30 June 2014

The Man Cave shuffle (Part 1) !!

No not the latest title of some weird musical experiment, but a direct result from some planning and organisation that has been needed in the Great Hall for a while now. As I eluded too in a previous post here I was going to get the hall in better shape and more organised, especially as I am painting to earn my keep. I moved in here in a bit of a rush and did not have the luxury of time to sort out completely the best way to have everything. So having been in here 9 months I needed to lay it out much better. So stage 1 of the shuffle begins, which is concentrating on the workbench as that is without doubt the most important aspect.

Whilst I was organising I decided to go with Vallejo as my main paint of choice. I am happy I made this decision and did not stick with Foundry paints, even more so since the announced that they are having price rises across the board. For me Foundry figures and paints are at the ceiling of what I am willing to pay already so any increase or removal of discounts lost me as a customer from that point on. I digress though and back to the main point of this post.

To properly re organise meant that I had to sort the storage of paints out much better, my rack is great but not large enough to cope with the full range plus extras. I also wanted to use them effectively for the dropper bottles and make life very easy for myself going forward. So pencil was put to paper and I began the task of designing racks that would suit my purposes. I apologise for copy protecting the next two images, but I have also allowed these to be produced commercially.

The plans were completed and sent over to Martin and Diane at Warbases to have three of these racks cut for me. Hence one of the reasons for my trip to Scarborough this Saturday. So with the racks being designed all I had to do now was fill the gaps in the range of paints so I had the full set. This was achieved by contacting David Holland at Northumbrian Tin Soldier, a bit of negotiation and a deal was made for me to collect a batch of paint at Scarborough. Once again fantastic service from this new company ( I also parted with a purchase of more NightFolk more on that later).

I am rather annoyed as I had taken pictures of the racks before assembly but alas gremlins have eaten them so I can not show the Giant jigsaw puzzle of parts for the racks. However these were very easy to assemble, they should be after all I had designed them!

So after they were assembled the hard work really began as I knew how I wanted the racks to look exactly. I had prepared several items in readiness for this stage. I had designed labels for the front of the racks with a space to add a dash of the correct colour as well. Everything was laid out exactly as they are in the Vallejo racks so future purchase should be very easy too.
Oh the sheer pleasure of completing this task knowing that things should run a lot better from here on in.
All labelled up and paint applied for recognition ( Thats OCD for you).
A view of the back, the bottles go through the two layers and rest on the knuckle of the dropper at the back, thus a slight downward angle and the rear board holds the bottle tightly. Must remember to affix lids properly. The frame ensures the full rack is very stable and that the bottles are enclosed.

Now one big advantage of having almost the full range, yes I have a few missing ones as I cocked up most unusual but it happened. I designed a colour chart so as I was applying colour to the racks I also had a square ready for the correct colour to be put in, and now I don't have to rely on the wildly inaccurate printed one I had from Vallejo, that's the problem with printed versions they are not at all accurate in many cases and I have been shocked by the discrepancies before. I will make these charts available to view permanently once completed on a separate page.

So having got the racks filled and sorted the only thing left to do was put the workbench back into a very usable layout.

Now I have the computer sorted and on the left of the workbench, the mouse and keyboard can also be used from that position rather than where they are for this snap (I was not painting). Paint racks run across the back with my medication and music speakers on top. Lamp and brushes off to the right side giving me a large central zone to work in.

I have given rights for Warbases to reproduce these racks, and also to adapt to smaller sizes as required, mine hold 90 bottles each. The down side of this would have been postage costs not only because of the weight but the dimensions. So I am sure Martin will adapt the design for a smaller post friendly version.

Well good people that is part one of the shuffle completed, next I will be reorganising the shelving behind me for better storage and preparations. But before that I now intend to sort the new paints into triads and will present my findings for you all.

Loki

49 comments:

  1. Very tidy in deed. I do like those paint racks, something I desperately need to sort out. I'll be checking out Warbases catalogue very soon!

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    1. Yes they are a real asset to me and have made the last couple of days a lot easier

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  2. I do love the racks and the OCD!

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    1. Thanks Francis, the racks are great no cure for my OCD though!

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  3. The elements of Design Thinking at work. Great solution!

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    1. Or something like that at least Jonathan. I am delighted it worked though

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  4. A very elegant solution , nicely executed.

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  5. Brilliant work, a space-saving solution if ever there was one. My own Good Lady Wife would certainly approve!

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    1. It certainly saves a ton of space and is far more organised than the old system so I call it a Win/ Win.

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  6. Bad case of OCD but great racks nicely done LOL

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    1. I come with the OCD so that cant be avoided, the bonus is that it applies to my work as well.

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    2. thats great then great work you do too

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  7. They are great and actually something that I want and need. Nice Rack Andrew

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    1. Well you will have to ask Martin to make you one!

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  8. This all strikes me as the sign of a disturbed mind. Far too organised and useful. I have to say I like it but I am never going to be that organised.... ever.... EVER!

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    1. Very disturbed mind Clint, I have to be organised to do this for a wage I need to find everything without searching for ages and losing my rag when I cant find what I know I have somewhere

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  9. Ok that's quite cool. I could have one - but I've a range of paints (slowly moving over to vallejo though)

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    1. I bit the bullet and ditched all the other paints I had, well donated them to another painter to use. So this is the result of that investment

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  10. Brilliant design. Painting your own colour samples is the best way to have a colour chart, printing never quite hits the mark.

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    1. Have to agree the actual colours make matching and sorting a lot easier

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  11. Now that's a dashed clever idea!

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    1. I dont know about clever Michael, that gives me far too much credit. It was a tad expensive to make the switch but I believe it is well worth it

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  12. That looks far too organized for a real hobby workstation! But maybe you have to make some concessions when doing this for a living :) Painting the squares up for each paint shade really is a great idea. Vallejo colour charts are indeed a paint to use as they don't really match up on most shades.

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    1. For a hobby maybe far too organised but yes I am painting for a living so it has become a very necessary thing to me to get sorted. The OCD makes these things a tad more difficult as everything has to be done to the very highest standard though

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  13. Oh shit!!! Now that IS Cool!!! What a damned clever idea Batman!

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    1. Indeed it is Ray! I do have moments of sheer level headedness

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  14. Love it Andrew! Is there any chance they might add this to their stable of products?

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    1. This will be available in some format in future, if you want one like this though you would need to email them for it and be aware that shipping might be a touch costly.

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  15. Very clever - I need something like this but my immediate painting area doesnt seem to have the space available. I made a paint rack carousel a little while back, and whilst that 'works' to an extent I still have paint pots all over the place... may have to rethink the idea...

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    1. These do stack on top of each other as well, thanks to the outer frame, they occupy just over a foot in width

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  16. That sir, is a thing of beauty!

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  17. I never tire of looking at colours and you have a very nice collection. ^_^

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  18. The fruits of a disturbingly organized mind. You'll be happy to move over to vallejo good paints.

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    1. Its very disturbed Robert, but thats me all over :) I have been using vallejo paints for years alongside all the others, but made the switch to all vallejo as the quality is hard to beat

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  19. What a nice working place. I love those racks. Will Martin and Diane take them into their range?

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. They will be Stefan, may be in a smaller format though although if you asked they will make this size for you

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  20. Very nice indeed, what a great workspace

    I am also amazed at the lack of "nice rack" innuendos by the usual culprits!

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    1. Thanks Paul, I am deeply disturbed by the lack of Rack puns. Just prooves you can lead em to water but can't make em drink ;)

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  21. Hola
    Madre mia que pasada,que bien colocado todo y que a mano
    me gusta,buen trabajo
    un saludo

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  22. Great idea Andrew! The racks look excellent!

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    1. I do have my moments Rodger, rather pleased with these though

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    1. You know just where to ask for one buddy

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