This arrived yesterday, bought mainly I'll confess because Mrs. Kinch was giving out about not being able to see what paints we had. I tend to throw all my paints in an old shoe box when I'm not using them. They lie there in a satisfying higglety pigglety pile of pots. I then assemble the few lads that I need after picking though the box and then work from that small selection. This preserves an element of mystery regarding what exactly paints are in stock and adds a touch of romance to what could otherwise be considered a rather pedestrian occupation.
This is not the way to do business so far as hard headed Mrs. Kinch is concerned and something needed to be done. As you can tell, I was cut to the quick at the prospect of abandoning the old messy ways and more to the point, appalled at the prospect of such wanton expenditure (which could be more profitably spend on toy soldiers or gin).
However, bowing to the inevitable, I found this on eBay and a few days later, here it is. Costing about twenty quid* including shipping, this is a laser cut MDF kit that when assembled holds 40 pots of Vallejo, which should be enough to keep anyone happy.
The pieces punch out relatively easily and have a pleasing burnt wood scent about them. A dry fitting would seem to indicate that the cuts are precise and the whole edifice should hold together relatively well given some glue.
We shall see what exactly Progress looks like once it's put together.
*That's Euro to those readers in the Free World.