Some of you might be wondering why do I go through all the trouble of doing these mods when there are already models with much better detail?
1. I bought the games for the pieces. I’d be stupid to throw them away and spend the equivalent amount of the game itself in replacing the pieces.
The OOB models have merit and with a little work, can be made into much better playing pieces visually.
2. Most aftermarket replacement pieces like GHQ are made of metal. Metal barrels end up looking like spaghetti destroying the look of the rest of
beautifully detailed pieces. Plastic pieces react with the paint solvents so they chip less and are not in as much need of touchups as metal
3. Weight. Plastic is lighter than metal. Aren’t the game boxes already heavy enough?
Physics dictates that Force= Mass * Acceleration. A heavier object that is moving generates more force. When 2 metal pieces get jumbled around,
their weight causes more damage as they hit each other and your beautiful paint jobs get marred with shiny bare metal showing through. Metal does
not have the resiliency of plastic so when it deforms from impact, the paint chips off. Hardly so with plastic as the plastic provides more support for the
paint since the paint is bonded to it.
4. Fun. I mod the pieces as a past-time and gain satisfaction in the end result. I’m proud of turning representative pieces into miniature models of
the real thing. I come from a modelling background so it is a natural progression helped by some OCD in detailing for realism.
5. Insanity. See above.
Hopefully you can gain some inspiration and add another dimension of fun to this game.
I also have recently accepted commissions as a way to allow my hobby to be self sustaining.
I’ll have to judge any offers on a case by case basis due to availability, labor, materials and workload.
This is a hobby I do after I come home from my job and have no desire to make this too time consuming.