Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Painting Room

I thought it was about time to show where some of this stuff happens.  Let's start with a closeup of the painting desk (click on the image to enlarge):

This is an old computer desk; I think I got it when I got my Tandy TRS-80!  Note the Paintier 80 carousel, full of Vallejo Game Colors that I rarely use: smart, huh?  On the painting area are a wet palette made from Tupperware and a sponge (and proper Winsor & Newton wet palette paper) , a lighted magnifier lamp, two lamps with daylight bulbs, and an Ott lamp.  You can also see my now-favorite primers: Liquitex black and gray gesso.  The desk is up against a window which lets in good light in the afternoon.

Over to the left are two bookcases full of rules and references:

You can see two more Paintier 80s, with a variety of paint brands.  What you can't see are the tops of the bookcases, loaded with display cabinets full of small terrain items--and lots more paint and terrain products (you can spot some boxes of Silflor tufts).

Over to the right are a couple of what were originally printer stands:

Here's another Paintier 80, almost all Vallejo Military Colors.  On top of a plank, on top of two file cabinets full of old miniature catalogs, there's a small bookcase full of rules, and a stack of boxes full of bases, transfers, spear-making materials, and such.  To the far right, there's one of the two full-length bookcases full of cookbooks.

Behind this array is my improvised photo booth:

That's another one-time bit of computer furniture, with a photo booth made from sheeting and PVC pipe, ilminated by two high-intensity lamps overhead.  Just then, it was set up to snap a Newline Carthaginian chariot, painted by Dave Woodward of Ever Victorious Miniatures, years ago, to go in my article on Carthage and Syracuse in the current issue of "Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy".  Note the bookcase full of wacky holistic health books and magazines.  Up to the right is a favorite print of my favorite Victorian hero, Fred Burnaby.

Finally, here's a broader view of the painting desk, which really only shows that when just one of the daylight lamps and the Ott light are on, it throws off the camera!

Oh, yes: that big jug on the floor is methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), for assembling knobrot plastic figures!



DeanM said...


Thanks for the peak into your world. Someday I'll get some paint carousals. I end up pulling out bottle after bottle of paint and before long I don't have room to paint and can never find the color I need - invariable already strewn somewhere on the table hidden amongst the rest of them. Very chaotic. That one shelf of books with "Vibrational Medicine" and "For Women Only!" reminds of the section right next to military history section at my local Barnes and Noble :)! Dean

Allen said...

I have waaay too many of those books! Thanks, Dean!

Gallowglass said...

Good stuff.

More pictures of toy soldiers, please.

Galpy said...

man there's a fare few paints there, glad to see I'm not lone when it comes to never ending pots of paint looks like you've agot a great little area for your painting

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Your home made photo boot is brilliant. I'm going to the home center to pick up some PVC next chance I get!

Thanks for the tip.

Allen said...

This was the plan that I used; it's been around the Web for a while. It's useful in that you can print out the "parts list" when you go to the store!

You can look around online and find that other people have used this same pattern; but oter have come up with their own.

BigRedBat said...

All looks very tidy! I don't have a dedicated painting space; jealous, I am.


La Long Carabine said...

I cannot wait to show my wife your setup. It makes my painting area look small in comparison. I think Big Red Bat's comment puts it all in perspective, if you have a dedicated painting space you are lucky indeed.

I second the request for more pictures of toy soldiers.

Pat G said...

Nice set up Allen.