I can’t help thinking that this is the place I’m destined to be…
When I started Incoming! I got some flak for having the audacity to review figures based simply on looking at the pictures that a company has produced of that figure – “It’s not a proper review” they cried.
Now it seems I’m being taken to task for not being harsh enough in my comments…
So, I just want to clarify where I stand on this.
It is very difficult to fully judge a figure without actually having it in your hand. However, you can pick up on a certain amount of detail from a picture, and certain flaws of scale or detail are usually pretty obvious.
Now, I’m usually a pretty positive sort of person – especially when it comes to the Miniatures hobby. I like being upbeat and positive about new products, and I actually dislike giving negative reviews – especially when I’m not referring to a physical figure, but rather a picture which can be open to issues both with the photography and whatever paint job has been applied.
Also, if I’m not familiar with the subject matter, I can’t give comment on historical accuracy.
So, I’m inclined to give people the benefit of the doubt, and I’ll simply revert back to whether the figure makes good ‘eye candy’…and as we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
However, it does seem that I may be somewhat overstepping the mark in my positive attitude – or at least according to some this may be the case.
Now, the one thing I try to take pride in is my honesty – I want you to know that what you get with anything I review is based on my honest opinion, and is not influenced by any other factors. It seems that my natural positive, enthusiastic attitude may be in danger of compromising my objectivity – or colouring my subjective opinion, as that is what any sort of review actually is.
So, maybe it’s time to change – time to talk about what I don’t like about a figure, rather than just what I do like. Time to remove the coloured spectacles?
OK – I hear you.
However, given that you can’t please all of the people all of the time, I’m sure that this runs the risk of upsetting a whole new sector of my audience…