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  1. Woohoo! Just making a sign of life over here, so you know I'm still alive, and stuff.
  2. A very large dragon that is NOT zombified, skeletonized, or decomposing in any way.
  3. A fair bit of what I have to fill the box is old lead, so I guess I should be on the heavy box circuit.
  4. Northern California. No international on account of being broke right now. Maybe I have enough stuff to be a starter, but I lack the courage.
  5. Heroines in Sensible Shoes 3

    I put in my pledge for the dozen just under the wire. Best wishes.
  6. Painting Bones Armory Weapons

    My understanding is that the opaque rigid parts are ABS and the clear/translucent ones are polystyrene. Both should take acrylic paints just fine after thorough cleaning.
  7. Bicycles, and riders for them, of all kinds from penny-farthing to modern city rentals. These would probably be easiest to mold in clear polystyrene, allowing the wheels to be formed as discs with spokes textured on the surfaces.
  8. Varnish reactivating paint? Help!

    There are some acrylics that are soluble in ammonia, and that would be a likely component in floor polish, which would cause the colors to run. Alcohol softens even more acrylic formulations, but usually not so quickly.
  9. Varnish reactivating paint? Help!

    That's what watercolor does. The binder is usually gum arabic, which is water soluble even when dry.
  10. Cheap paint sources

    Here I've base coated my Bones 3 Goremaw with the Behr Premium Plus flat, from a sample pot of pale yellow, which I suspect to be an off-white but mixed wrong. Lighting is with an LED lamp and camera flash. The photo looks much darker on screen than the model does, probably because the flash boosted contrast
  11. Painting female Soviet tank commanders and tank riders

    While not entirely relevant to your project, here is some hot tank action commanded by cute anime girls, Girls und Panzer der Film, theatrical trailer If you were to search for Strike Witches anime, you'd find a bunch of girls with airplanes for legs.
  12. Cheap paint sources

    I said I'd report back with some results, so here we go. First I asked myself, what is house paint for? The obvious response is that it's for painting houses, but what does that mean? It's meant to form a durable coating, resistant to exposure to the elements and direct damage. It's meant to coat and protect a variety of possible surfaces, including wood, metal, stone, concrete, brick, paper, plaster, and (importantly in this instance) vinyl siding. The coating is meant to be thick enough to protect the substrate, but also be smooth and attractive. This means it has self-leveling properties to reduce the visibility of brush strokes, but may obscure fine details. I've not yet painted on top of it, but the Behr Premium Plus Flat Interior paint forms an extremely matte coating on Bones vinyl figures. It remains sufficiently flexible in that it does not crack when the figures are flexed , and it is difficult but not impossible to scratch off with a fingernail. It does chip and scratch readily when struck with metal knives and dental tools, but it does require a bit of force even then. Fears about the paint obscuring fine details are proven to be well founded but exaggerated. Careful application technique to prevent pooling mitigates this problem quite well. I'll come back and edit this post to add photos, but it's too late for that tonight.
  13. Paint Shaker of the homemade variety

    A friend of mine built a small paint shaker using a broken computer fan mounted on some foam blocks. The motor was fine, but some of the blades were broken, and he drilled some screws into the remaining ones to offset the center of gravity. It gives a much gentler shake than a jigsaw would, but it's not bad for something made of garbage. edit: it's almost just like @Willen's device, but a little different.
  14. Reaper Anti-Shine Additive and Les' Magic Wash

    I've had very good results with Golden "Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Matte)". Just a drop or two goes a long way.
  15. Cheap paint sources

    The performance priorities for house paint are understandably different than for hobby, craft, or artists paints. That said, what I've seen so far suggests this oops batch performs better than gesso for this purpose, but it's too soon to say with 100% certainty.