June 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm #137881
Well , I can’t recall ever licking my brushes , but I have cleaned my brush in my tea cup instead of the water pot . And while the combo of enamel paint and tea is nasty , acrylic paint and tea isn’t that bad ….June 10, 2018 at 8:03 am #137884
I smell boxes of miniatures. Once I open a box and take the sprues out, I smell the box before I close the lid. The best ‘smell’ were the old Esci 1/72 diorama series boxes – no one has ever matched that particular cardboard smell.
Used to paint them with enamels too, but had to paint them in the yard because at that time I was a kid and mum wouldn’t allow me (there were a lot of things I wasn’t allowed to do when I was a kid with my parents, but that was the most heartbreaking) to paint inside due to the thinner smell. The humbrol paints weren’t much available too, I had never managed to find Unbleached Linen.
When I was introduced to gw I shifted to acrylics, though I painted my first Bretonnian knight with enamels. That was in 1997. Since then I have always used acrylics.
Never have licked brushes, but I have a messy painting area. My wife gave up on this years ago, she accepted my inability (or unwillingness – it’s a matter of perspective) to keep the area tidied.
Generally I listen to music while I paint, usually techno or house music, sometimes even classical. My hobby friends think this is weird (or downright blasphemous) because the majority of the hobby community here like rock music. Not me, the sound of electric guitars never ‘stuck a chord’ in me.June 10, 2018 at 6:58 pm #137886
@corso, I have also listened to music (contemporary Christian, pop and some classic rock), though I have space on my painting desk set aside for my iPad to play Netflix (currently cycling Star Trek next generation, And the new seasons of Arrow and Supernatural).June 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm #137887
Jim, try some white spirit with the enamel paint and tea – you might find that is just the thing to give it some pep!June 10, 2018 at 7:25 pm #137888
Welcome to the circle, Corso. Box smelling? We’re not going to judge you for that here. I’ve always been partial to the whiff of a new magazine; preferably Wargames Illustrated.
What music you listen to in the comfort of your home is not going to hurt anyone else. You go right ahead and get crazy.June 13, 2018 at 8:43 pm #138141
My favourite paint brush just broke. Is it wrong to want to give it a proper send off rather than chuck it in the bin?June 14, 2018 at 12:24 am #138142
A dead paint brush , how sad . Why not try and include it in a build ? If plastic , cut it up and try to use it as rubble or scatter terrain . If a wood handle you can use it as the trunk of a tree , or posts for a fence , etc , etc . Nothing should ever go to wasteJune 15, 2018 at 4:18 pm #138273
Hi Steve – you and that paintbrush have shared a lot together. I expect that there have been good times as well as bad times. Sad when it ends. I think a full viking burial would be appropriate. A nice MDF long boat, couple of tins of enamel paint, float it off on the local pond, quick flick of the zippo, and then the band strikes up the last post. Could be a beautiful thing.
Jim’s idea is good too 🙂June 15, 2018 at 9:55 pm #138278
Suddenly got this vision of Steve in his local park next to lake with a burning Viking long boat and a Zippo in his hand with two Community Police officers taking him away. The band is playing ,”the way we were” by Barbra Striesland in the background.June 15, 2018 at 9:58 pm #138279
Followed by Whitney Houston,” I will always love you”June 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm #138301
I painted my first French Napoleonic army (36 battalions) using Humbrol French blue, since then I have been using acrylics. The first question for my painting guru at the local shop when buying a new acrylic is, “how does it taste?”.
With my head hung in shame I admit to you all.
I am a paint eater.June 17, 2018 at 2:28 pm #138303
LOL . All of us guys have a paint tasting story , as well as the time I super glued my ” blank” to something story , and of course an awesome x acto blade blood letting story and the scar to prove it . Just hang around any hobby shop for an afternoon and some old guy will regale you with the ” horrors ” of the hobby . Any wonder kids today aren’t really getting into the hobby , their Mum’s won’t let them , it’s too dangerous . And here I was thinking slicing the tip off your finger with a razor saw was a rite of passage to man hood .June 17, 2018 at 6:54 pm #138308
I’m also a game/book sniffer, and I like old movies or a Sharpes episode on the tube when painting, unless there’s a football (American head knocking sort) on TV or radio.
Confession is so good for the soulJune 22, 2018 at 10:53 pm #139501
I forsook my enamels a little while ago. I discovered Vallejo and I slowly replaced my crusty old tins of enamels with sexy little Italian dropper bottles with perfect names like ‘Marron Verdi’ and ‘Uniforme Inglis’.
But just occasionally I cannot do without a good old-fashioned, shiny, cylindrical tin. Nothing fancy, no playful swirling and mixing, just wham-bam straight from the tin, Grass Green.June 25, 2018 at 9:37 pm #139626
Welcome to the Circle Bakblast – 36 battalions worth of enamel paint – that is a lot of paint! Probably good to have switched to acrylics if you’ve got the book / game sniffing thing on as well. You can’t beat an episode of Sharpe while paining – good stuff 🙂
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