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  1. The only place I'm really familiar with painters that use both acrylics and enamels on the same model are armor modelers. In general acrylics give you a nice quick solid base of color that dries quickly while the enamels give you more time to work and blend things together. I would recommend James Wappels blog site as a place to really have a good look at his techniques (although the final look of his vehicles is a bit over the top for me). http://wappellious.blogspot.com/
  2. Actually, oil paints are heavily used by some segments of the mini painting population primarily in the larger scales 54mm and up. While there has been quite a shift towards acrylics in those scales there are still plenty of painters using oil paints, exclusively, on their work. Oil point covering a lead or pewter cast miniature should not in and of itself produce lead rot, there are other conditions that have to be present for lead rot to occur. Check this handy paper on lead rot: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NSWC-Carderock/Resources/Curator-of-Navy-Ship-Models/Lead-Corrosion-in-Exhibition-Ship-Models/
  3. Quite frankly when it comes down to it when you are looking at the various modeling companies that make pigments they are all basically the same. Secret Weapon, Ammo by Mig, AK Interactive, MiG Productions (This company may have closed up shop), Battlefront (which maybe Vallejo or one of the other brands re-packaged) and Vallejo are all brands that I have on my shelf. Other than colors they act pretty much the same way. You can brush on dry (messy), apply as a paste with isopropyl alcohol or use one of their fixers (and I really wish I know what was in the fixers). There is a line called Pan Pastel that I use most of the time now, it comes in a cake like form rather than loose pigment, its easier to apply and clean up than the rest of them. Here some links to some of my work with the pan pastels: http://wargamesandrailroads.blogspot.com/2015/11/building-calamity-8-row-house-finishing.html http://wargamesandrailroads.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-little-freight-car-weathering.html http://wargamesandrailroads.blogspot.com/2014/08/boxcars-for-calamity-c-ry-borrows-some_14.html I'm not sure we are talking about the same kind of pigments that Pingo is talking about but taking pre-cautions with anything you use is a good thing.
  4. WWII uniforms in the field tended to start fading very quickly, especially in the Pacific or North African theaters.
  5. I like the colors on the figure on the left better.
  6. There is a place for cheaper brushes in everyone's arsenal.
  7. The mantra you will hear and are hearing is use the biggest brush you can. Certainly that requires a quality brush but I routinely paint eyes with a my Da Vinci #1. I occasionally use a 0 but not on every mini and most of my work is with a #1 or #2 with good points. Using a big brush really helps painting at altitude.
  8. If it is indeed a spray on primer, hit it with a coat of gloss coat, that can sometimes reverse the process.
  9. Two bedrooms, one bathroom and the hallway are done. That still leaves the master bedroom and master bath to go upstairs. That's equal to the combined square footage of the rest upstairs. I haven't even contemplated what waits on the main floor.
  10. I'll second coming to the CMPA on the third Sunday. We have encountered every problem you are facing over the years and we love to share information. If you are looking for more paint brands then try Colpar Hobbies/Hobbytown. They have Vallejo and a large selection of other brands, both acrylic and enemal, that most of us don't think about. Unfortunately they don't have Reaper.
  11. What ever you would like to do, its your contest!
  12. He might be a bit to green, but I'm sure you can tone it down a little bit.
  13. That would be a character from Star Trek Voyager and it's definitely not her!
  14. And just as a point of note Old Glory 15s are no longer part of Old Glory but are a different company now.
  15. That looks like it might be an old GW Rogue Trooper. Sometime in the early 80s.