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So a bit of explanation; a couple of years ago I was a pretty adamant W40k player and had a group of friends to casually play with every weekend. However, since I was moving to attend a vocational school I decided to leave all of my models and tools with them since they would get better use out of them and didn't think twice about it; so essentially, I'm starting completely from scratch on everything and would love to get the basic tools for the job without breaking the bank. Brushes, a hobby knife, etc... anyone have any ideas what the best bang for your buck is? I'm not looking to pay a billion dollars, but having good quality tools is never a bad thing.
Well, any decent hobby shop would probably have something you could use as a hobby knife. They might also have cutters and suitable hand-drill (pin-vice?) there...
I actually got my pin-vice and a file set (and a pair of side cutters, I think) from an electronics shop - more the place that sells kits and component than an electrical devices retailer, if that makes sense. I don't use those tools all that heavily but I'm still using them several years later and they work fine.
If you're in to your green-stuffing, I 'borrowed' an ancient manicure/pedicure kit to use as modelling tools. I'm not sure if there's a modern equivalent you could find somewhere that would also work, but a cheap nail file (would chemists sell them?) could probably work as a file/modelling tool in a pinch.
Brushes... I've had no trouble with the GW brushes, to be honest. They may be pricey but they seem decent. I've heard Windsor and Newton Kolinsky brushes recommended highly many times, they're also expensive but supposedly well worth it and if you look after them well they'll last for ages.
Not sure what else you'd want - I have old jam jars as water pots, some cheap plastic palettes for paint mixing that I just came across in a craft store somewhere, and old piece of linoleum as a cutting board... And most of that works fine!
Get on eBay my friend
Brokendoll Miniature Painting - (Coming Soon)
Muse2k8's Painting Antics (WIP and Finished Models thread)
Try this site just found it today while looking for plastic card.
Hobby and Model Paint Brushes
Hand Drill / Tap and Die
feel your pain having start from scratch just got back into it myself after being in the militarily for 5 years. a lot my stuff was missing and stuff I did find like my GW paints were dried solid. well good luck hope that site helps you out.