I served 25 years in the USAF. I served because I did not want to be in the Army. I did not want to be in the Army because I did not want to be in combat. I flew 117 combat missions over Viet Nam. I did not see one enemy face to face.
The technology of war changes more rapidly than most other human efforts. There was a time when all wars were fought face to face with crude but effective weapons. These were real wars. Face to face, hand to hand, no buttons, no switches, no drones, just man to man.
This image is not a toy soldier, but in terms of digital modification, the same type of process applies to the image. It is from a cemetery monument. Have you ever noticed that so many of our cemeteries in the north and mid-west contain monuments to our Civil War dead? This monument stands in Oakwood Cemetery, Lisbon, ND.