While resin figures are nothing new, the material and technology has come a long way over the last couple of decades. In the 1990s when resin figures really took off, the market was quite heavy with figure kits. Companies like Aurora, who did a lot of figures in plastic, was gone. There was a big hole to fill for model builders who wanted to build and paint larger figure models.
Back then, magazines like Kit Builder and Amazing Figure Model had filled a niche market, and were eager to share the possibilities with figure models. While some plastic models have been reissued, and even some new ones came to the hobby shelves, the resin market is still quite large and full of fans. The figures are made in low quantities, low production runs, and you won't find them in hobby stores. Most of them have to be ordered online. Some kits from the 1990s can bring big dollars because they are so rare. Most kits tend to lean towards Pinups, Horror, and Science Fiction themed subjects. Military figures still make up a larger portion too. But the kits can still be hard to come across. It takes a special kind of modeler who can assemble a vinyl or resin figure model, and then has the talent to paint the model to make it life like. I envy those builders. I wish I had that kind of talent.
With modern resins, you get a very smooth surface and much better castings than ever before. Some new ones are classic "statues", which are molded in white. They are usually classic figures, such as from Roman Mythology. The typical gods, of Mars, Athena, Hercules, Zeus. You get the idea. Some reflect statues and artork, such as retro or art-deco styles. Some are fantasy figures, from women to goblins and elves. It's a wide open market.
Here are just a few of these great resin figures that can be painted:
Below is one I have that I started on. This is Aphrodite. While the heights can vary, depending on the figure model, I have a typical spray can next to her so you can see just how large it is. I shot the figure with white primer, and then hand painted the skin tone with Vallejo paint. I haven't decided on how to paint the clothing yet. I also need to add shading and tones to her skin. As you can see, if you are a figure model, you have virtualy an empty pallet to make the figure really pop and stand out. This figure didn't need any assembly, so it's basically just a painters project. Though you could modify it (I was thinking of removing the doves, replacing them with bats, painting her red and making a COOP style she-devil out of her .... maybe next time).
The thing is, these resin statues can be quite the fun project. You may want to try a couple of them out. You'll probably be the only one at a model contest with such a model.