In some form or another my workspace has remained for the most part consistent. In spite of multiple moves relocations the configuration at the bench is a constant. If I remember right I read a book on diorama building around 10 years ago and the author had a bench “layout” that he suggested. I tried it and adjusted it to suit me as I discovered what worked for me, and what stuff I use more. It evolved as a result of form following function.
The photo captures the space at it’s best (there is even a clean paint rag). I didn’t consciously set out to make you think I’m not a terrible slob but I had completed a project and had cleared the proverbial table.
Something my space features that most good hobbyists don’t have is a “sideboard of shame”. On the right hand of the space is a place reserved for sad miniatures that have been neglected either abandoned in mid-paint or resting in a pile of unassembled parts. I thought that if I could see the stuff I should have worked on I would feel guilty and complete them. It’s turns out I am hard hearted when it comes to the plight of neglected inanimate objects.
There is a positive purpose for the sideboard though. I tend to work on series of models (similar themes) before I get bored with them. Having a space right at the bench to drop loose parts that would be cool to work with is a good thing. Composing a great miniature/conversion is deliberate but it is also an intuitive and creative process. Sometimes a random piece sitting on the sideboard will fall into place like the last piece of a puzzle when I am trying to compose a figure.