I personally think our hobby has gotten to the point where it deserves a 4 color periodical. I'm seriously considering putting in the effort to get one started up, but before I put in that kind of investment of time, money and "heart," I wanted to get a feel for whether such a magazine would get much support from the community. This would also be a good time and place to hear if people have any ideas on what should go into the magazine.
I envision something along the lines of Fine Scale Modeler, or better yet Military Modeler (anyone remember that one?). I imagine that probably half the content would go toward WWII figures, with maybe 1/3 going to modern and the rest would be miscellaneous stuff, like historical figures (pre-twentieth century) and movie related stuff (these proportions would be flexible, of course). Obviously it would be important to have in-depth reviews of products by the major companies, mostly complete figures, but also accessory kits. The how-to section would be a major part of it as well, showcasing the talents of some of the hobby's best, most of whom frequent this board. There would also be a vehicles section, although I'm not sure how big it would be or often that would run. A diorama section would also be an idea. The major conventions would be covered, and perhaps regional ones could be covered by local contributors.
These are just my initial ideas, and I would love to hear from you all about what you think. I've already posted over at the Sixth Division about this, so apologies to those who have already seen this. Please realize that this is in idea-stage only. There's no business plan, no financing, I don't even have any like-minded partners yet. The challenge of putting this together is daunting, and if I commit to this would probably take up to a year to get a first issue out the door. Still, the horse needs to go before the cart...