Stuff That Makes Life Easier
A bonus post. Crivens! On a Thursday too!
In my quest for the easy-life, I have come across a number of bits of stuff, that, well, just make everything easier.
But what of cavalry figures? I'm pretty clumsy and often struggle to get my brush into paint detail in cramped spaces, they always ends up looking like a proper dog's dinner. Which is why I am firmly an advocate of two part cavalry (separate horse and rider). Means I can splosh paint around fairly accurately, and quickly on horses. So much so I actually quite like painting horses - a known bugbear for many.
But what of the riders I hear you say? In the past I block painted the main colours, then added the detail on the front of the figure, glued them onto the horses, then finished everything up. Fiddly, slightly messy, a bit long winded, but worked for me.
Then I discovered the Green Stuff World airbrush alligator clip set (apparently they incorrectly call crocodile clips 'alligator clips' in the new world).
I attach a rider by one foot to a crocodile/alligator clip and can happily paint away. The base holds the clips when I swap between figures. Riders are now completed, bar one foot, quicker and with ease. They are removed from the clips, have their remaining foot painted, glued in position, then a simple job of painting stirrups and spurs (still easier once in situ).
Anyone who has ever visited a figure manufacturer's forum or FB page will be very aware of the moulded/open hand pike debate. Often these very polarised discussions are accompanied by tales of woe involving glue, separate pikes, and trips to A&E. Your toys, your choice. Must say that I'm impressed by manufacturers that offer both variants. Some argue that having both is unfeasible.
Here's my mess free, quick, simple way of glueing separate pikes in place. Pikes have had a base coat applied, finished figures have been glued to their bases (bases haven't been textured). I use a spare base or 2p coin as a palette, squeezing a dollop of superglue on to it. A cocktail stick is used as a 'brush' to apply glue to the hand surfaces. Bottom of the pike is dipped into the glue then it is placed into position. Once dry I finish the pike, touch up any visible glue patches then varnish. Once that is dry I apply texture to the base.
Brush choice is important. Good painters will drone on and on about it being the point of a brush that is important, not the size of the brush that matters. I however, am not a good painter, so need every advantage going. Which is why in the past, I used to buy Army Painter psycho brushes. Which are tiny. Problem with them is there is no brush to hold any paint. Great for very short thin lines, but after that their use is limited.