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    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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    My wife and kids, backyard metal casting, A Song of Ice and Fire, minis

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  1. One could maybe try to make a case for Andre the Giant... His voice was too awesome not to show up somewhere... but yeah, I do tend to agree with you there, good call.
  2. Done it; worked great. Not nearly as nice as what the OP did to attach the bottles: I zip-tied Reaper MS paint bottles to the blade of my recip saw, just loose enough that I could wiggle the zip tie off afterwards to re-use on the next bottle but tight enough that it'd hug the neck of the bottle tight enough for it to not fly off and snug in between a couple of the saw blade's teeth to hold steady. Went through my whole collection of paints (admittedly not as huge as those of many here) a couple times before having to replace that original zip tie. This did not work on Vallejo paints (slightly different bottle shapes) and I did not even try on my few surviving GW's.. I may have to find my old Ryobi battery powered recip saw next time (though I really don't like those tools, the batteries never did last worth a $#!& but the multi-tool bundle it came in seemed like a good deal and the drill is still OK while the battery lasts), as my cheapo Princess Auto saw recently bit the dust (cutting down small trees in the yard) after more punishment (ie. said logging, cutting up aluminum car wheels once or twice) and improvised uses (most demanding: chucked up a long piece of steel bar in it instead of a blade and used it as what's most easily described as a concrete vibrator for a very dry mix with EXCELLENT results BTW) than it was ever designed for or, frankly, ever did anything evil enough to deserve other than coming from Princess Auto, Canada's answer to "Horrible Fright". I don't think the paint shaker idea harmed it at all though. I'd have used or at least tried my jigsaw instead, but the first time I tried it... the reciprocating saw AKA sawzall happened to be located on top of the pile o' tools.
  3. The minis in DSM's GRRM Masterworks line are insane, what with the accurate proportions. (Tom Meier is godlike.) Great job! Interesting how his shield is painted in Lannister colours when he probably hasn't even married Cersei yet at this age! Or has he? That happened soon after he took the Iron Throne, and although my copy of young Bobby B. is across the continent at the moment and I'm my phone right now so it's hard to see, it does sort of look like his prancing stag is already crowned on that sigil... Ok scratch that, what I meant to say was, interesting how his shield is painted in Lannister colours to honour his beautiful new wife! :) Kang
  4. Happy belated nameday TS, thats a really nice mini-mino. (Speed paint, he says, hmph. My speed paints take at least month and don't look near this good)... Kang
  5. This place had chunks of what they said were spruce trunks. Dad thought they looked more like ponderosa pine though. Before we began throwing, they sprayed them with water, apparently this keeps them from getting beat up too quick and helps blades stick in. Let me know if you find out any more about how that should be done, chucking axes is a blast! Kang
  6. Ha! I am currently on holiday at my parents' place out west in Kelowna, BC, and the other day my dad and my son and I actually went to one of those places where you can go throw axes at targets for an hour. Now that is some kinda fun! Been documenting the stuff we've been doing here on my YouTube channel, so there is axe throwing footage online there if anyone is interested. Also, deadly giant birds! And a lot of swimming. Don't worry, it's pretty safe to watch - I did my best to edit out as much footage of me with my shirt off as I could... https://youtu.be/Xcnbslifguc This place actually allows people to bring their own axes to throw, unlike the place back home in Ottawa that I checked out several months ago, which considered that to be too much of a liability. Ottawa, go figure... If I still had my bronze axe, I'd have been a little sad I didn't bring it along. I'm definitely setting up some targets in the back yard when I make the next one though! Kang
  7. Ralph Bakshi mentions get auto-like'd by me, but the pigface orcs would have earned one anyhow. Amazing! They can take away our pigface orcs, but gamorrean guards are forever... Kang
  8. Pochi, I don't know about the rest of the spiders, but all these Cadiriths posted lately are clearly the universe's way of mocking me for failing to ever complete mine. Ebon, keep working that airbrush! Whatever you're doing, it is really working. Kang
  9. Thes, the one you linked is really amazing (thanks for arranging for me to see it)... But I would not say it looks to be made of lava or even to be particularly lava themed. Not that I have any better suggestions. Still, I'm glad I got to have a look. :) The usual suspects look great; Slipshadow the rogue was the mini I used for one of my D&D3.5 PC's once upon a time, (KiA, IIRC, and since the party fled so that no body was ever recovered, he stayed that way. I think it was a zombie grey render that softened him up for the necromancer bbeg's enervation spell to do him in in the end) and I thought mine was one of my better painted minis - there's a pic of him in slightly beat-up condition that can be found via my old (linked) reaper minis index post - but yours totally blows it away. Great work! Kang
  10. Coming along great! That thing looks really excited about whatever awful and bloody thing it is about to do... or eat. Love the big toothy grin on its face and the bugged out eyes, they are both equal parts frightening and adorable. It's kind of hard to look away, very nice work! Kang
  11. Update: Hahaha, I did get worldtraveler's mailing address (see previous post); I'll be sending the original iron dogs casting I've been trying to copy and the plaster light switch cover for him to lost-wax-ceramic-shell-cast in bronze for me as he promised, perhaps not expecting me to hold him to it. He can come off as a bit mouthy when criticizing YT content creators when he concludes they are a bunch of "elf-hats" (there's a lot of "foundry" videos of guys acting like they know how to make a casting safely but don't, they're pouring on their knees a foot away from the mold on a wet cement floor in sandals and shorts wearing flimsy gardening gloves and no face shield etc., inexplicably spraying water on everything in sight like that makes them safer (a wonderful recipe for steam explosion powered airborne molten metal), and someone imitating could/would get very badly hurt), but I can say for sure now that I called him on his promise, he's not afraid to put his money where his big loud mouth is, and it does seem like he criticizes mainly with helping others (whose hats he deems less elfy) succeed and stay safe in mind. Bit of a character, you might say, but a good guy deep down so far as I can tell... I can't wait to see video of how his process works! He seems to find the whole situation hilarious, as do I. All in good fun, and it gives him an excuse to cast something - his WiP waxes for the next bronze gas lamp he'll be making aren't gonna be ready for months anyhow, so really everyone gets to have a little fun. I'll post pictures when I receive the bronzes! Although he's already talking about making the wax patterns he`ll pull from mine thicker than the originals, which will make it a little less challenging to get the molds to fill. Sounds like cheating to me... :) Geez, I haven't even mailed them out yet and I'm already making excuses why he'll succeed where I failed! Ceramic shell casting works a lot like Talespinner's lost wax casting adventures posted in the sculpting subforum, but the molds are made differently. To put it in layman`s terms, investment molds are poured with a plaster-like substance, whereas ceramic shell patterns are repeatedly dipped in a ceramic slurry and dusted with fine sand and allowed to dry completely until a thick enough shell is built up to contain the molten metal. Both mold types need to have the wex melted out, then both types need to go into a kiln before the pour, but for different reasons (calcining vs. sintering). The mold materials are generally not reusable in either method.
  12. Nice bunch of ruffians, I'd pick another alley for sure! :) Kang
  13. Nice! Old lead gets my attention every time. I still have that helmeted skeleton in the middle somewhere too I think. Probably also wearing Testors enamels! :) I remember when my suburban hobby shop (which was amazing for us to have in a small neighbourhood like ours, it was some parents of kids about my age that opened it and kept it going not so much to make money but mostly for the sake of the neighbourhood kids) got in the first batch of Citadel "Creature" paint sets too, my first acrylics, no more paint thinner cleanup - I remember the box cover had a painting of a monster kicking back at his paint desk painting a mini, lol, that stuff was a life changer for me back then. Wish I'd known not to keep them open and be dipping directly into the pots, some of which dried out a lot before I got too many figs done. Enamels never dried out so quick, and there was no www to learn from so how were we to know? The public library? Believe me, we would have found any books on painting minis if they were there. :) Thanks for the memories! Kang
  14. This deserves a Like, even just for the successful assembly alone. Mine was fully pinned and epoxied and everything, posed like a tarantula in attack posture (ie. rearing up a bit more), I had such awesome plans for her, yet she still started to come apart under her own weight before I was even finished priming it... Now, several years later, she still sits in her box of shame. (the shame is mine, not hers) And in pieces (hers). I should probably also mention that my players had long since defeated the monster I bought her to represent by the time she started falling apart... I'm no speed-painter. That beastie sure is one heavy chunk of pewter, eh? I like the colour scheme you chose, it really suits her. Kang
  15. Well, I took another shot at molding and casting the doggy key hooks and the light switch cover plate, using the little nuggets of cast aluminum I made in the previous post. I managed to pull a decent sand mold of the dogs with only a little broken sand. Aceptable for a demo on using followers to mold iregular parting lines, I thought. I kept the crucible in the hot furnace while skimming the dross this time after seeing that recommended by a youtuber and former expert molder for the US navy who goes by the handle Sandrammer, who has forgotten more about foundry work than most hobbyists will ever learn - this prevents the molten metal from losing too much heat during this process. Since the last mold did not fill and I'm pretty sure hotter molten metal would have done the trick, this seemed like a great idea. If you watched part 4 of my Greensand Molding Using Followers playlist, you might have noticed you can literally watch this heat loss happening - the crucible in the close-up shot goes from a bright red glow to no glow at all by the time I poured it. I also put a stick under one end of the mold (the end with the cover plate) this time, since being poured "uphill" is supposed to help thin castings fill better. I had such high hopes... I think I will weld a longer handle on my dross skimmer so I can do the skim with the furnace still running. Sadly, this time when I shook out the mold, I was once again one dog short. A different dog this time, which seems strange, but he was missing no matter how you look at it. The dog next to the missing one had a too short tail also. It's the puppy who isn't on the left and the missing far end of the fence he isn't sitting on that did not fill. The part that did fill looks pretty good at least... The light switch cover was SOOO close to filling, I can't believe it failed again... Eventually I'll probably mold a couple of those together with gating specially designed for these thin castings (a runner and gates on each side of the cover plate(s) rather than just on one side), instead of shoving them in the extra space in another mold; maybe that'll work. I might be done with trying to cast those dogs, it was all only for molding practice anyhow, and it wasn't the mold that caused it to fail (well, maybe a different gating system could have helped...). I can only take so much discouragement... The up-side of it is, another youtuber named Worldtraveler commented on the last video that if I mail him the iron dogs, he'll cast one for me in bronze using lost wax ceramic shell casting, and he'll make a video of the process. So I have reasons to stop trying to do it myself. Worldtraveler goes by a different name on the backyard metal casting forum I'm a member of, and he is the guy who started (and has kept going) a thread called 'YouTube "winners" of metal casting' (the "winners" is sarcastic, not so much to mock but to help newbies avoid making the same mistakles others have, not that you can tell by his tone sometimes. Anyhow, he only has like 2 videos himself, so we were bugging him to make more videos himself if he's gonna judge others like that... :) So I am gonna try to get his address to mail it to him and hold him to that, should be fun to watch him show me how to do it "right". I haven't posted my video yet, it'll be up tonight as part 7 of the playlist *(called "Greensand Molding Using Followers"). The final part, where I challenge WT to make good on his word and show us all how it's supposed to be done. :) All in good fun though, he's a subscriber to my channel (one of 8, not many but it has quadrupled in the past few weeks LOL) and although I joke about it sometimes, I am not actually worried about ending up in the "winners" thread or anything. ...Although in part 6 I did have an oil line failure that perhaps should have won me a spot there... Since I forgot to record the pour this time, I included footage I shot of La Machine here in Ottawa on Sunday night. So there will be some giant robotic dragon action as well. My furnace, Balerion the Black Dread, is named after a dragon... so that seemed to make sense while I was editing things. I had hoped to have a successful casting for part 7, since I know a few guys who've watched the whole series and probably want closure like I do. But I just don't have the heart to keep cracking away at the same molding job when I don't really even need the casting, I have other foundry projects lining up after all. (mainly: another bronze axe that I will need by late September for my annual "boys' weekend" camping trip. Same trip I got hooked on molten metal during, back in 2013.) edit - video now up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewRHjE4cjdo Kang