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The Grey Army

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by Ron Tamburrini, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. chippy Well-Known Member

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    Oh did I forget to mention Tommy since moving onto WW1 airplane kits and Tanks , cheaper but MUCH BIGGER boxes I also don't have the room .;)
    chippy
  2. Tommi A Fixture

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    Yep I got a loft full of tanks and ww1 aircraft and several sailing ships, will they ever see the light of day again is the question!
    Cheers
    Tommi
  3. chippy Well-Known Member

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    Tommi are you up for some horse trading ? I'm happy to lose a few more figures !!
    chippy
  4. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Haven't Harvey's version ,but if it's anything like Delilah iyts got to be good. done a rough count on Tommi's army :facepalm:
  5. chippy Well-Known Member

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    Just for you then Ron and anyone else who wants to shake their head until it hurts (but in a good way ) . Enjoy
    chippy
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  6. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Incredible :D
  7. Pilgrim_uk Active Member

    I like the idea of a hobby. Would never get involved though sounds like too much work.

    Like Tommi said its wondrous finding a resin miniature thats still captures the imagination in your collection.

    [IMG]

    Although the more Mini's in my collection, which is not far from Tommi's collection, the more the light hurts my eyes.

    Now I must get back to my "precious" mini's.
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  8. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Thats just the tip of the iceberg re Tommi's stuff :rolleyes: he probably has every tamiya kit ever made and i'm sure he has a couple of train sets too :D
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  9. housecarl Moderator

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    Tamiya loft insulation(y)
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  10. Pilgrim_uk Active Member

    Stash guilt you can learn to embrace it or sell it. :)

    Mini's are one of five hobby collections. (My loft insulation pics are over at Britmodeller) Think the biggest thing in one "hobby" collection must be this.

    [IMG]

    Thats 1/6 scale I learned to embrace it.

    Then again when I come to think of it probably the 1/24 Mosquito aircraft when built is the biggest. Still saving for that 1/32 B17 though ;)
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  11. peedee A Fixture

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    I have noticed there is a confession missing here.
    A very good friend and I have often chatted about grey armies in this way......

    "Mmmm lovely that one innit mate, you getting it?"

    "I do really like it, but's it's buying another kit not to paint eh?"

    "Well if you do buy it it will save me a tenner next month
    when you've cleaned it up pinned and undercaoted it and sell it to me.
    I'll hang on a bit !"

    It's great to have really good friends like this

    You know who you are
    I ove you man !
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  12. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Hello Figureteers!

    I have just recently started to make an Excel-list.
    I categorize them in seven classes.
    0= Figures that Im looking to buy.
    I=Started figures.
    II= Figures to do next.
    III= And so on to VI.
    V and VI I would probably sell if I where asked and got a fair price.

    This to have some overview of the stash. Making notes for the project and buying/making bases or/and signs. Especially useful when needing figures or details to complement a project and a plinth larger than average. I also note different ideas I have.

    Cheers
    Janne Nilsson
  13. Uruk-Hai PlanetFigure Supporter

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    You poor, poor man. I can actually see three or four gaps in the shelves that needs attending to. ;)

    Cheers
    Janne Nilsson
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  14. Pilgrim_uk Active Member

    A lot can be said in inventorying a stash. The other day was sure I had bought a mini (Yedharo Dwarf) but cannot find it anywhere in any of the umpteen boxes. Found a tescos bag full of unsorted mini's though ( certainly not bought Tesco's) :)
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  15. Bailey A Fixture

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    I've got an excel list like Janne and I think it's a big help. Mostly it's to keep track of what I've already got (when I bought it, what I paid, etc) but there's an ever growing wish list section. It's nice to be able to quickly skim through what I've got and see what I could turn into my next project. Maybe I'm looking for a certain scale or subject matter. In fact my latest project was one of those. I was looking for a figure to meet a competition category and that I even owned this one had slipped my mind.

    As for the original post, the time in the grey army hasn't really been a factor for me. There's plenty of things in there that I bought planning to wait until I felt good enough to paint them. Plus I tend to go through phases on what subject matter I find most interesting. So if I suddenly feel like painting a knight I'll look through what I've got before running out and buying a new figure. Of course I've only really been collecting figures for 4 or 5 years. At some point they do start to show their age, so eventually that may be an issue.

    In my experience, the most dangerous thing is to leave a partially painted figure sitting for too long. If I start a project and then don't work on it for 6+ months... well, it's very rare for me to ever go back and finish it. A figure still in the box, even if it's been in the grey army for years is more likely to get finished at that point.
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  16. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

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    Couple of good points there , re starting and not going back to it and also they do start to show their age ,plenty of Ray Lamb stuff stashed and probably may never get painted, but here is some food for thought .
    You can always assemble and ghost them up , or likewise polish and antique them ; couple of ways to do this . One polish with brasso or any metal polish and then mix some humbrol black with varnish and brush in ,the black will go into the undercuts and so on giving a nice effect :cool:
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  17. legend69 Well-Known Member

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    Greece
    My philosophy is to build up my grey army now that I can, because nobody knows what is around the corner and if I will have the cash to buy figures in the years to come. Of course Tommi has taken it to a whole different level, and instead of the next corner is planning for the next couple of blocks (cudos). My grey army numbers around 30 figures/busts etc...so it is still quite manageable - working through it at a steady pace.

    Anthony

    p.s. also got a wish list which is bigger than my grey army
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  18. brian A Fixture

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    Scotland
    I've got a couple of friends just like that,as i'm very much an impulse buyer,as if i see a figure i like, i'll buy it,clean it up,pin it and prime it, and it might end up back in the box ,or i may paint it!!!
    One of my favourite sayings is "he who hesitates is lost".
    Brian
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  19. DEL A Fixture

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    (y):D ......... passing through Deliverance at 11.00am tomorrow.
  20. brian A Fixture

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    Will be waiting city boy

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