Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Rack 'em up

After what has been a frantic couple of weeks, I managed to order something which I've been planning for a long while - Paint racks.

I've felt for a while now that having to totally clear away project work in order to use my desk (for work) is a chore, and occasionally is not only demotivating when I want to get painting done, but also a total pain.  Since we moved though, I'm trying a new approach to the whole scenario. I now have my current works on a tray which goes in the drawer in the middle of my desk, so it can be moved away whilst work is still in progress, and resumed just as easily.  The other thing is that my paints can be down one side of the desk without being in the way, and again, accessed very easily, which makes it easier too.

Which brings me ramblingly onto the paint racks which I bought.  I have been comparing two or three 'brands' that I found on eBay for sometime now, and with a recent bonus from work, I took the plunge and ordered from Progressive Engineering through their eBay store.  I ordered one paint rack for my growing collection of Vallejo paints, and one to house my GW paints with the intention that once the GW paints are replaced the rack will hold other paint bottle types just as easily, as well as specialist items like pigments and the like.

I ordered both, and requested a combined shipping fee, which the guys were helpful in providing, and after ordering on a Sunday the goods arrived on Tuesday, so I was really impressed.

Once the parcel was opened, each rack comes in it's own ziplock bag, and has a separate bag of bolts, nuts washers, feet and an Allen key, and of course instructions.
The first rack took around 15 minutes to assemble.  The wooden parts are all really well cut, and went together very snuggly and smoothly. It felt like the screws weren't really necessary if I'm honest, as the structure won't be under any stress or even be moved a great deal.  I bolted the whole kit together and quickly loaded my paints in to see how it looks;
I'm more than pleased with this storage solution, it looks slick and clean, it's functional, well made and very easy to assemble.  I would say that the second rack took around ten minutes to get together once I knew which parts came next.

This is part of a concerted move towards having a workspace which is useful enough to take on commissions as well as my own work, and work work as well when required. Next step is to get everything else into the desk drawers in some semblance of order, maybe even with labels to make things easy to find! This may sound extreme but the way I used to have things (before it all got packed up and moved) was a bit of a mess and not very useful.
Another part to this move towards 'serious' hobbying is having time to a) dedicate to everything I have promised I will do for people, and b) have a regular time to get hobbying things done.
It might be a slow process, but once I'm there it'll certainly be worth it!

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013


Things have been really frantic recently with plenty going on to stop me having a great deal of time at home, let alone time to hobby.  Just wanted to check in to apologise and let you all know that there will be some interesting updates including product reviews coming next week :)

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Last Minute

Managed to get a few minutes work on my base today, so here's a very quick update in amongst getting ready for many and various client meetings tomorrow

I'm pretty pleased with how it's looking so far, and I think it'll look pretty good even after some coloured washes etc.

Hopefully have some time in the week to do some more work

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Friday, 15 March 2013

Well Guest

This week has been a bit of a blitz with work and everything outside work. I have got the base base-coated though, so it will start to take shape soon.

We have some friends staying over this weekend so I'm not going to be able to update with pictures until next week. Hopefully though it'll be looking half decent by that point.

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Monday, 4 March 2013


I don't usually like to post on consecutive days, but I'm really pleased with tonight's progress, and how things are shaping up against my original plan;

I've added a load of Polyfiller to the area where I will be putting the water in order to simulate the flow of water in the stream. I think it looks great at the moment, and will only improve with paint and water effects, so I'm really pleased, and wanted to share the progress with you all :)

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Up Stream

Made some major progress with Hyperion today (I finally remembered to buy some glue..) I did manage to go through nearly an entire tube of super glue however making the base, I think I need a hot glue gun to do this kind of thing more effectively.

Anyhow, Hyperion is now green stuffed where necessary, and the shoulders are fully assembled, awaiting posing in order to be added along with the arms.

I asked you guys last post for inspiration regarding a base, and one response to the blog, and one verbal response confirmed the same idea - an ice crevasse type thing.

I really like this idea, and have had a blast making this today. I started off with a circle of card the right size for the inside of the base, and marked a rough design & blocked out the stance.

After that, I started building up the layers, and shaping the cork;
Once this bad boy id painted up, water effects will just be the cream on top, I think it'll look fantastic. The only drawback is that the next two weekends are pretty much fully booked so I'm not sure how much time there will be for hobby stuff. Ho-hum, I suppose that's life eh?

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