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    Article: Baneblade update

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?1082-baneblade-update&
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    GW sales woes

    I unfortunately have to admit that I bought my first Citadel miniature back when they were Ral Partha imports. I\'ve seen a lot of changes over the last 20 odd years and not all of it for the best. ...
  3. Here are a few from the older set, Winston...

    Here are a few from the older set, Winston Churchill, the Agra Khan, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Fairbanks sold his historical figures back in the day for something like $250K If my memory serves. ...
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    I\'ve been playing 40k and wfb for more than a...

    I\'ve been playing 40k and wfb for more than a few years and there is a cycle to it. So I play when there are people to play with and paint when there aren\'t. The GW folks have decided to gear the...
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    Partly you have to realize you\'re talking apples...

    Partly you have to realize you\'re talking apples and oranges when you\'re comparing prices from GW plastics and forgeworld resins. It\'s the economics of scale. GW can afford to make an injection...
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    The problem with aging and tatoos is not being...

    The problem with aging and tatoos is not being old an wrinkled so much as the tatoos age too. And many don\'t hold up over time. So that nice crisp tatoo you spent hundreds of dollars on will...
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    Thanks for the link. It\'s not always been easy...

    Thanks for the link. It\'s not always been easy finding anything from the non English speaking events. I know about the French non GW archive site but there\'s often quite a lag before things can...
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    German 2003 Gamesday Pictures Anyone?

    While I have seen a few pictures here and elsewhere does anyone know where I can find pictures of the most recent German GamesDay?
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    Ok so for those of you that actually wan\'t to...

    Ok so for those of you that actually wan\'t to see some of the new Brettonians here are a couple of sites. Earl Cadfael\'s in the news rumour section. http://brettonia.hinet.nu/
    or Stephan...
  10. Thread: Freehand

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    If there is a trick it might be this. Use the...

    If there is a trick it might be this. Use the right brush. I do most of my freehand with a very sharp tipped 10-O brush. It\'s a liner not a pointer so the bristles are a little longer. But it\'s...
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    I actually don\'t think the term Art is...

    I actually don\'t think the term Art is necessarily important to the real underlying content of the discussion. I\'ve seen art that consisted of paint thrown into a jet engine, pictures created by...
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    I didn\'t mean to imply I was looking for Bunny...

    I didn\'t mean to imply I was looking for Bunny armies, although I know someone who has a Bunny marine chapter (different kind of bunnies if you catch my drift). I just think it would be nice to...
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    Point dance? Is that like the one where they...

    Point dance? Is that like the one where they prance around wearing leather shorts and then slap each other in the face?
    But as for all the evil guys discussion look at all of the 40k fluff. The...
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    I would agree that the child was stupid to enter...

    I would agree that the child was stupid to enter a piece in the GD. But realistically if he\'d put it in any other competition would anyone have known? While there is prestige in entering something...
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    At different times I\'ve used all of the methods...

    At different times I\'ve used all of the methods that have been discussed here and I have to say stay with the paper. You can shape it without the paint cracking, It isn\'t heavy, it isn\'t too...
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    I tend to agree with the comments from...

    I tend to agree with the comments from Biggles604. When I see an entry from a popular artist that lost at Games day with a rating of 9+ and a bunch of the folks who don\'t have the reputation that...
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    Compression Colorshift

    Discovered something today that some of you folks might be interested in. One of the problems that some of my figures have suffered from is the complaint that they are too dark. This was especially...
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    It\'s been in the 90s (35-38C) here for months. ...

    It\'s been in the 90s (35-38C) here for months. But it\'s like that every summer. We\'ve had water restrictions here for a couple of years now. And the fires last summer were horrible. So for...
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    I\'m not sure why GW ever went away from the old...

    I\'m not sure why GW ever went away from the old flip top bottles. I\'ve got some that are probably 15 yars old and are still good. I refill them when empty with the new GW paint. Now as for...
  20. Thread: Freehand example

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    Vlrm I understand your point and I didn\'t...

    Vlrm I understand your point and I didn\'t particularly mean to imply that it would be easy. But the minute anyone stops trying to imrove and learn is the minute they stop getting any better. Now...
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    Not that it would have necessarily helped that...

    Not that it would have necessarily helped that much in my case, but if I had seen some of the other entries in Chicago before hand I might have been encouraged to put more effort into some of my...
  22. Burnt metal... got this one from doing tanks. ...

    Burnt metal... got this one from doing tanks.
    1. Bolt gun metal over the top of a black primer.
    2. Thin wash of tin bitz or Testors burn\'t metal. You want enough to give it that tint of red ...
  23. Thread: Freehand example

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    First, let me say Damnnn. I\'ve seen some of the...

    First, let me say Damnnn. I\'ve seen some of the other figures they\'ve done before at the site but I hadn\'t seen these ones before. Now a clarification these really are hand painted. and each one...
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    I do believe kitty kat has hit it on the head...

    I do believe kitty kat has hit it on the head with her original post. Look at the slayer sword piece from Baltimore\'s games day. Haley had a damascene texture on the loin cloth and miniature...
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    I had a similar problem just yesterday. One of...

    I had a similar problem just yesterday. One of the failings of SENMM is people forget that what is reflected depends on the angle the viewer is standing in relation to the metal piece doing the...
  26. As may have already been stated, NMM faux metal...

    As may have already been stated, NMM faux metal or whatever you want to call it is not a new technique. It started with paintings in ancient times to simulate metallic paints because they had no way...
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    For the Europeans and Asians, if you think Texas...

    For the Europeans and Asians, if you think Texas laws are a little different you should come to Colorado. I can carry a rifle slung over my shoulder in any town in the state. Denver is probably...
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    I actually haven\'t been playing too much of...

    I actually haven\'t been playing too much of anything, but I start collecting and painting armies about 15 years ago. So take that into consideration. I love painting the Brettonians and have about...
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    Interesting post Otter. And while I\'ll admit to...

    Interesting post Otter. And while I\'ll admit to being a gamer and have done the gamit from LARPS to Pc/console. Fantasy to historical. You\'ve summed up a good deal of the folks I\'ve met. But...
  30. Thread: Score deflation

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    I was kind of meaning this as a compliment to the...

    I was kind of meaning this as a compliment to the group in general. There are a lot of better painters posting here now. And when you start seeing incredible pieces posted regularly the \"only...
  31. Thread: Score deflation

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    Score deflation

    Is it just me or have other folks noticed that the average scores on the miniatures have been dropping? I\'m seeing a lot more 4-5 scores than I used to. Now I could be wrong but I get the...
  32. Thread: GW do it again!

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    Although a little off topic I have to admit that...

    Although a little off topic I have to admit that GW\'s plastics have gotten me a little nervous. I paint Brettonians and I\'m afraid that when the army comes out later this year they won\'t replace...
  33. As was said, they\'ve done this before. And it...

    As was said, they\'ve done this before. And it may go away for awhile and then some entrepeneur will open up shop again. It\'s a silly game. But it is sort of standard practice in the gaming...
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    In respects this is a difficult question to...

    In respects this is a difficult question to answer. Most of the problems have already been touched on by other posters. But the real question is what are you trying to do with it? If your trying...
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    One of the problems I\'ve seen is metals have...

    One of the problems I\'ve seen is metals have gotten something of a bad rap. They are inherantly grainy because they are suspended particles in a media. You can end up with a grainy surface if...
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    For what it\'s worth. The St Petersburg figures...

    For what it\'s worth. The St Petersburg figures are 54mm and are available in the US at http://realminiatures.com. The US site has not had any of the figures that have been posted here. The retail...
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    \"it\'s supposed to look grainy it\'s called...

    \"it\'s supposed to look grainy it\'s called rust\"

    I understood that when I posted the comment. The effect you were trying to achieve IMO didn\'t work. The effect looks more like grainy paint...
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    I\'m going to give my usual sphiel here. This is...

    I\'m going to give my usual sphiel here. This is Cool Mini Pictures not really Cool Mini. We don\'t have the figure in front of us so we\'re really only judging the picture. My best example of...
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    While I can understand the frustration with GW...

    While I can understand the frustration with GW policing it\'s tade mark on ebay it really is just the rules of the game. While I have sold Warhammer suitable terrain on ebay I don\'t generally go...
  40. Thread: Initial vote

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    Converted figures rated higher? Nope, my...

    Converted figures rated higher? Nope, my experience is it\'s just the opposite My figure with the highest amount of conversion did significantly less well than the same figure with much less. I...
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    Lurch has some very good points, but one I\'d...

    Lurch has some very good points, but one I\'d like to stress is this is Cool Mini \"Pictures\" or Not\". We don\'t have the actual figure in front of us so we rely on the picture to do the rating. ...
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    Actually one of the tricks I\'ve heard is just as...

    Actually one of the tricks I\'ve heard is just as simple as not having it under the light. Store the pots upside down. Since the sealing joint is under the liquid level of the paint they can\'t...
  43. Thread: View/Vote ratios

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    I know that people do post lower and higher...

    I know that people do post lower and higher ratings to change the score. And it\'s pretty obvious when it happens. But as for myself I\'m looking for inspiration and new technique. I\'m just not...
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    For second, take a minute to look into what...

    For second, take a minute to look into what you\'re talking about. I\'ve seen both pieces at two different locations on the same day... and I doubt they were moving the miniatures just to fool me.
    ...
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    Correction

    I said the 2nd place finish of the checked Brettonian steed was by Dewald I was incorrect it\'s by Brian Shaw. I just had a momentary brain f#$t. I ment no slight ot Mr DeWald.
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    painting for sale

    I don\'t know what the noise is all about. So somebody got $300 for a figure. They probably spent 30+ hours working on it to get it to the level where some fool would be willing to spend that much...
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    The one thing I\'m glad to hear in all this is GW...

    The one thing I\'m glad to hear in all this is GW is going to make an effort to remove some of the possible avenues for cheating. I\'m not sure how they\'ll do it, but any efforts they persue will...
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    I think one of the things that might be an issue...

    I think one of the things that might be an issue here is there is more than one way to do blending. So I\'ll go over both.
    Wet on wet- I use this primarily for large flatish surfaces like...
  49. Thread: Bad Juju minis..

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    I do know what you mean, going back to the...

    I do know what you mean, going back to the original topic, I have an old Ral Partha figure of this girl standing by this little dragon whose face just defied painting. I had to fix her face at...
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    Discussion sum up...as I see this the argument...

    Discussion sum up...as I see this the argument seems to have boiled down to two camps. Against... It\'s illegal, it\'s immoral, and you\'ll get caught. For...not sure it\'s illegal, don\'t care if...
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    I scratch build my own terrain and cast it in...

    I scratch build my own terrain and cast it in resin. And from experience resin is extremely easy to work with and very inexpensive. Some of the things I\'ve picked up doing this are applicable to...
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    Chrispy This is just a friendly discussion I\'m...

    Chrispy
    This is just a friendly discussion I\'m certainly not getting heated about it and I hope you aren\'t either. My opinion is based on two things, observation and the comments made by the GW...
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    Chrispy I\'m afraid you\'re incorrect. Go back...

    Chrispy
    I\'m afraid you\'re incorrect. Go back and look at your old White Dwarves. Over the years five different people have won Golden Demons by painting the Green knight like the box lid. In...
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    Crispy I\'m afraid you\'re ratings are...

    Crispy
    I\'m afraid you\'re ratings are forgetting the point of why the competition exists. Your personal opinion is valid but completely overlooks GW\'s perspective. If you want to know why...
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    You can use background and fluff to explain away...

    You can use background and fluff to explain away any inconsistancies in the presentation of the figures but practicality will always end up ruling out. If you look at the progression of armor...
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    time spent painting

    For the longest time I was the classic speed painter. I once painted a unit of 10 dwarf spearmen in a little over 2 hours. Now they aren\'t Golden quality by any means but they are good table top...
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    cape sculpting

    While I haven\'t had to do one myself try this website. http://www.thewarp.net/war/repent/images/rf/workcompleted/

    it\'s about 100 sculpting picturesand I know he did capes, hoods, and loin...
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    I think it has its place and there are some...

    I think it has its place and there are some things it looks really good on. But having said this The metallic paints were originally created to give a metallic effect that you just don\'t get from...
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    The blush remover does sound interesting. I\'ll...

    The blush remover does sound interesting. I\'ll check it out.
    It could be that the can wasn\'t shaken properly but I\'ve seen it happen at the start of a spray and after I\'ve used it for some...
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    The story as I heard it was this...A health...

    The story as I heard it was this...A health official in New York State had found a case where a child had gotten lead poisoning so they had to investigate. When they found the miniatures in the...
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    Dull finish \"White spray of death\"

    I\'ve found that most people that have been painting a little while have had this happen to them. You\'ve got that new masterpiece done and you go to spray it with your preferred type of...
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    I will admit that I do tend to look at the rating...

    I will admit that I do tend to look at the rating for at least one purpose. It\'s hard to see what some things are in the thumbnail so short of looking at every post I will look at the 6.5-10 rated...
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    pastel colors

    Another method and somewhat simpler is just use pastel paints. Go to a Hobby Craft store and get paint that isn\'t made by GW. I don\'t know what you\'ll have available but here we have Folk Art,...
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    What makes a mini good

    I would tend to agree with your \"Cool picture or not\" comment. I\'ve seen the same figure posted with two different pictures and gotten radically different ratings. And yes one of the pictures...
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    lost work

    I think a friend of mine might be the best person to empathize with you. He came home from work and his mother in law had decided that he was spending too much time with his hobby and had thrown out...
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    I vote for the female...skin is harder to paint...

    I vote for the female...skin is harder to paint well and this is a painting contest right? Any idea when this may start?
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    Where do you paint best?

    I will paint at the dining room table if I have friends over doing the same thing. Instant critiquing can be Very helpful. My overall painting skill went up ten fold when I had other people around...
  68. painter\'s vs players

    While I see trying to paint 90 hormagaunts at a 9 scale a bit of a challenge. How about 90 Brettonian knights? It\'s not out of the realm of possibilities nor is it that big an army if some are...
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