Category: Tools of the Trade

Vallejo Paints for Minimates

Review: Vallejo Paints

I have been using Citadel paints regularly for the last 4 years or so. A few months ago I had a friend recommend Vallejo paints to me. I hadn’t heard of this brand before, so I checked into it, and … I picked up a starter set of 12 colors, and I have been using them on all of my recent Minimate customs. The Vallejo paints are a different experience than Citadel, and both paints have their pros and cons.

Displaying Your Minimates: The Sequel!

After a long hiatus (due to opening the new toy store), I am back with a big update to my Minimates display. The last time I made a major change to my shelves was in 2009 when I added tiered Lego stands nested 4 levels deep. You can read about that project and see a video here. But even though I was happy with the structure of the display, I was always bothered by the lighting.

My shelves wrap around a corner in my home office just above my wife’s piano. The main light source in the room is pretty far away, and much of my shelves were in shadow, especially in the evening. As early as 2010 I have been planning to add LED lights underneath the shelves to help with this problem. I was finally able to set aside the time and the money for this project last week.