Once a year I have schedulded solid cleaning of my miniatures glass cabinet. All these dust that comes from everywhere and tracks left by all those miniatures addicts that love to touch everything with their sticky fingers… you know what I mean, right?:) Yep, that day came, with all the spring cleaning chores. Fortunately, I like to clean my minis. It gives me opportunity to “travel in time”, see how I was painting some years ago, a make some planning in painting in close future.
This time was a bit different. After I took out all the 200 minis from cabinet (and we are talking about the one cabinet only!) I found strange dust inside. Not the typicall dust, that comes from air and makes your minis a bit dull and grey. This one quite grainy and black. But ok, I turned on my airbrush, took a big brush and started the cleaning. Suddenly I realized where this “dust” came from. I took a tray of my Plague Monks (yeah, the name speaks for itself :-), where I had the same miniatures painted in two different stages: half of them I painted about 5 years ago in red colors:
The second part was painted in old-school greens, about…. 16 years ago! I was then a really young adept in painting miniatures. Both those packs were absolutely different in every way, except the sculpts itself. One of the main differences was also the material used for flock. In 1998 a friend has gaved me a tip to use a semolina grain instead of sand and gravel. In raw version it look like that:
It was quite good tip back then, because cleaning sand was quite time consuming and semolina grain was cheap, have the same gramature and painted looks fine. I used it for some time until I decided to vary a bit the gramature of flock, so I switched to the classic sand and gravel. With about 20 models left from that painting age I forgot about semolina… until now. Check out what happened:
You see those small holes? Don`t ask me what made them, as I have no idea! You are curious where come from this black dust? Here is the answer:
“Something” has eaten my bases, chew it and expelled it… Blah :/ Seeing what happened I grabed all the old models and scratched all the semolina bases so this wouldn`t happen again. I hope. Right now our glass cabinet is clean and safe again, so more and more miniatures can be painted and cheer our sight from inside. I don`t know if my experience qould come handy for anyone, but you never now. So remember – be careful with anything biological you use for the miniatures. “Eco” is not always safe – especially for you minis :-)
Do you have your own similar experiences? Have your collection have been ever “infected”? Share your own story and how you dealed with it.