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What tools can a painter/modeller not live without? Or what colours do you always find yourself reaching for? I'm not talking about just like "brushes" but more types, size, make etc Specific tools for modelling and converting.
What can you not do without or always need?
In all modesty (I hope!), I feel that I am an fairly advanced painter and modeller, and I use the following:
My brushes: Are too many to name, but they range from very fine, like the point of a pencil, to tank brushes. I usually replace all my drybrushes about every month, then again, I paint just about every day. Something else that I use, are completely dried out fine tip markers. I use these for freehand decals, because they can spread paint very evenly, and they have better control than a brush.
Superglue/Plastic glue/PVA glue: For obvious reasons. I use KrazyGlue, Testors and any random white glue respectively.
Something people often overlook: RareEarth Magnets. Im fairly sure people would have forgotten that one..but there it is..and they really are useful. I get mine off eBay, for a reasonable price.
Sticky Tack: To hold poses while I decide how to position models.
Other things I have:
Paints(Acrylics such as GW and Vallejo).
Pin Vise: More useful than one would realize if one does not heavily convert. Alot of models have heavy weapons, and wire support goes well with superglue.
Greenstuff..ModellingClay is fine too
Saw..Small kinda thing I mean..to get through tough stuff
Sandpaper..Sawing gets messy..sand it down and smooth it out with greenstuff
Sand and Flock: For basing purposes.
Hope this helps Flamebeard
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A bowl of water for GS work is vital. Can be as small or large as you need (mine's about 2", just big enough to float a large base in), but my friend prefers what is essentially a bucket of water for brush cleaning. More water means you don't have to change it as often, by his reckoning.
Big fingernail/toenail clippers. They're awesome for clipping bits from sprues, especially if they're pewter. Unlike the normal clippers, I find nailclippers do less 'damage' to the pewter (both clipped sides tend to be very flat, wheras a normal clipper can leave a sharper angle on one or both sides). Nailclippers only work for thin pewter, but I find them indespensible for converting metal miniatures.
Hobby Knife. 'Nuff said. Also doubles as sculpting tool if you're careful and keep it wet.
Sculpting Tool. If you do GS work, being able to sculpt without touching it is awesome.
Chaos Black Paint. Seriously. You can never have too much Chaos Black.
Sable brushes - any quality type - round and flat all sizes, a few large but mostly 1 and down to 20/0
Vegemite jars - Aussies will understand, there is no better water jar (always keep the lid)
Glue - Super, plastic and PVA
A Dremel - :wub: It's true love, cast off the shackles of the pin vise.
Flock - in all its multi-coloured flocky glory
Glass pipette and rubber dropper bulb - for adding precise amounts of water when mixing paints etc
Small glass petri dishes - awesome paint reservoirs
As the Ninja said - black paint, use it liberally.
A scalpel, art knife or both
Tweezers - curved, straight
A good lamp with a daylight bulb
A comfy, adjustable chair and a good desk
Jewellers magnifying head gear thingy???
Needle files - at least 6 different shapes/types
Blu Tac - sticky putty for holding pieces together while glue dries.
A good white and black primer
Acrylic paints - whatever brand you prefer ( It's a personal choice)
I'll second Alaric on the Rare Earth magnets - essential for quick change weapons/arms/whatever on anything.
That's all I can think of for now :rolleyes:
Last edited by Killer Clown; November 5th, 2006 at 11:39.
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Ok, I still think of myself as fairly new, but after 40+ models, including a couple tanks, I have one indispensible tool that I hope you all won't laugh at: My Swiss Army knife.
It started as a money saver. With all the models, paints, and brushes I was buying, I didn't wanna buy hobby knives. I used the scissors to remove things from the sprues (not cutting too closely to the models, natch), the long and short blades to chop things off cleanly for one or two VERY minor conversions, but most useful of all is the punch awl on the bottom. A half-cylinder blade that's razor-sharp on one side has become invaluable to me for cleaning off mold lines, flash etc., even on metal models, though I have less success with the latter. Only hard thing is learning how to hold the knife -- awkward at best, but I'm used to it now.
It is not, of course, a perfect solution, and my gf is prolly gonna get me a set of X-Actos for Xmas, and I'm sure in 6 months I'll read this post and cringe, but for now it works wonders for me.
A lot of very useful things have already been mentioned. I myself have a huge collection of odds n ends!
Here are my more useful things!
Windsor and Newton Series 7 brushes size 0 and 1.
A collection of various size cheap brushes ranging from 000 to tank size
Various diamond tipped files (came in a set)
Pin-Vise (now used mostly for holding single figures as I paint!)
small plastic spoons (from 31 flavors) - great for scooping basing material
Coffee stirrers from McDonald's - for obvious reasons... OK stirring things!
Leather Punch - good for making holes in plasticard
Airbrush - great for larger vehicles and terrain - pain in the ass to clean!
plastic cement (black container can't think of brand)
JB weld (mainly for very heavy pieces such as great unclean one, dragons, etc.
fishing line - for making icicles
Paints and additives
I have a wide range of Vallejo Game, Model, and Airbrush paints.
Tamiya Clear paints - red, green, orange, blue, yellow
Old GW inks - various
Dr. Ph Martin's Water Color inks - various
Liquitex glaze medium
GW white and black primer
Rustoleum primer (for terrain) - grey
Krylon stone texture spray paint
2nd can of stone texture paint (can't remember brand)
Folk Art Glass and Tile Medium
Various plasticard pieces (sheets, textured sheets, H beams, cylinder rods, etc. etc. etc.)
fine ballast, small ballast, large ballast (for sand and rocks)
corn meal makes a decent sand as well.
oregeno and other dry leafy spices can make decent forest ground cover...
Brass rods - various thickness but 1/8th is very useful! Mainly used for pinning
paper clips - again for pinning
Odds and ends from around the house. Gears from old electronics, etc. Really this depends on what you have - before throwing away you should open it up and salvage what looks cool!
I am sure I have a lot more that I have but that is what comes to me right now...
On top of all that's been mentnioned, I have to say, one thing I'm very greatful for discovering relatively recently(within the last year) is brush soap. I use "pink soap" that I found at Michael's, and its done wonders for keeping good brushes in good condition longer and helps restore brushes that you thought might have been too far gone.
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Wow, that's one hell of a list slorak! But I suppose you are an 'expert' painter (not sarcastic, don't worry).
I'm a very beginner-ish painter/modeller, so this is my to-get list:
Pin Vice Set Pin Vice Drill Pieces Needle Files Pliers Tweezers (Curved, Straight) Modelling Knife Sculpting Tool Lamp with Daylight Blub Blu Tack Clippers
Where would you recommend getting these, and what makes, as I've heard GW noes are expensive and not great. For example, is the X-acto Knife good, or should I get another modelling knife?
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