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  1. 12 points
    I agree with Doug. I own many scalpel handles but only use one of them and the Exacto handle. The reason I put them in a hobby knife handle and chuck, is because for our application you need the freedom of movement of the blade edge that the round handle gives you. The flat scalpel handles do not work well when you are trying to follow a seam. They literally are designed to keep the knife from rolling in your fingers, the one thing I need the knife to do, hence the hobby knife handle. Every accident I had with one happened BECAUSE I was using an official scalpel handle and had to go into contortions to follow a seam or reach a spot. If you are pressing on it hard enough to make it slip in the handle, you are pressing hard enough to break it and send the piece into your eye or wherever. Scalpels are a light pressure tool. If you need to put enough pressure on them to make them slip in a chuck, it has either gone dull or you have the wrong tool. That said, be very careful with your tools. Tools hurt, and accidents will happen. Make sure they are accidents you can live with. If nothing else, missing or damaged digits or eyes make this hobby next to impossible to do. If you want to get a real scalpel handle, I advise getting one of these: They are ergonomic scalpel handles developed for wax carvers who have similar ergonomic issues to us. I have one and am starting to like it better than the exacto handle. My only issue with it is that it doesn't fit in my traveling tool case. Search term: Ergonomic Scalpel Handle
  2. 11 points
    *not-so-quietly laughing* Now I can go face the frothing horde of humanity with the mental image of a goblin and a Xenomorph Queen having a serious discussion about sharp things and how not to use them. Thank you for that. I need every weapon I can muster against the frothing horde. *snrk*
  3. 11 points
    Says the lady who cuts towards herself. Every time you use an x-acto blade I cringe and wait for a scream. Stop doing it, it freaks me out!
  4. 9 points
    I didn't mean to be fussing or make y'all feel like you needed to defend yourselves. But when you're recommending a medical tool that is specifically made to cut flesh, I think the disclaimers should follow pretty close behind. We want to have educated sacrifices to the hobby gods.
  5. 8 points
    Presenting Farris, a former knight turned member of the Blacksmiths Guild, from the game Guild Ball. Rather pleased with this in the end, although I need more experience working on PVC minis, I missed so many mold-lines while prepping this one! As always, any comments or criticisms are warmly received.
  6. 8 points
    Exactly the way I like it. The less I know, the more I know. I think that's called the Freddy Kruegar effect or something.
  7. 8 points
    Yeah but I don't recommend to other people that they cut toward themselves, if I'm using an x-acto in front of other people (you don't count) I point out to people that I'm doing something I shouldn't be doing and if they choose to do it the same way, it's at their own risk just like I'm taking that risk by my own choice because I'm more comfortable using the tool that way, just like Doug and Andy are saying they're more comfortable using the scalpel blade the way they use it. I'm not arguing with anyone using a tool in the way that works for them, I just don't want anyone to read the way they're using it, not realize that it's not the recommended way to use it and end up in the ER. People should read it, acknowledge that it's being utilized in a way that it wasn't intended for and proceed at their own risk. Unfortunately, the onus is on the person recommending the thing because amazon sells them without any instructions or warnings. Just for you, I'll turn off the camera whenever I feel like cutting toward myself with my x-acto. That way you can sit there in dread with no context for what may or may not be happening instead.
  8. 7 points
    We're scaring you to avoid scarring you! You can never have an overabundance of hobby caution if you don't want to be one of the people at conventions who tell grisly stories and show off scars. I have a few in interesting places, which is how I learned to check the chair carefully before sitting down because round x-acto handles can roll.
  9. 7 points
    Conversation from work - Me: I know! A crossover of Star Trek and Reality TV! Cardassians and Kardashians! Kaylee (resident nerd girl): So, Ugly Face Bumps vs. Lovely Lady Lumps? Oookaaayyy.... The Auld Grump
  10. 6 points
    If you're really concerned, you can get a pack of cut resistant gloves from amazon for about $10. They're made for kitchen use and are pretty sturdy. ... Actually, I think I'm going to order some myself, right now. Man, I wish I would have thought of these ages ago! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  11. 6 points
    @Paradoxical Mouse - this sounds like a "bigger hammer" problem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagonal_pliers For cutting all the way through a sprue, hobby nippers are just too light - they're meant to snip away the delicate connecting points. There is something to be said for cutting well above the connecting point before severing it from the part - this initial cut removes any tension on the sprue and reduces the chance of the part shattering. Sprues will develop tension when they shrink slightly during the curing process. If the resin is so tough that you can't cut through the pin vents and sprue connectors, you need better (i.e. more expensive) tools made of higher grade steel, something to burn through it (with associated safety gear), or an itty-bitty saw of the Dremel or jeweler's variety (cut underwater, resin dust is nasty). I personally won't work with resin any more because of its flatbread tendencies.
  12. 6 points
    This conversation has been very convenient - I'm currently (well, not right RIGHT now) removing the mold lines and sprue bits for the first time from a resin mini! I plan to post the process later tonight...but I was getting angry at it and stopped. How do you cut those little sprue-tube-things on the resin? My sprue trimmers I used for Mr. Mouse's Warhammer minis and my Kingdom Death minis are having a particularly rough go at it.
  13. 6 points
    I find the scalples work really well for plastic and resin but I prefer the stiffer exacto blade for doing trim work on metal pieces. The scalples seem to get dull really quick when I am removing metal (which makes perfect sense: thinner blade sharper, more shallow edge stainless vs carbon steel.) You just need to select the tool u prefer and learn to use it properly. Drugs I take slow my healing way down so I have to be really careful about any blood donations, especially if they actually nick or sever a blood vessel. Caring for a cut that can last 6 weeks is annoying!
  14. 6 points
    Well, we have power back. I’m sure we’ll lose it again though.
  15. 6 points
    I don't consider a project to be legit until I have bled on it. My proudest accomplishments all have my blood under the paint, somewhere.
  16. 5 points
    Miniature Scenery has a new project running... and I have fallen into a really bad case of Model Want.... And the model even has a ship's stove - suitable for brewing horrible coffee and molasses nastiness.... For some reason, ship's stoves were called Charlie Noble - which does not even work as rhyming slang..... The Auld Grump
  17. 5 points
  18. 5 points
    Hope it all goes well? The one time I was pregnant I had no morning sickness at all so I don't really know much about it. Other than it's supposed to suck. And toast should be your friend.
  19. 4 points
    @Guindyloo & @buglips*the*goblin you to are both adorable and informative. @Doug Sundsethand @TaleSpinner you're also informative, but maybe less adorable. Hope everyone in the path of Florence stays safe.
  20. 4 points
    I was gonna make a safety comment here, but it's been covered pretty well already. Aw, what the heck: Scalpel blades are incredibly sharp, be very careful when using one. But...you'd get even more spectacular results! I can actually kinda see this. What he said! Unless you're sacrificing someone else...
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
    I can state from personal experience that a sort of dull Xacto knife is NOT the way to do it. I still have the scar from where I buried my knife in the side of my finger trying to do that. I've been very hesitant to do anything with thick resin sprues since, it was not a pleasant experience. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  23. 4 points
    Ronnie Renton, from Mantic, had some Unicorn Fart air freshener at a con, not long ago.... The Auld Grump
  24. 4 points
    You can also highlight a selection of the post and a small window will pop up that says "quote selection". Which is what I just did here. Much easier than quoting and deleting, especially if you have a mobile phone like mine that if you hold the button goes: delete this thing, then some of the things, then most of the things, ALL OF THE THINGS without any warning. And the sometimes it will delete part of a sentence, get through half a word, and then decide it's done for the day and won't delete any more text.
  25. 4 points
    I split quotes by quoting the person, deleting everything from the quote that I don't want to respond to, responding to that part, then quoting their post again and deleting the irrelevant parts again. It pretty much only works if the person you're quoting is still on the same page of the thread as you or else it's too much of a pain. Sometimes I'm even too lazy to scroll back up. It's important to know what motivates you and what demotivates you so that you can tailor your actions in the way that best benefits you, and yet it can be really difficult to figure such things out. It sounds like you've done a great job at identifying at least some of your road blocks, so well done, that'll serve you well. The black and white print and then paint over it is something that Marike Reimer does, as well as painting in swatches of the paints she used so that she can recreate mixes later, so you're in good company with that. You are absolutely good enough to paint it, you just may not have yet acquired the skills to paint it exactly the way that you see in your mind and that's ok. I think we all, myself included, need to get away from this terminology of being "good enough" as it's such defeatist language and can be so discouraging to think of yourself as not being good enough. I've talked about this similar theme before that painting isn't going from step A to Z and there's no one true path to painting a figure. There's different methods and styles and schools of thought that can take you in any number of directions. Painting a figure is like being inside of a maze that's different for every person and has multiple paths to get to the end of the maze and depending on which of the paths you take, you get a different result. Because the maze is different for everyone, no one can really successfully map it out for someone else. They can give suggestions for how they found the end of their own maze and they can even give you a step by step tutorial for how they traversed their maze, but they can't give you the exact answers because your maze generated itself differently based on your past experiences, not theirs. It's far more of a journey than being bad or good. So I think instead of thinking "I'm not good enough", we should ask ourselves if we're far enough on our painting journey to get where we want to go on that particular figure. And really, there's only one way to find out and that's not to shove it back into a drawer. I'm glad my rambles are sometimes useful to people.
  26. 3 points
    You're right, I don't begin to imagine such things because I just start to hear "blah blah blah" whenever I sense you slipping past my nerd threshold. I've barely heard a word you've ever said. That's why we get along so well.
  27. 3 points
    By the way, I've gotten by the "I'm not good enough to paint this mini" syndrome in my own way: if I don't try to, how could I possibly know I'm not good enough? No two minis are precisely the same (unless they are the same figure, but even then, molds could change them, and...yadda yadda yadda).
  28. 3 points
    I am a graduate of Starfleet Academy. I know many things.
  29. 3 points
    It's unnerving to me when you make sense.
  30. 3 points
    Added the skin layer to the top jaw (and yea, the random dips and uneven surfaces will be smoothed over when i get to the skin layer)
  31. 2 points
    I was going to suggest that, but you beat me to it! I should probably get a pair as well. I'm also a huge fan of using proper cutting mats, that way you can aim the blade at the table for really tough bits.
  32. 2 points
    Hmm...I got the majority off with the sprue cutter before...just got the bits super close to the mini left (really tempted to use basing to try to hide...) I'll be posting a wip when I get home.
  33. 2 points
    Classes I'd like to take: - any sort of sculpting classes focused on doing conversions, with hands on work. Things like adding pouches, chains and straps or making new hands for weapon swaps - a BMPC sculpting class by @TaleSpinner
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    ....like how to lie about being a graduate of Starfleet Academy?
  36. 2 points
    Way cool. I have several sketch books into which I put swatches of the colors I have used/am using. They have saved my butt many a time.
  37. 2 points
    Lots but the first that pops to mind is Tom Petty Won't Back Down. Brings back a ton of conflicting emotions (hey it was high school) about a class trip to the far reaches of the north east near where Buglips was hatched. Lots of good, bad and embarrassing for me on that trip. That song and album was big part of the background music then.
  38. 2 points
    TV Show Themes from my youth: Voltron, Transformers, M.A.S.K., The A-Team, MacGuyver...
  39. 2 points
    Songs from Labyrinth or The Neverending Story. Alan Parsons Project, Eye in the Sky album. Elton John, Durban Deep.
  40. 1 point
    Despite the mention of undead in the title, this ks is mostly about dwarves along with an elf and an orc. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chappellm/pirates-of-the-undead-seas-fantasy-pirate-miniatur/description -
  41. 1 point
    Yes, lots. Old Beach Boys stuff, 'cause my mom would sing it in the car on long trips. "Jump" by Van Halen, my first introduction to modern rock and roll. "Youth Gone Wild" by Skid Row for the whole 'teenage rebellion' thing (Actually a lot of 80's hair metal could go here, that was just the first one that sprang to mind). "Running Free", "Remember Tomorrow", "Wratchild", "Killers", and "Innocent Exile" all by Iron Maiden. That was the track listing for the "Maiden Japan" ep that was my first 'real' heavy metal album. There are many more...
  42. 1 point
    I really dig the fourth idea. I'd dig more materials classes like painting realistic tartan, jeans, wool, leather, etc.
  43. 1 point
    For some (most?) resins, a hot knife works a treat. The one I tried was designed for cutting insulation foam. Getting ready to delve into the depths of the Xend'rik jungles.... The Auld Grump
  44. 1 point
    UPDATE: He just dunked the whole lot of TSR minis: AD&D, Star Frontiers, Top Secret, Gangbusters, Marvel Superheroes, Indiana Jones; all in one big batch for auction on his FB page (couldn't even give me early dibs on some stuff despite the hours I spent identifying them all for him). Currently I'm high bidder at $77 but I'm spite-bidding at that point and there's still two days to go. If I win, hopefully re-selling the Indy and Marvel stuff helps me recoup.
  45. 1 point
    It was a correspondence course, I got assigned to a ship and everything. I even had a diploma but it got lost in the fire. I made it all the way to Lieutenant Commander before I decided to become a CAF Colonel instead. I have levels of nerd in my past you can't even begin to imagine.
  46. 1 point
    Thanks! It helps that whoever sculpts the Guild Ball range is really good at wood-grain. Progress:- Been fighting with his skin. Started with a base of 1:1 Dwarf Skin/Rosy Skin, gave it a coat of Flesh Wash, and then did highlights of 1:1 Dwarf Skin/Rosy Skin, 1:1:1 Dwarf Skin/Rosy Skin/Light Flesh and 1:1:2 Dwarf Skin/Rosy Skin/Light Flesh. Then I kept going backwards and forwards between the layers trying to blend things and emphasise other bits etc. In the end I just called it a day, I can normally pull off a decent, basic skintones but I guess fat men are my weakness.
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    She is beautiful - nice metallics and great colors.
  49. 1 point
    I ended up going in for Altea. I like the sculpt enough to take a gamble on a new company. If the material and cast are nice I'll get Izzy at retail.
  50. 1 point
    I can't even list all my unpainted minis and they see action once in awhile that way so no judging here. Those are nice pieces. Right now what I'm thinking of is making them out of foamcore. Shouldn't be too difficult. Those actually give me a good idea for the basic design. Hoping to get a bit of time for working on this tonight.
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