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Everything posted by Heisler

  1. Gunfighter's Ball Wild West Miniatures Game

    There is a reason they are calling it the Icon faction! I do wish there was a level somewhere between $35 and $135 dollars though. Looks like I'll join in at the lower level and just pick out stuff from the add ons. I will attest to the quality of the miniatures though. I have the Faro set and the Poker Table set and they are fabulous. I now feel the need to pull these out and get some paint on them.
  2. Effective May 2015 the CMPA is moving to the 3rd Saturday of each month. We will be meeting at Total Escape Games in Broomfield CO. The address is: 6831 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020 3rd Saturday Dates: 5/16, 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19 and 1/16/2016 There is an event calendar on our website: http://cominipainters.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoMiniaturePaintersAlliance
  3. How in the world are you cramming 20 painters into Total Escape? Getting 10 in there was quite the challenge. I'm certainly glad to see the CMPA thriving though.
  4. CMPA Three Color Challenge

    Well, that is the dilemma I don't have time to just mess around with something I don't want to put meaningful time into. Every minute really does count. Enough so that I keep plenty of stuff prepped and ready to go, if time were available I have minis I could this with right now. They just have better uses so I have to weight the pros and cons. Surgery, even minor surgery, tends to change your perspectives just a bit.
  5. CMPA Three Color Challenge

    I'll have to think about this. I like the concept a lot, painting time is just very precious these days.
  6. Siri's Guide to Painting Rust

    Shouldn't be an issue although I prefer to thin the paints further on vertical surfaces like that and let them run down.
  7. Without really knowing the meaning of the various components, you would be able to take the design on the shield and translate that directly onto one or both of the shoulder pads. I might then take the peacock feathers and add them either to the shoulder pads with the shield design similar to what you see at the top of your picture or possibly paint them surrounding the helmet.
  8. Kickstarter idea

    While not a Reaper peep, I seriously doubt that Reaper would have a kickstarter for metal miniatures. They already can produce metal miniatures at will so needing to run a kickstarter to fund that process isn't necessary.
  9. Ain't No Such Thang

    I feel the need to correct the teacher. Crockett held a seat in Congress before he was at the Alamo. Its hard to hold a seat in Congress when you are dead, although some members of Congress make me think they are dead.
  10. I don't understand why there is an aversion to the scale. I have spent years playing aerial combat games running from 1/144th to 1/72nd, I would say that 10mm is just about perfect for something like this.
  11. While I realize that not all painters are interested in painting competitions I thought it might be valuable to figure out where to go if you want to compete. I'm going to start a list here, chime in and I'll update the initial post. What we are looking for are the where, the when, the type of judging used and maybe an idea of size and quality of the entries. What I don't want to include are small local store competitions, so please restrict it to those that are stand alone events or part of a convention (gaming or otherwise). If you know of historical painting competitions or modeling shows that include miniature painting include those as well. If you have a website link that would be handy. I'll try and arrange them in a yearly order of occurrence. Genghis Con, Denver CO, President's Day Weekend (February), Trophy (1-3rd place by category), + Best in show. Typically features 100-150 entries with all skill levels represented, Tends to be heavy with high quality entries. Painting Competition run by the CMPA. http://www.originsgamefair.com Historicon, Fredericksburg VA, July http://www.historicon.org Open Gaming Convention, Nashua NH, Trophy judging + Best in Show (not sure if there are trophies per category or not) http://www.ogc-con.com/ogc/ GenCon, Indianapolis IN, August, Open system, + Best in Show. Unknown # of entries, all skill levels represented, Mid to high number of high quality entries. Run by MHE (miniature hobby events) http://genconminipainting.com Gateway, Los Angeles CA, Labor Day Weekend (Aug/Sep), Trophy (1st-3rd place by category) + Best of Show small competition http://strategicon.net MMSI, Chicago IL, October, Open System + Best in Show, Large competition, very heavy with high quality entries. Run by MMSI [This is primarily a historical show but added a fantasy category a number of years ago, a number of fantasy painters now serve in the judging groups] http://www.mmsichicago.com/ Gladiator Games, Salt Lake City UT, October, Trophy (1st-3rd place by category), I'm guessing that this is a small competition. Let me know what else is out there or fill in missing information from the ones above.
  12. DVD Question

    Marike has an accent? I don't think I have ever noticed that.
  13. Let's make a present ... Selfmade 3d Print "Friends"

    I would strip, scrub, make sure they are dry and then re-prime. I think you are going to actually save time that way.
  14. Let's make a present ... Selfmade 3d Print "Friends"

    Not sure then. I haven't used that printer before but the Tamiya primer is similar. If it goes glossy, indicating that you have applied to much it's almost impossible to get paint to stick. I would be really tempted to strip them and start again.
  15. Let's make a present ... Selfmade 3d Print "Friends"

    Did your primer go glossy on you before you started painting?
  16. Airbrush to Spray Reaper Brush-on Sealer?

    Just use the regular stuff, I normally shoot water till its clear and then a small amount of airbrush cleaner if I'm done with the painting session. Water between colors is usually all I need to keep it clean during a full on airbrush session.
  17. I hate to admit this, but the only minis I ever wash are resin. Everything else is painted as is regardless of how I handle it, although I do endeavor to handle a mini as little as possible after it has been primed. I have never had a problem with sealer but then I don't typically use sealer on anything but a gaming piece. I handle my competition pieces in the same way as I do any other piece. There are no solvents in any of the acrylic sealers, so I think you can safely rule that out as the culprit (although I will not paint on Vallejo sealers they gunk up to easy, is airbrush only for those). To me it sounds like it is, indeed, the soap.
  18. Airbrush to Spray Reaper Brush-on Sealer?

    Just be sure you really clean out your airbrush after shootiing sealers. Nothing can gum an airbrush faster than a sealer
  19. What do you clean your airbrush with? Reaper paints have no solvents in them so it couldn't be the sealer itself. The Vallejo airbrush cleaner may contain a solvent though.
  20. Making your own pigments

    From a pure hobby prospective it just isn't with the time. Open up a bottle off paint and get out the brush.
  21. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    It would be much to early to confirm a rumor like that. No one here is getting ready for 2018 yet, with the exception of myself and Adrienne. I expect it is just that a rumor and nothing more.
  22. Auction Action for "Low Rollers"

    I usually have a good idea of the approximate amount of RBs there are on the floor. This year I was only on site for Sunday and that it made it difficult to get a good feel for how many there were. It didn't help that there were some calculation errors or that some GMs gave out more than they should have for games. Still, the prices overall were significantly lower than they have been in the past for items. We only got above the 10,000 mark once in the entire auction. But most of the paint sets went in the 7,000 range, although they dropped down into the 5,000 range closer to the end of the show.
  23. Auction Action for "Low Rollers"

    Just erase that, no one needs to see me in action
  24. Auction Action for "Low Rollers"

    You are right about that, still I wouldn't hold my breath on that one.
  25. Colorado Cons

    I guess the whole DGA business still makes me a little testy after we worked so long and hard on it. Get the wrong board of directors in there and the whole thing goes haywire.