Model kits are what they are and sometimes you might want to do something a little different. Modifications can usually be made to poses by varying the way you attach the limbs of the figures.
But what if you wanted to change the head of the cavalryman? That is easy to achieve. The first thing you need to do is ensure that the kits you are exchanging parts for are of the same scale. The last thing you want is the wrong scale as it will completely ruin the model.
You can also modify the figures by using hard metal. It’s not as complicated as it sounds. One of the best materials that I find for this is the stuff that is used by panel beaters to fill in dents on cars.
It involves mixing two putties together that you can use to mould a fuller face or create a beard, for example.
All you have to do is sculpt out what you want and then let it harden overnight. You can use this stuff for a whole load of modifications. As your skills continue to develop, you will reach the stage where you will probably only use about half of a kit and create the rest yourself.
As your collection increases, you will find that you will have collected various bits and pieces from other kits that you will be able to use to modify other models.
Modifications are easier as the scale gets smaller because they will require less detailed correction. The bigger the model, the easier it becomes to spot anomalies, so you really need to think about the scale you are going for before committing to building a model. As with everything else in life, it is better to start out small and increase in size as time goes on.