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  1. You still run into the issue that small manufacturers, and there are many in this hobby, don't have the time or even the desire to deal directly with retailers. Reaper makes it easy, some one like MMP does not (in fact MMP makes it very difficult to order direct). I'm not going to belabor the point, but there is a lot of product and someone like Alliance has dozens of sales reps that handle the accounts. Human error is inevitable. Game stores, as Doug point out and which I have personally experienced as well, get it wrong far more often because they don't bother to make an effort. More stores fail, not because of internet sales stealing their business, but being to lazy to bother getting the right information and then make up an answer and blame it on their distributor. If you have an FLGS willing to do the ordering that way, that's fantastic and the sign of successful store but that he is the exception not the rule. It is certainly not in the best interest of a distributor to give out bad information it affects their bottom line as they could potentially have pallets of product sitting in one or more warehouses across the country. Alliance is the current big boy out there, its a division of Diamond Comics, they do everything they can to move product off their floor and on to the shelves of the stores.
  2. A Distributor makes it easy for a store owner to get what he needs, a one stop shop. Even in this day of the internet it takes time and effort to order direct from the manufacturer for a retailer and the manufacturer may not even be willing to deal with retailers. The big store in this area was able to pull it off because at times they were ordering almost like a small distributor (and the reason they aren't open now is because a partner wiped out the bank account, which was his right, he just didn't tell the other partner what he was doing).
  3. The metal molds for BONES and plastics in general are fairly expensive although costs seem to have come down somewhat. I believe that they are starting to use aluminum as well as steel. But, yes the upfront costs on the molds is huge, hence the kickstarters to create the BONES line. The mold for a pewter miniature runs about $100 so pretty inexpensive and allows the small miniature companies out there to be profitable.
  4. You could always suggest that they at least start carrying the Reaper BONES paint line, that's certainly tied to the BONES Kickstarters. Then expand that into the full line of Reaper Paints. If they have space I would suggest setting up a painting Saturday like we have here in Colorado and Reaper has in their facility in Denton. If you are there painting its very likely that you will at least browse the store and odds are good you will need supplies while you are there. Its been a pretty successful formula here. You can search for the CMPA here in the forum, that's the Colorado group.
  5. Many of the old Ral Partha miniatures would scale quite nicely to the LoTR miniatures. Tom Meier's work in particular (which is the bulk of the old line anyway). Check Iron Wind's website and see what you can find.
  6. And the answer to this question is yes. Complex basing does make a miniature eligible for the Open Category and you can find such examples in the competition galleries (Corporea and Jessica Rich's work in particular come to mind)
  7. Something that may cause confusion at the retail level is that the entire DHL line is not available (these are referred to as NiC miniatures, not in catalog) through normal distributor channels. With the exception of licensed and/or limited edition miniatures the entire catalog of metal miniatures is available directly from Reaper that includes both the DHL and Warlord lines. CAV models are an exception to this I believe and the P-65 is definitely no longer available. Only a retailer that deals directly with Reaper would be able to stock or have access to the entire metal line.
  8. The primary difference is in the type of mold that is used for each material. Metal molds are made from two pieces of vulcanized rubber. Once the impression is made the gates and channels for liquid metal are cut out and the mold is ready for production (this is a very simplified explanation, there are multiple steps involved in getting the green cast into a master, preparing the masters and then creating a production mold from the masters. Reaper stores their masters in an actual vault on site). The mold is placed into a centrifuge and the liquid pewter is poured into the mold. Plastic (for polystyrene plastic) molds are similar but the mold is steel or aluminium and in this day and age carved out. Unlike metal molds that will wear out and need to be replaced a metal mold for plastic can last for years (they are still producing plastic model kits from molds cut in the 60s). The liquid plastic is injected into the mold to fill the cavities inside, hence the term injection molding. Resin molds are created from RTV (room temperature vulcanized rubber). The master is created and in most pieces a two part mold is created, although there are a number of ways to go about making the mold itself. I build a box, suspend the object I'm casting in the box, fill half the box with RTV, insert some "keys" to make sure the mold lines up and let it harden. After than mold release is sprayed in the box and the other half of the mold is filled with RTV. After that I'm ready to cast pieces from that mold. RTV molds are somewhat fragile and wear out very quickly. You can also create one piece molds which are very easy to do. PVC uses the same process as the polystyrene plastic molds. The easiest to make are molds for Resin miniatures.
  9. Terrain by itself does not count as an entry into the Open category. Terrain can be a significant portion of an Open entry but there must be a mini in there as well. I would go to the ReaperCon website and flip through the galleries for the Open category and you can see how big a part terrain can play.
  10. I posted it on TMP, they are usually quicker than LAF.
  11. Nothing wrong with that. I try to paint anything I work on, that's not for an army, to my very best. I always have something I'm comfortable entering.
  12. There is nothing quite like a competition piece to kill your desire to paint. Been there, done that, struggled through it to gold.
  13. Here is one of the better articles on lead oxidation; http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NSWC-Carderock/Resources/Curator-of-Navy-Ship-Models/Lead-Corrosion-in-Exhibition-Ship-Models/ Its very unlikely to occur unless you are buying miniatures cast in the 60s, 70s and 80s which were mostly lead as opposed to the tin alloy (pewter) used today. And even then the conditions do have to be right for it to occur.
  14. It happens, but its not recommended. You are interrupting the class and the instructor at that point when all you need to do is go to registration to see if there are tickets left.
  15. This is actually not much of a clue. Its pretty typical feature on a lot of historical miniatures, particularly in the 70s-80s period (horses in particular) to hide a channel as a tuft of grass. Unfortunately depending on the manufacturer you still find it on modern miniatures as well.