I’ve gathered together a few links to the stuff I use and books I’ve found useful. They are affiliate links, so I get a little something if you buy anything but it won’t cost you any extra.
They are on this list for a reason: I’ve used a lot of stuff and these work best for me. I’ll add to the list as I discover and try out new stuff
|The Proxxon hot wire cutter. It’s solid, accurate and cuts seamlessly (operator skill required)|
|Xuron sprue cutters. Thin tip to get into awkward places and seem to stay indefinitely sharp.|
|Razor Saw. Essential for cutting balsa and thick plastic|
|Standing workbench. If you’re at the bench for prolonged periods it’s nice to be stand up and stretch a bit while you work. I couple this with a bar type stool with a back.|
Balsa strip cutter. Don’t buy packs of precut beams – make your own (and custom widths too).
Works on foamcore, xps foam and foamex too if your careful.
|3-2-1 Blocks are heavy steel boxes, accurately measured and made with 90° angles. Great for holding things down or together at a right angles while they dry.|
|Army Painter acrylic paints. Great for brush painting, great range of colours and their Quickshades are a doddle to use and give great results. They come in sensible bottles (that don’t spill when knocked over) and last ages.|
|Loctite superglue. My goto super glue. Easy to apply, flows predictably. Sticks most stuff.|
|Balsa wood. I use a lot of balsa in my scratchbuilding. Buy it in sheets and get a balsa strip cutter and save yourself a fortune on buying pre-cut beams (and get them in any width you like).|
|Foamex is a much more rigid version of foam core. Harder to cut, great if you’re building larger structures.|
|Winsor & Newton oils. Buy a set and it lasts literally years. You can’t beat an oil wash for picking out detail and shadows. Dilute it with Sansodor odourless thinners.|
|UMP Thinner, thins anything acrylic based I’ve sprayed through my brush. Last ages, makes your paint go further, works.|
|Just like their cleaner. Doesn’t need much and it works.|
|Extruded polystyrene sheet – this is the 10mm thick stuff, it’s also available in other thicknesses. Often sold as builders insulation foam.|
|Olde Schoole Games Workshop book. A great starter book with some easy to build, great looking terrain. Lots of ideas for further builds too.|
|Sansodor odourless thinners. Better than a headache!|
|Serious Play. I get the majority of my flocks, static grass tufts and odd bits and bobs from Serious play. They often have bulk offers on too.|
|on ebay||The Troll Trader. I buy a lot of TT Combat MDF kits from the Troll Trader but they aren’t just limited to MDF.|