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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Yeah but I don't recommend to other people that they cut toward themselves, if I'm using an x-acto in front of other people (you don't count) I point out to people that I'm doing something I shouldn't be doing and if they choose to do it the same way, it's at their own risk just like I'm taking that risk by my own choice because I'm more comfortable using the tool that way, just like Doug and Andy are saying they're more comfortable using the scalpel blade the way they use it. I'm not arguing with anyone using a tool in the way that works for them, I just don't want anyone to read the way they're using it, not realize that it's not the recommended way to use it and end up in the ER. People should read it, acknowledge that it's being utilized in a way that it wasn't intended for and proceed at their own risk. Unfortunately, the onus is on the person recommending the thing because amazon sells them without any instructions or warnings. Just for you, I'll turn off the camera whenever I feel like cutting toward myself with my x-acto. That way you can sit there in dread with no context for what may or may not be happening instead.
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    Practice?

    It's unnerving to me when you make sense.
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    Sunshine Figures

    So I had too much going on and forgot that I wanted to add $40 to my pledge in order to get Gytha, Lilly AND Altea. But someone else wanted to add funds for one of the stretch goals post-campaign as well, so I just put in my survey that I wanted to give them another $40 for Altea when they charge shipping. Should be fine. ETA: They accepted my request and sent me a paypal request for the additional $40 immediately afterward, then confirmed with me the 3 busts that I'd chosen after I'd paid that.
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    Practice?

    I split quotes by quoting the person, deleting everything from the quote that I don't want to respond to, responding to that part, then quoting their post again and deleting the irrelevant parts again. It pretty much only works if the person you're quoting is still on the same page of the thread as you or else it's too much of a pain. Sometimes I'm even too lazy to scroll back up. It's important to know what motivates you and what demotivates you so that you can tailor your actions in the way that best benefits you, and yet it can be really difficult to figure such things out. It sounds like you've done a great job at identifying at least some of your road blocks, so well done, that'll serve you well. The black and white print and then paint over it is something that Marike Reimer does, as well as painting in swatches of the paints she used so that she can recreate mixes later, so you're in good company with that. You are absolutely good enough to paint it, you just may not have yet acquired the skills to paint it exactly the way that you see in your mind and that's ok. I think we all, myself included, need to get away from this terminology of being "good enough" as it's such defeatist language and can be so discouraging to think of yourself as not being good enough. I've talked about this similar theme before that painting isn't going from step A to Z and there's no one true path to painting a figure. There's different methods and styles and schools of thought that can take you in any number of directions. Painting a figure is like being inside of a maze that's different for every person and has multiple paths to get to the end of the maze and depending on which of the paths you take, you get a different result. Because the maze is different for everyone, no one can really successfully map it out for someone else. They can give suggestions for how they found the end of their own maze and they can even give you a step by step tutorial for how they traversed their maze, but they can't give you the exact answers because your maze generated itself differently based on your past experiences, not theirs. It's far more of a journey than being bad or good. So I think instead of thinking "I'm not good enough", we should ask ourselves if we're far enough on our painting journey to get where we want to go on that particular figure. And really, there's only one way to find out and that's not to shove it back into a drawer. I'm glad my rambles are sometimes useful to people.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I didn't mean to be fussing or make y'all feel like you needed to defend yourselves. But when you're recommending a medical tool that is specifically made to cut flesh, I think the disclaimers should follow pretty close behind. We want to have educated sacrifices to the hobby gods.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    See now if Hedgie were making such a promise, I'd believe it. You, not so much.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Don't try to sweet talk me now.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I'm going to eat your unicorn cereal when I get home. On camera so you can see me eating the deliciousness but can't have any of it yourself.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I know you can't see it right now, but I am shaking my head at you and making a face like this.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Lord, Doug, I want him to keep all of his fingers! If you're going to use scalpel blades, then get the scalpel blade handle as well, but if you get a handle, then you need a pair of well gripped pliers - preferably actual forceps as well because you use the forceps to grip the blade to attach the blade and take it off so that you don't cut your finger off. (Check youtube for how to videos.) I assisted in surgeries for 13 years and never once cut myself with a scalpel blade due to safe practices. You really do need to be cautious with them. Without a proper handle, it would be safer to use them with no handle at all rather than something they could slip out of.
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    Practice?

    I think it's just one of those things where it's going to vary from person to person according to their needs/wants. Not everyone is necessarily painting to improve and that's perfectly fine and not everyone tackles specific areas to practice on and that's ok too. I think there's a lot of different ways to practice. For some people, it works best for them to practice by painting an entire figure to the best of their ability, for some people it works for them to focus on doing their absolute best on one area of the figure and just a standard or quick job on the rest, for some people it works best for them to grab a figure they don't care as much about that has similar features to the figure they're really wanting to paint and practice certain techniques on that and sometimes they'll finish the paint job on the practice figure and sometimes they won't, they'll strip it or keep it for future reference. I even recommend to people that if they're having trouble with a certain area and want to practice in a really focused way, you can actually practice a lot of things on paper - using a brush to paint inside the lines on coloring book pages to practice brush control, practicing painting eyes on paper even though you're typically going to paint larger eyes on paper than you'll find on a mini (and the paper is flat instead of being rounded) it helps to do something repetitively like that to work up good muscle memory for making those precise little dots, not to mention finding colour schemes that work together, freehand practice, etc. I'm a combination of all of those. I have bones minis that have small areas painted that I don't intend on ever finishing, I have a couple that are just painted in crazy colour combinations because I wanted to paint but I just wanted to slop some paint around and not worry at all about the outcome, I have a few figures that I worked really hard on certain parts but called other parts good enough, I have watercolour paper scraps all over that I practiced freehand on, but for the most part, every figure I paint is practice and I'm always learning as I go. I think it's great to recognize that you're someone who needs to be enthusiastic about a figure to paint it. It's very easy to get bogged down in that thought process of "I'm not good enough to paint that figure" so you end up with a bunch of figures that you love and are inspired by, but they just sit in a drawer and end up languishing over painting things that aren't as special to you. It's very common and unfortunate and I've unfortunately done it for a long time myself. Incidentally, I have been in love with Kingdom Death's Flower Witch, ever since I saw Jessica Rich's "Danse Macabre" piece with her in 2015. It took me ages to get a copy of her due to the limited nature of Kingdom Death figures....eventually I got my hands on 3 copies and have a 4th coming after their last kickstarter...... and yet I still haven't painted her because I've been so afraid of messing her up. At this point, it should literally be considered a crime. ....and that's not even mentioning how many other Kingdom Death figures I own and keep buying and had never painted any of them because they're just too nice to mess up. So I decided to put a stop to that and finally paint a Kingdom Death figure. Most of them are multi-part and can be a little tricky to put together (and I loathe and am awful at assembly and prep) so I chose to go with a practice piece to start with and picked the Pinup Wet Nurse because I had a couple of copies and she's one of the few KD figures that is readily available. That practice piece won me a gold medal at Reapercon: https://reapercon.com/mspopen/2018/artist/Jenn Bland So, practice is truly what you make of it and you should absolutely choose whatever method or combination of methods works best for you personally. There's no right or wrong answer, only options. I think this thread is a great source for perspectives that people might not have thought about before because you never know what's going to make something click for you!
  12. Well thank you very, very much! It was very thoughtful and I love them lots!
  13. Ok, the box is on its way to you, @NecroMancer! As promised, here are pics of what I took out of it. Here’s everything: And some up close pics of the stuff that got the most glare: Reaper Bones Vanja, Fire Giant Queen GW Chaos Hounds A resin dragon Bag of rats Bag of goblins Bombshell pirate lady Coffin and some feathers aaaaaand.... Who added these???? There wasn’t a name in the book to tell me who to thank! (Which I should’ve done ages ago, sorry!) I love them so much!!!! (I’m posting this from my phone, so I apologize if the pics are hugely ginormous, I’ll make them smaller when I’m at the computer!) Can confirm, I did not let him do any such thing.
  14. Guindyloo box is on its way to Necromancer!
  15. FYI Buglips and I are heading to the post office very soon. I just put a bunch of stuff in AND I remembered where I put the stuff I took out so I could write it down like I’d meant to do ages ago. I promise I’ll take a pic of that stuff when we get back home in a couple of hours. I’m not promising that Buglips added a little something to the box, but I’m not promising he didn’t either....
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    Welcome, new forum friends!

    Welcome! Hopefully I met a few of you over the course of the con and you caught me one of the times that I remembered to bring my ribbons with me! @Celianailo I’m glad you came and sat with us at the Sunday night dinner, it was a fun night! I’m also glad to see you got your name set up with a new account so you can have even more fun with us here!
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    Hedgie

    It was great to meet you and Hedgie! I followed your page on Facebook so I can see what other adventures Hedgie goes on and I was glad that you caught me, @buglips*the*goblin and @Chaoswolf so we could be a part of them!
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    Home Sweet Home/Post Con Report

    Buglips and I are finally back safe in New Orleans! Lots of traffic and lots of bad weather and my gps being a dumb-dumb pushed us back quite a bit later than intended, but we made it safe and sound!
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    Reaper Con 2018 photo thread

    @Keianna Buglips’ unicorn name is Fancy Starshine Blazer and mine is Sunbeam Spirit Dancer. We will expect everyone to address us appropriately.
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    Unofficial forumite dinner on Sunday

    Buglips and I are in!
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Double check that....are you off until Tuesday the 4th or Wednesday the 5th?
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    Warduke

    Looking great! Yes to some very light glazing! Just be very gentle with it and make sure your glaze is very thin, test it before you put it on the model to make sure it’s not too heavy and make sure you wick out the moisture on a paper towel. You’ve got some really great definition there with the shading.
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    Happy Birthday, Guindyloo!

    Thanks guys, I appreciate all of the kind birthday wishes!
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    I’ll be wearing t-shirts with xenomorphs on them every day. Generally if you find me, you will also find Buglips and vice versa, unless I’m in class or he’s cheating on me with the melt table or some hussy pinball machine.
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