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Legal/illegal model painting and bashing?

2720 Views 17 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  Stormbrow II
I took a spin around the modeling threads but it seems more appropriate to post the question here. What I'm looking for is an explanation of the limits of modifying and bashing models when it comes to game rules. I'll narrow it down with some specifics:

1. Can I make a model taller or shorter than it would typically stand mounted on a plain black base? Example, could I cut the foot stands off a WH Seraphim and replace them with something else?

2. Do base sizes matter? Example, could I mount a character model on a slightly larger/taller base for dramatic effect, or must we use what they come with?

3. Are their size or height limitations when it comes to bashing models or adding wargear? Am I in violation of the rules if I make a model wider, taller, shorter, or longer by adding gear?

I really enjoy the hobby aspect of model collecting and painting, but I'd like to keep them tournament legal. Any advice would be appreciated. If there's an existing thread on this, please redirect me as I didn't see one.
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The basic rule that most people play with is that you cannot model for gaming advantage- if I feel I would get an advantage from a mod I've done then I take all disadvantages of the my mod, but dont take any advantages: so if I had a unit on some really thick scenic bases making them much higher up then usual and I was behind a wall I wouldnt normally be able to see over I would let the opponent shoot me, but I wouldnt shoot back (he can see me- I can take disadvantages of mods, but I cant see him since thats an advantage of the mod). I've never had anyone argue with anything I've changed or used based on these guidelines... and since all the MCs in my nid army used to all be the much smaller 2nd ed models (I dont really use MCs anymore, other then my trygon converted swarmlord) it was a problem I ran into a lot.

Of course there is always the fall back position: if it looks cool few gamers will care if its a benefit or not (unless its OTT)... if it looks shit and is obviously only done to get a bonus no-one will be happy with it...
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