This is an attempt to let people who never actually tried to paint a flat, to get a little more knowledge on what a flat figure is, and perhaps in time try their own brush on one. The following pictures shows some of the most common sizes, that flats are available in.
A few comments to each of them:
20 mm are a good size for wargaming, and could be very usefull as background figures for 30 mm, especially in boxed dioramas, to create some kind of perspective. If you can find the same periode, as your foreground figures, as the ones I could find was in a very limited periode.
30 mm is the most common size for flats as a whole, and can also be used for wargaming. They represent the largest amount to collectors of different periods in history. The subjects available is almost endless.
40 mm figures is a size between the 54 mm and the 30 mm, large enough to show more detailed brushwork. They do go back a long time, so its not a new invention.
The 54 mm is a size close to the ordinary standard size for round figures. Lately some editors have made them one sided, as many of them end in a picture frame for exhibiting, and the backside is never shown. Besides this it saves the exspenses for engraving the backside
The shown 100 mm size is just an example, there are lots of figures between the 54 and the 100 mm. In fact these larger scale figures are commenly known as “vitrinenfiguren“ in Germany, refereing to exhibiting them in a wall cabinet
The shown bust is a relatively new subject in flat history, rather nice ones, again subjects have the last years been many and varied.
Groups: these are indeed interesting, and gives the painter a lot of chances to paint the many different layers of figures, to a three dimensional effect.
Heres just 2 examples:
Kosaken boot, Editor: Jupiter Miniatures, engraver: Daniel Lepeltier
Or this one:
Divorce of Empress Josephine, Editor: Glorious Empires, engraving: Daniel Lepeltier
Are flats exspensive? No not at all, a foot figure can be had for around 0,80 Euro, and a rider for some 2-2,20 Euro for 30 mm figures in Europe. A 54 mm figure would be around 5 Euros, one side engraving only. The prizes from different editors, can be more exspensive though, but still much cheaper than round figures. Off course if you live in the USA, the question of transport/postage should be added to the cost, if you buy the directly from the editor. More of this later.
Part two here.