Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY Painting Bases

Hello Otaku cheapskates! What do you do if your WIP is ready for paint but it's raining like there's no tomorrow? Build a cheap but durable painting base!

Here's what you'll need:
1. Lots of corrugated cardboard boxes, the kind you get your groceries or appliances in.
2. Cutter
3. Marker
4. White glue (elmers or regular paste will do)

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1. Choose a shallow box from your box pile, like those used for apples or bottles. This will serve as your base. Roughly measure the height and length of your base box, and use the same measurements to cut strips of cardboard. The strips do not have to be completely identical, but make sure they fit in your base box.

Also make sure you are cutting against the grain.

3. Pack the strips tightly together in the base box, adding white glue in between each strip, until you fill the base box nice and tight.

4. And that's it! your new painting base will have a bit of weight to it compared to the styrofoam blocks most modelers use, and should hold your painting sticks nice and stable.

The next time you go grocery shopping, ask for boxes instead of plastic. Get rid of your fugly styro blocks and build a couple of these instead. They'll last a lot longer, they're eco-friendly, and you won't have bits of stryosnow flying around your work area!

Till next time, keep building plamo!


  1. You can buy something very similar to this for very, very cheap.
    They're sold as a cat scratch post, and it's just a cardboard box with the sides layed out inside just like you did here. If you can catch a sale, a large one will be $4 or so.

    1. Thanks for the input! Those cat scratch pads are actually the inspiration behind this, but I couldn't find them in stock anywhere so I went ahead and made some myself with old boxes.

    2. I am from PH, and I rarely or I can say, never saw one yet here. Plus these boxes are mostly likely readily available. If not, you can actually ask for them here when you go to your choice of Grocery store.