QUOTE(Bane @ Aug 28 2011, 07:58 AM)
I have always seen GW models as first and foremost a gaming tool
The painting can be super flashy and have a decent amount of effort put into it, but its always something for gaming.
When people go beyond that and use them for something that is only good as a display piece it sort of makes me raise an eyebrow, if you want something pretty for your shelf you can do so much better than GW models with their silly proportions and "heroic" scale weapons. GW minis might have great detail for gaming tokens but I really doubt that I will ever buy one just to paint.
Fair enough, but perhaps the painter also likes the setting? Ok, so this diorama could be set in any Middle Age-based world, but I think it's interesting that he has brought this level of realism to such a fantastical setting. When you see a GW army on the tabletop, it is completely disconnected from reality: you don't know who each individual is, you don't know what happens when he dies. I find this diorama interesting because it lifts the lid on something that we take for granted.
Ok, so if you want to create something that is purely a piece of art, there are certainly some models out there that are better. However, I'm yet to find a miniatures game with a background setting that has captured me anywhere near as well as GW games have. If I wanted to create a piece of art and chose GW models as the basis, that would be why.