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SovietBoy22
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 06:54 PM UTC
Hi
Although I only really do vehicles I quite fancy trying my hand at figure painting. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction. As I am only 15, I would like a cheap, 1/16, 1/10 or 1/6, easy build, Russian figure (modern or WW2). If any of you figure experts know of one I'd be very grateful as I am very uneducated in the world of figures.
Thanks
Euan

P.S.
Is the company 'Kirin' any good?
Kinggeorges
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 09:52 PM UTC
Hello Euan,

Welcome in the figure world !
Trumpeter did a series of 3 1/16 figures representing Russian offciers and tankers. They are sold 15€ which is cheap for a 1/16 figure.
http://www.trumpeter-china.com/plus/list.php?tid=101&TotalResult=26&PageNo=1
Tamiya also does a 1/16 field officer, sold at 20€
http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/36314russian_commander/index.htm

Best and have fun,
Julien
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 11:44 PM UTC
If you are willing to spend some more $$$, I would definitely suggest resin figures instead of plastic. Much more detailed, which in the end facilitates painting drastically.

Kirin is a good company, I have some of their figures and like them very much. Which figure from Kirin do you have in mind?

Mario
SovietBoy22
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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 08:33 AM UTC
Thanks alot for your help guys. I will be sure to check them out. As for Kirin, Maki, I saw two on Ebay. The Russian VDV in Afghanistan and the Soviet Assual Troop. they seemed fairly cheap so they are a definite possablity (Yes I'm Scottish and yes we Scots like a bargin) .
Thanks again
Euan
rossgary
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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 06:25 PM UTC
Be careful on Fleabay, Euan.
Kirin closed down a while ago, and some of the Chinese sellers have plenty of recasts for sale at very cheap prices!
The quality of these can be abysmal and put you off for life!
Maki is right though, go for resin figures if you can afford it. A much better result all round.
All the best,
Gary.
SovietBoy22
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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 07:04 PM UTC
Thanks for the advice gary.
Euan
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Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012 - 07:14 AM UTC
I'd like to share my opinion too. I agree that resin figures, if you can find some you like in your price range, are superior to plastic. Another brand I'd like to suggest, if you have access to them, is Verlinden. Typically they offer some nice products at affordable prices. My only warning on Verlinden is that the resin used is very hard, and therefore can be brittle where tiny pieces are concerned. Still, I've done a lot of pieces by them, and they are a decent choice for starting out. One more thing...if you ever considered doing busts, Verlinden has a large selection of them at very good prices too. Whatever direction you go, I wish you the best!