Monday, 10 June 2013

Lead Rot - I am cursed.........................


Years ago I read an article against putting lead in wooden cabinets - it warned against Oak and Walnut due to the acidic nature of fumes...more details once I have found the link. I have a bunch of IKEA wooden drawer cabinets - all pine and I had thought they would be safe. I have just gone looking for some half painted Empire of the Petal Throne figuress and decided to take a pic of some half painted (get the behaviour patterns here?) Heritage Lord of the rings Orcs when I noticed 'fluffy' bubbling paint and cracked bases....also the penny coins on some EPT minis have a discolouration due to oxidisation....a heck of a warning. Check out the pics and be afraid, be very afraid......





Citadel 80s Medievals with the paint bubbling up all around especially on the raised areas.....the quality of lead alloy they used was occasionally atrocious to begin with.... 



The offending storage drawer......old Citadel 'grey lead' medievals from the early 80s....



Note the verdigris on the pennies.....the figures appeared unaffected so far....this is a time bomb....


Thought I would take a few pics of various, mainly Citadel figs to show the discoloration of the various alloys used....these plastic drawers were the ones we used in Games Workshop in the early 80s to store the loose lead......I got given a bunch of them after the store was revamped for blisters.....a sad time for all.

Citadel (plus a couple other make) Medievals


Citadel Slann


Aly Morrison Hobgoblins


Citadel Perry Hobgoblins


Citadel C04 Thieves


Ral Partha Tom Meier CS series Elves


Citadel C series Amazons


There was an excellent lead rot article some years ago on this nautical archeology website http://nautarch.tamu.edu unfortunately my bookmarked link is no longer valid so you will have to search!

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