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    Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    I just got an e-mail from a respected friend who feels that the hobby has taken a downturn lately in terms of hobbyists’ interest levels and in terms of being stuck in a rut of recycled figures, gear, and ideas. Pondering what he said, I thought I’d jot down a few of my observations and perceptions. I would venture to assume that I am not the only one thinking some of the following ideas.

    1. I’ve been in this hobby for about ten years. I enjoy it now every bit as much now as when I first discovered my first 21st Century fallschirmjager back then.
    2. I spend about the same amount of time researching figures and working on them as I ever have.
    3. I spend time almost every day on the boards, usually not logged in, just reading posts and observing the beautiful and creative work of fellow hobbyists.
    4. I am very hesitant to photograph and post my own figures on the boards because everything I do employs some technique picked up from someone else on line, only they do it better. Don’t want others to say, “OK, well, same old same old…”
    5. My collection was capped off at about 100 figures due to display space.
    6. I spend more money on the hobby than I did back then, (a) because prices have risen and (b) because I now focus on quality of figures and accoutrements over quantity.
    7. I have narrowed my interests to fewer types of figures for economical and display reasons. I usually end up doing somewhere between two and six figures representing variations on a topic of interest. Examples: four Luftwaffe types in North Africa, two U.S. Army combat medics in Italy, eight Pacific Marines, etc.
    8. I spend more time and money upgrading figures to premium quality rather than trying to assemble totally new kitbashes. By this I mean buying NLM boots; BGT slings, pouches, uniform parts, etc.; DiD steel pots; and so forth.
    9. I seldom buy boxed figures any more, even though I recognize they can be more economical if they provide enough spare parts for the kitbashes that would really interest me.
    10. I’m going back slowly, but systematically, and attempting to do some weathering on figures that have stood parade ground pristine on my shelves for years. (Just finished weathering and improving a 7-year-old DML Zeke USMC figure yesterday. Fun!)
    11. I buy some things that really impress me right now just in case the economics of the hobby influence manufacturers to get out of the military figures market. Examples include DiD M1 helmets, fabric web gear that already comes with good lift the dot fasteners (since CVI has not made them available recently), headsculpts with interesting potential, and random other bits.
    12. I try to keep a lean spare parts bin. By that I mean I try to avoid having 30 old plastic and elastic pieces of the same old web gear.
    13. I love WWII figures. American Civil War figures are about my only departure.
    14. If every manufacturer of and dealer in 1:6 military figures were to totally shut down today, I’d have a tough time finding a hobby that would be so gratifying as this one has. But I’m sure I’d keep what I have on display and continue to relish the pleasure that this hobby has brought me. The main thing that I would miss would be the boards where I find people who enthusiastically share the joy that I find in this pastime. But my greatest sadness would be for people like Auggie at BGT, Brady at Monkey Depot, and the many others who have put their blood, sweat, tears, and money into making this hobby so pleasurable. I have no idea if this hobby will endure in strength for decades yet to come or whether it will fade in a few years, but for their sake and for ours, may it continue strong for a long, long time.

    There’s my perspective. I invite yours.

    Gary

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    Forgive my cut and paste job, but: It keeps the flow of the thought process you started, and in many places, I simply agree with you entirely. Why rewrite perfection?


    1. I’ve been in this hobby for about ten years too, on this last go around. I enjoyed the hobby back in 68 to 78 or so, in my youth. I enjoy it now every bit as much now as when I first discovered my first 21st Century Panzer Grenadier back in 1999, perhaps even more than when i got my first GI Joe back in 68.
    2. I spend about the same amount of time researching figures and working on them as I ever have.
    3. I spend time every day on the boards, usually multiple times. I even check things at lunch and break from work, when i can.
    4. I don't mind photo displays of my work, even though a lot of people do it better. It takes two opinions to make a horse race.
    5. My collection was tapered off due to display space, but i still add. It has also tapered because areas of my interest are not being produced like they were.
    6. I spend more money on the hobby than I did back then, because prices have risen.
    7. I have always tried to narrow my interests to a few select categories of figures, but i am not successful. When nothing new comes out in my IJA world, I suddenly added almost a dozen kitbashed/boxed Aussies, just to have SOMETHING to play with, hunt for, collect, research, etc..
    8. I don't upgrade many figures. If i get new stuff, I will do a new figure, but i rarely go back and upgrade an older one. I let them stand, as testimony to my imagination and the quality of the time. Besides, I am afraid that many of them will break apart, should i try to remove boots, swap heads, untie leather straps, etc. after all these years.
    9. I still mostly buy boxed figures, even if it's just for the spare parts and kitbash material. It's more economical if they provide enough spare parts for the kitbashes that would really interest me.
    10. I leave my old figures alone. If i learn a new technique, i make a new figure. you can see the improvements in my work (and the hobby) on my shelves.
    11. I buy what i like, what i think is cool, and what is on sale.
    12. I try to keep a huge spare parts bin. I like having one of everything "cool" made, even if it isn't all that good of quality. If it's the only one, i want to have it, just in case i need it for a bash.
    13. I love a lot of areas of collecting. Scottish, Japanese, Samurai, American Military, WWII, even the cool Nazi uniforms. I enjoy the "under represented" when possible, so i don't have many standard German soldiers or US Airborne, MArines, etc.. But toss a Chinese Boxer Rebellion Soldier my way, and I am interested!
    14. If every manufacturer of and dealer in 1:6 military figures were to totally shut down today, I’d be very sad. But I’m sure I’d keep what I have on display and continue to relish the pleasure that this hobby has brought me. The main thing that I would miss would be the boards where I find people who enthusiastically share the joy that I find in this pastime. But my greatest sadness would be for people like Javier at War-toys, Brady at Monkey Depot, and the many others who have put their blood, sweat, tears, and money into making this hobby so pleasurable. I have no idea if this hobby will endure in strength for decades yet to come or whether it will fade in a few years, but for their sake and for ours, may it continue strong for a long, long time.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    1.) Kitbashing has become the norm rather than the rule.
    2.) Customizing and dirting up a figure has become the norm than leaving it a perfect, clean, parade ready figure.
    3.) WWII mass produced/hand built custom vehicles are still popular while modern military vehicles are still too expansive to make in 1/6 (have a couple grand laying around?)
    4.) World War II German figures still controls most 1/6 manufactures interest to date.
    5.) Movie figures have become more popular to produce than modern military figures.
    6.) Modern Medical figures are still frown upon by the Big Manufactures.
    7.) DML is still sitting on that gold mine 1/6 M1025/26A2 HMMWUV
    Molon Labe

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    Interesting thoughts there. When I started out I would only buy stuff off the shelf as I could see it. This often meant that I'd buy an entire boxed figure just because I liked the HS. This was incredibly naive of me and was a really expensive way of going about getting what I wanted. When I did my first custom Indy I spent way more than I did on the SSC one and it looked nowhere near as good.

    Now I know from experiences fellow members have had what is good and what isn't I get only the parts I need. Sure I spend more than I would have on a boxed DML figure, but everything I get is stuff I know I'll want for that particular bash. Jiffy bags take up way less space than figure boxes do! Also with figure prices the way they are I now find my total budgets on bashes still coming in at less than say a boxed HT figure would. My Jack Bauer was fully completed for around £75, the nude Enterbay figure cost that!

    What I see happening now will be more of a trend towards lower numbers and higher quality. Yes they'll be more expensive as boxed items, but, with loose parts available we can get what we can afford when we can afford it and still end up with what we want.

    Smaller manufacturers like the Korean's over at that Eureka store and Onesixthbruce will come to the fore as well offering stuff just as high end and giving the major manufacturers something to think about. 1/6th figures now are becoming what 1/6th garage kits were in the 90's, limited run and high quality, and with recasters galore!

    CHEERS!

    PS (If I hadn't come to OSW I would have gone back on the booze and become a raving alcoholic by now. 1/6th keeps me sober as, if I'm buying figures, I'm not buying drinks!)

    PPS (I've bought about 7 WW2 Germans yet there isn't a single WW2 German on display, go figure!)
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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    I eat, breath and sleep 1/6.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    You must have small lungs, be very hungry and have a very tiny bed then!

    I do spend way more time than I should on here. That said, it's better to be constantly typing, than looking at web porn and constantly wanking!

    CHEERS!

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    I would venture to assume that I am not the only one thinking some of the following ideas.
    Indeed, you are not. But I have to get it out of my system right now: You are now a specialized collector, thus your views will be quite different from your pal and mine. Nothing bad with that, but maybe your area is well-covered whereas ours is/could be perceived "same ol'"and with not many interesting things going on.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    1. I’ve been in this hobby for about ten years. I enjoy it now every bit as much now as when I first discovered my first 21st Century fallschirmjager back then.
    I've being fooling around for 4 almost 5 years now. As you do, I also find myself amazed and thrilled at almost every new release.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    2. I spend about the same amount of time researching figures and working on them as I ever have.
    What little WWII or modern military bashes I do, I research as throuroughly as possible, since the first day I understood what kitbashing "was about" and why some improvents were needed to have an accurate depiction of the soldier I owned and wanted to display.

    Now that I go for mostly "fictional" scenarios and outright science fiction, I research as much as I can and try to come-up with something that looks logical or plausible, but that remains fun and challenging for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    3. I spend time almost every day on the boards, usually not logged in, just reading posts and observing the beautiful and creative work of fellow hobbyists.
    Ditto. I do tend to go to places linked to people on this board and a couple of chosen boards, but mostly I like it here. I find it well-spread in topics and great in resources-camaraderie-sound discussion.
    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    4. I am very hesitant to photograph and post my own figures on the boards because everything I do employs some technique picked up from someone else on line, only they do it better. Don’t want others to say, “OK, well, same old same old…”
    You ask me, nothing made by a fellow hobbyist never is. Tips and praise always come in handy.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    5. My collection was capped off at about 100 figures due to display space.
    Not there yet, but I will eventually reach a saturation point, and will act accordingly.
    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    6. I spend more money on the hobby than I did back then, (a) because prices have risen and (b) because I now focus on quality of figures and accoutrements over quantity.
    Inflation, increased quality and specialized tastes/preferences will make prices go up for any hobbyist.

    I tend to buy kit/uniform bargain lots, only if they can turn useful for one or two of my projects. Other than that, I go especifically for the items I need and plan my budget accordingly.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    7. I have narrowed my interests to fewer types of figures for economical and display reasons. I usually end up doing somewhere between two and six figures representing variations on a topic of interest. Examples: four Luftwaffe types in North Africa, two U.S. Army combat medics in Italy, eight Pacific Marines, etc.
    I believe almost everyone here will be in your same situation. I like to have several figures for one of my chose periods, work on them until I'm satisfied upto that póint in time, and move on to the next project.

    I can't really say I've narrowed mi interest since i decided I wanted to do just certain types of bashes for specific genres and the ocasional "super cool" boxed figures I just wanted to add to the "general pop" shelves.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    8. I spend more time and money upgrading figures to premium quality rather than trying to assemble totally new kitbashes. By this I mean buying NLM boots; BGT slings, pouches, uniform parts, etc.; DiD steel pots; and so forth.
    Many here do. I try hard to get those DAKs I want as close to perfection as I can afford, but then I must admit I used them only for my Indiana Jones (or my upcoming pulp heroes) to have them fistycuffs with the lot. I mean, I want them to look good while still being fun for my to bash and collect, so museum quality is not mandatory or even desirable in my case.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    9. I seldom buy boxed figures any more, even though I recognize they can be more economical if they provide enough spare parts for the kitbashes that would really interest me.
    I do, but only if said box has something I can use to enhance bashes or is something I like a lot (my Enterbay Mr. Bean, my "select" SSC/Hasbro Star Wars subjects, Iron Man, etc.).

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    10. I’m going back slowly, but systematically, and attempting to do some weathering on figures that have stood parade ground pristine on my shelves for years. (Just finished weathering and improving a 7-year-old DML Zeke USMC figure yesterday. Fun!)
    As someone who was a modeller and wargamer first, as was less shy to try addng a few "improvements" for the sake of realism/subjcet matter. I could not have it any other way, that was an integral part of the fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    11. I buy some things that really impress me right now just in case the economics of the hobby influence manufacturers to get out of the military figures market. Examples include DiD M1 helmets, fabric web gear that already comes with good lift the dot fasteners (since CVI has not made them available recently), headsculpts with interesting potential, and random other bits.
    Me, on the other hand, do not buy fearing a withdrawal on the manufacturers' part. We are as diverse a group as any other and munufacturers tend to cover all bases of this niche market that we are.

    What I worry about is that some of the stuff I "need" or like will be quite limited and thus, harder to get in the near future. That has made me postpone a bash that was well on its way to buy some of the new stuff popping up, so I did not miss the boat and the add-on to my project was secure in my cabinets.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    12. I try to keep a lean spare parts bin. By that I mean I try to avoid having 30 old plastic and elastic pieces of the same old web gear.
    Me, too. The only thing I tend to get "too much" is uniforms, and that's because I buy bodies on a semi-regular bases, so I dont care if I have two or three extra BDUs around.

    I always find myself with an "alarming" lack of weapons and other accesories, though. Which is good because it keeps me FOCUSED on what I want to do with a certain figure.

    [quote=8thTexasCav;939850]13. I love WWII figures. American Civil War figures are about my only departure.[quote]

    As i mentioned before, I like WWII figures and some modern, but my preferred subject is "extreme environment warfare", and thus either desert, green hell or artic are what I come up with. All with a decidedly science fiction slant to them.

    My departure would be Star Wars and Indiana Jones/Pulp bashes. I am contemplating Western as a possible direction in the future, though.
    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    14. If every manufacturer of and dealer in 1:6 military figures were to totally shut down today, I’d have a tough time finding a hobby that would be so gratifying as this one has. But I’m sure I’d keep what I have on display and continue to relish the pleasure that this hobby has brought me. The main thing that I would miss would be the boards where I find people who enthusiastically share the joy that I find in this pastime. But my greatest sadness would be for people like Auggie at BGT, Brady at Monkey Depot, and the many others who have put their blood, sweat, tears, and money into making this hobby so pleasurable. I have no idea if this hobby will endure in strength for decades yet to come or whether it will fade in a few years, but for their sake and for ours, may it continue strong for a long, long time.
    I'd certainly miss many of my HK dealers and Azteca, as well as going to many of the places you mention for the eye-candy.

    Good thing is, that is NOT likely to happen as this figures have been around for 40 years now and there's no sign of them going away. If only, the subject matter keep growing in range and scope.

    Quote Originally Posted by 8thTexasCav View Post
    There’s my perspective.
    I thank you for a great opprtunity to share and your views.

    All best,
    Txabier.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    I've been in this hobby since before 21st Century was even around, all Hobbys have high and low periods. Every hobby has people that come and go. I've had burnout periods. I may step back from the hobby now and then, but I would never leave it.




    "World War II German figures still controls most 1/6 manufactures interest to date."


    I don't think that is true in 2009. Hot Toys, Soldier Story, Sideshow, Saturday Toys, Barrack Sergeant, ACI, ZC Girl, Toy Soldier, Twisting Toys None of these guys are doing WW2 German currently or even recently. Battlegear Toys line has more non German stuff as well.


    As far as DID they are an equal split betwen Germans and other stuff in actuality. DML and Toys City are the only ones with lines Dominated (although not exclusive to) with WW2 German stuff.


    I collect WW2 German stuff Exclusively, because I just can't afford to collect all the eras and subjects I would like.

    Sure Dragon cranks out a lot of WW2 Germans but the quality and detail has not increased in the way that the modern guys are getting! Even the US WW2 stuff is getting more accurate. I would take quality and detail over Quantity any day!

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    I've been in and around this hobby since 91 when I found 3 old Joes at an antiques store. A Sailor, Airman and Soldier. having played with Joe as a child I could not resist and bought them for a total of ....$50.00 for all three.

    From there it was the atrocious HOF and the rest was/is history.

    I bash figs it's what I do. MIB is not something I do or understand, but hey, to each his own.

    Sci-Fi and near future is my gig, which is both very rewarding and very expensive. The biggest obstacle our hobby faces today is the lack of affordable figures. The pricing in this hobby is out of control and is only getting worse. Thank goodness DML is doing it'd bit to keep prices low and is working on different line ups for different customers.

    I like SS, DID, ACE, TS, HT, etc but the price point is quickly taking many of us out of the running when it comes to participating full time in 1/6th.

    However, that being said I also like to point out that the quality and caliber of craftsmanship has exploded on this board with figures being done that only a few short years ago few of could have accomplished. Just take a look at the galleries of member figures and it's obvious that we've grown in talent and ability over all.

    Now a bitch, SSC. Offering sub par figures at premium prices is not the way to help out the hobby or sales. Yes there stuff sells out, but for how long? How much more second rate crap can a company spew forth into the hobby before we just walk away and let them keep it?

    I own most of the SSC new stuff and most if not all of it requires work, to much so for the price I paid. Body swaps, clothing repairs, gear change outs and the like are all hard to take when I'm spending over 100.00 a figure, ya know?

    So there it is, my thoughts on the hobby, good and bad.

    HC01, out.

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    I agree with you HC ! SSC is running my favs lines of figures out of WWII, I mean star wars, LOTR and Indy....and thoses figure really needs working and start in a shy 60 to go over 100-120 bucks.....it's a shame because these figures can attract other people to the hobby that woulnd't be interested if these were not there......I imagine how many 12'' Starwars from hasbro had been sold...and how crappy they were

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    Hi, I seem to be the youngest here in terms of involvement in the 1/6 arena I only joined the party some time around March, with my first figure being SideShow Snake Eyes. I really seriously considered getting into this hobby a month later, specializing in ancient Japanese warriors and modern era US military elite forces. Based on what I read, it seems that there are similarities to what the veterans in 1/6 are experiencing and what the new cubs like me are doing.

    1. I’ve been in this hobby for about ten years. I enjoy it now every bit as much now as when I first discovered my first 21st Century fallschirmjager back then.

    As stated above, I'm absolutely new to this hobby and it's honestly quite addicting. I just recently sold off my old collectio to pave way to this new one

    2. I spend about the same amount of time researching figures and working on them as I ever have.

    I wanted my figures to be as realistic as possible. I've been scouring the net ever since to learn much about elite forces (the SFOD-Delta being my most favorite). I also put more emphasis in researching about weapons and combat uniforms more than gears and pouches, though. I also bought a book about the Samurai and I'm in the process of looking for a similar book about the history of ninjas.

    3. I spend time almost every day on the boards, usually not logged in, just reading posts and observing the beautiful and creative work of fellow hobbyists.

    Ditto, except I'm logged in all the time. And I ask questions a lot since I want to learn more about kitbashing and creating dioramas.

    4. I am very hesitant to photograph and post my own figures on the boards because everything I do employs some technique picked up from someone else on line, only they do it better. Don’t want others to say, “OK, well, same old same old…”

    I post pics of my figures (along with their reviews) in a couple of our local boards, onesixhpinoy and cybertron philippines I did a couple of bashes and fixes that are utterly very basic and amateurish

    5. My collection was capped off at about 100 figures due to display space.

    I'm running out of display space, with two of my collections vying space for it. One of them paid the price dearly.


    6. I spend more money on the hobby than I did back then, (a) because prices have risen and (b) because I now focus on quality of figures and accoutrements over quantity.

    I at least spend less money (as of the moment) than my former collection.

    7. I have narrowed my interests to fewer types of figures for economical and display reasons. I usually end up doing somewhere between two and six figures representing variations on a topic of interest. Examples: four Luftwaffe types in North Africa, two U.S. Army combat medics in Italy, eight Pacific Marines, etc.

    Due to similar reasons, I don't plan to collect ALL military figures that will come out. I only need one representative from each of the elite forces, except for the Delta Force, which I plan to have a squad of, all in multicam gear and in the most modern weapons that are available in 1/6 scale (God, I'm really itching for that HK416 right now). There are very few ninja and samurai figures, so I won't have a problem with that category as well. Once I've completed them, I'll most likely just concentrate on improving the figures I have (via weapons upgrades and some gears) and in creating dioramas for them.

    Then again, I'm known in CybPH as the man who eats his words with gravy.

    8. I spend more time and money upgrading figures to premium quality rather than trying to assemble totally new kitbashes. By this I mean buying NLM boots; BGT slings, pouches, uniform parts, etc.; DiD steel pots; and so forth.

    As mentioned above, this is what I plan to do as well. But I might do a few kitbashes here and there.

    9. I seldom buy boxed figures any more, even though I recognize they can be more economical if they provide enough spare parts for the kitbashes that would really interest me.

    This is where we're not similar. What I do is I buy the boxed sets (mostly Soldier Story) and then bash it up some more. I find it better this way because 1) soldier Story's boxed sets are quite excellent, especially when it comes to gears. Actually I like SS more than HT offerings, with the latter winning only in HS IMHO. It's also cheaper to do that here than starting from scratch.

    10. I’m going back slowly, but systematically, and attempting to do some weathering on figures that have stood parade ground pristine on my shelves for years. (Just finished weathering and improving a 7-year-old DML Zeke USMC figure yesterday. Fun!)

    I haven't done this yet, but I plan to. I'm doing baby steps at the moment and learning how to dry brush. I'd like to thank azazel because he's been giving me info via PM regarding this.

    11. I buy some things that really impress me right now just in case the economics of the hobby influence manufacturers to get out of the military figures market. Examples include DiD M1 helmets, fabric web gear that already comes with good lift the dot fasteners (since CVI has not made them available recently), headsculpts with interesting potential, and random other bits.

    I hope they don't get out of the military market I'm not into 1/6 movie figures

    12. I try to keep a lean spare parts bin. By that I mean I try to avoid having 30 old plastic and elastic pieces of the same old web gear.

    Ditto. I put some accumulated spares in one box

    13. I love WWII figures. American Civil War figures are about my only departure.

    Modern military figures and ancient Japanese warriors for me

    14. If every manufacturer of and dealer in 1:6 military figures were to totally shut down today, I’d have a tough time finding a hobby that would be so gratifying as this one has. But I’m sure I’d keep what I have on display and continue to relish the pleasure that this hobby has brought me. The main thing that I would miss would be the boards where I find people who enthusiastically share the joy that I find in this pastime. But my greatest sadness would be for people like Auggie at BGT, Brady at Monkey Depot, and the many others who have put their blood, sweat, tears, and money into making this hobby so pleasurable. I have no idea if this hobby will endure in strength for decades yet to come or whether it will fade in a few years, but for their sake and for ours, may it continue strong for a long, long time

    Amen to that

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    1. I’ve been in this hobby for about 5 years years only.

    4. "Everything I do employs some technique picked up from someone else on line, only they do it better" Of course everyone does that when they first begin, we see that in essay writing and car manufacturing too! Ppl built on others experience to develop more ideas, and imitation is the best form of flattery. However, what gives me the courage to post my pics is that most. if not everyone here recognize one's effort rather than the results.

    5. I mainly buy loose parts now and I have nothing on display due to lack of display space.

    7. I have narrowed my interests to modern units, mainly non-US military.

    8. I'm always looking for ideas to assemble totally new kitbashes as this keeps my interest going.

    10. All my weathering can be wash away as I recycle parts often.

    11. Yes, I do have extras of some hard to get items too...

    12. I try to keep a lean spare parts bin. By that I mean I try to avoid having 30 old plastic and elastic pieces of the same old web gear.

    13. I love WWII figures too, but can only concentrate on post-war modern due to cost.

    14. If every manufacturer of and dealer in 1:6 military figures were to totally shut down today, I'll mourn for a long time and probably keep rebashing old figures and start customizing stuffs..

    Points 2,3,6,9,12 are similar to you.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    I am only getting into the hobby properly now, even though I have bashed for a few years.
    I actually enjoy it more now than I did years ago because the quality has gone up and better modern figures like soldier story, ACE etc are a bit more affordable compared to HT.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    For me i suppose i would have to totally agree with the OP. Personally i am now not really buying any figures at all except the odd must have - for a WWII enthusiest (DID Japanese offerings). My figures generally have remained "as is" from the box in my cabinets, but after years of putting off customisation, I am just beggining to dabble in pastels, body modifications & more importantly researching to be more historically accurate (As is the case with my recent Kamikaze WIP)

    I still think for me the hobby has a lot to offer. I would like to develop my skills in the hobby to have ultimately historically correct, museum type pieces, displayed so that they evoke the thoughts of the observer. I aspire to be as creative as the 1/6 artists such as Boot, Tony Barton, Blonde Knight ect.. Even though i have been interested in and somewhat "collected" joes for many years, for me the hobby is still in it's infancy, and i have so much to learn and practice. I think these points raised could be applied to any hobby? and most of us would have felt similiar from time to time. Great thread and food for thought though.
    Last edited by Gamilaroi; 06-28-2009 at 19:41.

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    Re: Your Thoughts on the Hobby Compared to Mine?

    My--what an interesting thread -- and so many long replies..must have touched something primal in all of us--kudos for lighting the fire--8th Texas--and God bless John Bell Hood!

    Okay--I've also been in the hobby for more than a decade. Gone from 'Andy' to ordering $70 headsculpts from Hong Kong...My collection expanded from a shelf to filling the spare bedroom--Before I discovered OSW, I thought I was the only guy crazy enough to ruin resale value by cutting, gluing and repainting almost everything--to to fit into my twisted alien sci-fi world--which my wife still refuses to enter without me..says there are to many 'scary creatures' and decapitated heads lying around...

    Thank God for the OSW---and especially the thread of members over 40...My wife definately thought I was the only man my age with this plastisickness...

    If 1/6 manufactoring were to die tomorrow--the only thing I would miss would be this forum--
    it'slike the coolest place to visit--and filled with inspired and talented, generous, mature minded and kind hearted folks--unlike so many mean spirited forums out there..

    Sure I would miss all the cool stuff they might have produced--like the upcoming HT Planet O' Apes--but honestly I have amassed such a collection of vehicles, gear, nudes, headsculpts, hands, feet, & weapons to keep me sci-fi bashing until after the Apocalypse...

    And still I wheel and deal (for my income does not nearly match my desire for more...) to trade off my old stuff--so I can get the most recent 'must have' stuff I've just seen posted...

    But I really don't see 1/6 demise any time soon--there is just too much money in it right now. Most stores have found a gold mine in parting out everything..

    Right now the hobby is led by those few who have the money to pre-order the most expensive figures --which then opens the door for the rest of us--when those figures are parted out. Even in this economy--I don't see that changing any time soon--and now, more U.S. online stores are parting out figures like SW Clones and Stormies--and Hot Toys--so guys like me are in hog heaven--and looking for places I might be able to sell a kidney--so I can get the next really kewl thing--which I will post right after this--so I don't hijack this thread --hint---Black Rain....
    There has never been a better time for collecting 1/6 (unless you're into WW2) and no better place to share your interest than right here...
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    "It's not how many times you get knocked down that counts,
    it's how many times you get back up."

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