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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Wargaming Tools

Wargaming Tools

Here is my guide for wargaming tools an easy guide to follow part 5, part 1 (Preparing A Miniature), part 2 (Painting A Miniature), part 3 (Painting Horses), part 4 (Wargaming Materails).

I do hope that this tool guide will be of some use to a beginner and I think probably the most important thing to remember is you may already have an equivalent tool in your shed or garage, and not have to buy anything straight away e.g. Stanley knife as opposed to buying a craft knife, old breadboard instead of self-healing craft mat. 

To be honest whilst doing this guide I never realised how many tools we actually use, so in some of the pictures I have not put a description for what I use it for as as it is self evident by the picture.

Clamps

Clothes Pegs

Crocodile Clips

Clamps for wargaming come in on many occasions as we never have enough hands here are a couple of examples that I use.

Cocktail Sticks

Cocktail Sticks

Cocktail sticks are a fantastic wargaming material they can be used to make snake fencing, spiky fences the list goes on and on, as well as that they also make useful tools for carefully applying small amounts of glue, paint to a model.

Compasses

Compasses

Craft Knife & Cutting Mat

Craft Knife

Cutting Mat

A craft knife and cutting mat are essential model making tools. They can be used to cut model making foam boards as well as paper and card. A craft knife should always be used with a steel ruler when cutting straight lines, ensuring that hands and fingers are kept behind the cutting edge. 

Drill

Drill

Files 

Files

I use them mainly for filing the flash of metal figures

Small Wire Cutters

Small Wire Cutters

These are ideal for removing plastic parts from their sprues and for cutting flagpoles. 

Glue Gun

Glue Gun

I would say that the glue gun is an absolute must for any model maker.

Hammer

Hammer

Humbrol Evoco Brushes

Humbrol Evoco Brushes

Made from natural hail, Humbrol Evoco brushes are the perfect all-round brush for many model and hobby uses, keeping their shape and quality long after their first use. 

Humbrol Flat Brushes

Humbrol Flat Brushes

These brushes are made from high quality soft synthetic hair, the Flat Brush pack is perfect for creating a smooth professional finish. Ideal for painting large surface areas, weathering, adding washes and helping to apply decals.

Humbrol Palpo Brushes

Humbrol Palpo Brushes

The Humbrol Palpo natural sable hair brushes are the ultimate modelling brush, keeping their points and shape to allow accurate and detailed painting, particularly figure work.

Humbrol Stipple Brushes

Humbrol Stipple Brushes

The Stipple Brushes have been designed with heavy dry brushing and weathering in mind. Made from a tough natural hair, which is perfect when adding those finishing touches to bring your models to life.

Magnifying Glass

Magnifying Glass

Optivisor

Reading Glasses

There are several options as you can see from the above, magnifying glasses, optivisors, and ordinary non-prescription reading glasses bought from over-the-counter they come in varying strengths I use these and I would suggest that you take several figures with you when testing these reading glasses to find the ones which are most suitable for you.

Painting Palette

Painting Palette

Pin Vice

Pin Vice

Essential for drilling out hands and getting spears to fit well, and any other small drilling tasks. 

Pliers

Pliers

Ruler

Ruler

Scissors 

Scissors

Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers

Sealant Gun

Sealant Gun

Heavy duty sealant gun for 310ml and 400ml cartridges. 

Rasp

Rasp

Tape Measure

Tape Measure

Toothbrush

Toothbrush

Tweezers

Tweezers

Wood Saw