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About mkozlows

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  1. Well, 2 of the bottles are liquid, 2 are slushy, and 20 are frozen solid. It sounds like if they're ruined, it'll be immediately obvious, so I guess after they thaw out, I'll test them and see how many survived...
  2. UPS shows mine as delivered at 2:15. I won't be home until 5:30, and it's a balmy 7 degrees out right now. Really hoping those paints are okay...
  3. If there's 2K ROW orders left, you're talking about a two day delay. If you can't handle two extra days at this point... man, I don't even know what kind of miniature emergency you're having, but I hope it works out okay for you.
  4. Does that "Kickstarter Core Set" box contain ALL the stuff from the basic pledge? If so, they must have packed it incredibly efficiently...
  5. Incidentally, as someone who was lightly critical of communication in the first Kickstarter, I've been really impressed with the communication in this one. Clear, timely updates, with expectations and uncertainties and risks clearly laid out. Just seriously an A++ job, and you deserve some real praise for it. Hopefully, even though you'll never get rid of those "I never read anything, answer my angry question" people entirely, you're seeing some benefit from that improved communication, too.
  6. Absolutely, that. I actually bought the Bones stuff with no intention at all of painting it -- I figured that even unpainted minis would be cooler than dice or pennies or whatever for a D&D game. But once it arrived, I decided to give the painting a try, and found that I actually liked it. And so since I'm very much learning what I'm doing, I know that I'm not going to paint these things to their full potential, and it seems like a shame to "waste" a great sculpt on what will probably turn out to be a less-than-awesome painting job. And if I only had ten minis sitting around, I'd prob
  7. Seconding the LTPK. Which, you'll note, comes with a skeleton and an orc, which various people here have recommended. The skeleton is a really quick and easy mini to paint, because there's not a lot to it, so it'll get you used to putting down paint and doing a wash. The orc has more detail, and also some fur and chainmail, so it'll build on the skeleton with drybrush techniques and more detailwork (including eyes, yay).
  8. LTPK2 was really interesting for me. When I did the first kit, I was coming into it from a position where I didn't think it was really possible to do anything at all. Even looking at the WIP thread for that, I thought it was all a bunch of ringers who'd painted hundreds of minis already and were just slumming so they could show off, like the kid who takes Spanish 101 in college after four years in high school. So when I actually did the first kit, and found out that I could paint a totally credible tabletop mini, I was flabbergasted and amazed. And I knew that obviously people can do things
  9. So, now the second mini from LTPK2. This one was really, really hard for me. Part of that is just because I'm an idiot, and was working under dim light, but in a bright room, so had a hard time seeing the detail while I was painting it, but part of it... well, I'll get to that. So, the base skin layer. No problems so far. Now putting on the lighter color. Here's where the problems start. My first problem was that I just had trouble controlling the paint at all. The instructions say to thin it down to the consistency of a near-wash. Okay, fine, I get that. But the pro
  10. So, "fault" is a loaded word, and I won't use it. But: Giving status reports that are overly optimistic is a common failing of project managers, and it IS a failing. It's a natural tendency -- "If all this stuff breaks the way it should, then we don't need to slip the date, and we've still got a green on our status report, so we can avoid causing a fuss for no reason, let's not even mention this risk" -- but a better way to do things is to keep stakeholders updated with the real status, the real risks, and to provide reasonable probabilities of outcomes. Because a) almost never is your
  11. Did your instruction pamphlet have a sticker over the paint list? Mine did, which basically said "ignore this, here's the right paints," which matched what was packed in. If you didn't have the sticker, I think you can safely ignore it anyway. Honestly? I wouldn't worry about that too much, because those brushes are pretty awful. I just did the monk from that kit, and at one point I had cleaned and put my Raphael 3/0 brush away, and then saw that I had missed a strap on the leg, so I tried to paint it in with the included Reaper 3/0 brush. It went extremely badly, and I made such a mess that I
  12. So, after doing both models from L2PK1, plus a handful of Bones using the techniques learned from that, I got L2PK2 in the mail, and decided to start in on the silly-looking monk. In general, I found the new techniques introduced here to be interesting. The base/shadow/highlight stuff is a lot harder work than the base/wash/drybrush technique of the first kit -- it wants more careful brushwork, as well as some vision in requiring you to choose the highlight/shadow parts rather than letting the brush and wash do it for you. Here I had the instruction book to guide me, and I'm interested in
  13. It's good to know it's not just me. And the white-then-yellow idea is brilliant. I had slopped some other paint onto the yellow area, and trying to actual cover it with yellow was requiring me to glop on piles of paint; a white cover coat, and then yellow, would have worked perfectly. (And for Maglok: I was going to paint the snakebelly yellow, but I just couldn't face that paint again, so decided to go with the orange...)
  14. So when I went in on the Kickstarter, I never intended to actually paint any of them -- I figured I'd just use them as basic unpainted minis, because hey, for that price, why not. But when I had the pile of plastic sitting in front of me, and saw how much gorgeous detail there was on them, I discovered that I wanted to do something with them. So I bought the Learn to Paint Kit 1, did both the minis in that (which you can see in the WIP thread, if you're curious for whatever reason), and then started in on the Bones. My very first "freehand" mini was a space Marine in Packer colors. I have
  15. FWIW, I got the Vampire and a case, and there are literally 90 minis that don't fit into the slots in the case. For me, that worked out pretty well, because it meant that the 150 slots were taken up by the minis that did fit in there (even if it seems silly to give each little rat or familiar their own slot); but if you're looking to get all of them into there, you've got a lot of foam-cutting to do.
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