So it occurred to me today as I was looking at some Fraser Gray pics in an old white dwarf that he subtly converted all his minis.
Things like, adding real chains to goblin fanatics or having a skull impaled on the big brother grim orcs helmet. Small tweaks, but nonetheless ones requiring damaging the mini.
It occurred to me that I really have this archival mentality. As a collectior I want my figures to have all the original bits.
Now that's okay for, say, action figure collectors where the figure comes completed, but it poses the question what counts as complete for minis? And more importantly, why should it matter to me?
Take for example a horse and rider. I cut off the tag to glue it to my bases. I then file down any flash, and drill and pin the model together and fill gaps. Now... Why stop there? After all... I am lucky enough to be at the stage where I can pretty much resculpt anything. At this stage the model can be dunked in dettol and sold again. The moment I cut bits off the value falls.
So do I plan to sell them again? No. Its my collection. So why keep them intact?
Besides, what do I care if I change stuff to my liking? Its my collection. I have to look at them.
You see the interesting thing is that, somehow, in a part of my brain, I am archiving these figures by painting and posting them. I am a museum.
Should that be so? Why should I only convert my doubles? Who am I saving this figure for?
And when you check off figures from your mail order catalogs- does a broken figure count? Should I check off my champion of slaanesh even though she was missing a weapon hand?
What's your thoughts on this people? Archive or enjoy?