I've always been the kind of gamer who prefers buying pewter miniatures and painting them myself. Yes, it's expensive and time-consuming, but you usually get the results you want and have some fun while you're at it.
I remember when Mage Knight by WizKids hit the stores. The first time I saw and held the models I knew there was no way I was going to spend money on the game. Googly-eyed warriors, drooping swords, and malleable shields just didn't work for me. I can appreciate the ability to play models right out of the box, but the quality was terrible.
Yesterday, I saw a starter box of Fantasy Flight's X-wing Miniatures Game at Target, and I was impressed! Things have certainly changed. The paint jobs are much more detailed. I told myself that this might be worth getting into. Some reviewers on Amazon.com complained about the price, but I don't mind paying it as long as the models are high-quality.
I do have a question, however. Is the plastic rigid and durable? I'm not interested in soft plastic miniatures. I prefer something dense and hard. Also, does the paint flake off? A nice paint job doesn't mean much if the paint rubs away after a few months of use.
I appreciate your opinions. Thank you!