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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-01-11, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I've been out of the game for a few years now and am looking at picking it up again. All I have to say is HOLY F*#% models are expensive!!!

So, I've been doing some research and have come up with the idea of sculpting my own models and resin casting an entire army. The only thing is resin casting is also expensive and it's time consuming.

So I was wondering if anyone has tried resin casting and if it's actually cheaper to cast an entire army or to just buy the models?

Also, does anyone know about how many models you can make per x amount of resin?
I found this starter kit that comes with 16oz of resin, but I have no idea how many models that will actually make.

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given that if your casting the official models to recast them as resin, it would be frowned upon by most communities and you will probably not get a proper answer on these forums in any case. though no one would probably put it against someone if they decided to resin cast a few of the extra bits in order to not have to buy a box of units they will never use save for that one bit.

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I have cast extra bits before that I needed lots of but never an entire army. It would be a very time consuming project to sculpt your own and then cast them. It could be really cool I saw an army a woman did that was all sculpted and cast in clear resin. So unless some has done an entire army it would be hard to give you a straight answer on that.


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There was an army posted on BoLS a while ago where someone had sculpted and cast his army in clear resin, coloured it and put lights inside them so the whole army glowed like they were made of fire. Having played around with resin casting, I'd have to say it's a little time consuming to use on a whole army so it's better sticking to the odd bit here or there, like Morefangdakka said.
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I agree your better off just sucking it up and paying for the models, hey there is always Ebay

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i seem to remember a couple years back someone had a thread on here where he was casting his own IG army because they don't make the figs any longer, seemed rather time consuming and not really worth it IMO.

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I haven't got a clue how much it will cost, but I want to point out that once you've complete and painted the army then nobody's going to know that you resin cast them unless you tell them or they hold the models and notice they're lighter than normal (I don't really see that happening) and you could deny it.

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maybe you would just be better off not starting the hobby again, if your worried about the cost the cheapest way is not to bother, if you are asking about casting to save money i think its safe to say your not gonna be sculpting your own models,people dont decide to sculpt an army to "save money"



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maybe you would just be better off not starting the hobby again, if your worried about the cost the cheapest way is not to bother, if you are asking about casting to save money i think its safe to say your not gonna be sculpting your own models,people dont decide to sculpt an army to "save money"
Not to offend, while it seems to be fairly true, coming out of your mouth considering your name and the site you're advertising for it sounds kinda suspicious.

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Not to offend, while it seems to be fairly true, coming out of your mouth considering your name and the site you're advertising for it sounds kinda suspicious.
not exactly sure why my post reads suspicious, as your a newer member i will explain my thinking, we have lots of people who come to heresy who complain about the prices, but those people are already collecting and gaming, if however you are at the gate and the entry price is too much then sometimes its just better to turn around and get back in the car.

sculpting a viable army and casting it up for play is folly,firstly there is the time and expense not to mention needing the ability to do it, i have tried to sculpt and its hard and takes time and required skill and practice to produce anything remotely resembling a model,casting models is an expensive and time consuming pass time too,making moulds ,casting them etc.

and then assuming a person is capable enough to produce an army whos he gonna play? if the models are sculpts of GW models and are identifiable as such he might be ok at a private club but GW stores are gonna knock him back.

and as with any time anyone asks about "casting" to save money you have to ask, is this person genuinely talking about casting models they have sculpted or are we helping someone produce counterfeit models ?

hopefully this sheds some light on my thought process and puts your suspicious mind at ease, yes i sell bits and other things related to the hobby, (including casting resin if i choose to) but i was a 14 year old when i got into warhammer 40k 22 years ago, so please understand i wear two hats around the forum.



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