I would not count myself as a 'rivet counter' just someone who would like to build wagons to represent the real item as close as my modelling skills will allow. My foray into P4 modelling standards is because I felt if I didn't have a go I would always regret it.
I met up with some old modelling friends recently and in an ensuing conversion I mentioned the time it is taking me to build a few
clay wagons along with the amount of wagons I intend to build. Questions were raised about my sanity before I was reminded of the old phrase about applying the 'two foot rule'.
If the detail cannot be seen from a viewing distance of two foot then
why spend time adding the detail. I then made the connection with
painting 15mm wargaming figures. When I paint battalions of 12 to 24 figures
which are going to be seen on the table on-mass I paint them to be seen
as whole units. Paint the figures so they give a visual impact when seen together as part of each battalion on the table. I don't necessarily cut too many corners with the painting but possibly
don't put too much effort in, picking out buttons on tunics, adding shading on facial features, or any other
small detail. Whereas I do put effort painting the
personalities/command figures, picking out buttons, adding extra shading
and trying to pick out facial features.
this in mind and as most of the clay wagons will be part of a rake (battalion) of 8
or more wagons, I will be turning a blind eye to some aspects of the Ian
Kirk kits, and taking a few liberties in building them. This may go
a little against the grain of modelling in P4 but I feel I have to cut
myself some slack otherwise I'll struggle to get all the wagons I
will need built in my lifetime. When seen on-mass I'm hoping they will create
the right picture that can be appreciated from
two foot away when viewed side on. They might not stand up to the scrutiny of a close-up camera shot but then they are not being built for a diorama containing just a few wagons.
Does that sound like a cop out for some poor modelling skills? Hmmm could be...