Just discovered these things exist, by watching an older Mini Girl video, on YouTube.
My reason for asking, is more based on the desire to speed drying of PVA Glue on textured bases, rather than wanting to speed-dry paint. Acrylic paints tend to dry up in 15 minutes, for most purposes.
Here is an example of a model I am interested in trying out: Amazon link. It seems as if it would concentrate the gentle heat, and moving air on, and around, the figure placed inside of it's cavern-like cavity (it has a circulating fan). This particular model has a detachable base, so I could use a foam block, to increase its drying space, for larger figures, if need be.
I am also intrigued with the idea that these devices may gently speed up the drying of Dip'ed figures, as well, without resorting to using a hair dryer, which would need to be mounted, and would take up more space on my painting desk.
So, have you used them? What was your experience like? Would you recommend them? Why? Cheers!
I have never used one myself, but would figure the strength of the airflow should be pretty soft as you would not want it blowing the nail polish around on the nail. Hench, it should do the same for minis, not blow the paint around! If that were the case, then it would be a good tool to get the paint to dry quicker.
Fantastic, erho ! I pulled the trigger the other night, ordering the unit for myself for testing. I should be willing to take mini Girl's recommendation, at her word, but I thought if it were really a great thing to use, it should be out there, in use by more than just her fans. So far, it seems to be largely ignored in the miniatures painting communities I traffic. Sad thing is that mine won't arrive until sometime in November (I think it is being shipped from China -- seriously). I'll report back on what I find.
Not really concerned with acrylic paints drying -- they dry within 15 minutes, typically. I am interested in speeding the drying of PVA Glue on bases, as well as a lower heat application for Dip'ed figures, which have urethane applied to them. I've used my oven, set at 170 F, before, but that was before I knew the flashpoint temperature for the Minwax urethane stain products... Never had a problem, having baked several hundred figures with Minwax applied to them. Must have had divine favor while I was being recklessly stupid!
This just seems so much safer, albeit likely more tedious. Time will tell. Cheers!
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT