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  1. BRRRRRRRRRRRP. If you want some reading about the A-10, I think you could do worse than A-10s over Kosovo. A collection of everything from an overall A-10 squadron commander's eye view down to individual pilot anecdotes.
  2. Cash's 2018 Art

    Nice! A big step forwards here in skill. Keep it up!
  3. I've wanted a cross-slide table for a long time, but I've always been wary of the cheap tables that aren't much more than a pair of threaded rods. For the drill press, if nothing else.


    But I got to thinking... while milling with the drill press is a terrible idea (seriously, don't do it, it might maim or kill you when the chuck flies out at 2000 rpm), my Dremel is built to handle radial loading. And it does accept carbide bits. So potentially it could be used as a metal mill.


    So I've ordered a Proxxon KT70 X-Y table. Proxxon has a decent reputation; unlike Dremel, while they do make small rotary tools, they also do make full-on mills. When it arrives I'll tear it down and make a decision:


    a) The table is garbage and it'll go onto the drill press and that'll be the end of that.

    b) The table is suitable, I'll start building my own nano-mill, and document the process in my studio / workshop page.


    I'm really hopeful since Proxxon actually sells the KT70 as part of their own full-up nano-mill setup. Depending on how good the table is I might have to start buying more Proxxon tools... they have a pen lathe that looks interesting...

  4. Macro Web Camera?

    My current webcam is a Logitech C920. It has a mic, and idly testing it here on my desk, it seems to be able to focus all the way down to about an inch, inch and a half away. Only 720p streaming though. They do sell a 1080p webcam (C922) but I have no personal experience with it. Edit: Grabbed a primed mini and took a short video, and then screencapped it. This is about two inches away.
  5. Djinn's Studio & Workshop 2018

    My "belt sander". Work starts at the frontmost part of the handle, because that needs to match the bolster. I sand that to fit, and then work my way back, following the curves I've established. Handle fully shaped. That gap between the bolster and handle is intentional... ... because it needs to fit a flexible spacer. This is the system I've been using for pretty much all my knife handle projects; the leather spacer puts tension on a bolster or guard, which sits on a shoulder in the blade, which pulls it forwards and puts tension on the pin, keeping it from walking off as the wood changes. However, since I work with pre-sharpened blades, there's no real way to push the blade into the handle without putting a ridiculous amount of force on the tip, which might snap it. So I grind an angle on the pin and use it to cam the blade back into the handle as I drive it in. Probably could have set the handle front back a bit more. If you look carefully there's so much tension on the blade it's actually kicked the front wood piece out a bit. That was flush before I did this... Trimmed the leather (using my chisel knife Mora, incidentally), sawed off the pin with a hacksaw, made some attempts at peening I don't think worked, sanded everything flush again, and there we go. Pretty much done except for finish. I like the leather, it's a lovely, cheery red color. I actually have a bunch of scrap leather cutoffs in different colors, including blue, green, yellow, and sparkly gold (...I shudder to think what furniture or clothing was made out of that...) Now I need to make a sheath or scabbard before I cut myself with it.
  6. Knarthex Experiments, and seeks advice...

    You could cut strips of shiny foil into thin rectangles and glue them on after the fact to get the effect you're looking for. If you're set on doing it in GS though, I would say roll out the green stuff into strips, cut them into rectangles, and apply them as one or two layers thick over a ball over the hands.
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Accidentally left the stove on. I'm lucky that a) I have an electric stove and b) I wasn't doing anything other than boiling water on it. I think the pot is ruined though.
  8. Djinn's Studio & Workshop 2018

    Been looking at the Taig micro mill, probably in manual form. Need to think carefully about it though, I've been told that a mill is only 30-50% of the startup cost, and that I'll quickly buy the mill's cost again in tooling . The other contender for a new machine, is of course, a metal lathe. I keep on going back and forth on which one I'd want first... Anyways, so it's been a week. Honestly I could have powered through this project in a day. But there's a unique characteristic to water-based wood glues, and it's that being water-based, they swell the wood where they're in contact. If you saw or sand through the next day, all the glued joints will open up and look terrible in about a week. So I have to wait a week between gluing and shaping. Also, I needed a new belt for my sander / grinder. Gratifyingly, though there was a gap at the edge, sawing into the blank revealed a nice flush glued joint. The cutoff I used to test finishes. Will probably go with shellac. Whilst lacquer is more durable, it's trickier to apply and can't be repaired easily. Waited on a 60 grit belt for my belt grinder because 120 grit was getting me nowhere. I say belt grinder, in reality it's only a light duty knife and tool sharpener. But the final bolster looks nice, and I dipped it in lacquer to maintain that nice shine. Also because while brass corroding looks antique and nice, steel corroding is a tetanus hazard. Decided to go with cebil / curupay for the end cap. Not the best clamping arrangement, but it works. Time to wait another week for glue to dry fully though. I can think on the sheath in the meantime. Wood, leather, or both? Choices choices... ------ Oh yeah, I've also done a bit of art. Nothing finished recently, but one a few months back I neglected to post. Urban arcana!
  9. A few shop improvements. Got an 80-grit belt for my micro belt sander for heavy stock removal (it's really designed to sharpen knives and tools, not turn raw steel into part blanks).


    Replaced the annoying table lock bolt on my drill press with an M10 cam-lever bolt. Now with a simple flip of the lever I can lock the table in place.

  10. Anyone familiar with the Chameleon Paints?

    Looks like interference paints. Golden has a line of single-color interference paints for hand painting; you can mix two or more together to get the desired color shift effect. (Mix all of them and you get pearl). They also sell them in different grinds, unless you want a sparkle effect you'll want Fine for mini-scale. Self-promotion out of the way, I've used them a couple times on some minis, you can see what they look like (kinda, really hard to photograph properly) on them. Quite useful for certain effects, for example, the "lighting" is done with blue and orange interference paints. Also if you thin them down they make excellent paints for painting shear or gossamer fabric. Basically they shift the color of a light source's highlight to whatever the interference paint is. If it's black underneath, the color will show through brilliantly, but you can do some subtle tinting or counter-coloring effects with them. From this angle, it's very bluish... But shift the light angle and all the blue disappears. Also dedicate a brush to them. They have fine mica flakes in them, and if you use the same brush for non interference paint you'll get random shiny flakes in your non-shiny paint.
  11. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Cheetah cubs are born with a series of black and tan stripes running down their back that disappear as they grow up. No one really knows why, but scientists theorize it's to mimic the honey badger, a notoriously ferocious animal that absolutely everything stays away from. Cheetahs raised in captivity are often raised alongside a dog to make them more manageable; the cheetah does whatever the dog does, and the dog is much easier to train. Cheetahs are remarkably genetically similar to one another, compared to other species; it seems that during the last ice age there was a massive decrease in population to dangerously low levels, and all cheetahs today can trace their ancestry to one of the few cheetahs that survived. Cheetahs make the most adorable, uncatlike sounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6Qh3VTmtxU
  12. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    The human circadian rhythm is roughly a 25-hour day. Absent any outside signs, like sunrise / sunset, or a clock, humans will tend to sleep an hour later each day. If you're trying to readjust your sleep schedule (for example, after jet lag), it's easier to stay up later each day and "somersault" your sleep schedule instead of trying to sleep several hours early. This also means it's much harder to readjust your sleep schedule after staying up late. Late sleeping is a self-perpetuating habit until corrected manually. Cats don't have a strong one and sleep whenever they want.
  13. If you let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes after mixing, it's much better behaved. On the other hand, the first 5 or 10 minutes is where it has the most stickiness, so if you need to build up on a slick or smooth surface (try to roughen it up with sandpaper, a file, or even a knife first if you can!) then that's the best time to mush it on. Apoxie Sculpt straight is terrible IMO for mini sculpting, much more suited to terrain or large-scale figures due to it's somewhat large grain and inability to stretch much. Mixed with either GS or ProCreate it becomes much more manageable. Even mixed though, the resulting final will be stiff and hard, not rubbery like the others. Good for some things, not so good for others. For example, weapons are great because you can sculpt a vaguely sword or axe-like blob and put the edges in with a knife or via sanding.
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    In the Forgotten Realms books, usually red? Drizzt famously has purple eyes. Edit: Ninja'd.
  15. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    As an artist, this just pisses me off. It's one thing to be displeased with an art commission (and to take it up with the publisher and artist), it's another to hold a public humiliation contest. Completely unprofessional.