I doubt I’m the first to raise this topic but I guarantee you I’m the only one called IRO who has AND will approach the whole thing in my own whimsical, childlike and naive way!
Lets start with Plastic –
Despite the fact that my first ever miniatures were Lead Catachan Jungle Fighters I very much love plastic minis. The reason why is a simple one. I’ve no doubt said this many times but my all time favourite thing about the hobby is the converting/kitbashing aspect to it.
Just like The Eagles profound statement of “we’ll get back together when hell freezes over.” That same applies for me buying and then building a mini/model the way it’s “supposed” to be. Now the more musically educated among you will know that The Eagles actually did get back together and called their reunion tour and new album (back in 92 or 93) “hell freezes over” haha. So YES I have actually built things the way they are meant to be BUT dear friends it’s certainly not my preference. I’m soon to be jumping into a large Bolt Action Project which will mean building things the way they historically were. For some reason I’m actually quite excited about that and painting them the right way too.
Anyway where were we? Ahh yes Plastic Crack. It’s certainly become a healthy addiction for me which is also an obsession. I go to sleep thinking about more weird and wonderful conversions I could do. I’m constantly inspired by other hobbyists on this blog and from around the world via Instagram and all the other websites. I’ve done everything from swapping heads to actually slicing off faces of our tiny plastic friends, not an easy thing to do. I bloody love it. So plastic is my clay in which I can cut shape and even melt into whatever I like. The possibilities are endless so why wouldn’t anyone prefer it over Lead????
Onto Lead –
All the old school crew looooove lead and bang on about it any chance they get. They are traditionalists. It reminds them of the old days when they had to walk to school through 8ft of snow completely naked and had to eat their own handkerchiefs for lunch. Haha nah I get it. I’m old fashioned in a lot of ways too but as I’ve read through more and more blogs of people who prefer Lead I have come to realise that it’s more than just a sentimental thing but at the same time I can’t explain quite what it is.
Over the last twenty four months I’ve been exploring more Lead minis on the web and have bought quite a few and I have to say there is something really nice about painting a chunk of Lead. Yesterday I finished off Kal Jerico and out of all the 13 miniatures in his squad it was the heavy little bounty hunter that was the most enjoyable to paint. Why? I don’t know exactly. There’s definitely a sense of nostalgia about the whole thing but something else too. It’s just cool.
To be honest I’ll always be a plastic crack fiend because of my love for conversions over painting but the more I paint the more I have come to love Lead miniatures.
I know the old fellas are itching to comment so please, explain to us all why Lead wins over Plastic? Just fetch your glasses and your tartan rug first.
On the flip side if you love Plastic more tell us all why?