What tools and paints to use for painting and building your miniatures.

In this article, I’ll cover the tools and materials I use to clean, build and paint my miniatures and how to take care of your paints.

First we’ll make a list of tools and materials you’ll need to set up an awesome and complete Hobbystation and then will discuss these in detail:

  • A cutting mat (this can also double as your painting area)
  • 2 LED lamps or a red big LED lamp. Preferably daylight leds.
  • A Palette (I prefer to use a wet palette , but this is really up to you)
  • Brushes (don’t go cheap here, I personally use DaVinci brush sets, but there are other companies making good brushes as well)
  • A Pipette
  • Brush soap
  • Brush wax
  • A cutter with a replaceable blade
  • A small bone saw
  • A set of model files
  • A set of basecoat paints
  • A set of normal paints
  • A set of washes
  • A range of pigment powders
  • Medium for thinning paints and washes
  • Medium for the pigment powder
  • Greenstuff
  • A bunch of soft tip modeling tools ( you can buy these from any art store who sells clay)
  • A set of Dental tools (ask your dentist if he has some old tools, thoroughly clean them though)
  • Metall/Resin glue
  • Plastic glue
  • Activator for the Metall/Resin glue
  • A number of Agitator balls matching the number of paints you have (these are rust free steel balls you add to your paint bottles)
  • At least two containers for your painting/modeling water.
  • De-ionized water
  • Isopropyl alcohol to strip paint of plastic and resin miniatures
  • Aceton to strip paint of metal miniatures
  • An old toothbrush
  • A stand for your paints
  • Sand
  • Static grass
  • Snow effect
  • Water effect
  • Some Kitchen towels
  • A place for your Laptop/tablet/phone for music/movies and to look up techniques
  • A plastic box
  • Some dish cleaning soap
  • Priming spray cans
  • Spraycan handle
  • A pack of medical thin rubber/latex gloves
  • Pliers
  • A Hand model drill
  • A Dremel tool (preferably a battery based one)

You will also want a good chair and a high table, especially in the longer sessions you do not want to be bowing forward for an extended period of time, so do not save money on furniture.

So now let’s go through a few things I think need explanation.

Different types of paints, these will make it easier to paint, basecoat cover better and give you a good base to work your colors up from, this is where the normal paints come into place, after those you’ll want to have washes which are very thinned almost inklike paints with a low surface suspension.

The Agitator balls are basically small balls of Metall which will not react with the paints and make the process of shaking up paints much easier.

A wet palette is basically a palette with a sponge type material and on top of this a wax paper (baking apper and kictchen towels on a normal plate work, but there are deidcated products froms veral artist suppliers.

De-ionized water is necessary as a lot of tap water contains a lot of minerals like calcium, this can react with the paint.

The plastic box and dishwater soap will be used to remove the residue of separating oil/silicone from your miniatures before building them and priming them.

The Spraycan handle will save your fingers from being primed and give you much greater control over the spraycan, you can buy these from sprayer shops and DIY stores.

Greenstuff and associated tools will be used to touch up models and repair miscasts, as well helping you to modify your mockups and kitbashes.

The Dremel and bone saw will help you prepare Metall and resin models.
The drill will help you to either magnetize models with different Weapon and armory options as well as helping to pin metal miniatures.

Different type of glues is required due to the differences in materials like Resin and Metal vs Plastic.
The Brush soap and wax will help you to take care and get the most out of your brushes by cleaning paint residue out of them and keep them in shape.

Two water pots, one for fresh water to add to your paints on your palette, and the other one to clean your brushes.

Lamps etc are providing you with light to see what you’re doing.

If you have any specific questions let me know.

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