Ok. I am in the middle of establishing a Pins of War Forward Operating Base in the lead belt.
Part of that will be setting up a new corner for me to paint. Paints and brushes, I can mostly take from home I believe. Most of the other equipment, I will have to get new, not least because the pitiful “paint station” I have here doesn’t really deserve to be called that in the first place.
So I’m working on a shopping list to go raiding a hobby store this weekend. What do I need?
New Miniatures Painting Station Shopping List
#1 – Lighting
Good miniatures painting starts with good lighting! Or so I keep reading.
Most half-way serious painters seem to use a fluorescent magnifying lamp instead/in addition to a regular desk lamp. I suppose it is time I get one for myself. May help my make slightly more decent picture too (I hope!). Prices seem to be anywhere between 20 and 200 quid. Hmmm….
- Let’s say £70 for a decent one?
#2 – Paint Station
As this will probably be a temporary set-up, I believe I will use some sort of paint station. Doing so, I can clear the painting stuff away again and use the space for … say … my laptop as well.
Now, there’s the infamous Citadel Paint Station… plastic, kinda small and 20 quid just for that. There’re a few cheaper MDF-variants I’ve seen out there. Or I could wing something with a cutting mat. Me being lazy, the last option will likely only result in a cluttered mess after a few sessions.
Paint racks for holding the paint pots, if you don’t want to build one yourself, also seem to run at about £20 (ouch).
Citadel or MDF? Something from HobbyCraft? Hmmm….
- Citadel Paint Station = £20
- Paint rack = £20
#3 – Files, Clippers, Knife, Glue
For these, I am pretty sure I can get a shiny new Xacto knife, some files, plastic glue, etc… from a hobby store, and for less than the “hobby brands” (Army Painter, Citadel, etc..) starter sets.
- Knife = £5
- Clippers/Cutters = £8
- Modelling files = £5
- Plastic Glue = £3
#4 – Drill, Putty, Liquid Green Stuff
Some more tools to properly prepare miniatures.
A small drill and some putty should be about £5 each. I am also of a mind to try GW’s Citadel Liquid Green Stuff, if only for a review perhaps, though I haven’t used it before. I’ll probably buy some paint thinner too (£4 ?).
- Modelling Drill = £5
- Putty = £5
- Liquid Green Stuff = £2
- Paint thinner = £4
#5 – Anything Else?
Hmm. I won’t need new paint (for now), but as I don’t have an airbrush, I might pick up a can or two of primer. Cups, cleaner, etc.. I can scavenge. I also still have a good cutting mat.
- 2 Spray Cans of Primer = £20
Adding It All Up
Adding up all the above, I get a total £167,- . They are rough prices, of course, so as a benchmark, I suppose it’ll be a ~ £175,- budget to set up a workable paint station. In the end, it will probably be closer to £200,-, should I decide (likely!) to pick up the odd new brush or paint after all.
- Does that seem about right? Did I forget something essential?
- How much would you spend to set up a new (non-airbrush) painting station/table completely from scratch (- paints and miniatures)?
- Which parts do you gear do you save on, and where do you think top-quality beats “the budget-option”?
Let me know what you think! Would love to hear your thoughts (and experiences!)