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    metal eldar

    Why are most of the new eldar models pewter? I thought plastic was less expensive and certainly easier to work with. Converting metal models can be a nightmare for less experienced modellers like myself. I figured GW would put almost all stuff out as plastic.


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    You "just" forgot to mention plastic War Walker, plastic Wraithlord, oh yes and plastic Dire Avengers too. :sleep:

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    The truth is I have no idea why they are.

    Money wise, it's not more or less expensive. Metal costs more to set up, but cheaper to make (and vice versa for plastics). So GW are expecting to sell a lot.

    And horseman, there are those plastic ones, but most are metal. But there's always green stuff. :w00t:
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    Apparently metal models can have a lot more detail on them.
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    Maybe, but have you seen the new plastics? Lots of detail, in fact, maybe a little too much some days.

    I guess it's just frustrating to see them showbaot the new plastic process or whatever, then release metal venerable dreds, metal infantry, etc...
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    Have you also noticed that the quality of the model is much better on plastics?? Not just the finish, but the whole thing. More work has to be put into plastics, and on a general scale, metal is cheaper.
    Especially in creating your moulds. You don't have to really worry about poor cooling, hot spots, venting and all that to the same extent as plastics, and metal flows nicer as a pure molten liquid into a mould.

    For plastics, a lot of work has to go into your mix and getting the properties right. And then you have the options of how you are going to get the plastic into the actual mould, blow it, inject it, spin it... And they are all more expensive.

    And maybe GW's just stuck in the days of "everyone likes the heavy feel of plastics..."

    Maybe they should just make metal bases! That'd be awesome!
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    Metal bases only be good for those models who have pieces sticking out taht make it fall over.
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    I agree. However, I know that the old metal models had way less detail than the new plastics. However, the problem is for GW: Metal is easier to put into a mold, but it takes longer to cool, and the molds are more expensive than the plastic ones. Come on, basic chemistry states that metal needs a higher melting point, but then it becomes fluid. However, with plastic, it doesn't need so high of a melting point, and it can stay fluid at room temperature if you keep it moving. So, metal is easier to put into the mold and come out as a model, but the process to get there takes longer and is more expensive than the plastic alternative.

    My vote: Plastic rules.
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    we're all in agreement then, we all prefer plasitc!, too bad the question was why the new eldar range was produced in metal
    i dont know to be honest, but ill ask around, a couple of store managers i speak to seem to know ppl at head office
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    [quote=Dr Snuggles;794346]we all prefer plasitc!/quote]
    Yes and no.

    I like metal because it makes me think I'm getting more for my money, and I prefer the heavier weight of it.
    But I like plastic because of the intricate details and feel.

    I know; GW should make the inside metal and the outside plastic! Perfect weight, good details, cost 5 times as much...
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