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    Why use metal for models?

    I'm still new to the whole table top gaming hobby, but I have got to ask for opinions on those more experienced than I: why make/use/buy metal models (beyond the obvious buying because the model is not available in plastic).

    I see absolutely no pro to making a model out of metal over plastic. They are more difficult to build and paint, not to mention having to clean off the metal shavings left over (to the point that I start not to have fun with it). They're heavier, and I've even had more metal poles/standards break than plastic ones (and if the plastic ones do break it's easy to glue back on). Also, I can only imagine that it is more expensive to produce a metal model than a plastic one.

    So...why?


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    Metal still has an edge when it comes to detail. You still make a much more finely detailed model with metal than you can with plastic - ragged robes, inscribed armour and such.

    Plastic is catching up (My next army has 3 metal models out of more than 150 ), but for the really special stuff it isn't quite there yet.

    Also, plastic needs a lot of products sold to justify it - the moulds are more expensive than those for metal. So for those models that aren't going to sell too many (such as characters), metal may still be the most effective choice. Although these days GW are just creating kits that include multiple characters.
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    That's pretty much it - detail and cost.

    If you look at Privateer Press, they started out with only metal models, because making the moulding process for metals is reportedly cheaper than for plastics (something to do with plastic moulds being done at very high pressures - your mould needs to be a lot stronger and you need a lot more specialised equipment). Now that they're established and have a customer base, Privateer Press are starting to branch in to plastics to some degree.

    Probably similar to how GW did it back in the day.

    A lot of people actually like the fact they have some solidity to their miniatures, too. And a well moulded metal miniature isn't all that hard to deal with in terms of mould lines - though that can vary wildly between miniatures, even if they're the same cast.
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    The plastic moulds also have to be replaced more often, due to wear and tear.
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    Looking at nearly every single empire army in existence, had they made a plastic warrior priest/arch lector kit/blister, it would've paid for itself quite easily, instead of the lesser used captains & generals. O GW, why doth thou ignore the simpleth money?

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