I have to many damned projects started and not enough finished.
So for now, I need to concentrate on what I have started and what can be quickly finished. Like a reverse triage system.
Projects like Project:Bass-ilisk. She’s currently been undercoated in a metal color, I just need to get some rust on her and then I’ll be ready for chipping medium and painting.
I have a few other not-named projects that have been shot with primer (a re-hashed Demolisher and a couple of Chimeras) that need the metal basecoat for weathering applied.
My Vindicare assassin is…oh 60% done. He’s turning out pretty good. So he should be pretty easy to finish quickly.
Project Valkdetta is getting there, one of the booms has been epoxied on, and the other side I had to clearance the engines, but the other boom is ready to go on, then it’s just the wings, doors, weapons and canopy. And paint. So yea, like almost done.
Then there’s the ‘Pile o’ Russ’, 5 Leman’s (three old style from the ARMAGEDDON boxing and two newer ones) that have their hulls done, but I need to work on the turrets yet. I’m thinking of just magnetizing them (perfect candidates from the ‘Single Magnet Magnetizing’ but I do have to re-barrel the battlecannon—I can’t stand the stock one.
I’ve managed to primer the vast majority of my built Cadian and Catachans. I’ve also got almost all of my Tau infantry done as well. Though those I mostly prep at work on my lunches, so they haven’t yet taken away from my ‘regular’ hobby time. But painting them is going to be a huge time sink.
Hmmm, what else… Oh, making my Valhallans. Though I need to come up with a suitable name for them, since they aren’t strictly Valhallans. Due the the Ushankas hitting on the molded in greatcoat collar, I’ll have to clearance them, so while not the quickest conversions, it’s not too involved.
Oh, right, my Mantic Space Dwarves. I’ll have to finish those too.
Damn. I have a lot to do.
So I guess in order of quickest time to completion and to maximize tool usage time:
Do metallic basecoat on primed Tanks and Chimeras
Add rust to Project: Bass-ilisk and tanks and Chimeras.
-Apply chipping medium
-Do paint and remove medium (if you wait to long, the chipping medium doesn’t release right…)
Vindicare finishing up.
Do magnetizing for Pile o’ Russes and make new Battlecannons
Paint my primered infantry
Work on my not-Valhallans.
This month’s topic with The Sprue Cutters Union (and my first feeble attempt at joining in on the fun) is “The Stash”. If you build models (or do miniature wargaming) you know what I’m talking about.
Growing up I always had a bunch of models (it was an escape from an unpleasant childhood) that I never built. After I started high school, I threw away or donated most of my models (a few Babylon 5 Starfuries were all I kept) packed away my BattleTech and D&D books and did the best I could to shed the geeky trappings that had defined me. I didn’t entirely succeed at it…
Fast forward a few years after graduation and the urge (we’ve all been there, I’m sure) to build came back to me. I stopped by a semi-local HobbyTown, bought some paints and some tools and decided to get cracking!
The urge didn’t last long. It turned out my closet sized room (the rest of the apartment wasn’t much bigger…) wasn’t conducive to model building and my roomate wasn’t so hot on the idea of enamels in the kitchen, So back into the bin and into the shed it all went.
So, around 2010 I found myself in a bigger apartment and with a lot of spare time on my hands. At first it was BattleTech miniatures. Then I started buying kits from Ebay that I remembered building with my dad growing up. Then it was just whatever struck my fancy…
Now it’s 2015, and I have a full grown hoard. 35 model kits (a pretty paltry number, comparatively), a hundred and fifty BattleTech minis and four Warhammer 40K armies (with one almost painted!). I have a two full paint racks full of paint, enough sheet plastic to build a house, knifes, cutters and all kinds of other odds and ends one accrues with an obsession.
I’m selling off some of my regular models that I’m not going to build, and I’ve begun sorting some of my BattleTech miniatures to offload. Heck, I’ve started painting one of my 40K armies (Dark Angels) to sell. It’ll take me forever to build what I have, and with my schedule as it is…
I’ve come to the conclusion that the quality of the stash (and what’s on the ‘built’ shelf!) is far more important than what is in the stash!
So I have a fair collection of painted and unpainted BattleTech miniatures (many more un-built) in a wide variety of schemes. Which is great for smaller games, or a wider ‘universe’ feel, but makes it harder to track exactly what you painted each scheme with. Unlike other game systems, BattleTech doesn’t have a its own line of supporting paints. So whereas in Warmachine, if you have a Khordor mini you know you just pick up a bottle of Khador red, and you’re set. Instead, for BattleTech schemes, color call outs are ‘red’ or ‘grey-blue’ which, as you can imagine, offers a wide variety of options. Now we do have an excellent reference in Camospecs, but the artists rarely share what colors were used.
Which brings me to my dilemma. Whilst unpacking from my move, I noticed a couple of my older ‘Robinson Rangers‘ minis were damaged, and I can’t remember which red I painted them with. Now I have a pretty good idea which one it was, but I’m going to have to do some experimenting and such to figure it out. Time which takes away from actually painting, which is not good…
So, I’m going to get a whole bunch of those big 5×8 note cards and a holder thingy, some alphabetic sorter tabs and I will be writing down how to do each units scheme, what colors were used, if they were mixed and that type of thing.
Now, hopefully, I can fix schemes or add ‘mechs to units I’ve painted a few years ago.
I strive to have a clean and organized bench. I really, really do. Sometimes I even meet that haughty goal. But most of the time, it’s a damned disaster. I can’t even use the excuse that ‘I know where everything is,’ because I don’t. I’m constantly looking for the tool or part I just had in my ********** hand. Seriously. I feel that most of the time I’m at the bench, I’m picking through piles of stuff and shifting stuff from spot ‘A’ to spot ‘B’.
So, to help my organization I lifted the below idea from an issue of Finescale Modeler:
It’s a fairly simple thing, an acrylic sheet, a handful of PVC pipe connectors and PVC pipe cement. Cost was fairly minimal, though I don’t remember exactly. If I were to do it again, I’d use the 2″+ connectors everywhere, as the 1″ ones don’t fit nearly as much as I thought I would.