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    The secret to stone? Wet into wet. After all,...

    The secret to stone? Wet into wet. After all, that's how real stone is made. Try watering down some charcoal grey & dabbing an old toothbrush in it. Point it at your piece, & drag your finger across...
  2. Thread: 2018.

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    Happy New Year to all of you from California!

    Happy New Year to all of you from California!
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    Looking totally awesome, Sicks! And glad I'm not...

    Looking totally awesome, Sicks! And glad I'm not the only one who uses my thumb as a palette. ;)
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    Need pics of this!

    Need pics of this!
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    Was going to reply to this yesterday, but I was...

    Was going to reply to this yesterday, but I was kinda speechless when I saw that pig. Wow! The reflections on the flesh are over the top! Your work blows me away, Ten!
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    OMG, the colors you've used for that night goblin...

    OMG, the colors you've used for that night goblin are the best! Super-saturated without getting garish, I love it. Gonna try to emulate that look for my few night goblins...
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    Wow, you go straight to the skin in Magic Sculpt?...

    Wow, you go straight to the skin in Magic Sculpt? I usually have trouble with that, opting to sculpt a base in MS, and cover it with thin layers of green stuff. That ork head is sweet!
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    Yeah, my magnifiers are absolutely necessary. I...

    Yeah, my magnifiers are absolutely necessary. I got an old pair that I like a lot, but can't buy them anymore. Nowadays I can only find the newer version, which has a nice, bright headlight, but uses...
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    Crazy level of freehand embellishments there,...

    Crazy level of freehand embellishments there, Teronus! I've been meaning to try this type of thing. I saw some tutorial about laying down the pattern in white, then washing over it to add depth to...
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    Wow, you've got so many armies! I've barely got...

    Wow, you've got so many armies! I've barely got an old WFB army still rat-ling around somewhere... My goal is to have at least one (if not "1-4" or "2-12") models for each monster in the original...
  11. Looking really good, Blood! You make such stark...

    Looking really good, Blood! You make such stark jumps from light to dark, & yet manage to ease the transitions with just a touch of mid-tone, making for some great contrast that doesn't look rushed....
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    Very interesting to see that khaki base before...

    Very interesting to see that khaki base before the metallic gold. I'll have to try it, and betting it will look awesome.
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    Such fun watching you renovate and customize...

    Such fun watching you renovate and customize these, man. Love what you did with the ogre, and can't wait to see the hippo painted up..
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    return after a long absence

    Howdy, folks! I'd been away from the hobby bench for months and months, but got back into it a couple months ago. I spend most of my time prepping and basing my collection, but get a bit of painting...
  15. Sometimes, I get a very good start on shading a...

    Sometimes, I get a very good start on shading a miniature by applying a few thin coats of a very light-tone base-color, and washing it with a much darker, fairly rich wash. The consistency is the...
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    I use 5-minute epoxy instead of super-glue. Works...

    I use 5-minute epoxy instead of super-glue. Works for me.
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    How about cropping those pics and scaling them...

    How about cropping those pics and scaling them down to ~500 pixels wide? Some of us have slow connections.

    Nice stuff! Keep it up!
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    I got the impression the gnome(?) was stealing...

    I got the impression the gnome(?) was stealing his way right under the ogre's nose. Am I right?

    I'm with Captain; can we buy this one?
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    Man, that base is really coming along! It really...

    Man, that base is really coming along! It really conveys that war is constant in this world, and has been going on for centuries. That swamp!!

    Love the warship too!
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    Even better yet if you flap your arms like a...

    Even better yet if you flap your arms like a chicken while you do it. :P

    So these will be removable from the showbase, right? I love the idea of several models each having part of the inscription...
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    These are really nice! I like what you've done...

    These are really nice! I like what you've done with the basing. Did you sculpt them, or are they store-bought?
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    Ahhhh, I *want* this guy!

    Ahhhh, I *want* this guy!
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    I'm looking at your gallery, and at your shop....

    I'm looking at your gallery, and at your shop. Your stuff is truly great! So many models I want! (Though the wife *is* a bit frustrated with my painted ratio.. :P )

    I'm planning to add that first...
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    The blend is super-smooth. I'd say the yellow...

    The blend is super-smooth. I'd say the yellow kinda needed a white undercoat, but a bit more yellow on top might do it. Neaten up the rest of the model a bit and you'll have a nice model!
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    Drowned Undead Face

    That's a great photo-reference for those pauldrons. As for the "undead" face, how about this?
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  26. Yes! My best friend and I would always say,...

    Yes! My best friend and I would always say, "Metallica is too slow!! SLAYER!!!" XD
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    Neon Eyes

    Cool, I'm excited to see it come together! Hey, did you see Jike Ichi's WIP thread? It is this one:
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    These figures lack delineation. That's the main...

    These figures lack delineation. That's the main issue. Also, the photos are very choppy. Try pulling the camera back and zooming in rather than getting the camera too close to the mini.
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    I've all but stopped using clear-coat. Too many...

    I've all but stopped using clear-coat. Too many times, I've finished a mini I was really proud of, only to distort the facial character, and generally mess up the mini with varnish. I might still use...
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    So are you casting these, or going straight to...

    So are you casting these, or going straight to paint? I'm painting my greens right now, but may start casting them if I can level-up my skills...

    Btw, I think your minotauress looks very cool,...
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    Thanks, Sicks! I looked at your gallery; great...

    Thanks, Sicks! I looked at your gallery; great stuff!! Yes, for the longest time, I figured sculpting minis would be too hard for me, and stuck with conversions and basing. Now that I've taken the...
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    Creamy

    I can see your point, but I think it still looks amazingly lifelike. Plus, it'd be a shame to reduce such a nice, creamy smooth transition. This is some seriously creamy boobage.
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    Dwarf Playing Al Green

    Ok, I did a bit more sculpting and painting last night. Almost finished my dwarf, but unsure about how to color his beard. I also need to finish the wood on his weapon, and the embroidered crest on...
  34. I was most definitely a metalhead in my youth....

    I was most definitely a metalhead in my youth. Earlier this year, I went to see Sepultura for old time's sake. During the third band's set, I was pacing the dancefloor like a caged animal, and all...
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    Your use of color is magically delicious.

    Your use of color is magically delicious.
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    I like the way you appear to be going for a...

    I like the way you appear to be going for a "glowing" effect right off the bat with those eyes on the chest-piece! My advice is to be bold, and go for it! Put that same green on the fingertips of the...
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    Super well done, Fluisterwoud! The only thing I...

    Super well done, Fluisterwoud! The only thing I can see that would make it even better to my eye might be to reduce the scale of the freehand on the cape. Either way, it's looking awesome!
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    Looking pretty good! As others have said, keep...

    Looking pretty good! As others have said, keep pushing the scope of brightness in your blends. You could also benefit from some careful black-lining. Try black ink or thin paint to separate the...
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    Also, if you put the LED *inside* the mushroom,...

    Also, if you put the LED *inside* the mushroom, you can forget about the UV-light, and fluorescent paints. I'd still go with a cowled UV LED..
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    If you wanted to join the P.F.J., you'd have to...

    If you wanted to join the P.F.J., you'd have to REALLY hate the Romans! :P
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    How tall is it from toe to peak of shoulder?...

    How tall is it from toe to peak of shoulder? About 40mm?
  42. Love the werewolf! I can feel the clothes tearing...

    Love the werewolf! I can feel the clothes tearing just looking at it!
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    Nice to see this coming together. Bonus points to...

    Nice to see this coming together. Bonus points to you if you use a toggle switch, and sculpt a boulder, (or maybe a gravestone?) on top of it. Click the gravestone; mushrooms glow! :P
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    This is gonna be one sweet diorama! Hoping to see...

    This is gonna be one sweet diorama! Hoping to see some nice OSL on all of them from the wand! Looking forward to see how you handle those designs on the diaz too...
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    As a beginning sculptor, I'm both impressed and...

    As a beginning sculptor, I'm both impressed and inspired by these, especially the hyena. I want some of them as pets for my gnolls! Keep up the awesome work, Denis!
  46. That "Gorm" is a horrifying sculpt to begin with,...

    That "Gorm" is a horrifying sculpt to begin with, but what you've done with those eyes is just shocking! I'm going to have to revisit my catoblepas and see if I can capture that same feel. Shaken and...
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    Stealing from Thieves

    Ok, Rotten-Factory, I agree: Hands are kinda difficult. This one's ok, but I need to improve.

    Meanwhile, a xorn has appeared on my desktop, and appears to want the coins my gnome is absconding...
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    Found them! Thanks, these are just the ticket! ...

    Found them! Thanks, these are just the ticket!

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DU0FYE8?psc=1
  49. I've often been amazed at how much clearer all...

    I've often been amazed at how much clearer all the colors and details become when I look at the model under direct sunlight. As such, I'm looking for some full-spectrum lights to set up in my hobby...
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    I use this model, and find it very lightweight.
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    http://www.dhgate.com/product/stand-head-headset-led-light-glasses-type/158189284.html

    It's so inobtrusive, I can paint or sculpt, and...
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    The mulled colors are very convincing and...

    The mulled colors are very convincing and natural. I've found that the tiniest speck of highlight can add a huge amount of depth. How about going lighter with tiny spots in the highlighted areas?
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    Just discovered the Olfo hobbit with the mad OSL,...

    Just discovered the Olfo hobbit with the mad OSL, (thanks to Captain927.) All I can say is I'll be studying your tutorials on this subject. Completely stunning.
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    Are those rubber? Are they sold at Amazon? They...

    Are those rubber? Are they sold at Amazon? They look awesome!
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    I've just been setting them any old place, and...

    I've just been setting them any old place, and snapping them with my iPhone at default settings. Really need to up my game in this department..
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    Tools Needed

    Great article, RF! I really need to upgrade my tool-set. Currently, I'm doing everything with a push-pin, an X-acto knife, and a single ball-end.
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    While it's true I haven't sculpted any...
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    Thanks, Toad! Yeah, I'm all about the 80's GW...

    Thanks, Toad! Yeah, I'm all about the 80's GW stuff. Btw, have you seen Otherworld Miniatures? That's the place to go for those who missed out on the 80's GW D&D sculpts.

    Thanks to everyone who's...
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    Wow, such common, soft materials you're using...

    Wow, such common, soft materials you're using here.. how will you firm them up? Can't wait to see this come together!
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    Yeah, the dwarf still needs work. I'm planning on...

    Yeah, the dwarf still needs work. I'm planning on adding moss, but also was considering patches of snow. (Frostgrave?)

    As for the gnome, I'm making a tiny goblet that will be on the floor behind...
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    Thief IV

    Ok, I was unhappy with the hood on the left side of his face, and was going to grind it away and re-sculpt it, but then I decided to add some sort of object there, explaining the shape of the fabric....
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    The sculpting you've done on the hair and little...

    The sculpting you've done on the hair and little stitched details just blows me away. Stellar! I'll keep working towards this level of quality..
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    Love the trenches on this huge model's base! More...

    Love the trenches on this huge model's base! More pics , please!
  62. Wow, such solid color sense! I've got nothing but...

    Wow, such solid color sense! I've got nothing but props! Epic work, and lots I will be studying for improvement.
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    Ack, my sympathies for the trouble with your...

    Ack, my sympathies for the trouble with your wrist! I've been there! I had issues with my hand and wrist: pain, numbness- it was awful! I tried many things: resting my hands in my lap, avoiding...
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    Lol@"Thriller-Cultist"! :P But since you voice...

    Lol@"Thriller-Cultist"! :P
    But since you voice concern about getting the highlights right, we can actually put Foxtail's joke to good use here. Take a look at this modification of the pic he posted:...
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    Hi, HyenaRein, You're off to a good start...

    Hi, HyenaRein,

    You're off to a good start here. My advice, if you want to improve the quality of your work, is to slow down a bit, and thin your paints a bit, and concentrate on neatness a bit...
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    Wow, so is that about 2" square? That building...

    Wow, so is that about 2" square? That building base is going to be amazing! I like to make fancy bases, but usually keep them small. I've been meaning to make some show bases that continue the design...
  67. I never would've considered mandrill-colors for a...

    I never would've considered mandrill-colors for a lion! -and those prismatic colors you put on the bases somehow convey that these are godly beings, or some other type of beings not of this plane....
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    Dang, man, that is one impressive sculpt! How did...

    Dang, man, that is one impressive sculpt! How did you lay in those scales? A tool with a tube tip or something?
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    Hi, Size000Hero, This looks like an...

    Hi, Size000Hero,

    This looks like an interesting vignette! I've got a few ideas for you, since you asked for suggestions on getting the effect you want:

    There is glow in the dark paint, but I'd...
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    The musculature you've done here is really,...

    The musculature you've done here is really, really good! Much better than I can do at this point, but I aspire to this. Nice job!
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    Loving these sculpts! When I've polished up my...

    Loving these sculpts! When I've polished up my sculpting skills a bit more, I'm going to try and sculpt some female characters. For the time being, little old men are just my speed. :P

    Really cool...
  72. Love the delicate shading on their temples! The...

    Love the delicate shading on their temples! The bright yellow bars on the weapons punch out nicely too. Top notch work, dude!
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    Looks great, Lee! Is that poison on the blade...

    Looks great, Lee! Is that poison on the blade stock, or did you sculpt it on? Who makes it? It kinda reminds me of drow assassins.
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    Thief III

    Got home from work today and went straight to my hobby bench! Teased a bit more putty onto my gnome thief, (or is he a gully-dwarf?)

    I'm going to have to spend some time studying fabric and how it...
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    I prefer TMM to NMM. After all, the end result...

    I prefer TMM to NMM. After all, the end result I'm looking for is a mini that makes *me* happy when I look at it, turning it in the light. As much as I like to share my hobby with others, pretty...
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    Thanks, RF, yeah, I'm intending to imitate the...

    Thanks, RF, yeah, I'm intending to imitate the 80's Citadel style created by Trish Morrison, Michael & Alan Perry. That's the stuff I grew up with, and it's still my favorite.

    I see your point...
  77. Wow, I love your stuff, RF!! Def a Nurgle-army in...

    Wow, I love your stuff, RF!! Def a Nurgle-army in the making! I have a classic GW chaos army from the 80's, but nowadays I'm more into 1st-level characters than 10th, so that's what I'm sculpting....
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    This is super-inspiring! Especially the writer...

    This is super-inspiring! Especially the writer with the plume, and assorted letters! I've got to make some kind of wizard's workbench along those lines. Great work! Just amazing!
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    Wow, the effect you've created with those blends...

    Wow, the effect you've created with those blends of blue-gray and rusty red around the armor are awesome! I too would like to see you go back in and pick out the details in the tails with a...
  80. Love these colors! I've already decided that if I...

    Love these colors! I've already decided that if I do TAU, they will be amber and black, almost like on the boxes, but I may well paint up a few space marines with nice dark grays like these. Keep up...
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    Caught in the Act

    It's become my evening routine to come home from work, have dinner with my wife, and mix up some putty to sculpt as we watch a movie. Here's the progress I made tonight:

    I added boots, a cloak,...
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    Heh, thanks, yeah, I decided he wears it in back...

    Heh, thanks, yeah, I decided he wears it in back because there's healing potions in it, and he doesn't want them to get smashed if he takes a hit to the body. Can't wait to get home tonight and get...
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    Finished Dwarf

    Ok, in the end, I agreed Captain927 was right, and he needed at least *one* item on his belt. Since having items on his hips made him a bit wider than I wanted, and he was indeed suffering from a...
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    Wow, that vampire bust! Filing this away under...

    Wow, that vampire bust! Filing this away under "lighting affects to aspire to"...
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    Wow, the colors you chose for Bilbo are really...

    Wow, the colors you chose for Bilbo are really excellent, especially the vest! That first shot of the thread is my favorite. Nice work!
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    Thanks, Captain, your feedback means a lot! Yes,...

    Thanks, Captain, your feedback means a lot! Yes, I agree on all counts. I plan to do a bit more cutting and filing on the mace. I used Apoxy Green, (actually 50/50 Magic Sculpt/Kneadatite,) so it...
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    Ok, adde3d a beard, pouch, and dagger. The pouch...

    Ok, adde3d a beard, pouch, and dagger. The pouch and dagger were making him look maybe too big, so I scraped them off. I may sculpt them separately and reintroduce them to this piece. Here's where he...
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    Day 3

    Ok, third night of working on this dwarf for a while after dinner.

    He's still not done. Won't be a proper dwarf until I do his beard and moustache.

    The chainmail coif came out much better than...
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    Nice crypt! Scenery is so much fun. I might try...

    Nice crypt! Scenery is so much fun. I might try building a few myself...
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    Day 2

    Ok, the nice thing about being awful at something is the quick pace of learning. It's coming along, and I'm starting to see a dwarf emerge from the emaciated gnome I started with. I'm constantly...
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    Thanks, yeah, that's the only part I'm pleased...

    Thanks, yeah, that's the only part I'm pleased with so far. Thankfully, most of this cheese-mail will be covered up by his tunic. Stay tuned...
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    Retro-Dwarf

    Ok, 2nd application: It's coming together, but before you say it, yeah, I agree, the chainmail looks awful. I did a bit of reading and did a quick study. I think I'm getting the idea. It'll be better...
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    My First Sculpt

    Hello, all,

    I'm getting back into miniatures again, and since it was raining today, and my kneadatite just arrived in the mail, I decided to sculpt a mini. I've done lots of conversions, but never...
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    One thing that's bugging me now is the search...

    One thing that's bugging me now is the search feature seems to only search entries. How can I search a forum instead?
  95. Were these ever produced? If so, I'd love to see...

    Were these ever produced? If so, I'd love to see them!
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    It's always best to have a concept sketch clearly...

    It's always best to have a concept sketch clearly describing what you're looking for. This is typically separate from the sculpting, whether or not it is drawn by someone besides the sculptor.
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    Even though I steer clear of minis beyond the...

    Even though I steer clear of minis beyond the scale of my 25-30mm collection, I gotta say this is an amazing piece! Hit it with a shrink ray at 70& setting & I'll take it!
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    These are great! Will they be cast? I'd love to...

    These are great! Will they be cast? I'd love to buy a set!
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    I'm getting over the shock of it, I guess. It's...

    I'm getting over the shock of it, I guess. It's not that I mind ads. I guess it's more that the CMON store has more or less taken over the homepage. I can understand the changes; it makes sense, I...
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    I have (or had) *thousands* of posts in these...

    I have (or had) *thousands* of posts in these forums before everything was turned upside down & repainted with racing stripes. It's just that the main emphasis of this site used to be looking at...
  101. The sight of an entire villiage of halflings,...

    The sight of an entire villiage of halflings, wearing pots on their heads & leading vast flocks of very mean sheep is enough to cause most any army to die laughing.
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    HATE the new format!!!

    So, some of you will remember me from many years ago. I haven't been painting since I moved out of my old house; I just don't have a good place to do it these days.

    Anyway, I logged back in after...
  103. I've smeared on a dab of Milliput or Magic Sculpt...

    I've smeared on a dab of Milliput or Magic Sculpt (which I currently use due to its availability in my area) but usually use it straight, later smoothing it with water as Dragonsreach suggests. I...
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