So what makes one model stand out from another? What do I consider an outstanding model? In short, it needs to tell a story.
Naturally, we all consider the necessity of a diorama to contextualize the models within it through an identifiable story line. It is how dioramas are categorized and judged. But this topic isn't all about dioramas, is it? Never the less, if you put a model in front of me, I still want it to tell me a story. It won't have a visible story line like a diorama but it will imply a history through its finish. When I say finish, I am referring to the combination of painting and weathering. A model can exude so much character based on how the modeler decides to finish it.
I like my models to look used. They are, after all, representing real machines that should have had some exposure to the elements or the hazards of the battlefield. I'm not saying a great model can't be clean and pristine but they just don't stand out in my mind. An aircraft or tank that looks sufficiently worked tells me more of a story than a model that looks factory fresh.
I think honestly, Steve from Scale Model Soup and I share pretty much the same opinion. Modeling is an art for so than a science. The models that I appreciate the most are the ones that tell a story through how it is painted, not how it is constructed. The aftermarket accessories do not matter to me, nor does necessarily eliminating every seam (though most show judges will care). If you want to catch my eye, give it some personality.
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