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Found 18 results

  1. ultrasquid

    Cheap paint sources

    At my friendly national chain home improvement store I found they sell mismixed paint colors at deep discounts. There I bought a 8 oz.(237 ml) sample pot of premium interior/exterior flat "paint and primer in one" for 50 cents. So I'm experimenting with using it as a primer for Bones. I will report on how it goes. In the meantime, feel free to discuss your budget alternatives.
  2. http://makezine.com/2017/05/02/outfitting-a-dd-beholder-with-led-eyes/ I ran across this "Make:" article in which Bob Richens explains how to mount LEDs in Reaper's Bones Eye Beast, SKU 77043, including teeny-tiny ones in the ends of the tentacles. It looks pretty cool!
  3. Sharkbelly

    Wreckage Counters

    I'm making some wreckage counters for ship battles. I have a scenario in mind where the heroes have to pick up survivors from a shipwreck. There may or may not be a giant squid involved...
  4. While fixing up the hobby room for the fiancee we came across the age old problem of Not Enough Places to Put Things. She likes to do acrylic canvas painting and I like to use the craft paints for terrain so we have a bit. We both like seeing what colors we have available as we work on a project and I wanted something that wouldn't clutter the work table or take up valuable shelf space. We've got several big windows in the room and while the natural light is great, the limit the amount of shelves we can have. I opped to try and make use of some of the dead space created by the window frames. 1-1/2" standard Schedule 40 PVC pipe fits the standard 2oz bottles well. I used a band saw to cut the pieces quickly. I used a fence to make sure all the pieces came out the same length. (marking it out >150 times would have been a pain) While quick, my saw left some debris. A quick twist with some 60 grit sandpaper took it right off and put a very slight bevel on the edge. All sanded and ready to go. Did a quick test fit with a bottle of paint and tried a few layout options. My goal was to fill the trim board on either side of the windows with storage tubes. Since we may sell the house some day I didn't want to mount the tubes direct to the trim. I opted to attach the tubes together, letting most of the weight sit on the table and then use a small metal bracket in the top side of the window trim which is often unpainted because nobody looks up there. I wanted something that I could pop off easily if I got sloppy with with the glue so I laid everything out on a piece of concrete board siding. It had the added featured of it was flat, had a straight edge I could line the pieces up on and I could draw out my trim dimensions so I knew what area I had to fill. I used the same glue that is used to glue the pipe together for plumbing. The stuff I get for work happens to be grey. You get what you pay for when it comes to glue so don't scrimp.Just don't get the stuff that is for wet or submerged pipe. It will literally push your parts around. Since I knew we were going to paint the whole thing I didn't care what color I had or if the printing on the pipe was visible. I made marks with a sharpie to show where the pieces touched so I'd know where to apply the glue once I picked it up. It also made sure I had the glue covered portion in the right spot when I put it in place. Got all my ducks lined up, Just gotta let it dry over night. I could actually pick it up after an hour but I wanted to give it plenty of time to fully set up. I ended up adding one more row after this picture to get it close to the top of the window trim. After everything was painted I screwed a small strip of metal to the top to let me screw it to the trim. If you look at the top of the center organizer, you can see the metal bracket. It is bent in an L shape so the screw is in the top of the trim, not the front. The larger units are done with 4" drain pipe (Thinner wall=cheaper per foot) One coat of glue made them stick together but I had to do several more coats to get some structural rigidity. I just used standard pray paint to cover them.
  5. I will be building 2 custom 12*9*1 foam storage trays for my metal minis, using foam, felt, foamcore. Yesterday I applied felt to the first side of the foamcore base. Today I will apply felt to the other side. This will give a sturdy base and something soft for the minis to rest on. Second side is so that I can layer them and worry less about scratching. Total cost materials glue, 5$ foam, 1$ felt, 1$ foamcore. Bonus, I have trays that will fit in my fancy Muji storage boxes. Photos later.
  6. So I am going to enter some minis in the painting contest, and thought I might put one on a plinth... I stopped at Micheal's on the way home, and picked up some stuff, but wonder what others would think... I bought a 2" cube, a 4" square, and a 4" round. My thought is to mount the cube centered on either the square, or the round, sand everything up nice, and stain it with Minwax Ebony 2718 penetrating Stain. The round: Now when I showed this to the spawn and soon to be ex, they asked how I was going to do it... Parallel: Or Catty corner: Or should I just use the cube? I plan on a plaque with the title of the piece on the front of the cube.... A rare earth magnet will secure the mini to the plinth, for ease of transport. Thanks for your thoughts! George (all 3 wooden parts were under $4!)
  7. Guyscanwefocusplease

    DIY treasure tokens!

    Hi folks, Decided to take a break from CAVs and make some treasure tokens after seeing a tutorial I on here. Although I cannot find where the original tutorial is now (edit: you can find it here http://http://www.reapermini.com/TheCraft/33). These two took two hours for my fiance and I to make. I'm generally happy with how they came out, although the one lesson that I learned is that you need to make anything that sits with the gold very, very bright. When I painted the gemstones and the weapons I thought at first that they would look too ostentatious, but after adding the gold they kind of get drowned out. I also need to add another layer of dark wash to highlight the difference between the coins. But this was a fun project and I can see myself making more in the future. C&C always welcome!
  8. Ran across a video tutorial in 2 parts on how to build a Static Grass Applicator Cheap. (2nd part is linked in the video) The tutorial is straight forward, well documented, with good shots of all construction. In the comments of the first video, is the parts list. Considering that the least expensive static Grass Applicator I could find retails at $145, I think I can chance $20 or so... I have NOT done this yet, but I ordered the main piece, a negative Ion Generator last night, and will be getting the rest of the parts over the next week or so, and getting everything together that I can so that when it arrives, I can put that in and go! George Edited for typos
  9. Had this video in my FB feed. Figured I'd post it here for anyone who hasn't seen one. Seems a lot cheaper than buying one of the commercial cutters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=720&v=N2n_EbRzZ0g
  10. canuckotter

    Coptic-stitched notebook

    Totally stealing this idea from Reaperbryan... I'm making my own notebook that I'll be using during Fantasy AGE sessions. I prepared the covers today - a thin(ish) sheet of maple, cut into two pieces. I left the raw edge on there because it amuses me, and I don't see a need for any better reason than that. And then I clamped the two pieces together with a piece of MDF behind, and drilled holes for the stitching: The MDF was behind the back cover so I'd end up with a nice clean hole; without the backer piece, drill bits have a tendency to tear up the wood as they exit the back. Now I just need to find some thread and get stitchin'... oh, and find stain and stain the boards. That might be good too. Unfortunately, I have a specific stain I want to use (actually an oil/stain blend) that's only available in one store and I don't think I can get to the store before Saturday, because they close by 5 each night and they're almost a 45 minute drive from my office, so... slightly out of the range for a lunchtime trip.
  11. scorpio616

    Homemade Ochre Jelly

    After seeing Laoke's slimes, I wanted an ochre jelly with translucency. Hotglue shaped by dunking a mass of it into icewater (great tip I saw on the DM's Craft FB page), building up a wave. Used a lighter to melt down any wispy hotglue threads (one snuck by), then hotglued to a 1.5" base already prepped as cave floor. Slathered on a mix of yellow-orange food colouring and slow curing Delta Creative PermEnamel gloss. TBH it's more yellow in person, being very close to Laoke's G-cube's colour. but my camera refuses to capture that.
  12. Just saw this on my feed on Facebook from a couple friends and I just had to share this with folks here, since this is right in our wheel house. How to turn Barbies into Doctor Who Weeping Angels
  13. MissMelons

    Miniatures and Parts!

    So I have decided for Reapercon to do my first diorama. (I have three in my head but this one yanks my heartstrings the most) I want to do a setting of Maria vs the Maschinemensch. (From Metropolis) Reaper has the PERFECT Figure for the Maschinemench but I have yet to find one for Maria. (I'm still hunting though) Maria is pretty simply dressed, always very composed. (If you've never seen the movie, Maria is a very popular public figure who stands for all things good and pure. This is probably my most favorite picture of her: That's one figure issue, the other is scenery. Metropolis is kind of a steampunk setting, in which industry is pretty freaking gigantic. Whatever model scenery I do make, or buy has to be at half as big as the miniatures. I thought about using the gigantic clock that Freder is struggling with as the background. Any tips on making something like this??
  14. The Inner Geek

    Ghetto Light Box

    So in an effort to start the process of beginning to try and take better photos of my minis I've built a light box. It's smallish by design, and would cost about $4 if I didn't already have all the bits laying around. I present, ghetto light box! This setup is strictly 'proof of concept' to see how, or if at all, it works. I have a warm light and a "sun" light and they are pretty different colors of light. I have a tripod, but it puts the camera too high, so the drill bit box is standing in for camera-steady duty. It's just a bit of foamcore, parchment paper, and glue. I spray painted a piece of card stock gray for the ghetto backdrop. As a first test I put my in progress Gandwarf in for a photo. It's not fabulous, but is far beyond my usual photo quality. I think with three temperature matched lights it might just work. If not, the investment thus far is pretty low.
  15. I've found a method of producing extremely cheap, but effective inks for washing your miniatures! It involves stuff you can find for very cheap at your local dollar store, so here's hoping this helps some people. WARNING: Please, only use this stuff if your miniature is properly layered with paint. Do not use this if you paint in thick layers as the alcohol will strip a few layers of paint before it drys completely. If layered properly, the paint job will not be affected noticeably. Make sure before using this stuff your paint is 100% cured. When in doubt, wait a day. Step 1. Go to your local dollar store. You have a small shopping list of stuff to get. a) A bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Usually it is 50% here. Do not get stronger than this! b) Empty pour/spray bottle packages from the beauty supplies area of the dollar store. The ones I bought came in a 4 pack, 3 spout bottles and 1 spray bottle. c) A few (3-4) packages of color markers. These have basically everyone color you would use to ink a miniature. d) You're done! Return to the battle station to begin prep! Step 2. Now take each bottle and fill it ~50% full with the isopropyl alcohol You can add more, just make sure you have enough pens on hand to use with it (you'll find out soon). Make sure to dilute the alcohol a bit to ensure it doesn't strip any paint, but enough to suspend the ink properly. Step 3. Divide up all of the colors and group the same colors together across all sets. you should have at least 2-3 of each color if you bought enough markers. Two of every marker is the minimum here. Step 4. Now, crack open each marker and extract the ink-filled cotton inside. It should be inside of a small plastic tube. Remove the cotton carefully (try not to get ink everywhere, but it happens. My colorful hands can attest) Step 5. Pre-label each bottle for what color you want to be in it. Many of the dark colors, if properly dense in pigment, are going to look blackish and would require testing to see what color it is. Just use a sharp and a piece of masking tape to label what color each bottle is so you know at a glance. Step 6. Put two ink swabs of the desired color into a half-filled bottle of alcohol. I've found that about 2 in half a bottle makes for a fairly dense ink without it being overpowering. You can add more alcohol to dilute it more to your liking. These numbers are based off of 3 ounce bottles while using thin markers. If using fat markers (~15mm thick) try using 1 swab first. If it isn't dark/bold enough, add another. Step 6(a). If you want to create some variable colors, feel free to mix ink colors. Want a blue-green? Throw 1 to 1.5 of each into the bottle! It's quite easy to make a few odd, but useful, shades if you care to. Step 7. Let the ink swab soak in the alcohol overnight and the following day, it should be safe to remove the swab (if you want. It's not necessary) The final result: Each bottle will have great ink for washing over your miniatures. In total, I now have about 12 useful colors of ink and it cost me less than $10! Hope someone finds this useful. Thanks for reading EDIT: I went ahead and did a bit more testing and it seems to strip the paint off of other things quite easily (the miniatures I've tested are unharmed). I used it on some painted stone and painted clay. Both of them lost paint in places. Only use this on a miniature! Avoid use with other sculpt crafts!
  16. Tranquil Ape

    Had to happen at some point

    Ever so slowly since i began painting minis (i've only painted a few, total newb) the corner of my desk has become more and more crowded. I had seen a posting a while back where a guy made a paint rack out of a few planks and some spacers... so i decided to do something similiar to at least get the paints off my desk (that is until the new game room is done ...more on that later) So i grabbed a couple pieces of red oak today, measuring 9x36 each... i fastened them together with connecter bolts (from the rear) and into these grabby socket things (technical term i know) so that i wouldn't have jack the hole thing up by drilling through the front (as some helpful soul pointed out in the above mentioned posting). I used some half inch chrome spacers in between as well. Here i drilled the first hole Time passes.... I've drilled about half the holes The triangular patter toward the top is due to me remembering that i had to avoid the spots where the connecter bolts were. My current paint supply will fill about 3/4 of this when its done so, when i need to make another one i'm going to plan this a little better. I was actually at home depot to pick up a dremmel and ended up with all sorts of extra stuff. I expect to finish this up tomorrow, at least the drilling and sanding... i think im also going to look into making a small tool rack ... right now i have a 2X4 with various sizes of drilled holes in it for brushes, files, cutters etc..
  17. Ok, so I was looking for flow improver today, and Hobby Lobby and Joanne's did not have it. I want to make a wash similar to Les's wash recipes... I have the ink, distilled water, and matte medium, but no flow improver... I've read Future works as a flow improver, also dish soap works... So, anyone have a suggested recipe with the inks, and matte medium?
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