What's even more problematic is prepping soft plastic figures - those with heavy seam lines and abundant flash. Even with a brand-new scalpel blade flash is impossible to trim off properly. Zvezda make some very well detailed styrene figures, meant for war-gaming, in various periods. Unfortunately there are only 4 - 5 figures per set, but only cost 5 or 6 bucks. Plastic Soldier Company also make acceptable styrene figures in larger sets.