This blog will will contain my rather pedantic ramblings on my experiences within the miniature war gaming hobby. There will be informative how-to’s, thrilling battle reports and thought provoking editorials. I fully expect that history will one day view the contents of this blog on par with Homer’s Illiad or Newton’s Principalia. Or it's a complete waste of time.
I've made a few changes to my work-bench area. The first is organizational in nature. This may surprise you, but I can be very sloppy when modeling (it's a shocking revelation and one that, I'm sure, is quite foreign to your own modeling efforts). In addition to annoying the spousal unit, I do waste a good deal of time looking for tools, paint etc. A few months earlier I had re-organized my garage and woodworking tools and ended up with an unused tool cabinet, which is perfect for a modeler's storage needs. The cart is on wheels, is incredible sturdy and comes in a very dapper Craftsman red. (It's actually about 12 years old, but Craftsman is top-of-the-line stuff). One of my storage closets has a space to roll the cart in so cleaning up for company or a game night is easy.
Here's a picture with some of the drawers open - The top drawer is for basing materials, glues and plastic / brass stock. The second drawer is for tools / brushes, The 3rd and 4th store paint. The 5th drawer has unbuilt models. The 6th and last drawer (unopened) is used to store scenic materials. I use a similar approach for modeling at our weekend place, but with a smaller tool cabinet and have found it really helps keep me organized. I'm also hoping that the relatively small space for unbuilt models will keep the lead pile down to a reasonable level. We'll see about that... There was one, unexpected, side benefit of organizing the cabinet - I "discovered" some tools and models that I forgot I had!
I also picked up a small natural light lamp from micro mark. It makes a huge difference when painting and takes up very little space. The unit folds closed when not in use. I should have added better lighting ages ago. The lighting also helps with taking better pictures.
The last addition may seem a bit mundane, but it matters. I've discovered a new super glue "Super T" from Satellite City. It's a great glue and I have enjoyed using it on metals. I got it from my friend Ernie over at Architects of War.