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  1. Grumpy Cave Bear

    Citadel Contrast paints

    I got to try some of these paints at a paint-and-take on Free RPG Day last month. I really liked the Dark Angels Red and Iyanden Yellow, but didn’t like the darker colors like Dark Angels Green and Ultramarines Blue. Has anyone tried some of the lighter contrast paints over a silver metallic base coat? I’d like to see what the results are.
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    Happy Birthday Grumpy Cave Bear

    Hey, all! A belated thanks for all the birthday wishes. I got sick on my birthday, from celebrating by eating way too much fried fish (whole fried tilapia are something else!), and didn’t check until today. I haven’t been active on the forums, but I’m still painting (irregularly). When my schedule opens up and I get hobby work done, I’ll be sure to share it here!
  3. Happy Birthday!

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      Grumpy Cave Bear

      Thanks!  I actually never checked my birthday status until now, because I was sick on my birthday (I celebrated the night before by eating too much fried tilapia).

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    How do I make a super cheap paint rack?

    The slanted shelf arrangement is just the stadium arrangement, tilted forward with the back corner cut off! What you would be doing is building something like a set of stairs, and adding two rectangles on either side to make it stand upright. ...Now I want to build one, too!
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    How do I make a super cheap paint rack?

    Some time back, I made stadium-style bottle racks for my paints out of foam core board, with just an X-Acto knife and a straight-edge. They came out pretty nice: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69656-gcb-tries-foam-core-joinery/&tab=comments#comment-1396487 I don’t see why that same material couldn’t be used for making a vertical rack, also. The total cost for one rack was about $5.00 (Edit: $7.50), as I got the foam core board on sale at $1.50 each, and already had the tools and other materials. I’m still using them today — though they are full up now. Maybe I should consider adding a desk rack, too?
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    Black Friday Deals

    29801: HD Crimson Red (0.99) x1 29802: HD Brilliant Red (0.99) x2 29803: HD Entrail Pink (0.99) x2 29804: HD Rusty Red (0.99) x1 29812: HD Meadow Green (0.99) x2 29814: HD Ice Blue (0.99) x1 29818: HD Nightsky Blue (0.99) x2 29819: HD Twilight Purple (0.99) x2 29820: HD Gem Purple (0.99) x1 29821: HD Sunburn Flesh (0.99) x1 29822: HD Suntan Flesh (0.99) x1 29824: HD Maiden Flesh (0.99) x2 29825: HD Tusk Ivory (0.99) x1 29827: HD Griffon Tan (0.99) x1 29829: HD Golden Brown (0.99) x1 29832: HD Concrete Grey (0.99) x1 29833: HD Ash Grey (0.99) x2 29834: HD Field Grey (0.99) x2 29835: HD Dirty Grey (0.99) x2 29836: HD Military Grey (0.99) x2 29839: HD Maroon Red (0.99) x1 29840: HD Garnet Red (0.99) x1 29841: HD Witchcraft Purple (0.99) x1 29842: HD Solid White (0.99) x2 29843: HD Solid Black (0.99) x1 29845: HD Gilded Yellow (0.99) x2 29846: HD Spruce Green (0.99) x1 29847: HD Rich Indigo (0.99) x1 29848: HD Jungle Camo (0.99) x1 29849: HD Umber Brown (0.99) x1 I got doubles of every color I didn’t already have, plus one of each that I did have. I filled my cart shortly before the sale started, but lost a few colors deleting & re-adding them after to adjust the prices. Foolish me, thinking the prices would automatically update! I’m sad about the Rosy Pink staying the original price; I would have grabbed several, but have gotten into trouble before with the SO about mistakenly grabbing full priced items during a sale, so sadly I had to drop them.
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    Let's ... errrr ... try ... airbrushing a garage kit

    That figure is Mint Adenade, from the video game Tales of Phantasia! It’s no surprise that Ratmaster2000 would think it was From Sakura Wars, as the character design for both games was done by Kousuke Fujishima. As for color, the game character is blond with pale skin, and the uniform is basically white with gold trim and magenta cross insignias on the hat and dress. It would be interesting to do the lining and/or the shadowed parts of the dress as a pale muted lavender, as that would be the complementary color to the yellow hair and trim.
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    Happy Birthday, Grumpy Cave Bear!

    Ha, I checked in a day late. Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!
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    Webcomics - Because....

    Get caught up on it now... Big plot reveal coming up this/next week!
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    Lego single pieces

    Another thing I just thought of: Look in your area for an AFOL (“Adult Fan Of LEGO”) club. There might be someone who’d spare a few pieces from their collection!
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    Lego single pieces

    There’s also BrickLink, which is kind of an eBay for lego parts and sets. Kind of a clunky interface, but you’ll find what you want, in bulk.
  12. Bad news and good news for you: First the bad news: I checked my Frost Giant King and it had the same lack of detail on the right bracer: Now the good news: When assembled, it’s not really visible, as it’s mostly covered by the kings’s fur cape: It looks like the detail was intentionally removed to prevent fitting problems between the arm and the cape. So, unless you doing a mod without the cape, there’s no problem! Just trompe l'oeil in any missing details that might be visible and continue on!
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    Department of Acquisitions and Enablement, the Second

    Hey, same thing happened with my Frost Giant King order! I was lucky enough to find the crest tucked under one of the flaps on the bottom of the shipping carton. That thing is tiny! Reaper, if you’re listening, a piece that small, from a model that big, needs to go into its own baggie inside the blister, else it will disappear as soon as the blister parts from the card. And the blister needs to be heat-welded on much more firmly if it’s going to survive shipping. As for assembly, I got my giant’s cloak on with a hairdryer on the high setting. Much more trimming and heating is in order before I’m satisfied with the fit.
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    Have you been Naughty or Nice?

    I was apparently nice this year... I’m so disappointed! I wanted a lump of coal!
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    Filling gap

    Years and years ago I made the same thing, an AC glue applicator, by pushing a large needle into the end of a paint brush handle, and filing the end of the needle until the eye just barely opened into a fork. Not something I would recommend now, but I used to clean it by burning off the dried glue in a candle flame.