Call me a boomer if you want, but there's just something more tangible and serious about pewter, or any metal, miniature I think.

Call me a boomer if you want, but there's just something more tangible and serious about pewter, or any metal, miniature I think. I just can't take you seriously if you walk in with the foamy plastic stuff.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I am yet to meet anyone who has ever worked with both metal and plastic minis who prefers the former.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >who has ever worked with
      As in playing with, painting, or actually making? Ofc if I had to make them plastic is the way to go by far, it's cheaper and easier to work with. But as just a dude who likes well-decorated gaming tables.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Painting and assembling. I would argue it's "easier" to play with plastics too since they are less likely to chip. Metals do have the advantage of being far easier to strip however.

        Not trying to shit on old metals, I still have plenty of the old metal LOTR character range. I just appreciate plastic far more.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I can respect that opinion, I just feel like it's part of tabletop history and metal figures tend to have a classic vibe to them. I mostly like them because of the care you have to take of them, makes them feel more important to the play.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The GOOD hard plastic which is the thing people actually want is not cheaper at all. Material wise? Maybe, yeah, but that's small fraction of product cost, technology and all the overhead takes huge capital.
        If it was cheaper, how come barely anyone other than GW has got it?

        I am yet to meet anyone who has ever worked with both metal and plastic minis who prefers the former.

        Infinityfag here, good metal alloy is fantastic and I love it after years of being in the hobby and working with resin and plastic.
        Except on remotes, fuck assembling remotes.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        spot the retard lmao. Metal casting in your garage is absolutely miles cheaper than investing in an industrial plastic injection molding machine. Why should I listen to a retard like you?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Me.
      The metal figures were sculpted by hand using wire, epoxy, and hand tools. They are necessarily simpler, but what they lack in ridiculous four-dimensional capes and hair they make up for in charm. Sure, that charm is subjective, but I will take metal mid-hammer models over modern sculpts any day. Many CAD sculpts seem bland, cartoonish, and flat.
      Plastic holds paint better, but metals feel better in the hand, metal detail stands up to the very best resins and plastics, and you can strip them as many times as you'd like.
      Also, fuck *assembly* in general. I'll take a brick of pewter, thank you, and will do my conversions with pins and greenstuff.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Material and sculpting method have little to do with each other, other than metal minis and handsculpting being way more popular in the past.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I much prefer metal

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You sound like a dumb kid trying to sound old.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's the new thing. All the kids at my local highschool dress like they are 30 (think farmersexual)

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Better than all the 20 something at my work who dress like they're 15

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Metal minis do have an undeniably appealing heft to them. But plastic minis are superior in all other ways, so just glue a metal washer to the bottom of the stand.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You can get sharper details with metal or resin as compared to injection-moulded plastic.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's a shame most metals don't have those sharper details

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Most of them are old.

          >You can get sharper details with metal

          I've never seen metal minis with the detail you can get with injection-molded plastic. Resin is not metal, and thus irrelevant.

          Any modern metal manufacturer will do, like CB. Not talking about the amount of details but the sharpness, plastic forces you to have much softer details compared to metal so that the mini can pop out of the mould.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >You can get sharper details with metal

        I've never seen metal minis with the detail you can get with injection-molded plastic. Resin is not metal, and thus irrelevant.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Greater effort to work with, greater reward to play with. Modern plastic GW minis have something toy-like to them, especially the larger ones, though it's certainly a big part nostalgia speaking.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >literally a single-pose blob of metal vs a dozen sprues worth of parts you need to painstakingly assemble

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I was thinking about all the pinning you'll need to make sure everything stays together and the varnishing after painting but you're right. I loathe the massive amount of parts some plastic kits come with, usually it just ends up with the same few poses anyway.

        The weight is comfy, but have you tried converting them ever?

        Yes, plenty. You need good tools.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I you're just talking single miniatures/skirmish level games I'm good with whatever. But if you're talking about larger (army) scale games you bet your ass I'm at least going to prefer plastics for the majority. Lugging a suitcase of metal is a serious PITA/risk to the miniatures themselves.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I use metal bases for my printed battletech shit just because all plastic feels like crap. The weight makes em feel like game pieces, rather than little statuettes.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have dealt with both since the 1970's. Oddly enough much of the hobby started with plastic, Airfix and such. When you had nothing else it was amazing. I prefer lead figures, though plastic paints easier for me. I see the value in both, plastic is quantity, metal is quality and variety. 3D printing is getting better every day though and eventually might become the standard. 3D printing is a lot like computer animation to me, it can be good or bad, but it almost always feels sterile. I tend to prefer older miniatures sculpted with a lot if character, Dragontooth, Asgard, early Citadel, early Grenadier, early Partha, etc. There are some new sculptors doing cool unique stuff too, Thunderchild comes to mind.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I prefer lead figures
      They undeniably taste better

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I bought metal blisters as a kid. I hate metal models if you're trying to paint and play with them. Much prefer plastic or printed abs like resin models now.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Call me a boomer if you want
    Were you born between 1946 - 1964?

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >metals
    I like 'em. I like sanding them down. I like the smell they leave on my fingers before I prime them. I also like the heft. Plus you can bend them with a bit more confidence.
    Don't like how they chip sometimes though.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I like metal more because it makes retards on /tg/ angry for some reason and everything I want ends up being in metal, but plastic's fine too.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Cant imagine living my life like this.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah see, every time. I don't know why they're like this.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous.

    The weight is comfy, but have you tried converting them ever?

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I will. OK BOOOMER

    Shittalking on yourself doesn't make you invurneable to rdicule.
    You're an old gay that think ugly, monopose metal is worth anything than being paperweight on instructions while you assemble plastic models

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I agree. It's why I look down on scale modellers, plastic airplane kits are low quality plastic tat

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I haven't gotten into 3d printing because I can still order metal minis for my games. Love how they feel, and they have less flash than other materials.
    Nothing against hard plastic, but fuck resin.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you have to be 18 to post here

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I prefer metal. I often seek out old metal models for my groups campaigns when i can. I also play and paint infinity.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I like plastic more. It's nicer to paint, and metal sculpts can theoretically be more detailed but in practice it almost never looks good at such small scales. The fifth model in the second row (squatting with the buckler and sword) is the only one of those I'd call well done, and even it's no masterpiece.

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I wandered over here from the front page and don't play any tabletop games but just wanted to say that pewter minis look so much cooler than plastic ones.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      People use the front page?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I have the front page bookmarked, so I guess I do. It's kinda fun to see what people invested in hobbies I don't know much about are up to sometimes.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I have the front page bookmarked, so I guess I do. It's kinda fun to see what people invested in hobbies I don't know much about are up to sometimes.

      fella you should join us sometime

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