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    Default what is white metal

    I see miniatures listed occasionally as material: white metal, what is this and how does it differ from the typical pewter/resin?

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    Similar to pewter it's an alloy of lead and tin as far as I remember
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    From my experience, white metal or pewter miniatures include the likes of Reaper dark heaven range, GW metal figures, and the old metal confrontation pieces to name a few.

    Compared to older lead based figures, they tend to be stronger, less prone to bending, corrosion or damage than lead.

    White metal has the drawback of being very heavy compared to resin or plastic and this can cause big problems with poorly designed kits that are completely cast in metal. For example, both Ral Partha's The Conflict and Bridge of Sorrows were cast completely in white metal in the UK and are too top heavy for long term display - resulting in shearing of the metal in both cases at the stress points.

    White metal tends to hold really excellent fine detail. You can see the difference clearly by comparing dark heaven with the equivalent bones casts.

    White metal is a lot harder to drill and pin compared to plastic or resin.

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    GW white metal use to be made from Uranium but it was too dangerous so they replaced it with finecast which had a higher radiation content so they moved to plastics.
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    So it's another name for the lead free pewter that is most of everything I have. I just didn't know that was a term for it.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_metal

    According to Wikipedia, White Metal is Christian Hard Rock.

    So I think you guys are way off base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unicore View Post
    What is White Metal?
    A means by which hard earned money gets turned into models, which are then placed in cupboards and never see the light of day again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonsreach View Post
    A means by which hard earned money gets turned into models, which are then placed in cupboards and never see the light of day again.
    100% true
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonsreach View Post
    A means by which hard earned money gets turned into models, which are then placed in cupboards and never see the light of day again.

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