We have a miniature representing X number of troops. Fine. But how large an area does this number of troops occupy on the battlefield we are trying to respresent? If the battlefield is X yards to the centimeter (or to the inch if you want) then how many miniatures can occupy that space? If a to-the-miniatures 'scale' building is added, how large an area does it occupy? 3 or 4 hectares? Many acres? Huh?! If a very nice two story historic farm building with the appropriate scaled doors so a 28mm figure could enter, would have of the horizontal footprint of the Airbus factory how is that on our tabletop vis-a-vis our field scale?
So how does one work around this? Most wargamers downsize the models; use 15mm buildings for 28mm games. Some make them correct size vertically but severely shortened horizontally so the buildings are very tall but extremely thin.
OK for single buildings but whole villages? I went the way of many, and went with the single building approach on a somewhat larger base. This should work even if one of our elements (the size of which you can see in the pieces of wood in the photo below)
|28mm Perry cavalry charge past the village|