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  1. I want to be the first to jump the gun. 2018? I don't really expect an answer ... given that the Reaper staff is probably just being released from various hospitals, asylums, and rest facilities after this year's Reapercon. I would appreciate a guess, not to the dates themselves, but when the dates might be released. Next year is shaping up very busy for me and I would like to lay in Reapercon to avoid conflict. This year was so enjoyable that I don't want to miss the next one.
  2. CMON Rising Sun

    New Mexico. Two days ago. If I got it here, then it should have been faster to anywhere else.
  3. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    I appreciate the advice. My problem is that I can find a reference to the anatomy, but changing the scale to mini size and painting the shadow/highlight where it does not exist on the sculpt of the mini is beyond me. I may actually have that book. I'll look.
  4. Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    I certainly hope not.
  5. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    I was thinking about knees. There is some interesting anatomy around the knee. If represented well at mini scale, it really adds to the result. Even if the sculpture does not provide the contours of the anatomy, it can be represented in paint. The same goes for calves, thighs, forearms, wrists, upper arms, shoulders, backs, butts, necks ... well you get the idea. I just don't know how to do it. Maybe a basic anatomy for minis class. Hands-on. I can get endless anatomy information from books and the internet; I just haven't been able to transfer it to a mini.
  6. Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    It just occurred to me that we probably will have classes in actual rooms and won't have the extraneous noise that plagued the last couple of ReaperCons. OTOH, I will miss the Mariscos 2000 restaurant. The best Mexican seafood ever. As much as I hate driving in Dallas, and I really, really hate driving in Dallas, I may have to go in to Mariscos.
  7. Space marine project

    This is spectacular. Keep us posted.
  8. Mother Nature Bust

    This is a great tutorial. Maybe the best ever.
  9. Cragheart

    I'd personally do more contrast on the skin, but I like it.
  10. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    To the OP. Hands. Feet. Arms. Legs. Butts. And such. There are always face and eyes and skin classes. I have taken and will continue to take them. But, thanks to a particularly good class last year, we were encouraged to put down the brush and mini and look at art. Lots of art. Intently. I noticed that a hand can become a whole complex project in itself. And that a really well done hand ups the level of the entire mini. Then I noted that feet can do the same. It seems to me that improvement in skin covered areas -- other than the face -- would help me quite a lot. It is more than just highlights and shadows; it is how you look at different parts of the body and how you can represent them in mini scale. I'd take those classes.
  11. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    Amen. Sold out in 20 minutes? How about less than 10 seconds. At the risk of stepping on virtual toes, I detect a note of classupsmanship. I have heard, to paraphrase, "I got so and so's class, and they are so great, and we are personal friends, and it is so hard to get, and it is the bestest ever there was, and people have told me how they envy me, and I took it last year, too." Have the same class offered twice or thrice would go a long way to addressing that phenomenon. Especially for folks who would really like to learn the technique from a respected artist. The issue, I think, is whether an instructor is going to sign up for teaching some of these incredibly popular classes. Some will and, I venture, some won't.
  12. Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    No, thank you. Personal experience can be extremely painful. I'd rather learn from others'.
  13. Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    That was a useful post, indeed.
  14. Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    In-n-Out satisfies the soul as well as the body.
  15. Martian Terrain for Imperial Skies.

    Pretty impressive all round.
  16. Never thought of just adding flock to existing foliage on a commercial tree. Wish I had. Now I have to congratulate you.
  17. Filling gap

    What he said. With a caveat. When I use baking soda and cyanocrylate (superglue) as a filler, I fill the gap with baking soda and then add a very small amount of cyano by "dropping" or "easing" it on the baking soda. It will penetrate the volume of the baking soda. As soon as the glue hits the baking soda, there is a chemical reaction which will produce heat and the mix will set rock hard instantly. It is particularly effective filling gaps and holes in resin. Then sanding and/or filling the rest of the now much smaller gap with something else.
  18. Ilva, The Syren of Kaldeth Strait

  19. 02035: Gwendalyn the Healer

    Very interesting subdued color palette. At first, I didn't care for it, but, as I keep looking, it has grown on me. I like it more and more.
  20. 01578: Carol, Christmas Bard

    Well done.
  21. Filling gap

    When I pin, I drill holes in both parts to be joined. There is usually a bit of looseness as I have to drill the holes larger than the pin to get them to align perfectly. So I have two holes and the pin -- which is not inserted in either hole at this time. Using two part, 5 minute epoxy. I use very small amounts and mix them 1:1 with a toothpick. Then I use the toothpick to place a small bit of epoxy in one of the holes and a bit on one end of the pin that I then insert in the hole. I basically fill any space with epoxy, but without letting any epoxy overflow the hole with the pin in it. That should help the goopy, gummy effect. The trick is to use as little epoxy as possible. I let the epoxy cure and then let it dry for 24 hours. I repeat the process with the other end of the pin -- a very small amount on the pin and in the hole and join them. Let the join cure for 24 hours. Can be tricky to stabilize the join as the epoxy sets and cures. It sounds to me that your epoxy is old and should be replaced. Like cyno, epoxy ages rather rapidly...so I buy the smallest amount available as I usually end up throwing 90-95% of it away. Try a test ... grab some scrap and join two pieces.
  22. Finished Nativity #1

    I love Nativities and you've done excellently on this one. I noted that you used the traditional blue and white with Mary...good on you.