Grumpy Cave Bear

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  1. Much the same way that a Bones figure can become less floppy, once its primed, painted and sealed. That paint layer stiffens it up.
  2. Fulfilling

    Got my shipping (postage) notification today at 6:33 am PST!
  3. Fulfilling

    I locked my order on 10/04, and no shipping notice yet. Looks like I'm one of the few remaining first wave backers whose order hasn't been processed yet, so likely tomorrow morning... and I triple-checked my address and email just now!
  4. Fierce! It's got a very "Dragon Quest" design to it, if you've ever played the video game series.
  5. I got birthday wishes from my son this morning, after showing him this thread. Then he dragged the other two out of bed to wish me happy birthday. His twin was "Yeah, sure, whatever," and their older sister was asking "Why are you getting me up so early again? Oh, it's your birthday!"
  6. ... and, added to my profile!
  7. Happy birth-- um, wait up! Thanks for all your birthday wishes! You're the very first to give a birthday greeting to me so far today! (...and I'm looking over at my son on the computer next to me right now...)
  8. Happy birthday!
  9. If you end up having to make your own miniature mirror, consider buying something like plastic mirror sheets. They should be easy to cut to size, and usually available at craft / hobby / sewing stores. Also at the scale you're working, you'll probably want the mirrored surface on the top surface (like a polished metal or chromed surface), rather than behind the glass/plastic. Otherwise it will look out of scale.
  10. Hey, isn't that Herman Munster's dog?
  11. Day 7: I've left it for a week, and I'm finally starting to see some difference between the test and control figures. Overall flexibility of the test ghast is only slightly down -- the ankles in particular are still as flexible in the test as the control. Where I'm seeing the greatest difference is in the thinner areas. The fingers are less flexible, and the raised flash around the mold lines are now hardened sharp ridges. That's in line with what Doug has said -- that the leaching of plasticizer would be mostly from surface areas, and that the EToH would not be as active a solvent as the IPA. My takeaway? This method could be used to harden thin volumes like swords, but for stiffening thick flexible areas, like a dragon's leg, you might be better served warming the model and pushing a pin up through it.
  12. I may be wrong about the polyoxymethylene -- my experience with it comes from its use in model trains where, for at least a while, it was used for things like locomotive handrails or boxcar stirrup steps, which would have been much more rigid and fragile if they had been made from styrene -- and which were cursed for being completely unpaintable. Looking at the common usages, it appears that high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is the most likely type of plastic used for toy soldiers (and knights and monsters). HDPE is just as difficult to paint or glue without etching. One site I found suggested brushing a thin layer liquid latex (mold making material) on toy soldiers. This is just a variation on the old "encase the whole thing in something flexible and paintable" approach, and probably works better than hairspray, though still terrible under handling. I have exactly one painted toy knight made from flexible "army man" plastic, and which hasn't peeled yet. It may be because it was a PVC figure (I don't know what material, really), or it may be because I primed it in gray Liquitex gesso. It has survived where others have peeled.
  13. The Tim Mee figures are likely made of Delrin or some similar acetal plastic, which are notably difficult to paint or glue. Acetal plastics have to be etched make a rough or satin surface that allows a mechanical glue bond. I assume the same is true for painting them. I'm betting that they can be dyed, however; for instance, by coloring them with a Sharpie permanent marker and leaving them for several days before washing them off.
  14. Second day: No noticeable change. I'll leave it through the weekend.