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  1. Hi! You might remember me from such threads as Bones - will they blend? & Painting with numbers the Laoke Way. I've been away from the paintbrush for a bit, as it's summer here in The Land Of The Future, but recently one of my wife's best friends spawned a delightful little halfling which the doting parental units decided to name Peregrine. I know. Cute as a button! Anyways, as a gift to the little sprogling, she decided to paint up a figure for him - and, while she was at it, she painted up one for our collection at the same time! 77218: Woody Stumpwimple, Halfling Ranger This is the one she painted up for us. I love the freehand on this one! The face is a bit naff from this angle and with the lighting being as basic as it is, but it's much better in person. 89012: Lem, Iconic Bard And here we have Peregrine in all his diminutive glory! She's really happy with the way the face came out on him, and I have to agree - the cloak is also pretty amazeballs!
  2. I've heard it's the FreakFlex range, but looking at them online I'm not sure that's correct >.>
  3. It's already been covered, but yeah - stoatly different paints. The Tamiya Clears are alcohol based acrylics and a total pain in the fae to use, although they will clean up in water (thinner works much better though). I've found that ink-based washes behave best with the Tamiya Clears. Standard washes tend to cause patches of opacity to randomly afflict the figure like some mottled plague. They do give a really interesting effect on the translucent Bones though, adding definition and clarity to the figure. I really like them for that reason. I've heard that Badger ave a range of translucent paints that don't have the stink incidentally. I'll look for the details once I get home
  4. Laoke

    Liner+White on Bones?

    I mix Reaper Brush-on Sealer into my liners when I want to lessen the intensity of the hue, if that helps (RBS is basically acrylic medium, you could use that instead if you have ready access to it).
  5. Laoke

    77306: Translucent Slimes (Gallery Glass)

    Very nice, a lot less "gummy" looking than what we get with the Tamiya Clear Translucent paints!
  6. I'm glad someone got the reference : )
  7. What mini are you most excited to paint? Probably the T-Rex / Carnosaur / Hood Ornament for the 6000 SUX Which mini do you think will be the hardest/take you the longest to paint? Going off previous experience, Nylarothep What mini are you buying the most of (now or planned at retail)? Either Kobolds or Goblins, probably both. What do you hope to see most in Bones 5? More orcses. A catdragon. 'mecha scaled to face off against Khanjira. A literal capstone of a pyramid. Dino-riders (basically could be achieved with a sprue of lower torsos compatible with most humanoid scales in a bow-legged riding stance that you could use to create dino-riders / cavalry out of pretty much any figure).
  8. Laoke

    Happy Birthday Laoke !!!

    So, over the past few weeks leading up to my 45th birthday I've Spent 2 weeks snowboarding on Mt. Ruapehu, AKA Caradhras Visited the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, courtesy of my lovely wife And seen the Matilda Musical in Auckland It's been a great first 45 years, looking forward to the next : )
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    Happy Birthday Laoke !!!

    Danke, I did - my lovely wife booked me on the Hobbiton set tour in Matamata, so we spent a delightful spring morning traipsing through The Shire : )
  10. Shipping is outside my KS budget. I'm constrained by the limits of what I can import into NZ without paying duty, which caps at about $230 USD. Allowing for unexpected problems means I don't want to have a declared value of over $200 per shipment, but shipping is a internal cost as far as this is concerned and doesn't impact the declared value. As such, I can (and will) ignore it for the purposes of my budget for the KS. It all fits under my hobby budget for the year, which is set at about 3% of my salary. It's possible I over plan these sort of things : )
  11. In terms of what I'm getting - oh, ninnyhammers, that's going to be interesting given that I've spread everything over 3 separate accounts : ) Wave 1 Core Set Chronoscope Expansion Wraiths Option Fantasy Scenics Option Total: $190, $10 available for other options if I decide to not use it on shipping. All of these are hard locks. Wave 5 Dreadmere Expansion High Rollers Option Paint Set A Option Paint Set B Option Trolls Option Rocky Option Skeletal Monsters Option Living Statue Amazon Option Living Statue Spartan Option Tree of Despair Option Baba Yaga's Hut Option Nyarlathotep Option Total: $196, $4 available for other options if I decide not to use it on shipping. All in italics are soft locks that will probably go out for other stuff where I see more value like the Stygian Canoe Option, but I'm going to wait for a bit and mull that over. This is definitely the shipment I'm most flexible on and I can easily see myself grabbing stuff that's more compelling or arguably useful like the modern scenics option or the "Stones" tiles over some of this. Wave 11 Darkreach Expansion Lost Valley Expansion Fan Favorites Expansion Frost Giant Raiders Option Thunderfoot Behemoth Option Blacktooth Terror Option Total: $200, right on the upper limit of the budget. The Frost Giant Raiders are likely to stay in, but if I need to free up $15 somewhere they're the ones to go from here. Total budget: $600 excluding shipping. I'm under it by $14 at the moment, rock and roll.
  12. Laoke

    Pinning Tobias Winterhorn's Arm

    Go for a pin vise instead of a drill - cheaper, and I'd argue it works better on a small scale that a drill.
  13. Do I spot the fabled Catdragon above!!??!!??
  14. Jaymezin - probably too late to consider this but you can get around that restriction if you back a few different US waves & get them reshipped to NZ through NZ post. I've got 3 orders of ~$200 each coming in - wave 1, wave 5, & wave 11. Experience has shown it's competitive on pricing, faster, and a whole lot less frustrating for me to handle the shipping myself this way than to use the "official" Asia-Pacific shipping from Reaper, and it allows me to stagger the arrival dates so that I don't get hit by duty.
  15. Hmmm another Talin art book. Tempting - I wonder how popular the one from KS3 was then if they're doing another?