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Grumpy Cave Bear

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  1. Sorry, no offense meant. Just hold the hot, softened items together until they cool and harden into a shape that fits together. You shouldn’t have to force them fit while hot. Then you should be able to take them apart and dry fit them together without problem, because you’ve adjusted their shape. Glue later. It might even reduce the stress marks you made from forcing it the first time, because the plastic has a chance to relax. No guarantee, though.
  2. This arrived from The River yesterday: 3 Star Wars: Legion AT-ST chicken walkers. With a “buy 2, get 1 free” offer on top of the usual discount, it was just too good to pass up! (Yeah, I know that an 800-point army in Legion can only really afford to bring at most two of these to the table... but I have plans for them, after my current project.)
  3. You don’t need boiling water or a big pot. I use a hot water dispenser and an oversized coffee cup. I’ve also used a blowdryer to heat and soften the pieces. I just noticed this is a Bones Black figure. Some other person will have to say if this material responds to heating the same way as the earlier Bones material does. Superglue, also known as CA glue. You also can use a small amount of all-purpose contact adhesive (the kind that smell bad and say “Caution: Flammable”).
  4. Can you do returns? Having seen all three, I can say that only Detective Pikachu is any good, and that’s only if you’re already a Pokémon fan. Dark Tower is sure to disappoint any fan of the Stephen King book series (I am not), as it elides most everything but the beginning and end, and Suicide Squad is just a hot mess. (Unless you’re talking about the animated film, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay!)
  5. I’d try heating up the pieces in steaming, near-boiling hot water until they are soft, then fit them together. If you can hold them together until they cool normally, they should keep their fit forever. (Wear an oven mitten, don’t be a hero.) I have done this on some of the larger regular Bones minis to get a perfect fit, when they were warped. If that still doesn’t work, then it’s time to start trimming that neck peg.
  6. Um... well... hmm... wait... let’s see... err... I’m thinking... um... hmm... No.
  7. For figure gap filling and sculpting details, I use Tamiya Epoxy Putty. (I have a goodish amount of both the smooth and quick type.) For bases/terrain, I’m using up my large supply of Super Sculpey polymer clay that I bought in a clearance sale. I sculpt and bake that separately, then glue on the plastic bits and bases after.
  8. I remember filling in the numbers on my dice with white-out correction fluid, and carefully rubbing the excess off before it dried. It was pretty durable... That was back in the late 80’s, and some of them still have the white-out markings today.
  9. I aim for a happy medium, which looks clean, without a lot of work. I spend maybe 3 hours on a human-sized mini, or something I can complete in an evening. I try to do as much basic work with an airbrush as I can to save time: base-coating, color blends on large surfaces, varnishing. I’ll layer to do color blends with a brush, but rarely more than 3 shades. And I overly depend on washes and dry brushing to do my shading and highlight for me. When I paint an army or squad, I’ll bump the quality down just a bit from single piece mini, and assembly-line paint them to reduce time spent. That can cut maybe an hour from each mini. I often end up painting multiples — one for myself, one for someone else. As often as not, I’ll paint them different, theirs to their tastes, mine to my own. In the rare case I paint multiples for myself, I tend to paint the minis as stock, without conversions. Since constant creativity is hard work, once I pick a color scheme, I tend to go with it for every mini. I’m a former college instructor. I’ll happily teach anything I know to anyone who cares to listen! I did a painting session at work to help a coworker learn the basics of mini painting. Just setting up a wet palette with paint from dropper bottles taught him something, before I even started.
  10. This is a ditty I made up for my daughter, when she was just a wee little girl of 5 years (she’s now a college senior): It’s the butterfly mermaid dog! Yes, the butterfly mermaid dog! It has butterfly wings, And a mermaid’s tail, It’s the butterfly mermaid dog! There were even some preliminary plans to write a children’s book about it. I will edit this post, if I somehow manage to find the sketch I made of it. The odds of finding it again are very low, though. Perhaps I have found my next figure customization...
  11. Hoo-boy... This comes up just as I’ve been thinking about picking a faction for Age of Sigmar, since my co-workers are getting into AOS and AoS:Warcry. I’ve been eyeing the Gloomspite Gitz, ‘cause goblins are just so fun to paint, and come with so many varied and entertaining sculpts, you could never get tired of them! So if I picked a new faction/race to go with forever and ever, it would be goblins... ...But if you go by what I’ve already bought and collected the most of any single faction, then it would have to be... the Empire! Rows upon rows of Stormtroopers, ready to serve under Emperor Palpatine and Lord Vader in crushing those Rebel scum! Yeah. Always go with the mercenary factions. They’ll hire anybody!
  12. Not for gaming minis, no. There was one approximately 1/8 scale face mold that I once purchased on a lark, but the papier-mâché-like molding material that came with it wasn’t quite up to casting even the simple detail that the mold had...
  13. For me, it wasn’t the paint job, but the removal that failed. I tried priming a figure from the first Bones Kickstarter, and the primer didn’t dry and stayed tacky. So, into the paint stripper the figure went — the thing is, it was the wrong type. A few short minutes in acetone left it slimy, grossly oversized, and lacking in any surface detail. What was I thinking?
  14. Are you going to open all of them, or stop after finding the coveted Belle bust and eBay the unopened ones?
  15. Ah, too many. I still model trains and trolleys in O scale (1/48) and have several wooden car kits and buildings. I also have many resin anime and sci-fi garage kits from the late 90’s/early 00’s in 1/8th and 1/6th scale, with but a fraction of them completed. The rest mock me from their boxes on the shelf.
  16. Thanks! You gave me the idea to check our own library’s offerings and discovered that they have announced a Maker space opening this spring, with classes and open workshops. And it includes a 3D printer!
  17. I have only cursorily looked at 3D printers. I didn’t realize how mainstream they were becoming, until a few appeared in (of all things) the craft section of a Joann’s fabric store. Part of my problem with getting a 3D printer is that I have enough minis and models to assemble and paint that I can’t justify a device for making more just right now. I have only the one non-terrain conversion/sculpt that I have done, so I guess that’s one’s the “best”: The Ladykiller. Maybe it’s time do more...
  18. A recent chat exchange I had: Them: you can play with the figures? Me: yes. I’ve spent the evening moving them around on my desk and making “pew-pew” sounds... I’ve heard there might be rules?
  19. I think, @malefactus, that much of the positive reception comes from the way that your work also has one foot firmly planted in the arena of folk art, which has a much broader popular appeal. And that’s a special and unique aspect of your art.
  20. I should explain... Yellow-dipped heads and blue-dipped feet should give your minis a wonderful green waistline! And highlighting and dry-brushing takes too long, we have an army to get to the table! (Oh, I just gave myself cringe...)
  21. Don’t most GW events require at least 3 painted colors to be tournament-legal? Dip their heads and feet, Easter-egg style, into different contrast paints.
  22. My latest approach is to just tell people “I paint toy soldiers” (technically true, since I paint some sci-fi and period miniatures, as well as fantasy). The response ranges from indifferent to: “You mean, like Warhammer?” Their interest generally increases when I mention that I’m decent enough at it that I can occasionally earn a little pocket money. The latest incident was one of my former grad school buddies looking over my shoulder at my phone’s lock screen at a red dragon I painted: “Yeah, I did that.” He replied: “Ooh, that’s pretty cool.” Strangely, it’s a lot better reaction overall than when I did model railroading. Most people looked down on it as “playing with toy trains”, and probably associated it with Lionel train sets around the Christmas tree. And I never let ”normies” see the few anime garage kits I have built, as tame and “family-friendly” as they are. One friend who saw them early on asked why I wasted my time ”building dolls”.
  23. I was looking at the impressive LED lightsaber conversion tutorials for the Star Wars: Legion figures. A lot of the technical issues were solved by using neodymium magnets to hold the battery in place under the base, and to provide electrical contacts. Turning it on/off was as easy as attaching/removing the battery. Wiring was mostly solved using electrically conductive paint up the back of the figure. I think even I could do it without screwing it up too badly.
  24. Ah, not since my model railroading days, back in the early ‘90s. Then it was pea bulbs for building interior lighting, and grain-of-wheat bulbs for railroad signals. The most complicated one I worked on was refurbishing the railroad club’s radio tower, with motorized rotating lights at the top. Sadly no pictures were taken. No LED lighting yet, which is surprising given the number of battery powered Christmas LED lights I’ve picked up for that purpose in post-holiday sales.
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