My wife made an interesting observation the other night. I ran to the store whilst working in the command bunker (ok, the unused dining room I converted to my studio) and my wife came up to me looking sheepish. She said “You better tell me that I love you A LOT.” She was insistent so I became quite worried.
As I was unsure of which miniature purchase she found out about, a myriad of excuses and lies swirled about my head. Before I could blurt out an excuse, she said that she had fished out of the kitchen drain “one of your really valuable ones”. While I was relieved that I was not in trouble (at least not that I was aware) my mind quickly turned to all of my valuable minis that could have met an ugly fate.
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Turns out, it was actually a not at all particularly valuable Warhammer model got knocked into the sink. She said “I know it’s one of the valuable ones since it was really heavy.” Hmmmmmmmmmm, that got me thinking. Is there some primordial association with weight equating with value? Is it that metal is “real” and has value over a disposable plastic society we live in today?
We live in an incredibly disposable society. Mind you, every generation complains about how the current generation is wasteful, but now it is especially true. The whole idea of planned obsolescence has really gone to the extreme. When you buy something now, it seems that more and more is being made out of cheap plastic since the makers assume you aren’t going to repair it if it breaks, just toss it and get a new one. Think about the humble box of Cracker Jacks.
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Permanence folks, the difference between metal and plastic miniatures is permanence.
So, this is why I prefer metal toy soldiers over plastic or resin. I love the feel, the heft I think is what I am looking for, that is provided by a metal object. Also, I like my models to be able to survive an afternoon in the sun or in my car. Some resins (and the one everyone is thinking of isn’t the only guilty one) just can’t make it if it warm. In Houston, there are a LOT of warm days.
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Last, there is a real anachronistic feel to metal toy soldiers. Since so much is cheap lightweight impermanent plastics, there is something very old school feeling about working with metal. I’m proud to have almost all all-metal armies. I just can’t see myself going back if I have a choice.
Am I wrong? What do you think?