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I just got a job last week working in Fairbanks, Alaska as a northern lights tour guide. It is going to be a very cool and exciting job for the winter!
A friend bought me a Necron Battleforce and Lord to start my new Necron army for my birthday. I'm waiting to put it together and paint it until i get up there because there is only about 3-4 hours of daylight each day and i need something to keep me sane.
**My question is how does GW paint do in sub zero temps? It gets to about -20 F on the regular up there, and as cold as -50 F! Will the paint freeze? Is there something i can add to keep it from freezing or hardening?
Thanks for the help!
Wow, that sounds like one awesome job, and id deffinitley be happy i had this hobby to keep me busy.
As for the paints, i cant see it being -20F in your living quarters, where you sleep and eat etc, so im sure they'll be fine if you dont camp outside for the duration of the work.
Have fun and remember to post pictures of your work if possible too
I have been camping in the woods for the last five months or so around Alaska, but it hasnt been to cold. The cabin i am being put in only has a wood stove for heat. What i am worried about is when i am not working and not using the stove when it gets cold.
maybe i am thinking about this too much, but i have never been to a place that cold before! let alone painted mini's in that cold of an environment.
To be honest, I'd say your biggest concern will be spraying undercoats. The cans are notoriously temperature sensitive.
The pots of paints should be fine- if the room is warm enough for you to be able to paint then odds are good they'll be useable.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
Prime everything before you go. As long as you're planning on painting inside and your minis and supplies are going to stay there, you should be fine. I'm assuming you're not taking your minis on our outdoor midnight excusions to paints.
Yeah, priming before you go is just common sense - the spraycan likely won't cooperate once you're there.
Your concern about the cold is definitely well founded: -40 temperatures are pretty common around here in the dead of winter too, and it's amazing how quickly a space gets cold again as soon as you're not actively heating it (Especially if it's not well insulated... I hope it's a well made cabin!). A long day away from home without that stove for heat certainly has the potential to drop into freezing territory.
Regular paints ought to work fine, but I'd consider bringing along an insulated box to store them in, just in case they get left in the cold house for a while - they'll definitely freeze if they get cold enough, and I have no idea how that might affect them. Maybe toss one of those reusable handwarmer packets in with them to build up some heat for the insulation to hold in if you're going to be gone for a while?
Thanks for the great ideas wraith!
I am sure i can score a Styrofoam box or something! I don't think i Will have any time to prime them before i go. I think if i do it soon, before it gets into the sub zeros (its about the single digits now up here) i should be fine. The only other thing is me being lazy, since i have to cut down all my own wood! cant skimp on that. hopefully its only temporary and they can get me into a nice heated cabin in not to long. I will make sure i post some pics when my battle force is all painted!
Thanks for all the help!
Here's a tip, if it gets cold in your room over night whilst you're sleeping, keep your paint box with you under the covers like you would someone suffering from hypothermia. It's what I used to do with the spare camcorder batteries when I was out on expeditions in the Andes, to keep their juice flowing as it were. It could also help keep your sheets warm during the day if you leave them in there whilst you go out to work, as water or water-based paints have a high heat latency, so they'll retain your warmth for quite a while.
As to paint freezing, I've never heard of it before, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. I'd say wrap them in something when they're warm, say an old sock or something. You might even consider an insulated food carrier, kind of like those vinyl "lunchbox" things. There are lots of them out there, made by many different manufacturers. No, you don't need to keep the paints hot, but they might keep enough of the chill away during the day.