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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Jan 2012 11:46 a.m. PST

Do you keep toothpicks on your painting table?

ming3113 Jan 2012 11:52 a.m. PST

Of course doesn't everybody?

Angel Barracks13 Jan 2012 11:53 a.m. PST

Yes, mostly for use when using superglue to dab/drip it into place.
I also use pins* (not badges) for that too.

*before you come and alter my English words to American again Bill


CeruLucifus13 Jan 2012 11:54 a.m. PST

Yes. The big flat sandwich ones. I use them for stirring paint, mixing epoxy, applying glue, etc.

Personal logo jrbatso Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2012 12:01 p.m. PST

Yep for all the uses mentioned by donrice

Yesthatphil13 Jan 2012 12:03 p.m. PST

and for sculpting


cfielitz13 Jan 2012 12:09 p.m. PST


Martian Root Canal13 Jan 2012 12:10 p.m. PST

Yep, for reasons mentioned above.

kyoteblue13 Jan 2012 12:13 p.m. PST


Jovian113 Jan 2012 12:22 p.m. PST


TamsinP13 Jan 2012 12:24 p.m. PST

Yes, and cocktail sticks

CraigH13 Jan 2012 12:30 p.m. PST

The flat ones are getting hard to find – you may want to stock up if you see them.

Company D Miniatures13 Jan 2012 12:32 p.m. PST

Sculpting- I have loads of tools but for many things the humble cocktail stick comes in to its own.

Andrew Beasley13 Jan 2012 1:08 p.m. PST

Nope – in the drawer next to me as I find they roll off
Yes – stuck to the paint pallet!

Sundance13 Jan 2012 1:50 p.m. PST

Yes – both flat and either square or round.

corporalpat13 Jan 2012 2:03 p.m. PST

Yep! Round, flat, cocktail, and fancy on both the paint table and the work table.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2012 2:22 p.m. PST


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2012 2:30 p.m. PST

Yep. Stirring paint, mixing paint colors on a palette, poking holes through dried paint that has sealed the little hole in a flip-open craftpaint bottle cap closed, applying/spreading white glue to paper models, and as defensive stakes for 10mm breastworks. I'm sure there are other uses that will arise over time.

21eRegt13 Jan 2012 2:30 p.m. PST

Hell yeah….

Micman Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2012 2:57 p.m. PST

No but I should. re will.

Striker13 Jan 2012 3:09 p.m. PST


Zephyr113 Jan 2012 3:41 p.m. PST

When I first started painting minis, all I used were toothpicks (I later discovered 'brushes' ;-) They are pretty good for painting narrow straps and the like….

uruk hai13 Jan 2012 3:48 p.m. PST

Just started to make palisade defences with toothpicks. They actually have small detailing on one end that makes the structure look quite decorative.

Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2012 3:52 p.m. PST

I keep "toothpick-like devices" nearby. I bought some of those micro-brushes (,8378.html) and when the brush part clogs up I pull it off leaving a plastic toothpick-like device (toothpick with ribbed handle, basically).


Lentulus13 Jan 2012 5:51 p.m. PST

Yes. I often paint right after dinner.

John the OFM13 Jan 2012 6:08 p.m. PST

I pick the hairs that get on the figure after I spray prime it.

Good for picking your teeth too.

flooglestreet13 Jan 2012 6:14 p.m. PST

Yes, er.. no I keep them in a tray next to the table with other tools.

Ivan the Reasonable14 Jan 2012 5:44 a.m. PST

Well, cocktail sticks, which I use for all the reasons above, you can even use them as toothpicks too. I used one a few days ago as a replacement gun barrel for a 10mm. Pendraken Tiger 2. Looks better than the original IMHO. wink Matt.

Jon Lead Slayer14 Jan 2012 4:31 p.m. PST

Up till now I have not but it sounds like a good idea especially when using super glue.

Ratbone14 Jan 2012 7:18 p.m. PST


Delthos14 Jan 2012 8:14 p.m. PST

Yeah, I've got a big mega economy box of 1500 rounds.


Yes and bamboo skewers too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jan 2012 5:26 a.m. PST

Since I use them ip in modeling and construction as well as painting and substance (mostly liquid latex) management, I more "continually replace" them than "keep" them on the table.

Don196215 Jan 2012 10:54 a.m. PST

Yes. Great for dabs of glue when I am basing figures.

VonBlucher15 Jan 2012 11:02 a.m. PST

I also use them to place wheels on for limbers and cannons, and cannon barrels as I paint these prior to gluing them all together.

14Bore15 Jan 2012 11:04 a.m. PST

If you're working on a Gettysburg scenario and you need about 6'0" of fencing at 40yds per inch scale you better

NigelM16 Jan 2012 3:20 a.m. PST

Cocktail sticks, coffee stirrers and lolly sticks/tongue depressers but not toothpicks.

Omemin17 Jan 2012 12:26 p.m. PST

Yes, among many other wooden bits. Great for modelling fences and the like as well as the paint uses.

Cut the flat toothpicks in half. The narrow ends make great rails for 15mm post and rail fences, the flat ends make great snake rail fences.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2012 3:30 p.m. PST

Yes, they serve a multitude of purposes, as discussed already. Cheers!

ACW Gamer Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2012 3:57 p.m. PST

Yes, always! To stir paint, apply super glue, clean dried paint on lids, and some times to pick up small parts.

Syrinx019 Jan 2012 8:17 p.m. PST

Of course. Thanks to the kids projects & dollar stores I have a life time of coffee stirrers, craft sticks and a box of toothpicks.

Dantes Cellar01 Feb 2012 12:04 p.m. PST

Yes--round and flat. They come in handy when you least expect them to!

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2012 12:26 p.m. PST

Yes. Cut off the sharp ends for stakes, and the round part is left for piled logs.

Oh, and they come in handy if you have to pick your teeth.

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