The hobby of making and collecting model figures is an absorbing one. It is also extremely popular and an enjoyable, relaxing pursuit. Model figures are scale models that ultimately represent a person, fictional character or one of historical worth.
There are kits for the enthusiast and these come in pre-built ones for painting or there are those kits which still need to be put together as well as being painted.
They come in a variety of different materials i.e. resin, plastic, or metal. Collectables can be in porcelain, plastic and occasionally, bronze. Some people collect model figures as a cross-over with those miniature figures in role-playing or war games.
There are many good stockists of model figures around and it is worth having a good look at available stock on display or alternatively, have a look for stockists on the internet as not only will there be an abundance of choice available , there may also be a great deal of supporting information for new hobbyists.
Planning ahead is always a good idea when starting a new hobby so that expenditure is kept to a minimum initially. As well as buying books and kits, it is worth remembering that in order to ensure that the finished product looks as good as possible, special model paints are required.
Most hobbyists use acrylic paint although there are others and each kind of paint uses specific thinners. Water based inks can also be used and then there are varnishes. There will also be the investment into relevant tools required and brushes are high on the list, because much of the painting is very intricate, it is worth getting a quality brush set so that the finest results can be achieved.
Model figures are a hobby which can be enjoyed by all of the family, but equally it is one that can be enjoyed for its simplicity whilst alone. There may even be model hobby clubs in your local area and if at all possible, it really is worth attending and meeting other like minded individuals.