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    Mini painting, gaming, dog training & dog agility trials.

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  1. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    @K2h2m3, that's interesting about the automotive primer. I thought it looked like primer -- and it's certainly resistant to removal! Which is good, I guess -- the figs may have been better protected through the years than I thought. I'll report in again after some Brasso and priming!
  2. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    Thanks again, @buglips*the*goblin. I'm 99.9% positive these are lead. There were already some bent parts, which bent back very easily, with no crackle. And they're pretty heavy for their size. Also, just so I'm sure I totally understand: You think it would be OK to prime these minis without trying to get all the darker smudge off them, as long as the details are good?
  3. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    Is there a significant difference between Brasso and generic silver polish?
  4. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    Thanks, @buglips*the*goblin -- that's all really encouraging. :) I shall get some Brasso and see how it goes. The date on the bottoms of all of these is 1983. Is that from the lead-free era? Or are we still talking all lead? Thanks again!
  5. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    I still have the comics -- and the color volumes -- packed away in my attic. :) Planning to have a lot of fun matching up colors, etc. :)
  6. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    So these are the old miniatures in question. I was a big Elfquest fan back in the day. :) I didn't even know these miniatures existed until I saw someone with a box at ReaperCon, at which point I knew I had to track some down. I got two separate sets off eBay. One came with the miniatures already painted: (These have already benefited from a long soak in Simple Green.) The other set came all unpainted: The Simple Green did a great job of loosening up the old paint, and a good scrub with a stiff-bristled brush did most of the rest. I still have some work to do with toothpicks / files to get some of the more stubborn bits off, but I'm generally pleased with how well they cleaned up. All of the minis which were already painted cleaned up to be pretty bright and shiny; they actually look way too dark in the photo above. Probably from the light in which I shot them. My concerns are more with the unpainted ones. This is a selection of cleaned-up painted minis with some of the never-painted ones: The never-painted set (represented here by Cutter and Dewshine) are all this kind of dusty dark grey. Where you can see a little bit of shine on Dewshine's base is where I buffed it up a little with a diamond file. I soaked the never-painted minis in the same Simple Green as the painted ones, to see if the grey was primer, or if just in general that would help clean them up. For whatever reason, this allowed me to get the wolves from the never-painted set to a pretty nice place: But all the elf figures in the set remained resolutely grey, even after much scrubbing: I'm thinking this is a patina of lead rot. There's no flaking or bubbling, and nothing appears to be crumbling anywhere on the minis. However, I feel like I should get this all cleaned off before priming everybody for protection. I've read various conflicting advice on the Internet about how to go about cleaning up this kind of relatively-light patina. I trust the folks here more than random pages on the Internet, so I'm appealing to folks like @buglips*the*goblin (and anyone else with experience with lead minis). Is this lead rot? Is there something I can do to remove it besides attacking the figures with a file (not something I'm willing to do)? All advice / suggestions very welcome. Thanks!
  7. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    Thanks, everybody. You guys are the best.
  8. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    What about paint removal? Some of these are already painted -- I think with acrylics (they aren't glossy), but I'm really not sure. Is the usual Simple Green soak still appropriate?
  9. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    @Pingo, I suspected something of the sort. Either that, or a chemistry degree.
  10. The Care & Feeding of Lead Miniatures

    Thanks, guys. (Just curious -- @Pingo, do you know everything? ). I love having access to such a font of information. I wasn't worried about toxicity issues, or anything like that. Wasn't planning to lick the figures, and as @Pingo said, using nitrile gloves is never a bad idea. I was mostly unsure about things like whether toothbrush + dish soap was still OK for cleaning, or whether I needed to do something special as far as priming prep and storage. I really appreciate your suggestion about priming the base and avoiding the foam, @Doug Sundseth -- those are two things I didn't even consider! Thanks, guys!
  11. I have recently come into some very old (late-1980's) Ral Partha lead miniatures that I'm very excited to work on. The only problem: I have never, ever painted lead figures before. Would anyone be able to point me toward a resource with information about how to clean (soap and water?) and protect (against lead rot?) minis like these? Thanks in advance for sharing the wisdom.
  12. Bones vs Liquitex Gloss Varnish

    Ohhhhhhh! For some reason, I had always translated "thin coat" to just mean "only have a little on your brush." Do you think it would be use as effective diluted with matte medium? I only use the gloss varnish for the protection factor, then finish off with Dullcote, so I don't really care if the varnish is actually shiny.
  13. Need Help With This Wolf's Face

    Those are great, @Pingo! Especially the lighter face on the dark one. Thanks! This is helpful. :)
  14. Bones vs Liquitex Gloss Varnish

    Do folks routinely thin Liquitex Gloss Varnish? I've always used it straight out of the bottle.
  15. Need Help With This Wolf's Face

    I think "whiskery" is generally good when you're a wolf. ;)