Hey guys! Hey Melly!! Just thought I'd chime in. This came from Warseer site. I added the link in case anyone wanted to see the whole thing. GW seems to be worst at scale. just a quick glance and its pretty obvious.
"Here's a quick pic that shows the scaling issue pretty well,:
Left to right: SM DA Vet, 1:48 WW II officer, 1:48 WW II soldier, GW Cadian trooper, older GW Lord Solar.
I've set all of the figures on GW bases. As you can see, the height of the GW figs is not off too far from the 1:48 scale figs, but the GW figs are much
I've tended to use 1:48 scale military vehicles and gear, and O-scale model railroad structures and equipment for gaming terrain, since they seem to work pretty well with 28mm figures size-wise.
Interestingly, 1:35 scale military logistics gear (barrels, boxes, and so forth) seems to be near-identical in size to the barrels and boxes that GW has in their 40K Battlefield Accessories Set." http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?374743-Warhammer-40K-scale/page2
I would have to agree that as far as visually, O gauge works very well for 28-32mm. Now with the new AoS, the "Sigmarines" are a full head taller than space marines. I think GW is heading towards 35mm for their models. Just my guess. My group and i have talked about scale in RPGs and war games, and agree that there needs to be a standard, however as terrain builders we also need to keep in mind, And Melly correct me please if I'm off base, but as far as war games, the terrain is more of a place holder or obstacle more than anything. I've seen Wargamers get a bit grumpy when the terrain takes up to much of the board no matter how cool it is. I think the GF9 High Elf keep is a good example. In a GW game the keep was described as housing 10 archers a captain and a hero. I was in the process of building one that was more likely to house such a crew, but abandoned the project because it would have been way to big for a war gaming session. Now it may work in an RPG setting as a focal point for the player characters, so I may finish it anyway. I think, because in RL we just don't have people walking around on 5x5 bases that are a standard stair height, when we see figs we visually have to enlarge the surroundings to fit what we see as what should look "correct" to our minds. Just a thought. I think this place is a great place to start. I'm looked into the RR gauges as far as gauge to scale. I found HO gauge is = to 1/87"scale. I also found this site. All the gauges explained with scale ratios:http://www.nmra.org/beginner/scales