Having run across a blog article about using nail polish display racks for organizing hobby paint, I set about Amazon to find myself some racks! I have a lot of paint and other hobby product put away in various cases, bins and what not. It never gets used, and I keep picking up new stuff like Nuln Oil pots when I don't really need them. So after a brief wait and a tiny bit of labor I now have this...
I picked up two racks from Amazon after looking through various options. There are many suitable choices. These were inexpensive and hold a good amount. They are deep enough for GW pots and still hold Vallejo and other bottles just fine. The shelves have a low lip that keeps things from sliding/toppling off easily which is also good, especially since this wall is part of the stair case going back up to the first floor and so sees a fair deal of jostling as we go up and down to the basement.
The mounting holes in the racks were 16", perfect for standard wall construction here in the US (studs are supposed to be placed in the wall 16" on center) , so I could have screwed them directly to the exposed studs. However, I couldn't have mounted them side by side using a single stud that way and would have had to leave a big gap between the racks, wasting wall space.
Instead, I cut some left over 1"x8" shelving boards to make two horizontal straps to mount the racks to. The boards were mounted to the wall studs, and the racks were then just screwed to the top board using their mounting holes. The bottom board running horizontally behind the racks is not attached, but gives support. Since they are a brittle hard plastic, the racks may otherwise have cracked at the top if I inadvertently push too hard on the bottom while organizing/grabbing supplies.
I originally intended to spray the transparent blue racks black. But after getting them I decided they looked innocuous enough in my basement hobby den and so left them as is. If I ever hang dry wall and clean up the space so it looks more finished, then I'll likely revisit this decision. My only complaint with how everything turned is that I could use two more racks just like it to hold stuff I still have put away! :) This will have to do for now though. I have limited wall space.
So that's whats over the work bench...now let's move on to whats actually on the work bench.
I got another game of Shadow Wars: Armageddon under my belt. It was another tragic loss for the Death Korps of Krieg at the hands of the Necrons. The game taught us a bunch. I realized we were ignoring the pinning rules (very important!) and that I was ignoring the abilities of the Astra Militarum kill leader to direct the shooting of the team (when within 6"). One thing about shadow wars, there are a LOT of dice modifiers...and a team like the Astra Militarum can suffer it seems ot me from all the minuses to hit. I knew I had to rework my team to better accommodate the realities of the rules.
The Death Korps, being all resin, don't have a tone of options and I'm about out of spare parts currently after building the latest team. Then it struck me...I have a decent force of Tempestus Scions that just scream "Make us a Kill team!!". And so I plucked a few models from my existing collection and built a coupe more for the ones I couldn't represent accurately. Then I set about reading their 7th edition codex to choose a regiment. After some time, a kill team form the 29th Zetic Tigers was born!
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