After yesterday's post regarding the list for the second week of the local Warmachine League, I decided to go with Kraye and the Minutemen. Kraye was already sitting in a vat of Simple Green, waiting to be stripped, and I had those 4 blisters of Minutemen just sitting on my table... I couldn't resist! Besides, I think that the fast-and-loose playstyle of Kraye will be a nice change of pace and tomorrow I'll share my planned escalation for him. That's for tomorrow, though.
I originally got this idea when I purchased some of the old screw-top Reaper paints that were on clearance at a semi-local game store. I like Reaper paints and I was excited to see that these particular pots were fairly large, had some unique colors (like Green Steel) and were cheap! I picked up a bunch and have been using them a lot. Unlike my GW paints, however, these haven't dried out - despite having a much wider mouth. The reason, I think, is that when I shook them, they rattled. Something was in the paint to mix it up. I thought it was curious and after some investigating inside the paint pot I realized that there was a little metal skull at the bottom of the paint! Reaper was definitely showing off by including a little metal bit that wasn't just a ball-bearing.
This got me thinking that I should add some metal bits to my GW paints to keep them mixed - especially the foundation paints and washes, because they seemed to separate more noticeably. So here's what I did:
...and then I just dumped one little piece into each GW paint pot I had! Well, I didn't add one to the new 'Dry' paints but every other paint pot. I needed to add some water to some of my older paints anyway, and this helped mix them up much faster and efficiently than if I just shook it wildly. Keeping these little metal bits in paint pots will extend the life of your paint because it'll make sure it's properly mixed - something which can be a problem when you try to revive some of your older paints when they start to dry out and separate into layers. The best part is that it's basically free!
I encourage everyone to recycle everything they can. That's how I came up with the idea of using the blister plastic to make templates. Keep an open mind and try to find a new purpose for everything before you throw it away!