trooper, Hasslefree Debra, Reaper Townsfolk


Void, Privateer Press pirate, BA Rogue Trooper, West Wind Zombie Hunter, Copplestone, and Super figure civilian


Perry, Foundry, Pulp Figures, Copplestone, Copplestone, West Wind, Foundry, Artizan


Pulp Figures, Brigade Games, Copplestone, Blue Moon


Artizan, Foundry (new), Blue Moon, Knuckleduster, Dixon, Foundry (old)


Artizan, Foundry (new), Blue Moon, Knuckleduster, Dixon, Foundry (old)


Knuckleduster, Blue Moon, Dixon


Old Glory, Foundry, Games Workshop Citadel Plastic (6th Edition), Games Workshop Citadel Metal (4th & 5th Edition)


Front Rank, Foundry, Games Workshop Citadel, Old Glory, Mirliton


Redoubt, Front Rank, Old Glory, Elite


Ironclad, Empress, Empress, Black Tree Designs, Foundry


Copplestone, Foundry, Copplestone, Foundry, Artizan


Ratnik, Black Scorpion, Copplestone, Foundry, Games Workshop, Privateer Press


Ratnik, Black Scorpion, Copplestone, Foundry


BAM (Bolt Action Miniatures), Artizan, Crusader, Black Tree, Victory Force, Westwind


Grenadier, Brigade, Grenadier, Brigade, Hasslefree


Pulp, Artizan, West Wind (SOTR), Bolt Action Miniatures (BAM), Eureka


Rattrap Productions, Artizan, Strange Aeons (Uncle Mike), Eureka


Black Army Productions, Artizan Designs, Black Army Prooductions, Pulp Figures, Black Army Productions, BAM Warlord Games


Warm Acre Games, Black Army Productions, Artizan Designs, Black Army Productions, Pulp Figures


Copplestone, Castaway Arts, Foundry, Pulp Figures


Games Workshop Lord of the Rings, Citadel, Avatars of War, Games Workshop


Minifigs, Wargames Foundry, Black Tree Design, Wargames Foundry, Rafm, Old Glory, Minifigs


Copplestone, Tsuba Miniatures, Copplestone, Tsuba, Musketeer, Tsuba, Hinterland
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Offline dampfpanzerwagon

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009, 10:52:42 AM »
Each square 5mm x 5mm?

Looks OK to me and the general idea works.

The size of different miniatures is a real bugbear of mine.  Why can't manufacturers state the size of their miniatures in their catalogues?  Its so simple.

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2009, 11:07:13 AM »
Excellent idea and I will make this a sticky.

I think it may be helpful to read this blog post in "The World According to Tom (Meier of Thunderbolt et all fame):

http://thunderboltmountain.com/serendipity/index.php?/archives/P1.html


It points out several issues with miniature compatibility and problems with miniature photography in that respect.

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2009, 01:46:07 PM »
Not much of an update but I thought I'd show what I put together as a measuring tool:



I'm not going to let this project die, it's just taking a little bit longer than expected! I think also collating any of the great comparison pictures people have put up in the past would also make this work.

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2009, 03:37:55 PM »
Well done, very good idea. Might I propose the addition of a scale (by adding a ruler or something like that)?
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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2009, 03:40:58 PM »
I have a similar idea (OK, not with the blocks, but a ruler instead) in the comparison tool at http://mainly28s.com in the comparison tool.
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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2009, 11:06:38 PM »
Cool! I've used your site before, is there any way for the gaming community to contribute to it to create an ever bigger database?

The squares are all 5mm, but the ruler is a good idea nonetheless!

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2009, 07:31:47 AM »
The Workbench Moderators Gold Star for a Bit of Cleverness, 3rd Class, to you for inventing that contraption, Christian. Put it to frequent use and post the results here, please.

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2009, 07:04:38 PM »
Cool! I've used your site before, is there any way for the gaming community to contribute to it to create an ever bigger database?

The squares are all 5mm, but the ruler is a good idea nonetheless!

Well, apart from by sending me the pics and reviews, not yet.

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2009, 11:49:28 AM »
Sounds a great project. It might be an idea to make an overview of the different ranges in the first post and include links to them from there, that way its easier to find your way around in. Good work, I'm liking the idea.

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2009, 09:39:29 AM »
Have you got any Ideas about how to tag your Photoes yet? Unsearchable Databases are pretty useless once they become really big. The Tags used in Reapers Figurefinder would be a good point to start from, but we need additional info, such as manufacturer(s).

While online picture bases such as photobucket might not allow for such a detailed tagging an extrenal list with the URL of the photos would. This can be done using something as simple as an Exxel sheet or as sophisticated as a complex Oracle database. As you want everyone to participate I'd reccomend an Exxel list as nearly everyone can do that without to much learning.

Another Question: Your grid doesn't start at level zero, but slightly above. How much is that? I'd assume 3mm

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2009, 09:47:28 AM »
While online picture bases such as photobucket might not allow for such a detailed tagging an extrenal list with the URL of the photos would.

Flickr supports tagging and searching by tags. Imageshack has some sort of tagging system, but I've never used it.

A "Scale-o-matic" group on Flickr would actually be a cool way to organize something like this, combined with some system of mostly-standardized tags.

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2009, 10:08:14 AM »
A "Scale-o-matic" group on Flickr would actually be a cool way to organize something like this, combined with some system of mostly-standardized tags.
That would be project I'd gladly join. Unfortunatly I'll not be available for the next month due to exams.

The problems arise with special tags

Someone searching for "handgun" should recieve all results for "pistol" and "revolver" as well. So either we use some formal tagging rules that tell us to set the "handgun"-tag wehenever also set a tag for a subclass, or we let some software do it for us. First option is less effort, but once we decided what tags to use we won't be able to change our tagging rules without having to rework all previously posted images. So one of the first tasks of such a group would be be to define the tags. I'd be glad if we could get some help from a librarian in asissting us in said task.

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2009, 09:19:58 AM »
Glitzer: It doesn't have to start at zero, as the miniature is only measure from the feet up. So, if the feet are lined up at the bottom of the grid, that's your zero.

In terms of a search function, I was just planning on going by manufacturer. I'm going to update the first post with some images taken from LAF that compare several manufacturers.

Then, one could simply use the browsers search function to get an idea of the scale of those figures.

It's great to see some additional input!

EDIT: And many thanks to those of you who have provided scale shots in the past, hope you don't mind me using them!
« Last Edit: June 19, 2009, 09:29:40 AM by Christian »

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Re: Scale-o-matic TM
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2009, 09:41:25 AM »
So... too many pictures? Bandwidth?

Would a link be better?

Individual miniatures will be photographed soon... and I have collected several more images form the forum also.

Thoughts?

 

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