Howdy there everyone,
It has been awhile since I was last here, since the old website got taken down in fact. After rewatching Gundam Wing and seeing my brother showing off his latest Gunpla purchases, I caught the ole Gunpla itch again. I have built Gunpla before, but it has been many years and to be honest, I was always on the more casual side of it, but now I want to build Gunpla on a more advanced level. I had a couple questions now that I am restarting, and I was hoping to get some advice.
I could use some recommendations of hobby supplies; in particular a hobby knife, a pair of nippers, and a cutting mat. I used to just use some cheap knife kit I got at the swapmeet and a pair of my dad’s side cutters, but not only do I no longer have them, but they were very clumsy and prone to rust. I will eventually want to work my way to sanding, removing seam lines, etc, but for now I plan to build fairly simple enough kits (SDs, HGs) so that can wait.
I used to use spray paints back in the day, but I caught a nasty case of bronchitis a couple years back that left me with a somewhat decreased lung capacity and a sensitivity to aerosols. Especially with the COVID pandemic going on, I do not really want to go back to using spray paints and mess with my lungs, particularly because I will be building indoors for the most part. I play a lot of DnD and tabletop board games, so I have been looking into miniature painting for awhile now, and I was hoping that the hand-painting methods and such I have been researching for that would also work for Gunpla. Long Story Short, I was wondering if anyone had experience with Army Painter paints and brushes, as those were the line of paints I had most in mind to begin handpainting with, both my tabletop miniatures and my Gunpla. I also heard good things about Vallejo and Citadel paints, but again, this was mostly for tabletop miniatures painting. Ideally I would like paints I could use for both hobbies lol, but I will take any handpainting paint suggestions y’all might have.
Thanks ahead of time and nice to be back!