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    Article: Storing Paint

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?1139-storing-paint&
  2. Careful shading of the hair is the operative word...

    Careful shading of the hair is the operative word here. It\'s too easy to screw up and make it look like it\'s been striped or chunked by a cosmetologist (hmm, barbarian cosmetologist, that brings up...
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    Yes, I\'ll second that. It\'s one reason I pretty...

    Yes, I\'ll second that. It\'s one reason I pretty much gave up on GW miniatures. I paint to paint, not to play wargames, so it doesn\'t hurt all that much. I\'ve got plenty of other manufacturers to...
  4. Thread: bush speech

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    As an Oregonian I\'ve been in favor of this for...

    As an Oregonian I\'ve been in favor of this for years :P

    SkyDancer
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    Well, I use magnification, same as many of the...

    Well, I use magnification, same as many of the other posters. But I\'m spoiled. As a scientist I have access to very nice dissecting scopes, and I use one at the lowest magnification, about 0.6, with...
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    Werner Klocke = del Greco Reincarnated?

    I was looking through and voting on the submissions today, and noticed something very odd: Werner Klocke\'s style seems to have evolved recently. Particularly in his \"Ice Queen\" for Reaper...
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    ...A long time ago I played Dungeons and Dragons,...

    ...A long time ago I played Dungeons and Dragons, back in junior high and high school, and I began painting miniatures to represent characters and monsters on the tabletop. After all, I already had...
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    Article: building osgiliath

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?1278-building-osgiliath&
  9. Thread: borg

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    Yep, I gave up after about a year. At least I\'ve...

    Yep, I gave up after about a year. At least I\'ve not lost more than US $30.00 or so ordering from them. Needless to say, my experiences with three separate orders were abysmal, and I no longer order...
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    I\'m a geneticist. No, really. I\'m an associate...

    I\'m a geneticist. No, really. I\'m an associate professor at a regional university in Eastern Oregon, USA, where I teach genetics, cell biology, and general biology, and do research. BS in Biology...
  11. WELL... Had I not gone into the sciences as a...

    WELL...

    Had I not gone into the sciences as a career, I would have been a composer...but that\'s not really relevant, so...I went the sciences route, and would have been an astronomer had I been...
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    I wondered why there were models I wasn\'t seeing...

    I wondered why there were models I wasn\'t seeing in the catalog. This explains much, but it\'s disappointing, as I was hoping to do some of those down the line. Guess I\'d better buy them now,...
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    You deserved it. Don\'t you know you have to ask...

    You deserved it. Don\'t you know you have to ask the dog\'s permission to yell at him? Besides, you were sleeping on his property anyway. It\'s not like anything\'s yours...:D

    SkyDancer
  14. Contrary to what others have posted, I\'m a big...

    Contrary to what others have posted, I\'m a big fan of the smaller brushes. I use a 2 (and in some cases, a 3 or 4) for large areas, a 2 for medium-sized areas, a 0 for smaller areas, and for details...
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    I\'ve been undercoating with either Krylon or Ace...

    I\'ve been undercoating with either Krylon or Ace premium primer. All other colors I\'ve used so far cover extremely well, whether I\'ve used grey or white as the primer coat. Moreover, the small...
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    I\'d agree, particularly with respect to nearly...

    I\'d agree, particularly with respect to nearly any Vallejo red. I\'ve tried several and not only do they cover poorly, they appear to be unusually fragile, almost as if the acrylic isn\'t...
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    My vote is for Rackham. Not only do they not fit...

    My vote is for Rackham. Not only do they not fit well, but Rackham really needs to hire a new mold-maker. The mold and flash lines on their casts drive me up the wall. Of all the miniatures I\'ve had...
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    Using Vallejo Metallic Medium

    Greetings all:

    I just ordered some Vallejo metallic medium, as I\'m keen on trying to get colorful metallic paints. Indeed, I rarely use metallics because I started out doing NMM and haven\'t done...
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    Not always. I have one called Midnight and the...

    Not always. I have one called Midnight and the other one called Dancer. Those aren\'t foods, right? OK, except across the pond, where they call food by really weird names. What does \"Bernaise...
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    This is the story of my life...like anybody will...

    This is the story of my life...like anybody will care.

    Once upon a time there was a game called Dungeons and Dragons. There was a group of people in grade school I hung out with who were Tolkien...
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    Hmm. The WizKids gurus seem to suggest Easy-Off...

    Hmm. The WizKids gurus seem to suggest Easy-Off oven cleaner (the spray-on kind) because it doesn\'t soften the figures like acetone does. But acetone would certainly work, no doubt of that.
    ...
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    Well, I\'m hoping a proofreader has been hired. I...

    Well, I\'m hoping a proofreader has been hired. I have this unreasonable compulsion to make sure the English is mechanically above reproach, and I was wincing on nearly every page of the first...
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    Ace is the place. Ace Premium Primers are the...

    Ace is the place. Ace Premium Primers are the best I\'ve ever used. They go on smoother than anything---and I\'ve used Krylon, Rustoleum, and several other brands. Ace is the best.

    SkyDancer
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    I see nobody\'s replied to you yet. There\'s...

    I see nobody\'s replied to you yet.

    There\'s several places on the web to find this information out---try a Google or Dogpile search. However, I\'ll tell you what I use, which is:

    For silver,...
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    OK, so share how you did those wonderful rock...

    OK, so share how you did those wonderful rock bases. Is that greenstuff, milliput, or did the bases come like that?

    Wonderful work---I\'ve never really liked the Mid-Nor dwarves as painting...
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    Harbinger Magazine in U.S.?

    Greetings all,

    Has anyone in the U.S. gotten their first issue of Harbinger magazine yet? I\'ve yet to receive mine, so I\'m just curious, especially since many people have posted that they\'ve...
  27. Captain Haddock?

    Arrr, thundering typhoons! Ten thousand bilious blistering blue barnacles, matey!
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    Poop Poop POOP!:( I pre-subscribed to...

    Poop Poop POOP!:(

    I pre-subscribed to Harbinger. I pre-ordered the CMoN annual. Neither one is here yet!!!:mad:

    That\'s what I get for living in the unfashionable and rather isolated half of...
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    Ph.D., Genetics, been a professor for ten years...

    Ph.D., Genetics, been a professor for ten years now.
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    Good grief, Katie, you could do a lot of things...

    Good grief, Katie, you could do a lot of things with such a degree. Hey, we\'ll have two faculty positions open in a year or two out here, probably about the time your postdoccing is done. We could...
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    OK, I\'ll chime in. I\'m a professor of Biology...

    OK, I\'ll chime in. I\'m a professor of Biology (advanced degrees are in genetics). I wasn\'t sure whether to mark education or that I\'m still in college. Lifelong learner, I suppose. Besides, the...
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    With details such as these, I will often paint...

    With details such as these, I will often paint the base coats of both areas because I know darn well I\'m going to have a bleed-over problem. For example, I would paint the base coat of the armor,...
  33. Thread: Inks

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    Well, that\'s not entirely true...Triton X-100...

    Well, that\'s not entirely true...Triton X-100 foams pretty readily if you shake it up, at least in does in salty buffers, and I would assume there could be a similar problem with paint mixes, since...
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    I\'ll certainly second that. I bought two, tried...

    I\'ll certainly second that. I bought two, tried in vain to paint one smoothly, and decided it wasn\'t worth the time. She looks good as a green, but really loses something in the translation to...
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    I would tend to agree with those who say the...

    I would tend to agree with those who say the conversion itself is a skill. It\'s like flint tool making. It\'s a craft. Art implies a generous amount of expression and creativity, which is why to me...
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    I\'m not vincegamer, but I can tell you who I got...

    I\'m not vincegamer, but I can tell you who I got my dropper bottles from: www.essentialsupplies.com. The Boston rounds are the ones you want, catalog number N1322 are the translucent ones. The...
  37. Thread: Ink help!

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    And it can also be pointed out here that acrylic...

    And it can also be pointed out here that acrylic paints in fact can be used as glazes. One can dilute almost any acrylic paint down far enough that it becomes a semi-transparent glaze. I use such...
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    Now there\'s something that\'s always bothered me...

    Now there\'s something that\'s always bothered me about the Wolfen, being a biologist and all...if they have multiple pups in their litters, why don\'t they have more than two breasts? Indeed, why...
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    Depends on the use. For standard basecoating, I...

    Depends on the use. For standard basecoating, I use a 2:1 (or 3:1 with Citadel paint) water to paint. For highlighting, it\'s typically a litle more dilute, 4:1. I don\'t use the floor wax concoction...
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    For me, it\'s light sourcing. NMM is relatively...

    For me, it\'s light sourcing. NMM is relatively easy if one has an intuitive sense of how light will strike a particular metallic object. But most minis are painted as if they are surrounded by a...
  41. They \"talk\" to me all the time. They tell me...

    They \"talk\" to me all the time. They tell me their story as I paint them; they tell me what they were doing and where they were at the exact moment they were \"frozen\" in metal.

    It used to be a...
  42. Cost of Scopes

    Paleotaur:

    You can get a new Nikon dissecting scope for a very reasonable price (comparatively)---about US $400.00 or so. That seems like a lot, but if you\'re looking at most scopes, they\'re in...
  43. Funny you should mention this tactic. I\'m a...

    Funny you should mention this tactic. I\'m a geneticist (Ph.D in genetics). I can tell you right now it wouldn\'t work...but it\'s a fun wish!

    Seriously, I hadn\'t picked up a paintbrush in over...
  44. I\'m with the binocular dissecting scope people...

    I\'m with the binocular dissecting scope people on this one. I use a Bausch and Lomb with 10x eyepieces and maximum magnification in the body of the scope is 3x (it goes from 0.7x to 3x, providing me...
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    Shadows and Lighting Source

    Greetings all:

    I just got back into miniatures after an absence of...good grief, has it really been over 20 years?!:o

    I used to paint using those nasty Testor\'s enamels, and I\'m really liking...
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