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  1. Thread: At My Dad’s

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    Take care of him, Mike. It did a world of good...

    Take care of him, Mike. It did a world of good for my mom & dad both.
  2. Thread: Sound off!

    by airhead
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    I still lurk around. Eyes getting old. New...

    I still lurk around.
    Eyes getting old.
    New profession.
    No time to paint.
  3. Have you tried silly putty for masking irregular...

    Have you tried silly putty for masking irregular areas?
    Easy to remove and you can mash it pretty thin.
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    What he said. For a tabletop army, they are...

    What he said.

    For a tabletop army, they are very good.
    For a painting comp piece, listen to the advice given.

    Take the camera back away from the mini and zoom in to frame the mini. Cropping...
  5. Crown tips let you do a couple of things: Get...

    Crown tips let you do a couple of things:
    Get your fingernail or q-tip in there a little easier to clean the tip build up.
    Let the overspray out when you get very close :) .

    Most tips (air caps)...
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    The highlights on the Revenger look pink. Try...

    The highlights on the Revenger look pink. Try using an orange or yellow to highlight on red. On "shiny" surfaces, use pure white.
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    Water had to hit the paint while the paint was...

    Water had to hit the paint while the paint was wet. That or it had more than water in it? (wash, brush cleaner, etc)
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    Is that water coming through your AB or water...

    Is that water coming through your AB or water hitting the mini after?
  9. CF, I'm sorry I missed this when it first came...

    CF, I'm sorry I missed this when it first came around. Sad for your loss. Good friends are a rare thing and losing one is never easy.
    Godspeed to your friend.
    Rest easy soldier.
  10. The larger the diameter of the bit, the less...

    The larger the diameter of the bit, the less control you have.
    The slender tapered bits allow me to work without having a bit snag and leave tracks all down what I'm working on.
    You may have to...
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    What scale? I've seen casting resin picked...

    What scale?

    I've seen casting resin picked with a brush (disposable) when it has reached the gel point. Highlight with plaster or with white paint.
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    beginner exercises: Get some paper towels -...

    beginner exercises:

    Get some paper towels - the ones with dots on about 1" spacing are the best.

    Some ink, some water, some dish soap.



    Put down an impervious surface - some thing you can...
  13. Towards the bottom of this page, there is a nice...

    Towards the bottom of this page, there is a nice tutorial:
    http://www.hirstarts.com/tips25/tips25.html
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    I didn't always agree with his personal politics...

    I didn't always agree with his personal politics (he was a draft dodger), but there was no doubt he was one of the greatest boxers we'll ever get to see.

    Dad was a golden gloves boxer, so we...
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    Mike, Glad to see you stepping away from the...

    Mike,
    Glad to see you stepping away from the corporate grinder. Enjoy doing nothing for a while. You've earned it.

    But when you get bored, find something to do: Golf, more painting,...
  16. A trick for casting resins that come out...

    A trick for casting resins that come out not-quite-transparent on the sides: Mix up a bit more resin and brush it on the resin surface (use a disposable brush like a flux brush). If you mix it hot...
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    If it is very bad (the mold shifted) you might...

    If it is very bad (the mold shifted) you might send a message to the manufacturer for a replacement.
    A set of jewelers files is very handy for mold lines.
    Scraping with an X-acto blade works for...
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    Nothing happens through an airbrush that doesn't...

    Nothing happens through an airbrush that doesn't take more time than traditional brush or rattle can.

    That said, you can get some automotive clears and mattes that will go through the AB...
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    Put very light coats of matte varnish over gloss...

    Put very light coats of matte varnish over gloss to protect a mini.
    Putting too heavy a coat does not let the matting agents lay down on the surface properly. Thus the satin finish.

    Try some...
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    It all depends on what level you are shooting...

    It all depends on what level you are shooting for. Squads for tabletop do not normally get 100 hours each. Award winning minis are not normally done in an evening.

    1. I'd do the base coat first,...
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    What are you going to be doing with it? A 0.2...

    What are you going to be doing with it?
    A 0.2 mm gun is an illustrator's gun. Very find detail, very thin paints (inks).
    Most of us are not up to the challenge of painting a mini with an AB. Way...
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    It looks like you are thinning your paints about...

    It looks like you are thinning your paints about right. No grainy areas.

    But you need to practice more brush control. I see green on the pouch, brown from the hand and belt on the green cloak....
  23. Much like a bird has to migrate home, you have to...

    Much like a bird has to migrate home, you have to come back to mini painting. It's in the blood.
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    10 years ago, they were able to put much better...

    10 years ago, they were able to put much better solvents in rattle cans (VOC's) as well as more durable varnishes.
    Today, hobby stuff tends to be water based (not as hard) and a lot softer varnish...
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    Krylon Krystal Kleer is a good varnish for gaming...

    Krylon Krystal Kleer is a good varnish for gaming minis, but I think you are needing to encase the minis in casting resin for the protection you're asking.

    1 or 2 mils of varnish is not going to...
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    Look at NASCAR pics or NHRA funny car pics. ...

    Look at NASCAR pics or NHRA funny car pics. They don't have real headlights, but decals....
  27. Personally, I'd go with the Iwata, BUT>>> ...

    Personally, I'd go with the Iwata, BUT>>>
    Replacement parts are substantially more expensive.
    It is truly an illustrator's type detail gun. It will do lines near a sharp pencil line.

    You...
  28. T's generally shoot a much thicker paint...

    T's generally shoot a much thicker paint (Createx, etc.) at enough pressure to blow completely through the shirt. Somewhere around 60 psi and up. (don't put your finger in front of that or you'll...
  29. The compressor is dead quiet. It is a rotary...

    The compressor is dead quiet. It is a rotary compressor (same as in your refrigerator). .9 CFM is ok for airbrushing minis, but borderline for t-shirts. That will not run spray guns, but might run...
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    1. Air is air. You don't have to spend a fortune...

    1. Air is air. You don't have to spend a fortune on an AB type compressor when a Home Store compressor will do so much more and cost about the same. Downsize is the handyman compressors tend to be...
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    Yea, we're sunned in down here. 45543

    Yea, we're sunned in down here.
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    Maxx, what AB are you using? 20-25 sounds high...

    Maxx, what AB are you using? 20-25 sounds high for close work from a finer detail gun. Not so bad for a production gun.
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    If these are gaming minis, put a couple of coats...

    If these are gaming minis, put a couple of coats of gloss on first. (Testors, Krylon Klear Kote, etc.) Followed by a final coat of matt.

    Don't work from too far back. Giving the varnish a chance...
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    Another solution in the future is a hair dryer. ...

    Another solution in the future is a hair dryer. Low heat, lots of air and get the paint dried/set before putting on the next layer.

    Acrylic paints (most mini painting paints) have a tender stage...
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    Looks like the standard Badger Diaphragm, unless...

    Looks like the standard Badger Diaphragm, unless I'm looking at the wrong thing. Looks like Max Pressure around 40 with enough air to run 1 airbrush.

    Paasche does not send the greatest regulator....
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    We don't force grow them here, Mike. We just...

    We don't force grow them here, Mike. We just stick them in the yard. Got to put them in an area that gets dark (away from the street light) or they won't turn red.
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    Merry Christmas to all. I'm about to start a 4...

    Merry Christmas to all. I'm about to start a 4 day weekend.
    Time to smoke the Christmas goose (and maybe a little Gray Goose).

    Celebrate responsibly. Call a taxi (Uber) if you need to.
  38. Busted ribs are nothing to sneeze at. (really,...

    Busted ribs are nothing to sneeze at. (really, don't sneeze with a bum rib).
    Keep an eye on him. Glad he getting better.
    Movement is good.
  39. I've got all my airbrush hoses threaded to a...

    I've got all my airbrush hoses threaded to a standard 1/4" air hose quick connect.
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    either male
    44528
    or female as required

    Then my manifold has the other end of the quick connects. ...
  40. Prayers for your Dad and for you.

    Prayers for your Dad and for you.
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    Here's a link to help with eyes:...

    Here's a link to help with eyes:
    https://www.reapermini.com/TheCraft/12

    The size of the brush doesn't matter as much as the shape of the tip. Actually using some of the ultra small brushes is...
  42. Only time I use sandpaper is to level the base...

    Only time I use sandpaper is to level the base up. A bit of 220 wet/dry and scoot the mini around on it til it sets even.

    For primer, a .3 to .5 needle should put out enough volume to wet fog a...
  43. Waste of a CM for primer. A cheap external mix...

    Waste of a CM for primer. A cheap external mix single action would be fine for priming. You are typically more fogging than shooting lines.

    Kinda depends on what you are priming? Armies for...
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    OK Freaks, I need a drink, but I'll probably...

    OK Freaks,
    I need a drink, but I'll probably spill it all down my front.

    Seems the left side of my face has decided to go on vacation. Totally slack, kinda does either nothing or whatever it...
  45. Shadows should be washed with a darker color of...

    Shadows should be washed with a darker color of the base coat.
    Highlights should be edge applied with lighter colors.

    Sometimes though, you will end up with an almost different color if this is...
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    Aren't they all?

    Aren't they all?
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    You ever cleaned an Iwata HPB or CM? Let alone a...

    You ever cleaned an Iwata HPB or CM? Let alone a an old Turbo....

    Although the turbo is probably the easiest gun to clean. It is the tweaking that takes forever.
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    Puppy sitting or a new member to the family? I...

    Puppy sitting or a new member to the family?

    I cannot see the feet so I'm not sure if that is terrier sized or a baby full sized dog?
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    Old saying goes "You get what you pay for." The...

    Old saying goes "You get what you pay for."
    The compressor my be ok or it may be a Cheap Chinese Knockoff that won't last (Harbor Freight for example over here)
    The guns could be junk or could be...
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    I've got a small badger diaphragm compressor that...

    I've got a small badger diaphragm compressor that is over 30 years old and still going strong.
    I cannot vouch for the newer stuff.
    And that badger can be had for a lot less if you shop around....
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    This says it much better than I would: 43757

    This says it much better than I would:

    43757
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    Almost as bad as the fake IRS robo dial troll....

    Almost as bad as the fake IRS robo dial troll.
    "You are in trouble with the IRS. Call me at ........ and I can help."
    Yea, just give me your SS number, Date of Birth, etc.

    Then you will be in...
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    OK, so it wasn't you. Which one of you signed me...

    OK, so it wasn't you. Which one of you signed me up for Irish spam?

    This stuff is as bad as winning the Nigerian Lottery. (which I've collected on at least 10 times.)
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    Irish tax returns

    It must be DR's fault that I'm getting spam for my "Irish Tax Return" and for "Winning the Irish Lottery".
    :eyeroll!:
  55. Thread: Decals wanted

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    http://www.amazon.com/Testors-Decal-Paper-Clear-Pa...

    http://www.amazon.com/Testors-Decal-Paper-Clear-Pack/dp/B000BLI6QS
    Print your own pattern.
    I shrank the house logos for Battletec. Printed them on the decal paper and used them on the minis.
  56. Thread: Decals wanted

    by airhead
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    You can buy a blank sheet of decal paper and...

    You can buy a blank sheet of decal paper and print your own.

    http://www.decalpaper.com/category-s/3.htm

    or in the plastic model section of the local hobby/craft stores.
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    Accuracy may not be the correct word. ...

    Accuracy may not be the correct word. Consistency is more important. You really don't care if you are shooting at 5 psi or 8 psi, as long as the pressure stays consistent and if you dial it to that...
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    Try the big box stores (Home Depot/Lowes). ...

    Try the big box stores (Home Depot/Lowes).

    Generally you can find a regulator for $20-30 and a larger moisture trap for a little less.
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    It may be a bit noisier than an airbrush...

    It may be a bit noisier than an airbrush compressor, but it will work like that. I use a 5 HP from out in the garage. Pipe it into the house at 100 PSI, the regulate it at my manifold to what I...
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    What did you thin it with? Just curious if the...

    What did you thin it with?

    Just curious if the reducer was the culprit. I've shot automotive clearcoats reduced with automotive lacquer thinners that have eaten through the paint underneath.
  61. Thread: 36, 45, 60.

    by airhead
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    Happy Birthday, Fran. May you get more blessings...

    Happy Birthday, Fran.
    May you get more blessings than candles.
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    Sable. Acrylic brushes develop tip curl.

    Sable. Acrylic brushes develop tip curl.
  63. Paint it red, it'll go faster. jk. I love it....

    Paint it red, it'll go faster.

    jk. I love it. Great creativity.
  64. electrical tape can be stretched an "bent" around...

    electrical tape can be stretched an "bent" around edges and gives a clean edge.
    Again, a coat of interclear to prevent pulling up your work when you remove the mask.
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    Denatured alcohol will also soften the latex...

    Denatured alcohol will also soften the latex paints.

    Airbrush Brushes (bearair.com, etc.)
    Wielders brushes (used on torch tips.)
    pipe cleaners.
    Small intradental brushes. (little tree shaped...
  66. I'm up to the point you've got Mick stuck out on...

    I'm up to the point you've got Mick stuck out on the arm assembling the docking points.
  67. Have you tried contacting the manufacturer and...

    Have you tried contacting the manufacturer and asking for additional heads?
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    Hard time starting from cold or with a load?...

    Hard time starting from cold or with a load?
    With a load is normal. It is only 1/10 HP.
    One thing that helps those small compressors a lot is a storage tank. Doesn't have to be large, just a place...
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    Zab, that is a diaphragm compressor. I've taken...

    Zab, that is a diaphragm compressor. I've taken mine apart a few times to clean the valves. Been working for over 30 years now and I bought it second hand at a garage sale.
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    40442 My "workbench" 40443 My "Office"

    40442
    My "workbench"

    40443
    My "Office"
  71. W&N S7's should be ok as long as you are not...

    W&N S7's should be ok as long as you are not using VERY aggressive reducers.

    Use some Master's brush soap after you're done to recondition the brushes.
  72. Starfyre, look into "smooth on" or "Alumilite"...

    Starfyre, look into "smooth on" or "Alumilite" mold making kits. You should be able to do this without too much difficulty.
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    My gun of choice is an Iwata. The eclipse is a...

    My gun of choice is an Iwata.
    The eclipse is a nice gun, but may be out of your price point.
    Look and see what you can get an Iwata Neo for.

    Other guns worth considering would be the Badger...
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    Never left. Just not here as much.

    Never left. Just not here as much.
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    Zenthil is usually done in the priming stage. ...

    Zenthil is usually done in the priming stage. Black primer from below, white primer from above. Then when you paint, the highlights either show through (if you've thinned your paints) or you have a...
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    Are you actually thinking of painting the minis...

    Are you actually thinking of painting the minis with an airbrush? Or just broad highlights on basecoats before detail painting?

    Most AB's are used for priming or zenthil priming. (black from the...
  77. Spot on. Forstner bit You'll still have an...

    Spot on.
    Forstner bit
    You'll still have an extra deep area where the center pilot is, but if it pokes through, you could seal it back up with a dab of green stuff.
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    I know that the local Hobby Lobby (and maybe...

    I know that the local Hobby Lobby (and maybe Michael's) has some in stock along with the sizing.

    Try it and let us know.
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    Home supply center. Pink or blue insulating foam...

    Home supply center. Pink or blue insulating foam (Styrofoam). Comes in different thicknesses, but I've found 1" the best for most terrain.

    Glue with hot glue or white / yellow glue (carpenters...
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    This Reaper has a line of elves with the bow...

    This

    Reaper has a line of elves with the bow separate - the joint is in the wrist. Very small cross section, no room for much of a pin.
    Large dragon has 1/8" brass pins 1/4 to 1/2" deep. (3 mm...
  81. Rattle can automotive primer seems to be a...

    Rattle can automotive primer seems to be a favorite. Not sure what brands you have up in the frozen north.
    Duplicolor is a favorite.
    Krylon works pretty good (white or grey)
  82. Thread: A Question

    by airhead
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    I feel your pain. My arms have gotten too short...

    I feel your pain.
    My arms have gotten too short to focus on minis.
    I go to stronger lenses so I can see up close, but end up with massive headaches.
    I tried to get back into painting about a year...
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    There's the first thing. Standing in a jar lets...

    There's the first thing. Standing in a jar lets the moisture and paint collect in the ferrule (that metal thing that hold the hair on the wooden handle.) As the paint "dries" (cures) it expands...
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    I WISH>>> 35804 35805 Mine is much smaller...

    I WISH>>>
    35804
    35805

    Mine is much smaller and much less organized.
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    May he rest in peace... But I hope he is...

    May he rest in peace...
    But I hope he is remembered for this as well as being Spock.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5ROpjRAU
  86. Thread: Friday.

    by airhead
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    We need a "Like" button. :glasses-cool:

    We need a "Like" button.
    :glasses-cool:
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    I don't know about the Vallejo product, but I've...

    I don't know about the Vallejo product, but I've used Winsor & Newton's brush cleaner. It will eat the chrome off of the ferrule.

    A short soak (an hour) and use some sort of clamp to keep just...
  88. Thread: Friday.

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    DR, I feel your pain. I spent 20 years with...

    DR, I feel your pain. I spent 20 years with quarterly updates and new "manual on...." training. Most of it delivered just as you said by some minion that didn't want to be there either.

    I'm so...
  89. I've probably put more things through an AB than...

    I've probably put more things through an AB than most of us would want to (make up for face paint, food coloring for cakes, urethanes, lacquers, enamels, and water based model paints.)

    Thin...
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    I'm slacking. Hope you got more blessings than...

    I'm slacking. Hope you got more blessings than candles.
  91. Thread: Joe Cocker.

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    And watching him spaz out while he sings. ...

    And watching him spaz out while he sings.

    He'll be missed.
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    That, and I hit the back of my brushes against...

    That, and I hit the back of my brushes against the glass on one of those swing-arm things.
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    I wear +1.50 for reading - my arms got too short....

    I wear +1.50 for reading - my arms got too short.
    I wear +2.00 or +3.00 when I paint or do very tiny work (soldering on a PC board, etc.)

    I've been trying to learn to use something similar to...
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    Just thinking out loud... What if you paint the...

    Just thinking out loud...
    What if you paint the fleshtones, then get something like a firm stamp pad and touched the raised areas with some dark for the fishnets?
  95. Apples and oranges friend. Those rotary...

    Apples and oranges friend. Those rotary compressors are modified from refrigerator compressors. Yes, stealthy quiet, But VERY expensive.
    If you are looking for a compressor that will do more than...
  96. 60 dB is great for a compressor. Most run...

    60 dB is great for a compressor.
    Most run upwards of 100 db. (remember, every 10 dB double the volume)
    http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm
    2+CFM at 90 psi will run...
  97. Looks like real battlefield armor. It is amazing...

    Looks like real battlefield armor.
    It is amazing how much dirt, grime and grease accumulates on armor in the field. (maybe not so much grease anymore as they were adapted to the sandbox.)
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    looks like some cool upgrades to a classic game

    looks like some cool upgrades to a classic game
  99. I addition to different brand and / or colors in...

    I addition to different brand and / or colors in the same line being different. We have different days. Some days here is 90% humidity and 90 degrees. Others like today are 75 with about 60%...
  100. Thread: Chern An Ng

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    Hope you had more blessings than candles.

    Hope you had more blessings than candles.
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    blood. You must cut yourself on an edge and drip...

    blood.
    You must cut yourself on an edge and drip blood into the works.
    Sing praises to the tower.

    Buy new left handed dice.
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    We used to do wide stripes on cars with lace that...

    We used to do wide stripes on cars with lace that way.
    (not my work. Just found it on the web)

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    The hex pattern was done something like this:...

    The hex pattern was done something like this:
    White undercoat
    hex mesh laid on titan (maybe a very light coat of spray sticky to help it stay in place)
    Paint gradient
    Peel off mesh and see white...
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    AB medium adds back a lot of binder that gets...

    AB medium adds back a lot of binder that gets diluted when you use just water.
    With a glaze or wash, I'm not sure you want that.

    I agree with the others:
    Flow aid or glaze medium might be better...
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    excellent, but some of the commenters need to get...

    excellent, but some of the commenters need to get off their high horses and enjoy a bit of life themselves.
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    I would agree with the "Need another mod"...

    I would agree with the "Need another mod" statement. Not that you are doing a bad job, but it seems all on you anymore. Finn is a long distant memory and Vikey hasn't been seen in a long time. As...
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    No, a Westboro church looks like an RV with flat...

    No, a Westboro church looks like an RV with flat tires parked at a motel with another vehicle double parked behind it.
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    I think it is Methodist, but it could be Western...

    I think it is Methodist, but it could be Western Baptist.
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    Thread drift?

    Thread drift?
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    We're getting the 5th Dimension to sing at a...

    We're getting the 5th Dimension to sing at a painting competition?
    (most of you are too young to know who I'm talking about - no, not the Who, but who.)
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    Do you paint in a room away from her? Spare...

    Do you paint in a room away from her? Spare bedroom, etc... Try a portable paint station to work on mini where you can be around her, like when you are both watching TV or something. Just be sure...
  112. For that price, you can pick up a pancake...

    For that price, you can pick up a pancake compressor at the big box stores (Home Despot/Low).

    This one is $59 and rated at 78 dB (pretty quiet) and .5 CFM @ 90 psi. You'll need a regulator and...
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    Glad to hear it.

    Glad to hear it.
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    Some inks are very translucent. Very hard to...

    Some inks are very translucent. Very hard to build up colors with that sort of thing. Not like paint at all. I've used inks to thin paints and change the color a bit, but never straight up to...
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    Claps hands and does a jig.... Wheee.....

    Claps hands and does a jig....

    Wheee..
    don.....
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    I'll just say, it depends... Only use the soft...

    I'll just say, it depends...
    Only use the soft gum brushes on the nozzle and other delicate parts. I use the AirBrushes on my bottom feeds to clean the bottle pickups, the bottle connection and...
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    If you use q-tips, get the ones with the hollow...

    If you use q-tips, get the ones with the hollow plastic tube between the buds. You can put it right on the needle and spin to clean the tip dry and the tip.

    Get a set of air-brushes. 29561
  118. Thread: Aaaaargh!!!!

    by airhead
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    I've got a new bottle of rum. Come on over.

    I've got a new bottle of rum. Come on over.
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    I like cheap ink or a drop of paint very diluted...

    I like cheap ink or a drop of paint very diluted with water to practice.
    Get the paper towels with the dots at about an inch apart.
    practice starting at a dot, moving to a dot while maintaining a...
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    Next question: What part of the world are you...

    Next question: What part of the world are you in?

    Some airbrushes are more available in one side of the ocean or another.

    My favs for base coating and priming are fairly simple larger guns....
  121. Thread: system glitch?

    by airhead
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    I thought it was just the batteries low in my...

    I thought it was just the batteries low in my wireless keyboard...
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    One issue to consider is parts availability. ...

    One issue to consider is parts availability. Cheap no-names may not have a parts source (although, many are rebranded badgers).
    You will bend needles and cones so get a gun that you can get parts...
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    web page software help

    Not mini related, but I'm looking for something free and easy to use to create a web site.

    Thanks bunches for a nudge.
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    The carbon element in most organic vapor masks...

    The carbon element in most organic vapor masks are only rated for 8 hours (one shift). Then they are only particulate filters.

    If you are using water based varnish (as I suspect) then you will...
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    Looks like a morning in the Freak Bar.

    Looks like a morning in the Freak Bar.
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    Try the local trophy shop. They often have bits...

    Try the local trophy shop. They often have bits & pieces.
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    Static grass should not be pressed into the...

    Static grass should not be pressed into the glue....

    put white glue or super glue where you want the grass.
    Then blow the grass into the glue.
    I use one of these:...
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    sheet cork for rocks. microballoons and white...

    sheet cork for rocks.
    microballoons and white glue (elmers) for snow
    bits of woodland scenic grasses
    bits of woodland scenic long grasses
    hudson & allen for leaf litter (birch seeds)
    a bag of...
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    They've both hit reasons. If you can cover with...

    They've both hit reasons.
    If you can cover with one coat, your paint is not thin enough.
    If your paint won't cover evenly, you need a bit of different reducer. Try using some airbrush media in...
  130. Thread: Polyurethane

    by airhead
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    Unless you are going large scale, just use...

    Unless you are going large scale, just use aerosol DulCoat.

    Show Piece? one very light coat of dulcoat so you don't affect the colors.
    Play piece? 2-3 wet coats of Krylon Krystal Kleer, then a...
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    Sorry I cannot help, but I will say that you are...

    Sorry I cannot help, but I will say that you are on the right track. The biggest leap I ever made in my painting skills was after spending time painting with other painters. Post a note at the...
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    Without pics or being there, I'm guessing. But a...

    Without pics or being there, I'm guessing. But a couple of things could be happening.

    1. Your compressor cannot keep up? it literally runs out of air. Watch the pressure gauge to see if it...
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    here's some trees I did with Cat5 cable, elmers...

    here's some trees I did with Cat5 cable, elmers and some flock.

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/pics/pics8/img43329f5ba1943.jpg

    You could not flock the roots, but I had them glued to large washers...
  134. Thread: Waiting Time

    by airhead
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    saw 4. Went and voted, commented on one. Other...

    saw 4. Went and voted, commented on one.
    Other comments:
    The tan areas need a darker brown wash to bring out the shadows.
    The snow looks like bicarb and yellow carpenters glue? Use a white...
  135. or paint them freehand. the hard part would be...

    or paint them freehand. the hard part would be keeping the line width the same around the circle.
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    Paul, can I say "That depends." I've had small...

    Paul, can I say "That depends."
    I've had small tankless compressors that were very quiet (Badger comes to mind). But you could actually see the compressor pulses in the line as you were painting. A...
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    Missing You I stood by your bed last night, I...

    Missing You
    I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
    I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep.

    I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
    "It's me,...
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    "Best" leaves the door wide open. Best for what?...

    "Best" leaves the door wide open. Best for what? Opaqueness? Smoothness? Coverage? Cost?

    Ford/Chevy arguments are bound to come of this.
  139. Look to airbrush makeup - specifically henna...

    Look to airbrush makeup - specifically henna based products -

    Morris Costumes is where I get my airbrush makeup for kids.
    They used to have a more permanent line, but I don't see it in the...
  140. A quick search showed up several aftermarket...

    A quick search showed up several aftermarket track units

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/380857029644?lpid=82
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    CO used to be much more understanding of beer -...

    CO used to be much more understanding of beer - especially since they are the home of Coors.
    Not to mention the percentage of revenue that hunters generate for the state - not only in licences, but...
  142. This. ^ Also, my machine has a water tray and...

    This. ^

    Also, my machine has a water tray and heater to add humidity to the mask as I was getting nosebleeds from it drying me out. Colds are a bear as well as the month of March when I just...
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    I'm taking Home Inspection classes. Should be a...

    I'm taking Home Inspection classes. Should be a state certified Home Inspector by this time next month.

    Sub-tropical actually, but the residential market is starting to warm up again after our...
  144. Very cool. Nice fist.

    Very cool. Nice fist.
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    Thank you for your service. I'm starting...

    Thank you for your service.

    I'm starting school again. The first week was very hard on my old brain. 3 days a week (TH, FR & SA), 10 hour days, 4 weeks. Then a class test, state test and start...
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    Thin lines = less air. With a top feed gun, thin...

    Thin lines = less air. With a top feed gun, thin paint to near ink and run 4-10 psi.

    Overspray is the nature of the beast. Thus the need to mask.

    Spidering or centipedes are a sign of too...
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    That is a small (1/5 HP) tankless compressor. ...

    That is a small (1/5 HP) tankless compressor. with the system closed, it will build up to 40 psi. Once you open the system (push the trigger on the AB), all it can maintain with flow is 20 psi. If...
  148. Thread: Terrain

    by airhead
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    When I was in Dallas, I tried to get the...

    When I was in Dallas, I tried to get the engineering firm to print out the plans for the mixmaster interchange in scale for battletech.

    I always thought it would be a cool area for tanks and jump...
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    Thus, I am unemployed and going back to re-train...

    Thus, I am unemployed and going back to re-train for a new vocation.

    In the mean time, I'm the chief cook, bottle washer, laundry monkey, pool boy, lawn upkeeper, etc.
  150. Andy, is an owl pellet what I think it is?

    Andy, is an owl pellet what I think it is?
  151. I've got some of the old plastic stir sticks.

    I've got some of the old plastic stir sticks.
  152. Thread: The Book Thief

    by airhead
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    Something else to add to my reading list. Thanks...

    Something else to add to my reading list. Thanks Mike.
    (and I mean that in a good way).

    Reading pallet is about to fill up. Going to take some prep schools for new certifications.
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    If it is a bad cast, contact the manufacturer for...

    If it is a bad cast, contact the manufacturer for a replacement.
  154. Another thing. Are you shaking the can well. I...

    Another thing. Are you shaking the can well. I mean a good solid minute after the rattler breaks loose?
    The flattening agents settle. If you don't have them mixed in well, you are shooting gloss...
  155. sounds like you are putting it on too heavy. ...

    sounds like you are putting it on too heavy.
    One or two very light coats (think mist or fog, not wet coats) will give a dead flat finish.
    You put this over a couple of coats of hard gloss coat...
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    pretty much anything strong enough to remove...

    pretty much anything strong enough to remove varnish will probably take off the paint as well - and may harm resin/plastic minis.
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    I remember mass-producing armies for the LotR...

    I remember mass-producing armies for the LotR series in the 70's. Each of us had a paint jar (Testors, Pactra, Humbrol) all oil based enamels. As a mini came by, you would pick out an item to paint...
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    Well said. That is why I keep hanging around...

    Well said. That is why I keep hanging around here even when I'm at a dry spell in painting.
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    Because you cannot throw resin minis in a vat of...

    Because you cannot throw resin minis in a vat of paint stripper to start over.
    Other than that, the resin minis should be much cheaper: cheaper materials, less shipping, etc. but they tend to be the...
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    Ah the sneaky reply by editing..... Sets are...

    Ah the sneaky reply by editing.....

    Sets are still a matter of personal preference. What do you want to paint?
    28 mm, 36 mm, 42 mm, 72 mm, 12" vinyl?
    Sci-fi, fantasy, historical?...
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    Personally, I'd go with the "not as loud"...

    Personally, I'd go with the "not as loud" compressors from somewhere down there like the California Air.
    A real compressor gives you the ability to use a regular spray gun, nailer, fix a flat tire,...
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    CO2 is "wet". Lots of moisture are in the...

    CO2 is "wet". Lots of moisture are in the bottles - something to do with the process.

    Any bottled gas will require a large up front cost in 2 stage regulators, hoses, bottle deposits, etc....
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    I was amazed at how little I had to do as far as...

    I was amazed at how little I had to do as far as prep work.
    One figure had some mold line issues. I actually left the mold line on as these are supposed to be dolls not minis.
  164. Grandkids and my underground bunker for when the...

    Grandkids and my underground bunker for when the world ends. ;)
    :alien:
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    You wanting to paint for fun or are these game...

    You wanting to paint for fun or are these game pieces you are wanting a set of? Roll players want minis that match their characters.
    Do you have a local game shop that plays more of one game than...
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    You'll be missed.

    You'll be missed.
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    have you tried post-it notes for masking? They...

    have you tried post-it notes for masking?
    They are very suitable for the one-shot sprays you're needing.
    Blow so the air does not go under the paper - spray from the paper to the tank if that makes...
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    The end of that flamer is spot on. Don't know...

    The end of that flamer is spot on.

    Don't know the game at all, but the minis rock.
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    Puppet Wars board game from Wyrd

    Based on Wyrd's Malifaux line of minis, Puppet Wars is the voodoo dolls of each of the main characters from Malifaux. When the lights go out, they come out and wage war on each other.

    I'll be...
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    same here. I really don't understand the...

    same here.

    I really don't understand the latest "free enterprise is bad" movement.

    If you don't like McDonalds, don't eat there.
    If you don't like the wage, don't work there.
    If you don't...
  171. For things like belt buckles, have you tried...

    For things like belt buckles, have you tried using the side of the point of the brush instead of the tip? A technique I learned as edge painting. Don't push, but simply touch the edge to the object...
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    another trick is to use an inter-clear. Spray it...

    another trick is to use an inter-clear. Spray it with a clear varnish to give a harder surface for the tape.

    Thinning for airbrush reduces the binder content as well as the pigment. This results...
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    That is an amazing piece.

    That is an amazing piece.
  174. I'm glad that I didn't have to judge the painting...

    I'm glad that I didn't have to judge the painting - LOTS of amazing work.
  175. Thread: Ice for bases

    by airhead
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    ice or snow? Snow can be achieved with white...

    ice or snow?
    Snow can be achieved with white glue and micro-balloons, or white glue and baking soda.
    A glazed snow can be made by sprinkling alum on top of the snow before the white glue sets.
  176. Newest mini project - should take a while.

    I've just come back from the frozen north - drove through Ion - visited our newest family member

    24924
  177. Model train shops have chain.

    Model train shops have chain.
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    Clix (hero, Marvel, Battletech, etc.) comes...

    Clix (hero, Marvel, Battletech, etc.) comes pre-painted.
    DnD plastic comes pre-painted.
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    positive heat wave today- got to 15 today. We...

    positive heat wave today- got to 15 today.

    We drove through Ion to get here. Indianapolis to Chicago in 8 hours (3 hour drive).
    Temps went from 40 to 15 below... brr.. in about an hour.
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    There should be no air leaking anywhere. Where...

    There should be no air leaking anywhere. Where is this "security valve" of which you speak?

    1. use some teflon tape to seal the threads between the compressor and the regulator/moisture trap....
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    Mike, hope you had a wonderful birthday. Sorry I...

    Mike, hope you had a wonderful birthday. Sorry I missed it, but I'm AFK in Chicago with my brand new grandson. (1-4-14) or you'd say (4-1-14)

    Hope you were treated well and got more blessings...
  182. Createx is too. But it is designed to be shot at...

    Createx is too. But it is designed to be shot at least 45 psi. Much too thick for what we do. Great for t-shirts.
  183. And that is why I had to repaint the ceiling.

    And that is why I had to repaint the ceiling.
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    Poll: my VERY limited understanding of the score...

    my VERY limited understanding of the score calculator (it is kept secret) is that outliers are not included. And if I am incorrect, once you've got 50+ votes, one 6 isn't going to hurt a 9 mini.
    ...
  185. What everyone has said - ditto. If you're mixing...

    What everyone has said - ditto.
    If you're mixing in the gun, quit.

    A couple of pics of your issues may help.

    You can be too close or have the air up too high or the paint too thin - generally...
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    A few states have legalized MEDICAL MJ. Alaska...

    A few states have legalized MEDICAL MJ. Alaska is the only one I'm aware of that allows for recreational use - and they've got a ton of regulations that go with that.

    The odd part - it is still...
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    Sounds like your regulator is set to at least 60....

    Sounds like your regulator is set to at least 60. You are reading tank pressure. The pump runs until the tank is at 57 (60 nominal) then shuts off. The air comes out of the tank until it is at 40,...
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    That compressor should not make much noise. Put...

    That compressor should not make much noise. Put it under your paint table and spray away.

    Turn the regulator knob to the left to reduce pressure (you may have to lift up the knob first to unlock...
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    Put the compressor in the garage or outside and...

    Put the compressor in the garage or outside and run an air hose to your paint station. Put a second regulator at your paint station then you don't have to go out and adjust the regulator at the...
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    Great work DR.

    Great work DR.
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    The answer is "It depends". If you do much...

    The answer is "It depends".
    If you do much airbrushing in a bedroom studio, you'll soon see the fog of atomized paint on everything. Wear a dust mask as a minimum. I prefer a cartridge type mask...
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    Reaper has a Emerald Green that is Pearlescent....

    Reaper has a Emerald Green that is Pearlescent. Part number 09103.

    Inks can be mixed with silver paints (of the lines I've tried) as well as green paints mixed with metallic paints.

    Looking...
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    What part of the world are you in? It might make...

    What part of the world are you in? It might make a difference as to what airbrush to recommend.
    What are you wanting to do with it? Painting your house requires a different gun than doing...
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    Mike, I'm glad that you got through your prostate...

    Mike, I'm glad that you got through your prostate issue.

    Highs:
    Going to CMON Expo with Grumb and families.
    Seeing my Dad home from the cardiac ward with a new pacemaker/defib unit.
    Finally...
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    And many more. New years is coming. Almost...

    And many more.

    New years is coming. Almost time to update the coffin dodger's list.
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    Carmilla, I'm not a psychiatrist, shrink or...

    Carmilla,
    I'm not a psychiatrist, shrink or anything. Nor have I played one on TV, but you post sounds like holiday depression has set in pretty hard.

    Do something to cheer up - go out to...
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    New painting projects - Thank you Santa.

    OK, I've managed to add to my "to paint" list thanks to the jolly fat man.

    I'm in the middle of Puppet Wars Unstitched (Malfaux/Wyrd). Painting those little buggers had bee fun and I'm only about...
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    I like the idea of staying home and having a BBQ...

    I like the idea of staying home and having a BBQ for friends and family. Maybe you could talk your wife into alternating years between her family and yours or staying at your place?

    We stayed...
  199. Thread: PM spammers

    by airhead
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    Thanks Mike

    Thanks Mike
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    Merry Christmas to all. And to the rest of you: ...

    Merry Christmas to all. And to the rest of you:
    Happy Solstice,
    Happy Quanza,
    Happy Holidays.
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