Well, most imoprtantly, i save $ in fodder. How many figures have you cut up only to get the hands or head or left foot? I used to have sooo many left over parts. Unless you're chewie, i dont think most of us will ever use all the fodder pieces we pile up.
By casting the pieces i need, i dont have to buy a figure just to get a limb or glove...etc.
Now when i buy figures i dont buy 2 or 3 for customs i may make later. Now if i need a part, i just go to my cabinet, select a figure, boil and pop, cast and go!
Smartypants, you're so right. I've gotten so many casted parts i've made from the bottles of plastic i have...Still using the same ones for 3 years. Buying 10 figures for fodder would cover the price of the plastic and i've casted over 30 complete figures easily, not to mention all the heads, body parts, guns, helmets, weapons...etc that i've casted.
I can see how that makes a lot of sense. As you know from our PM exchanges, I'm going to try to get more involved in casting parts. Obviously, once you are good at it, I think it makes a lot of sense and a good way to save some cents (Ha!).
However, it seems like you have to really plan your customs a bit more than I'm used to (call me impatient if you want
) . With two (relatively) young kids at home and a wife that is moderately supportive of this new hobby of mine, my disposable free time is pretty small. So far, its easier for me to pick up a few figures and slice and dice to create a custom.
I've just recently started the "frankenstein" approach of adding pieces together, so we'll see if my attitude changes in the future. Check back in a few months after I've started giving casting a try
So far my favorite part about this hobby is the experimentation. So, I reserve the right to change my above opinions at any time