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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Too Hot To Paint

I can't wait for it to cool down again. I haven't managed to do any painting since Sunday. When I got home this evening, just after 6pm the temperature in my flat was 29.5C. Four hours later....



Yes, a whole 0.5C drop. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so humid as well. The sweat is pouring off me even now it's past 11pm.

So, what's been going on? Not a great deal. I did pop down to Modelzone after work yesterday and picked up a few Vallejo paints (some new, some spares). I had a pleasant chat with the girl on the till who paints fantasy figures for pleasure. She thought it was cool that I was a wargamer.

Pimpage Time

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34 comments:

  1. I'm with you Tam. Like the warm weather but the muggy nights are a pain. Like sleeping in a steam bath!

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  2. I feel your pain. My paint desk faces the western setting sun and after work, it's the hottest room in the house! Painting sauna, anyone? ;-)

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  3. Try living in Florida, you walk out the door you sweat....only gets cool starting in Nov to Feb/March and we are back to sweating our ass off.

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  4. No air conditioning in Ol' Blighty? Dear Lord, woman, it's hot up in there!

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  5. Hot and humid here as well. I'm painting nights only and with my window unit air conditioner on. Without it, there's no way I could paint.

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  6. Speaking as an Aussie I find the idea of 29.5C being "hot" hilarious... ;-)

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    1. It's hot for this part of Australia, especially at night.

      As a Brit living in Australia I find the way that temperatures below 15C are described as 'cold' quite funny ;)

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  7. Painting? What's painting???

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    1. Rayolla: Are you STILL not painting?

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  8. It's hot here too, but I'm currently digging it. Plus it's super hot where I work in a prep kitchen. Two ovens, twelve burners, and no windows. But I tell ya, maybe I'll finally drop some of this chubba bubba, that I've gained.

    What kind of dog you have? Boy? Girl? Big? Little? Ours are pound puppies.

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  9. Hot?... Try living in Cyprus....

    :0)

    Steve

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  10. "Horses Sweat, Men perspire and Ladies Glow!" I suspect the "Glow" was pouring out of you!

    Yeah it's not the best painting weather so just do what you can when you can.

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  11. I forgot that ladies and ray glow, the weather is ferocious.

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  12. It´s boiling here...and I´m painting!!!! Easy really, just empty the fridge and get in there. I can now Report that the Little light doesn´t go out when you Close the door. Lots of reflection from the surrounding surfaces which gives a suprisingly good amount of light to work by. Oxygen is a bit of a Problem but hey...you have to suffer for your art.
    Now what to do with two weeks worth of defrosted fish fingers?? Grill Party?

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  13. Far too hot to do anything...

    Thanks for the pimpage!

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  14. Agreed I have started to contemplate working at night so I get some work done.

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  15. The heat is a pain, but hasn't slowed me down, yet. I usually paint between 8pm and midnight or so, though, when it is just a little bit less hot...

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  16. Painting in this heat is bad enough but not nearly as bad as the game we had last Saturday. The temperature must have been in excess of 32°c inside the Shed-o-War and its was unbearably humid. Add to that all the hot air that comes out of us wargamers and you have a recipe for disaster.

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  17. I feel your pain, I like to paint at the window and the blasted paint has dried before I get it to the miniature!

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  18. Yeah, the last couple weeks has been floating above & under 100F, which makes it unpleasant for painting.

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  19. I could almost feel sorry for you but over this side of the world it's about 0°C and a bit of warmth would be nice!!!

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  20. I managed a little bit last night on my exterminators but the rest of the week has been just chilling with an ice cold drink and enjoying the weather for a change.

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  21. Gods yes. I've actually moved my painting stuff down to the basement, an even there it's just awful.

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  22. I don't mind the heat apart from the fact that paint drys too fast.

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  23. I don't mind the heat apart from the fact that paint drys too fast.

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  24. Hang in there, it is the weather; it will change. Good time of year for priming figures...

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  25. Hot? I understand..
    34° here ;-)
    Alessandro

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  26. I am with you Tam. Here it's 29 C at work.
    I do not even think about the temperature in my hobby rooms.....must be cooler in hell.

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  27. Yup, barely painted anything sine the heatwave started. I just sit, vegetating in the heat.

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  28. Thanks for all the comments. For those in other lands who are puzzled at the British reaction to such temperatures, please bear in mind that:
    a) this bright yellow object in the sky which blasts us with heat is semi-mythical to us Brits.
    b) our usual methods (eg Wimbledon tennis, Test cricket) of keeping the sky-fire god at bay have been proving increasingly ineffective over the past few years
    c)we are not acclimated to temperatures above 15C
    d) we do not tend to have air conditioning at home or in the workplace
    e) our buildings are designed to operate within the range of 15 to 17C. As temperature rises above or falls below these levels they become increasingly inefficient

    lol, take care folks! :)

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  29. I was very confused until I read your list above. Hang in there!

    Our last summer in Australia broke all kinds of national records.
    We had eight days straight with a national average above 39 degrees and one of the days was at 49.6 degrees. My FW titan drooped and fell over as my tin shed turned into an oven. I'm not saying this to brag I'm just saying that I totally feel your pain!! Take it easy brits!

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  30. Heat is relative, in different parts of the world, the same temperature can feel very different, this is due to the humidity, which stops us losing heat as efficiently, hence we feel hotter when its humid.
    Time to sit in front of the TV and chill with a beer, the painting will still be there when its cooler!

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  31. I think I am going to move to Australia and sell Air Conditioning and become a millionaire

    tom

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