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    Angel Barracks

    Why so Chibi?

    I find the vast majority of all figures to be less than anatomically correct and I understand the reasons.
    However, amongst the people making 10mm sized fantasy prints it seems to be the fashion to make them look almost chibi.

    Here is an illustration that shows what I mean.
    The first 2 are digital, the last a metal model.

    I find it odd.

    Wouter Wolput

    Doesn’t it have anything to do with the limitations of printing and sculpting? Faces are one of the most important parts of a model, so I can see why they want to blow up the head to unreasonable proportions, just to get the right expression across.


    Not really? You can print very fine details even on my low end budget printer plus very thin things.
    Seems to be most prevalent on 10mm aimed at Warmaster. Some are more bonkers than those.
    Just seems a glut of massive headed models.

    Wouter Wolput

    I hadn’t noticed to be honest, but now that you point it out …

    There are indeed a lot of small models with massive heads and oversized weapons out there. Must be a style choice that many people find attractive.

    That being said, I am trying my hand at sculpting 6mm models (not that I’m any good at it) and a lot of the heads are the size of their chest .

    Cacique Caribe

    Wow.  I think I’ve seen the opposite trend with the larger scales, with the GW figures looking like the shrunken head guy in Beetlejuice.


    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376


    with the GW figures looking like the shrunken head guy in Beetlejuice.

    Totes agree, spesh Space Marines.

    Darkest Star Games

    All those steroids and HGH make a mess of a peoples…

    It really does seem that the smaller the scale the larger the head and hands become on a figure.  I get it, it’s so you can see some detail, but I totally agree that the skew in proportion really makes things look weird.  That said, I’ve made some sculpts in 1/100 scale as anatomically correct as possible and they too end up looking not just weird but incredibly fragile.

    In the end, I guess it’s just whatever style you prefer.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    Steven Francis

    I noticed the same thing a few weeks back, and it totally put me off a lot of the newer fantasy offerings. Now I am a big Super Dungeon fan so do not mind true chibi but these look generally off. I think your comment of being hobit like is pretty spot on.
    Worth saying as much I like chibi I dislike totally the Arcadia Quest style that is mor us Saturday morning cartoon then cute deformed.
    I think the main challenge is if you want to mix or battle something in that style it will just feel a bit annoying once you notice it. Still each to their own I guess.


    Well, I have two packs of those Minirat 10mm, that I’ve made into three Mordhiem war bands. I love them, the sculpts are so detailed and varied at 10mm that even before painting every figure has unique character. I don’t mind cartoony fantasy figures, in fact it has some advantages in that the kids really like them too.
    If it were a historical force, I’d prefer more realistic figures. But for 10mm dudes fighting rat men? I’m fine with them.

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