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4tonmantis

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  1. They are miniatures, so painting them in the colors of the film was really foolish to begin with. That does leave an opening for them to defend their minis but really, it was IMO a lazy money grab at a semi-cult classic. The funny thing is, a lot of the actual tribute miniatures are also a bit of a gag.. so are likely protected by parody laws.. while these are pretty cut and dry and don't leave much/any room for that angle.
  2. Oh, I think I miscommunicated.. I am not presently seeking photography help. I was offering assistance to the person in front of me. Macro lenses go with miniature photography like peanut butter with jelly IMO. I personally like soft focus but I realize Bokeh style photography is not for everyone.
  3. Keep in mind that there are different color wheels too. I've got a book on color harmonies that I've found more helpful than my color wheel other than finding good contrasting colors. I've found that if your local colors start off with similar values it tends to help with a unified feeling when shading and highlighting.
  4. I try to photo with daylight and a flash with a softbox pointed 45 or higher. I like macro lenses too. Here's an old photo I did.. I haven't taken pictures of anything recently but setting the white balance mode, using a tripod and a remote to minimize shaking, and a good flash and macro lens get your pretty far.
  5. If it's not glue to the base, maybe consider doing a log (stick) poking up from the snow like it's melting off or something. It'll help sell it as a snow base and not a big piece of styrofoam or something. The model itself looks nice. Maybe a wash or something to help it pop but the colors look great.
  6. I dunno.. Man of Steel had a good first watch vibe for me. Then the aftertaste set in and kinda killed it. BVS lost me when Bats started killing people. The fact that he was using guns was like what?!? I don't even remember if that was supposed to be a dream or what.. but the whole thing was very wha?!? Then we get to the main event. It was terrible. So many plot holes, so many things that made most people stop and think "who would do that?!?" Moreover.. there was a distinct lack of subtlety in BvS. Subtlety, characters we can identify with, character development.. These are the things I
  7. I got my order from Zealot's Twisting Catacombs in a while back so between the bookshelf in Bones 2 and those, I've got a pretty good stash of library shelving. I would say though, that all you really need is some balsa and popsicle sticks. The books are another matter but I haven't read that particular scenario so I dunno the breakdown on what's needed there.
  8. That video is the best thing I've seen on the internet in quite a while... possibly since seeing 10 hour Gandalf Sax Guy.. now there's a great video.
  9. Very nice. I thought he was holding a pitching wedge at first then realized that didn't make much sense :P Great job!
  10. Did production ever get moved to Tx because.. this is a lot of stuff we're getting done in China if not..
  11. While that does sting.. let's remember that WGF was selling dirt cheap and that might have had something to do with the fact that they needed to sell off their assets.. Warlord seems to be much better at understanding how much things need to cost to keep the lights on. I am kicking myself for not jumping on the skeletons when they were still available though :/
  12. I just saw some updated progress on this the other day. They're going to be really good. It'll be street clothes versions it looks like. The WGF (Warlord) Male Survivors box might be the best bet for them in their FBI disguises.
  13. It looks good. I would consider for the reflection on his facemask shading the ground with a ground color leading into that dark horizon. As it is, the darkness right there gets lost in his gear. The rest is very nicely done. Looks like you're gearing up for some This is Not a Test.
  14. I had it make some HIPS minis bendy before so I tend to only use it on metal.. In fact I have some metal Warmachine models in a vat of Pine-Sol right now being stripped so I can throw them up on e-bay. It's interesting that it wouldn't effect Bones but I guess it makes sense due to the fact that they're closer to the material a spray bottle is made of than a styrene model.
  15. I am pretty sure mine were soft enough to just go where I thought the should.. The casting on that was fairly sharp for me though so it was a bit less of a hassle. I'm considering ripping them off though to either try reposing them or just insert some wire and make my own from putty in the shape I want.
  16. Castrol Super Clean is pretty much purple colored Simple Green IIRC. I've used it on plastics before but not Bones specifically. As others mentioned Simple Green is tried and tested though if you don't want to dance with the devil in the pale moon light.. EDIT: Easy Off oven cleaner with the mini in a ziplock bag should work too.. Again though.. it's something I've done on other plastics.. not Bones.
  17. These are looking good! Please tell me you have a bunch of that Christmas Village/Town stuff that's always on sale around the holidays to use for your table. The band does seem a little small for a Frostgrave warband.. will we be seeing more?
  18. I'd take the family out to eat then realize that all of that needs to go to student loans and sigh. If you have a gaming group, celebrate by covering food and snacks or whatever it is your lot does. I find I enjoy celebrating things like that most when the fruits of those labors can bring friends together over dinner or beer or whatever..
  19. I liked Civil War a lot. Iron Man's guilt has been building since he found out about the arms deals in the first IM movie. He seems like he's developing a deep psychosis from Avengers 2 to this point, wanting to control everything. The fact that he helped build the helicarriers (basically helping Hydra) in Winter Soldier shows he is still ready fire aim. From his comments, Cap seemed afraid of being turned into a hit squad and used for political gains... which seems pretty realistic given the power levels we're talking about and the difficulties that come from layers of bureaucracy and rules o
  20. I have a mint copy that I've accumulated the pieces to over the years. The only thing not mint is the box.. which seems super hard to find in that condition :/
  21. Better not come around my workshop then . . . I weighed out the reclaimed/recycled loose figs I currently have awaiting my attention tonight and the grand total was not quite 20 lbs. As far as Bones quality goes, I've found it to be hit and miss depending on who was casting what that day at the factory in China. By way of illustration: you noted that your townsfolk looked great, those pieces in my Kickstarter package were the offspring of Thalidomide patients - and they went straight to the parts bin. The Egg We move a lot due to the military, so things get side-tracked
  22. Well, I have done two of the things on my list.. now I need to draw and sculpt.. Though I'm not sure they can be done at the same time.. a shower would make sense too so maybe I can work that in somehow.. Hm.. sculpting makes the most sense here.. Oh.. watching some more Gundam Z probably should happen so sculpting in the shower and drawing while watching gundam.. what could go wrong?
  23. Gaming When I'm prepping for an adventure I try to make sure I have miniatures for as much as possible. It kinda irks me when I don't. To the point that I started learning to sculpt. Sculpting When I'm sculpting I tend to drop the putty not being used in the water I keep to the side. In my mind it's colder than room temperature so it will slow the curing. Painting I am not a full-fledged brush licker but I re-point my brushes with my lips. You haven't gotten the memo yet? Which memo??? Arg! If it's about the paints, I do it after rinsing them. If it's that this mak
  24. Conflicted.. lifting, posting in thread of randomness, drawing, or sculpting.. Decisions, decisions, turnips..
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