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The other day I was drooling with a bit of a saddening thought about the future of our beloved hobby, more specific the future of the models we love (loath?) to paint and play with.
For each edition of both Warhammer and Warhammer 40K, the models released have been more dynamic, more detailed, more "real". But with the most recent Army Books/Codices and the fantastic models accompaning them I started to think that this development surely must stop someday. Will there in the near future be impossible for manufacturers of models to come up with the stunning models we enjoy today because we have got so used to brilliant quality models and that they simply won't be able to show any real progress?
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Model quality maybe have a capping point, but they can always get the models to be more visually appealing by means of better poses and design ideas.
Don't worry, they said the same things about computers and WWI. Just look at the difference in detail between the DA veterans and the new SWs. There's a lot more detail they can put into the models yet. The only question is whether you have a small enough brush to paint it.Will there in the near future be impossible for manufacturers of models to come up with the stunning models we enjoy today because we have got so used to brilliant quality models and that they simply won't be able to show any real progress?
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Well, there won't be any models in the future, as, as we all know, "
In the grim darkness of the far future, There is only war!"
But seriously, the models will continue to get more detailed, and the price will continue to rise, as the price for all oil based products rises, heck, in the future we may all be playing with, and painting hemp-based Space Marines!
I think there's definitely a possibility of this happening, for two reasons I can think of.
Firstly, there has to be a finite point we get to in terms of quality. You can only go so small before things just don't work, I would imagine. I have no idea what that point may be or how far we're away from it, though!
Secondly, people's expectations are going to change. I used to be really impressed by a lot of stuff I saw when I first started getting into this hobby. Now I tend to gloss over stuff that I would have been stunned by in the past, because I keep judging things compared to the absolute best that I've seen... if that makes any sense? Essentially this kind of thing's already been mentioned; the latest, greatest thing becomes the new standard, and everything has to be better then that or it's not impressive any more...
But there are so many people in this hobby, and so many different things that appeal to them that someone out there is going to be impressed... I guess it all boils down to what you like! And there will always be new things to try, so I think there's still plenty of time for awesome models.
I don't foresee a tipping point in quality on the horizon, because miniature sculpture is an art form in itself, and subject to constant change in taste and expectation. I think the progress GW has made from the original "beaky" space marines to the current sculpts is absolutely incredible, but it's a fairly linear progression of a single vision. There are other paths that can be explored regarding just how modular the models can get (requiring every major joint like wrists, elbows, knees, ankles to be custom positioned form maximum posability) or even how uniquely styled individual sub-cultures within a given model line can be made (new IG armies, chapter-specific kits like BT, SW, DA, etc.)
Design and scale preferences will change, and new releases will work on different aspects of each army - remember the Craft World Eldar and all those lovely Seer councils everyone started fielding requiring new Warlock and Farseer models? And the High Elves army, for example - has no Elite units available as plastics, unlike every other army in the Fantasy game.
And as stated, plastics may get more advanced and modular, with better options, more commonailty of design but customisable add-ons to each trooper to make them truly unique..
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