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  1. Yeah, off topic kinda seems to be this forums 'thing'. Sometimes it can be a good thing, as really cool conversations (like painting fire, I really enjoyed reading those posts) come up, other times small arguments flare up (craft paints...), but its one huge conversation! The only downside is that sometimes truly useful information can indeed get lost. A single post that contains an important update (important to some people at least) can be lost in a nearly 500 post topic with 33 pages. Still, there are always people willing to share this information with others, even if that does cause duplicate posts throughout a topic. Also its good fun!
  2. Canada's Greatest Hero. BRING ME MY BONES GOOD SIR, AND YOU SHALL HAVE YOUR REWARD! Coffee and a doughnut from Tims.
  3. You bastard and your highlighting of the rocks, that looks AMAZING. Also, this picture: His fur looks spectacular.
  4. Every time I see that image today I laugh. Amazing.
  5. That Lion blew my mind a bit, I'll be honest. I was going to paint a Fleur-de-lis on my guys shield but failed miserably, so he has a weird backwards upside down y shape. On a related note: Yeah, this. My writing is absolutely horrible. My brain is all like "HAND, DO THIS!" and my hand is all like "NO, I DONT WANNA!" and then it just does whatever it wants. The only reason I was able to get some of the 'details' on the mini's thus far, is repetition. Paint over an area of brown, accidentally get some over the green. Go back over and touch up the green, get some on the brown. Rinse and repeat until by sheer luck I manage to do a round without messing up. I call this brute force painting. Holy crap you have an entire rat family! Thats hardcore!
  6. With Kits 1 and 2 I dont think they updated the instructions after they started including full bottles instead of sample sizes. I think it may have come with the sample size of dragon blue in the past.
  7. Both of you should post them, shiny or not shiny! Also yes, that shield looks awesome.
  8. Somewhere between the basecoat and now. I think the specific moment is when I picked the brush up again. Still, I'll be finishing her off for sure. Cassu is right, I can always go back and touch it up if I ever feel the need to. Once I get better brushes... and more skill. I've check out several YouTube videos on painting, but this is the first I've seen of this user, and your right, the videos are quite good. Now I have something to watch! Thanks for the feedback guys!
  9. As for Laurana, she is not fairing much better, and the shadow basecoat just cannot be seen even in the areas that I applied no paint over after. In an attempt to add other shadows back in/do some lining it turned our horrible, I tired to fix it and pull the paint away but it left her with a yellowy midrift. On a related note, like others in this topic I went for a bear midrift. Raw and Primed: Now the Basecoat, which once again, I liked, it turned out ok and with a Wash and a Drybrush could have been nice! But no... layering... And the results of my 'layering' or as I've come to call it "Jaryth ruins miniatures". Ok maybe its not that bad, but any attempt to add shadow back in failed horribly. I think this would have been a lot better if I had done some black/brown lining before painting it. Even if it was just really dark pink I think it would have come over a lot better. She truly is a yellow belly. Anyway at this point I've lost a bit of my enthusiasm to paint... of which I better find it again soon, I have near $75 of Learn to Paint Kits coming, $100 in brushes and mediums and $300 of Bones coming to me!
  10. Well, I'm a little discouraged. Started doing Kit 2 today, and everything started off grand, then started to fail a bit, and now one model is way to dark and the other is way to light. Trying to fix it I just made them worse. This made me kinda stop mid way through and just put everything down. Now I'm here, without the urge to paint I had several hours ago. Starting with Tsuko, Raw and Primed (Spoiler tagged for space): Then the basecoat for the skin. See this I like, this worked, and if I had done a Wash and Drybrushing I'm sure it would have looked great! But thats not what the tutorial called for, it called for layering... something that I apparently just dont get. After this I did the 'shadow' and the 'highlight' but the colors seemed off, and I just could not get the right shade, going back and forth one over the other, I'm pretty sure I completely decimated the basecoat to the point where its impossible to find. This is where I'm sitting now and it looks almost nothing like the "It should look like this now" picture. So I'm not entirely sure what to do with him now other than just move on to the next parts and hope it doesn't look like crap when it all comes together.
  11. We should be good. A quote from Reapers Official Facebook page: The original plan had been to use a Canadian 3rd party that is a partner of Reapers (RAFM) to distribute the packages across Canada. Something may have come up in the logistics of the project, or maybe RAFM was just not read to take on thousands and thousands of orders. Either way Reaper is doing the best they can to get our packages to us and not have us be charged extra.
  12. I stand by this. As someone who is still new to the hobby, I can say with 100% certainty that the things that people have said on this specific forum have greatly influenced both my purchasing habits and my entry into this hobby. Before I started lurking the Reaper forums and looking up to Buglips, Pingo, and many of the others here, I would never have picked up the Learn to Paint Kits, hell I didnt even know they existed! And now I'm the better for it. I most definitely would not have just thrown $100 at painting mediums and W&N S7 brushes like I just did (3 brushes, 2 mediums, 1 brush cleaner, with shipping. Not a bad value all in all). The recommendations of the people on this forum and the little painting I've done has shown me that its worth it to put the investment in now, and get my moneys worth over the time, than struggle with lower quality products to achieve the same results. To some people, throwing paint on a mini and playing with it is all that matters, and to those people I'm sure craft paints would work just fine. I however want to do details, layering, blending, I want to make a product that another player will look at and go "Damn, this guy looks hardcore, I want to play as him!". At the same time, I realize I'm still new and have a long way to go still to have the skill that others here have. All that being said, at this time I'm in a good financial state, and have not invested any money into any of my other hobbies in quite some time, so throwing money into this hobby is something I can afford at the moment. Not everyone is in the same position, but may still want the experience, even if the results and the methods to get there are not the same. In the end I agree with Buglips, that if there are no alternatives readily available, or financially achievable, using lower quality supplies can at least get you started. While everyone has their own favourite products, sometimes Product A is simply better than Product B, and when 8 out of 10 people agree, you know its a pretty good choice. Tying it back to what I had said above, while checking out local art stores, and talking to other friends that sometimes paint mini's, whenever I mentioned W&N brushes, and what I planed to do with them, almost all of them said "Oh, you dont need that kind of brush, go with this cheaper one", to which I would always respond "I'm not sure, nearly everyone that I've asked for advice that is deep into the hobby, agrees that this is the one to get", "Oh this Synthetic brush will be just fine", "When 12+ people that are all in the same hobby all manage to agree on a single thing, its a pretty sure bet". Only time (and Canada Post...) will tell if that investment was truly worth it, as the brushes will soon be on their way to me, but even if something happens, I know I'll have made the right choice. Why'd I post this much. Less than 6 hours ago I specifically said I was going to stay out of this...
  13. I have an eye for detail. It was the feet (touching the ground) and the teeth that stood out with the old vs new. The new ones are the speed painting, but what about the old one, how long did it take to paint in all, if you can remember?
  14. Oh my, there are several pages (5+) more than there where the last time I checked this topic... it looks to have exploded all over the place. I'm kinda surprised it hasn't been Split yet. I've only ever used Reaper paints, and of that, only about 10 colors so far, so I'm going to do my best to stay out of this and come back once I have more experience.
  15. I like the comparison of the older model vs the newer painting style. Your lining shows through a lot less than it used to (or you stopped lining?) either way, the transitions between materials are a lot nicer.
  16. Thanks for that! I ask because the L2PK2 that I got did not come with the Size 0 brush, so with the L2PK1&2 I have 2 flat size 2 brushes, a 5/0 and a 3/0. I plan to do my best with that, but I have brushes that are too large and brushes that are too small, so it should be fun. On a related side note, I decided to pick up some W&N Series 7 brushes. Got them from the Canadian supplier Opus Art Supplies. Their shipping is a bit more than I'd want, but their customer support support was excellent.
  17. Cassu, question for you: could you by chance post a list of each of the brushes you got with those 4 kits?
  18. Info directly from ReaperBryan from this topic: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/48346-bones-shipping-has-started-1st-arrival-reported/page-11#entry697215 Edit: To attempt to help provide a place for Canadian KS supporters to get info, I've updated the first post in this topic with the information above. As new information comes out I'll do my best to update the topic so everyone can find it easily (As it tends to be spread out over multiple topics, and even forum sections). If you know and can cite newer information than is in the main post, please share!
  19. It snowed again today in Winnipeg. In the middle of April. Canada....
  20. Have you done/do you own the Young Fire Dragon (77026) yet? I'll throw that into the request queue if available. Otherwise maybe the Minotaur (77013)
  21. Hmm this ultrasonic cleaner is sounding like a better and better choice...
  22. So I finally opened up kit 2, and I'm a bit confused. I'm not sure if I got the wrong things, or if things have changed and the instructions are just a bit out of date. Its not a huge deal, and I should still be able to do everything but still... Only about half of the paints I have match whats mentioned on the back of the instructions, but all of the colours match up to how the models look, so I should be good there... My main issue is the brushes. What brushes are supposed to come in this kit? The instructions list a 0 and 3/0. I got a 2 (red Sable) and a 3/0 (Reaper Master Synthetic). Combined with my L2PK1 which had the flat larger brush (also a 2) and a 5/0. so I dont really have any middle ground here. I'm sure I could use the 3/0 or 5/0 for shading, but they dont look like they would be as good for it, and the 2's are just too large and both are flat. ------- Edit: Looking at the online listing: http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/Learn%20To%20Paint%20Kits/latest/08902 it is updated with the right paints, and I got all of those paints, but not the 0 brush that is listed... odd... ------ What brushes did other people get?
  23. Tier 2.5? I dont think thats how it works... I just wonder how crazy its going to get when they start doing the 4x Vampire + 43 options.
  24. Unless you are Canadian, then as usual the you're before the start line. But honestly, they had something like 20,000 orders? So I'd say between 3,000 and 20,000.
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