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About TaleSpinner

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  • Birthday 08/05/1970

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  1. TaleSpinner

    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Good point. I have also used a glass quart jar and that worked too.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I think those would really really pop if you touched up just the very high points with thinned pure white to pop the very top highlights. Well done.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Oooooo, my sacks and jars make an appearance. I haven't seen them in a while. Thanks for sharing your great job on them. Using Liner as a Primer: I'd like to note that you really do not need to have a solid well-covered layer of liner to get the effect needed. You simply need to stain the entire surface of the bones in liner. For me when I use Brown Liner on a white bones, this ends in the mini being a blotchy, light tan, and, once dry, this has the same holding effect as a full coat (also obscures less detail than a full primer coat). The fastest method I have found (and the one I use to prep my class minis) is the ziplock bag method (works best on troll/griffin sized minis and smaller; the small minis bouncing around agitate and distribute the paint): 1. Wash the bones in a bath of simple green and water, rinse very well, and shake them in a towel. Try not to touch them at this point. 2. Into a 1 Gallon ziplock bag, put in 60 drops of MSP brown or blue liner and 15 to 20 drops of water, squeezing the bottom of the bag to mix the two. 3. Fill the bag 1/2 full of washed Bones minis. Blow some air into the bag and seal it so it is puffy like a pillow. 4. Shake the carp out of the bag for a few minutes until everything in the bag is brown. Let it sit for a minute so that the excess drains off the minis. 5. Remove the minis onto several paper towels and wrap them loosely in the towels. Shake the minis in the towels letting them bounce around in the towels to get off the excess. 6. Stand them up on another paper towel and let them dry. 7. Touch up any areas that were missed completely. Most of the mini should be light brown or light blue, probably a bit blotchy (the bones material should show through the paint). 8. Proceed to paint as normal You can typically do a few batches this way, and can seal the bag and reuse it many times. Before ReaperCon, I typically prep 20 to 30 minis this way (anyone who has taken one of my painting classes can likely vouch for the viability of the product this produces). Bear in mind I have not yet tried this with Bones black. It should work, but given the more brittle nature of the Black, I'd shake more gently with a lot more of a rolling motion than with normal Bones.
  4. TaleSpinner

    Getting to Know You for April 2019

    Yes, but if I gain any more weight I'm not getting out of it.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Personally, that is one reason I like the gel. I put all of mine together with a couple little dots of gell on the sides of the tabs. This allows me to use them, but when I want to paint one I can break it apart, deflash, and paint as needed. So gel for initial assembly, liquid for permanent.
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    Getting to Know You for April 2019

    Heh, yeah, when I was in school, everyone had a knife on them. We never even considered using them each other; that just wasn't an option. Most boys in my rural town got our first pocket knives at 10, BB guns at 11, bow at 12, and 22 rifle at 15. Heck, in the Fall, most of the cars in the school parking lot likely have a rifle or two in them as the guys typically went hunting right after school. It simply wasn't a problem. That said, bullying was a lot more pervasive and culturally systemic back then than what we have now days. My boys didn't have to put up with nearly as much physical abuse as I did, and when they did the school actually did something about it instead of just laughing it off as "Boys will be boys" or "Grow a pair", both things I had adults tell me as a kid. Now the bullying seems to be far more mental, organized shunning being very pervasive in the schools now.
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    Getting to Know You for April 2019

    Always, since I was 10, unless I am flying somewhere or going somewhere it is not allowed. I just lost the one I had handmade for me by a Canadian smith. I think it is somewhere on my parent's farm.
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    ReaperCon 2019 -- Classes I Would Take

    And the hardest part to teach, but will definitely be covered. The problem is what material are we copying: fur? light cloth? heavy cloth? chain mail? etc... So that's the part I have to figure out how to teach. What I will likely do is go over where and why to cut, then how to prepare the edges for sculpting, then how to approach matching what is there with ideas on adjusting fabric drapery and the like. Also what things you likely cannot repose without having to re-sculpt most things.
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    ReaperCon 2019 -- Classes I Would Take

    Alright, I'll do it. Title idea: "Yoga for Minis: Reposing your Models" Yeah, metal is easier to repose, as it holds a new position without support, but is harder to cut in a class room setting. I'll likely teach the class in Bones, but have a few metal versions prepared to discuss.
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    Getting to Know You for April 2019

    TRUTH! Let he who never wore parachute pants throw the first stone.
  11. TaleSpinner

    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    You two are one of my favorite couples. I love you guys. You really need to do it as a couple's WIP. I hope the badness of the week is over.
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    Question RE: Forum Private Messages

    We mods can do it if you have a need. You just need to contact me first and if your cause is just invite me as one of the initial people and we can then add people, within limits.
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    Getting to Know You for April 2019

    Fixed that for you. In the 80's we pretty much just moved the crazy from clothes to hair.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    We play with them painted or not, so I assemble them so they are ready to go. I only require PC minis to be painted. It is kind of nice actually because it is easy to see which are the PCs and which are the mooks. I do like to have special monsters and NPCs painted, but wont stop the game just because I don't have time to paint ahead of time. If I do want to paint them later, it typically isn't hard to deflash, prep, and paint them assembled, though if needed, I typically can break the SG bond. I only actually do this with Bones minis. Metal minis are stored in their blister packs until I paint them, but then metal is typically reserved these days for PC minis or Show minis.
  15. TaleSpinner

    Getting to Know You for April 2019

    Grilled rare, well seasoned with a touch of wood smoke. Blacksting; Julie leveled up artistically speaking on that one. Can't chose one, but the top three are Creme Brulee, Key Lime Pie, and Tiramisu Sure, but I don't need another hobby. Valley of the Giants in the Quinault Rainforest. I'd like a Bearded Dragon, but my wife says, "no." I grew up in the 70's; it appears that my brain has wisely blocked all memories of the clothing of that era. No