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I have reached the point in my life where I am a bit tired of work travel. While it's nice to be away from the office, travel is disruptive to my personal life. In an effort to make some lemonade from the lemons, last year I started to assemble a kit that I could squeeze into my carry-on bag, so that I could get some hobby work done even when I wasn't home. I just got back from a trip last night, and had been posting some progress pictures to another forum. Since people over there were interested in the mechanics of the kit, I thought that I'd share it here too. So, here is where we start. There is a small stuff sack, my TSA-compliant one quart bag, and a small box for the work. The one quart bag has a little bit of space left in it, even after adding toothpaste and shampoo, but I currently have seventeen paint bottles. These are all dedicated to this purpose and are just left in the bag between trips. If I had to scrounge around for them, I'd be less likely to take the kit. The limited color selection does mean that I pick the work with that limitation in mind. In the stuff sack are the tools. My most recent addition is a mini Ottlite. Its zone of illumination is a bit small, but I liked the compact bar format for packing, and it is rechargeable, so can be plugged in or moved around away from an outlet as needed. Hotel room electrical outlets are often inconveniently placed. There is also a pair of extra closeup glasses left over from photography needs in lieue of an Optivisor which I use at home. I haven't worked out the travel wet palette yet, so there are a couple of container lids, my standard palette tool for the past 25 years. I have two sets of Games and Gears travel brushes, which store the bristles in the handle. Because they are somewhat pricey, I have brush soap to attempt to keep them in good shape. Here's a closer look at the brushes. One set has a 000, 00, 0, 1, and 2, and the other is a set of "technical" brushes acquired this past summer at Gencon, of which the heavy duty dedicated dry brushes have been seeing the most use. Whatever miniatures I'm going to work on are in the box, loosely wrapped in tissue. Here's what I had with me this week, mostly vintage figures, except for the Stonehaven gnome who didn't actually get any more paint. I don't usually brush on varnish at home, but I have a bottle with the travel kit to protect completed paint jobs in transit. As you can see, I finished three of the nine figures i had with me this week, which isn't lightning progress, but IS progress. I expect to be able to scrounge disposable cups for water and wash water, and some newspaper to protect the furniture. In action, it ends up looking something like this:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/695455704/portable-paint-station-take-paints-minis-and-tools?ref=nav_search A carry case for up to 162 paints, miniatures, tools, which transforms into a full painting station, complete with lamp & work area. We all have the problem of shoeboxes or other messy ways of transporting and storing our paints, and have to search for the right paint longer than it takes to paint the miniature. When traveling and wanting to work on your miniatures, or not having a dedicated work area at home, the Portable Paint Station is the solution. It will keep your paints, tools, miniatures & other items safe during transport, and transforms into a complete work station within minutes. It is designed so that during transport, not even a paper clip could fall out of the box. Your paints are always in the same spot, no matter where you are, the optional daylight LED lamp makes you independent of light conditions and you have everything you need in one easy to carry box. This Portable Paint Station lets you work faster & concentrate on the important things. Different sizes to fit everyoneâ€™s needs. holds up to 162 paints (depending on version) easy to carry with hand grip or optional shoulder strap space for different sized miniatures - up to 32mm / 50mm base size space for tools & modeling bits optional daylight lamp, brush holder, wet palette, cutting mat(s), shoulder strap & more. optional expansion modules for your home paints by The Army Painter All items are precision-laser cut. Made in Germany. Production & shipping is from Germany.
This really has me interested. I always want a table that I can work with, and a 4x6 portable table is an awesome idea. My only concern with the table is that it is made with mdf, but the idea is solid and I think. If it's glossy mdf, it could be sealed (I asked to make sure, will reply in this thread if the answer is yes). I think it's a great idea and, for those of us with little space, it's a great solution. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1544983357/alpha-a-portable-gaming-table-for-miniatures-games?ref=nav_search