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Tom T

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  1. CashWiley's right, you're being too hard on yourself. He's coming along fine! And it sounds like you know just where you want to go, and how to get there. I see why Reaper Cyan is your favorite blue. Thanks! Hmmm . . . And, um, buying colours and "just" to see what how they work and what they look like is NOT a "stupid" habit. It's what figure painters do!!!
  2. Big Thanks to Anne, this is a Great thread! and I am learning a lot from you and from other forum members. I really appreciate that. But I want to take a second and echo paintminion. Seriously, whether you're new or have been painting for decades, please take some time and really think about all of your handling, cleaning, priming, painting and sealing methods and habits. Before Bones my first Love was Lead I started buying and collecting Lead figures in the 70's and I've got a lot of Lead. Now that I'm a bit >ahem< older it's gloves on for every step until they're sealed with primer. Spray priming or sealing? Wear a real particulate and vapor respirator. What, maybe $30, then about $15 for the replacement canister filters after 40 hours of use? (Stick a label or tape on 'em and make a hash mark every time you use 'em. When you get to 20 or 30 get new filters 'cause you wanna be paranoid safe.) Take a minute and read those labels. You only get one set of lungs and one brain. If you're spraying outdoors, or airbrushing without true active ventilation, unprotected and you smell anything it's already in you and most of the chemicals and compounds in spray primers/sealers are Really Seriously Nasty. (I suspect that Anne will agree that inhaling airbrushed Reaper paint is not an intended use.) Hand or fingers as a painting device/palette/whatever? Skin's not a palette; it's a semi-permeable membrane. Licking or shaping your brushes with you lips or tongue? O! Mucous membranes! Learn to flick! (That one used to be, I hope, my worst personal painting habit ~ but back then it was to re-shape a brush after soap and water cleaning. Not a good idea.) Safety Rant off. Thanks for your patience. Just hope you'll think about it . . . Anne, does Reaper have some kind of here's how to do it right ('safe practices') info available? I'm pretty much a newcomer to Reaper (and am Very Impressed by all of you!),and I don't know if you all already have one that I haven't found yet. If you do I'd really like to learn more; so could someone please point me to it? If you don't, would Reaper consider doing a kind of of 'public service' good practices info-thing? Maybe include it in your LTPKs if you don't already? And if something like that already exists, Thank You Reaper!
  3. That's not "just a rat" OneBoot . . . That's a Cute & Adorable Deadly Rat! Good job and serious congratulations. He really looks Good!
  4. How do you clean them up before re-spraying CashWiley?
  5. Thanks ObsidianCrane, I'll gite that a try when I have a chance to paint again (which might be in a couple of days now)! Much appreciated.
  6. Mine came in late yesterday afternoon after a very long day ~ so the timing was about perfect! After just, frankly, handling and looking at every single one of them for awhile I did get them inventoried. Thanks so much to Jasper_the_2nds Great spreadsheet! All of mine look great, no casting problems visible yet. Only mistake I found was one extra zombie! Amazing. Thank you Reaper!!!
  7. So, I managed to get some time in painting late on Thursday, the 4th. First I went back to the under robes peaking out with Folk Art 424 Light Gray, then with DA02 White Wash. Followed with a touch up of DA36 True Blue where needed. Then I did a quick diluted True Blue in the shadow areas. The quilted armour was edged with DA168 then I used DA010 Cadmium Yellow over most of those areas. I finished the night with DA58 in the exposed areas of their quivers and their bows. And a group shot, with one of the pikemen I'd almost finished earlier since I want to get close to their colors. What do you think so far? I'm really wondering if I need to lighten the blue robes' highlights more? And should I do more on their quilted armour? A wash or a glaze to tie those colors together more? Or are they like this? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
  8. I've got a veritable ton of advice type questions I want to ask you all after Thursday night's painting session and I've got photos to share/illustrate 'em . . . But instead of working on working on work and then getting to paint and play I've spent the day dealing with, well, stuff . . . So, I'm not going to post photos or ask questions or advice yet because 6.6 POUNDS of Incredibly Beautiful Bones Goodness was put into my sweaty hands this evening. Um. Is it Okay to go, "SQEEEEEE!!! ", in my own WIP thread??? <Seriously!?> I've spent an actually relaxing evening Inventorying ALL of My Lovely New Preciousnesses. And I have fallen in Love with so many of them that it scares me. I mean, now I've got another >mutter, mutter, counting, counting, muttering, counting, checking the Inventory, counting< TWENTY more figures to deal with! And each one is Calling to me. Begging me to just give then SOME kind of Paint Love. They Promise that they won't care OR tell ~ they just want PAINT! I'm serious. They're all talking to me. There's a Frost Wyrm staring at my monitor, and a couple of boxes of Orcapoclyse are spilled out at my feet; and, and, and the extra packs of Swamp Things are smelling kind of, well, swampy (Which is Fine, please don't get me wrong. But they are LOOKING at me!!!); and there are some Beautiful Dragons peeking over my shoulder from the trunk, and there's, and there's, and there's, and there's . . . Well. Thank You Reaper. I am in LUV. And, even better, my Dear Wife, and Chief Collections' Curator, thinks that they are Wonderful too! But then she said, "These really are Beautiful Figures. Are you sure one Vampire really was enough? And don't you need more of those gorgeous Dragons too . . . ?" >whimper>
  9. I keep repeating this adage to myself everytime I look at my unpainted minis. Keep up the great work. All I can say is if it's true old painters won't die until their last miniature has been painted, I WILL LIVE FOREVER.... They way I heard it, I think only Lead counts! If so, I should be safe for a few centuries yet!!!
  10. Thanks so much OneBoot! (Just discovering the same thing myself!) It definitely was ~ despite our deadlines I got to spend the day pushing my artistic boundaries a little further back. And that's GOTTA be a Good Thing! <Especially when it works !!! !!! !!!>
  11. That's another really great paint job 72moonglum! Impressive and Inspiring! And I completely agree with you. Hope you don't mind if I chime in and also volunteer to give a Good Home to any unwanted Old Lead !
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