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    Question about "magic wash"

    Hey.. I've been reading about this "magic wash" that everyone keeps talking about.. What is it all about? AND... How is it done? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! Steve C.
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    Painting to look like crushed velvet

    Ok Now.. The cat is definately out of the bag now! *grin* I have a good idea who Enchantra really is... *grin* I won't say it because I believe her privacy is of the utmost importance but I must say I feel somewhat "honored" by her precence here. Thanks for joining in Enchantra and I look forward to picking your brain in the future! *in a nice sort of way of course!* Steve C.
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    Miniature selection

    Aside from younger looking human mage characters I'de like to see (and I know this is a pipe dream) Reaper get together with WoTC to do a line of minis based off of the Forgotten Realms Priesthoods as well as the FR monster series. I'm attempting to sculpt a Phaerimm now and have gotten thru stage 3 and I know minis like that would sell. AND YES... I know all about licensing and the details that go into companies cooperating with one another on projects. Rumor has it that Hasbro is going to sell the D&D line to someone out there. When I find out the offers are being made I'm going to try to convince some venture capitalists out there to buy the line and if that ever happens I'de like to approach Reaper about doing some cooperative marketing toward the Forgotten Realms. But we'll all see what happens when Fireworks entertainment finally releases the new Forgotten Realms series next fall. But alas.. I'm just a pipe dreamer. Steve C.
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    More younger looking mages

    As I thought about this concept more some other things came to mind. From a commissioning standpoint this concept would take alot of planning on the part of the Reaper execs to coordinate with the sculpters. I agree with the poster who suggested a "sculpter specific" pack. That would be nice. Some other things to consider.... Such a concept would require a good deal of "up-front" marketing as well. You would have to sell the idea to the general public in order to get a good sampling of the demographic and then proceed accordingly. I don't know how their commissioning contracts are structured but I'm sure such a campaign would have to take place over many months and it would be somewhat of a business risk involved. The sculpters would have to have time to create these minis and not all minis that are sculpted get to go to the spin-caster. I'm not trying to give the Reaper execs and "out" here but if such an approach were handled properly the benefits would definately outweigh any risks involved. I own part of a marketing company in Cincinnati and we go thru this type of decision-making process daily. We as customers can only voice our opinion and I'm thankful that Reaper has had the foresight to offer us such a message base to voice these opinions. Thanks again Reaper and I (personally) am looking forward to more great minis in the future! And thanks to those who took the time to voice their thoughts on the subject! Steve C.
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    Inks and washes

    Thats what I thought Scowling. Thanks for chiming in! I tried that technique once and like Frosch I fought to keep the mixture the right consistency. I haven't abandoned that technique yet though. I'm planning on experimenting with some really OLD (yes 20 yrs+) Old minis that I stripped last night. Could be rather interesting. It's all in the "mix" right Scowling? BTW.. I've been visiting your website today and I must say I really enjoy your work. You've seem to have captured that "GW" style made famous over the last 3 or 4 Golden Daemons. I remember way back in the early 90s (yes thats waaaay back! :) ) when that style wasn't present. it's really interesting the way the hobby has evolved. Now we've got these really cool Reaper minis and I'm glad they've given us GW hard cores a wider range to choose from. Man, last year at Origins(I'm from Ky BTW) I must have spent most of one whole day at the Reaper booth! Later fellas. Steve C.
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    More younger looking mages

    I don't know what Reaper is planning for the future but I wouldn't mind seeing more younger looking human male mages in the line. I think more younger human male mages would definately sell because alot of people who play D&D (who play male mages) start out at younger ages and what with the level advancement being as fast as it is in the game, many players see their characters reach levels in the teens before they reach the age of 30. Hmmmm. What about a line of minis (that would cover most of the fantasy type characters) being done in an age progression stage? You buy a young mage at say 1st to 5th level then buy a second that respresents the character between 6th to 10th level then you buy a mini thats fully decked out with magical items for 11th level on up? I've bought quite a few Reaper minis that have represented characters in this way but they all seem to have more variations in design than I prefer and I wind up converting the thing to death. (Not that converting is a bad idea mind you.) But I think it would be a good marketing strategy on Reaper's part. Just a thought. Steve C.
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    Creating flames

    You know Mengu... Thats a great idea! Thanks! :) What about coating the fire in a gloss coat after it's done? Whaddya think? I'll try that with an elemental temple diorama I'm building! I knew the was a reason I joined this message base! Steve C.
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    Inks and washes

    Now I've heard of the term "wet highlighting" but have seldom used that technique. Maybe Scowling can chime in here and elaborate for us. For those who have followed the "creating flames" thread.... Inks and washes really do well with the flames technique. The crystaline structure of the epoxy/super glue mix really takes well to inks a little better than washes. I use GW's yellow, red and orange inks just for that purpose. Then a dry brush of some vibrant yellow to bring out the raised surface of the crystaline. What I should have done with my past flame efforts was to add some gloss coat to the flames that might have been a better effect. I'm going to try that on my next effort. Now.. to spend that $300+ on that digital camera! later guys.. I'm outta here for the day! Steve C.
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    Inks and washes

    Man, I've been there.. I know how you feel. There was a time not too long ago where I felt that I was at the end of my painting rope in life. I had been painting alot during a 6 month period and was starting to feel a little "washed out" (pun intended). I stopped painting for awhile completely. Didn't touch a brush for at least 2 months. I think they call it "taking a sebatacle" (sp?) At any rate, maybe it's the type of brush you're using? What kinds of primer are you using? Some primers may say "flat" but really give you somewhat of a minor gloss sheen. That can really screw up a good wash technique. Also, is the mini primed so that you don't have a grain-like finish? Smooth and flat is the best. White primier(IMO) works best. And try to get a can that says, "metal primer" the paint grains are thinner and it will go on smoother. I've also got 2 other posts in "tips and advice" about washes and inks. It may help you with your dilema. I feel your pain.. Steve C.
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    Creating flames

    One of my favorite things is to create flames on swords, bldgs etc.. I discovered this one day while putting a big daemon together. I mixed super glue with 2 part epoxy and the super glue crystized the epoxy right before my eyes! So... being the crazed wildmage that I am I started experimenting with it and found that if you mix 30 second 2-part epoxy on a surface and rake it into the air with say, a toothpick and quicky place a drop of super glue on it it crystalizes immediately. Thus what results is an effect similar to flames. I used this technique extensively on a Warhammer 40k diorama that placed 2nd in a local painting contest. Since then whenever someone comes to me with a mini that has a flaming sword I simply hold the mini upside down and rake the epoxy over the sword, and then place a drop of super glue at the base of the sword so that it flows toward the tip of the sword. When it finally dries it's ready to paint. Do a few washes of whatever base color you like and highlight with some bright yellows and you're done! I've done quite a few Reaper Minis this way and my friends really like the effect. Very simple method that takes a little practice but once you've gotten it down it can make all the difference in the world. I have photos up on my MSN communities section for those interested. See the following link. http://groups.msn.com/StevesMiniaturesphotos/shoebox.msnw If you all have any suggestions to further this technique I'm all ears! Looking forward to your comments! Steve C.
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    Painting to look like crushed velvet

    †You'll do fine. Just ask when you don't understand. Lord knows I do! :laugh: †It amazing I am not constintly asking for clarification. †I still don't get the whole "ink washing" thing. Lady Tam Ink/washing, ink/washing, ink/washing. Tis a thing of beauty milady! Tis also somewhat tricky but really is worth the effort. Inks and washes are (IMO) two entirely different things too. Inks are formulated differently for use in crevices of the mini and washes are simply thinned down versions of a certain color. I'm not a chemist mind you(just a lowly design engineer) but.. From what I've been told by experts: Inks were formulated to sit in a crevasse of a mini and stay there while they dry. Have you ever seen those experiments where you drop a liquid pigment onto a piece of coffee strainer paper and when it dries if forms a dark circle around the pigment? I don't know what process thats called but it happens alot when you use washes. Inks don't have a tendancy to do that but conversely, inks are alot "harder" in color when they dry. Some folks have suggested to me to add a drop of Isopropyl Alchohol to the thinned down wash so that it dries faster but I've seen varied results. Over on another post I went into some detail on how I create transitions of color on a miniature. That post is on the "show-offs" section. As you can see, I'm a big proprieter of inking and washing. Alot of (better) painters than I achieve the same result by doing alot of "thick shading" with their brush but I would rather spend less time and subsequently my miniatures aren't Golden Daemon quality yet. With a full-time consulting job and a family of five I've learned how to get what I want out of the hobby with less time. I could one day, spend hours doing an entry for the Golden Daemon but I'de rather much paint minis for my friends. Hope that helps milady! Steve C.
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