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  1. Welcome to the Department of Acquisitions! This is a continuation of the thread wherein we share pictures and stories of all the awesome stuff we acquire. Go forth, and leave no bargain unexplored! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  2. For those of you who might not know, I like shiny metallic paints a tiny bit. Just a little. As in I currently own over 50 20 different metallic paint colors (plus a few metallic inks and a new metallic wash I'm dying to try out), and I painted an entire cat-sized dragon using only metallic paints. So yeah, I'm kinda sorta IN LOVE with shiny paints. While re-organizing my paints the other day, I realized that I have a lot of shiny paints I haven't played with yet, and lots of fun wacky techniques I haven't fully explored with the rest. So, one purpose of this little thread will be to document my metallic paint experiments FOR SCIENCE (and totally not so I can infect everyone else with 'Must Have All The Shiny' syndrome, not at all ). The primary reason I started this thread, though, is because I want to invite y'all to toss questions and suggestions at me about attempting new and different (or even just tried and true) things with metallic paints, since I'm only one person and can only come up with so many ideas on my own. Like let's say you're curious how Reaper's Blade Steel will respond to drying retarder, or layering over two different metallics, or mixed with ink, etc. If you have a crazy idea, I'd love to hear it! Because crazy is where the fun is! To make requests easier, here's a brief summary what I currently own (will be updated as needed): All the Reaper metallic paints. Yes, even that one. (there may be a couple OOP I don't know about that I don't own, but I have all the ones I'm aware of) All of the P3 (Privateer Press) metallic paints Vallejo Metal Medium (basically liquid shiny in a bottle. I mix this with lots of things!) Secret Weapon's Golden Brown metallic wash (I'm really excited to play with this!) 3 Liquitex metallic inks (gold, silver, copper) I am open to acquiring new paints to experiment with, to a certain degree; I don't have the funds to go buy an entire new paint line, for example, but I could purchase a couple bottles to try out. :) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  3. Here is the link to the official thread, which has the actual Hangout link: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69040-hang-out-and-paint-google-hangouts/ This is a just-for-fun thread, a place to put little snippets from Google Hangouts with forum members so that those who can't participate can still enjoy some of the fun. They need not make sense, but they DO still need to be family-friendly! This is also the place to put "Is anybody on right now?" type posts. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  4. I actually have a few Scale75 'Metal and Alchemy' paints coming my way. :) A blue, purple, red, pinkish and white metallic to be precise, since those are all colors I could use more of! The Chameleon paints are next on my to-try list! They look full of witchcraft and magic and crazy awesome tricks. Yep, at least that's what the bottle says! Since you were the first to make a request, that's what I'll try out first. I'll do a separate post on colored metallics once my new Scale75 ones arrive, so I'll have more options to play with. I'll also show you how you can make your own colored metallics! Yes it takes longer and requires some experimenting since each normal/metallic paint combo will react a bit differently, but it's easier on the budget and opens up a world of possibilities! ABSOLUTELY! Oh, I could do a whole thread about this, there are an infinite number of fun things you can do with just mixing a normal and a metallic paint together! Some combinations may not play nicely together due to the properties of either paint, but the ones that do you can get anywhere from a slightly dulled metallic look to a slightly shimmery fabric. I've got the perfect mini to use for this, she's got a lot of lovely dress fabric to experiment on. :D Good places to use it...well, anywhere you want a bit of shine, but not an obvious "I'm a shiny metal surface" look. I mentioned fabric, but also perhaps a shadowed metallic area, or to give the impression of iridescence maybe? I've barely scratched the surface of demimetallics, so I'll need to do lots more experimenting to figure out what it's good for. I'm not an expert here, I just play one on TV. I do indeed! I'll give that a go after I try out the SW golden brown wash. In the meantime, something to try would be to paint the pink on, then do a veeery thin layer of a light silver over it (the Bones metallics are particularly good for this). I use either Reaper's Wash Medium or Brush-on Sealer to thin my metallics with, depending on how thick the paint is. I'll demo this method as well, it's not anywhere near as tricky as I'm probably making it sound. :) Whew, lots of talking I know, but I promise pictures next post! :D Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  5. ReaperCon 2018 Diorama????

    If you're looking for tiny dragons, Reaper makes a teeny little fairy dragon: http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/fairy dragon/latest/02018#detail/02018_w_1 Perhaps you could get a few of them and trim off the heads/necks and combine them onto a larger body? Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  6. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I need this on a t-shirt. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I quite literally feel your pain. I also got a "brown box" Kaladrax with the plan to paint him as Obsidian Lavadrax, but every time I pick up the box I hear the remembered screams of all the paint brushes I killed doing him the first time during my 7 day Challenge.... Some good news! MrBoot's passport is finally here! The reason he needs one (and the reason we had to pay to expedite it ) is because he will be presenting at a conference in Montreal next month! I don't recall, are there any forumites in Montreal? Not that I think he'll have time to visit anyone, but it would help me feel better knowing there's someone in the area in case something crazy happens and he ends up needing a local contact. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  8. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    That is so brilliant I wish I'd thought of it! @Beagle You sir are incredibly brave, and I'm so glad you weren't hurt worse! Hair will grow back, but you may have saved the victim from much further harm. I hope you heal quickly. :) (I wish I could respond to everyone, but that would be an extremely long set of posts. Take my 'likes' as sympathy/congratulations/appreciation as appropriate :) ). I really need to paint a thing, and to document the few things I've actually painted so far this year. The mojo just hasn't been there at all. Maybe I should bust out my metallic paints and make something shiny, because I always enjoy doing that. Shiny makes everything better. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  9. ReaperCon 2017 pictures

    Post your pictures here! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  10. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I was curious, so I looked up a "Let's Play" video about it, and I have to say, the more I watched, the more intrigued I've become. That could partly be due to my laughing so hard because the video creator was so funny about the whole "oh no I died of starvation again because my mother wandered off and lost me" and "I have no idea what anything does so I'll start banging various rocks and sticks together to see if that does something." He was so happy when he figured out how to make a basket, lol. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  11. Happiness is ...

    - A perfectly organized paint rack with all the colors of the rainbow - A purring kitty on my lap - My husband smiling his love at me - A beautifully played piece of music - Dancing while I do chores when nobody else is around - Hysterical baby giggles - Warm cuddles - Chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven - A job well done - Hanging out with good friends, good food, and lots of laughter Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Yeah, dealing with hot spattering grease while being less than fully clothed can be...uncomfortably painful. If I have a lot of frying to do, I tend to wear long sleeves and gloves to minimize the little stinging splatters all over my hands and arms. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  13. Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    I plan to go with whatever faction has the prettiest mini. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    That's what aprons are for! Though granted, that won't protect your foot when you drop a boiling glob of spaghetti sauce on it, but it helps most of the time. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I used to like that song, until a friend of mine told me to actually listen to the lyrics that I was singing along to. ...I don't like that song anymore. My SisterBoot gave me a code for a free week of HelloFresh (a service that gives you pre-prepared packages of ingredients and recipes) and I've actually been really enjoying it! It's already introduced me to 3 new recipes, as well as new ways to prepare things, such as using fresh herbs or adding toasted almonds to green beans. I wish we could afford to continue with it, but $60 a week for 3 dinners is a bit too steep to be sustainable for us. Perhaps I can justify doing it once a month to help me expand my culinary skills. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  16. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Note: Page 720 Hi peeps, sorry I've been essentially MIA for the past month or so. It's been a combination of lotsa things, mostly good! I was fighting a major funk for a couple of weeks, but besides that I had a BLAST at RadCon, entered a 60-second film challenge on a whim and ended up winning , been working like a mad person on my schooling cuz I'm tired of having it hanging over my head, got a brief crash course as a stunt driver (not really but kinda), and have been very thoroughly enjoying being the script supervisor for another local film, though this one is substantially more complicated than the previous one I worked on. I sorta get to boss everyone around, even the director! And people thank me for it! So yeah, lotsa things! Haven't been painting basically at all (primarily due to the aforementioned funk), but been feeling good and productive otherwise. :) More details on everything tomorrow when I'm not on my phone. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  17. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Kit is once again Reaper's IT person. After a lengthy process, I've determined that he is the proper individual to contact about having one's group (i.e. House) changed. :) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  18. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Don't have time for a proper update, but much success, much angst and frustration (why do so many fabrics have to be stretchy?! ) and a fair bit of dogged determination has resulted in a costume which is surprisingly "good 'nuff". Rey's wrap thingy ended up hiding a multitude of sewing mishaps I inflicted on the poor dress-turned-tunic underneath, and I located a shockingly easy method of attaching my lightsaber to my belt: a 'universal flashlight holder'! :D I got many bemused looks from employees and customers alike as I merrily wandered around Home Depot with a lightsaber, lol. Pics later! Sleep now! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  19. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I hadn't intended this to become a "help OneBoot fix her lightsaber" thing, but I forget sometimes that I'm surrounded by friends who love to solve problems and tinker with stuff. So, pictures. Endcap removed. It's a solid bit of metal, quite hefty, but it helps nicely with keeping the thing balanced: Shot of the inside, where the battery pack sits. It's not attached, just nestles in there connected by the wires. Said battery pack: I'll be leaving to do errands shortly, so I'll also see what the helpful guys at Home Depot can come up with. EDIT: @eldamir I just tried the very strongest neodymium magnets we have (MrBoot loves magnets so we have several) but the saber is too heavy for them to keep it up. It was a good idea, though! :) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  20. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Plumbing was actually my first thought, since I have PLENTY of metallic paint I can use to make it shiny, lol. My biggest concern will be finding something that will match the threading, since I'm fairly certain this thing is a non-standard plumbing size. But that is all for the morrow. Tonight, to sleep, perchance to slumber like the dead (which I really hope, given the hard reset I forced on my sleep schedule today....). Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  21. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    ...That...that...uh........didn't even occur to me. I blame the sleep deprivation gremlins! Guess a visit to Home Depot is in order tomorrow, lightsaber in hand of course. Oh this is going to be lots of fun. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  22. Roots of the Hobby

    I cringed more at the fact that she had all of her paint pots open AT THE SAME TIME! Those poor paints, all drying out together.... Neat bit of history, thanks for sharing! Though, like @Darsc Zacal, I wonder if I should be dressing as a proper military commander for all of my role-playing games from now on, and acting the part appropriately. I'm sure my Pathfinder group would be thrilled. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  23. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Normally, yes, except that's not my lightsaber (I WISH it were, but the one pictured is a super fancy $1,000 screen-accurate model that has sound and the light flashes when the blade is struck). Dis my actual lightsaber: This particular model is intended for practical usage, so all of the sticky-out bits have been stripped away to make it as smooth and easy to maneuver as possible. Also, there's no loop on the end, because it's fashioned in such a way that a second one can be attached via a screw-on adapter to make a double-saber (or whatever it's called). I think the best I'll be able to do will be a long, super-snug leather cylinder that attaches to my belt, since there is a small lip where the blade and the hilt meet: I might be able to throw together something that catches it where the button sticks out, but I worry that it would be very off-balanced that way. I'll try a few different things tomorrow and see if I can get it figured out. If not, I'll just carry it everywhere. While it would be slightly annoying, it wouldn't be nearly as bad as my first cosplay, which involved my 6-foot tall homemade halberd: Now THAT thing was a right pain, especially when I needed to lay it down so I could sit down in a row of seats. I won't deny I felt super epic carrying it around, though! Sorry I'm a bit rambly tonight, I've been awake now for 24+ hours straight (following a couple weeks of intermittent insomnia) and my brain has begun its transition into mush, lol. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  24. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Huh. I had no idea that competitive overclocking was a thing. I've learned something new today! Are there like actual competitions, or contests? How does one compete? I'm now suddenly quite curious about this. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  25. [SPLIT] CMoN orders

    Is anyone still waiting on refunds or other action items? --OneBoot :D