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    How much does it cost to play Warlord?

    I hope this doesn't sound hokey, but you know the plastics make some of the armies even less expensive. Also more demo-friendly. Metal elf archers are very delicate, but plastic ones? Not so much. A unicorn for $5.99? Put it on a Cavalry base, add a little flocking, an you're done. Really, if they keep putting minis from Warlord out as plastics, it will be possible to have newbie-proof, inexpensive demo armies. What's not to love about that?
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    Mega Convention 2009

    I'm preparing for Mega Convention 2009. If you would like information about the painting activities, you can go to the Paint and Take Website.. For more information about Mega Convention itself, go to the convention website. Still in the planning stages, but we will have Paint and Take, classes and a painting contest this year. Reaper is one of our sponsors and has been our first and most generous supporter. I hope to see some of you guys there. Melanie
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    Alastria

    Hello! The mini came in the mail yesterday. She's beautiful! Now I just have to find someone to play Warlord with. I intend to user her as my Druidess. BTW, Meg, I really like the way you flocked the base. Very subtle. It looks like you took my comments about basing into consideration and created something I'd like, not just something that's pretty. Thank-you! Now I just have to get mine done. Oy.
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    Paint Term Glossary

    Additional notes on two-part epoxies: Brown stuff, Green Stuff and White Stuff are all made by the same company, Polymetic Systems. The correct name for the products is Kneadatite. Brown Stuff is an aluminium mix that cure very hard. Green stuff is not as stiff but can be easily carved once it is cured. White Stuff is flexible when cured, which makes it inadiquate for most modeling uses. Procreate is a fairly new product; it has been on the market about two years now. When you see "Greens" that are actually grey, the've been sculpted with Procreate. Apoxysculpt comes in a wide variety of colors, though the most common are white and grey. It is water soluble, so the curing time can be extended by kneading in a little water. It also comes in a paste form. In all cases, sculpting materials are usually too soft when first mixed to be easily sculpted. It is best to allow the products to cure about 30 minutes before sculpting. Often sculptors will different products, achieving something with properties of both. It can also be done to "stretch" an expensive material with a less expensive one. An example would be mixing Apoxysculpt and Kneadatite, then using this to "bulk up" the sculpt. Finer details would be added later with Kneadatite.
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    Glossary of painting terms

    Additional notes on two-part epoxies: Brown stuff, Green Stuff and White Stuff are all made by the same company, Polymetic Systems. The correct name for the products is Kneadatite. Brown Stuff is an aluminium mix that cure very hard. Green stuff is not as stiff but can be easily carved once it is cured. White Stuff is flexible when cured, which makes it inadiquate for most modeling uses. Procreate is a fairly new product; it has been on the market about two years now. When you see "Greens" that are actually grey, the've been sculpted with Procreate. Apoxysculpt comes in a wide variety of colors, though the most common are white and grey. It is water soluble, so the curing time can be extended by kneading in a little water. It also comes in a paste form. In all cases, sculpting materials are usually too soft when first mixed to be easily sculpted. It is best to allow the products to cure about 30 minutes before sculpting. Often sculptors will different products, achieving something with properties of both. It can also be done to "stretch" an expensive material with a less expensive one. An example would be mixing Apoxysculpt and Kneadatite, then using this to "bulk up" the sculpt. Finer details would be added later with Kneadatite.
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    Glossary of painting terms

    "Gap Filling" is a property of some glues which means it does not need a lack of air to cure. It will help to glue pieces together even if they don't fit tightly together, hence the "gap filling" property. "Sealing between layers" refers to giving a mini a thin coat of sealant to protect what has already been done. Necessary for some brands of paint that rub off easily. EX: Vallejo Model Color. This process is also used to seal work that has been done before applying a step that my need to be removed to correct an error, such as freehand. By sealing the mini, it is possible to gently remove or correct something that isn't working quite right without destroying the layers underneath. "Pins" are the material inserted into a joint to make it stronger. Examples of pinning material are dressmaker's pins or sewing needless, brass rod, floral wire, and paperclips. Dressmaker's pins and sewing needles are both made of spring steel and can bear a lot of weight. Use these materials for joints that need to bear a lot of stress, such as large limbs, dragon wings, etc. Brass rod and floral wire can both be bought in a wide range of sizes, called a "guage". As they have some flexibility, they work best for joints where you may need a little wiggle room to get the pieces to hold together. Because of the wide range of sizes, they can be used for even the smallest bits, such as a hand or fairy's wing. While many adherents swear by paperclips, there are better materials available. As mentioned before, Cyanoacrylate glues or "superglue" is the most common glue used for assembly by painters. This product comes in a wide variety of thicknesses, from super thin to gel-like. In general, the thinner the glue the faster it will cure and the weaker the bond. Super thin glues are excellent for "dry fitting" models and for sticking a model with in integral base to a painting gig. It is easy to break apart pieces with this glue. Thicker glues take longer to cure but may give better hold and gap filling. Of all glues used, Zap-a-gap with a green label is by far the most popular. It is of medium thickness so it will cure fairly quickly with good hold and gap filling properties. It is the most popular brand/formulation sold in Gaming Stores. "Blotting" is the act of stroking a loaded brush on an absorbent surfact to remove excess paint and return it to a point. Materials for blotters can be paper towels, spounges, or my favorite, cut-up old t-shirts. The blotter may be wet or dry when used. "Wet Pallet" is any container that has a layer of sponge-like material with a semi-impervious paper on it. The sponge can be thin sponge, paper towel or cloth. The paper may be special "Wet Pallet" paper or baker's parchment. A flat containter that can be sealed air-tight is best. The containers can range from a plastic sandwich box to a large, expensive specially-made wet pallet such as the "Painter's Friend". "Welled Pallet" refers to a plastic or ceramic plate with depressions called "wells". Many painters prefer a ceramic welled pallet over plastic, as it is easier to clean and keeps the paint liquid longer.
  7. This may seem odd to those of you who like music in the background, but I kind of like painting in quiet. It's less distracting for me. That, and I have so much background noise at work that a little quiet is welcome.
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    Finally, I've gotten a hold of decent paint!

    Hey, just for comparison, could we see a mini you did with craft paints? I'm currious how much of a difference the MSPs made for you. It's a very nice mini. I'd never know it was your first try at basing if I wasn't told.
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    Just to take the topic literally....

    It never hurts to keep a couple oldies but goodies so you can see how far you've come. Maybe the frog guy, for example. I've tried Pine Sol as a stripper, but I prefer Simple Green.
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    Alastria

    Hey, Meg. She looks great! I think she'll be put into service in my Warlord Army as the Elvin Druidess. I like what you are doing with the skin. It's great you started dark and gave yourself more contrast there. Very nice looking brown hair as well. You may be pushing outside your comfort zone, but it's a good change. I guess this means I have to get off my behind and finish upt the Elf Lord, huh? Mel
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    Kitty for Wren

    Just for reference, a tortie has no white. A cat with red, black and white is a calico, not a tortoiseshell. Painting a tortie could be a real challenge, as the red tends to be in very small splotches. This is my tortie, Spunky. Her face is almost half and half. Her mother was really cool; her face was in quarters of red and black, almost like a checkerboard.
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    How often do you drop minis?

    I drop them, loose little bits, have them knocked over by my cats, or just knock them off myself. It's a wonder I get anything done.
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    Feora - Priestess of the Flame

    VV, I especially like the look of the metals on this one. Very nice.
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    Very sad today

    Thanks for the support, everyone. I received an email from a breeder of Patterdale Terriers. I had emailed him about my dog: Melanie, Hello.I am very sorry to hear about your losing Robin.I know what it is to lose a loved pet.Over the years we have lost many,due to different circumstance,and you never get used to it,each time it still hurts.On our site you will see a picture of "Skeet aka VooDoo Princess".She was my sister's dog,and her daughter used to dress her up,play with her,and she went wherever my sister and her family went.She was guarding my sister from a mastiff that approached,and the mastiff broke her back,my sister and her kids were crushed.We gave them a granddaughter to Skeet,and while they love her(Daisey),she can never replace Skeet.What a lot of folks don't understand when getting a pet,is that while you enjoy many,many good times with them,it hurts terribly to lose them.Thank you for the kind words about our dogs.I hope over time you feel better,and just enjoy the fun that Robin brought you when she was with you, craig/J&J I do want to remember the good times with my dog. In that spirit, here's a list of ways to know you've got it bad with your pets: You know you've got it bad when: ... you can list numerous restaurants with verandas where you can take your dog when you eat out ... not only do you take your pet, but it gets its own entree ... the restaurant with a veranda has a menu for pets ... you know your pet's favorite toy, treat, and game, and employ this knowledge daily ... your household budget for toys, food and treats is as much as you spend on gas ... you get holiday gifts for your pet as well as family members ... your pets take your SA's place in bed, and you let them ... answering machine greetings and holiday cards include the name(s) of your pet(s) ... you refer to your pets as "kids"
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    54mm Mounted Samurai

    Heisler is right about weathering kits. A friend of mine gave me a bunch of chalks for railroad and historical models when he switched to using powdered chalks. No grinding, just use them right out of the package. I think Tamiya makes a weathering kit with powdered chalks. Probably cheaper to pick up individual pastels at an art store, though.
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