Whenever it is possible (IMHO), you should avoid buying Hobby specific products.The packaging of products for the hobbyist increases the cost over a general purpose product.The hobby item is likely to have a much lower volume in sales.This causes the price to increase as an offset of the cost of its narrower market.
I do my best to purchase as little as I can at specialty stores.Most products can be purchased in a general retailer at a much lower cost for the same product, sometimes in greater volume as well. This is not to say I don't want to support the local stores.However, when the savings is significant enough that it affects the amount of materials I can purchase for my hobby, I feel compelled to go with the cheaper source.
At the same time it is important to be sure the general purpose item is sufficient for your use. Sometimes the hobby product is of a higher grade for its purpose.
In short, if the product works for your needs, save the money.
Some types of modelling paste can be made very cheaply, at home. Check YouTube by searching for the key words. I found numerous videos, and formulas, on how to make my own modelling paste...
I used it extensively to texture my modular cavern wall pieces (full 3D, not sure folks here would be interested, so I have not made a tutorial posting on it, yet). I found it to be incredibly inexpensive, compared to the Liquitex product, but it is not flexible, like the Liquitex product I used initially in the project; the cost of the Liquitex product was prohibitive as I needed to use around three jars' worth, at $20/jar! The home-made paste cost around $3/jar, so I saved around $51...
For my purposes, the flexibility was not necessary, so the home-made product worked well. It took latex house paint, and urethane-stain, perfectly, yielding a virtually identical product, compared to the Liquitex pieces I started with. I can only tell the difference if I press my thumbnail into the textured surfaces: one flexes, the other does not.
The $1.50/tube of white caulk might be a good deal, but carefully consider the needs of your application. Most caulk cannot be painted, some types of caulking can be painted: check the tube to see if it can be painted, or better yet, only buy the kind which can be painted, so you never need worry about it... After that, "Experimentation is King, Baby!" Invest in the alternative materials, experiment, and report back your findings. Remember, "Sharing, is caring." Cheers!
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT