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  1. Completely understood. It's not that I don't like moral/ethical arguments (I made one -- or at least a statement of ethical principles -- in the message you quoted) but rather that any such argument is subject to counter arguments that get really far from the point at issue. See below. Theft? In the sense of realizing economic gain to which the law says you are not entitled, sure, though it's not a definition that I'd normally use. But it's pretty hard to claim "theft" when nobody has been hurt. And I completely agree that going any further (and possibly going this far) is verging on going too far for this forum, so I'll shut up now.
  2. Around here, isopropyl alcohol is fairly inexpensive. If that's true for you, you might try immersing the figure in 90+% isopropyl for a day or so, then hitting it with a toothbrush. IME, this will also tend to reduce the amount of plasticizer in the model and make it a bit less floppy. Good luck.
  3. I'm not much impressed by the embedded outrage in that article. I consider the copyright clause's wording to cover the issue: "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries". Passing off the work of others as your own is offensive, but the rest is an economic balancing issue, not a moral one. I'll also say that he understates the availability of fair use defenses. Though to be fair, most people, as he notes, vastly overestimate what uses are fair. (Example: Parody is generally fair use; satire is not. Many or most pieces passed off as parody fair use are actually satirical. Know the difference before you enter into that swamp.) Those things excepted, his statement of the law looks like what I've seen elsewhere.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    IIRC, it's very close to what I think of as the saffron used in some robes. "Dude, you finally made chartreuse! First round's on you tonight!" ETA: And now I'm thinking about robes that change color based on power, but automatically, probably by direct deific influence: "Have you seen Roderigo? He's goldenrod with plum rising these days. I never thought he'd get above taupe."
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    A hi-vis vest, aluminum clipboard, and hardhat will get you into nearly anywhere. (Pen testers exploit this all the time.) For a medieval world, the equivalent would probably be a leather apron, chalk line, and sextant.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Make sure to include the reflective strips and the contrasting black to increase visibility.
  7. Many of them are ignoring exactly the same issues as here. The biggest difference is that they're usually not advertising to millions of people and leaving the advertisement visible for months (including fulfillment time). There's not usually time for the IP owners to find out and complain before the convention is gone. Plus, small artists are usually lawsuit proof (too poor to be worth suing for damages) and the amounts are generally quite small, both in numbers of prints and dollar value of product.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Saffron and white robes are pretty scary, too.
  9. Somebody needs a lawyer that has even a vague clue about how the Bern Convention actually works. Copyright clerks are not responsible for checking everything against everything else. The registration of a derivative work does not actually provide any protection against the original copyright holder. Problems that I see (note that I'm not an IP lawyer anywhere, so don't use this to make any decisions, but it's my understanding): Copyright: Admittedly derivative works of copyrighted photos. That these are 3D rather than 2D works does not make them fair use, as they are not "transformative" to my eyes. Existence of these knockoffs would affect the market for licensed derivative works. Trademark: High probability of confusion in the marketplace, obviously trading on the reputation of the movie. Slam dunk trademark violation. Note that, unlike copyright violations, when the holder finds out about such a violation, it is required to vigorously contest violations to maintain trademarks. Right of Publicity: In some places, actors (and others) have a legal right to control how their images are used to make money. I make no comment on whether that should be the case (I have an opinion), but it's the way the law works there. Slam dunk again. This one will die a horrible death before delivery. With luck, it will die a horrible death before the money is collected from the suckers backers.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I recommend a combination of rainbow and day-glo robes. Maybe even Skittles colors.
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    Scale75 - The Chronicles of Run

    This one is probably going to hurt. The prices for that size bust are quite reasonable by comparison to their competitors. In for four.
  12. Don't just paint over the tacky primer; the tackiness tends to come through to the surface. You should strip the primer. For stripping, if you don't have access to Simple Green or Purple Power (which seem to be very similar, and from US-based companies), I'd look first for a pine-oil based cleaner. The US brand I've used is "Pinesol". For a deeper discussion of stripping minis, check out this thread: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/25918-the-stripping-materials-compendium/
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Two things: I used to do some technical rock climbing, and I would describe it as "Hard and painful, but the feeling when you get to the top is amazing." Miniatures painting is like that. Metaphorically. Unless you start with the feet and finish with the hair. Which would be weird. When I try something new and it works better than I thought it would. The only problem with that is that I then need to finish the rest of the mini (see above).
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    Sculpting free-standing feathers

    Shocking. A person with a forge who has a plethora of anvils. That's never happened before. My son has done some blacksmithing (started with the merit badge), so I did know that. But I don't really have any idea where I might find pieces of rail. When the highest rated article on a Google search comes up with, "Ask everyone you know if they have a piece of rail" as the first method, that doesn't bode really well. No. Because I'm lame. And not in an, "I injured my leg" sort of way. I got caught up in finishing a batch of Secret Weapon mines tiles, watching football, and (worst of all) the Pathfinder Kingmaker CRPG.
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    A question of scale

    US broadsheets are around 2' x 2.5'. People often read them folded, so we don't necessarily think of them being as large as they are. Miniatures from most companies (including Reaper) are strangely proportioned, with ratio of head to body much higher than that of most people. This makes scaling other things odd. A 30mm miniature of a 6' tall human, assuming standard proportions, would be a bit smaller than 1:60. 1:48 would be much too large. But because the heads of many miniature figures are about 30% too large, 1:48 can look right for some things.
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