He mentions how it's more work restoring a model than starting from scratch, which in the case of the type of restoration he was working on, will probably always hold true. However there are other types of restoration that you can do to your minis to ensure they don't languish in the case or on the shelf.
These "restorations" (and I use the term loosely) are usually of the much smaller variety. Fixing a poor weapons combo choice, re-painting a choice piece of the fig you are unsatisfied with, perhaps re-basing the mini.
Example 1 - my Novamarines scout sergeant with combi-flamer
|removed chainsword, added bolt pistol|
Example 2 - my Space Sharks captain with combi-plasma
|removed combi-plasma/chainsword, added bolt pistol/power sword|
I am contemplating doing a second update to this model as well - magnetizing the bolt pistol hand so I can swap in a plasma pistol so he can also count as Sicarius. My thought is to do the same with the below example so the champion has the option of taking the combat shield with bolt pistol or plasma pistol as well!
Example 3 - my Space Sharks command squad champion
|power sword painted|
Example 4 - a Novamarines terminator turned heavy
|added the IG sentinel missile launcher|