Went for a drive to twin Cities this morning for holiday. 7 days here with the in laws, great friends and got to see two new stores I had not visited yet.
At the last ITC GT I attended I won 50 bucks in gift cards for that some so I finally was able to use the gift cards today.
One cool thing about this store is it had a lot of used merch, a lot of it!
So I did some digging in the tau bins, " Scrap Yards " and found some decent salvage.
The reason most stores won't take used stuff is cause it sits, a lot of times used stuff is very rough, very thickly painted etc. When I starated digging I notice man items had a good amount of dust on it. This told me no one had been interested in a long time...
I did an initial pick of the bins and then started on quality vs desire on the model. When picking through used stuff you need to really seriously look passed the retail value and look at the quality. Average 40k models go for 60% retail thats - assembled with or without prime
NOS can go for 70%
Anything higher the models have to be well painted, Magnetized etc... or the buyer has to like them enough to pay that amount.
I am pretty strict on quality as a commission painter and someone that does conversions. I like a fair deal for both parties.
Am glad to say I spent only $20.00 bucks of my money.
Is a great haul of different models, ones they I may not of gotten if at full retail and with 100% my own cash at this stage of my skill level and goal for the army.
But since it's with essentially not my money, in the sense of my not having done anything to get it. " I won the gift cards in a raffle just for being present "
Am okay with getting some less then stellar models for dirt dirt cheap.
20 kroot - primed good quality with 3 nicely painted. Also some bits.
16 drones - good quality pick up marker drones, a shield drone, two Missle drones fromantic ripetides kit, and then a bunch of other specialty drones I need to identify. A few of them I know I have the parts for at home but never found need to build them with my stuff. So is cool to have a few of them to add to the army without using my NOS/NIB stuff.
6 stealth suits - I wish I had grabbed 3 more then I would have 4 squads. I have one unit unbuilt that I will try to do some conversions.
1 pirhana - perfect condition this piece alone in its condition easily worth $20.00 bucks maybe even $25.00. Got it dirt dirt cheap.
1 - Devilfish - also in great condition if you not interested in conversions then it's perfect and ready to paint. I plan to do a lot of conversion with tau tanks so it's a okay pick up. Easily $20.00 bucks though too.
1 - Hammer head - very similar stance to the Devilfish. Easily $25.00
9 bleachers - they are in good condition cleaned up nicely and unprimed easily $20.00
4 devilfish/hammerhead tank chassis and various parts. These are very very rough shape horrible shape. Heavily painted, glued, missing a lot of parts. Might be able to strip the paint and get 1 good vehicle put of the parts. a lot of these will be used for terrain, basing materials or to practice some conversion cuts before doing it on on retail NIB ones I get. I hold no value to them cash wise they are trash. Stripping the paint off them will increase the value. Time will tell if they can be salvaged. I got them for free too cause they been at bottom of the bins for 2 years at least guy said.
Overall very good haul. Am not in a rush to paint all this back log troops. Still sticking with my original layout.
I brought all my NOS and NIB kits with me with hobby tools and baggies. I plan to clean up the parts for all 3 riptides, a broadside, ghostkeel and Devilfish and have them put in marked bags for later. This way I can already have the mold lines removed when I get home.
Will have 4 days off where my wife is pretty much working whole time. So a lot of relaxation time to just work on finishing stuff and starting new conversions. Have a list of some ideas I found online and others that have come from inspiration during a given day.
So it will be fun.