I was able to paint 42 miniatures in 2016. I hope to double that in 2017, so I believe that I will have to focus on speed above all else, especially for troop type models.
Anyway, here are the tools that helped my hobby game in the last year or so.
The mold line remover has been a nice upgrade and does more than my normal file does. Great buy!
The hand drill is my second, and has been very good and came at a great price. I recommend it!
These help with drawing lines of any color. I use black. I used these to make Eldrad's glyphs and to draw the cross sections of my harlequins. Great upgrade that did more than I was currently capable of with my brush.
|Here are the glyphs in action done with a Micron pen. I had tried to freehand them with a brush four times before...|
Wood Trays to hold paints and tools from AC MooreI use a Sharpie to write each paint's name on the top of the pot. This allows me to stack paint trays atop one another and still have access to all of them easily. These trays were about $5 each and allows me to:
- Move and pack them up them easily
- Find which paint I am looking for easily
- Organize them easily by color
- Keep my tools with my paints
Wet Palette (free almost)
Huge upgrade here to the wet palette this year. Where have you been all my life? I made this out of wax/parchment paper, paper towel, and a Tupperware container.
The video that helped me easily make one is below. With this, my paints will stay wet for up to three weeks. All done with things available around my house.
Video link below
Paint CupA Christmas splurge. You have to roll in style.
An Assist to Hold Models
I am old, so I have plenty of prescription bottles. These, with some sticky tack on the top is great to hold your hands onto while painting without having to grab your model. A must.....
These brushes are kings and workhorses. They take care of all of my tight spaces work, and keep their point better than any brush that I have ever had. They are amazing.
Also - another tip that is not really a tool, but has really helped me recently - two elbows on the table and hold your breath!
What are your go-to tools for the hobby?