I’ve been messing with how best to store my paints where I can access them easily for a while. I have a large table with plenty of depth, but I found that reaching further back for paints was a hassle. I was using pantry organizing risers like these:
However, I found that they were a bit unwieldy and didn’t have a top shelf backing, so paints would fall off…Also, I had to cut small blocks of foam as risers for the deep shelves to stack the paints two deep. They worked, but weren’t idea.
I then looked at the woodcut lines out there. So many nice products for storing paints, but none did what I wanted them to (I’m sure someone can show me otherwise, but I didn’t find what fit my need), which was mainly allow the varying sizes of hobby paint bottle in each slot. I use P3, Vallejo, GW, and Army Painter – plus a few random off brands. None seemed to be all things for me. The quest continued.
Finally I saw someone using nail polish racks in an image or two. Was amazed by the simplicity of the idea! Did a bit of research of the depth of the shelves I wanted and went to town. Bought a couple from Container Store that were lower as a starting point, then bought a taller rack from Amazon. I’ve since swapped out two of the smaller racks for two tall racks and the results are below. I did a couple fast pictures to show how things stand, please forgive the clutter. 🙂 The two shorter racks now hold my black/gray and metallics in one and the technicals and washes in the other.
The tall racks hold everything else. All my moving things around has me needing to resort the colors and pull duplicates out for now.
Started working on my Blood and Plunder English pirates. After the announced death of Spartan Games my interest in finishing my Russian fleet sort of waned. Enjoying working on some simple sculpts for a change, not enjoying reteaching myself how best to paint over white primer. Trying to color block out the pants/shirts ahead of time as well. These are English Freebooters. Kind of heavy handed with my base coating, but end results will be good.
Spent a good length of time messing with color ideas for my Russian Dystopian Wars fleet. Nothing fancy, but I like the warm browns and the red. Hopefully I’ll be quicker on the rest.
We are back hot and heavy with the 6 month Conquering the Lead Mountain painting challenge. I haven’t been able to get much done Weeks 1 and 2 but the assembling of a stack of Shadows of Brimstone Kickstarter models just before we started I will say counts for me. 😀
For now, I’m focusing on getting what should be a fairly easy project completed, one of my two Dystopian Wars fleets – my Russian Coalition. I’ll post more on the inspirations for the color scheme, and my tester ship which is nearly completed, but I was so pleased with how the hull tones were coming out I went ahead and base colored the entire fleet last week in preparation of some speedy assembly line painting. Here’s a quick shot of the models while drying. Next update, better pix of the ships (and hopefully a few finished ones).
By now the reason for my blog’s name should be clear. I’m always flitting between projects, usually what we’re gaming at the time or whatever’s in my crosshairs. I recently had an opportunity to pick up two core sets for the new Fantasy Flight Games miniatures game, Runewars. It’s a rank and file type miniatures game using many of the tried and true FFG game mechanics, including the X-Wing/Armada movement templates. I’ll write a review here soon, but for now wanted to start posting pictures of the minis. They’re quite nice, in my opinion. Bendy like Imperial Assault, but take paint well enough. The detail isn’t too over the top, just enough to get them looking nice for the game. I also enjoy the crisp/slightly cartoony aesthetic. I’m debating on the color schemes for the humans (Daqan) and undead (Waiqar) uniforms, but for now I’m starting on the basics: skeleton bones, horses, and skin tones. I know how the armor on the undead will look, just debating on what colors to do their tattered uniforms.
Added some color blocking tonight. Need to layer the colors.
I started trying to build up a habit of painting regularly to make a dent in my Lead Mountain late last year. I’ve tried to maintain the work as close to nightly as possible, at least 30 minutes of work/prep/sort, something to stay on track. It feels like it’s starting to become a habit now, and thanks to my new job’s better hours AND some health improvements I have the energy at night to do it!
Anyway…one project I’ve started and stopped many times is my 15mm Gruntz force. It’s a loosely-themed future Soviet style force aligned with the Siavyanskiy Soyuz group in the Gruntz universe. The rulebook has a ton of great ideas for factions/backgrounds but none are very well fleshed out so I’m working on that myself. They provide munitions for many other nations/corporations that are reliable if not high powered, but save their best products for themselves. I’ll have to work up and post my concept for them in the near future.
Photodump of where I’m at with them as of last night. Trying to get this force painted up as it’s pretty easy to do and I’m quite happy with the results so far. I’ll post weekly updates as I go.
The force in all its quasi painted glory:
What’s he watching? (yeah, after the priming and fsssht I noticed the fuzzy primer. Oh well, at 15mm it’s not too noticeable. Just when they’re blown up to this scale. 😐
Actual painting progress to date. Need a few touch ups on the hilighting, but I’ll make that pass once I’m done with the infantry.
One of the hard things about being a Shadows of Brimstone hoarder is that the model count for a completist is the sheer number and how to store/transport them. Some are a little on the fragile side (undead miner hands!), others are huge (Beli’al!). I was transporting all of mine to date in a Battle Foam transport bag, that I’d all but filled up and still had two large models, the Harbinger and the big worm, in another container. Because I’m waiting on some GenCon treats to arrive that include more models and the rest of the Kickstarter hasn’t yet arrived I realized I’d have to buy another bag or find something more modular to cover my needs. I also found it distracting at the table to dig for what we need in-game and this option allows easy location of the required baddies while we game.
I started with Really Useful Boxes that I already had for some different projects/storage. They’re, wait for it, really useful and I highly recommend the line. They’re stackable, durable, lock well, etc. Then I grabbed magnets from this great shop (local, so got to go in and shop with one of their engineers) Amazing Magnets and metal shingles at 84 cents each from Home Depot. Armed with some model glue and a glue gun I went to work. Still need a couple more metal sheets, and 100 magnets plus later!!
Edit: was asked which model number at Amazing Magnets: Product # D094A2 magnet. diameter: .1875″/thickness: .09375″, grade N40. They were $18.10 for 100.