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I just bought a lighted magnifier over the weekend. A desk lamp gets too hot for me and the ambient light from the ceiling lights is too low. I absolutely love it! My painting skill has improved because I can actually see the detail on the models well now. I thought I'd post my experience with it and see what other items you normally use.
1. Hobby knife
2. Clippers
3. File Set
4. Dremel tool
5. Magnifier
6. spare brushes (for spreading white glue)

These are the six things I use normally.
 

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I use clippers and a knife. I keep telling myself I'm going to get a dremel tool, since they're not expensive, but I just haven't gotten myself over to the hardware store yet. And as a Space Marine player, they're of much more limited use than if I were playing something like Sisters of Battle. I've also been meaning to pick up a hacksaw. I don't convert metal much, but lately I've really been digging the idea of adding about 1000 points of Witch Hunters to my Lions Rampant for Apocalypse games (so I'm not going to worry too much about force organization and just get the models that look cool) but the entire range is metal, and I'm not a fan of having cookie cutter models, so some conversions would definitely be taking place.
 

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just a regular dremel. I don't remember which one.
 

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I suggest a Craftsman dremel rotary tool if you're in the US or Canada (I don't know if they have Craftsman in Europe or down under). They're a bit more expensive but they come with a lifetime guarantee which is nice. They're sturdy to hold and solid construction, not like the tiny little pen dremels that shake a lot. There are also models that have 1, 3 or 5 speeds which is great, although for modelling you'll NEVER go about the second speed, even the second speed is fairly rare. I'll post a model number when I get home.
 

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Clippers
Dental Picks for gs work
Brushes of course
Files
Wet Palette (thanks Damned Fist)
Dremel

And anything that may help me achieve my goals.
 

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clippers (1 for plastic, 1 for metal), a set of x-acto knives (several blade types for different jobs), pin vise, wire for pins, superglue, pva glue+sand+cut-up sprue+foamcore for basing, a fistfull of brushes...basically everything my dad doesn't need anymore and some stuff i picked up myself.

oh, and i've got a starter airbrush i've been experimenting with, too.
 

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Pin vise and wire are a few things I need to purchase. I want to pin a couple of models I have
 

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For Painting:
Brushes (tank and dry brushes to needle tip small)
Paint
Air Brush
Spray Paints
Magnifying Light
2 x Spot Lights

Building/Converting
Clippers
Vice
Drill
Dental picks
Plasti-Card
Fishing box o' bits
About 5 differnt kinds of files
Dremel
Sandpaper
GS
2 Part Epxoy

Will add if I remember anything else.
 

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What are the dental picks for?
 

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Working with green stuff. I just use GW's sculpting tool, since it was easy to get ahold of, but any clay working tools, dental accessories, toothpicks, stainless cooking utensils... they'll all work for green stuff shinnanigans. I ought to look into a dental tool kit, because the GW sculpting tool is really rather limited in what you can do with it.
 

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Yeah they are good for sculpting and the such. You can usually finid some cheap ones, well cheap. if you go for professional grade you will spend about 20 or more dollars per tool. if you know a dentist they can normally hook you up, you don't need then razor sharp like they do. I forgot needle nose pliers and my diamond saw (or what ever the call em now a days). I don't work in metal much but they are still handy even on plastic. I made a space marine in the prone position one day, I had to dismember his to start off and the saw was very valuable.
 

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You pretty much need a hacksaw if you're going to be cutting up Space Marine legs. Clippers do quite a number on 'em and you usually need a fair bit of green stuff to repair the damage. Hobby knives will eventually cut through, but... I'd just as soon not sit and saw back and forth with one.
 

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I would certainly go for a more expensive dremel. The bearings are of a better quality and this reduces vibration (essential for the size of work we work on).

I use clippers, needle nose pliers, various sizes and shapes of blades for the scalpel style knives , jewellers saw, metal files, pin vice, fine emery boards and of course a dremel.

Its amazing what other things come in useful and I have a whole load of tools I use for GS work, although I generally rely on just a couple for the majority of stuff.

For painting I use W&N Sceptre Gold II brushes. They are not pure sable, but as I dont paint Golden Deamon standard I think I'd be wasting money getting series 7's.
 

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as i work there, i use our staff hobby kit, which is the £60 grey case one with some additions.. we use gardening wire for pinning, we've got a hammer in there (you never know), two saws, glues and, cunningly enough, some old brush applied liquid poly..

for painting...
for the basecoat i usually use the citadel starter brush. theyre thin enough for the job and nice and sturdy, and can still be taken to a point. After that its standard, detail and fine detail all the way. I also love my large flat drybrush for everything. i use a large drybrush to do my basing and mud effect.
 

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The largest brush i use is the citadel fine detail brush. I find all the others to be pointlessly big for anything other than mixing, but to be fair, i only paint infantry really. I can see the attraction for the larger brushes to get a more even coat on surfaces for tanks etc.

Most of my work i use a 0000 or 00000 for.

I also have a hot wire cutter for mdeling terrain out of polystyre kicking around somewhere. Much better than the one GW do. It was home made, and is kind of like a miniature band saw (if that description makes any sense).
 

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Got the new GW hobby set for christmas. So i guess i use that now...
 
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