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    anime, 80's cartoons, bicycles, motorcycles, history, sculpting, religion and politics.

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  1. Reaper Advanced Dollies - dealing with cracks.

    I've noticed that "squeezing" with pliers is less damaging than trying to bend the armatures. The problem is that the more often you squeeze, the more the armature stretches out. You'd be surprised how far it will stretch btw, it's like rolling out dough with a rolling-pin. It's a shame there's not a smaller or female version; I can keep the standard armature to 32mm with lot of filing, but it's so much easier to squeeze it to shape.
  2. Free wire skeletons if you're in the UK.

    Fixed, thankyou.
  3. Free wire skeletons if you're in the UK.

    I've got some surplus soldered wire skeletons I made up in 32mm-ish scale - they're not precise, I was just practising and went a bit overboard. If you need any, send me a PM, I can post them in the UK for free. Wow. Photobucket sucks now. I've used it for years but I guess it's time to find an alternative. I'll attach the pics as files. Female 32mm: Male 32mm:
  4. Metal or Plastic miniatures

    IMO: Metal, better for organic shapes. Plastic(polystyrene), better for synthetic shapes.
  5. Bunnies!

    Darn it! Misleading title. Rabbits are good too though, and those armatures are looking nicely proportioned as usual.
  6. Reaper Advanced Dollies - dealing with cracks.

    I take it back, the Reaper armatures are fine, they just need a little bit of filing. I'm not sure why, but gently filing all over the dolly seems to prevent cracks from starting. Perhaps it's because it rounds-off the surfaces, or it might be something to do with mold-lines. Also, I compared the Reaper dollies with a couple of dollies I bought from Greenstuff World; the GsW dollies are made from a softer material but are actually more prone to breaking than the Reaper dollies.
  7. Reaper Advanced Dollies - dealing with cracks.

    Perhaps "quality" is the wrong word to use; the quality is fine I guess, it just seems like the wrong material to make dollies. I still like them, but there is a distinct sound of "click-click-crackity-click" as any pressure is applied, and the torso - the thickest part - seems to be the most fragile point so I file it down before I start bending it.
  8. Does anyone know if the old version of the Reaper Advanced Armatures were made from a softer material? I bought four packs of the Mk2 ones, which I think are pewter, and they are very prone to cracking. I've got a fairly delicate touch, but I've broken two of them. In principle they're great, and I think it made sense to remove the hip bones (I don't have a pic at the moment - sorry) and the slightly more angular finish allows for better precision, but they are too brittle. IMO they would be the best pro-level armature available except for the problem of cracking. (edit - changed title)
  9. Mori Learns Sculpting

    Ignore everything I typed above. I'm going through a butt-sculpting crisis.
  10. Mori Learns Sculpting

    Good tip about the knee, thanks Mori. I had to think about that one, but it makes sense. I can give you a tip about sculpting butts: The secret of sculpting butts* is there is no butt. Do not sculpt the butt, just sculpt the backs of the thighs. The butt will just happen**. I figured that out about 10 minutes ago. (*probably) (** sort of)
  11. Mori Learns Sculpting

    Actually, that little sketch was helpful. Thanks Mori.
  12. Mori Learns Sculpting

    I just this afternoon received a resin Shiraki Meiko figurine kit (I'd buy the genuine PVC one, but it's OOP and prices have gone bananas) which I'm finding quite useful in it's unassembled form because the torso piece gives me a really good cross-section view of the pelvis and hips, and being able to hold it in my hand I get a much better feel for the contours and how much bulk there should be.
  13. Mori Learns Sculpting

    Damn it! How is Mori so good at sculpting the pelvis so soon? I am really, really struggling with the pelvis and thighs.
  14. Mori Learns Sculpting

    More pics please!
  15. Mori Learns Sculpting

    Considering it's early days, those are bloody good Mori. By the standards of professional sculpting, yes they are horribly, shamefully, bad, but really it's just a case of making little tweaks and refinements and developing your own personal method until your sculpting is just-so. I am definitely in imminent danger of being overtaken. You must be stopped.