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By Rob Dean
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:
For my Nippon Land of the Rising Moon Project.
@Jasper_the_2nd send me a bunch of Clan Wars minis for my project at a bargain.
Here is the first one.
The metal on the blade looks better in real life than on the pics, it is not that harsh at the 28mm scale...
Anyway, first one of the Undead Toda Army is done.
Hope you people like it.
Likes, Comments and Bacon are welcome!
Was asked to paint this up for a friend who loves Japanese stuff and is planning on running a game based around Asian stuff. Not sure of the company, they just handed me the mini. The base I had was a teeny bit smaller then the actual mini. So I moved the limbs a bit to make it look like it is creeping off the base. Actually really like the effect. Kind of wish it was my mini to keep.
In order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of animation in Japan the National Film Center has opened a site that will let you view some of the really old animation from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Some are old enough to be completely silent while others do have sound. In either case, all of the one's I've taken a look at have the option to toggle English subtitles so you can read along. If you don't read Japanese I recommend using Chrome and activating the page translation feature to navigate.
Enjoy reliving the golden era of animation.
So as I am gathering things together to take to Reapercon, one of the things I pretty much need is a travel light....
I am looking at Ott lights, because I love how they work at home on my painting desk, and I have seen most of the members of NEMPA bring them to paint days....
So I am looking on the River site at the OttLite 290089 LED Handheld Task Lamp, and am wondering
A- can I also use an AC adapter power source with this? (The page lists on in the bought together, but it is from Nokia? )
B- are the little LED lights better than / worse than / equal to the 13w fluorescent bulb in the OttLite 515003 Battery Task Lamp model?
So opinions and experiences with these, or recommendations for others, would be awesome!
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