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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Nov 2017 10:30 p.m. PST

Most of the time, this hobby is a lot of fun. Other times, there can be a bit of work getting to the fun part – minis need to be bought, organized, cleaned, prepped, primed, painted, based, organized, stored…

Last week, I did a lot of basing and base repairs/upgrades. I haven't done this for a few months. I typically use a brand of spackle/plaster that turns from pink to white as it dries. When I opened the container, I found that the spackle had turned white, but it hadn't dried out. So I used it.

As I eventually learned, the spackle had indeed gone bad. When it dried, it had no strength and just crumbled. I tried to salvage my work, but in the end, I am having to clean off the spackle and re-do my work from last week.

I guess I could get angry about that. I'll admit it's frustrating. But I guess it teaches me patience, right? grin

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 11:30 p.m. PST

Wrong. It teaches you that when spackle turns white, it's no good anymore.

Personal logo jeffreyw3 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 4:43 a.m. PST

Or it teaches you that while the Vallejo Earth textures cost a bit more… grin

Sysiphus Inactive Member08 Nov 2017 4:45 a.m. PST

Press on regardless!

DrSkull Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 4:53 a.m. PST

Press on, indeed.

One of the buildings I bought at Fall In turned out to be a bad resin casting, the frame is warped and it doesn't sit flat on the table.

Am I going to quit? Never!
I am going to build a base that props up one side with spackle (hopefully not bad spackle) and press forward.

Gone Fishing08 Nov 2017 5:35 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear this, Bill. Don't feel so bad, though at least you can be engaged in hobby work. We're currently having housework done and so are living with my mother-in-law (which isn't as bad as it sounds), which has meant for the past three months I've been unable to do any hobby work at all, and likely we have two more months to go. All my figs, all my books, all my rules…all packed away! (Cue sounds of weeping and rending garments)

In other words you've got it easy. As the others have said, press on, sir!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 5:57 a.m. PST

I held on to my best painted 28mm historicals even as I was starting to transition to 15mm. Well, almost 200 painted Almoravid and Andalusian got flooded a couple of months ago during Harvey, along with many others that were also painted and table-ready (Renaissance and others). So many countless hours of painting and basing lost.

My finished MDF terrain pieces didn't survive either, specially since the water level in the house (the entire neighborhood) even begin dropping for almost a week.

Boxes of decals, flags, and other sheets gone too.

Yep. It sucks sometimes.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

I definitely go into periodic hobby related funks. Usually when there arelong stretches with nothing to paint or failure to sell things.

cloudcaptain08 Nov 2017 7:55 a.m. PST

I tend to game in unpopular scales like 54mm and 20mm. Generally non-historicals. Makes finding people to game with very difficult. As such my projects gather a lot of dust.

Dynaman878908 Nov 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

It's a hobby, if it isn't fun quit doing it for a while.

Cyrus the Great08 Nov 2017 10:31 a.m. PST

Why do that? A hair dryer will take care of that.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 10:42 a.m. PST


Haven't tried the hair dryer, but dip in hot water for a few seconds. It will resume it's not warped position, then dip in cold water, and voila, no more warped base.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 2:39 p.m. PST

spackle lesson learned. You just need to move on. We learn better by mistakes than by successes, so you have an opportunity to learn well in this case. Great to hear you are enjoying the hobby. I am painting figs and planning armies. The planning is my favorite.

Tacitus09 Nov 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

learned the same lesson from the purple to white stuff, but I still swear by it. Even more so since I know when it's still good. Chin up and plow forward.

Old Wolfman10 Nov 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

I have the same thing about playing in certain game tournaments.

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