WYSIWYG

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What You See Is What You Get, commonly abbreviated to the acronym WYSIWYG is a basis for the entire Games Workshop line of models. It simply states that whatever kind of wargear or weapons that the model is going to have equipped going into battle MUST be shown on the model. For example, an Empire Swordsman is armed with a sword and shield as part of their standard equipment. In order for everyone who looks at the swordsman to know that he has a sword and shield and not another type of weapon (spear, halberd etc.) a sword and shield must be physically attached to the model. The terminologies "hand weapon", "great weapon" and other types of weapon means there is increased variation within these remits, with swords, axes, clubs and maces all qualifying. Furthermore, due to the use of magic items such as scrolls, talismans and the use of "blade" instead of a specific type of weapon, WYSIWYG often does not apply particularly stringently. These two points mean that WYSIWYG is possibly not as important in WhFantasy than what it is in 40k, or at least obeyed less rigidly.