The Paint Stick: I am absolutely certain that I’m not the first to think of this technique, but it’s new to me and it has struck me so firmly that I felt it best to share. I mentioned last time that I’m trying to re-think even some of my most basic, commonsensical habits with the hobby, if for no other reason that many of these have become exactly that: commonsensical, habitual.
Quick Note: Primer. I've been using Armory's Black Primer and I've enjoyed the results tremendously. I don't have a strong opinion here, as I've found them to be much a muchness, but Armory seems to bring quality to the table.
Back to the stick: In yet another recent re-organization of material (baby number two is on the way in January), I lost the tray that I would normally use to shuttle figures back and forth to the rooftop where I do nearly all of my priming (my nerd kingdom is adjacent). If I am to be candid, the tray was a bit of a mare because, as often as not, I would overspray in my enthusiasm and leave odd marks on the brickwork; it’s the roof, so no big shake, but still. For just about the entirety of October, this was neither here nor there because I lacked time, and therefore, material to prime.
I’m back now, and refuse cry in my milk about the lost tray. Instead, I found this solution after a brief perusal of the paint aisle at Home Depot. The mixing sticks were free (although I’m not certain this would be true had I not purchased paint as well), and so I helped myself to three. Cheeky. I know.
I’ve placed the models onto the paint stick with generous dollops of sticky-tack, or whatever you might call it, with ample space between each figure. The plastic models are so light that the sticky-tack holds them in place beautifully.
By comparison, the old tray was terribly unwieldy and, in regrettable moments of clumsiness, the “hands on” approach it necessitated sometimes left my fingerprints firmly pressed into the drying primer. The shame of it. Moreover, I invariably found myself with blackened fingers from either repositioning the models or the tray or holding them upside down to get those odd nooks and corners; I found the primed fingers a bit unsightly for a man of my general disposition.
The real advantage of this technique, however, is that the stick allows me to twist the models while priming and hit them from just about every angle one might desire… away from the brickwork, away from my hands. As you can see below, no primer -brick or hand. Triumph.
It’s an idea made of win.
In summation, I’m a convert to the paint stick approach. More hobby goodness on Friday.