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I've been out of the hobby for a while, but had really enjoyed the model building and painting. I'm thinking of bringing a Battle Force box set with me on my upcoming deployment (go Navy!) but am pretty foggy on what I'll need to bring with.
Any advice on a set of paints and tools I should get? What's in your box of essential equipment when building and painting your models?
I'm eyeballing the Tau Battleforce because of the variety of models in it. Any tricks of the trade I should know about for them?
I've spent the last week building Black Reach marines on and off (mostly off) and they are just boring to clean the mold lines off and build. I need the variety of the multipart kits to let me get creative, or at least something complicated to keep me amused.
Tonight I'm breaking open a couple of multi-part box sets and a big old bottle of Tiger beer and I'm going to have a go at building the Sergeants, Heavy Weapons and Special Weapons marines for three tactical squads as well as my Space Marine Captain. I'm hoping to go nuts with the bits I have available to me and have some fun with it all.
If I finish those I will make a start on a Razorback, but there's only so far I can go on that before I get some magnets for making the turrets and roof multiple choice. Magnetising the Rhino chasis looks like it will be an fun little job to get done.
EDIT: Totally misunderstood your question there. /facepalm, feeling slightly noobish now. Fortunatly CaptainSarathai below is much more on the ball than me.
Last edited by Jimmy Carmine; February 4th, 2011 at 16:24. Reason: Jimmy's feeling foolish.
Start off with your obvious-
A pair of clippers to get the models off the sprue
A sharp hobby knife, for getting rid of mold lines (you're deployed, you'll have plenty of time to bother with the nitpicky stuff, lol)
Glue. The battleforces are all plastic models, so basic hobby glue would be best. I'd actually avoid Citadel, since it's easy to get the cap stuck to the stem, and then your project is over.
For paint, I don't know what you'll want to do here. If you can spray-paint at all, you'll want to bring a primer of white or black. If not, you'll need to find a base coat- I'd suggest something from the Foundation Paints if you're not spraying. Then take whatever colors you'll need. Take multiple brushes as well. If you ruin one, you won't have to go without for the rest of your deployment.
Basing materials - you could just paint your bases, or you could take some flock/gravel/sand and go the extra mile. Just remember to take (or requisition) a small box to use to catch the excess. You never want to put glue-covered basing materials back in their containers, otherwise you end up with giant clumps of worthless material.
Other stuff you may want to consider:
Greenstuff - not only will it fill gaps, but you can also use it for conversions etc.
Pin Vise and multiple pinning materials - just like the GS, it can help with conversion but also help stick your models together. You'll need to remember to take different diameter objects to use as pins though, like paperclips or needles.
Magnets - Tau have Battlesuits, and you might want to magnetize your weapon mounts to make them interchangeable.
Camera - To keep the lazy civvies posted!
Oh, and you're going to want to take a figure case to protect your models once they're built! I've traveled with unbuilt stuff before, and you always run into the problem of having to stash them away somewhere once they're no longer conveniently flat sprues.
Hope this helps. I know that your job mainly consists of ferrying around the Marines (had to get my laugh in) but good luck whenever and wherever you find yourself shipping out.
Good tips for the modelling, too. No GW plastics glue aye.
I'm a bit out of date, this Foundation Paint is a brush-on primer? You're right to guess I won't be spraying my models, so a couple pots of this is a good idea.
I also should plan my color scheme before I leave to make sure I have all the colors and shades I'll need. I remember seeing a website with a Tau color-planning thing (had a b&w line drawing of a Tau that you could then fill in with colors and shades). Anybody know where I can find that again?
Testors. I generally prefer Tenax or Ambroid myself, but Testors makes a great product that's much better for travel use.
The Foundation range isn't a primer, exactly - rather, it's a heavy, high-coverage paint designed to lay in base colours quickly and efficiently. There are options for brush-on primers (I've heard artist's Gesso works nicely), but I'm not the best one to cover the details.
As far as platic glues go, I get a lot of use out of Revell's "Contacta Professional" (from Germany). It comes in blue 25g bottles with a metal applicator (fantastic for tricky poses) and I find that a single bottle lasts me a long time - I think I got about 140 models out of the last bottle I used up. Adheres pretty fast, too.
I would say for starters a hobby knife, then alot of people say clippers, but I prefer a set of diagonal cutters insted of clippers, that way I can use them to get pieces off of the frame, and then use them for trimming parts and pieces if I want to do some conversions. I prefer a jewlers file for removing the flash from the plastic models, then of course glue. As far as paint I use a spray primer, then use a spray for my base coat, then use the citadel colors to add my details. For a Tau army I would recommend earth tones, like brown and tan, black and grey, or any other combination of colors that you would find together in nature. Then some basing materials and you should be good to go.
Pretty much everything has already been said apart from a good water pot that won't spill or easily be knocked over and can preferably be cleaned without excessive fekking about and a good paint palette that is much the same (I just use an earthen ware dish as they clean up easy but plastic ones with bowl shaped indents are good as well although the GW one is definately a rip off).
Some general notes on Tau colour schemes; Tau tend to use colourings to blend in with their surroundings but they also have the occasional stylised marking in order to indicate rank or purpose. Tau'sept is mostly a desert planet and as such their core force uses earth tones but as they've expanded they've adapted to use urban camo as well as forest and jungle schemes.
One of the best schemes I saw used Mordian Blue, Codex Grey and space wolves grey mixed with white (white tends to dry with a chalky finish if you don't mix it with a grey and build it up in layers). You can find a similar scheme here although this one uses the pale grey instead of blue as it's primary colour Tau Army Feature: Page 1 | Games Workshop
Come see my Necrons, Space Marines, Dwarfs, Orks, Goblins and anything else I feel like painting at my blog: http://modelminiaturepainting.blogspot.com/
Turns out my local hobby shop wasn't as well-equiped as I'd hoped. I found the Tau box I wanted, but the shop didn't even have glue (Games Workshop or otherwise) so I'm defaulting to buying all my stuff online and having it sent to the ship.
I'm a fan of the customer service from Paizo.com, so I'm looking at some painting supplies they have listed there (tools from "The Army Painter" and paints from some place called Adiken). Ironically, I'm having trouble connecting to the Games Workshop site itself to order the Tau battleforce box and guess I should've bought it while I was holding it in my hand at the gaming store.