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    Hey that's great for an hour! Lots of depth to...

    Hey that's great for an hour! Lots of depth to the shading, a nice touch, I also thought it was sculpted on
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    Still laughing at that while typing this... I...

    Still laughing at that while typing this...

    I 2nd the suggestion earlier to go for a yellowy bone color as that will indeed play off of the purple tones in the skin since yellow can be a direct...
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    Interesting never thought of putting the actual...

    Interesting never thought of putting the actual piece I was working on into the freezer. Seems like the water condensing as it warms up while being worked on would aid in keeping the tools "gliding"...
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    I work both Magic Sculpt and Apoxie the same way...

    I work both Magic Sculpt and Apoxie the same way but with crisco (vegetable based shortening) instead since it comes off a little easier with soapy water than vaseline. Never sticks to my tools...
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    Needs some whitecaps I'd say to sell the effect...

    Needs some whitecaps I'd say to sell the effect of rushing water. I mentioned how I go about it in the post up there, but there's so many ways. If you mix up the stuff you end up using as white...
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    I've used the water effects off an on for the...

    I've used the water effects off an on for the last 8 years (when I bought the bottle). Same experience mentioned here in this thread, takes a day or two to dry, good for mixing with snow effects,...
  7. Nice face on that one. To remove the scabbard I...

    Nice face on that one. To remove the scabbard I would take a few minutes with a jeweler's saw and work on separating it from the body. If I couldn't get the jeweler's saw to fit properly for the...
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    Plaster is nice for this sort of thing. Build...

    Plaster is nice for this sort of thing. Build your brick wall on a flat surface, not standing up but have it lying flat. Place your bricks in their rows loosely using a tiny amount of soft wax to...
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    The first part of that is of interest, but...

    The first part of that is of interest, but copper, even pure copper isn't going to be affected by a magnetic field, unless the magnetic field was really powerful.
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    Interesting to think about. The three wet...

    Interesting to think about. The three wet palettes I use, their lids aren't air tight either. One's a plastic box with a hinge that my airbrush shipped in, closes just fine but doesn't 'snap' shut...
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    Water is fine for thinning that stuff to your...

    Water is fine for thinning that stuff to your desired consitency. It's all I've used (sprayed through an airbrush) for many years. Drying times, again, shot through a brush it's rapid but I let a...
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    Long post short, the best advice I can give is to...

    Long post short, the best advice I can give is to gloss coat before you wash with oils. Of course you can coat with anything you choose, but the gloss aids the flow of the paint and it's removal on...
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    I use the same technique pretty much with no...

    I use the same technique pretty much with no problems. Exacto blade or the back of the blade to scrape down mold lines and trim flash away, then hit with some files to smooth any rough spots down. ...
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    Sorry I'm in sunny California here. Plenty of UK...

    Sorry I'm in sunny California here. Plenty of UK based posters here though I'm sure someone here has got the lowdown.
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    The only brush on matte topcoat I've used that...

    The only brush on matte topcoat I've used that actually was truely "matte" after it dried is Testor's Dulcote brush on. It really does the job, wonderful stuff. However to the OP it doesn't fulfill...
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    Any compatible gloss coat will be fine. Gloss...

    Any compatible gloss coat will be fine. Gloss being the key word being that's what you want, not matte, to be clear. It's the gloss that allows the oil wash to flow where it needs to. A very...
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    In all standard cases I can think of you would...

    In all standard cases I can think of you would want a gloss coat before applying an oil wash. It's the gloss coat that lets the oil wash flow so freely into the recesses of the model (panel lines,...
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    Weird that the copper coin didn't work. Works on...

    Weird that the copper coin didn't work. Works on all 3 of the wet palettes I use in rotation. I keep paint open on them for weeks at a time with no foul odor and they all have coins under the...
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    Add a penny (or whatever copper currency is in...

    Add a penny (or whatever copper currency is in use in your realm) to your next wet palette. The copper coin will keep the nasties at bay for as long as it's in there. Sounds like alchemy, but it's...
  20. Thread: Black Dragons

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    My quick gaming tabletop standard method I've...

    My quick gaming tabletop standard method I've recently started using is to basecoat what needs to be black with Adeptus Battlegrey (Citadel Foundation) and when that's dry I use Badab Black (Citadel...
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    Aye, in my experience this is the *normal* state...

    Aye, in my experience this is the *normal* state of our mini paints when diluted or even left to rest. It's the way they are and I don't think there's a magic fix for this issue.

    The way I deal...
  22. It's similar to matte medium except it has drying...

    It's similar to matte medium except it has drying retarder added and has a little more fluidity. Just compare the two on a test piece of primed plastic or something to see the subtle difference. ...
  23. A mixture of ink paint and water eh, I couldn't...

    A mixture of ink paint and water eh, I couldn't speak to that since I don't use any inks when I paint. The gentleman in your video must have a special sauce mixture that he uses, can't say I've ever...
  24. After reading your post, my honest answer is no...

    After reading your post, my honest answer is no additives. Use water only if you want to paint with the zenithal highlighting basecoat as a starting point. Water only will give you the consistency...
  25. Never sprayed Acetone through anything personally...

    Never sprayed Acetone through anything personally so I can't give you any anecdotal advice on that. I use alcohol to clean my airbrushes and once in a great while I'll really soak it and scrub it...
  26. In case two wasn't enough I'll add a third voice...

    In case two wasn't enough I'll add a third voice saying it's fine, I do it all the time. Clean your needle very frequently as Game Color has a weird "satiny vinyl" type of buildup that can occur...
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    Vallejo makes a "Liquid Gold" line that are the...

    Vallejo makes a "Liquid Gold" line that are the alcohol based paints, "Liquid Gold" you definitely don't want to put water near those, it will ruin them. Even the small amount of water left over...
  28. Heya, wood glue is what you want. Cheap, tough...

    Heya, wood glue is what you want. Cheap, tough as you need.

    This is from years of personal experience building with foam and trying every glue. Liquid Nails is the best in terms of strength, but...
  29. I have all of those as well as all of the...

    I have all of those as well as all of the citadel, game color and reaper masters so I'll just give you my two cents based on my own perspective on comparison between the ranges.

    First impression...
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    So much information on Youtube that it would be...

    So much information on Youtube that it would be redundant to post with only words about the topic, so I'll just say, browse youtube with searchwords such as tap plastics mold making mould making...
  31. Thread: Hirst Arts

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    Loads for me as well, laptop pc and phone all...

    Loads for me as well, laptop pc and phone all fine.
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    For my sand I bought a children's playset of sand...

    For my sand I bought a children's playset of sand at a craft store (Michael's) which came in 4 or 5 tubes of sand which I've been using for about 10 years and still have about 75% left. Paid a few...
  33. Thread: Google+ ?

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    It's google's answer to Facebook. It's a social...

    It's google's answer to Facebook. It's a social networking site being developed by Google that promises as one of it's main features to allow you to share content only with certain privileged...
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    Same, I've spent much of the day doing just that....

    Same, I've spent much of the day doing just that. Found some tree bark on a walk this morning and have been making stone ruins, broken paveways, chunky dungeon tiles etc...just from a piece of bark...
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    Sounds like a chemical reaction between the Flow...

    Sounds like a chemical reaction between the Flow Aid and the Citadel wash. They sound like they don't play nice together. Nobody really knows exactly what is in those Citadel Washes (they smell...
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    Yep no problem. Works great to give some nice...

    Yep no problem. Works great to give some nice shades and hues to stonework on terrain/bases that sort of thing. Since it's dilute it flows into cracks and crevasses with a greater viscosity than...
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    You mix them with alcohol. The alcohol...

    You mix them with alcohol. The alcohol evaporates rapidly and leaves you with an interesting effect that is different than applying pigment alone since you can paint with it, and wash with it. Once...
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    If you use alot, I suggest making your own. ...

    If you use alot, I suggest making your own. Lot's of recipes on the net, hell I'll link you a video even. Stuff works fairly the same as GW washes, consistency is different but the technique and...
  39. I just woke up from a dream where I was arguing...

    I just woke up from a dream where I was arguing with someone on this very topic so I guess I'll reply here. Didn't remember the dream until I read this thread. I was arguing against someone who was...
  40. Thread: layers

    by DarkStar
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    That will tend to happen if you don't wait long...

    That will tend to happen if you don't wait long enough for the paint to dry. There's no shame in working with a hair dryer close by to speed up the drying time. I've done it for years and know of...
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    It would, but with the sheer amount of painting I...

    It would, but with the sheer amount of painting I do that would amount to thousands of seconds per year sacrificed. And that's quality time I could be using to messing up a blend and stripping a...
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    Aye, household tools are the way I do it as well....

    Aye, household tools are the way I do it as well. You're braver than I though with throwing your paints into the dryer, however well protected.

    I use a hand mixer, the kind you'd use to mix...
  43. Thread: Newbie..

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    Heya, I'll just answer to your points above. ...

    Heya, I'll just answer to your points above.

    1. 5 minute epoxy should work just fine. I've used tubes and tubes of the stuff in this hobby for all manner of assembly large and small. Just mix...
  44. I use water and Golden Acrylic Flow Release...

    I use water and Golden Acrylic Flow Release thinned in a ratio of 1/10 flow release to water for Reaper MSPs. I airbrush with it with no problems to speak of. Thinned down to the consistency of...
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    Cool, thanks for sharing. I've got a growing...

    Cool, thanks for sharing. I've got a growing collection of backdrops to photo against, and these will be a nice addition for sure.
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    Hendarion, just to be clear, I'm not speaking of...

    Hendarion, just to be clear, I'm not speaking of turpentine. Turpenoid is an odorless thinner for oil paints. It doesn't remove dried acrylic paint unless of course you really wanted to, then you...
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    With acrylics the old modelers trick is to add...

    With acrylics the old modelers trick is to add retarder and flow aid to your paint before lining panels and the like. Work quickly, apply the paint into the panel lines and have a dampened cotton...
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    Usually dry to the touch overnight, ready for...

    Usually dry to the touch overnight, ready for dulcote or another layer of oil. You can use a lampbox, lightbox whatever you've got to speed it up to a few hours if you're in a rush. Also, you can...
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    I've been using airbrushes for about 18 years now...

    I've been using airbrushes for about 18 years now and honestly I'd be pretty damn impressed by a mini at our scales here that was painted to any reasonable standard with an airbrush. Cheating? By...
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    Sweet, that design you painted on her...

    Sweet, that design you painted on her tabard/loincloth is fantastic. Well done metals look good with the skin, excellent!
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    Not necessarily, although the part about washes...

    Not necessarily, although the part about washes being darker over light is almost always the case, glazes however can quite often be darker colors glazed over a lighter tone. A glaze being simply a...
  52. Thread: Scumbling?

    by DarkStar
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    Scumbling is a painters technique where you apply...

    Scumbling is a painters technique where you apply a typically thin layer of paint on top of dried paint, then rub enough of the fresh paint off after it's applied to leave a residue behind.
    ...
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    Interesting thread to read, just thought I'd drop...

    Interesting thread to read, just thought I'd drop in to say that. I've had too many thoughts on the topic to really condense them into anything worth reading that wouldn't be too rambling, but just...
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    Yeah it can be expensive, but it's really worth...

    Yeah it can be expensive, but it's really worth it. As your collection of mini related "stuff" grows you may awe yourself with the way that you've managed to transform an entire room or more of your...
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    Over time I've come to prefer Vallejo Model Color...

    Over time I've come to prefer Vallejo Model Color for most everything. It has everything I want with none of what I don't and that's good enough for me.

    The characteristics of that paint that I...
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    I use a wire brush attachment on my dremel.

    I use a wire brush attachment on my dremel.
  57. Thread: OT.....Pubs

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    Typically speaking, at least in my 20\'s, you\'d...

    Typically speaking, at least in my 20\'s, you\'d have been drinking enough during the day on the sidewalks and parks that it doesn\'t bother you to jostle around late at night for a few drinks in...
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    Spend 8 hours or so carefully blending nmm blades...

    Spend 8 hours or so carefully blending nmm blades and armor until it\'s done then thinking \"hey this would look great rusted up, let me try a new effect of sponging on the rust for texture\" and...
  59. Yeah water \"effects\" products are more for...

    Yeah water \"effects\" products are more for small amounts like ripples on top of lakes or a bit of texture here and there. Haven\'t used the GW stuff personally, but from looking at it I\'m going...
  60. Thread: what is this

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    Haha I was totally thinking that. ...

    Haha I was totally thinking that.

    Coasttocoastam would love to see that image, send it in!
  61. Yep, clear resin or regular old epoxy glue work...

    Yep, clear resin or regular old epoxy glue work well. You can tint them with inks, even the glue while mixing it. A little goes a long way with the ink, it\'s the translucent kind of ink that I\'ve...
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    Since you live in the US, go down to the grocery...

    Since you live in the US, go down to the grocery store /walmart /target whatever is convenient and pick up some Easy-Off oven cleaner. Not the fume free kind, but the heavy duty stuff.

    Put your...
  63. Thread: chalky

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    If you read further in my post,I comment on the...

    If you read further in my post,I comment on the item that there are indeed painters that use no additives.

    Regarding the stabbing of brush strokes, I would also recommend not stabbing as you can...
  64. Thread: chalky

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    You need additive to your paint if thinning that...

    You need additive to your paint if thinning that far. If they\'re telling you to thin it down, they need to tell you to counteract the various bad things that happen to paint thinned that way with...
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    1817: Billy runs to the well to fetch water for...

    1817: Billy runs to the well to fetch water for his ma to make a batch of fresh country biscuits, Billy falls and rips his britches, he runs home to tell his ma and she comforts him with a warm...
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    Joek you can call Paypal and speak with them...

    Joek you can call Paypal and speak with them directly about it. Go to their website and browse around until you find the contact number, then jump through their hoops on their auto system until...
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    Collections I\'m working on and maybe will one...

    Collections I\'m working on and maybe will one day finish. Rented them all via Netflix and decided to buy them slowly over time, except Firefly, which I got outright along with Serenity.

    BSG ...
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    This tutorial here from Dan Perez: Two Stage...

    This tutorial here from Dan Perez: Two Stage

    Covers DIY approach to pressureless casting using the two stage pour technique, mainly directed at those without the use of a pressure casting system...
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    Wizards sells a line of star wars minis. Plastic...

    Wizards sells a line of star wars minis. Plastic pre-painted variety.

    wizards sw minis
  70. Thread: glue?

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    You can try two part epoxy glue. I use it all...

    You can try two part epoxy glue. I use it all the time. Just gotta be a little more patient when letting it set up. Allergic as all hell to the stuff but it works, no frosting.
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    Looking great, excellent pose and detail on the...

    Looking great, excellent pose and detail on the face so far.
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    I wonder if it will be ready for release by next...

    I wonder if it will be ready for release by next April 1st.
  73. From the picture of the vehicle, I\'d say he...

    From the picture of the vehicle, I\'d say he might be part Mekboy. Very Orky looking ride.
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    Haha yeah my gf does it as well. We have 4 cats...

    Haha yeah my gf does it as well. We have 4 cats and a pretty big obsession with them around here. On my birthday I was given a box of \"Herding Cats\" wine, since that\'s pretty much my unofficial...
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    This topic (whenever and wherever it\'s brought...

    This topic (whenever and wherever it\'s brought up) always just brings to mind that episode of South Park where they get addicted to sniffing cat pee and get sent to a Fantasy land where everything...
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    The designs on the carapace work really well,...

    The designs on the carapace work really well, nice to look at. Also like the color choice, it definately works.
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    Thanks guys, and Laurence, thanks for kind words.

    Thanks guys, and Laurence, thanks for kind words.
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    When people post on forums like cheezburgercat,...

    When people post on forums like cheezburgercat, that bugs the hell out me. I mean, sure the images are funny and it\'s cute when your girlfriend does it in person, but damn annoying to read all the...
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    Ariseth converted

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/seansullivan/arisethblue.jpg

    I don\'t think I\'ve ever posted a submission here, or if I have it was so long ago that I\'ve forgotten it. But this one here...
  80. I agree with the sentiment here, going the...

    I agree with the sentiment here, going the direction of posting on the forums if you\'re seeking some direct commentary on a piece.

    Generally I\'ll comment from time to time, but it\'s at those...
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    On the instructions the maker included for the...

    On the instructions the maker included for the wet palette. Not on the refill packs, on the actual wet palette instructions.

    Here are quotes from various makes:

    Sta-wet:

    \" How it works:...
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    Are you conditioning your paper and sponge first?...

    Are you conditioning your paper and sponge first? With those \'official\' papers you are directed to soak them through and through in hot water for a time to activate them. This gets the paper...
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    Great looking vehicle, sharp and shiny...

    Great looking vehicle, sharp and shiny everywhere. Love the gradient fading on the side panels and the chips down by the bottom. A great mix of clean painting yet \"lived in\" appearance.
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    If you wanted to just practice a bit, I\'d say a...

    If you wanted to just practice a bit, I\'d say a good place to start is to always choose where your main light source is first and take it from there.

    Keep in consideration while painting where...
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    I worked in printing (digital color) for a long...

    I worked in printing (digital color) for a long time and have some knowledge of CMYK.

    As mentioned you\'ll need white of course and black would be handy as well.

    I mainly use acrylics but I...
  86. Thread: Gift of God

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    Usually I find anyone that does art to a high...

    Usually I find anyone that does art to a high level is very humble. When I don\'t see that trait exhibited in someone of great skill at painting or sculpting it\'s ...unusual, very uncommon.

    So...
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    Didn\'t see this answered, but yes he still does....

    Didn\'t see this answered, but yes he still does. Couple of new works by him for Reaper lately on their page in the greens and previews section.

    For the second part, they are re-releasing alot of...
  88. Thread: Hello there

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    Way to kill all the androids reading this thread.

    Way to kill all the androids reading this thread.
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    I don\'t know what a \"womble\" is, but that made...

    I don\'t know what a \"womble\" is, but that made me laugh.
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    The multi-tier one I bought online, Thewarstore I...

    The multi-tier one I bought online, Thewarstore I believe. Overpriced but I love it so I guess it\'s worth it.

    The small one tier one I got at walmart here for about 2 bucks I think it\'s a spice...
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    Yeah I saw that one today, and would like to have...

    Yeah I saw that one today, and would like to have a go at painting it. The folds of the clothing look like a good playground for paint.
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    Haven\'t done one of these threads in awhile. ...

    Haven\'t done one of these threads in awhile.
    Pic of my little chamber. Where are the minis? (only two in this shot, using the blue cups on the left for a cover save vs. dust)...
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    They also make Warcraft minis now for their...

    They also make Warcraft minis now for their collectible game.

    Various trolls and elves would be suitable. They have a browsable gallery of their minis at: wowminis

    You can strip the paint...
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    Yeah, looking at your proposed cut lines there,...

    Yeah, looking at your proposed cut lines there, don\'t cut the knee under the kneecap plate, but over top if you\'re going that route.

    For the puttying you can push a bit of putty in the gap...
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    Although I have a bunch of wet palettes of the...

    Although I have a bunch of wet palettes of the DIY and one \"pro\" quality one I decided to see today exactly how cheap I could go with a wet palette and made a perfectly fine one out of these items....
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    I use stackable plastic drawers. They\'re about...

    I use stackable plastic drawers. They\'re about 4 inches deep by 12 inches long per drawer, with 3 drawers per unit. A single drawer can hold a good deal of minis. Several whole units of warhammer...
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    My method of doing it is to brush on a bit of...

    My method of doing it is to brush on a bit of glue on the base then, using tweezers pinch out a bit of the static grass from a tupperware that\'s been shaken up and apply it into the glue in a clump....
  98. Thread: my new toy !!

    by DarkStar
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    Yep if it\'s acrylic it\'s fine to thin with...

    Yep if it\'s acrylic it\'s fine to thin with water. Practice alot getting your paints to the right consistency. It has to be pretty thin actually. I shoot acrylic model paint through mine all the...
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    Oh no! They captured the soul of my house with...

    Oh no! They captured the soul of my house with their devil boxes!


    Seriously though, I think it\'s really cool. I\'ve lived in alot of places and it\'s ...thrilling to go back and virtually...
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    This sounds very much like a conversion I\'m...

    This sounds very much like a conversion I\'m working on right now.

    Half Nude: Check. Mostly just straps and buckles.

    Chaos chick: Check. An evil themed/overlord race.

    Skulls: Check. I...
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    Well you can always ask yourself what the purpose...

    Well you can always ask yourself what the purpose of the item would be \"in real life\" if it were to exist and start to rule out extra detail if it doesn\'t fit.

    Armor plates wouldn\'t have any...
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    If I had a good piece of advice it would be to...

    If I had a good piece of advice it would be to use a drawing tablet. I\'ve always used one, (I think my first tablet was picked up in the 1980\'s.) so wouldn\'t want to mess around anything like...
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    Funny that you mention it I did one of those last...

    Funny that you mention it I did one of those last week for a conversion I\'m working on of a Reaper figure that I liked the pose and body, but wasn\'t too thrilled with the head and hair, wanted to...
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    I hate that miniature. Looks like a fat baby...

    I hate that miniature.

    Looks like a fat baby clown stuffed into a pair of powder blue footy pajamas that got lost on the island where the Wild Things Are.

    It\'s just the head too...put a helmet...
  105. \"Or should the middle of the strap be the...

    \"Or should the middle of the strap be the darkest bit, with the colour getting progressively lighter until it gets to the edge highlight (which would be the lightest highlight)?\"

    That\'s the way...
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    Yeah you can just let it \"air out\" to prevent...

    Yeah you can just let it \"air out\" to prevent that from happening. They are meant to be disposable though, not supposed to keep using the same one forever. Replace as needed. They sell bulk...
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    If you\'re used to working a two part epoxy there...

    If you\'re used to working a two part epoxy there are good choices available for larger figures at (way) lower prices than kneadatite.

    Magic Sculpt, Aves Apoxie are a couple of good choices. Both...
  108. If you live the US, you can get Easy Off oven...

    If you live the US, you can get Easy Off oven cleaner, the blue can. Not the yellow can which is fume free.

    Then put your minis in tupperware, spray the easy off and put the lid on. Wait about a...
  109. Thread: Pinning

    by DarkStar
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    I wouldn\'t pin the arms on a 30mm plastic mini...

    I wouldn\'t pin the arms on a 30mm plastic mini either. Unless I looked at it and thought \"Hrm, I really should pin those\".

    Depends on the mini/pose/sculpt etc.
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    Wolf people.

    Wolf people.
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    I\'m going to guess here, but I\'ll just use the...

    I\'m going to guess here, but I\'ll just use the citadel paints as guesses (who knows what actual paints or colors they are but the artist.)

    If I\'m going to guess GW paints I\'m going to go with....
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    I\'ve stripped down two entire (large) armies,...

    I\'ve stripped down two entire (large) armies, space marines and eldar to name them.

    I used Easy Off oven cleaner, not the fume free kind as that kind doesn\'t work. Everything came off fine...
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    The only time I\'ve not had \"pleasure\" (more...

    The only time I\'ve not had \"pleasure\" (more like leisure) while painting minis was when I first started and was really struggling with learning the paint. Became more of a battle at times. Stuck...
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    Just finished a bunch of dremeling myself this...

    Just finished a bunch of dremeling myself this evening.

    Had mine (got a couple of \'em now) for years and still to this day wonder how those who don\'t have one get along in this hobby.

    Still...
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    Well out of curiosity I went and dug out a couple...

    Well out of curiosity I went and dug out a couple of minis I painted with the vallejo alcohol base metallics (vabm for short from here on out heh) a couple of years ago just to check to see if mine...
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    Aww I was hoping you were going to go with a bone...

    Aww I was hoping you were going to go with a bone effect for the skull on the banner pole. Hopefully you get the urge to do at least some of the detail somewhere as a bone effect. Would be great to...
  117. Cool man, looks like you took a page out of Rogue...

    Cool man, looks like you took a page out of Rogue Trader. I\'m fond of that style myself and think you\'ve done the mini great justice. Good work and congrats on the gold.
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    If you go the way of cutting off pieces, one...

    If you go the way of cutting off pieces, one would simply cut the sculpt with a jeweler\'s saw (they are very precision tools), then resculpt any lost detail by touching it up. It\'s a razor thin...
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    If you need to cut off a piece you can use a...

    If you need to cut off a piece you can use a jeweler\'s saw to accomplish the task. I picked up mine at a model railroad hobby store. Along with several dozen blades since they tend to snap. ...
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    Awesome man, glad I could help. :cool:

    Awesome man, glad I could help. :cool:
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    Citadel does make proper primers though. I...

    Citadel does make proper primers though. I don\'t have a can \"on me\" at the moment so I can\'t give you the exact name but I\'ve definately used a few cans. The white primer is exceptional and I...
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    Great idea, really shows off the scale of these...

    Great idea, really shows off the scale of these tiny minis. Excellent paintwork as well, I\'m enjoying the muted color scheme, very pleasing. Voted for it, he\'s great :)
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    Aye, your best best to avoid the work of doing it...

    Aye, your best best to avoid the work of doing it 3 times is to go with a quick mold. An easy piece to mold from the looks of it since you\'ll only need to capture detail on side, the back can be...
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    Aye Einion that was my reaction as well. I have...

    Aye Einion that was my reaction as well. I have all the other thinners talked about in this thread (Turps, mineral spirits etc...and quite a few more as well) and I read at some military modelling...
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    I\'ll add to the entourage of folks saying \"hell...

    I\'ll add to the entourage of folks saying \"hell yes\" in this thread. Definately a big gun in your arsenal of sculpting tools to own. Use them with green stuff, procreate, magic sculpt, aves,...
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    You can also thin it with water. Yep just plain...

    You can also thin it with water. Yep just plain old water. I shoot it through my airbrush thinned this way, stirred well and clean up with 99% alcohol.
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    I find Testor\'s Dulcote to be the best Matte...

    I find Testor\'s Dulcote to be the best Matte varnish in either the can or bottle. It\'s much more \"potent\" if you will than Vallejo. Citadel leaves a sort of...haze over the figure, at least it...
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    What Ritual said are my sentiments exactly. Not...

    What Ritual said are my sentiments exactly. Not sure if you\'ve made your choice yet Jojo theFlamingMonkey but those are words of wisdom to heed right there.

    I\'ve got the full set of VGC as well...
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    Odd that I find this thread, I just had 3...

    Odd that I find this thread, I just had 3 listings flatline with no bids...and this is the part that got me...no watchers except 1.


    I only do a couple dozen minis on ebay per year and never...
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    If you\'re dead set on using your mustache and...

    If you\'re dead set on using your mustache and beard to drybrush a mini, use some conditioner first at it goes a long way to help prevent that chalky look.
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    One thing I still keep in mind to this day while...

    One thing I still keep in mind to this day while painting is something I heard once, maybe here, and that is: \"When you think you\'ve highlighted enough, add two more layers of highlights and...
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    I spend a good deal of time personally choosing...

    I spend a good deal of time personally choosing out color schemes before laying paint on a mini. I kind of relish that part. Always good fun to lay a bunch of inspiration out and get to a nice...
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    Stir your paints, don\'t just shake them. ...

    Stir your paints, don\'t just shake them. That\'s right, open up the bottle and stir \'em up. Makes sure your paints are living up to their full potential.
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    Oooh yeah I hear ya supervike. I know what I...

    Oooh yeah I hear ya supervike. I know what I like in a sculpt and I\'m not seeing that here in any of these models.

    I respect and admire the talent it takes to sculpt at this level, but from my...
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    Hey it\'s really great to see so much progression...

    Hey it\'s really great to see so much progression for so many painters in this thread, it\'s really inspiring to me to see how far people\'s painting skills have come over time!

    My first in Jun...
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    You can use a very thin layer of Vaseline to help...

    You can use a very thin layer of Vaseline to help the new layer of sculpey bond to the baked underlayers of polymer. Brush it on, then smear it off then sculpt over it. An alternative is to use...
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    I\'m fond of highlighting black with Sombre...

    I\'m fond of highlighting black with Sombre Grey...it\'s kind of a purpley grey that lends itself well to highlighting black...lending a coolness to the black without tipping far into the cartoony...
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    If the internet died tomorrow I would just go...

    If the internet died tomorrow I would just go back to doing things like I did before it was around.

    Oh internet we barely knew ye.
  139. Thread: White spray

    by DarkStar
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    Yarr almost every major paint brand carries a...

    Yarr almost every major paint brand carries a line of primer that is compatible with their paints. I\'m preferential to Vallejo Model Color myself for shooting through my airbrush. Thinned with a...
  140. Thread: White spray

    by DarkStar
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    GW (Citadel) white spray primer in a can is...

    GW (Citadel) white spray primer in a can is overpriced, but if you\'re wondering about quality, it\'s good stuff and very consistent from can to can. Used it for about 3 years and never had issues...
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    I paint miniatures with an optivisor on almost...

    I paint miniatures with an optivisor on almost the entire time. When I first started I used my eyes but since then I\'ve become accustomed to seeing and working at miniature scale at the level of...
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    I paint quite a bit in oils now. I use regular...

    I paint quite a bit in oils now. I use regular old artist\'s oils in a tube, a small spectrum and custom mix any color I need.

    To speed the drying time I mix W&N Liquin Original into my paints...
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    I was the same way with that triad but eventually...

    I was the same way with that triad but eventually found a use for those colors, specifically.

    Since they\'re so...thin, out of the bottle I usually reach for those when I want to enhance a...
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    I got my jeweler\'s chain at a sewing supply...

    I got my jeweler\'s chain at a sewing supply store.

    Regarding Dremel, if you want a ton of cheap bits go check out your local flea market/swap meet. The one by me (it\'s massive) has at least...
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    I have the complete set of Reaper Masters,...

    I have the complete set of Reaper Masters, Vallejo Game colors and the complete set of the colors that I would ever actually use (many are redundant) of Vallejo Model Colors.

    I also have hundreds...
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    Best book I ever read on the subject, I just...

    Best book I ever read on the subject, I just recently acquired, and wish I had my hands on it when I first started.

    Linkage

    How to Paint Realistic Military Figures by Lynn Kessler and Don...
  147. It\'s the curse of the internet. If someone...

    It\'s the curse of the internet.

    If someone posts a new topic about a subject that\'s been covered, they\'re scorned with \"Use the search feature u noob!\"

    If they use the search and find a...
  148. I basecoat white for yellow, no problem. If I...

    I basecoat white for yellow, no problem.

    If I was limited to Citadel paints I would take snakebite and mix it with their darker purple as the midtone/shade and paint up through to a true yellow...
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    You\'re obviously buying better quality blades...

    You\'re obviously buying better quality blades than myself. I break about 15 a week when working with metal. I work with mostly resin now and don\'t break nearly as many, but usually would go...
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    I use a combo of Jeweler\'s saw and Dremel. To...

    I use a combo of Jeweler\'s saw and Dremel. To help prevent the snapping of your sawblades lubricate it by sawing into some chapstick before you saw into the metal. This helps reduce friction which...
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    Just got done watching it, always fascinating to...

    Just got done watching it, always fascinating to watch stuff like this.

    Couple of questions for those that may know the answers:

    1. What was the waxy looking green strip he had on his right...
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    Any time I need to do something like this, I roll...

    Any time I need to do something like this, I roll up the needed size of sphere in Apoxie Sculpt then either let it set overnight, or if I am impatient I carefully set it up with my heatgun.

    Once...
  153. I as well have dealt with them for a number of...

    I as well have dealt with them for a number of years and have had zero problems with them, except that they are in the same state as I am, so I have to pay sales tax, which on larger orders is a...
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    Yarr, maybe they should make some tools out of...

    Yarr, maybe they should make some tools out of this material, then If I cut it trying to remove some cured up putty, it will repair itself o.O

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7254939.stm...
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    Can\'t wait to get a chance to see this, I\'ve...

    Can\'t wait to get a chance to see this, I\'ve enjoyed your writeups in the past. The link is indeed broken currently.

    *works if you type it out though :P

    **Edit: Read it. Probably the best...
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    I bought my first color shaper about 5 years ago,...

    I bought my first color shaper about 5 years ago, a softer white tip chisel. I ruined it by letting some magic sculp dry on it, then by trying to remove it I marred the tip. :(

    I really missed it...
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    For holes in clothing, or ripped and frayed edges...

    For holes in clothing, or ripped and frayed edges I would work in layers of putty.

    Sculpt the initial form of the cloth, let dry. Add a new, thin layer over that and allow it to set up to a...
  158. Thread: Mirror affect

    by DarkStar
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    A good way to bluff it without figuring out every...

    A good way to bluff it without figuring out every single imagined detail in the environment that you want to have reflected on the mini is to make the mirrored surface (chrome for example) reflect...
  159. Interesting. Well thought out and postulated...

    Interesting.

    Well thought out and postulated question.

    You\'ve used the criteria of \"Pretend you\'re a Golden Demon Judge\" there and before I go any further thinking about this, I beg to ask...
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    Yeah, tricky to get the hang of. I\'ve been...

    Yeah, tricky to get the hang of. I\'ve been trying for years now on and off. Whenever I feel like trying oils I usually grab some sort of larger scale unpainted but primed piece out of my unpainted...
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    Good post. I quoted all of it because the whole...

    Good post. I quoted all of it because the whole post just about sums up my thoughts on the business side of matters on the issue exactly.

    On the personal side of things, I enjoy looking for...
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    An entire unit painted to this standard would be...

    An entire unit painted to this standard would be something special.
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    That was the one I was thinking of when reading...

    That was the one I was thinking of when reading this thread, but couldn\'t remember where I had seen it.
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    Love the evil dryad coming out to get the scared...

    Love the evil dryad coming out to get the scared little girl.

    That is definately a winner :beer:
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    Here\'s a couple of examples of my attempts at...

    Here\'s a couple of examples of my attempts at the effect;

    Vandorenda

    Bratts

    There\'s a couple high points and low points on the attempts at SENMM in those pics, but you asked for examples....
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    I use a Jeweler\'s saw to just saw them off. ...

    I use a Jeweler\'s saw to just saw them off. Takes like 2 minutes.

    That being said, those \"sunk in\" bases are great too. Keep forgetting to order those. I think they\'re like 5 for 5 bucks or...
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    Well, let me ask this then, are there any...

    Well, let me ask this then, are there any \"Cons\" in the Bay Area to speak of? I\'m in Sacto and as antisocial as I am, if there was a gathering of people of any size, I would be down to visit.
    ...
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    I once spent about half a day sculpting an...

    I once spent about half a day sculpting an intricate base out of Sculpey (plasticine) to resemble a deck of a pirate ship with a cannonball splintering into the wooden planks...then I cooked it in...
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    I\'d eat Jesus. Mmm, tasty Jesus. I\'d start...

    I\'d eat Jesus.

    Mmm, tasty Jesus. I\'d start with his nubblins then work my way up to his bleeding heart.

    Pick my teeth with his crown of thorns.

    Hopefully when I ran out, some would...
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    Pictures can be frustrating at times, especially...

    Pictures can be frustrating at times, especially when you feel that they don\'t live up to the real deal. I know the feeling.

    I like the photo though, as hard as it is to capture natural...
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    I just have to say that , thank God I don\'t ever...

    I just have to say that , thank God I don\'t ever have to worry about entering in the Spanish GD, you guys are just too insane. It\'s like a whole different game.

    Best of luck to those that...
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    It\'s like this... Storms of that intensity or...

    It\'s like this...

    Storms of that intensity or even greater have been occuring in that region for centuries.

    People settled into a storm prone area...then when it gets hit by a storm, all of a...
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    \" ...and are of the same quality as those used...

    \" ...and are of the same quality as those used by the \'Eavy Metal team.\"

    No wonder the \'eavy metal team produces such sub par work lately.

    \"I used 3 whole colors for this mini here,...
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    Sort of like an \"All natural artificial...

    Sort of like an \"All natural artificial flavor\", or like \"boneless ribs\".
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    Man, if all of us gamers with no-one to game with...

    Man, if all of us gamers with no-one to game with could get together, then...well, there would be no gameless gamers left! :bouncy:
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    My message to the author is \"Hello, the year...

    My message to the author is \"Hello, the year 2003 is on the phone, they want their argument back.\"

    GW letting that sort of one sidedness be printed in their publication only means one...
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    Personally I try to capture on camera the way the...

    Personally I try to capture on camera the way the miniature actually looks in hand. I neither try to improve the image or enhance it, only to try and get a sense of how the thing appears in front of...
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    After seeing the above giant, my mind has changed...

    After seeing the above giant, my mind has changed regarding this. I recall this giant and would have to say that FW could just as easily claim to have been inspired by this piece as much as...
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    I edited my post to be more helpful. Look above...

    I edited my post to be more helpful. Look above for some more pointers if you\'re interested.
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    I went and looked at your gallery, there\'s only...

    I went and looked at your gallery, there\'s only two minis there with not the best quality photos, so I\'m not surprised that your not swamped with commissions at this point.

    You have to get out...
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    Ok, couldn\'t wait, had to go out tonight and get...

    Ok, couldn\'t wait, had to go out tonight and get it! ouch!!!

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/seansullivan/pottertat.jpg

    Hard as nails that!:bouncy:
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    I\'m a real \"Bad Boy\" at heart y\'know, wear...

    I\'m a real \"Bad Boy\" at heart y\'know, wear black all the time, swear, drink and smoke etc...

    At least this thread has given me the idea for my next bad boy tattoo...

    Harry Potter

    The new...
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    Oh how I wish I knew him. Think, concierge vs....

    Oh how I wish I knew him. Think, concierge vs. Russel Crowe.

    Sadly, I don\'t know that many people in RL, us painting hermits are a reclusive lot.

    No, that wouldn\'t be worth it, not that I...
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    Speaking of

    Check out the comment and score on this guy I got today...hey, I\'m no Michaelangelo but still, I\'ve never voted on anybody less than a 5 before, because really in all honesty, everything is...
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    Oh man, way too many... First one, got invited...

    Oh man, way too many...

    First one, got invited backstage at a Blur show...in 1993! They played here in the states at a small club, like maybe 100 people...it was my girlfriends 19th birthday and...
  186. Thread: Matt varnish?

    by DarkStar
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    after reading this topic, all I can say is, thank...

    after reading this topic, all I can say is, thank Christ I\'m an American!

    :D

    Seriously, hehe...Dullcote really is the Badger\'s Bollocks. GW are mad for taking their lovely Matte Spray and...
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    When that happens, just go back in and stir...

    When that happens, just go back in and stir it...that should take care of that.:)

    Thinning Vallejo\'s with plain water is tricky, as it tends to dry with rings if not handled proplerly. Make sure...
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    The retail ones will be metal. Gauranteed. ...

    The retail ones will be metal. Gauranteed. There\'s no plastic models with this amount of badassedness... These particular casts may be plastic...or resin.:c:
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    That\'s funny, I\'m currently obsessed with...

    That\'s funny, I\'m currently obsessed with taking smooth photos! lol

    With the Retarder, Humidity affects it tremendously. I used it two days ago when it was raining all day...paint stayed open...
  190. Thread: wet blending

    by DarkStar
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    Fiddle blending? Wet Squirming? No...

    Fiddle blending? Wet Squirming? No thanks...people think I\'m weird enough as it is.
  191. Thread: wet blending

    by DarkStar
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    I just discovered something yesterday in regards...

    I just discovered something yesterday in regards to wetblending with Vallejo\'s come to think of it.

    I mixed up a solution of 50% distilled water, 25% liquitex Slo-Dri, and 25% liquitex Retarder....
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    An interesting piece of trivia...

    that I thought I\'d pass along. It has been brought to my attention lately that the current trend of \"elaborate bases\" has made a negative impact in the world of high end collectible minis. If it...
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    Thanks much you all for your comments :] ...

    Thanks much you all for your comments :]

    Ritual, It looks great so far! I like the primer work, start with black, then dust it with white right? That\'s a cool technique. This mini is really...
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    You\'re not crazy. Although I haven\'t seen a...

    You\'re not crazy. Although I haven\'t seen a comic from Dark Horse (Lobo right? I\'m not sure) in about 10 years or so, perhaps some of that style seeped into my veins without me knowing it. lol. ...
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    U4-Welcome, hi. Your advice is appreciated. ...

    U4-Welcome, hi. Your advice is appreciated. Unfortunately I already finished this piece before reading your post. :( I probably would have painted the red part in between the bottom of the cloak...
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    Man, I never check these forums...it seems like...

    Man, I never check these forums...it seems like the CMON people are actually into painting minis nowadays! hehe..
    Okay, my latest......
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    Hear the History from the horses mouth

    This link will drop some science on you about the early days of miniature sculpting by one of the pioneers of the artform...Tom Meier

    https://www.thunderboltmountain.com/autobio.htm

    This is...
  198. Thread: UNSUNG HEROS

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    Good Karma

    Dragonsreach, very selfless act. a 10!

    There\'s no personal gain in you posting links to these \"Heroes without a song\", yet you choose to take of your own time and initiative and link to them,...
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    Heheh...all this talk of brown nosing is making...

    Heheh...all this talk of brown nosing is making me laugh so hard...I\'m so immature. lol:D

    You see, I have a problem, whenever someone says something weird or funny sounding, I try to \"picture\"...
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    Hehe, the Water Dragon did look alot better after...

    Hehe, the Water Dragon did look alot better after didn\'t it? I love that story :D

    I used to belong to a forum where the topic was digital art. I\'m not into it so much anymore so I dont\' go...
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