So, these past 15 months, I’ve been coping without a dedicated painting space. Shortly after my daughter was born, work moved us to Nottingham. The addition of a baby has meant I don’t have the same level of room that I have had these past few years. That being said, I’m still painting, even though I don’t have a dedicated space. Instead, I’ve put together a simple painting kit which can be put up on the kitchen table or when I sit and paint at warhammer world. I thought I’d share it with you, as it’s allowed me to keep in the hobby during a period of time when I thought I’d be struggling to keep active.
First of all, the case:
It’s a “flight case with foam”, which you can buy from Maplin for £34 (And here’s the link). Full disclosure; I have two of these, but they were both given to me by my father-in-law, who initially bought them for trains. I stripped out the foam (easy enough, as it wasn’t stuck in).
Here’s what it looks like inside. First of all, I knocked up a wooden frame from some off shoots of wood. It was easy enough, partly because I recently came into possession of a band saw, and partly because it’s just a box; how hard could it be? It’s held together by a couple of wood screws, and slots snugly in. This wooden inset serves a simple enough purpose – keep the contents from flying all over the case.
First to go in is a selection of GW paints, along with two sets of headphones. I tend to listen to music while painting (which makes me appear pretty anti-social, especially if I’m painting “in-store.”)
Next is a selection of brushes. Nothing too complicated – drybrush, mixing brush, fine detail brush, general work brush, etc etc. I tend to hold the brushes together with electrical tape whilst in transit, as it easier to find them when I go to paint; I don’t get somewhere and find that my detail brush has somehow escaped…
Next, a bottle of water, to be used in water pots and so forth. When I paint at Warhammer world, I don’t tend to take a water pot with me, as the painting area has them, but if I’m going elsewhere I tend to have a small jar packed to use.
This is why I pack the water – to use with my wet palette. My wet palette is as low key as you can get. A small tub, two sponge clothes cut to size, and a pIece of brown baking paper, also cut to size. I tend to add the water once I get to where I’m going to paint.
Next, a small tub of basing material. My current project calls for desert style basing, so this is filled with sand. I tend to stick the basing material on with superglue as it’s sets quickly and gives me good results quickly.
And last but, but no means least:
A roll of electrical tape, used to keep the brushes together and the lid of the basing material box firmly on in transit.
So yeah, that’s what I use! How that’s helpful to some.