Stuff That Makes Life Easier: Part 2
As much as I enjoy painting and modelling I am always on the lookout for stuff that makes life easier, or saves time. I have often wondered if there was something that could help me speed up the laborious process of putting on my underbase markings. (See here for an explanation). An idea germinated, and in the finest tradition of Blackadder's faithful sidekick, Baldrick, I had a cunning plan...
|The finished jig. In the picture it looks like the top layer overhangs the base - it doesn't: that's just the angle the picture was taken at coupled with a bit of shadow|
So I designed a jig to help with the process. Two notches that I could slot base corners in so I can quickly, easily, and accurately place my masking tape.
|As I'm right handed, working this way is much easier - explains why the '15mm' text appears upside down. (A little blob of blutack holds the base in place whilst applying the tape)|
|I've put a pinning rod in the slot, as my pikes didn't show up very well in the photos|
|It's now much quicker to accurately cut pikes down|
The top layer is 3mm MDF - I use 2mm thick bases, the extra 1mm gives an edge to place the masking tape up to. The base is 2mm.
I added some text so I didn't have to think about anything, and whilst I was at it added a little bit of corporate branding. I asked for Chapbook Italic font, which I've used on my casualty markers to give a C17th vibe. All completely unnecessary, but why the heck not!
It works brilliantly. For just a couple of quid it really does speed up repetitive processes. I really do mean a couple of quid - postage cost more than the custom order.
My jig does exactly what I wanted of it - if you have similar repetitive tasks I can heartily recommend designing your own. I'm sure Warbases will be happy to help produce it for you.
I really wish I'd thought of it and had it made sooner. It is also surprising, how much joy the creation of this object has given me. I clearly need to get out more.
I know I have written that I have finished painting little men, but I've had an idea...