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Phil Dutré
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In the original post, I was indeed talking about assembling infantry and cavalry figures, not so much assembling vehicles. Vehicles have always been model kits – and if they fit well, I love to glue them together. I guess most wargamers of a certain age have asssembled Airfix, Revell, … in their younger years, so it is 2nd nature.

But I do feel that the actual soldiers should come in one piece. There is a certain soulless quality to figures that have to be assembled. As a young wargamer, I grew up on fantasy figures that were ready to go when you opened the blister. They had charm, individuality, personality. I feel the same about classic toy soldiers. When you open a box of GW figures (or some historical plastics) these days, you get a bunch of plastic sprues with a lot of body parts. Where’s the charm and character in that?

Perhaps there’s a philosophical argument here. In real life, vehicles are assembled, so it is ok if we assemble our model vehicles as well. But humans come in one piece, you don’t assemble them. There’s no analogy to glueing arms, torsos and heads together.

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