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  1. I don't exactly remember when, but sometime in the past year, Stephanie Law started a Kickstarter to produce sets of mini palettes for on-the-go watercolor painting. The set included one mini-well palette and one mixing-well palette. These stack in a tin with a cloth separators that can be moistened to keep the paint fresh. I thought that these might be just what I want as a tool to help me with the speed painting and glazing techniques I have been working on. Essentially, I get too focused on mixing the paint and not enough on painting. With these, I can lay down a drop of color and use the other palette to mix the paint on the fly. So I bought into the Kickstarter, and they came yesterday. I was very excited and had to paint something. I happened to have one of the Stephanie Law foxes from Dark Sword Miniatures, sculpted by Patrick Keith, and thought that would be very apropos for testing her palettes. After getting my sculpts to a pause point, I preped and primed the fox and went for it. So this is a review of this product. I hope you will find it useful. I broke my session into logical steps and time stamps, since I am trying to speed paint here. 6:40 pm As delivered to me and the primed mini: On opening the cover, you find two circles of paper with Ms. Law's palette bee on them. The other side of each is a blank color wheel that you can paint yourself. Further digging into the can, you find a parfait of three cloths separating two palettes, and a nice piece of Stephanie Law's artwork at the bottom (I love her art). So I decided to use a typical red fox color scheme, but with much more saturated orange than a real fox has. I put my base coat colors in the color wheel palette: I used the second palette to mix color and quickly base coated and shaded the mini. 7:00 pm 7:15 pm I continued with the highlighting. I ended up having to clean out the second palette at that point as I had filled it. I noted that it is hard to get dried acrylic paint out of the crevices of the wells. Not too surprising since it was tested with water colors. A bit of scrubbing with a brush and it was ready to go. 7:30 pm I continued the highlighting, and started detailing various points. 7:45 pm More highlighting and base work. 8:00 pm Finished highlights and touch-ups. Here is the final state of the palettes: Final Comments I really, really like these. They really push me toward being better and faster. I can adjust on the fly and really use a lot of the techniques that I learned from watching Derek S. much better. I honestly cannot believe how fast I got that fox done. I think I would have wasted a lot of time with my old wells mixing paint needlessly. I also wasted very little paint. I think in the future I might mix and paint from a piece of parchment paper instead of the larger well palette; I'll use that then for the high-use paints like base coats and liners, which I had to refill several times in the little well palette. I also really like the cloth separators that were provided. I was able to wet one and lay it over the mini-well palette while painting, keeping the paint fresh. I can see this being a way to keep paints fresh in the can too, but I fear that the can may eventually rust. I think I need more time with these to really get the feel on how I want to use them best, but I can definitely see them becoming a main-stay of my painting. Given all that, I highly recommend these palettes, and would like to thank Ms. Law for creating these for us.
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    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT...

    Frankie is light tan with a dark (and graying) face and dark ears. Enzo (the new puppy) is a black and chestnut brindle.
  3. Me too. Of course I bought other things as well, because I really NEED more miniatures.
  4. https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/johan/latest/01633
  5. I just did for the Jason Wiebe event.
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    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT...

    Yeah, I'll pay $50+ for a resin, planning on it actually.
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    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT...

    I just ordered mine! We totally need a Paint Jason contest once we all get our minis!
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    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT...

    Photo from Rhonda Bender's ( @Wren) ReaperCon photo post.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    A client of mine has commissioned me to produce a new line of oriental-themed turtle people, based on box-turtles. I'm pretty excited about this project as I love the subject as well as the challenges that it will present me. We are going to take a modular approach to this, with me creating a fully sculpted shell with arm and leg armatures. This I can then cast in bronze and use to make many different minis. I am also planning on making several heads and casting them to be added to each sculpt. A turtle head is pretty generic with little possible expression, so I should be able to make a few variations and reuse them. I will also be sculpting and casting various oriental weapons, hats, and other accouterments to be added to the sculpts. After all that, I will be making three sculpts to begin with, and we'll see where we take it from there. If it all turns out, you'll likely be seeing all of this on the KS page at some point. Here is the basic concept (this is very rough and I am not very good at drawing; the 3D sculpts will be a lot better): Here is a close up of the basic armature concept: Last night, I began the project by making the armature and underpinning the shell Here is the top view: And the side view: I will be basing the turtle parts on the Eastern Box-turtle: And finally, as I was typing this, the bronze came: Now, I am going to have to figure out how to cut that up into chunks that can fit my crucible. More to come soon. Andy
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    On Tuesday night, I worked to prep the stuff I needed my shop tools for. I cut out a blank for the rogue's fan, I sanded down and shaped the sorcerer's hat, and I used my new toy to make a wire square. I got my self a professional rolling mill. It is very awesome. Anyway, I used it to make a wire square and then twisted it to make a twisty wand for the Sorcerer. I also preped a sword for the bard and soldered a peg onto it and drilled a hole for the peg into the bard (the sword will be a separate part). New toy: Wand and sword with peg: Sorcerer with shaped hat (still needs more items added to the hat) and wand: Today at lunch, I sculpted a button for the Bard's belt-pouch to match the medallions on his back. I also sculpted the sword pommel and hanger. The bard is now done, save for making a slot base tab and cutting it up. Expect final pictures by the end of the weekend.
  11. I would like to play ___games____but it would take too much __time___ to _________ _________ ____ ______
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    80's Kids

    How did they get a picture of me from middle school; they obviously had one as reference for this:
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    Kristof65's A-Team 2083

    I'd tuck them in in that case.
  14. I just saw this now. I'm sad I missed it.
  15. To be honest, I don't play much anymore. The sculpting has become nearly all-consuming of my available free time. Does that mean I'm prepping for other people's games?
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    YES!!! Uh oh, does that mean your rates are going up. Normal, I release all fish over a certain size on our lake, especially the bass and northerns. The big ones are the breeding stock. That said, we ended up having to keep her, since there was a malfunction with the tip-up and it never flagged. By the time I realized she was there, she'd swallowed everything and been fully played out. There was no way I could save her, so I dispatched her quickly, and we filleted her. My wife's parents took the two huge fillets home for dinner Monday night. I haven't heard how she tasted yet. We also kept a bunch of panfish and two medium sized (21 to 22 inches) northerns. We ate the pan fish for breakfast the next morning. They were amazing. I am pickling the northerns for Christmas. We'll have those instead of the usual herring.
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    Kristof65's A-Team 2083

    Murdock's Cap Use a diamond wheel on your dremel or a jeweler's saw and cut a slit in his forehead where you want the bib of the cap. Cut the bib out of thin brass sheet, making it a little long as a tab to fit into the slit you cut. Glue the bib into the slit; since it won't be cast, super glue is fine. Add a bit of curve to the bib's outer portion. Use a thin layer of GS to add thickness and texture to the bib (if needed) . Sculpt the cap over his head (I don't think you need instruction on this part, yes?). Note: If you check out some of my recent posts in the Boxer Rebellion WIP, you will see that I did this very thing with the scorcerer's high collar. B.A.'s Chains This a a bit tougher to explain. You could do it in a couple of ways. First you could find real chains and glue them on. They do make some amazingly tiny chains, but still too big for a mini. To sculpt it, I'd approach it as follows: Roll out a cylinder (snake) of GS to the approximate thickness of the mass of chains. Apply it around the neck and to his chest, sealing the ends together. Looking at your reference art, shape the whole mass, sealing it to him, paying attention to how the mass lays on him and the way gravity affects it. You may need to remove or add putty to get it right. Take time here and really study the mass from all angles. Clay Shapers are the right tool for this step. Start cutting in the individual strains of chains using a blade. Pay attention to you reference art and the way they twist and flow. Don't worry about making them look "Chain-like" now, just concentrate of getting the strands cut in and flowing right. Very lightly, with a touch lighter than a butterfly's fart*, dab at each chain strand to texture its surface, giving it a chain like appearance. Note that steps 3 through 5 will take a long time and probably won't be done until the putty is starting to set up. This would take me about 30 to 40 minutes; when I was learning to sculpt, it would have taken one to two hours. * Butterfly's Fart is copyright Gene VanHorne
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    Owl Coin

    My father is one of those people who is always really hard to buy for. This year I drew his name for Christmas. He is an amazing woodworker and craftsman. I wanted to get him something he didn't have and wouldn't buy for himself. I was perusing Wood magazine, and saw an add for ID coins; essentially they are laser engraved metal coins that you countersink into the bottom of your woodwork to identify it as having come from your shop. The design is yours and they make the coins for you. I can do that, even better! So I started designing it. My dad loves owls; they are kind of his symbol already. Also, our last name is Pieper (pronounced Peeper), so every guy in my family going back at least 4 generations has been known by the nickname "Peeps" at some point in his life; it's kind of a family right of passage when your friends start calling you Peeps. So I am designing a 3/4 inch coin with a barred owl (his favorite) on it and the words "PEEPS WOODCRAFT". I will then mold it and cast a bunch of copies in bronze for him for Christmas. Last night, I sculpted the owl:
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    Mori VS Ma'al

    You could use GreenStuff for your barrier for the water, I would think. Apply vaseline to the bark where it will be. Apply the GS to the bark and make the wall. Let it cure. Vaseline the inside of the cured GS before pouring the resin. Once the resin is hard, carefully peel away the GS. Clean away any residual Vaseline with Simple green and water. I would test the above on a dummy piece before using on a real one, but in theory it should work.
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    Owl Coin

    I just realized that I never posted the picture of the bronze tree. I took this weeks ago.
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    Owl Coin

    Will do. I'm rather nervous about that, actually.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Throw it in Bones We'd Like to See and I'll discuss it with Ron. No promises though, one way or the other.
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    Owl Coin

    Done. My wife put them in a little velvet bag and is wrapping them tonight.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Weird, its almost like I planned it that way... I'd originally planned to make them all different, but didn't want to get into copyright issues, plus I liked the oriental twist.
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