G-Ram wrote:For all the complaining about finecast pewter still had its issues, as Tokken demonstrated. At least with finecast the paint doesn't scratch off and the model does not break and need excessive pinning like metal ones did........so there is that to say in finecast's favor.
The thing is pewter issues where few and far between compared to finecast issues. The percentage of finecast models with issues, at least according to internet reports, seems to be orders of magnitude higher than pewter. I've been playing since 1995 and have bought several hundred blisters in that time at least. I have only twice had issues with casting of pewter models. Little things like bent swords is an easy fix so I don't see that as a drawback of pewter (especially since more finecast items seem to be bent or warped.) I am downright afraid to buy any finecast models and I pretty much refuse to until these stories stop coming out so often. On the major forums there are threads dozens of pages long of peoples reports of issues with finecast models and at least one big online retailer rejected their first shipment of finecast models refusing to sell such substandard items.
As for paint scratching all you need to do is clean the models and use a good primer (not the GW crap they call primers.) I use mostly Krylon products for priming and overcoating and have had zero issues with my pewter models since I switched over. I hardly consider one pin per joint to be "excessive" pinning and would much rather have to do that than deal with the finecast issues. Using a high quality super glue instead of the watered down crap GW sells also helps loads. I have zero pins in my guard ogryns and they have survived accidental drops from 12" onto a hard wood table with no breaking or paint chipping. I have also started to use 5min epoxy (again, quality modeling stuff, not Home Depot garbage) on some pewter models and I can't break the models apart when trying. Both my epoxy's and super glues (various thicknesses) are made by Bob Smith Industries.