Snarfed down from FB for those of you rightfully zuckerberg-averse:
I bought a very large collection of fantasy minis recently- clearly a long-stored and once much-loved army used for Tolkien-esque battles in a pre-Warhammer age. I've started rebasing and painting for my own use, as the ravages of 30 years in a garage haven't helped their appearance, but am trying to honour the care and attention the original owner lavished on them in his childhood and produce something in the same spirit.
Here's the rub- the army was clearly produced on a school-boy's pocket-money budget, and includes a few recasts. These are rather inexpert recasts of the 'Beorning' from the old Minifigs ME range.
I'm usually dead against recasting, but I'm inclined to soften my stance in this instance. The crime was committed before I was born, it was clearly done in a spirit of childish industry and poverty, the mini is no longer available (as far as I can tell), and I absolutely love his additions of shields, clubs and a flag to the 'command' figures.
Am I wrong to give them a new lease of life? I find the inexpertness of the casting charming (you can see a few have no space between the legs, a few have a truncated muzzle and all lack any real fur texture). I often buy new Minifigs, and I don't feel that I'm diverting income from anyone with this project, but I'll welcome your thoughts on the matter.