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    1. FAQs 'n Stuff

      Gosh, we have a lot of pinned topics having to do with FAQs. Most of them are in here. Many questions have been answered already. Why don't you take a peek in here first?

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    2. News

      What's happening. Company information, industry information, things that are important.

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    3. Reaper General

      Discussion area for all things Reaper. Do you have an idea for a new figure you'd like to see? Have a general company policy question? Do you want to gush about how cool you think we are? This is the forum for you.

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    4. Chronoscope

      A forum for Reaper's new cross-genre everything-but-the-kitchen-sink miniatures, where by "kitchen sink" we mean "fantasy."

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    5. Bones Miniatures & Legendary Encounters

      Questions and discussion about the various Bones ranges or Legendary Encounters line can frolic happily here.

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    6. ReaperCon

      Find roomies, find rides, ask questions, get answers. That sort of thing.

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  2. Craft Corner

    1. Show Off

      Do you have a piece that you painted that you'd like the world to see? Stroke your egos: Post your pictures in here.

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    2. Painting Tips & Advice

      Have a tip to share?  Need advice?  Jump in here.

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    3. Works In Progress

      We love watching you work. If you have a piece that's incomplete that you simply need advice on, or if you want to take us on a step by step journey through your process for your new dragon, all WIPs are welcome here.

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    4. Speed / Army / Tabletop Techniques

      We could have called it "Sparmytop" painting, but we're not sure that would have scanned right. DIscussion, questions, and help for your tabletop quality jobs in here.

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    5. Shutterbug

      Don't know a macro from macaroni? Do you regularly forget to take the lens cap off? In general, do you have photography questions? How about some tips and advice? This is the place for such things.

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    6. Conversions, Presentation, and Terrain

      Talk about your latest projects, ask questions, discuss articles, and generally share in the subtle art of conversion and presentation.

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    7. Sculpting

      We know you've been playing with the green stuff. It's practically flying from the shelves. So share your work, share tips, and get advice here.

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    8. Mini Exchanges and Paint Contests

      We like 'em, they're fun, so here's the spot for them. Organize and communicate here.

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  3. Reaper Games

    1. CAV

      A discussion forum for the CAV Miniatures and Gaming community.

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    2. Warlord

      Discussion area for the release rules, faction strategies, the region of Taltos, and the miniatures themselves

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  4. General Discussion

    1. General Fantasy

      The place to go for rants, raves, and otherwise general discussion regarding the Fantasy universe, especially as it relates to miniatures.

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    2. General Sci-Fi

      A general discussion forum for things related to Sci-Fi miniatures and gaming.

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      Discussion about Modern and Historical miniatures and their games.

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    4. Kickstarter

      A place for discussion of all things Kickstarter. Review the Guidelines before Posting

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    5. Off-Topic Rampancy

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  5. The Sandbox

    1. The Gathering

      Use this space to organize your games.  GMs: Define your scenario and rules when gathering a game.  Interested players:  Post your character and their stats in reply.  When you're ready to play, come see Bryan.

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    2. The Playing

      Once your game is gathered, GMs check in with Bryan to gain access to start their games in this forum.

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    3. Fiction, Poetry, and Other Abuses

      A place to post writing, essays, poetry, collaborative writing projects, and other such things that you don't have an outlet for anywhere else. Standard disclaimers apply, be sure to read the rules.

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    • I painted her dress with pure but thinned Carbon Black.   I started laying in the whites with pure Titanium White. Eventually I plan for the trim to be red with gold decoration, so I am painting it white to be bright under that.   It starts out very messy.     I took back the black with layers of pure Carbon Black. No mixing!         Trying for a soft furry effect on some of the smoother surfaces. I am not doing anything special with all of the lovely little sculpted details in the fabric, sorry.     Day two: Smoother, smoother, smoother:         I think she's ready!  
    • Thank you all for the help!! I am blown away by the responses.   I probably do want something pre-painted. I didn't realize that this was mainly a painting forum. He does need a new hobby, though, so maybe a clean one would give him some inspiration because he does like to draw and is artsy.   So many awesome suggestions! I definitely went to thinkgeek dot com and already found a couple cool, tiny things to add.   I do not know if he actually had miniatures when he played, but I'm pretty sure he mentioned getting together with friends and how there's an actual game to it besides just a computer game... I'll have to do some sneaky investigating.   Pretty sure that he's mainly a healer if he has the choice. I don't know how it works in DnD, but he was a cleric or mage healer in the game where we met.   Dice is a great idea! Are they the same kind as the ones from that Magic card game?
    • Velvet update!   So ... An idea came to me the other day of how I might be able to paint a velvet effect, and I thought this would be a good figure to experiment on.   The thing about velvet is that its appearance is a matter of optical effects. The way the fibers of the material catch the light change its appearance in a dramatic fashion.   Velvet was originally made as imitation fur. It is woven with an extra layer of fibers which stand out from the base fabric at approximately 90 degrees (Not perfectly, which is why velvet has a "nap", which is to say a direction with and a direction against the fibers, as with a dog's back. This also affects the appearance.).   Where the fibers are pointed more or less at the viewer, light gets trapped and swallowed in the spaces between them and the fabric appears darker. In the deeper jewel-toned velvets I'm working on here, that part of the fabric appears dark and intense, sometimes even light-swallowing black.   Where the fibers are pointed at right angles to the viewer they catch the light like the highlights on hair and shine at their brightest.   Because of this, velvet appears almost a photo negative of the standard way we shade fabric, darkest in the broad flat areas and high points, lightest at the edges and where the fabric curves away.   Photo examples:   There is no way to duplicate the effect of the changing optics as one moves around velvet (much like it is impossible to paint sheer stockings in the round), but with judicious application one might be able to produce an effect that is convincing enough from various angles.   And here's my idea for the technique for painting deep jewel-toned velvets:   1. Paint all shadows and lights of the velvet in pure black and white first. Do not use grays. Layer the black and white if you need to to shade, but do not mix them. Pay close attention from real life examples to how velvet looks at seams and edges, shadows and wrinkles.   2. Perfect everything in the black and white stage. In painting this is called a grisaille.   3. When the lights and shadows are arranged to your satisfaction, glaze over the entire garment with a single completely transparent color. Do not do a single layer, but two or three thin ones instead. Phthalo Greens and Blues are excellent for this.   Next: The actual work.  
    •   You are correct.  I had intended to, but I didn't attempt it in the end because the pattern of the chain mail on the sculpt isn't lined up uniformly.  It changes directions in several places.  I've indicated some of the direction changes with arrows on the photo below.       I attempted to do the highlight dots as discussed with Sanael above, but as predicted it looks really messy.  In part because of the direction changes in the mail, but mostly because my eyes, my hands and my paint thinning were not up to the task last night.  I'm going to work on some other parts of the mini for a while while I ponder what to try next with the chain mail.  I'm not averse to starting again, or I may simply say 'good enough for this mini' and try a different approach on the next one.  Here's a photo of how badly the dots turned out.      I appreciate your comment about the ground colour.  I need to adjust the earth colour on the senmm plates to make it more of a logical reflection of the actual earth colour I use on the base.  I will ponder that one as well.    I'm also trying to plan out how I'm going to finish the base.  I'm going to make it look like a muddy track through a field where there are still plants growing to the sides of the track, but the track itself is a churned up mess.  The plants will need to be relatively dark to avoid having too much of a tone change from the rest of the mini.
    •   What with this being 8 hours ago now, I volunteer my services for this current time. I'm not quite sour, but I guarantee that I'll have some conflicting viewpoints that will deeply confuse any child under the age of 10 as they try to process things, and annoy children over the age of 14 as they've already formed their own opinions. Plus, by virtue of the difference in work schedules, I'll (hopefully)introduce your children to the concept of day drinking!
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