Ludo

ReaperCon Survival Kits

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Thank you to Cranky Dog for the idea.

 

Lots of people have been asking what to bring, expect etc. I figured it would be a good idea to list off what I'm bringing and why. PLEASE TRY TO KEEP POST LIMITED TO LISTS AND ON TOPIC QUESTIONS/ANSWERS

 

  • Notebook If you're taking a class this is almost a must. Even if you aren't having scratch paper is great. If you get some one on one with some of the artist you'll definitely want it. 
  • Writing Utensils See above
  • Battery Backup for Electronics The powers that be have mentioned that there will not be power available in the main hall. Since con is not at the hotel it will be harder to get power. 
  • Paintbrushes Everyone has their own favorite brush(s) learning the techniques with the brushes you have makes it easier to duplicate at home. 
  • Water Cup There are disposable cups floating around but I like being self sufficient
  • Pallets, Wet and Dry There are paper plates and such floating around but I'm used to my stuff. 
  • Brush Soap I've finally taken CashWilley's  advice and bought good brushes. Leaving the soap on the bristles is a life saver when you don't have time to properly clean them before your next class. 
  • Paints I keep mine in a Craftsman tool box while at cons. While Reaper has the paint rack I try to leave the paints for first timers or people who fl in and can't bring in all their stuff. 
  • Battery Powered Desk Lamp The powers that be have mentioned that there will not be power available in the main hall where the open painting will be. While I can paint without one, it's better to have and not need than need and not have. 
  • Tool Kit This has some files, pin vise and wire, super glue, hobby knife, Sharpie,  etc. I am the prepared boy scout.
  • Examples of my workEveryone should enter the painting competition regardless of your level. They will post a picture of every min entered on the online gallery after the con so you'll have something to remember each year by. I also use the examples so instructors can gauge my skill level and advise me appropriately. Sculptors also love getting to see examples of their work painted up. 
  • Works in progress This year I'm taking classes on gemstones and shading. I'm bringing a project I'm struggling with so the instructor can give pointers specifically to my model.
  • Something to store your loot in If you have the weekend pass you'll get the swag bag but it come fairly full. I keep a plastic for miscellaneous things including all my new acquisitions. 
  • Drinking container It's surprisingly easy to get dehydrated at conventions. Make sure you keep taking in fluids all day. 
  • A 2 wheel collapsible dollyI stack everything on and secure it with bungies. Its just the right size that I can put it behind my chair during games or against the wall in classes. 

 

 

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  • A Convention Buddy Make sure you have a way to get ahold of at least one other person at the con.That way if you loose your passport, get stuck at the airport, car breaks down etc we can send help. 
  • Dice I'll be playing a few games and prefer to use my dice so I'll be sure to bring them. 
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Snacks. Especially if you're the type of person to get hangry. A granola bar, handful of goldfish crackers, or a little chocolate at the right moment can make a HUGE different sometimes.

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One of the things we'll be implementing this year is a helpline. Mostly for people who, because of the distance forth PEC to the hotel(s), get left behind, there will be a helpline (number TBD) for people to call to schedule a pickup/ride.

 

If you are relying on transportation other than yourself, you should be sure to equip yourself with that number as soon as it becomes known (and as soon as i have it I will share it!), as well as the number(s) of one or more Con Buddies.

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-- hand sanitizer, because people forget to wash their hands, and someone always shows up with a contagious disease

 

-- tissues, if you are one of the people who shows up despite your contagious cold or flu, please don't sneeze or cough on me 

 

-- a good attitude, if you're not having fun go home, or at least back to your room for a rest. Don't sit in the middle of the room and complain loudly about how you hate the free mini from your swag bag, or how stupid this game is, or how miserable you feel, or how everyone else is "hogging" the paint lamps they brought from home. 

 

 

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-- Camera or another photo taking device, so you can take photos of your favorite entries and anything else that catches your fancy. I regretted not bringing one last year.

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While I don't use a dolly like Ludo, I do use a rolling bag that holds all my plastic containers:

 

 

 

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*images aren't mine. Will replace later with pictures of my ArtBin case.

 

 

 

It holds about 4-5 large plastic trays or more of the smaller. Plus there are pockets that can hold lots of other bits and bobs. I lurves mah ArtBin.

 

But any rolling caddy will help you and keep your things consolidated.

 

You may also consider a light jacket or sweater. Some rooms can be warm, but others freezing, especially if it's been raining (and October is typically a wet month for us (but not always).

 

Small tripod: this is a good to have, you can get them for around $10. If you have a cellphone you're using for your camera, they make cellphone holders for tripods.

 

Magnifiers: Be they a headset Optivisor style, Helping Hands, or reading glasses, don't forget your magnifier for details if you use one.

 

Label Stuff: If it's precious to you (such as your favorite brush), put your name on it. A lot of brushes of the same make and brand will be floating around.

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Ludo covered almost everything I would bring, but it's also not a bad idea to have a small first aid kit. You can pick up a travel one at Wal-Mart for like 98 cents. You never know when you're going to drive a pin vise bit through your thumb. Not that I've ever done that...

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 Several large resealable plastic bags :  These will find use during travel as it will make it easier for the TSA if they open your bag to have all your tools, paint, putty, brushes, etc. all in one clearly labeled transparent bag, and you can put all your loose change and pocket items in them ahead of time in order to not have to empty your pockets in the security line.

During the convention, you can use them for storing food, storing loose purchases, or to separate your dirty laundry from your clean clothes.

When empty, they fold up small to fit in your pocket comfortably.

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Ludo's got a good list. Some of my thoughts:

  • Pre-prep some miniatures in case you want to paint during the Con: while some of us don't mind slapping brown liner on Bones at the con itself, if you've got something serious--or that requires spray-primer or detailed filing or something--it's often easiest to do the prep at home, that way you only need to worry about painting while you're here.
  • Chocolate to bribe certain hungry con-goers and artists with.
  • An alternative to your own palette: Cheap, disposable palette material. You probably won't have a good way to clean out certain types of palettes, like reusable well palettes. Wax paper (plus a paper plate if you can find one) makes a very serviceable disposable palette for very little investment, and parchment paper is what most people use for their wet palettes. Saran-wrap your well palette if you really want to use it. Don't get stuck scraping paint out of a plastic palette in your hotel sink, that's not how you want to spend your convention.
  • Paper towels or some other means of drying a brush after you have rinsed it. Good for emergency cleanups/plates/fireball templates too. Sometimes you can steal borrow these from the restrooms, but you probably shouldn't. Buy a roll instead, and be everyone's friend.

Also, something I have learned, is if you have a means of transportation, don't be afraid to buy supplies while you are there. We got paper towels and wax paper at the local Target last year and did not regret it one bit. You can also reliably buy paints and some basic hobby tools there, at least early--the paints have a tendency to sell out if I remember correctly.

 

And don't forget, if you need to pay for luggage on a return flight and you bought a bunch of stuff (or me two years ago--buying one very large thing that doesn't fit anywhere) you can always find a UPS or FedEx store and ship it home. You don't have to personally escort everything yourself if it's going to be a pain. Instead of UPS, some attendees like to use the "pack a small suitcase and pack the small suitcase inside a large suitcase" trick so you travel down with one luggage and fly back with two.

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Chocolate

a husband to carry stuff when they get too heavy

painkillers for emergencies

alcoh....water, it's important to be hydrated......

Emergency charger, 

even more chocolate. 

 

The Mr and I intend to rent a vehicle, I think someone already has dibs on a seat, not sure of the other one yet, depends, so if you dont mind snuggling, we may have room for 1 more. Maybe, not sure yet. 

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Any MEDS that you need!

Small drug kit,

Painkillers

Imodium

Sinus issues stuff

Foot powder for you Navy guys...

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It's also probably worth asking what would be a list of items not required to bring because ReaperCon, the facilities or nearby stores will already supply those or be readily available.

 

The best example would be paints.

 

But what else would feel like dead weight?

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It's also probably worth asking what would be a list of items not required to bring because ReaperCon, the facilities or nearby stores will already supply those or be readily available.

 

The best example would be paints.

 

But what else would feel like dead weight?

 

ummm new Reaper miniatures? ::):

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If i had to pair down my list, I would bring

 

Notebook

Pencil

Paintbrushes

Backpack

 

Everything else could be begged borrowed or bought within 5 miles.

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It's also probably worth asking what would be a list of items not required to bring because ReaperCon, the facilities or nearby stores will already supply those or be readily available.

 

The best example would be paints.

 

But what else would feel like dead weight?

when I travel for recreation and can control my itinerary daily, I don't bring toiletries. Shampoo and travel toothpaste/brushes/deodorant are  around $1 per item and easier to replace than to get through security and worry about spillage. Get off plane, go to hotel, go to store, buy whatever the hotel doesn't offer (most hotels will give you shampoo, soap, feminine products, razors, shaving cream if you ask. Just need to buy dental product and deodorant).

 

If I cannot control my itinerary (like if I have no car) I bring them, not trusting that I will be able to get some.

 

Ymmv

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