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Painting Plastic Soldiers
Plastic soldier painting can be a very therapeutic hobby. I first got the bug as a 10 year old in the early 70s when I purchased my first box of Airfix 1/32 scale figures they were German Infantry and I spent hours playing with them and eventually bought another box of British Paras to fight against them . Time past and the figures where boxed up and placed to the back of the loft and forgotten about.
When in my teens I discovered a book on model soldiers and spent hours admiring the fantastic figures which had been skillfully hand painted. Inspired by this I spent a full weeks paper round money on paints and brushes and set to work painting the plastic airfix figures discarded years before. The results were not fantastic but after hours of practise I managed to produce figures of a reasonable standard, years past and life took its toll on my hobby and it was again boxed away and placed in the loft
Fast forward 20 years now in my forties. My wife buys me for Xmas a retro gift of plastic soldier figures and a set of paints , I spent the rest of the holiday lovingly painting those German Infantry figures. When I finished the final figure I placed it in the display cabinet next to the various family heirlooms. At this point my wife realised the monster she had created and envisaged hundreds of figures gathering dust on every shelf in the house, she announced. "You can't leave those there you'll have to get rid of them." Disheartened toiled with how and where I could dispose of my treasures.
Browsing ebay I noticed that there were figures similar to mine I put them up for sale Buy it now £50 , within hours they had been snapped up, Could this be the beginings of a self funding hobby I asked myself. I painted more and yes they sold funding the next batch .
That was three years ago ,in that time I have painted over 1000 figures of various WW2 armies and each figure I paint is as enjoyable as the last.
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