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LittleBluberry

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  1. This is almost like my (less geeky) serendipitous Saturday... Hubby dropped our teenager at the high school to do some set construction for his drama class and discovered that there was a bulk recycling event set up. We were literally able to empty out half of our garage of junk metal for free, after finding out that paying to have it hauled away would cost more than what we spent in KS1.

     

    Sometimes things just work out beautifully. :)

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  2. The other trick with eyes is that if you have a perfect circle then it sort of looks like they're surprised all the time. If you look in the mirror you'll see that your lid partially covers part of your iris most of the time, so your eye doesn't have that perfectly round shape. The example in the tutorial shows a viewing angle where she's looking up, which doesn't translate quite as well to looking straight ahead. Here is another tutorial that sort of shows what I'm talking about. http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/36753-how-i-paint-eyes/

     

    Your second go at the eyes is much better, I think your dissatisfaction with it comes from using the hair color as the liner. Redheads don't normally have eyelashes that match their hair color, it's more likely to be brown, black or blond. And generally women who have blond eyelashes tend to use mascara, so that their eyes stand out a bit more. (My blond sister would look like a washed-out blob at 25mm scale if she didn't use any make-up.)

     

    I can tell that you're a fairly neat painter, so gradually adding new techniques should show improvement fairly quickly. And contrary to how I sound, I suck at doing eyes too, I've just been reading up on ways to improve. ^_^

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    I admit I like a lot the heroes and the centaurs added to the Core Set, but now I have practically ruled it out, I am hoping they are available for individual purchase as add-ons!

     

    Bryan wrote in the KS comments that the Pledge Calculator will have the prices for items from the core set.

     

    And is there a worse commenting system than the KS one? Jeez, near impossible to find anything there.

     

     

    Add-ons of some of the core groups would really help the ROW guys who want to keep their weight down. And hopefully the shipping calculator will sort things out for everyone.

     

    The KS commenting system is like drowning in spam. Too much noise, not enough signal.

  4. Once the dragon hatchlings and they fey were added to the core set everything else became bonus in my mind. I'd been waiting for the dragon hatchling from the preview gallery for months, and now I know when I'll get him. :)

     

    I heartily approve of moving the dragons to Bones, it only makes sense.

     

    EDIT: I wouldn't turn down cavalry. 'Cause, you know, HORSES! My 3 girls are already dropping hints about mouselings.

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  5. One could also argue that the methodical dedication you show to learning advanced techniques is what separates a 'pro' from recreational painters. Honestly, I paint because I like it, not because I'm overly worried about improving. Either way, you are beyond 'amateur' so perhaps we just need more descriptors.

     

    Now if I could only find LTPK2, I would like to improve my skin & cloth techniques....

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    I was just wondering if reaper has hurt themselves at all on this kickstarter, momentum wise, by allowing additional funds after the close on the last one. I mean, there are probably a lot of people only in at the $100 mark, who will probably add another $100 or more in the last days once they add up all of their add ons. But I wonder how many people who simply wait until the kickstarter is closed and add funds during the questionnaire phase.

     

    I was wondering about that, as well (I mean, just look at how many $1 pledges there are). Unfortunately, all of the "post-KS" funds don't contribute toward unlocking new add-ons.

     

     

    Those are not necessarily $1 pledges, they are $1 reward levels. A lot of those $1 backers will be getting add-ons for extra cash, but they're not in for the core set.

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  7. I actually agree that shipping should have it's own thread. Because there are a lot of variables and options (re-shipping services, US pick-up location for Canadians who live near the border, etc.). People should have an easier way to get the help and answers they need, since it affects how much they pledge.

     

    I also agree whole-heartedly that ROW backers should get a shipping discount equivalent to what US shipping is costing Reaper, even if that is small, and even if they have to factor in time spent on paperwork. And it should be transparent and built into their calculator. I don't think it's urgent that this be done today, but obviously sooner would be better. Because transparent is always better.

     

    Living near the border I've done the calculations both ways and it's always a question of whether the money spent travelling to a pick-up location is worth saving on shipping costs. Sometimes it isn't. And it can suck, but it's not just a Kickstarter problem, it applies to all sorts of other things. (Like why do so many products cost more to buy in Canada.) I'm lucky I've got friends across the border I'm happy to help, and they've helped me in the past.

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    I have been comparitively lazy about painting my Bones, and the magnitude of the task ahead is beginning to sink in. Because now it's not theoretical. Now it's "you best paint them 400-odd minis, son, cuz a whole lot more a-comin next year".

     

    Hubby painted the first mini he's done since college while at the PAX Prime paint & take. Since our gaming time has been ramping up we're now talking about having a regular painting night. So I don't have to paint them all by myself! I need more bones!! ::D:

     

     

    I'd get more done if I let other people help paint them. But I do not trust them to do a proper job.

     

    Plus it's a point of pride for me to have every mini on my game shelf painted by me.

     

    (gifts from mini exchanges or other people are stored in a separate VIP area where cheeto-fingered miscreants cannot abuse them)

     

     

    I tell myself that if someone does a sub-standard paint job on a mini I love then I can buy myself a replacement if I decide I want to paint it myself. Eventually I get over it. Besides, I just got to trade movie watching night for painting night, which I think is a win. ^_^

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  9. I have been comparitively lazy about painting my Bones, and the magnitude of the task ahead is beginning to sink in. Because now it's not theoretical. Now it's "you best paint them 400-odd minis, son, cuz a whole lot more a-comin next year".

     

    Hubby painted the first mini he's done since college while at the PAX Prime paint & take. Since our gaming time has been ramping up we're now talking about having a regular painting night. So I don't have to paint them all by myself! I need more bones!! ::D:

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    I can't believe that I missed out on the Early Bird level. That's what I get for living on the Pacific coast and enjoying a good night's rest.

     

    I'm not going crazy yet, but the core set was already worth it for me right away. (I might skip most of the add-ons, though.) I totally sympathize with Canada/ROW in that it would be nice to know what shipping is going to cost up front.

     

    (And add-ons of Pathfinder iconics would be a very nice thing... Hint, hint!)

    I was up at 4 am pac time. but Ill be honest, I totally didnt even realize until after my pledge that I got the "early bird" until after I already made it lol I was like clicky clicky clicky!

     

     

    Yeah, I got up at 7:45am, turned on my computer, blinked a couple of times and then pledged as fast as I could! Only got Wave 2, but not feeling *too* bad about that since it's already gone. Then I had to get kids to school, so I'm still catching up on all the unlocked options. ^_^

  11. I can't believe that I missed out on the Early Bird level. That's what I get for living on the Pacific coast and enjoying a good night's rest.

     

    I'm not going crazy yet, but the core set was already worth it for me right away. (I might skip most of the add-ons, though.) I totally sympathize with Canada/ROW in that it would be nice to know what shipping is going to cost up front.

     

    (And add-ons of Pathfinder iconics would be a very nice thing... Hint, hint!)

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  12. It depends on the look you're going for. Matte varnish on chainmail generally looks fine, but if it's something you want to really sparkle you might want to touch up with a tiny bit of gloss brush on sealer. The reflective particles in your metallic paint will still reflect, but the matte varnish will diffuse them so that the sheen is softer, if you know what I mean. Sometimes that's what you want and sometimes it isn't.

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  13. Small detail, but I really love what you did with the row of buckles across the top of her skirt. Like most people I assumed that it should be a row of leather straps, but the way you softened the overall look by keeping the buckle straps the same color as the rest of the skirt really changed her overall feel. Now she looks more like a refined lady and less like a rough & tumble adventurer.

     

    And of course she's just beautifully done. But that's been said a few times. ^_^

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  14. D'oh on the pre-washing and ironing... I always hate it when I accidentally buy a 'touchy' fabric, but usually all the pretty ones are. :(

     

    Nice collection of experimental rigging supplies. You look like you've got an excellent variety to work with and find a good solution. :)

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  15. Something else to keep in mind is that if you've been on a lot of antibiotics your ability to digest milk products will be severely affected. Probiotic supplements (or yoghurt) might help you out. But each individual is different, so really it' a process of discovering what's affecting your body and what foods agree with you. (It does rather suck, though.)

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