Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Modelling Commandments

Well, it's almost a new year, and to kick it off I have something new I was thinking about the other day; a list of Modelling Commandments I live by and wanted to share with the rest of FtW. I envy the weekly Rogue Trader Fridays(never miss a post!), and Ron's Top Ten List every Tuesday. So I suppose I'll break up the established tedium of midweek with this pushy bit of prose. My first Commandment?
Thou shalt not throw anything away!(lightning strike)
Much to my wifes' dismay, I never easily relinquish what some may consider 'trash'. Her constant inquiries into my need for percieved refuse is met with a hasty "Don't chuck it!". I'm not talking about sprue frames and such like(not trash), I'm talking about excised pieces of limbs I didn't quite use in a conversion. Who knows what use I may find for the right half shoulder of an Empire Handgunner?
In all seriousness, a hobbyist whom sees the value in the entire kit his model comes in is a richer man. Sprues can easily become rublle for a base, or more cunningly, a framework for a large model built from scratch! That beautiful box your Carnifex came in? Model priming tray! And would you seriously consider yourself a man if you tossed away any left over on-sprue bits? I've killed men for less!
This philosophy extends to everyday items that can be turned by a clever hobbyist into just plain old darn handy tools! Jars are a cinch for storage of tools and brushes; used up credit cards and gift cards are a brilliant plastic-card; old cd's broken up create dynamic basing materials! I put it to you, if it can't be used as a basing material, why own it?! Even old soda bottles can make great water cups when cut in half, way to go Macgyver!
Thanks for tuning into this first weekly post of Modelling Commandments at I Love Yellow Paint! Go forth and model my children! Hey, who thinks I might go to Hell over erasing the Commandments off the photo of Chuck Heston/Moses? I could have really garunteed myself a Hot Seat if I had put a gun in his hand. Oh well, next week!

1 comment:

  1. I do like all the extra bits that come on plastic kit sprues. I can usually find a use for everything. I am even guilty of (gasp!) mixing parts between fantasy and sci-fi kits.