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    There's arguably a sexualized component to...

    There's arguably a sexualized component to muscular half-naked men, however. Men with fit, muscular bodies are generally considered 'sexy' by modern social standards.
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    Is that really true? That is, is the proportion...

    Is that really true? That is, is the proportion of sexy female minis significant enough to constitute an issue? For that matter, what is the real proportion of sexualized or half-naked female minis?
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    I don't think the near-nudity of warrior...

    I don't think the near-nudity of warrior characters is specific to women. You can find tons of examples of warrior men with barely a loincloth covering their junk. Just Google art by Boris Vallejo...
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    Shakers work for general purpose paint mixing,...

    Shakers work for general purpose paint mixing, provided the paint isn't too separated. For paint that has fully separated, a mixer would be better.
  5. Thanks, I'll try that as there are some local art...

    Thanks, I'll try that as there are some local art shops that sell Liquitex products. :)
  6. It's in my basement workshop which receives no...

    It's in my basement workshop which receives no direct sunlight.



    Before. It yellows even when sitting sealed in the bottle.
  7. Gloss varnish that doesn't go yellow in the bottle?

    I've been very disappointed with Vallejo's gloss varnish. Previous bottle I bought started to yellow, so I replaced it about 4-5 months ago. Now that bottle is going yellow as well.

    Are there...
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    Here are some things you'll need: 1) Airbrush...

    Here are some things you'll need:

    1) Airbrush cleaning fluid
    2) Airbrush hose - Personally I prefer coiled hoses over braided ones. Depending on the compressor you get, it might include one.
    ...
  9. ^ The "Ultra Quiet" thing is just marketing. I...

    ^ The "Ultra Quiet" thing is just marketing. I wouldn't read too much into it.
  10. It has a 4.6 gallon tank, though, so most of the...

    It has a 4.6 gallon tank, though, so most of the time the motor will not even be running. I have a similar 6 gallon unit and often times I'll fill it once and have more than enough air to get...
  11. It's a shop compressor. 60 dB for a shop...

    It's a shop compressor. 60 dB for a shop compressor is pretty good!

    And with a tank that large the motor won't be running all that much.
  12. I think you'd be fine with that compressor. I...

    I think you'd be fine with that compressor. I have a similar one (I use the 6 gallon California Airtools) and have used it for everything from airbrushing models to powering a framing nailer to...
  13. Personally, I wouldn't get too hung up on...

    Personally, I wouldn't get too hung up on specific ratios. Especially since different paint brands or even different paint colors will require different levels of thinning to achieve the same...
  14. Ivory from Vallejo is considered to be a good dry...

    Ivory from Vallejo is considered to be a good dry brushing white. I've used it for edge highlighting with reasonable success, and it hasn't looked chalky.
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    *bump* I finally received the missing parts. ...

    *bump*

    I finally received the missing parts. Total time from my original email to receiving the parts was 26 days. They did reply to my original email after about 2 weeks. Seems a bit long for...
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    Meeplemart lists the Minitaire paints on their...

    Meeplemart lists the Minitaire paints on their site.
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    Are Game Air paints available now? They don't...

    Are Game Air paints available now? They don't seem to have shown up in Canada yet...
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    That image looks good to me. Even lighting,...

    That image looks good to me. Even lighting, clear detail.

    What is it you think is lacking?
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    Always been a fan of Battletech, so I'm really...

    Always been a fan of Battletech, so I'm really looking forward to see the progression on this kit!
  20. I like the plain base. The stark simplicity is...

    I like the plain base. The stark simplicity is actually refreshing, especially in contrast to the generic gravel + tuff of grass bases you see on so many miniatures.
  21. Ooh, which Gundam kits?

    Ooh, which Gundam kits?
  22. +1. If you do opt to go with a...

    +1. If you do opt to go with a miniature-specific paint, anything but GW is far better value for the money.
  23. I use a combination of Vallejo thinner medium and...

    I use a combination of Vallejo thinner medium and water. I can thin down paints to a glaze-like consistency without pigment separation. Keep in mind though, that as you thin down paints, they will...
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    ^ Could by they used masking tape to mask off the...

    ^ Could by they used masking tape to mask off the areas they painted. You can get different sizes of masking tape from various companies. Tamiya makes some.
  25. What sort of kits are you looking for in...

    What sort of kits are you looking for in particular? HobbylinkJapan has a few (literally three) GiTS mecha kits. And E2046 has some GiTS and Appleseed resin kits, mostly preorder though.

    The...
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    If you're looking for something fairly simple,...

    If you're looking for something fairly simple, then I would look at buying precast modeling accents either from scale model railway or military companies. The tricky thing is getting stuff in the...
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    Well I've yet to hear anything back from the...

    Well I've yet to hear anything back from the company. If I don't hear anything by tomorrow, I'll follow up and also contact the store I bought them from to see if they'll do a refund.

    So far I am...
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    Thought I would *bump* this thread, as I've since...

    Thought I would *bump* this thread, as I've since purchased a number of Infinity miniatures and wanted to give some impressions of them.

    First one I bought was a "Shang Ji Invincibles" I picked up...
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    Took me a second to get that one :laugh:

    Took me a second to get that one :laugh:
  30. I wouldn't use any compressor without a proper...

    I wouldn't use any compressor without a proper regulator and that Neo Air does not have one.
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    Technically this mini isn't a doctor, but he...

    Technically this mini isn't a doctor, but he could probably be painted to look like one: http://www.infinitythegame.com/infinity/en/2014/miniatures/o-12-high-commisioner/
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    I haven't tried them on 28mm minis (yet). I'm...

    I haven't tried them on 28mm minis (yet). I'm using oil washes on bigger models.

    I'll probably give water colour a washes a go and see if the results are any better.
  33. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. ...

    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. Initially I was going to try to glue it. But after removing the crossbow from the sprue and starting to work with it, the other side broke as well! It came...
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    Well I ended up buying a few of the paints and...

    Well I ended up buying a few of the paints and after 30 seconds or so on the paint shaker at home, they were well mixed.



    I'm very surprised. I've been using P3 paints lately and found they...
  35. Yup, this is not a new technique, but it's pretty...

    Yup, this is not a new technique, but it's pretty cool that you stumbled on this on your own.

    It, like many advanced techniques in miniature painting, borrows from traditional illustration. ...
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    Best paint for oil washes?

    Does the brand of oil paint matter for oil washes? I've been using Windsor & Newton oil paints. One issue I've been dealing with is pigment separation if I thin out the wash too much. I'm...
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    I'd edge towards something colorful myself. Look...

    I'd edge towards something colorful myself. Look to tropical birds (i.e. parrots, etc) for inspiration.
  38. Repairing extremely tiny plastic pieces (Malifaux mini crossbow)?

    I love Malifaux minis, but my god they are delicate!

    I bought the December Acolytes set, which includes one mini with a teeny-tiny crossbow. Unfortunately, it's so delicate that the bow-string on...
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    The caveat, however, is they are far more...

    The caveat, however, is they are far more expensive than other brands. Based on local pricing in my country, GW paints are about twice the cost of brands like P3 and Vallejo on a per mL basis. And...
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    P3 Paint Separation?

    P3 paints have a reputation for not separating very readily. However, when I was at a local store, they had quite a number of P3 paints that looked like they'd been on the shelf for quite awhile. ...
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    I wish I had good advice, but my last serious...

    I wish I had good advice, but my last serious relationship ended for similar reasons (essentially we had different interests and involvement in said interests meant not spending time together).

    As...
  42. Rust effects with Vallejo liquid gold paints?

    On the Vallejo website, it says to keep water away from their liquid gold line of metallic paints because water could cause the metallic components to rust. So I was wondering, could one take...
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    Could have been. Although I both stirred and...

    Could have been. Although I both stirred and shook the old bottle to get it good and mixed. It's still very yellow compared to the new bottle, though.
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    After reading the replies suggesting it could be...

    After reading the replies suggesting it could be a bad bottle, I went out and got a new bottle today.

    It's a pretty stark difference. The old bottle is considerably more yellow than the newer...
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    Vallejo gloss varnish: yellow tint?

    I'm working on a model using oil washes for shading/lining. Before applying the wash, I applied a varnish using Vallejo's gloss varnish.

    However, I've noticed between the gloss coated piece and...
  46. That chestnut ink looks really nice! Good...

    That chestnut ink looks really nice! Good review, thanks!
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    I've used Gunmetal Blue, but in a very limited...

    I've used Gunmetal Blue, but in a very limited capacity. I used it to paint the eyes of an iron golum (along with two different shades of black). The effect was good, but TBH, it was such a small...
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    I am continually amazed at how Marvel is able to...

    I am continually amazed at how Marvel is able to produce quality films from material that doesn't seem like it should translate well to the big screen.

    And at the same time, they somehow manage to...
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    I'm coming to the same conclusion myself. Seems...

    I'm coming to the same conclusion myself. Seems like inks would be best for glaze-type applications.
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    A gave the inks another try today. This time I...

    A gave the inks another try today. This time I tried out three brands, including the aforementioned Vallejo, plus Liquitex and FW.

    http://animecritic.com/_temp/gundam/ink_01.jpg

    For the...
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    Thanks for posting! I'm a big fan of their Model...

    Thanks for posting! I'm a big fan of their Model Air paint so I was really curious to find out more about the Game Air line.
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    I'm used to airbrushing thinned down Model Air...

    I'm used to airbrushing thinned down Model Air paint, so I took the same approach to applying the ink. I did an initial thin coat, waited about 15-20 minutes and then applied another coat. The...
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    Questions about airbrushing Vallejo inks

    I decided to start trying to airbrush Vallejo inks. Everything I had read indicates they are easy to airbrush and should go on very smooth. Previously I had only used them with brush and only...
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    Generally to start airbrushing, you only need...

    Generally to start airbrushing, you only need three things:

    Airbrush
    Compressor
    Air hose

    I agree with MAXXxxx's assessment about not cheaping out on the compressor. A good compressor will...
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    Wow, that is coming out nice! Turquoise would...

    Wow, that is coming out nice! Turquoise would probably look nice for the hair; it would nicely complement the skintones you have going on.

    Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!
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    Wow! Fantastic chrome effect!

    Wow! Fantastic chrome effect!
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    Wow, this whole time and I had no idea there was...

    Wow, this whole time and I had no idea there was a CMON store on this site. :doh:
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    Just a guess, but I'm wondering if the OP is...

    Just a guess, but I'm wondering if the OP is talking about smoothly blended paints? I.e., where the gradation from light to dark is continual as opposed to stark contrast?

    That can result in a...
  59. Welcome back to the hobby! Here's a basic run...

    Welcome back to the hobby!

    Here's a basic run down of things I use:

    For glue I just use a basic gel-based superglue. It's easier to work with than regular superglue and does the job.

    For...
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    Okay, you guys have convinced me, I'll get some...

    Okay, you guys have convinced me, I'll get some Infinity minis! :D

    I'm liking the look of the Sedition Wars minis, too, although they seem harder to come by...

    Thanks for all the suggestions...
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    Good sci-fi mini recommendations?

    I don't really have any sci-fi minis yet, but I'd like to try painting some. Any good sci-fi mini brands? I was thinking of trying Battletech and Infinity minis, although the latter seems a bit...
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    How do you store your airbrush(es)?

    I'm in the process of building a cabinet to store various tools 'n things. One of the things I need to figure out is airbrush storage. I've been toying with various approaches to storing them, but...
  63. Yeah, you probably want to avoid metal-on-metal...

    Yeah, you probably want to avoid metal-on-metal when it comes to airbrushes and cleaning. Personally, I just use extra long q-tips.

    The key though is to make sure to clean it regularly (i.e....
  64. A cleaning station is good to have (like this...

    A cleaning station is good to have (like this one, for example). It also doubles as an airbrush holder.
  65. I use an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS. It's been a great...

    I use an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS. It's been a great airbrush, no complaints. For my compressor, I use a 6 gallon California Air Tools compressor. It's actually the same compressor I use for tools like...
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    Ultrasonic cleaners?

    On another forum (model building forum), someone posted a pic of using an ultrasonic cleaner to clean their model parts. It seems like an interesting alternative to normal washing and scrubbing.
    ...
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    Couple points on lens terminology: The numbers...

    Couple points on lens terminology:

    The numbers in millimeters (mm) refer to the focal length. The lower the number, the more wide angle or further away things will appear; the higher the number,...
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    Photo booth: buy or build?

    Just mulling over the options...

    I found a desktop photo booth locally. Price is a bit high @ $140, although it seems to go for ~$100 for other retailers so I can probably bargain it down (this...
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    You know what trips me out? It's how much more...

    You know what trips me out? It's how much more detailed those stereoscopic images appear in "3D".

    Also, MOAR PLZ! :D
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    Awesome idea! :D

    Awesome idea! :D
  71. Having used Photoshop and other digital drawing...

    Having used Photoshop and other digital drawing programs (i.e. Painter), I don't find there is much transfer of technique from the digital realm to the physical one.

    The big difference is that the...
  72. ^ Wow, I thought that was a real building at...

    ^ Wow, I thought that was a real building at first!
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    The Vallejo Model Air Gray Primer is NOT a...

    The Vallejo Model Air Gray Primer is NOT a primer. It's just regular acrylic paint, but the color of "grey primer" (see their FAQ, point 7.5). Vallejo messed up when they named that one.

    And...
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    Wow! Very nice! :D

    Wow! Very nice! :D
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    Based on the pics supplied, it looks pretty...

    Based on the pics supplied, it looks pretty simple. Just black w/ a reflection painted on. You just need to decide on what is being reflected and therefore the color of the reflection (i.e. blue if...
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    Was on there the other day and as tempting as it...

    Was on there the other day and as tempting as it was to put some money down, I just can't figure out what I'll do with that many minis all at once.
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    Unfortunately I'd also have to change the...

    Unfortunately I'd also have to change the position of the cleats on the shelves. But those are glued on and I'm afraid to try to take them off without damaging the plywood backing...
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    Also, thought I'd show the wall hanging system...

    Also, thought I'd show the wall hanging system I'm using. The shelves are held on via french cleats. It's a nice way of hanging shelving and allows them to be easily removed, since they're not...
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    Thanks timewizard! I'm planning to add some...

    Thanks timewizard!

    I'm planning to add some sort of cabinet in the remaining wall space, and then likely a paint station after that. Although now that the area is usable, admittedly my progress...
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    A bigger cutting mat?? But I was told that size...

    A bigger cutting mat?? But I was told that size doesn't matter...? :doh!:

    A kitchen roller is something I've considered... just not sure where to put at this point though.

    At any rate, here's...
  81. Yeah, I've come to realization regarding the...

    Yeah, I've come to realization regarding the limitations of the Vallejo primers (both for durability and sandability). I think the way they advertise them as being a "finish of extraordinary...
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    The "miniature" line of Series 7 are designed...

    The "miniature" line of Series 7 are designed with short bristles and as a consequence, don't hold as much paint. While I haven't used them personally (I've used regular Series 7 brushes), the...
  83. Have you tried sanding them? My biggest issue...

    Have you tried sanding them? My biggest issue with them is that they aren't properly sandable.

    I've since been using a couple different lacquer-based primers and the difference is night-and-day.
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    I like Vallejo Model Color and Model Air paints,...

    I like Vallejo Model Color and Model Air paints, as well as Reaper. Their dropper bottle containers are very handy. Games Workshop's Citadel paints aren't bad either, but they are more expensive...
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    ^ Major props to the firefigher for reviving the...

    ^ Major props to the firefigher for reviving the kitten... but sadly the story does not have a happy ending :(
  86. @ComicJam: For flesh colors, check out the...

    @ComicJam: For flesh colors, check out the Vallejo "Panzer Aces" fleshtones. The Panzer Aces line of colors is the same as the Model Color ones (in terms of paint formulation), just slightly...
  87. Wow, very nice work, especially the tats!

    Wow, very nice work, especially the tats!
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    This thread needs less fighting and more...

    This thread needs less fighting and more creative. So how about some music (made entirely with this guy's voice!)

    UiInBOVHpO8

    Also, Mr Rogers.

    OFzXaFbxDcM

    And finally some Iron Maiden. ...
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    ^ Nice score there meaty! Too bad about the...

    ^ Nice score there meaty!

    Too bad about the broken hand, but the idea of having a regeneration-in-progress would be pretty cool! :D
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    Some people have some pretty darned good...

    Some people have some pretty darned good "then's"!

    Mine is a little different since I originally painted as a kid, but only recently returned to this hobby as an adult 20 years later.

    These...
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    Got some initial shelving + pegboard up this...

    Got some initial shelving + pegboard up this weekend. Going to build another thinner shelf down the left side, then maybe a cabinet to finish off the wall storage.

    Boy will it will be nice to get...
  92. If scores on this site are what is important to...

    If scores on this site are what is important to you, then you are painting for all the wrong reasons.

    IHMO, the best way to improve is to start a WIP log and post your work there. Then you'll get...
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    Basic bench done. Not the prettiest, but it...

    Basic bench done. Not the prettiest, but it serves its purpose. Tomorrow will be adding more lighting and starting on some paint/tool/etc storage shelves.

    22614
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    Sanding sticks.
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    ^ Heh, that's something I've done many times. ...

    ^ Heh, that's something I've done many times.

    I have been thinking about ways to minimize dropped pieces. I'm not quite sure how I could do a sunken area, given the cross support that's near the...
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    Started on the new bench. Surface area is going...

    Started on the new bench. Surface area is going to be 7 feet x 30 inches. Should hopefully be enough space to last for a little while at least. Plan is to put a couple shelves underneath the...
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    Their current business model seems relentlessly...

    Their current business model seems relentlessly protectionist. Especially their policy towards internet ordering. I can't recall ever seeing a business forbid third party stores from selling their...
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    ^ This is true, although one can usually add flow...

    ^ This is true, although one can usually add flow improvers, etc to their own mixes.
  99. *thud* Sorry, that sound you just heard was my...

    *thud*

    Sorry, that sound you just heard was my jaw hitting the floor.

    And this is after only 10-12 months of collective painting experience?

    *thud*

    Oops, there it goes again.
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    Glass beads are likely your best bet; it won't...

    Glass beads are likely your best bet; it won't react with the chemicals in the paint.
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    All a wash is, is highly dilluted paint. So you...

    All a wash is, is highly dilluted paint. So you can make a wash out of almost anything. And you can mix regular colors with washes as well. For example, I tend to mix in Vallejo model colors...
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    That's ridiculous. Plastic toys should not cost...

    That's ridiculous. Plastic toys should not cost the same as a new car.
  103. Yeah, maybe I'm expecting too much from this type...

    Yeah, maybe I'm expecting too much from this type of primer. For minis it seems okay, although I've yet to see the advantage of using it versus just undercoating with regular paint.

    But for the...
  104. Usually at least 24 hrs. I typically lay down a...

    Usually at least 24 hrs. I typically lay down a coat of primer, then try to sand and recoat the following night. Even sanding some stuff I primed a few days ago, I still get chipping.
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    :rotfl: Very true! In fact, I'm now thinking...

    :rotfl:

    Very true! In fact, I'm now thinking I may go with a 6 or 7 foot wide bench instead of the original 5 feet.
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    Thanks for that link! I'd been searching for...

    Thanks for that link! I'd been searching for examples of work areas and somehow missed that thread.

    Interesting that some people have very small work spaces and others have giant ones!
  107. Is it just me or do Vallejo's primers suck?

    I've been trying to use Vallejo's surface primer (specifically their light grey) over the last few weeks. However, it seems to me as a primer it is pretty poor. The two main issues I'm having with...
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    That's discouraging given I just picked up a...

    That's discouraging given I just picked up a dozen bottles of VGC. I wonder if adding agitators to the bottles and periodically giving them a good shake would help?
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    Router is probably your best bet (depending on...

    Router is probably your best bet (depending on the material you are cutting into). You can make a template to the exact size of the base(s) you want, then use a top-bearing flush trim bit to route...
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    Awesome, thanks for all the replies. And...

    Awesome, thanks for all the replies. And Bailey03, it's especially good to know the colors in the sets are not the same as the bottles; now it makes a little more sense as to why they get away with...
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    I was in the same boat about a month ago :) ...

    I was in the same boat about a month ago :)

    What I ended up doing was breaking it down into basic primary & secondary colors (yellow, orange, red, violet, green, blue) and buy three shades of each...
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    No real budget, as I already have a lot of...

    No real budget, as I already have a lot of materials I can use (i.e. lumber, etc). I should also mention this is going in the unfinished portion of my basement, so appearance is not a concern. It's...
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    Building a workspace

    Currently I lack a dedicated miniature assembling/painting area. I'm using a bench I originally built for working with electronics, but it's problematic since I don't really have space for all the...
  114. I always immediately rinse out the cup with with...

    I always immediately rinse out the cup with with water, spray the excess water out, then run a few drops of airbrush cleaner through it. Has kept it nice and clean with no clogs appearing.
  115. Ah, I think I understand it now. It's referring...

    Ah, I think I understand it now. It's referring to the concept art for the additional sculpts. That makes more sense. :)
  116. @ Darthmarsh: Thanks for the tutorial link! I'm...

    @ Darthmarsh: Thanks for the tutorial link! I'm sure it will come in handy. And thank you for the kind words re: the mercenary. I agree I am very self-critical, but it's what motivates me. If I...
  117. Their stretch goals seem vague. What does...

    Their stretch goals seem vague. What does "character design and pose may be improved" mean exactly?
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    Army Painter and Andrea paints?

    I've been trying to get info on these paint brands, but haven't found too much. From what I can gather, the Army Painter paints seem designed for turning out fast "tabletop" quality minis. From...
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    Looking at your space marine pics, I have two...

    Looking at your space marine pics, I have two things to say:

    1) Very nice work! Love the black&gold look and high contrast highlights.
    2) My neck hurts :p
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    Oh, it's real. They deliberately painted rough...

    Oh, it's real. They deliberately painted rough edges on it to simulate the old-style art of the cartoon. I think that plus JPEG compression (or maybe resizing/over-sharpening?) probably caused...
  121. Thanks for the advice meaty, I will try that. ...

    Thanks for the advice meaty, I will try that. Also, do you think there might be any advantage in doing a blue undercoat? I.e. Prime + undercoat + paint base colors... or would that be overkill?
    ...
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    Spent some more time googling and starting to...

    Spent some more time googling and starting to come across some more inspired paint jobs. Including one that my brain still doesn't want to accept is real:

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    I mean, just wow, that is...
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    That's a good point. And I suppose in cases...

    That's a good point. And I suppose in cases where they have both the Bones version and regular metal version of a particular mini, the bones version could serve as a sketchpad of sorts versus the...
  124. Here's another attempt at the skin. This time I...

    Here's another attempt at the skin. This time I used an approx 50/50 mix of the Panzer Aces flesh highlight with the flesh base. I think it came out better, definitely lighter, although still seems...
  125. No worries meaty_nosebleeds, I understand what...

    No worries meaty_nosebleeds, I understand what you are saying :)

    I am going to try to lighten her skin up a bit; it's definitely too tanned/orange right now. I'm using the Panzer Aces flesh...
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    ^ Looks like some nice stuff on that site,...

    ^ Looks like some nice stuff on that site, definitely above the average. Shame most of his gallery seems broken :(

    The tutorials look good, so thanks for the link!
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    Reaper Bones minis? Yay or nay?

    I've been looking at the Reaper Bones lineup. Given how inexpensive they are, it seems like a good way to pick up some inexpensive minis to practice painting on.

    But a couple of things have me...
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    Anyone here build Gundam models?

    I see there are a handful of Gundams in the galleries... not many though. Anyway, I'm curious if anyone else here builds them. I put together a few a number of years ago and was thinking of trying...
  129. ^ Not really sure yet. Probably a bit lighter...

    ^ Not really sure yet. Probably a bit lighter than she looks now, but I'm still learning how to mix the skin tones I have to try to get the effect I want. Lots more trial-and-error ahead!

    I am...
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    Browsing through your thread and came across this...

    Browsing through your thread and came across this and just had to post "wow"! I didn't even know they made hockey miniatures :D

    Fantastic work!
  131. Thank you Alexandra! Ya, when I painted the...

    Thank you Alexandra! Ya, when I painted the devil I realized I hadn't gotten rid of all the mould lines. It's something I've been trying to pay more attention to on newer minis, but still learning...
  132. That's really awesome; I like seeing the changes...

    That's really awesome; I like seeing the changes in the way you painted the armor and how much more nuanced detail there was in the more recent one. :D



    Now that's an epic change! Really nice...
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    ^ I think you just got tricked by a spambot. ;)

    ^ I think you just got tricked by a spambot. ;)
  134. This may be my next mini I try to paint. It's...

    This may be my next mini I try to paint. It's from my collection minis I had when I was a kid (1990 Ral Partha); in fact, this was one of the one's I recently stripped. I did discover priming over...
  135. Thanks for the tips and advice re: the skin guys....

    Thanks for the tips and advice re: the skin guys. I'm going to keep working it with some new minis; I went out and bought a half-naked barbarian guy which I figure should be good practice. I have a...
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    Thanks guys, it's good to know I wasn't crazy...

    Thanks guys, it's good to know I wasn't crazy thinking this! Most of the tutorials I've seen have been pretty basic, so I haven't seen much on using compliments for shading...

    @Chrispy: Nice...
  137. Anyone ever done a "then" vs "now" (i.e. repainting a mini much later?)

    It's facinating to me to go through people's galleries and look at their older work compared to their newer work; seeing some of the skill progression is very inspiring.

    But has anyone ever either...
  138. Thank you both very much for the encouragement. ...

    Thank you both very much for the encouragement. I have to admit, I was getting overly frustrated yesterday which is not a good place to be when painting something tiny!

    meaty_nosebleeds, I took...
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    ^ That looks awesome. Love the weathered look...

    ^ That looks awesome. Love the weathered look you are getting on that armor. :good:
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    Using complimentary colors for shadows?

    One thing I recall learning from painting/drawing is the use of complimentary colors to build layers, depict shadows and so forth. A simple example would be snow, rather than painting it white,...
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    I'm not sure about other airbrushes, but with the...

    I'm not sure about other airbrushes, but with the Iwata Eclipse the air is on/off. There isn't really any range of motion when depressing the lever to start the air. To adjust the amount of air, I...
  142. If I ever needed proof I'm still a beginner at...

    If I ever needed proof I'm still a beginner at this, this mercenary mini is it. I'm starting to get a bit frustrated trying to figure out how to paint him.

    I didn't have a good plan going in;...
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    I have limited airbrush experience, having only...

    I have limited airbrush experience, having only used two so take this with a grain of salt.

    I recently got an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS for using with minis. I have no complaints so far; paint goes on...
  144. I worked a lot more on the base of the barbed...

    I worked a lot more on the base of the barbed devil. It was quite a lesson in what to do/not to do. I'm not that happy with the finished product, though. At one point, after adding glue and then...
  145. So I just learned something about Vallejo...

    So I just learned something about Vallejo paints/primers. I thought this whole time I was priming with a real primer; but I wasn't. Apparently one of these is a grey primer, while the other is not....
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    Poll: Love the idea of the color drops on each bottle. ...

    Love the idea of the color drops on each bottle. I am now doing that with all my paints :D
  147. That sounds like a good idea, I'm going to give...

    That sounds like a good idea, I'm going to give that a try.
  148. Still working on the base of the barbed devil. I...

    Still working on the base of the barbed devil. I was using Woodland Scenics' scenic glue, which I'm finding to be a challenge to work with. The stuff is very runny and not very good for gluing...
  149. Thanks for the tip, I will try that out. ...

    Thanks for the tip, I will try that out.



    And here I was thinking of leaving the face for last because it's the part I'm most afraid of painting. But I guess it makes a lot of sense to do it...
  150. Thank you Nsolver. :) For the photos, it's...

    Thank you Nsolver. :)

    For the photos, it's probably more to do with the lighting than the camera actually. Those pictures were taken with three main light sources: direct overhead flourescent...
  151. @KruleBear: Thanks for the feedback. The...

    @KruleBear: Thanks for the feedback. The weathering on the head looks like chipped paint because it really is chipped paint :D I noticed when I was doing my initial wash after airbrushing steel,...
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    Sticky: Canon 7D is my main camera body. Variety of...

    Canon 7D is my main camera body. Variety of lenses, but I'm finding for mini photography I'm either using my 15-85mm or 100mm macro, with an external flash.
  153. Yikes, had not heard of lead rot before! ...

    Yikes, had not heard of lead rot before! Hopefully that doesn't start happening to these minis. I'd hate to have them survive for over 20 years in the basement only to be brought down by an oven...
  154. Oh, I definitely do. But they were still...

    Oh, I definitely do. But they were still tarnished, even after washing. It was only after resoaking in Pine Sol that they started to get some shine back.
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    For that compressor, the pros are that it's...

    For that compressor, the pros are that it's inexpensive and uses up very little space. The con is that it has no tank, so it has to run constantly when you are using the airbrush.

    FWIW, I used to...
  156. The main thing I'm concerned about is that if...

    The main thing I'm concerned about is that if it's some sort of precipitate from the Easy Off, I don't necessarily want to prime over it. I'm not sure how it will hold up in the long run.

    At any...
  157. Thank you very much, that's very nice to hear :D...

    Thank you very much, that's very nice to hear :D

    For the eyes, I ended up using three colors: a metallic gunmetal, gloss black and regular flat black. I wanted them to have a bit of a metallic...
  158. Thanks again for all the help everyone. I made...

    Thanks again for all the help everyone.

    I made an attempt today and this is what I came up with. Any comments or critiques are welcome! :D

    I deliberately tried to make the face a little less...
  159. Thanks KruleBear! Today I attemped to paint...

    Thanks KruleBear!

    Today I attemped to paint the above statue-like miniature (which I found out is actually supposed to be an iron golem). It was a bit of trail and error, especially when trying...
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    very nice work! Love the armor and gem...

    very nice work! Love the armor and gem especially. :waving:
  161. These are mostly 1980's era Ral Partha...

    These are mostly 1980's era Ral Partha miniatures, which I believe were made w/ lead alloys at the time. I notice they are a lot softer than modern minis.

    I haven't noticed too much pitting; only...
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    Poll: What brand of paint do you primarily use?

    Just a follow-up to my other poll on how many paints people use. A lot of people were mentioning specific brands, so I'm curious as to which brands people favor.

    And I do realize that people...
  163. I learned another lesson today: Easy Off and lead...

    I learned another lesson today: Easy Off and lead don't play nicely. I sprayed the miniatures previously stripped with some Easy Off, to try to remove the last of the paint. Left them overnight;...
  164. Thanks everyone for all the advice and tips. ...

    Thanks everyone for all the advice and tips. I've toyed with the idea of doing bronze vs iron, but I'll probably go with iron. I have this vision in my head of this grungy iron statue coming to...
  165. Yeah, I think my mentality was that if I wanted...

    Yeah, I think my mentality was that if I wanted to cover an old paint job, I had to apply primer until absolutely no colour was left whatsoever. But I was 12 at the time, so...



    That's quite...
  166. The Pine Sol soak was a pretty good success. I...

    The Pine Sol soak was a pretty good success. I tried it with some additional miniatures; here's a before pic:

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    And after ~24 hour soak plus some scrubbing w/ soapy water and a tooth...
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    Unless you have any reservations about going the...

    Unless you have any reservations about going the DSLR route, I'd probably shop around for a used Canon T1i/T2i or equivilant.
  168. How to paint this statue miniature for a tarnished metal look?

    So I want to paint this statue figure. I was thinking of going for a tarnished metallic look, since he looks to be some sort of metal statue/colossus. But I'm not entirely sure how to approach it....
  169. Thread: Storage

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    ^ Wow, I'm liking those HobbyZone storage...

    ^ Wow, I'm liking those HobbyZone storage dealies... especially that curved painting station. I think I may steal some of those ideas if I build my own :D



    That's a really awesome idea! I...
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    Love everything about this one. The vines on the...

    Love everything about this one. The vines on the base are the icing on the cake!
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    Wow, that's your first mini! That's pretty damn...

    Wow, that's your first mini! That's pretty damn awesome!

    I'm really loving the diorama concept too. :waving:
  172. Here are the results after ~24 hours in a ziplock...

    Here are the results after ~24 hours in a ziplock with their respective cleaners. I failed to take a proper "before" pic, but the first pic shows them after they came out of the bags. On the left:...
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    Poll: How many paints do you own?

    Didn't find a thread on this already, so i thought I'd make one :D

    As someone who is just starting out with this, I'm curious to see how big people's paint collections can grow.
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    One more question: How many paints do people...

    One more question: How many paints do people typically accumulate? I'm looking to build some sort of storage system for my paints, so a rough idea of how many to plan for would be nice. :D

    edited...
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    Thanks Bailey and Chrispy for the tips and...

    Thanks Bailey and Chrispy for the tips and advice! Esp. good to know re: the highlighting and shading. :claply:

    So far I've been building my collection with a mix of Vallejo and Reaper paints. ...
  176. Thread: Storage

    by shponglefan
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    Some interesting ideas in this thread. I just...

    Some interesting ideas in this thread. I just started buying paints so I want to figure out how to organize them before things get out of hand!

    Three ideas I've had include:

    a) A spice-rack...
  177. @Wyrmmypops: That's interesting to know, I just...

    @Wyrmmypops: That's interesting to know, I just learned something new :D I'll have to make more attempts to learn layering; tried a little bit on the devil but I definitely need more practice!

    In...
  178. Some of them (like the minotaur) aren't bad. But...

    Some of them (like the minotaur) aren't bad. But some of them were primed way too think, and in some cases over existing paint. So I think I'm going to try to strip a few and see how it goes.

    I...
  179. Thank you both for the kind words :) This site...

    Thank you both for the kind words :) This site is already proving to be quite a great place, so I'm glad I found it :D

    I did a little more work on the barbed devil and learned a valuable lesson...
  180. Yup, they are old-school lead. I'll try the Easy...

    Yup, they are old-school lead. I'll try the Easy Off Oven spray and see how it goes. If I can salvage this lot, I will be very happy :D
  181. So I was hunting through my basement and came...

    So I was hunting through my basement and came across something I thought I no longer had... some of my old miniatures! Can't believe I held onto these things for so long (including several moves;...
  182. @Zab: Ya, I found one local shop that has good...

    @Zab: Ya, I found one local shop that has good prices and carries a bunch of non-GW stuff. Seems like the only one though as everywhere else just has GW minis...

    @Bailey03: Wow, didn't realize...
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    Thanks for all the replies. I agree that I...

    Thanks for all the replies. I agree that I probably am overthinking this, but at the same time the sheer selection of colors available is quite daunting! I've made a note of people's specific...
  184. Nice to see a fellow Canuck here! :) I'm...

    Nice to see a fellow Canuck here! :) I'm actually just north of you, in Ottawa.

    Ya, I hear what you mean about retailers. I do like to support local/Canadian ones, but I have a feeling price...
  185. First time painting a miniature in over 20 years

    Backstory: I used to paint miniatures as a kid. Can't remember the last time I painted them, but I was probably around 12 or 13. I'm now 35 and looking to rediscover the hobby.

    So here is my...
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    Looks like you only have one light source in that...

    Looks like you only have one light source in that shot. Ideally you want 2 or 3.

    For that particular shot, some soft front lighting would have helped fill out the shadows. Do you have a flash? ...
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    Some basic paint selection questions

    Hi, I'm relatively new to all of this, getting back into the hobby after 20+ year absence. I didn't really have a good method for color selection at the time, so I'm trying to come up with something...
  188. Thank you both for the nice welcome back! It...

    Thank you both for the nice welcome back! It feels good to be coming back to this hobby, especially given the plethora of miniature options that exist these days!

    @me_in_japan: Thanks for the...
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    I've only ever been into a GW store on two...

    I've only ever been into a GW store on two seperate occations, but both times I noticed how forward and 'helpful' their staff were, especially compared to other local hobby/comic/nerd stores. I...
  190. Newbie (sort of) to painting miniatures looking for some advice and guidance

    Hi everyone, virgin poster here (please be gentle). Anyway when I was a kid, I painted miniatures. Then I took a 25 year break. Now I want to paint them again.

    Since it's been so long, I feel...
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