Scale, and battlefield scenery.
Well I took a few days off and Mechatonic beat me to the punch on the scale scenery topic, but I like to beat a dead horse to pieces, he just gave it one swift kick.
I think the three things that make the size of the mecha real for us are: the people, the vehicles, and the buildings. I already went over the “people,” so lets look at the other two, cars first.
We fixed the height of our “scale” soldier silhouette at six feet. Now we all know that people come in many different sizes, and the same is true for cars. A quick online search told me that the smart car is only 8.8 feet long, while the 1966 Chrysler Imperial was 19 feet long, so there is a little room to play with as far as the size of a “car” is concerned.
What we need is the average car, because with lego it is difficult to make minor adjustments at the sizes we are talking about. We need something like the Toyota Camry, a mid sized sedan that measures 5 feet and 11.7 inches wide, by 15 feet and 9.2 inches long.
Lets take a look at micro fig scale first. Our six foot tall soldier is five plates high, that means that a car two studs wide by four studs long, is six feet wide by twelve feet long. That is reasonably close to the dimensions of our “average sized” car.
Now lets look at “Two Plate” scale. At this scale a one stud by two stud car is 7.5 feet wide by 15 feet long. That is still pretty darn close to our “average size” car.
Remember our “infantry marker” represents three or four soldiers at this scale.
Moving on to “Micro Fig Plus” scale we have a little more room to manuver, but not by much. A car three studs wide by seven studs long is 6 feet and 5 inches wide by 15 feet long. Very close.