Time to put my scaling to the test!
#makedeathguardgreatagain started with a podcast from betweenthebolterandme. The base premise is that while Chaos getting a (well deserved) push they kinda dropped it with the Death Guard release. For the Wier brothers it was a question of anatomy while for me it was more of an aestetic issue.
So I decided to make my own and so far I’ve built a couple of plague marines and will make a couple more.
So how does my guys stack? I got to borrow a stock plague marine from a friend to find out. Lets picdump and take it from there.
Now this obviously will be subjective..but I’ll give it a shot.
Okay so they’re basically the same size but they’re far from scaled in the same way.
My marine is very clearly scaled up from a 28mm human. It carries this across particulary with the head and arms while the remainder is bloated up both with the Astartes gene-enhancement and the corrupting nature of Nurgle.
The stock plague marine is a 32mm scaled miniature. It has a lot of the same wonky and squat anatomy of the more classic space marine. Note how large head is, that’s the most telling body part in regards to it being a 32mm. That and the forearms. This is the key difference between the two imo and the new stock marines are almost «hero» scale in that sense.
Okay so mine are simpler but I’d say they also look more massive with how I’ve laid out the details. This is due to me using the detailing as a frame while on the stock ones there’s almost a frantic need to fill every blank spot with details of some sort. They are way too cluttered for my taste and while a lot of the details are great and well made they’re so busy you struggle to rest you eyes. Like where is the center of the model? Dunno if that makes sense but it is very important in my book. I think that this is the wors aspect of digital sculpting. It is just too easy now. Though we do get a ton of extra bits which is always nice.
Now I will be the devils advocate and say that for the next generation of players the new plague marines are probably awesome and I suspect that they are the key demographic to be fair – and that’s totally fine! I like other veteran hobbyists will do our own spin on things – and that’s fine too!
So that’s my mini take on the subject but I’m interested to hear what you all think!