With the rise of successful pre-painted miniatures wargames, is the industry headed for a big shakeup?
The Not So Distant Past
Once upon the time the conventional wisdom in the industry said that pre-painted minis were a death sentence. If you wanted to make a “real product” you would avoid the concept like the plague.
Sure it might make your game easier to adopt, but it would just be kids who picked up the pre-paints and they weren’t “real gamers”. Because remember “real gamers” love all that assembly & painting hobby stuff that goes along with the minis.
And that worldview was pretty much accepted for the last ten years. But lets be honest – a large part of it was probably due to these guys:
This is a line of collectible plastic toys out of Japan. On first hand they don’t look terribly impressive. But note that these are in 1:144 scale and most are barely bigger than a single Terminator. Also, these planes are over 5 years old! They contain screen printed marking that most hobbyists simply cannot reproduce by hand.
|Zoom in for a look at the plane’s markings – could you match that?|
Fast forward ten years from now and ask yourself what will be possible with printing and painting technology.
So what’s your opinion on pre-painted minis? Heresy, or the shining future?