|The Meanderer in his studio...in his imagination.|
|The Meanderer's "studio"...the reality.|
As can be seen in the above, I do my painting in the basement. It's not that I've been banished there. Far from it. I used to actually paint in the "main" part of the house (sort of) in my "war room" (you've seen a few snippets of that in my game posts). However, I found that I was unable to keep a dedicated place for painting there: I take up too much room when I paint. When looking at other hobbyists painting spaces, I'm often impressed at how compact they are. That just doesn't work for me. I found myself always packing up a painting project in order to configure the room for gaming, and then putting it all back. Extremely disruptive, to say the least. There was also the potential mess--paint and whatnot escaping from the table and getting on other things (like the wall or carpet...). So I just decided to move my painting operation to the basement, where I could leave it all set up long term. And in the end, there is just something right about being in the basement doing the stuff for the crafty end of the hobby. In the end, it is a return to where I used to do all of my gaming activities, painting in particular (like many others). As usual, you may clix pix for BIG PIX in the below.
|View from the chair|
Speaking of paints, I still use enamels (left above), my go-to choices being Humbrol, and Testors (both their Model Master and old school small bottles for selected colors). Enamels are messy and can be troublesome (the stirring and whatnot), and I am no fan of the Humbrol tinlets, but they're what I'm used to and know how to use. For bases and flocking, however, I have joined mainstream of the miniatures hobby and use acrylics (above right).
On the right side of the painting area I keep my brushes, tools, and the ready pile of paints in-use (a gaggle of tins and bottles that keeps growing as the project continues). I keep a small screwdriver handy just to pry open the Humbrol tins and also a small vice grips to twist off the caps of the Model Masters bottles, which can become quite stubborn once the bottle is in use. Off on the edge of the picture, you can see the all important Dremel sitting in its charging cradle. Speaking of all-important, I also use an optivisor (right, above). To think, I once painted without one (and 6mm figures, no less!).
To the left of my chair I have several small sets of drawers containing my paints, washes, glues, less frequently used tools, and other craft stuff and gizmos. To the right, I have some old shelves where my lead mountain lives (I shudder to think of how many figures there are). Sort of a cockpit configuration (only it doesn't go anywhere and there's nothing to operate...okay, not at all like a cockpit). In a box on the floor I keep my flocking operation (when it's time to do bases, out it comes).
|My IPAD: The Constant Companion|
...HERE ARE SOME THINGS I LISTEN TO WHILE PAINTING
Old Radio Shows: You can stream these directly (there is a player in the upper right hand corner). Although I have listened to many, here are a few of my favorites:
Information Please An acquired taste, perhaps. This is a quiz program from the 30's and 40's where a panel of erudite celebrities and experts (publishers, artists, news and sport reporters, and a few guest panelists) field questions on literally just about anything from the nationwide audience. Not to be missed are the programs where Oscar Levant is among the panelists.
The Lives of Harry Lime Orson Wells portrays the immortal scoundrel in his various and sundry international adventures and intrigures.
Duffy's Tavern A now-forgotten mainstay of popular culture. The musical interludes (in lieu of commercials) on the AFRS (Armed Forces Radio Service) broadcasts are a particularly nice bonus.
X Minus One From the Internet Archive Description: "The stories for the show came from two of the most popular science fiction magazines at the time; Astounding and Galaxy...The writers of the magazine stories were not well known then but now are the giants of today. These stories came from the minds of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Poul Anderson to name a few." These aside, a good mix of episodes are comic and particularly entertaining.
For more, see the Master List of Old Time Radio Programs in the Internet Archive
And Finally...WRJQ I include this one just for fun (and since I hail originally from Wisconsin, it has resonance with me as a guilty pleasure). Go ahead...try it.
At this point, it occurs to me that I'm no longer talking about painting (or am I?), and the hour is getting late. Therefore, dear readers, I thank you for indulging me in this meander.