So I was reading a space marine list posted on Warseer. The list featured several SM scout sergeants with shotguns and powerfists. I was wondering if the player actually has a model for these or was just thinking about different lists. I have made one version of this model but multiple poses might be tricky since I only found 1 ready to add shotgun. So I went searching in google images for any other out there with no luck. I was interested in seeing how other gamers built this model. I did not even find mine since the post did not originally include a nice description of the model. This got me think about the WYSIWYG rule and if it was strictly enforced anywhere.
What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) is supposedly the law of the land in 40K. If a model has a piece of optional equipment, it should be represented on the model clearly. The basic idea is to allow players to quickly know which model has what abilities without constantly having to look back at the list. This can be important if you are trying to play quickly and need to see exactly where that powerfist or meltabomb is in that squad so you can avoid it during the tank shock.
Having everything modeled seems like a simple thing but generally runs into trouble pretty fast for players who like to switch up lists and might not have a large inventory of models ready to go. Very few players have models for every possible option so sometimes things just have to count as. GW also is not always helpful on this when they introduce total new units in the Codex but do not have them out for like a year after the codes. This can be seen with the SM Ironclad and Landspeeder Storm appearing recently for the Codex out last year. So people either had to build up their own version or just use something close. Also some upgrades do not always even have well defined modeling equivalents.
I know that at our FLGS it is pretty loose about WYSIWYG at events. Players should be able to identify who has what or what something is quickly but it does not have to be exact. IE I need to be able to see who in the unit is the Sergeant or has special weapons, but their exact equipment does not have to be perfect. A flamer can be a meltagun, etc. I personally try to play my marines very strictly WYSIWYG. Eventhough they are unpainted at least I can do one thing right.
Are your groups tight or loose on WYSIWYG?