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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.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Resuming painting? Plus cheap SF buildings

Given that my left arm seems to be recovering, I'm planning to try resuming painting tomorrow or Saturday. I'll be using a padded keyboard wrist-rest to provide a cushion for my elbows while painting and doing shorter bursts with longer breaks.

Cheap SF buildings

After reading various threads on TMP about using various items as a source of cheap buildings for SF, I've bought a couple of bits to give this a go myself when the weather gets a bit warmer - they'll need spray painting and at the moment I don't want to be opening the windows for ventilation as it takes my central heating positively ages to warm my flat up again. I could do the spraying in the morning before I go to work I guess, but waiting would give me some time to buy various fittings to accessorise them - windows, doors, vents, a/c units etc.

The bits I've bought for this:
1 pack of 3 Really Useful Boxes small collapsible crates (18cm x 13.5cm x 9cm)
1 triple-socket 30mm mounting box* (20.5cm x 8.5cm x 3.5cm)
1 double-socket flanged mounting box* (13.5cm x 7.5cm x 5cm)

* from B&Q's electrical supplies section


  1. Take care when using the padded keyboard thingy as a rest when painting. I used one and ended up with tennis elbow :-/ I think they are ok for typing but painting you hold your hands in a different way/angle.

  2. Packaging can actually be your best source for SciFi buildings. Plastic instant noodle bowls, pasta sauce containers, one-serve heat and eat dessert containers, torch battery packaging, and CD/DVD containers all work well if you either hit 'em with a spray can or cover them with paper mache (for that stucco effect) and then paint.

    For spray painting, I use a cardboard box as a spray box. Go outside to bomb the target in the box. Let sit for a couple of minutes, and then you can take the bomb-box inside and leave in a ventilated room to dry.

  3. I've some bits from gzg for your buildings if you want them, plus some vehicules and kravak.

  4. @Paul - I tend to shift position quite a bit anyway - sometimes the elbow will be on it, sometimes my wrist or forearm, sometimes none of them.

    @Kobold - ahh, the "that blister/packaging looks like it could be useful for scenics at some point" bag. I've got one of those as well, but not much in there is building-size (well, maybe for 6mm if I ever do SF in that scale)

    @Seb - GZG building bits would be handy; will probably be getting a load from them, The Scene, Khurasan and Antenocities. Maybe some bits from Ramshackle as well


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