I never thought I’d see the day. In what, to me, is one of the biggest technological breakthroughs in recent years, we FINALLY have miniature figures that are useable. Real people, in real poses, crisply cast. I’ve always been a believer in the adage, “no detail is better than a bad detail”. In that vein, I felt leaving figures off of the layout, or photos, was far better than having a soap carving that looked like a zombie being tased just to say that we had “people” in a scene . Up until now, miniature figures were eyesores that served no purpose other than as placeholders. In all fairness to the manufacturers, they did the best they could given what was an almost impossible manufacturing task.
Enter ModelU out of the UK and their amazing 3D technology. They’ve succeeded in capturing all of the subtleties of the shape and natural body positions of the human form. Even better, their figures are of ordinary people, doing ordinary things. I placed my first order a week or so ago and really had no idea what to expect. Without question the product matches the photos. Prices are very reasonable and shipping was fast. Even though many products show “out of stock” ModelU seems to be a print on demand outfit like Shapeways and my order was filled in a few days. No detail may be better than a bad detail but a great detail adds value.