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  1. JoeK Minis launches Atalanta and the Odyssey Sale :)

    Hi folks,

    After a rather great Salute over the weekend, I'm now bringing the offers to the store. This sees the official launch of Atalanta:
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    So, currently I'm on a nice total of 44 sales....

    So, currently I'm on a nice total of 44 sales. Which is - from my perspective - really good. However, it gets even better if we get to 45, and really cool if we get to 50...I've even done a shiny...
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    Excuse the titles and words on the...

    Excuse the titles and words on the images...currently in advertising mode ;)

    Anyway, finished the big chap.
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    I'm up, and the button's clicked...Thunderbirds...

    I'm up, and the button's clicked...Thunderbirds are go!
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    JoeK Minis' Hephaestus

    Hi folks,

    Very pleased to say that the mighty Hephaestus is going to become available via pre-order from this Friday! He's the first figure from my new long term 'Odyssey' project, and he's been...
  6. Wow...the pain and suffering of me mercilessly...

    Wow...the pain and suffering of me mercilessly pimping my stuff is nearing the end ;)
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  7. Wow...the pain and suffering of me mercilessly...

    Wow...the pain and suffering of me mercilessly pimping my stuff is nearing the end ;)
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  8. Heading into the last hours now... ...

    Heading into the last hours now...

    https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10444565_10152288514479219_2441696536546068084_n.jpg
  9. Thanks man :D Heading into the last hours...

    Thanks man :D

    Heading into the last hours now...

    https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10444565_10152288514479219_2441696536546068084_n.jpg
  10. New update time :) . Free stuff abounds in the...

    New update time :) . Free stuff abounds in the last few days :)

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1113411001/paul-bonners-trolls-of-trudvang/posts/864471
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  11. Spot the difference. ...

    Spot the difference.

    https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/p526x296/10375002_10152205569313576_5572372372750726014_n.jpg

    Update time for the Kickstarter!
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  12. Update time! ...

    Update time!

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1113411001/paul-bonners-trolls-of-trudvang/posts/851343
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  13. Update time! ...

    Update time!

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1113411001/paul-bonners-trolls-of-trudvang/posts/851343
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  14. Guess what's changing ;) ...

    Guess what's changing ;)

    http://www.joekminis.com/resources/ArtandMINIBOATMEN.jpg
  15. Guess what's changing ;) ...

    Guess what's changing ;)

    http://www.joekminis.com/resources/ArtandMINIBOATMEN.jpg
  16. Well, we've done this: ...

    Well, we've done this:

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/029/778/f48eaaf9b35874af228292448355f38d_large.jpg?1400523064

    I've announced this:
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  17. Well, we've done this: ...

    Well, we've done this:

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/029/778/f48eaaf9b35874af228292448355f38d_large.jpg?1400523064

    I've announced this:
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  18. Add-ons have been smashed! On to the next stretch...

    Add-ons have been smashed! On to the next stretch then :)

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/019/910/961c460e0ba1b5e999bb274c5daf34fe_large.jpg?1400269432
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  19. Add-ons have been smashed! On to the next stretch...

    Add-ons have been smashed! On to the next stretch then :)

    https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/002/019/910/961c460e0ba1b5e999bb274c5daf34fe_large.jpg?1400269432
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  20. Just about to cross into Stretch goal...

    Just about to cross into Stretch goal territory...Yay!

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  21. Just about to cross into Stretch goal...

    Just about to cross into Stretch goal territory...Yay!

    EDIT: First stretch goal hit and unlocked :)
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  22. We've launched! We're funded already! Check...

    We've launched!

    We're funded already!

    Check it out :)

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1113411001/paul-bonners-trolls-of-trudvang
  23. We've launched! We're funded already! Check...

    We've launched!

    We're funded already!

    Check it out :)

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1113411001/paul-bonners-trolls-of-trudvang
  24. Launch time coming soon! ...

    Launch time coming soon!

    http://www.joekminis.com/resources/PromoSET8pm.jpg.opt832x880o0%2C0s832x880.jpg
  25. Launch time coming soon! ...

    Launch time coming soon!

    http://www.joekminis.com/resources/PromoSET8pm.jpg.opt832x880o0%2C0s832x880.jpg
  26. Probably nothing for the forseeable future mate....

    Probably nothing for the forseeable future mate. It's been a fairly mammoth task getting this one out and pretty expensive! I guess it depends on how successful it is. There are definitely plenty of...
  27. JoeK Min's launch Paul Bonner's Trolls of Trudvang Kickstarter (MAY 15th)!

    Hi folks!

    Thursday 15th May sees the launch of my little Kickstarter. Based on Paul Bonner's artwork for Swedish games manufacturers Riotminds, I'm very proud to have been working with both of...
  28. [Kickstarter] Paul Bonner's Trolls of Trudvang - coming soon from JoeK Minis

    Hi folks!

    Thursday 15th May sees the launch of my little Kickstarter. Based on Paul Bonner's artwork for Swedish games manufacturers Riotminds, I'm very proud to have been working with both of...
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    I have grand plans for the base, but I'm slowly...

    I have grand plans for the base, but I'm slowly suspecting it might not quite be possible. It involves melting some plasticard...

    Either I'll burn the house down, or it'll go well. Or I might just...
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    Pretty much done: ...

    Pretty much done:

    http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh287/Joekarame/BEASTMANmontsmall.jpg
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    On a chaos theme I thought I'd try my hand on the...

    On a chaos theme I thought I'd try my hand on the new GW Beastman Shaman. Great figure, although I'm scratching my head in working out just how you'd ever go about painting it if you'd stuck it all...
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    JoeK's (WIP) Minis...

    Whilst it may well be I pimp some of my own figures here (in mid-paint), I thought it high time I get back on the CMON ball and start posting up some WIPs of other stuff too. After a good couple of...
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    Official (re)launch of 'zO'

    Hi folks,

    Just thought I'd big up the relaunch of 'zO' on my site...here's what the press release says (and by press release I mean, my typing in word and sending it everywhere :p)



    Of...
  34. Thread: Batman

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    I thought the same about the pupils - definitely...

    I thought the same about the pupils - definitely would look moodier with all white I reckon. Other than that (and possibly even just a black symbol on the chest) a really wonderfully painted figure!
  35. Thread: I hate snakes.

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    I hate snakes.

    Well, it's been ages since I submitted anything to public harassment, but I thought this was a bit of fun :) . It's actually been painted for the ongoing WAMP competition for Avatars of War, but...
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    Depends on what you want, and how good you want...

    Depends on what you want, and how good you want the sculpt to be. You could pay anything from £50-£100, to upwards of £500+ depending on who you speak to and what you want. Easiest thing to do is...
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    Trick of the light! Trick of the light! I swear I...

    Trick of the light! Trick of the light! I swear I never touched 'em...:p
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    Getting on with it. The arm has only got an extra...

    Getting on with it. The arm has only got an extra 'base' on it - unfortunately something's come away on the insides, so no way I'm doing anything else on it until this batch of GS has cured.
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  39. Article: JoeK Minis figure 6: Summer Knight released, AND Winter Sale begins!

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?5344-JoeK-Minis-figure-6-Summer-Knight-released-AND-Winter-Sale-begins!
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    Joe attempts to sculpt.

    After years of fumbling around with GS - cursing it's unforgiving nature - and only using it for filling in bits and pieces, I thought it high time I sat down and gave sculpting a chance.
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    CMON is what it is - which does tend to mean that...

    CMON is what it is - which does tend to mean that voting can get slightly bizarre and frustrating. I wouldn't really let it get you down! As it stands, your figure is now on a 7, which I think is...
  42. Article: JoeK Minis figure 5: Papa Demon...unleashed into the wilds of the Internet.

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?5139-JoeK-Minis-figure-5-Papa-Demon...unleashed-into-the-wilds-of-the-Internet.
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    Article: JoeK Mini Lottery

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?4646-joek-mini-lottery&
  44. Article: JoeK Minis next figure: Servant Prime

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?4792-joek-minis-next-figure-servant-prime
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    Article: Barbarian from JoeK Minis released.

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?4751-barbarian-from-joek-minis-released.
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    Article: JoeK Minis open for business :)

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?4569-joek-minis-open-for-business-)
  47. Article: JoeK Minis previews Papa Demon and the Summer Knight

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?4959-joek-minis-previews-papa-demon-and-the-summer-knight
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    Article: JoeK Minis release Servant Prime

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?4841-joek-minis-release-servant-prime
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    Article: JoeK Minis new release: Cirae

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?4922-joek-minis-new-release-cirae
  50. JoeK Minis previews Papa Demon and the Summer Knight

    I'm happy to show off the final two sculpts of the 2010 'collection' (ooh!). Papa Demon is based on a concept by Pontus Bjorlin, and has been sculpted by Rich Sweet (whose Lizardman is the latest...
  51. Thread: RGM Review: Cirae

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    Definitely my fault Vike :( . I've written...

    Definitely my fault Vike :( . I've written elsewhere, but it's something that shouldn't happen (well, an air bubble I might miss, but even so...) - I tend to check all of 'em quite thoroughly, so I'm...
  52. Thread: Servant Prime

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    Servant Prime

    After months of not really wanting to do any painting, the itch came back, and I thought it high time I painted up one of my own figures :) . He's a character from Ricardo Delgado's 'Hieroglyph'...
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    JoeK Minis new release: Cirae

    Happy to say that the fourth JoeK Mini is now on general release! Especially pleased to note that this may well be the first and only time that production went without any hitch at all! Cirae has...
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    Now, if only I could get another 1000 of these...

    Now, if only I could get another 1000 of these folk buying my figures, and I'd be one step closer to global domination!

    Bwa ha ha.

    Mumble....gibber...moan.
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    Pop back to the web-site and click on the JoeK...

    Pop back to the web-site and click on the JoeK Lottery link. It'll explain everything, and why I don't sell the figure anymore :) . It's a dreadful tale of a naive young man (well, 'man' at least),...
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    Cheers DFB! I won't spoil it for you, but the...

    Cheers DFB!

    I won't spoil it for you, but the model does have a face of sorts (it's just a bugger to photograph!). It was something that's never shown in the comics, but I was lucky enough to have...
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    Sorry! I missed this :) Ricardo's really happy...

    Sorry! I missed this :)

    Ricardo's really happy with how he's turned out. Which is a bit of a relief! Early on, it did take some convincing to get him to come on board - simply because the comic...
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    JoeK Minis release Servant Prime

    Happy to say that JoeK Minis third figure is now on release to the general public! What's more, the price is £10 (including P&P). In fact, from now on, all figures past and present have been lowered...
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    Used SAP for over 10 years. Loathsome piece of...

    Used SAP for over 10 years. Loathsome piece of software. Terribly slow and has a tendency to crash at the most inappropriate of times. However, I believe the cost the company paid to have it...
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    Well, the idea of pre-ordering sounded like a...

    Well, the idea of pre-ordering sounded like a good idea, but I've been reliably informed it's actually a rather dodgy thing to do in the eyes of the law (not completely sure I understand it all...
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    Nivea Shaving foam lids. Absolutely brilliant...

    Nivea Shaving foam lids. Absolutely brilliant size for displaying single minis :)
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    As Darth Vader once mused: The circle is now...

    As Darth Vader once mused: The circle is now complete :p !

    Fantastic stuff, and I wish you all the best!
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    Never fast enough :p I always want more.

    Never fast enough :p

    I always want more.
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    JoeK Minis next figure: Servant Prime

    From the comic 'Hieroglyph' by Ricardo Delgado (who's been gracious enough to give me his blessing!), I'm pleased to show folks the next JoeK Mini figure, sculpted by Allan Carrasco. Hopefully, this...
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    Thought folks might want to see the latest sculpt...

    Thought folks might want to see the latest sculpt for JoeK Minis.

    The new figure is what I like to think of as my 'special' piece. It's the figure that out of all others I wanted to make, and...
  66. I'd never be able to part with my RoC books -...

    I'd never be able to part with my RoC books - everything in 'em is just wonderful. Best stuff GW ever did as far as I'm concerned.
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    Finished the bugger :) ...

    Finished the bugger :)

    http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh287/Joekarame/barbpackagingTEXT.jpg
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    Oh my. That's only slightly scary.

    Oh my. That's only slightly scary.
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    I've been attempting to paint him up - probably a...

    I've been attempting to paint him up - probably a bit too quick really, but needs must! Haven't finished yet, but I think he looks suitably annoyed with things :p
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    He's got fantasy abs :p He's fairly...

    He's got fantasy abs :p

    He's fairly customizable though - the skulls, axe and 'dancing leg' (as it'll now be known) are all separate, so you could fiddle around with him quite nicely I reckon.
    ...
  71. Thread: Joek Elf

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    Yay :) . I fully endorse this product and...

    Yay :) . I fully endorse this product and encourage all the youths of the world to paint it up :p
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    Sheesh, nearly two months later since I last...

    Sheesh, nearly two months later since I last posted. Well, if luck was on my side then I would have released the second figure right at the beginning of this month and everyone would have been happy....
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    Definitely seen a whole lot worse. Also respect...

    Definitely seen a whole lot worse. Also respect the fact that (as far as I could see...) he hasn't used the dreaded term 'pro-painted' in his auctions. So that's all nice and dandy :)
  74. Thread: JoeK Mini Lottery

    by Joek
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    Thanks Glyn. I think the problem is that both the...

    Thanks Glyn. I think the problem is that both the creators involved don't keep their emails for the general public to use (fairly obviously I guess :p ), so you have to go through their agents. So...
  75. Thread: JoeK Mini Lottery

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    I think it's obvious where the idea for the...

    I think it's obvious where the idea for the figure came from, but until I hear back from both parties involved (and despite repeated attempts at contacting them, nothing's been forthcoming from...
  76. Thread: JoeK Mini Lottery

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    JoeK Mini Lottery

    Shamelessly plundering the idea from other mini companies (and they know who they are ;) ), Angel Giraldez has painted up one of the Elf Lord figures for JoeK Minis, and I'll be holding a...
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    Thought I'd show you guys an almost finished WIP...

    Thought I'd show you guys an almost finished WIP shot of the next mini :) . Cunningly titled 'Barbarian'. Love the pose on this one!

    http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh287/Joekarame/alz.jpg
  78. I think the lighting is incredibly impressive...

    I think the lighting is incredibly impressive really! Definitely helps it having a small portion of the armours coloured in too - actually gives more focus to it. Looking forward to seeing this one...
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    Whilst I spend most of my time in a little...

    Whilst I spend most of my time in a little village, I'd chuck it all in for a free ticket back to New York. Been there a few times there and every time I step out from the ghastly JFK airport I feel...
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    Wonderful stuff! So wonderful, that I've asked...

    Wonderful stuff! So wonderful, that I've asked him to jump on board the good ship JoeK and do one of my figures :) . Sometimes CMON is such a joy :)
  81. Thread: Khorne Lord

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    Love it Scott - really great figure and you've...

    Love it Scott - really great figure and you've more than done it justice!
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    Do it! That was great fun to watch :)

    Do it! That was great fun to watch :)
  83. I'd work out a way to expand Forgeworld and get...

    I'd work out a way to expand Forgeworld and get it into the stores. Considering the hoards of folk who queue for hours on end everytime FW go to a convention, it just seems bonkers that they don't...
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    :) I put a safe-guard in the code, so if I sold...

    :) I put a safe-guard in the code, so if I sold through on the web-site stock, it'll not let you order, so I believe yours are safe and sound :D!
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    Thanks so much for that Chris - until I get some...

    Thanks so much for that Chris - until I get some responses about overseas packages arriving, I get terribly worried about it all! Is the packaging okay, is it gonna get lost in the post, and other...
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    JoeK Minis open for business :)

    Hi folks, after a few months of suddenly having an idea to produce figures, JoeK Minis is officially open (well, I've been open to pre-orders/interested parties since the start of the week I guess ;)...
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    I've PM'd you mate :) Oh, and I've PM you too...

    I've PM'd you mate :)

    Oh, and I've PM you too Devoncodain!

    And finally - Cheers for the support Roger :)
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    Another good thing is that at least JAG's doing...

    Another good thing is that at least JAG's doing some work them again :) . The Helldorado figs are some of my faves, so it's great news they're on their way back again!
  89. When I came back to the hobby a couple of years...

    When I came back to the hobby a couple of years ago, I started with a couple of figures that I originally first painted up years and years ago when I first started.

    The first was an Ork. I love...
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    Just a heads up on a couple of fronts - finally...

    Just a heads up on a couple of fronts - finally had confirmation that the first batch of figures is on the way to me as we speak. It's around about 50 figures on this one, with another 50 coming...
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    From a personal perspective, I always just focus...

    From a personal perspective, I always just focus on the fact that I paint because I enjoy it as a hobby. I don't do it for a living and no-one's holding a gun to my head to force me to pick up a...
  92. Thread: Fan' Fig N°1

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    Really good mag - my french is not so good...

    Really good mag - my french is not so good anymore, but it's easy enough to work out what's going on - and the pictures definitely help!

    Rather looking forward to seeing more :)
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    Okay folks, I received in the post today a couple...

    Okay folks, I received in the post today a couple of proper production cast figures :) . I'm really happy with 'em, as they seem to have come out very well. As always, you kind of hope there's...
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    I don't think he does - look at his post here: ...

    I don't think he does - look at his post here:



    Shows it nicely :)
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    I'm another big fan of the way you paint your...

    I'm another big fan of the way you paint your figures Damian, but it's definitely a good thing to try something different - it's one of the hardest things to do though - after years of painting in a...
  96. Thread: Candy & Cola

    by Joek
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    I think this is one of the best things you've...

    I think this is one of the best things you've painted Jah :) I'm not completely convinced by the figure - I'm torn between rather liking it, and actually thinking it's just too cutesy, but your...
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    Well Steve, as you know I've got the resin route...

    Well Steve, as you know I've got the resin route because of the cost factor and low(ish) runs I intended. However, I've certainly been looking at the possibilities of metal casting when I get more in...
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    The minis will pretty much be one-offs really....

    The minis will pretty much be one-offs really. It's purely done on my own likes and what I would feel like painting more than anything else. Definitely no factions or armies etc. As for monsters and...
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    Whilst the interminable wait for the production...

    Whilst the interminable wait for the production of the first figure carries on (a week or two and counting folks!), I've been having a think about other ways to fund the line and also how to give...
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    Right, I thought it high time to update folks...

    Right, I thought it high time to update folks about what's going on with regards JoeK Minis and looking towards a possible future!

    Apparently another couple of weeks and I might actually get a big...
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    I've mentioned it in Atacam's review thread, but...

    I've mentioned it in Atacam's review thread, but I honestly think the medium you produce the figure in is incredibly important. I don't think metal casting has done the 28mm figure any favours at...
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    I'm not completely sure about the figure myself....

    I'm not completely sure about the figure myself. I absolutely applaud what the RH team are doing and I seriously wish them every success (which I think they'll get), but I'm not entirely convinced...
  103. Thread: Photo Question

    by Joek
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    GW have certainly allowed folk to make use of...

    GW have certainly allowed folk to make use of their photos for their own work before - I doubt it's a problem, but as monkeyboy says the worst they can do is ask you to take the image down.
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    I have to say that I'm coming to this from a...

    I have to say that I'm coming to this from a different position. I'm not particularly interested in profit for profit's sake. As in, extra cash for me to do with what I like. That's not what this is...
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    Actually, it's one of the reasons why I didn't...

    Actually, it's one of the reasons why I didn't show a shot of the back of this one! There's a mould line through it, which would be fairly straightforward to clean up it's a bit of an effort, so it's...
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    Yay! Got the first test casting in the post...

    Yay! Got the first test casting in the post today. I was speaking to him last Sunday and he was mentioning that he's actually going to redo the mould, as there's a bit of a flaw in there which...
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    I've only done three commissions since I came...

    I've only done three commissions since I came back to the hobby in 2008, and quite honestly that was more than enough for me. I found it a fairly unpleasant experience painting up things for others...
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    Well, ever since starting doing stuff with the...

    Well, ever since starting doing stuff with the mini business outside of my normal full time job I've been in a much better frame of mind :) . I'm usually a pretty optimistic person anyway, but I kind...
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    Depending on how you're selling the things - and...

    Depending on how you're selling the things - and I'm assuming it'll be mail order/online - then you may well find that blisters are pretty costly to use. I know I did. I'm going to be using fairly...
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    Well, whether or not you really 'believe' in the...

    Well, whether or not you really 'believe' in the ratings folk give on CMON (and I'm fairly suspect of it most of the time), it's still quite nice to know that the Elf Lord is perched near the top of...
  111. Thread: Daemonette.

    by Joek
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    Daemonette.

    Well, despite everything else going on in my unique mini world, I managed to spend a little time painting up my first figure of 2010 :) . Really enjoyed painting this - I really love the plastics,...
  112. Thread: Green stuff? How?

    by Joek
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    I use GS, but I tend to avoid it when I can...

    I use GS, but I tend to avoid it when I can really. I too struggle with the stuff I'm afraid. However, the very (VERY) valid point folk made about the patience aspect of using it is absolutely right,...
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    Actually, I never really liked the way it was...

    Actually, I never really liked the way it was written - it felt a bit too much like he was trying a bit too hard on it.

    However, his GAP series of books are some of the best Sci-Fi I've read, so...
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    That's a wonderful book. Proper 'old-fashioned'...

    That's a wonderful book. Proper 'old-fashioned' sci-fi. Brilliant stuff.



    :) Glad someone mentioned this one - I'd got swayed by the Josh Kirby cover many years ago, and I'm glad I did. Love...
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    Ooh, a toughie! I don't know whether these are...

    Ooh, a toughie! I don't know whether these are the 'best', but these are some that I tend to pick up each year and start to read again, so...I guess...they are :)

    (in no particular order)

    1....
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    I think it's a valid point, and your thread from...

    I think it's a valid point, and your thread from last year is very reasonable. I have to say that the reason I went for who I did is that I simply liked Kul's stuff. Throughout all this, I've been in...
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    Thanks guys! It means a lot that there are at...

    Thanks guys! It means a lot that there are at least a few of you out there who like the figure! It certainly makes my decision to do this a worthwhile one!

    I had a trip up to one of the potential...
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    Joek's attempt to start a mini company.

    I though about putting this up in the News section, but it's kinda 'non'-news just at the moment, so general seemed better :)

    So, back in November '09 I finally decided to get the money together...
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    If there were a prize for the coolest name ever,...

    If there were a prize for the coolest name ever, I'd be giving it to you :)

    Man, mine's terribly boring compared to that.

    Anyway, my username's an easy one:

    Joe (being my first name) K...
  120. Thread: A-team trailer

    by Joek
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    Well, it's not often a film trailer makes me...

    Well, it's not often a film trailer makes me grin, so I can only see that as a plus. The A-Team formed a fairly big chunk of my younger years, so I'm quite looking forward to it!
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    Well, the main resolution for me is to see...

    Well, the main resolution for me is to see through the opening of my little figure business. God knows if it'll work out or not, but the opportunity came by to put a little money aside, and it just...
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    For 0 and 1 - get the Series 22, and for the 00,...

    For 0 and 1 - get the Series 22, and for the 00, 000 etc the series 33s are fab.

    Personally, I'd never recommend anything but R&Co's brushes. I find them absolutely on equal footing to the Series...
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    Michael Moorcock's Elric books. I tend to read...

    Michael Moorcock's Elric books. I tend to read them once a year really - or at least when I get the mood on for some really cracking fantasy.

    Basically, Moorcock's pretty much the greatest author...
  124. You can definitely see a huge improvement. The...

    You can definitely see a huge improvement. The one thing I see with it is that you're perhaps putting on the paint slightly too thickly. It might take longer, but using slightly more thinner coats...
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    The OZ GDs are a very different beast to the...

    The OZ GDs are a very different beast to the other countries though, so whether this becomes something to worry/love (you decide!) is most probably up in the air.

    Anyhoo, Vic - when are you going...
  126. Hi and welcome :) Liking the look of the...

    Hi and welcome :)

    Liking the look of the figure, although as it's still early days the only thing I'll say is keep on going - it should look great.

    I like the look of the base, but for me the...
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    Well, it's not a christmas movie per se, but it...

    Well, it's not a christmas movie per se, but it has snow in and Bill Murray - Groundhog Day being something I can always put on and it makes me smile. One of my very fave films.
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    Well, I doubt FW would make anything apart from...

    Well, I doubt FW would make anything apart from their own stuff really. Even if they did, I guarantee they'd charge a fortune for the service. Not knocking the figures themselves, but the sometimes...
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    Thanks Shawn - it did cross my mind to use...

    Thanks Shawn - it did cross my mind to use Amourcast, but I suppose the main issue would be me being based in the UK - I could well imagine shipping costs etc to eat into the budget a bit too much....
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    You're quite right of course! UK based :) ....

    You're quite right of course! UK based :) . Something would be going significantly wrong in the world if I hadn't have left out some sort of vital info in the first post ;)

    Anyhoo, I've emailed a...
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    Is it these chaps? ...

    Is it these chaps?

    http://www.greymatterfigures.com/
  132. Thread: Toxic Girl

    by Joek
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    As with all your works, there's so much...

    As with all your works, there's so much enthusiasm and passion coming through it's unreal :)
    I think the Toxic girl figure has been a bit of a victim of its own success - there have been so many...
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    Companies who cast in resin?

    Well, it's not going to be for a while, but I've been taken with the idea (for quite a while now really) of creating a (very) small mini company up and running, and producing really high quality...
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    Yeah, I'd love to see a few more Wulfens join the...

    Yeah, I'd love to see a few more Wulfens join the party! I keep on checking the thread periodically to see what's going on...never enough for me ;)

    I remain very confident, that it'll all come...
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    Poll: Can't choose between 2 or 3. Love them both. I...

    Can't choose between 2 or 3. Love them both. I suppose if I was being tortured, then 3 would win out - mainly because I can see that one being more flexible for variants.

    Lovely sketches though :)
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    Definitely agree with Jah. GW sells nicely,...

    Definitely agree with Jah. GW sells nicely, whether you like painting them or not. Added to that is the fact that you can get just as much painting up a plastic figure nicely, as you would a similar...
  137. Thread: Shaky hands

    by Joek
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    Holding your breath for the detailed work does...

    Holding your breath for the detailed work does the job for me. I do occasionally get the shakes, but as phreak0 said, you can work through it easily enough with a bit of practise.
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    I kind of agree, really :( I know you're doing...

    I kind of agree, really :( I know you're doing them up to get a bit of cash, but the frustrating thing about these ones are the real contrast between some parts which are actually painted really...
  139. Thread: SH termie sarge

    by Joek
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    So what if he isn't a BA - he looks pretty damn...

    So what if he isn't a BA - he looks pretty damn sharp to me. I'd like to see a few more pics of all around him really, but if the front is anything to go by, he's an extremely solid looking piece!
  140. Thread: Swooping Hawk.

    by Joek
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    Swooping Hawk.

    My first foray into the weird world of Eldar. Never painted one before, and quite honestly I\'m in no rush to paint another one - too. many. gems!

    Still, I\'m happy enough with the end result,...
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    Base is looking really good Necro! Don\'t quote...

    Base is looking really good Necro! Don\'t quote me on this, but I reckon you might need more plastic around the thing - or at least more blu-tac - I still think the resin might leak through a little.
  142. Thread: G\'day all!

    by Joek
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    Well, you don\'t want to keep your pecker too...

    Well, you don\'t want to keep your pecker too up...Teleban using these things as target practise would\'t be much fun at all ;)
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    Beautifully painted as always, but I\'m not a fan...

    Beautifully painted as always, but I\'m not a fan of either sculpt though :(

    The second one is especially odd - the face looks incredibly masculine to me, and then my eyes drifted down to the...
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    I bet their bitz box must be fantastic!

    I bet their bitz box must be fantastic!
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    I agree with freakinacage...I just don\'t know...

    I agree with freakinacage...I just don\'t know how \'cool\' just seeing the back of a mini is! Everything looks fine with it though - yes, there is a slight chalkiness to the painting, but I\'m not...
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    Well, I\'ve been using a fairly bog standard...

    Well, I\'ve been using a fairly bog standard Loctite Super glue with an ordinary end (as it were...). After using it, I just tap the end on the desk a few times, and it seems to work nicely. Well,...
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    Wolfen Brigade - Syriak

    Yay, up on the gallery HERE . A head\'s up for anyone who hasn\'t seen the combined WIPs for this venture by cfwheeler58, should head along to HERE and see what all the fuss is about.

    Hope you...
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    Right, I think I\'m done now. The photos are as...

    Right, I think I\'m done now. The photos are as good as I can do at the moment (sigh ;) ), but at the very least the colours now look pretty accurate to what they are in the flesh!
    ...
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    Yup, I seriously think it\'s some ironic...

    Yup, I seriously think it\'s some ironic statement by the french company. I suspect the Wolf chap is seriously upset about the dubious condition of the food :P
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    Think this will be the last pic before it\'s...

    Think this will be the last pic before it\'s complete really. Bit more tidying up and a little more base-work to go, but I\'m fairly pleased with it!
    ...
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    I\'m getting to the point where I\'m wanting the...

    I\'m getting to the point where I\'m wanting the finish line now! I\'m an incredibly impatient painter - always want to move on to the next thing. The big problem I have is that before I can move on...
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    All the good stuff you need is in the Horus...

    All the good stuff you need is in the Horus Heresy: Collected Visions book. It\'s a fairly pricey tome, and quite a lot of the artwork is fairly dire, but mixed in are some gorgeous pieces, along...
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    I believe he was the Emperor\'s housemaid. He...

    I believe he was the Emperor\'s housemaid.
    He made a fantastic coffee, and his home-made biscuits were loved by all.

    That and he was Imperial regent - Whilst the Emp was doing his stuff in the...
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    apz - he looks fantastic! Love the base-work too....

    apz - he looks fantastic! Love the base-work too. It might be simple, but it works very nicely :)
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    Well, in what seems like an age I finally got a...

    Well, in what seems like an age I finally got a little time to put some paint to brush today. Just a little bit more refinement on the face itself, and some work on all that parchment stuff...that\'s...
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    So, I\'ve tentatively put the head on, and have...

    So, I\'ve tentatively put the head on, and have been playing around with the colours - obviously, the skull, horns - in fact everything on the head needs a much more refinement, but colour-wise I\'m...
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    I think the trick with the WOT books is just to...

    I think the trick with the WOT books is just to not stop! I\'ve always got to book 4, and real life starts up. Consequently, the thing never gets finished! God knows how many times I\'ve read the...
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    I think the series is a good read (and despite...

    I think the series is a good read (and despite initial misgivings, I think the Dark Angels one is probably the best), I just wish they weren\'t so tied to a set size (or at least, they were - I think...
  159. Don\'t get too het up on the score front. As...

    Don\'t get too het up on the score front. As Spacemunkie says the painting and scene itself is rock solid (although maybe you could go a little further on the shadows/highlighting). The photo is much...
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    Chrome: I have to say that\'s some damn fine work...

    Chrome: I have to say that\'s some damn fine work there. I certainly wouldn\'t have anywhere near the patience to do something like that, but it looks like it\'s paid off very nicely indeed. Hurry up...
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    Can\'t leave this figure alone at the moment -...

    Can\'t leave this figure alone at the moment - possibly because after today, work beings again ( :( ). Hey ho...

    http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh287/Joekarame/syriakwip4.jpg
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    That is such a fantastic figure. I really must...

    That is such a fantastic figure. I really must see if I can find one myself. Infact, I\'d dearly like to grab as many of them as possible!
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    @shiningdarkness - Looking good. I\'m...

    @shiningdarkness -

    Looking good. I\'m interested to see how you carry on, as it\'s a similar colour as mine - a little bit more purple perhaps?

    Anyway...keep up the good work :)
  164. Replies
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    Apologies for the poor photo, but I\'ve started...

    Apologies for the poor photo, but I\'ve started work on the big croissant (I assume it\'s not a croissant, but as I have this nagging feeling that it\'s a french in-joke...), and on some of the...
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    Jah - you\'re dead right on the shade grey and...

    Jah - you\'re dead right on the shade grey and Space Wolf grey. Out of all the GW colours, they\'re my faves!
  166. Replies
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    I have to say, it\'s rather a pleasure to paint...

    I have to say, it\'s rather a pleasure to paint up. I\'m really enjoying it so far...Here\'s where we are with an initial run of shades and highlights:
    ...
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    Well, so enamoured was I with the thing, I\'ve...

    Well, so enamoured was I with the thing, I\'ve set to already with him...if proof were needed, here\'s a very early snap:

    http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh287/Joekarame/syriakwip1.jpg
    ...
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    I believe Mark Lifton has done it too. I never...

    I believe Mark Lifton has done it too. I never think it\'s a problem - sometimes a work just requires a little bit of extra polish to push it to greater heights.
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    Got mine today - never having seen one of these...

    Got mine today - never having seen one of these figures before, I\'m rather impressed with the sheer size of the thing! I think he\'s deserving of a nice base too! Love the other little figure as...
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    Can\'t wait to get mine! I\'m all excited...

    Can\'t wait to get mine! I\'m all excited...
  171. Replies
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    It\'s okay, the christmas elves have multiple...

    It\'s okay, the christmas elves have multiple uses - they may well be great little toy makers, but they also serve as great fire-wood substitute in the winter, and as a nutritious meal as well.
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    Many thanks for this idea Chris - not only are...

    Many thanks for this idea Chris - not only are you sending us some really rather nice figures, but also doing it for free. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside :)
  173. So get the games going on it then ;) ...

    So get the games going on it then ;)

    Hmm...Crysis might look mighty fine!
  174. Thread: Mini Firsts

    by Joek
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    I agree! I have a couple of projects that I\'m...

    I agree! I have a couple of projects that I\'m starting to get an idea about and both of which are resorting to me doing things which I\'ve never done before, so slowly but surely I\'ll get there....
  175. Thread: Mini Firsts

    by Joek
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    To be honest, the only time I ever saw painted...

    To be honest, the only time I ever saw painted minis aside from what me and freinds attempted to do was in old White Dwarfs - at a lovely time when it was \'just\' a magazine devoted to the whole...
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    PM sent too. Never painted a Rackham, so if I\'m...

    PM sent too. Never painted a Rackham, so if I\'m lucky enough to get sent one, that\'ll be a nice treat indeed!
  177. Thread: Mini Firsts

    by Joek
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    Squig, it\'s a terribly humbling thing to see...

    Squig, it\'s a terribly humbling thing to see your progression in such a short space of time.

    Were I not the kind, loving soul I surely am, I\'d be making voodoo dolls of you and sticking pins in...
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    Nick, you can get cans of dullcote from...

    Nick, you can get cans of dullcote from Antenociti. Just make sure you get a couple of cans or so, as you need to pay £5 for the special bags needed for postage. It\'s lovely stuff - never let me...
  179. Thread: Mini Firsts

    by Joek
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    Right. Well this is the earliest I could find in...

    Right. Well this is the earliest I could find in my big box of stuff...These are all a good 20+ years old I reckon...well, almost.

    Behold the glory of an original plastic spacemarine...
    ...
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    Quite honestly Scott, I think there are a whole...

    Quite honestly Scott, I think there are a whole number of variations on a theme when it comes to blending. They all do a pretty similar thing, and as the effect is to get smooth transitions between...
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    Really, it\'s a beautiful, beautiful piece. I...

    Really, it\'s a beautiful, beautiful piece. I like the feeling of some sort of story in the piece. The knight looks like he\'s got a real purpose - he\'s definitely eyeing someone up...

    I suppose...
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    I got a crystal ball from pound shop the other...

    I got a crystal ball from pound shop the other day...it...told me things.

    And you know full well, it\'s all very exciting.
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    I\'m getting a sneaking suspicion that this...

    I\'m getting a sneaking suspicion that this year\'s GD is going to be a good \'un.

    Duel especially ;)
  184. Thread: GD Chicago 09

    by Joek
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    I personally wouldn\'t have any issue with folk...

    I personally wouldn\'t have any issue with folk entering the competition by proxy - if the rules allowed it. I want to see the best there is, and if someone just couldn\'t make it for the day, but...
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    Cheers BPI! Yup, my photography lets me down....

    Cheers BPI!

    Yup, my photography lets me down. I really must get a couple of new clip lights. As it is, I tend to have to hold a light whilst pressing the button on the camara, which probably...
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    Ultramarine Terminator

    One more Termie for the road it would seem ;)

    Enjoyed this one a lot really. No real fancy stuff, just a good exercise to get the blending a bit better, and to have fun with coloured pastels on...
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    Vote link\'s up for anyone with the urge :) ...

    Vote link\'s up for anyone with the urge :)

    HERE
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    Think it\'s done now. Certainly enough to put...

    Think it\'s done now. Certainly enough to put down the brush and be happy enough with it. Had a final tinker with the base, and just a small tidy up on some of the armour, but yeah...
    ...
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    Well, I hope so...These are the final WIP shots,...

    Well, I hope so...These are the final WIP shots, unless someone has some other suggestions :D . I\'m nearing the point where I\'ve got a few things left to do with it, but I\'m getting happy enough...
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    Took all of 5 seconds to find this quick article...

    Took all of 5 seconds to find this quick article on GW:

    HERE
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    :) I know. I find it equally frustrating...

    :)

    I know. I find it equally frustrating watching wonderful stuff in WIP form (I believe Giganticdark\'s Marine takes 1st place for being most eagerly anticipated!).

    The majority of the head...
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    Hey guys, don\'t rush me! ;) ! It\'s in WIP...

    Hey guys, don\'t rush me! ;) !

    It\'s in WIP because it\'s just that!

    Shoulder pads aren\'t on yet, and I haven\'t even begun doing liturgies and symbols.

    Get the basics done first and then...
  193. Thread: Dream Jobs

    by Joek
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    Proper CMON retail stores all over the world!...

    Proper CMON retail stores all over the world! With a nice photo booth, so folk could get great snaps of their work and put it up on the web-site.
  194. The cases look very much like one that Maplins do...

    The cases look very much like one that Maplins do here in the UK. They periodically go into sales - I managed to get a couple of them for about £20 for the two. Certainly worthwhile keeping an eye...
  195. Thread: Dream Jobs

    by Joek
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    I\'ve worked in retail for the best part of 16...

    I\'ve worked in retail for the best part of 16 years. Currently I train staff on how to...erm...do things.

    Dream job?

    Well, I had a dream job - working for myself selling comics. Obviously, I...
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    I don\'t think that\'s the fault of the material,...

    I don\'t think that\'s the fault of the material, more the quality of the sculpt itself. There are some tremendous plastics in the GW range, and there are some equally terrible metal sculpts too. And...
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    It\'s really good Scott. I\'m amazed at how...

    It\'s really good Scott. I\'m amazed at how quickly you seem to be improving with each and every mini you do. He\'s a very strange figure though - not too keen on the sculpt, but the paint-work is...
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    :) - I\'ll get the white in there somewhere! ...

    :) - I\'ll get the white in there somewhere!

    Update is that the head is on...and is a bit of a compromise between fully helmeted and fleshy head. Mainly because in the interim I managed to get...
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    I think my paint mix at the moment is about 40%...

    I think my paint mix at the moment is about 40% GW, 40% VMC and 20% misc (be that P3, Coat D\'arms and some other random stuff).

    I don\'t think any is particularly better as a range, but there...
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    I\'ll bung on a head for the next main shot! ...

    I\'ll bung on a head for the next main shot!

    Anyhoo, been tinkering with the claws - I think it\'s better this time, but still needs more work:
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