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I have a question for everyone who's in the armed forces (or have been) at the moment, I seen on other topics in the past you guys mention that you build 40k stuff while you are on tour, but how do you do it? like how does it get shipped back and forth? how much down time do you have to do it? and is it really just like doing it at home or whatever?

I mainly ask because I was watching 'Black Hawk Down' the other night and the artist who's drawing the comic reminded me of those posts, so I became curious.


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I served on a ship in the navy so it wasn't to difficult to paint do 40k stuff, but there never wasn't much time to do it, out at sea there isn't much downtime at all and its either I work on 40k stuff or get a couple hours of sleep, sleep typically beats out 40k everytime.

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I found out about this watching a guy in afghan paint it. He took it with him and brought new stuff to paint after his r&r. As for down time. In average we had one day off in 4 so plenty.

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I'm in the Marines and in Afghanistan right now. For time for painting and all it depends on your job. I work in communications and as long as things are working, we don't really have a lot to do. I sit in front of 3 monitors for 12 hours a day and watch for network devices to go down. If something goes down I call someone and tell them to fix it and to call me with what they did to fix it. During my 12 hour shift I eat all three meals, go to the gym, get weekly haircuts, go to the store, whatever really. This gives me a good 6-8 hours every day to paint things. I brought a lot with me and an hoping to finish them all.

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In Iraq, I had a mailing address (APO) based on one of the major forward operating bases (FOB). I'd order stuff online, either through eBay, direct, or from other distributors, and have it mailed to that address. Whenever we had our supply run every 1-2 weeks, mail would get pushed out to us, and then I'd get my goodies whenever they showed up.

We had a wooden hut to live in and I had enough space for a small table that I could keep WIPs on, though keeping everything free of dust was a bit of a bitch...

As far as finding time, even random 2-3 hours of free time here and there can be used towards either assembling or painting an army.

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I just took little bits with me and then swapped them over on R and R

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When i was in the puss in never tried painting or building at sea, not much room and can be a little unsteady at times - but mostly because time was very short.

Ashore was a different matter, i was really restricted for room so i used to have a very limited paint selection and only painted infantry, had plenty of hours after work to get heaps done. when i finished a few models i'd mail them home and get some more unfinished ones sent back
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I for one dont take my stuff down range I'm Air Force Ammo, and when we go we work 6 on 1 off 12 hour days. I sleep on my day off and when I get home is when I buy new stuff and paint like a man possessed.

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Im army but work on aircraft so we can operate on all different shift patterns. I don't tend to take models on tour with me as i normally don't have the time/too tired to do it or i end up doing phys in my off time and sleeping lol.

It really depends on the job and the shifts you work but there are no problems with it and you can get it delivered to most BFPO addresses, normally for a discounted price depending where you shop.
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