Games Workshop Paint Handle
So we start off the list with the humble Games Workshop painting handle. Among more ‘mature’ hobbyists it initially invokes a spate of jokes about adult sex toys but look past the bedroom humour and you will surely find a very useful tool to aid your painting.
At £7 rrp and most likely £6ish from most independent stockists it is pretty much a must have.
Of course there are other painting handles out there, but they tend to be more expensive and less accessible – after all, if you have a friendly gaming store nearby they more than likely stock GW products.
Our next entry is another item that is one that is easily affordable at £4.
So, you might be new to miniature painting, you might be a veteran. These are for everyone. Ever seen or heard or, had the misfortune of, spilling one of those nice, large pots of ‘shade’ from Games Workshop you’ll know what a disaster it can be. Fenris Games has created these to be the perfect solution to that risk.
Mould line remover
So we come to the 2nd GW entry in this list – the mighty Mouldline Remover. One of my gaming buddies and forum user, Daemon Forge, highly recommends this tool.
It beats using a knife, primarily because of it’s smaller end allowing you to get into tighter spaces for those difficult to get mouldlines that can wreck a good paint job. It’s also not a ‘blade’ so is more usable by younger hands. It has a fine edge so you still have to be careful, but fare less risky than a knife.
It is £11 RRP but as usual, you’ll find these cheaper in local independent stockists.
The first thing you may observe with this one is that there is no direct link. This is because there are multiple places to buy them from and at varying prices. From less than £5 for five from China on Amazon to £20 from more reputable sources.
I say that because the tips ideally need to be of the firm variety and I am not sure the cheaper types specify that.
In any case, whether you plan to do a bit of filling, a conversion or full on sculpting these really are your friends. The tips are rubbery and as a result don’t stick to greenstuff in the way it does to traditional metal instruments. They are the perfect tool for smoothing areas as a result. I have found them to be really useful in this regard as if used correctly they can leave no tool marks.
However, if you are not even sure where to start, Heresy Miniatures carries a range.
Moving on we come to Brush Soap. Again, this is available from many sources so it seems daft to do more than share an image of what you are looking for.
A few of the forum community swear by this and suggest that cleaning your brushes with this even just once a week will see them last much, longer.
Been using the same one[brush] for probably 18 months with probably weekly to fortnightly use of soap, depending on how much I’ve painted, and the brush is still absolutely spot on. (countersunk81)
By last they mean, hold their point, retain their bristles and generally serve your daubing for far longer than not using it. Sound advice if you ask me and I plan to get myself some very soon. I can imagine this is an absolute must, if like me, you are looking to move on to ‘proper’ brushes rather than the basic Games Workshop type ones.
However, the brush discussion is for another day! We have it down on our list of articles to do . . . . . which is growing . . . .
This might be a bit of a curve-ball to some but the next item is wax pencils.
The keen eyed amongst you may know these from jewel setting for things like finger nails etc. They are made of a soft wax that will pick up small pieces such as nail gems and can be used to then place them.
If like me, really small pieces like purity seals and other teeny, tiny pieces are a real faff to place using your fingers these can be a real help. Again, you can find them all over the place and can vary from the ones shown to those more like a traditional pencil with a wooden outer.
Wherever you source them from, you should find that they are relatively cheap. Now, you can use a piece of dowel with blutac on the end as a super cheap equivalent, which is what my wife uses to apply her nail gems, but the blutac loses it’s stick after a while and the last thing you want to do is drop something with glue on it! And, well, these are just a little better looking and not super expensive either.
Amazon is as good a place as any, and just as an example, you can find listings like this one (please be aware I have not purchased from this seller and am not endorsing them or recommending them but just using this listing as an example).
The last item on the list is the most expensive and also arguably the most important.
I whole-heartedly recommend you buy a daylight lamp if you do not already own one, for painting and modelling.
The light helps to reduce eye strain which in the long term means you are less likely to suffer headaches or sight loss due to your hobby.
I personally bought one with the built in magnifying glass – like the one in the image. The one I bought is from the now defunct Maplin in a sale. The image is of one that you can buy from hobbycraft for £50 HERE.
That said, there are a wide range of daylight lamps out there and the most important thing is the light-source itself. It is gentler on your eyes and you will be surprised at the amount of different it can make even to the brightest of desks – especially for those dark, miserable winter days when there is no natural light by the time you get in from work.
So that’s where I will draw the line for this piece. There are other items that almost made this list but in the end a line has to be drawn somewhere. Of course what that also means is that there is plenty of material for future articles of a similar nature!
If you can think of any ideas I haven’t included, join the discussion over on the forum
Until next time – Matt,