I say dear Sir! This is a Gentlemens club. Not PMT.I'm sorry but I'm not sure why you want to start a post that is basically slagging off. The Old Gaffer used to say to me, If you have nothing good to say, say nothing. IMO in their time, they produced some useful sculpts – especially wagons/artillery pieces.Perhaps you could bring to the club some of your work for us to peruse.
To be fair to the OP it is a really good point that sculpting techniques, skills and let's be honest, effort has gone from strength to strength. My very first ECW was a Hinchcliffe pikeman, and i thought it okay until I saw the WF range, but as noted on another thread, even many if the WF ranges ate looking a little tired. The skill involved now just amazes me! Not only the detail and character achieved now but the dynamism of pose that makes many modern figures (ESP WG)so fantastic. Just because something was good for it's time, and we loved it and have fond memories of it doesn't mean we can't celebrate howfar we have moved on! To use another geeky example, I loved my first (3rd hand) Mac Plus computer, but would I trade my current MacBook Pro for it? No way! So it is good to look back fondly but we should revel at the fantastic times we live in now for Wargaming/collecting.As to availability to buy in the shops, yes in away this is a shame but with the Internet we enjoy the ability to make a wide ranged, increadably informed purchase, any time of day. And every order I have made (WG,Perry, etc) has been delivered in under 4days!
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