As above, so below. In life there are svelte and petite people and there are big ol' chunky people. So why should life on the tabletop battleground be any different?
That's the question for today's comparison between Khurasan and 15mm.co.uk figures. On the one hand, there is a clear difference in style between the two figures. Khurasan's figures utilize realistic proportions and teeny little details. Figures from 15mm.co.uk exaggerate features, the better to read at arms length. Putting both figures next to each other results in the exact sort of difference in body types that you see in the real world.
|Left: Khurasan Xenobiologist. |
Right: 15mm.co.uk Rim Mercenary (HOF54)
But for gaming in 15mm scale? Do I really need belt loops on my figures? Nope. All that extraneous detail does is slow down painting, and like all wargamers my lead mountain doesn't need the extra time and challenge of sussing out belt buckles let alone loops. That Rim Mercenary on the other hand...he took a third the time to paint and looks just as good on the battlefield. More and more these days, I'm losing patience with the hyper-realistic casts and enjoying figures that are fun and fast to paint.
Is that a sign of an aging wargamer? I wonder...