20 December 2013

Challenge Day 6 - Loki is stupid !!!

The day started well up at 6 am and into the painting room after the morning rituals, I set about the basing of the skraelings, with gusto. I worked hard and applied all the base coat colour dried it with a hair dryer to speed it all up and then applied the dry brushing of the two later shades of earth.

Then it all went wrong!!!!

Well it was bound to happen was it not ? After painting all the bases on a plethora of figures they needed some matt varnishing, and as it was -2 celsius outside so dumb Loki decided to spray the whole lot in his man cave. Yes doors and windows firmly closed so the old SWMBO did not get a whiff of what I was doing. The words of my Mother now ring in my head "act in haste repent at leisure" as this simple act has completely floored me!!

With my health problems I should never have attempted this, but my desire to finish some stuff off in time for me to take a break over Christmas took over and all thoughts of health went out of the window. I battled through to get the Skraelings based, and submitted to Curt. However by this time was done in I could hardly breathe and have had to call it day over. So I may be quiet for a couple of days as I recover.

Now I can fully appreciate the words on the back of the tin. 'Only use in well ventilated areas - exposure to the fumes can cause drowsiness and dizziness'. the latter part is my normal state so things could not get any worse could they? Well they can indeed, currently laying in bed gazing at stars floating in my eyes and wheezing like I am drawing my last breath.

Lesson learned me thinks!!!



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    1. likewise wheezing lungs with my health issue :)

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  2. Oh, by Odin's whiskers, it's a good thing you survived, Loki!

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    1. Thanks Dezmond will teach me not to be so stupid

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  3. Andrew - as I have no option but to do my spraying indoors, I always do the following:
    spray in a room I won't need to go into for an hour or so afterwards
    open the window in said room
    where a respirator mask

    Hope you recover quickly and learn your lesson! :)

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    1. I second Tamsin's well wishes and suggestion. I recently did a large batch of priming in the basement and it really hit me. I found a good painters mask/respirator at Amazon and use it when I prime indoors. The mask is so good you can't even smell the primer.

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    2. Tamsin & Monty,

      I agree with you both a combination of being lazy and rushing to get something completed. Even at my old age I am still stupid beyond belief as my wife has told me all day

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    3. I second Tasmin's suggestions as well. My goodness, Andrew. You silly painter.

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  4. Inhaling fumes seems to be an occupational hazard in this hobby. Mind you I've also managed to inhale quite a lot of static grass over the years so I expect the inside of my lungs look like a lush and verdant pasture by now.

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    1. mine are blocked with years of plaster dust so I should no better than to attempt this foolish shortcut.

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  5. Tough break! The fumes can, indeed, be hazardous to one's health. Good ventilation is key but we often take shortcuts to keep the process performing.

    During the winter, I spray in the garage and then bring the items back into a well-ventilated storage room in the basement. Close the door and wait for the fumes to disperse.

    Hoping for a speedy recovery.

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    1. Yes I should have gone down to my workshop, I was being lazy

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  6. As my father would say, "You knothead!"
    Unless I plan to put figures painted in Winter on the gaming table, I wait until Spring to clear cote them.
    Be better, and better luck next time.

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    1. They will be going up for sale and I always finish them for this reason, my own stuff I can leave and normally do

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  7. All the negative results of glue sniffing but none of the bonuses of getting high! I feel for you I really do. While it is not something I have ever done myself I am sure I will before I get too much older. As I am getting older, but not any wiser.

    Relax, take care of yourself and please don't do it again! Best wishes.

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    1. Clint I can certainly advise against even trying to attempt it!! absolutely no benefit at all and loads of negative points

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  8. Yep, not fun.
    In warm weather I spray on the patio and in winter in the basement where I open the windows and stay out for a bit after learning the hard way. I also use brush on varnish when I have the time as you usually get a better less hazardous result.

    Christopher

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    1. The sad thing is I have a workshop but was too lazy to take them down there, I wont be making that mistake again

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  9. Well, now you know. Take it easy. The figures will still be there after Christmas and they've had all the real work done, so blow'em!

    In the meantime, Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Cheers Gary, I think if I am honest I knew before I did it, I am that stupid at times

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    1. Cheers James, I will be fine am back up now but wont be painting till the morning

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  11. You of course just need to find someone who is prepared to pay good money for that kind and hit and its a win - win!

    So don't do it again!!!

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    1. They can keep the money if I have to be in the same room it would not be any good :)

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  12. Not fun indeed! Tried it once myself, not very keen on attempting again. Hope you get better soon.

    Nowadays I've been using a portable airbrush cabin if I really need to spray or airbrush something other than waterbased stuff. You can quite safely use varnish and other stuff from cans etc. as long as you keep it to a small amount of minis and minimize spraying at one time. Filters make your lungs at least a tiny bit happier :)

    I have this one: http://shop.wiltec.info/product_info.php/info/p3940_Airbrush-Absauganlage-Farbe-Filter-Farbnebel-leistungsstark-W420.html

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    1. Thanks Samuli, me being stupid and taking the lazy option I paid for it

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  13. Glad you're okay, I've done this to myself at work once and also triggered the on site fire brigade!!!

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    1. That made me smile Francis thanks, I havenot had the fire brigade but the Gestapo is not amused with me at the moment, might have to watch a sloppy chick flick as recompense

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    2. I remember that, that spray used to do my bloody head in!!!!
      Look after yourself Loki!!! And for God's sack don't upset the mrs!

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    3. Cheers Ray although I am a bit to late on upsetting the mrs

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  14. Hope you recover soon!
    I think you are just being a good sport and allowing others to catch up! ;)

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    1. Thanks David, as to being a good sport well I did fire of my entry to Curt and that should tide me over for a day or so till I paint again ;)

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  15. Be careful, my friend! I expect you recover soon.

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  16. Sheesh that sounds pretty serious. Get well soon, and I will remember not to make the same mistake.

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  17. I think we all already went through this the one way or the other but considering your health issues it sounds like it wasn't too good an idea.

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  18. Ouch! Varnishing your lungs is definitely a bad idea. Take care and follow the warning labels. I had an escapade with CO2 in a brewery once. No joke.

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    1. Now an escapade with beer would be amusing but yes C02 very un funny

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  19. Hope you are feeling better in time for the holidays.
    Merry Christmas,
    Pat.

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  20. Bit slow in catching here! But, I hope you are well on the mend Andrew and getting back into the comp!!

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