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  1. Pictures from the MFCA (Miniature Figure Collectors of America) 2018 show. The show is every spring, in the Philadelphia / King of Prussia area. https://imgur.com/a/jASDRIl I arrived a little late, and missed a few pieces as a couple of artists were packing up a bit early. Sorry about the handful of blurry shots of someone's very nice WH40K pieces :( As in previous years, image hosting sites don't let you sort alphabetically or numerically anymore (something about being Facebook friendly); so those 4-5 pictures of a German Battleship I took together are
  2. I was a Blick employee in the past; and we sold a lot of Liquitex. At the time, it was owned/manufactured by Binney and Smith (the Crayola people). We had asked what was the shelf life of their paints. The answer was... for acrylics (which are in those foil lined plastic squeeze tubes); about 5-6 years. For oils (in the metal tubes); 40 years. Why the difference? Water vs Linseed Oil. Sure, paints last longer than that; you have to consider if you used half of a tube of acrylic, and say it's contaminated with mold, then you seal it up for 2-ye
  3. A smaller show than normal, many of the Europeans who come to MFCA to display their figures are saving their vacation time and travel dollars/euros to go to the World Miniatures Expo this fall (in Chicago). https://imgur.com/a/v1yDS About the pictures… Imgur used to have a tool to arrange by name/date. That tool has been gone for months; so unfortunately the pictures are in a random order. It's a common complaint by many about changes to how Imgur works, and frustrating as you won't see someone's pieces grouped together as I walk around and take shots. Grrr! But en
  4. If you want something softer/easier to work with, and is significantly lighter; try Smooth-On "Free Form Air". It hardens like a rock, but is light enough that it will float on water.
  5. Google this: US Plastics.com Look for: 15cc Natural Boston Round Bottle with 15mm Dropper Cap (66532 - you can search by their stock numbers). The 1/2 oz (66887) and 1-oz bottles (66889) come in super handy to mix up washes. If you're going to order a pile of 15cc (standard Reaper/Vallejo size), do yourself a favor and grab a couple of the 30cc (1/2 oz) and 60cc (1-oz).
  6. >Is it the same time every year? And where in Jersey? Yes, it's an annual show held at a pretty nice hotel in Morristown; which is probably a good half-hour+ away from NYC, so you don't have to deal with crazy city traffic. I also went to last year's show, and enjoyed it both times. I especially like the seminars/demonstrations the Hollywood SFX guys/girls do. It's not a huge convention by any means, it's more on the size of MFCA (if you've ever been to one of those). The crowd is pretty friendly, the dealers room is a pretty decent size; and the hotel has food/beverages if you n
  7. http://imgur.com/a/n1k6P#0 "Jersey Fest is a celebration of movies, television, and comic books with the focus on horror, science fiction and fantasy". Note... the lighting is mediocre in about 3/4 of the display area (as you can tell by the sepia tone of a good number of the pictures due to the lack of sufficient light). Using a flash on your camera can help, but sometimes isn't welcome at exhibits (and considered poor manners) as other people in the room looking at the displays may not appreciate being blinded by flash photography. You'll see that Godzilla took a break from t
  8. Google this: Plano Protector Series Four Pistol Case About $12 (at a giant Brick & Mortar retailer... you know who it is). It's a fantastic case for the money (and has a layer of pick-and-pluck foam). You're welcome :)
  9. Miniature Figure Collectors of America – 2015 show pictures. http://imgur.com/a/Z82Tt#0 Best viewed in "Full Screen" mode.
  10. The ProShaker is a gadget made for nail parlors to mix up gel and lacquer type polishes. I found it makes for an incredible tool to mix up your hobby paints. Here is a link to pictures and some explanatory text; and a YouTube video demonstrating it in action: http://imgur.com/a/VopIE I like Reaper paints too, but I demonstrate it being used with Vallejo. If you're one of those guys on YouTube that made a Frankenstein paint-mixer out of a reciprocating saw welded to a tent-stake... then this is for you! :) Note; I've also posted this in Reddit/self.minipainting
  11. I posted this elsewhere... but this seems to be a more appropriate sub-forum, and some of you might find this useful: I understand some like to use "Glass and Tile Medium" (Folk Art) as a primer; but it's pretty hard to find it in a store, and I remember seeing some comments wishing it came in something other than a 2-oz bottle. Here's option B: http://store.weberar...odshow&ref=2856 Comes in an 8-oz bottle, the price is reasonable, and the shipping isn't bad either. Martin F. Weber have been in business for decades; they don't make uber high-end paints/inks, but they don't m
  12. I understand some like to use "Glass and Tile Medium" (Folk Art) as a primer; but it's pretty hard to find it in a store, and I remember seeing some comments wishing it came in something other than a 2-oz bottle. Here's option B: http://store.weberart.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=2856 Comes in an 8-oz bottle, the price is reasonable, and the shipping isn't bad either. Martin F. Weber have been in business for decades; they don't make uber high-end paints/inks, but they don't make junk either.
  13. I worked there ~20-years, and got to see every kind of paint imaginable; finger paint - tempera - water color - gouache - acrylic - oil - glass window paint - inks for block printing - lettering enamel for the sides of fire trucks/plumbers vans/etc (and the list goes on). Pretty much all the water based paints had some sort of ammonia smell. The better the quality, the weaker the smell; the cheaper the quality, the stronger the smell (and that rule was pretty consistent). New product line? Low price? Looks like it will take 5-coats to be semi-opaque? Open cap... take a whiff... smells lik
  14. I used to be a Blick employee; "paint life" is a question we were asked a lot! At the time, someone asked Liquitex (now owned/made by a different company, but still a quality product) what the typical shelf life of tube paints was. They told us it was about 5-6 years for acrylics, and 40+years for oil paints (don't forget that's tube paints, which are quite a bit thicker). This was maybe 20-years ago; I'm sure the acrylic binders have improved a bit, and although the plastic coated-aluminum tubes that Liquitex uses are super easy to read (great for a store display)... since you can't rol
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