Thursday, 12 November 2015

Spray Booth

As you get older I think you worry more about your health and although I have sprayed and sanded stuff for many years I thought it was about time to invest in some sort of extraction. I considered a home made solution using a bathroom extractor but looking at the costs for a decent one which even then wouldn't produce enough suck I looked to Ebay for a solution.
I purchased this portable modelling spray booth for which there are a number of suppliers for around £55. Although portability was not essential, it would be handy if it could fold away into a small space if required and excluding the pipe work it does.

The dimensions are 40cm wide, 15cm tall and 20cm deep when folded up. Deployed it expands to about 40cm tall while the depth will increase to 70cm when you attached the extraction pipe (not mentioned on most sites)

I have mine placed near a window so it can extract fumes outside (I love the smell of solvent in the morning...). I am happy with its performance as fumes no longer fill the room and as can be seen on the blue filter at the back, the fan draws in the paint particles although I have now started wearing a mask as well.

I'm leaving it set up for now as like kitchen equipment, if it's put in a cupboard it probably wont get used. I have also placed a square of MDF on the base for additional protection and expanded the size of the turntable that comes with it with a lid from a "celebrations" container.

So if you're looking for a solution, this works fine and is probably as cheap as making one. Hope this s helpful.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Tablescape new release - Mid East Ramparts

 Tablescapes lastest release is a town gate which compliments their Middle Eastern range.

Designed for 28mm it is shown here with some of my Gripping Beast Moors so you can get an indication of size. The piece is approximately 150mm wide and about 120mm tall. It has a non opening entrance gate in an Arabic style and a dressed stone texture.

On the reverse is a platform capable of holding figures. The figures in the photo are based for Impetus and are on a 120mm x 40mm piece of 3mm MDF. As can be seen steps are represented to allow access to the ramparts.

Tablescape terrain is ready painted and in this case is painted in light sand tones to represent the different shades of dress edrock. It is made from a light weigth polyeurothane foam which won't shatter like standard resin castings. A 150mm straight section of wall is also available in the same colour scheme. Corner pieces and/or towers are also planned.
I have also experimented with a red colour scheme to suit Indian style fortresses. It will be available on the Tablescape stand at Warfare in November 2015.

Flocking and basing tray

I tend to do a lot of rebasing of figures as I can't find the best look or rules system. My latest approach however is to group figures in a diorama fashion which suits Amarti and Impetus rules and also my lastest foray into "To the strongest" ( more about these later).
Anyway I never had to hand a suitable tray to catch the flock or grit and often resorted to newspaper for my rebasing activities then I saw this in Tesco's.

What we have is a stackable set of wire trays used for cooling cakes. I found it in the Tesco's baking section for £10. There was a single rack £2 option but the cross wires only went one way and with a large gap I felt figures could fall through. This wire mesh however is ideal for allowing the flock to pass through but not the base. The stacking also increases my storage capacity which is an ongoing problem.

 Here is a sinlge rack with the legs folded up.

However what was also needed was a suitable tray to catch the flock. Using standard mounting board (card board) from Hobby craft I constructed a deep box into which the tray could fit.

Hey presto a rebasing tray. I'm am going to modify it possibly by cutting a hole in one of the shorter sides and glue in some guiding walls so that when I tip the tray up the flock will head towards the hole and I can pour it back into its storage container. The tray took about 2 hours to make including drying and used about £3 of mounting board.