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14 Jun 2016 3:27 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Less is More: Who Sells the Shortest Paint Pots" to "Less is More: Who Sells the Shortest Paint Pots?"

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3AcresAndATau14 Jun 2016 1:18 p.m. PST

So, does anyone know of a range of paints that comes in shorter containers than the current Citadel ones?

I'm absolutely determined to spend some of my (limited) down time at college next year painting, and to that end have been putting together a small plastic box, probably meant for sewing supplies, with all sorts of materials in little compartments. I've got one with mdf bases of various sizes as well as tooth picks and exacto blades, one with pva and little baggies of flock and sand, a couple padded compartments for primed 10 and 15mm minis, and a long compartment with brushes and an x-acto handle, as well as some bottle caps for mixing washes and holding water. Between that and 9x12 inch cutting mat, I've got a nice set up to pull out for 45 minutes on a Friday afternoon or what have you and then store in about the space a thicker textbook takes up. It's a pretty slick deal if I do say so myself.

One issue, though. When I went to put my citadel paint pots in, they were about a centimeter too tall to close the lid. Same story with the Model Master acrylics. My Apple Barrel snap tops fit fine, but I want to have something nicer for flesh colors and metallics, which sort of predominate in the 10mm Dark ages and 15mm Post Apoc mini projects I'll be taking along to work on. So, if anyone knows of a line of dedicated miniatures acrylics that come in really short paint pots, I'd really appreciate hearing about it.

Note/Edit: Forgot a question mark in the title of all things. Ugh.

Personal logo BrigadeGames Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Jun 2016 1:37 p.m. PST

I would bet that replacing the plastic box (there are many dozens of types and sizes available) will be a whole lot cheaper than replacing your paint pots.

3AcresAndATau14 Jun 2016 1:42 p.m. PST

Wow. I pulled a dumb. Case closed. Thank you.

Oberlindes Sol LIC14 Jun 2016 2:39 p.m. PST

Bravo to you for planning ahead for next semester. When I was a student, my paints and supplies were in random boxes that I happened to find here and there. I even used an index card box for paint supplies.

If you're in college, you probably have no idea what an index card box was. It was an element of an early relational database. The box was a physical box, usually made of metal or plastic (but I do own an exquisite wooden 3x5 box that I think my wife is using for holding bracelets or necklaces or something).

The index card box held index cards, which were paper cards of standardized sizes. Text or images could be put on the cards in various ways. The cards would be put into the box and organized in some fashion depending on the project, such as by subject.

But you have all of that on your phone today.

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