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Finding a large round piece of wood at a reasonable price seems to be difficult.

Going to look further again later today.

 

A certain Undead Dragon needs it..

 

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So my latest package from Reaper was due Friday... no package. UPS says they gave it to USPS. USPS denies all knowledge of receiving it.

 

*sigh* Maybe it will turn up next week.

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15 minutes ago, Argentee said:

I love that some of the Lizardman sculpts have little pot bellies. I haven't decided if they are females carrying eggs, or just regretting that second helping of Paladin.

I went with females on that one. 

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1 hour ago, Glitterwolf said:

Finding a large round piece of wood at a reasonable price seems to be difficult.

Going to look further again later today.

 

A certain Undead Dragon needs it..

 

Check the Michael's store link I sent you, maybe I can get it for you. ..

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Morning all! I'm up early because we're headed to Seattle today to spend time with the family. We're going to go to the Pacific Science Center and see the Terracotta Warriors exhibit again and then head over to MoPop (formerly known as the EMP) to see the Jim Hensen Exhibit. I'm excited to go see things but not so much for all the driving.

 

I made a thread for my nieces painting that they did yesterday:

 

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2 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

Awesome, congratulations!!

Oh, and my condolences about your wallet.

This is one of my concerns.  Also, the loss of painting time... but I may gain motivation to paint for specific things, so it could help out long term.

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29 minutes ago, knarthex said:

Check the Michael's store link I sent you, maybe I can get it for you. ..

 

 I can order one here, this will be cheaper , but since I will be going on vacation, it will have to wait till I get back.

 

15 minutes ago, Pingo said:

Time to brine the beef tongue.

 

Moo ha ha ha.

 

Very fitting!

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4 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

Very fitting!

 

This is what I get for trying to be subtle.

 

 

 

 

 

...

 

Okay, as subtle as one can be about pickled beef tongue ...

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Grayfax said:

 

2 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

Awesome, congratulations!!

Oh, and my condolences about your wallet.

This is one of my concerns.  Also, the loss of painting time... but I may gain motivation to paint for specific things, so it could help out long term.

 

When I was more actively playing games, I generally painted more 'cause I wanted my dudes to look cool on the table.

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1 minute ago, Pingo said:

 

This is what I get for trying to be subtle.

Okay, as subtle as one can be about pickled beef tongue ...

 

 

 

Which sounds awesome!!!

 

*** Drools***

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The feeling you get after experimenting with colors!!

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8 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

 

Do you know exactly what a lightbox will do to improve your photos or are you thinking about building one because you heard it's a good idea?

 

If you know exactly why, go right ahead. They're easy.

 

That said, for most purposes, lightboxes are counterproductive for miniatures photography. They're designed to take photos of small shiny things with nice, smooth specular reflections. This is ideal for photos of jewelry, computer mice, cell phones, .... But photos of miniatures need the same sort of light as photos of people. You don't light people from the top and sides (which is what light boxes do to products), you light them from either side of the line between your camera and your subject.

 

I can almost always tell when someone has used a lightbox, because they're dark in front, especially the face, and bright on the top of the head and the sides of the body. Lightboxes are nearly always the wrong choice for miniatures.

 

Use a smooth background (so it doesn't pull either the camera's focus point or your viewer's attention) and two lights with the same kind of bulb in very close to the mini (unless the mini is very large). Make sure your ISO is at base level, either by controlling it directly or by adding lots of light. And use a tripod or similar support. That's it.

 

You're destroying my dream of cutting holes in a cardboard box. I think I know how it will improve my photography which is not the same as really knowing. At my old house I had more ambient light and a different camera so my photos were clear and the colour correct. At my current house I'm in a windowless room in the basement with 2 100 watt lights that don't seem to shine very bright. The colours are of and I have trouble getting a photo where my shadow isn't interfering. Using one lamp gave things too much glare. I'm not real picky about getting highest quality photos. All I want is to have them look close to what I'm seeing in hand with all the details showing clearly.

 

I could show a progression illustrating my problems and attempts to correct with my summer exchange mini but I haven't sent it yet. I don't want the person to see it until they have it. It's my most photographed mini now. If you think they are unnecessary I may skip making one. Yesterday I was finally getting good photos without it just using 2 small lamps. Later today I'll take a couple of pics of some minis that I wasn't happy with before and see if I've got it figured out.

 

What do you think about using parchment or something else to diffuse the light? Yesterday I stuck a small piece in front of my lamps to simulate the light box sides and thought it helped reduce shadows and made the colour better. Right now my idea is to make a backdrop on a raised platform (get the model up to tripod and lamp height) and a couple little parchment screens on stands for in front of the lamps. Thanks for the advice.

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