Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cutting Costs: The Knife and Cutters

This is Part 2 of Cutting Costs.

We all know that enjoying our little hobby can be tough on our wallets. And your ears as your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend/dog repeatedly complains about those "little men". 

Yes, it is an expensive hobby. And with Games Workshop's ever increasing prices, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to stay committed to our beloved hobby. 
Thankfully, there are a number of ways you could take in order to save some cash and still enjoy your hobby. 

Meet your best friends for your wargaming hobby: the hobby knife and plastic cutters. Like the glue, these are tools that you absolutely need if you want to make progress with anything in this hobby.

Most miniature manufacturers present the models on sprues, which make life a little difficult when one tries to rip them out with their fingers/toes/teeth. So you need plastic cutters. The problem is the ones GW sells (or most miniature companies) tend to be on the expensive side. 

Looking at the GW website, the plastic cutters they offer are USD 15. Ouch. For one pair of puny cutters. But do these remind you of anything closer to home? Maybe something in the toolbox? 
Pliers! Or rather, ones dedicated to cutting thick wires. (Called diagonal pliers)
Like these:

Pretty much every home has one of these, so you probably have one lying around as well.

The hobby knife can be used for cleaning mould lines, sculpting, cutting plasticard, etc. It's pretty much a Swiss army knife. GW offers these for USD 15. I assure you, you could find hobby knives in any hobby or craft store, and these would be cheaper than the GW ones. Including replacement blades.
Just look for these:

These work as well: 

The key is to look for anything that will do a similar or better job, but at a cheaper price.

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