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  1. Digital

    couple of things regarding zbrush, one good, one bad... The bad, they stopped allow license transfers in August 2015 - https://support.pixologic.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/60/20/license-transfers The good, zbrush is about industry standard as you can get. The industry will not have moved away to something else by the time you've learned it. Even if it did, it's the output of zbrush that's important, not the product itself. As long as you can output a format that can be printed or used by something else, you'll be fine. There's so much money invested in support for the current formats that you'll be fine for a long time. There's a huge market out there for 3d things, not just on the figure side. Have a look around places like daz and renderosity to see what people are producing and selling. There's still a place for traditional sculpting, but spending time learning digital is time well invested. Watch some of the videos at zclassroom and youtube and then start playing with zbrush. There's an entire book on creating anatomy in zbrush - "Digital Sculpting - Human Anatomy", although it's a few years old now.
  2. My daughter is showing interest in sculpting.

    There are plenty of books out there that are worth checking out. Search Amazon for "clay sculpting", and have a look for books by Katherine Dewey What you need to do is nudge her into greenstuff, then commission her to make you some figures
  3. Painting the Unpaintable

    There are primers available for outdoor plastic furniture that may be worth a try. I'm in the UK, so not sure what the equivalent in the US would be, but I've had success with Valspar Plastic Primer. I have a habit of buying cheap toy cars and weathering them for zombie type games. My current project is a dumper truck, and spraying the white container bit with black primer just didn't work. The plastic primer, however, left a nice rough surface that took paint without any problems. Even scratching it with my fingernail did nothing. As others have said, wash it thoroughly first. Sanding with a 1000 grit paper won't do any harm either, and a trip to your local hardware or car store may turn up some useful primer options.
  4. Painting hiatus.

    I haven't had a painting funk for a while, but what got me out of the last one was buying a figure I really wanted to paint. That was enough to make me sit down at the table and start. If there's nothing leaping out of the pile at you, try selecting something you don't hate and use the "I'll just paint for ten minutes, then stop if I'm bored" trick. Once the brushes are back in your hand and you can see some progress, hopefully it'll motivate you to keep going. Another "trick" I have used in the past is to reserve first thing Sunday morning for painting. Even if I haven't painted all week, I know I have that time blocked out and it generally breaks through any doubts and reluctance to start. Finally, I'd choose just one or two figures to break the funk. You want to be able to see progress. My funk started because I was painting too many figures only once or twice a week. I never saw them move on and made more and more excuses to avoid working on them. Find a figure, sit down and start to paint. Stick on some music and don't overthink it. Best of luck for breaking the block.
  5. Difficult base attachment

    Another vote for cutting the base down, but leaving a "spike". I used to cut the tab off completely and drill the holes, but hit the same sort of problems you're facing. I now cut the tab down to leave two "spikes" beneath the feet, round them off with a file and drill holes for them in the base. It provides a much more stable joint. One problem I have found with that method, however, is that the initial split of the tab spreads the legs ( ) of the model, which can be a pain with metals. I've started nibbling away the material at the place where I'm doing the initial cut. This means there's less force required to cut the material, which minimises the spreading. Your mini doesn't have that problem (it's probably more a metal thing), but it's something to bear in mind.
  6. I'm not allowed to supply links, but if you go to the Lead Adventure Forum's Fantasy Adventures subforum the top two posts are about fantasy figure manufacturers. Most of them are probably in Europe. I'd add Hasslefree and Mantic to the names above, but there are many more. Welcome to the hobby - prepare to have your life and living space quickly taken over by small bits of plastic and metal
  7. Non-Miniature related hobbies?

    - I've been trying to learn to draw and paint (many failed attempts in the past, but sticking with it just now) - Getting back into making stuff in 3d (basic modelling at the moment) - Spend a lot of my time wondering why I don't have much time to do anything
  8. The world is Not enough.

    I have both the fantasy and 40k sets. Every time I think about painting them I can't decide on what theme - grass, snow, sand etc. After about 20 minutes I give up and put them back on the shelf. I suspect you'll be finished yours long before I start mine.
  9. I use an Airbrush Cleaning Station (search Amazon for that term) to clean between colours and to flush everything out at the end of a session. It keeps the fumes and mess to a minimum. I also soak the airbrush in an ultrasonic cleaner afterwards, just to get rid of any lingering paint particles
  10. I used to mix my paint in the cup, but was never happy about it. Then I watched an airbrushing video and the first thing he said was "never mix your paint in the cup". He mixed it in a well palette and then transferred the mix to the cup using a brush. Totally obvious, but had never even thought about occurring to me It's been a while since I used my airbrush, but I'll be mixing paint that way next time.
  11. Reaper in the UK

    Miniature Heroes carries the full line. He doesn't hold much stock, so generally puts in an order once a month. Although not always quicker than ordering them yourself, it does save you customs duty
  12. Reaper Bones Miniatures are my solace

    I find that if I have trouble falling asleep - ruminating over the usual stuff etc. - imagining myself painting calms me down. Just visualising the brush going back and forth, and the little "person" starting to emerge from the lead, works wonders
  13. the best tools to make gap feeling seamless?

    I use vaseline lip balm to lubricate the tools with GS. Doesn't smell, and doesn't feel too greasy
  14. Starfleet Officers

    CP models do a range of Starfleet figures, but definitely TOS ones. Have a look at their Star Ship Crew range.
  15. Not sure how available it is in the US, but I've used Humbrol M33 Black Spray on bones figures without problems. I've recently sprayed some pvc-like soft plastic(*) robot toys with it, and again, no problem. They have a large range of colours, so may be worth a try if you can find them * really not sure what they're made of, in case you hadn't figured that out from my description