So far we’ve taken a look at choosing an army and what models to get started with. In this part, we’re going to go over some of the tools and other essentials you’ll need to get going.
Tools of the trade
By now you’ll probably have an idea about what models you’re going to start off with. The next thing we have to do, it look at how you’re going build them. Again, you could go out and buy all of the things, but don’t. I’ll show you the essentials you need to get started.
Fine Detail Cutters
These are a no brainer. Whatever you decide to buy now, or in the future, you’ll need a set of clippers to remove the parts from the sprue. If you’re not quite sure what a sprue is or haven’t seen how models are supplied, take a look at this image.
These clippers are a little pricy, but I find they are very good and give a nice clean cut. You can of course use any other kind of hobby clippers you like.
The retail price on these is £20.
Files are also an essential part of your tool set. These are primarily used to file down an area of a model after you’ve clipped it off. These, along with clippers, will be some of the most used tools you have. One file is rough, and the other is fine. Again, you can use any files you want, but these are specifically designed for modelling, and I’ve found them to be pretty good.
A set of these retail for £13.
The final tool I’ll mention is the mouldline remover. After you’ve clipped and filed your models, the next step is to remove the unwanted lines that are formed when they are cast. You can use a hobby knife for this purpose, however the sharp edge can ruin a smooth finish. Like the previous two, this tool will also be one of the most used in your set.
One of these retails for £10.50.
The final thing worth mentioning here is glue. It’s not rocket science, you’ll need some of this to glue your models together when you’re building them. This one has a precision needle at the end, which is very handy when it comes to gluing smaller pieces together.
This glue retails for £4.30.
That covers everything you’ll need to start building your models. There are more tools available, but I don’t think they are necessities for starting out.
One thing you may have noticed, is that these tools alone will set you back a bit. The total combined RRP for them all is £47.80. Add that to cost of the models and you can see where the initial investment comes from. As I’ve said though, you can use other, perhaps cheaper alternatives. Personally, I find these ones to be very good. The key thing to make sure of is that the tools you use are designed for modelling.
In the next part we’re going to take a look at some of the painting essentials. One thing I would recommend to help spread out the initial cost of starting your army, is to buy everything you need that we’ve covered so far, and hold off there. Pick what models you want to start off with, and get them built. This should take a little time and add a break in-between purchases. Once everything is built, it’ll be a good time to continue.