Monday, May 11, 2009

Painting Progress - 20090511

Games Day Baltimore was, of course, this past weekend. That'll get its own post, though.

Progress was slower than I'd have liked but (if I'm honest with myself) better than it has been over the past couple of weeks.

The biggest development wasn't even painting-related: I finally figured out how I'm going to store and transport my War of the Rings minis.

For the past year and a half, I've been gluing washers to the bases of my minis and then setting them in plastic drawers that have business card magnets stuck to them. This has worked great: it both costs wildly less than other options and, more importantly, takes up a fraction of the space. It doesn't protect my minis quite as well as, say, the Sabol Army Transport stuff, but as long as I don't fall down the stairs carrying them, it's good enough.

The problem is: the washers I use won't fit in the War of the Ring movement trays. They just don't. So, for the past month, I've been agonizing over how to fix this: buy expensive and large padded cases (like GW's or more Sabol trays) because the movement trays are neat, or eat the cost of the movement trays I've bought so far, store the minis the way I store my 40K minis, and cut my own movement trays out of plasticard.

Jay found a third way, one I inexplicably hadn't considered: different washers that will fit in the movement trays.

So, I bought 200 1/8" x 1" Fender Washers (they're 8/$1 at Home Depot and 30/$3 at Lowes), and glued them on almost all of my assembled War of the Ring minis.

I also finished my Haradrim Troll in time to take it to Games Day (though I made the mistake of looking at Dave Taylor's blog the morning of it and decided it couldn't be up to snuff for even placing in the Golden Daemon.

I need to take some more pictures of it: it looks even better in the context of the rest of my Haradrim.
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