Friday Quick Tip: Model Holder
There are a lot of ways to go about painting a model. For the past 10 years, I've been of the school to just pick him up by the base and get to painting. Unfortunately, that method tends to end with you rubbing away detail on the model inadvertently and leads to clean ups as you realize far too late that you have black paint on your hands. To circumvent this, many people use some sort of hand hold to keep a grip on their models. And today I'm using Games-Workshop paint pot to do just this.
The break down is simple. Find a paint pot and stick your model to it! But there are some things you might think about as you go to securing your model.
Weight of your model: If you are painting a light plastic model, try using some sticky tack as I have in the photo above. If your model is heavy, don't use sticky tack!! You might think to super glue him to the top of a flat pot instead. I would only suggest using the smallest amount needed to really secure the model to the pot. You don't want to be ripping the base apart just to get your model off!
Use an old dead pot: Don't use a paint pot you always use!! This one should be a no brainer.
I've found that the GW pot is about the right size for me to work around and manipulate without being cumbersome and heavy.
Don't have a pot you can sacrifice for this? Try using a bottle cork! I've seen many a painter using these over the years to hold their precious work aloft and out of their grubby mitt while they work on them. Pinning being the method I've seen used most to secure them.
Find an object that works for you and your hands best and run with it! Special points for anyone using a Hockey stick!
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