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    Every forum there has to be a contradictory...

    Every forum there has to be a contradictory voice.

    I take my models outside, spray them in the dead of winter, and take them back indoors to dry/cure in an unused guestroom. I did this last week...
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    Hirst Arts has some advice. I'd search for key...

    Hirst Arts has some advice. I'd search for key words "hirst arts molds"; towards the bottom of the page is a link to casting instructions, with a section on materials. My casting, personally, has...
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    Take this with a grain o salt -- this is beyond...

    Take this with a grain o salt -- this is beyond my normal skill and targeted painting quality.

    I'd either start and work up to ivory, or start with ivory and glaze this color in, and I'd use a...
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    I use testors DullCote on almost all models, with...

    I use testors DullCote on almost all models, with occasional applications of satin or gloss acrylic on gems, water effects, etc. I once thought I needed to gloss coat first, for protection, but have...
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    I'll specifically recommend MiniWargamer Jay...

    I'll specifically recommend MiniWargamer Jay (https://www.youtube.com/user/MiniwargamerJ) if you're Games Workshop fan. He uses GW paints and has decent beginner/intermediate tutorials and some...
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    Better. I am not certain I am at 100% yet. I...

    Better. I am not certain I am at 100% yet. I mixed Vallejo air with 50% airbrush thinner, and the spray didn't fade out, although I think it was not 100% consistent, either. I am also running as a...
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    Thanks, it is soaking now. After just ~90...

    Thanks, it is soaking now. After just ~90 minutes, there are threads or whiffs of stuff the looks a little like gel in the solution. Fingers crossed...
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    Regarding aerosol cans... 1) make sure you're...

    Regarding aerosol cans...
    1) make sure you're holding the figures 8-12 inches away at least. More distance --> more dispersed paint, less on model.
    2) Start by spraying to the right of the model,...
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    Airbrush problem with spray fading away

    When I airbrush, I am getting a good flow for two seconds and then less and less until I get to all air, no paint. I have dual action air brushes and both have the same behavior. If I pull the...
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    It will not ruin a miniature. Worst case, soak...

    It will not ruin a miniature. Worst case, soak figure in Simple Green for 24 hours, scrub with old tooth brush under hot water and start over.

    I've used Vallejo airbrush polyurethane primer both...
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    Thanks. I enjoyed reading this.

    Thanks. I enjoyed reading this.
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    Well, Webmoney, I am looking for at home storage,...

    Well, Webmoney, I am looking for at home storage, and transportation is not a priority, as I tend to host games more than travel. The most accessible models would be standard fair DnD type models,...
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    Looking for advice storing minis.

    So...Miniature storage. I have too many figures, not enough nice-looking ways to store them. Ideally, I want something that would fit perfectly into 30" book shelves. Just wondering if anyone has...
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    Minnesota - about as cold, not as windy. I...

    Minnesota - about as cold, not as windy.

    I step outside, spray quick enamel primer, and go inside and allow the figures to cure indoors in a closed room, so it doesn't stick up the house. I've...
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    I think the first model suffers from a rainbow of...

    I think the first model suffers from a rainbow of color selection - too many details on the model, each a different color, makes the end piece look disunited. Red and green are good contrasts, for...
  16. Thread: Camouflage

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    OK, here are some options. I'd not panel high...

    OK, here are some options.

    I'd not panel high light this model. I'd go with a zenithal high light or simply lighten convex surfaces while shading a bit the concave surfaces.

    If you're willing...
  17. OK, I've reread your post, and realized you're...

    OK, I've reread your post, and realized you're looking for game-color advice.

    My quick way. De staturate 72.043 Beasty Brown with a little (neon green) 72.033. You want a medium brown, not very...
  18. Here are two recipes I use: 53662 The lady on...

    Here are two recipes I use:
    53662

    The lady on the left is either US Field Drab or English Uniform as a base coat, with probably iraqi sand as a drybrush. Top highlights are ivory. Both US Field...
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    I use this only on reaper bones, so preserving...

    I use this only on reaper bones, so preserving detail is not important -- the bones plastic already lost the fine details. I use Folk Art brand.

    I use is straight, it is quite thin if in good...
  20. I have Angel' book, humbly named "Angel GiraldeZ...

    I have Angel' book, humbly named "Angel GiraldeZ Painting Miniaures from A to Z".

    Well, Infinfity minis anyway. His work is really amazes me.

    He uses a .2mm airbrush and .15mm airbrush, and...
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    I think 20 is great starting number of paints....

    I think 20 is great starting number of paints. Although you could in principle mix from fewer (Yellow+blue = Green), I think you're better off having a broader base to mix from. Yeah, you might make...
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    I've done this without incident. I've sprayed...

    I've done this without incident. I've sprayed dullcote on dried oils used for washes. I've sprayed dullcote on still tacky figures dipped in Minwax Polyshades (still tacky after 24-36 hours.) This...
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    What is the specific part number of the paint?...

    What is the specific part number of the paint? Testor's website has both enamel and acrylic fluorescent paints. What do the directions say to clean up with? If it smelled chemical, it was probably...
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    This looks like straight up manually painted...

    This looks like straight up manually painted chipping, and the good news, it is easy. I do this a lot, even on 15mm tanks, although the effect looks a little extreme there.

    Step 1) Paint model as...
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    1) Base colors first, or by area. Base colors...

    1) Base colors first, or by area.

    Base colors first, for me, almost always. The base colors is were screw-ups and missed strokes make the biggest difference, and are easiest to fix. No point...
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    I've used Pine-Sol and I'd recommend against...

    I've used Pine-Sol and I'd recommend against it.-0 I've switched to Simple Green.

    Straight pine-sol is thick and when scrubbed, forms sort of gum with the removed paint in the brush. I spent half...
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    Stir the paint on the palette. I used a little...

    Stir the paint on the palette. I used a little palette knife that I bought for building up bases with wood filler or Spackle/drywall compound. I like the straight edge to gather the paint back into a...
  28. Thread: Favorite Glue?

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    I prefer Loctite Super glue liquid for most...

    I prefer Loctite Super glue liquid for most metals, resins, and plastic-to-metal. It is quite fluid, and flows into cracks. It has a comparitely hard and narrow nozzle and point in the cap that fills...
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    What sort of paint are you using? I use Vallejo...

    What sort of paint are you using? I use Vallejo model and game color and have an opposite problem. The paints don't dry, but they do congeal in place, changing consistency to a non-quite-cured paint....
  30. So I see really solid base coats. An easy next...

    So I see really solid base coats. An easy next step is a "dip". Some people literally dip a model, but I brush the stuff on for better results. Minwax polyshades, brush on one of the darker colors...
  31. 1) Keep going, have fun. 2) An army painted...

    1) Keep going, have fun.

    2) An army painted consistently looks way better than an individual model painted to the same standard. 100 models like those you've already painted will look incredible....
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    http://tutofig.com/painting/textures/leather/ ...

    http://tutofig.com/painting/textures/leather/

    Lots of tutorials there. From Tutofig, I found the following to be particularly good.
    ...
  33. Ok, so I reverted the air-brush steps, making the...

    Ok, so I reverted the air-brush steps, making the negative image of what I'd originally planned. The abdomen is mostly purple giving way to brown with yellow/brown strips on top. The effect is pretty...
  34. Thaks. I am thinking I'll model the body on this...

    Thaks. I am thinking I'll model the body on this bad boy:

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    But probably add something like this is very dark blue. (I'll get half-way, anyway, I can always free hand in something like...
  35. Looking for help with Reaper Bones Spider Queen.

    I am painting this spider queen, spider lower torso and legs, female upper torso, arms, head. This figure is pretty good, for Reaper Bones, but I really feel like I am painting a totally drab model,...
  36. VMC Black Red is my undercoat for any red item....

    VMC Black Red is my undercoat for any red item. (But check your bottle for cadmium warnings before you spray it. Older bottles have cadmium and should not be shot through an airbrush.)


    I like...
  37. Thread: Ouch, my neck

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    Thanks. I've dropped my computer chair to the...

    Thanks. I've dropped my computer chair to the lowest level -- not quite toobox, and am really paying attention to my posture. I think elbows off the table is key for me. A higher table is harder to...
  38. Thread: Ouch, my neck

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    Ouch, my neck

    I have found my painting duration limited by my ability to sit and do it without neck pain. I am using a standard folding table (28" tall) and usual computer chairs. Being in the not-so-early...
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    I've painted dozens of 15mm tanks with airbrush,...

    I've painted dozens of 15mm tanks with airbrush, but only a handful of 28mm figures.

    First, standard tips for airbushing - Thin paint, steady supply of air (some people don't like the pulse of a...
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    To original poster - I've found...

    To original poster -



    I've found note-taking useful, especially for army figures. When I add new models to an existing army, I know how paint them to match. I won't remember. But with notes...
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    I use I think 5ml/1 teaspoon magic mix and 1 or 2...

    I use I think 5ml/1 teaspoon magic mix and 1 or 2 drops of ink. This is artists ink for caligraphy. I use Daler Rowey FW black and sepia inks. The pigmentation is far higher the what GW, Reaper, etc...
  42. Thread: NMM Article

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    Thanks, this is an excellent article. Great to...

    Thanks, this is an excellent article. Great to see these ideas pulled together. NMM are something rarely try and never really succeed at.

    Could you enhance it by spelling out the acronyms? I...
  43. Thread: Desaturated Red

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    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/attachment.php...

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=33628&stc=1
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=33629&stc=1I used cavalry brown thinned with glaze medium...
  44. Thread: Desaturated Red

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    Desaturated Red

    I want to paint a bit of clothing a desaturated medium red. Not too dark and definitely not too red.

    I started with base coat of Vallejo Black-red, my go-to color to build up a rich saturated red....
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    I have VAC medium yellow and white. I could mix a...

    I have VAC medium yellow and white. I could mix a few rations, spray them and photograph them, if you like.

    HOWEVER, the color correction is going to be pretty tricky. I don't how VMC Lemon so I...
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    I think your first model could benefit from a pin...

    I think your first model could benefit from a pin wash. Google it; it is technique used by 1/35th scale armor painters. The idea is to use very thin washes that wick into recesses via capillary...
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    Magnetized swapable bases?

    I am wondering if anyone has tried putting rare-earth magnets in a model's feet so bases can be swapped to match different tables? I use steel fender washers for bases anyway, so the magnets would...
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    How saturated a color are you looking for? Where...

    How saturated a color are you looking for? Where the original just plain yellow, or did the wood grain show through? Does your model have a wood grain texture. I've never done 28mm cannon, but I have...
  49. Thread: Veteran newbie

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    Yes, welcome back. I'd look into Army Painter...

    Yes, welcome back.

    I'd look into Army Painter Dip or Minwax Polyshades. These are tinted polyurethane vanishes that can settle into cracks and provide shading easily. I know a elite painter might...
  50. Thread: Paint agitators

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    I use small pebbles. I think I got them out of an...

    I use small pebbles. I think I got them out of an abandoned fish tank. I pick out the smaller ones and add them to paint (mostly Les's Wash mixes, which settle really badly), two or three pebbles....
  51. Thread: Reaper bones

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    I haven't had much luck with sprays. See this...

    I haven't had much luck with sprays. See this link: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/48669-bones-the-first-coat-is-the-difference/

    Personally, I mix 10 drops of black Daler Rowney ink...
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    Why do you want to reduce the depth of field?...

    Why do you want to reduce the depth of field? Your background is white away. I've had problems with a row of figures, and some on the sides were out of focus. Does the step-back-and zoom trick help...
  53. One more suggestion. Keep a notes on...

    One more suggestion.

    Keep a notes on technique, color combinations, etc. This is a good rule of thumb for any painter (how did I do that auburn hair on the sorceress again?) along with notes of...
  54. I'd probably just jump straight in with your...

    I'd probably just jump straight in with your space marines, if you happen to have any metal space marine figures. Easiest to strip if you don't like how your model is coming together. But I'd just...
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    I have four suggestions, 1) Look for a...

    I have four suggestions,

    1) Look for a Woodland Scenics kit entitled "Foliage & Grasses", the part number is SP4120. It is for school dioramas and will have enough stuff to base an army. It is...
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    First, as already mentioned, you're better off...

    First, as already mentioned, you're better off with minimum photo editing. Just use a clean, curved background sheet of paper. It is way less work to set up a clean picture in the first place than...
  57. Removing decals without destroying the paint job

    I've got a recent batch of 15mm WWII tanks that I applied decals to. I used a mix of Allied Stars, Allied stars in circles, and Allied stars with broken circles. The overall look of the platoon is...
  58. Thread: Pin Washes

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    Bartali - I had the question a while back: ...

    Bartali -

    I had the question a while back:

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/showthread.php?55131-Looking-for-help-with-pin-washes

    I've had the most success with Magic Mix (20% Future...
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    So alcohol partially dissolves the previous...

    So alcohol partially dissolves the previous surface? Whether it is capturing moisture or damaging the previous surface, alcohol is just too aggressive.

    I've tied a few things.

    Glaze medium +...
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    I was using weather pigments (MIG), mixed with...

    I was using weather pigments (MIG), mixed with the alcohol. The alcohol settles like wash into recesses but then evaporates away leaving pigments fixed in place. I've struggled with pigments; they...
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    White haze from Isopropyl alcohol

    I've seen a suggestion to mix pigments in Isopropyl alcohol to get a good, powered/dust look. The alcohol gases off quickly leaving a comparatively stable pigment in a nice fine dusting. It worked...
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    I had a similar question: ...

    I had a similar question:

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/showthread.php?55131-Looking-for-help-with-pin-washes

    and I got some good advice and I did a lot of tests of different washes on...
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    OK, it was definitely my thinned VGC 72002 "white...

    OK, it was definitely my thinned VGC 72002 "white primer". I'd applied pretty light coat, cut two parts paint, one part water and one part alcohol with just the least amount of windex. I used some...
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    Yeah, exactly that stuff. Thinned, no less. It...

    Yeah, exactly that stuff. Thinned, no less.

    It isn't paint. If it is not primer, what is it for?

    I don't really want to use an oil-based primer. It is rather too hard to remove if I need strip...
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    Thanks. Next steps are: 1) rewash models and...

    Thanks. Next steps are:

    1) rewash models and mount on posts so I don't have to touch them
    2) seal either un-thinned brush on primer or a spray primer for models
    3) Use tamaya tape as it is less...
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    Hard to cut putty with a pinking shears. (my wife...

    Hard to cut putty with a pinking shears. (my wife informs me that since it is not zig-zag, it is a decorative shears. Who knew, besides my wife.) Anyway, the wavy-shaped shears gets a perfect effect...
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    I don't recall how long the primer had to dry,...

    I don't recall how long the primer had to dry, but the paint layer on top had at least over night.

    I can see the logic of the forehead trick, and I'll give it a try, but I do have mental image of...
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    Masking tape tore off my paint

    I've been working on the hardline British desert camouflage

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    I used masking tape (the blue kind) to protect the pale sand portions of the tank, but when I removed the masking tape, it torn...
  69. Will painting a few 54mm models improve my skills?

    I've seen some really great work here. I struggle with eyes and belt buckles for example, the finest of motor control.

    Has any improved their skills by painting 54mm models and then succcessfully...
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    I really think the eyes are excellent. I've been...

    I really think the eyes are excellent. I've been painting for 25 years and still struggle with getting eyes right. And the base work is excellent. Organic and yet playable.

    I'd suggest painting...
  71. I'd recommend playing with a table spoon of real...

    I'd recommend playing with a table spoon of real milk on a plate. I thought I was thinning to a milk thickness, but I wasn't. I thought just because I poured milk on my cheerios ever day, I knew...
  72. Thread: Paint racks

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    What you need, my friends, is not a paint rack...

    What you need, my friends, is not a paint rack but that rather a finger nail polish rack.

    I ordered this about a year ago and it works great:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VN31JO
    ...
  73. Thread: VMC at my LGS

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    Red Black is the foundation color for most my...

    Red Black is the foundation color for most my reds.

    I've been recently having success with glaze medium as thinning agent instead of water.

    I really like the Panzer Aces Flesh...
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    Glaze Medium vs. Wet Pallet?

    Do I have to make a choice between a wet pallet and glaze medium? Does it make sense to thin paint on a wet pallet further with glaze medium?

    I want a glaze medium to thin paint and make it more...
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    Update: I've completed a test model, in this case...

    Update: I've completed a test model, in this case a slightly different type of british tank called a Matilda II.

    The tank of the left is the old paint scheme with dark lining on VMC Dark Sand.
    ...
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    I believe thinning is the not the right approach,...

    I believe thinning is the not the right approach, ironically. We all started doing washes by thinning paints with water, so naturally we assume more water is better, but I believe this is not so.
    ...
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    OK, this is my wash test. It is not really a pin...

    OK, this is my wash test. It is not really a pin wash test, but more or less a generic wash test with different mixes and textures. For pin washes, the mixture should settle into the corners and flow...
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    http://www.awesomepaintjob.com/index.cfm/resources...

    http://www.awesomepaintjob.com/index.cfm/resources.recipes

    I add two aquarium pebbles (chemically neutral) to each little bottle to help in mixing.

    This has the videos as well as the actual...
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    Well, rather than trial and error on my models, I...

    Well, rather than trial and error on my models, I have made board with assorted textures: GW spurs, textured paper, pennies (front and back), and bark.

    I am testing VGC sephia and black inks,...
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    I used the qtip dampen with thinner. I'd...

    I used the qtip dampen with thinner.

    I'd heard I should let the thinner evaporate off, but the oil paint will take a long time to dry completely. Up to 24 hours, it should still be workable....
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    OK, this is my first stab. The base color is...

    OK, this is my first stab. The base color is lighter than the original model (Vallejo Air "sand" instead of Vallejo Model "dark sand"). It is painted solidly, with a little bit of drybrushing and...
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    OK, I am now the proud owner of two tubes of oil...

    OK, I am now the proud owner of two tubes of oil paint. I am block coating a trial set of three tanks and some guns and I'll give the oils a go.

    I was rather stocked the the prices on thinners. I...
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    I'll try this. Getting the rivets right seems...

    I'll try this. Getting the rivets right seems important. Now we you say block paint, to me, that means painting each area as a block, but leaving borders and corners and panel lips and so forth...
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    Would you use a spray-on gloss varnish? I...

    Would you use a spray-on gloss varnish? I attempted a brush-on acrylic varnish, but although glossy, the result wasn't very smooth -- too much brush strokes. I did a plane yesterday that was glossy...
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    Looking for help with pin washes

    I am painting 15mm tank for flames of war, specifically british crusader tanks. I am looking for advice on pin-washing. The tanks in question will painted sand (buttery yellow), and I want very high...
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    Thanks for the advice. The gray has some green to...

    Thanks for the advice. The gray has some green to it, but not enough. I've gone back with a bit more green, just to raise the color saturation a little bit. I did try some purple in the rotting flesh...
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    Nethyrmaul the Undying.

    Alright, this model is just plain awesome. Drop what you're painting, go get one!
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    This is a Reaper Bones I got as part of their kick-starter. The model is just short of ten inches tall and...
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