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  1. Guindyloo

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It sounds very much like you're calling me unreasonable. I'm not sure that's the path you want to go down if you're not wanting to be the one to pay. I was about to hit Submit and then I got a vision of this post on the sidebar and how much this is going to add to my reputation for being a woofwoof to all of the people seeing it without context.
  2. No worries, I was even surprised by how gargantuan my post ended up being. It didn't look that large in the text box. You're absolutely right, it's a complicated matter and how it would be approached would certainly have to largely depend on the reasoning behind discontinuing the figure. Without all of the info, it's impossible to give a reasonable solution, but honestly, it's not my job to figure that out. I'm not the one getting paid for it, nor am I the one attempting to make a customer base happy, I obviously can't even make a handful of people in a thread happy. But if things like this aren't expressed and that feedback that "hey this approach might be upsetting some of our customers" then the people who are getting paid to figure it out don't even have the opportunity to come up with ideas. That is, of course, an assumption that such discussions have not already been had and it's just that the ending result of such discussions is what we're seeing. You might want to specify who you're talking about because it kinda sounds like you've friendzoned me. I'll let Buglips do the remembering of the dragons situation, but that is how I remember it as well. It's possible that I missed whatever thread it may have been mentioned in, but that doesn't negate the fact that like I said, a little bit of organization goes a long way. If they want to control the flow of information, then mentioning things in threads that hidden within a completely different conversation is not the way to go. The FAQ forum, for instance, I personally think is pretty useless. I've never seen a FAQ organized in a more useless way. If they were consistent and made clear and concise official statements, that were organized somewhere and could have addendums added to them as the topic was further discussed and/or questioned, that would be far more useful than a forum section with multiple pages of random people asking random questions that were answered by a Reaper employee maybe a page and a half into the topic. I don't think that the right answer, in my opinion, is ever being less transparent.
  3. Guindyloo

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    No, no, no, friend, you knock on the door at 5am and you are going to have a very angry xenomorph on your hands. But if you arrange it the night before 1. I won't murder him when his alarm wakes me and 2. I won't be stressed out that he has disappeared when I wake up.
  4. I would definitely only consider that to be a technicality. Can you technically buy some of the same sculpts in Bones that were once in metal? Sure. I wouldn't personally consider them to be the same figure, however, if you're coming from the point of view of someone who is not interested in Bones figures. I don't think, though I could be wrong, that it's sacrilege anymore to point out the fact that traditional Bones don't hold the exact same level of detail as metal and, eh, I don't really think it's necessary to list all of the various pros and cons of traditional Bones vs metal. Some people, and I do think it's important to note that at least 90% of the dragons in my collection are Bones, but some people care very much about a figure being metal and don't want to be forced into switching to a material that they don't like when the material that they did like was previously available. Telling such people that they can technically still get the figure, only in a material that they don't care for, is kind of a poor consolation prize. Not to rehash an entire point that I've already made, but prior notice would have given those people the opportunity to pick up the dragons that they just hadn't gotten around to buying yet, since a metal dragon is a bit of a hefty purchase. I agree with that. I don't agree with that and I'm not sure what evidence there could be for that. But even if that is the case, a little bit of organization goes a long way. I think it's far more likely to be a case of, for lack of a gentler term, a gag order of sorts when we're talking on an individual basis. But that's just my suspicion, I haven't seen any evidence to support nor disprove that.
  5. There's nothing wrong with my reading comprehension, but thank you for the suggestion. I don't know why you think my sarcastic presentation of the forum reaction was meant to be representative of everyone in the entire thread. I suspect that you wanted to take it that way so that you could make a point of expressing your disappointment in me over the other thread, where despite the fact that I thought that person was a troll and held him accountable for the things that he chose to put in his posts, I did still address his concerns and give him some helpful suggestions. Perhaps you need to go back and reread some posts. Don't worry about it, I rub some people the wrong way.
  6. Person: "Real" professional artists don't use Reaper paints! Forum: Welcome, friend! Person: I have some grievances about things that Reaper has changed. Forum: Troll! Get the pitchforks! I don't recall joining a death cult nor signing a contract that says that because I like a company and most importantly, like the people at that company, that it means that the company is beyond reproach. Respectful criticism is a healthy thing. I can't really speak on the customer service responses via email, as I have only ever had to email in once or twice for a problem, so with little to no personal experience on that point, I don't have a ton to say about it. To some people, not having to write in much, if at all = zero issues = amazing customer service. I don't tend to agree with that outlook, I tend to think of not having to write in much, if at all, to be more of just a regular baseline. There's not many companies that I've had to write in to their customer service and here in current year, most of my purchases are made online. However, I do know from other's personal experiences that they've shared that Reaper does stand behind their products and the one or two times that I needed a replacement item, there was zero hassle. There are lots of shops out there that deal with such issues very differently and in some cases, very poorly, so I do appreciate that Reaper does right by their customers in that sense. The Boneyard's disappearance I think has been a sore spot for a lot of people here on the forum for years. It is my understanding that it was more trouble than it was worth, despite having been a very popular feature of the store to many forum members and the answer on that, literally for years, has been that it will come back in a more limited way once the new version of the website is implemented. I would not advise anyone to hold their breath. It's obviously not a priority and although it gets brought up here from time to time, I strongly doubt that most of Reaper's current customer base cares all that much and/or even knows that it ever existed. The fact of the matter is that if the Boneyard was causing Reaper trouble logistically, financially, whatever the problem was, they had every right to do away with it. That's not to say that anyone's not allowed to be upset/annoyed/disappointed/whatever about it. I ordered from the Boneyard myself and quite liked that feature of the store and had a bit of a mental wishlist of things that would be handy to order from it. The real issue, for me personally, is the way that inquiries regarding the status of the Boneyard have been answered, again, literally for years. "It's gone for the time being for reasons, but will come back different in an undisclosed time period. Stop asking about it" is the general gist. At this point, I find it amusing in a sardonic sense. I think a better way to handle it would have been to first of all, give people a heads up before removing it (I'll revisit that issue in a moment) and then issue a statement that basically said "We know that a lot of people loved this feature and we're so sorry to have to do it, but we need to shut down The Boneyard for these reasons..." And then don't make any promises that you're going to bring it back at some unknown anomalous dependent on things you're not willing to share time period. If they'd done that from the start and then two years from now they were to bring back even a very limited version, people would've been thrilled to get back something they thought was gone forever. Instead, it's felt like people are just being strung along and it serves far more as a broken promise than just something that's been affected by unfortunate delays. And that brings me to the last point; arguments regarding terminology aside, there has been an unfortunate pattern over the past handful of years in which Reaper discontinues things without any warning and most often without any statement that it's happened at all until people stumble upon it and ask. This has happened enough times that it is becoming, or perhaps has already become Reaper's reputation to quietly discontinue products without any notice. Yes, discontinuing products is a normal business practice and I would venture to say that most companies outside of the miniature hobby, do so without giving any advance notice to their customers. A product isn't performing well financially, it no longer matches the company's business standards, one or more parts needed to make the product are no longer available, it's become too costly to justify production, they only intended it as a limited release, etc. The list goes on and on for perfectly valid reasons for a company to discontinue products. There's generally not anything malicious about it even though some people may jump to that conclusion. The difference here, in my opinion, is that Reaper has been such a longstanding almost monolithic leader and promoter of the miniature community, that it is impossible to believe that they are not aware that for the majority of the community, the main hobby is collecting miniatures. Every person that you talk to in this hobby has WAY more figures than they'll ever be able to paint. We all joke about the unicorns in the hobby who somehow manage to not have a massive backlog of unpainted figures. We all marvel at each other's painted collections and proudly post pictures of them all over social media. One of the things that I've always found most endearing about the community is listening to stories of how much people's collections as a whole or specific pieces mean to them. People spend countless hours scouring ebay to find figures from long deceased companies, willing to shell out whatever amount of money it might take to get the figures that got away from them. Many times I've heard someone laugh that they spent 10 times what a figure would've cost back in the day, and honestly they think it's kind of ugly, but it was worth it to add it to the collection. And how many of us have multiple figures in our collections that we're too afraid to paint because we love them too much? Furthermore, we all have our favourite sculptors whose work we cherish and it means something to use to collect their work. Go anywhere on the internet in the community and you'll find countless pictures of people excited to have received their orders that you may or may not ever see them paint but having that figure in their collection was worth sharing. Miniature collecting is a massive part of the hobby. There are plenty of miniature companies who regularly discontinue figures and products. Some of them market their products as being limited edition, get it now or it's gone forever; some function with the constant threat that you might be able to get it later or you might not; some you just expect to regularly purge their catalog. Reaper, clearly marked limited edition figures aside, wasn't like that. You could clearly expect that most figures would be, if anything, NICed, which only meant it probably wouldn't be readily available at your FLGS but you could still get it ordered through them or order it directly from the webstore. That was the standard. Here's a more recent link than the one shared earlier in the thread (although still frightfully out of date at this point): http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/38190-not-in-catalog-niced/& and here I'll quote the relevant bit: "The only models that are OOPed are, like cutebutpsycho said, out of licensing or a limited edition. When paint dies, it is OOP as we don't keep old colors in stock anymore once they have sold through." It is not unreasonable to have an expectation that figures that are not subject to licensing loss or are not clearly marked as limited edition will not suddenly disappear in the night when Reaper has worked to have a reputation for specifically using the term NIC to make it clear that just because a figure has been removed from regular distribution doesn't mean that it's gone forever. In the current age where more people are doing their shopping online than in physical stores, one would expect figures to become even more readily available, not less. Do I expect Reaper to be held accountable 100% based on the quote above? No, of course not. It's understandable that there would be extenuating circumstances that would force them to make a figure OOP/discontinued. I would expect the occasional instance. However, over the past couple of years, Reaper has been regularly making figures that were not licensed and were not marked as limited edition suddenly OOP/discontinued. The worst part, in my opinion, is that they don't generally tell anyone that it's happened. You just wake up one morning and something like the entire line of metal dragons is gone. Does Reaper have an obligation to give any kind of notice before they discontinue a product? No, of course not. It would, however, be the courteous thing to do, especially knowing what a huge part of the hobby collecting figures is, and it would build more good will than the seemingly intentionally secretive and unclear way that they appear to be choosing to do certain things. A "heads up, these figures are going OOP at the end of the quarter" type announcement would go a long way. I don't personally think that it's done maliciously but I do think that it's done thoughtlessly. And I don't blame anyone for being upset over it. When you're used to someone holding the door open for you, it's very jarring for them to suddenly stop doing it. It doesn't suddenly turn that person into a monster, but it does make you wonder why they stopped holding the door and makes you wonder what courtesy might be done away with next. I understand people getting defensive over it, but I personally think that it's a valid grievance. Perhaps you didn't care about the metal dragons or you never bought anything from The Boneyard or you didn't care about the figures that were discontinued or you already had them. Perhaps the other things that Reaper does so wonderfully, like the free monthly figures they've been giving out for the past couple of years or the random free sample paints or the contests that regularly run or the free "paint and take"s that they do all over the US are all things that weigh more heavily into your consideration of how you feel about Reaper, so you consider such complaints to be minor things. But imagine if they stopped doing something that you DID weigh heavily; wouldn't you be disappointed? Wouldn't you question why it was done and what else might be done? Maybe you wouldn't, maybe you'd just roll with the punches. But disagreeing with someone's concerns won't magically make those concerns go away. Reaper is a great company but they are not perfect and from time to time they're going to disappoint people. There's a difference between someone respectfully expressing their disappointment and someone trolling for outrage and if I thought this were the latter, trust me, I'd be making a very different post.
  7. Guindyloo

    Scalecolor Artist Scale75

    Hard pass. The shipping is bad enough, but I don't like the rigid way they've set up the pledging where you can only purchase ONE of the sets of 12 and beyond that if you want more paint, you can only buy them in the sets of 6 or you can go all-in. On top of that, the kickstarter add-ons for their pre-existing products (the brushes, acrylic retarder, palette, etc.) are all priced higher in the kickstarter than they are in their web store. If you really want to try out artist paints in a tube and can't wait for these to go to retail, go to Blick and pick up some of the Chroma's Jo Sonja Artists' Colours. They have a great reputation with a lot of the European painters who use a lot of artist paints and at $28.99 for the 12 tube sampler set or $2.93 per single tube*** if you just want to pick a couple of colours, it's a way more cost effective way to figure out if artist paints are right for you to integrate into your paint collection. ***For most colours, some are more expensive depending on the pigment used.
  8. Guindyloo

    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    So I used to be a vet tech and at the first animal hospital that I worked at, when you needed to weigh a cat, you had to carry them down the hallway, often past dogs, into a little room with swinging doors to the scale. It was always a terrible idea, but I was 18 and just did whatever they told me to do. One day, the cat that I had to go weigh was NOT having it, and just as I was bringing her into the scale room, a big dog from another exam room came bursting out into the hallway and jumped up on my leg to sniff at the cat. I got into the little room as fast as I could, but the cat was already beyond her limit. She freaked out, shredded my forearm and chomped down as hard as she could right on my boob. She then scrambled away from me, jumped up on a bookcase and disappeared into the drop ceiling. Fortunately one of my coworkers was able to catch her relatively quickly, but I'd been gone so long and there was enough commotion that the vet that I was assisting (who was one of the owners of the animal hospital) came to check and either caught the end of the cat being pulled out of the ceiling or was told a brief version of what had happened. He came into our treatment room, where one of my coworkers was scrubbing the wounds on my arm, and started yelling at me for having lost hold of the cat, that I had to be more responsible and understand that cats are going to scratch sometimes (after 13 years of experience as a vet tech, no, that's BS, there are plenty of ways to keep your staff safe from injury if you actually care about their well-being) and that I needed to hurry up and get back to work. I looked at him and said "The cat bit my breast, it's bleeding, I need to take care of that first." He turned beet red, muttered that I should take all the time I needed and left the room as quickly as he possibly could. He bought me lunch that day and at least once a week after that, every week, until the week I left there to go work at a different animal hospital. It depends on the figure and what I'm wanting to do with it, really. I don't enjoy basing, I have been known to just paint the base black and move on with my life, so a detailed integral base is good to keep me from being completely lazy about it. However, if it's a figure that I want to do something more with (like for a contest) then I prefer not to have to cut anything off aside from perhaps a slot tab. Rosemary & Co. Series 33 and my absolute favourite is size 3/0, which I use for pretty much everything, not just detail. I know a lot of people promote using a larger brush and if that's what works best for you, awesome, but using my teensy brush is what I'm most comfortable with. I'm absolutely certain that this would change if I were in a drier climate, but I have all humidity all the time, so I don't often have issues where paint dries on the brush and I feel like even the 3/0 holds plenty of paint for the way that I paint. I'm always confused by people saying that they feel like they have to dip into the paint after every brush stroke if they use a small brush, as that has never been my experience, but I do think that has a lot to do with my humidity. I typically only switch to a larger brush if I have a really large area to basecoat (in which case I might switch to a size 0) or if I feel like I need a little bit more brush surface area for blending purposes....but even then the "larger" brush that I reach for first for that is a 2/0. For priming I use a size 0 cheap synthetic brush (I think from Blick) and I will sometimes use one of those for basecoating as well if the area seems like it'll be harsh on my Ro&Co's or if it's a very large area that needs to be basecoated.
  9. Guindyloo

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    Aw, you'll be missed! But I'll keep my fingers crossed that things go either well or really, really well!
  10. Guindyloo

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I for one have embraced the change. Unfortunately, embracing the change meant making a long needed update to my signature.....which meant that the system finally caught on that I had 2 pictures in my signature. So I reworked my 2 pictures into 1 and added a bunch of little text pictures instead because I have listened to the outro to Rage Against the Machine's song Killing in the Name one too many times.
  11. Guindyloo

    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    I don't think I have anything in particular planned for February. There is mostly a mess on my painting desk, but also over the weekend I started working on the limited edition resin Maiden Bust sculpted by Julie Guthrie that Buglips bought for me last Reapercon. Usually when I'm painting I'm talking to/hanging out with Buglips via video chat. When he's not around and I can motivate myself to paint I will either listen to music (with lyrics, because whatever inspires you is not a hindrance to your creativity) or I will often put on one of Shoshie's recorded streams on youtube to have some "company." I have tried putting on movies that I've seen a million times to use as background noise, but that always results in me not painting and just staring at the screen. I can't sit in complete silence and paint though, I get restless.
  12. Or in the comments where he's had every opportunity to address the person accusing him very vocally's concerns, but instead he's just all "*shrug* I guess he doesn't like that the brushes say "China" on them." He even commented in response to you in the comments that had he seen our conversation here sooner he would've joined in....apparently he needs more than 40 hours left in his campaign (at the time of that comment) to be able to make a post or two about his own project. Then the only thing he directly addressed was the brush sizes. I feel a little more on the negative side of ambivalent about his intentions as a result. If someone were screaming at me that I was scamming people by using something like Alibaba to supply 10 cent brushes with my name printed on them, and that's not what I was doing, I would respond and make it clear that I have not done that. Instead, he has very carefully side-stepped away from the accusations. He's opted instead for playing dumb. That makes me feel a lot less like he's being genuine and a lot more like he knows he can just wait it out and get his money. I doubt the project will be taken down for the same reason that @Kangaroorex stated, but I don't think I need to wait for fulfillment of this project to clearly know not to support anything else this creator puts out.
  13. Guindyloo

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    Accurate, but the gunfire was the neighbor.
  14. Guindyloo

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    We didn't make the auction, but we did meet them in the lobby on Wednesday. Y'all walked up while we were talking to Gene and Jason. I don't know why Buglips can't remember anything. I need to get him checked for worms or something. @buglips*the*goblin Do you remember meeting my family at least? We do 9+ hours and last year we topped out around $120 for the whole trip since there was no back and forth between the hotel and event. My car's small, as is the fuel tank, but it's pretty fuel efficient....especially considering it has to compensate for my lead foot.
  15. Guindyloo

    Scalecolor Artist Scale75

    I'm pretty sure it is mini paint.....since the video literally shows them applying the paint to minis.
  16. I'm not arguing that the project should or shouldn't be suspended, I'm just saying that there is not your very specific clear definition provided by Kickstarter, therefore the best thing that a user can do if they suspect that the more vague guideline that is provided is being violated, is to report it and let Kickstarter sort it out using whatever internal definition they're using. Especially since, again, there's no definitive proof that this is what he's done just because he hasn't blatantly stated otherwise but again, I do think it's very likely what he's done.
  17. Fair point @Darsc Zacal, and thank you for the insight on why some people are angry... but by the same vein then there are a lot of projects listed in this very forum that should be suspended as well. Any time someone puts up a project for dice, for instance, where often the only difference is that they're some particular colour, sometimes with a symbol or word printed on them... There's no definitive proof that this is what he's done, though I think it's very likely to be the case. But then you have to get into the semantics of what actually constitutes a repackaged product. Is it enough that he made an order to a manufacturer with the specifications that he wanted white nylon, aluminum ferrules, white handles and his logo? What's an acceptable change from the norm? Does that rule exist to prevent people from taking, for instance, an As Seen On TV product and putting it in a new box? That would literally be repackaging a product. But does customization of a thing that already exists in the world count? I don't personally know. But I do know that if I felt so certain that it was not acceptable, especially to the point that I was offended and angry by the existence of the project, I'd report it to Kickstarter for them to review their own standards and move on. I think that's far more constructive than spending a bunch of time telling people in the comments that they're idiots who are letting themselves get duped. I just don't see this as being the same level as a project that has a bunch of red flags that the creator's going to take the money and run or clear IP violations and things of that sort. But that's just my personal opinion. Either way, I'm not backing the project and I wouldn't recommend it to other people. I'm just personally not offended by it and I can understand why the backers might find it attractive, that's all.
  18. Guindyloo

    Guidance on base coat paints?

    I want to point out one difference - Most metal miniatures when you prime, you only prime any areas that you will see and paint. For lead miniatures, or metal figures that are suspected to have lead in them, you want to prime every surface of the metal, including the bottom of the figure that you otherwise wouldn't paint so that you're not leaving any surface open to lead rot. I learned that from @buglips*the*goblin who may have more thoughts on the matter since it's something he's done before and I'm just remembering that he's done it.
  19. I find it extremely likely that the manufacturer the creator's using is indeed something like Alibaba where he's just found some cheap synthetic brushes that he can customize to capture the same sort of look that the Artis Opus brushes have, which I think was likely where he got the idea and saw a way to fund his hobby and promote/fund equipment for his youtube channel. I don't think it's any more malicious than that. I also don't think that pointing this out is all that much of a "gotcha" moment. Surprise, people selling things purchase their goods for cheap, put their name on it and then sell it at a big markup to make a profit. That's nothing new. I find it amusing that he's calling out big companies for it at the same time. I think that as a display painter, synthetics have their uses, but I'd rather pay a couple more dollars for my sable Rosemary & Co. brushes that work beautifully and last forever as sable vs. synthetic makes a big difference for the way that I paint. So I'm not the target demographic here and that's fine. I'd protest more were it not for the stretch goal that pushed the price down to around $2.20 per brush (for the single set pledge) which is more than I would pay for a synthetic brush, but I don't think it's an obnoxiously ridiculous price for people to pay if they're already happy with using synthetic brushes and like the aesthetic. People pay for packaging all the time, that's why companies make their packaging as attractive as possible. What I really don't understand are the backers in the comments going out of their way to defend the quality of brushes that they've never used nor held in their hands. That just genuinely doesn't make any sense. If you're fine with giving synthetic brushes that you like the look of a chance and you're fine with supporting someone in the hobby that you think has genuine intentions, those are perfectly fine reasons to defend a project... but insisting that they're quality when you have literally no idea whether they are or not just because the creator, who obviously wants to sell them to you, says so, well.... that's honestly just silly. As far as I can tell in my scanning of the project page, he's not making any outlandish claims about how these brushes are going to perform and he's not guaranteeing anything like they're going to automatically make you a better painter or last 6 months longer than your typical synthetics. He's just claiming that they look good, he's going to personally quality check them before they go out and he's selling them for less than big miniature companies are selling their branded brushes for. When people receive them and they behave exactly like all of their other synthetics do, you'll have some people convincing themselves that they're better and some people who'll admit that they're not really different but they like the look of them and the price point. Then you'll have some people angry and all he has to do is say, well, you didn't use proper brush care or you were too rough on them or I didn't promise that they would perform any better and his project page will back him up because he didn't make those promises. Incidentally, the cheap synthetic brushes that I typically use, which I bought in big packs from....probably Blick, have white nylon bristles and not only do they eventually hook just like every other synthetic brush, but they also stain ridiculously easy and that has nothing to do with brush care. It's just the nature of the beast when you're dealing with something white that you're dipping into pigments.
  20. Guindyloo

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    @rawlkeer I might be misremembering, but I’m pretty sure that a couple of weeks or a week before the actual stay when they email you to let you know that you can do early check in, you should be able to decline the upgrade if you decide that you don’t want it in the Hilton Honors app. I’m pretty sure at that time, the app told me the upgrade was available and I had to accept it in the app. Even if I’m not remembering correctly, you could probably call the hotel directly at that point to tell them you’d rather stick with a regular room I will also note that, billing mistake aside, the upgrade was not worth it specifically to us partially because we drove in and thus already had snacks and drinks and so the additional stuff in the room didn’t add any convenience for us. If you’re flying in, it may be a decent option to not have to worry about the bother of trying to get somewhere for such things. We also didn’t care about getting a better view or a corner suite (I know such things do matter to some people) because I have a pretty bad phobia of heights and so we just kept the curtains closed the whole time. The pesky maids kept opening them back up to let light into the room though, as if anyone wants any of that and I’d get a temporary case of vertigo as a result.
  21. Guindyloo

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    We were not on 6, I believe we were on the 11th floor. I was trying not to attract attention to your failing mind, lest anyone blame me for it.
  22. You didn't offend me and I don't think it's particularly heated to directly address the way that someone has written something. I don't make a habit of mincing my words so I can come off as overly aggressive, but like, dude, I'm a 5'3" chick with a voice that makes me sound like I'm 16. My aggression is nothing to get upset about. The thing is, and I'm not going to rehash your prior responses to me because I think I've got your hackles up so we're just going to continue talking past each other on those particular statements, which isn't productive for either of us, but I just don't think that having an elitist attitude about the hobby and those in it, especially for someone who has stated that they're new to painting, will serve you very well in the long run. Not just because it will be perceived as rude and dismissive wherever you go, but also because you will burn yourself out long before you ever reach the standards that you've set. I don't think there's anything wrong with having your own gold standard that you look up to with hopes to achieve that level one day, but it's frightfully counterproductive to look down on artists that are at a higher level than you while you're at it. We're all on a painting journey and we're all at different levels and many of us, hobby painters and professional painters alike, are constantly working toward attaining that higher level and refining our work and techniques. If you're looking down at anyone on that path, whether they're behind or ahead of you, you're looking in the wrong place. You can look up to specific people without looking down on other people at the same time. If you're looking down on people that paint 2 times as well or 100 times as well as you do now in favour of looking up to people who paint 1,000 times better than you, then how are you going to look at your own work? The likelihood is that you'll either grant yourself immunity to your own gaze, which will be a disservice to your progress as people who do so have more of a tendency to grow their own ego rather than their talent, or you'll judge yourself just as harshly and cripple your own motivation to paint. That's been my observation time and time again in this hobby. So my advice is to respect the work that other people have put in, even when you think they're a terrible painter, a hack, undeservedly lauded, whatever. Because every single one of them has been at the beginning of the path and has put in the work no matter what level they're at now, and that's worthy of respect. Even more so for professional artists (whether you choose to define them as such or not) who have not only put in that work on their own art, but dedicate countless hours into sharing and teaching others without worrying about what those people may or may not think of their work or the work of their friends and colleagues and certainly without insulting the work of people who are at a lower level than they are. It's not about your opinions, there are certainly painters whose work I don't think is very good or that their painting has grown stagnant, it's not the opinion that's positive or negative, it's the way that you choose to express that opinion that is positive or negative. If I have the opinion that my friend's new haircut (this is just an example, so if any of my friends have just gotten a new haircut, it's a coincidence and I promise I'm not talking about you ) looks terrible, that's fine, that's my opinion, but there's a distinct difference between telling that friend "Your haircut makes you look ugly" and "Oh I kinda preferred your hair without bangs but I'm sure it'll grow on me." .....That might be a terrible example, I think I just wouldn't say anything about someone's terrible haircut, but hey, there's a third option. It's the way that you've chosen to express your opinions that made you appear to be a troll, which was something that a good amount of people seemed to agree on, I've just been much slower to let you off the hook for it and far less people have agreed with that, and that's perfectly fine as well. There are a good handful of people who don't appreciate the way that I choose to express my opinions either. It is what it is sometimes, we don't have to agree, but I wanted further explanation for why you were saying things the way that you were saying them if it was not your intention to be nothing more than a troll. I'm not sitting over here fuming or anything, far from it, but if you're going to make potentially contentious statements, which I think you knew they were by your disclaimer from the start that you weren't trying to sound mean, then you have to understand that some people are going to take issue with them and some people will take you to task. But I'm not interested in further dissecting your every word; we can agree to disagree. Only thing I'm going to circle back to is this: You said you are in a drier climate, so if you find it easier to work with paints that have more of a satin finish to them but prefer a matte finish at the end, pick up a can of Testor's Dullcote (they sell it at Hobby Lobby and I think most hobby shops would probably have it on hand, otherwise you can order it online) and experiment with that. It's a clear coat spray sealer that gives a matte finish. A lot of people swear by it so at least look into it. I mention your climate because most spray products aren't a good idea for those of us, like myself, with high humidity as they can cause clouding on the model, which is obviously not something that you want on a finished model.There are also brush-on versions, I've used both Reaper and Vallejo's versions, but it's my understanding that the Dullcote spray works better regarding the matte finish and sprays are often less tedious than working with a brush-on.
  23. Guindyloo

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    An F- rating is a bit harsh. I would give our room a B-, but I was never as bothered by any of the issues as Buglips was. I would rather live in that hotel room than my apartment. Overall it was very nice and quiet. There was, indeed, an outlet kind of wonkily attempting to fall out of the wall and despite my letting the front desk know about it, they didn’t fix it while we were there. I don’t know if maintenance never showed up (we obviously weren’t just hanging out in the room all day) or if they decided it was something they needed to fix when the room wasn’t occupied. Aside from it being a thing that slightly marred how nice the room was, it didn’t really affect us. The biggest issue we had was the poor water pressure, which I was told was an issue with the higher floors that they were working to improve. That issue was very annoying. Showers took 1.5 to 2 times as long as they should have and we had to wait a good 10 minutes in between toilet flushes. That cumulatively got more annoying as the days went on, especially since neither of us are morning people, so the prospect of having to get up 20-30 minutes earlier to account for that was a stressor we could’ve done without. So those were the actual issues with the room itself. Otherwise, it was overall a much nicer room than the rooms at the HGI. Beyond that, we had chosen to upgrade to the “premium” floor, which came with perks that we didn’t think were worth it. There were snacks (m&m’s, trail mix, chips, etc.) and drinks (a couple of different types of sodas and juice) that were replenished daily. There wasn’t anything special about any of that and it would’ve been far more cost effective to bring our own snacks, especially with the Walmart being so close. We also had access to the “premium WiFi” which didn’t seem to be much different from the regular free WiFi and wasn’t something that we needed all that much anyway. Upgrading also changed our requested 2 room suite into a one room suite. And the “premium” floor was higher up, thus the water pressure issues. So upgrading to the premium room is certainly not something that we will do again. The only thing I can think of that may have been part of the “premium” perks was the Keurig in the room, as the website specifically states that premium rooms have a Keurig and regular rooms state that they have a coffeemaker. Can anyone please confirm what kind of coffeemaker is in the regular rooms? That would be useful information for us. Last year we brought a big box of k-cups, which Buglips finished off during our stay. If we need to bring a tub of coffee grinds instead, it’d be helpful to know beforehand. As Buglips mentioned, we got charged the full rate, which was something I should’ve realized at the time, but I’m terrible with math so I thought I’d just done the math wrong with the additional charge for the upgrade. I recall being very confused about the total at the time, but I’d just driven 9+ hours and was too tired to think properly. Had I realized sooner what had happened, I’m sure I could’ve gotten it corrected, but nearly 6 months later I feel like it’s a moot point. This year I’ll bring a print out of the reservation just in case so that Future Me doesn’t just think that Past Me had a case of the dumbs. One thing to be aware of if you’ve attended previous years but couldn’t make it last year is that the after hours fire pit gathering is not the same as at the previous hotel. There is still an outdoor fire pit and people still gather around it, but it is a much, much smaller area that is fenced in next to the separate pool area. There is not much space for extra chairs even if you can borrow one from the pool area. It seemed to me that, for the most part, people tended to gather after hours inside in the lobby/bar area instead. The lobby is very large with multiple seating areas throughout and obviously is air-conditioned, rather than sitting outside around an unlit fire pit in the muggy late August Texas heat. That didn’t mean there wasn’t still a gathering out there almost every night (I think at least one night other hotel guests took that area over) but it was definitely a change from previous years. This may be a slight negative for some people if you enjoyed the previous fire pit gatherings where most people gathered in the same general area.
  24. I did read your full post. And thank you for expanding on the specifics of your issues. It sounds to me, more than anything that you have a preferred style of painting and look to the paint itself that leans toward a more satin finish rather than the matte property of Reaper paint. If Reaper paints are too matte for you, then you will not like paints that are even more matte such as traditional Scale75 or Kimera Kolors. Vallejo paints tend more toward a satin finish, as do P3, GW, Warcolours, Scale75's Fantasy line (depending on the paint, tbh) and others. I suspect that you would have more success in achieving the results that you desire by adding a satin or gloss medium to Reaper paints rather than using something like a glaze medium that will work more toward thinning the paint rather than changing the finish. If you're having issues with drying time, then I suspect that something like Warcolours, which uses a gel based medium, could be a good paint for you to try out. Drying time issues can be heavily impacted by your climate. It's especially dry this time of year and heaters running indoors amplify this issue. I find drying time issues to be a very subjective topic, and I am in a very humid climate year round so I do not see such issues and have not noticed a difference in drying times between brands in my own experience. If you find that other paints work better for you in those respects, then certainly you should try out other paints. Your experience is not everyone's experience. I have a huge collection of paints from all of the major paint manufacturers, as well as boutique brands and artist's paints. There's nothing wrong with using different lines of paints for different methods and techniques, some individual paints will work better than others. If you were to take a snapshot of my desk right now, you might think that I exclusively use Kimera Kolors. If you were to open my fridge right now, you might think that I only drink bottled water. That doesn't mean that I don't use other paints and it doesn't mean that I hate anything but water. It's just not reasonable nor logical to imply "I don't see them using this all the time so they must not use them at all and that must be because they're not good paints." When you punctuate your posts with statements such as this, I have a hard time taking you seriously. You are very concerned with judging and criticizing the work of other artists. Your entire basis has been "I don't see professional painters promoting Reaper, why do you think that is?" I would pose to you, why does it matter? If you have a specific look that you're going for and you feel that certain tools achieve better results for you, then why would it matter if Professional Artist X that you don't know about achieves those results with other paints? Use what you believe works for you. And btw, Sergio Calvo, has at the very least, been sponsored by Vallejo at times. I don't think being sponsored by a product discredits an artist's talent in any way, but when you receive products for free, you do tend to use them more, you do tend to mention them more and you do tend to have them in the background of your pictures more. Incidentally, it is the blurred line between genuine promotion for the love of a product and paid sponsorship and people's inability to tell the difference and desire to use products that are endorsed by high profile people that caused the FCC to put out guidelines requiring high profile people to clearly divulge when they receive paid sponsorships on social media. And to circle back, check out #varnishporn on instagram to see how much the finish of a painting can affect the depth, contrast and blends of a painting.
  25. Aright, if you say you're not a troll then I'll address you fully. I wouldn't say that I'm offended on my own behalf or anyone else's, I just don't think that you have particularly good intentions and your perspective only solidifies that in my mind. You still haven't stated what exactly your problems are with Reaper's paints or the specifics of what techniques they're giving you issues with. You haven't presented any kind of problem that anyone could try to give a solution for, you've only made vague references to problems and presented your theory that these vague problems are the same reason that "high profile painters" don't specifically promote them. You're presenting your argument of confirmation bias. You've found that different paints perhaps work better for your style of painting, so you went out seeking opinions to confirm your suspicions. To this, I would still answer the same thing. If the answer that you're seeking is why these "high profile painters" don't promote (and I say specifically promote, because beyond sponsored painters and painters posting specifically on paint manufacturer's groups, I rarely see "high profile painters" specifically call out what paints they're using) Reaper paints, then go ask them. They all have social media that they're very active on, otherwise they wouldn't be "high profile". I suspect that they would give you the same sort of answers that have been given here (though I doubt that the sponsored ones would come out and say, "I use this specific paint because they sponsored me") and not "Reaper paints aren't suitable for higher level painting". I would like to think that most of them, again barring sponsorships, would tell you that that there are no bad tools (paint being a tool) and that there is only what works for you and what doesn't. If Vallejo seems to work better for you, that's fine, there's nothing wrong with that, but it also doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with the paint that didn't work for you. To use Warcolours paints as an example, a friend and I bought them around the same time (tbh I saw that she bought them and so I went and ordered them) and she ended up disliking them and actually got rid of them and I ended up loving them and integrating them into my commonly used paints. Is one of us wrong for our assessment? Of course not. We're two different people and we used the paints differently. I'm not going to tell someone that their choice in paints is wrong any more than I'm going to tell them that their choice in toothpaste is wrong. If it is not your intention to come off negatively, then perhaps you should analyze for yourself why you came to a specific company's official forum and asked members to speculate about other people's opinions on that company's products. Do you have a specific issue that people can give their own opinions on or do you just want people to defend against speculation? I cannot tell you why or why not Ben Komets, Sergio Calvo, Sam Lenz, etc. do or do not use a specific paint line because I am not them. I can only speculate reasons for them and give you my own reasons for why I do or do not typically use any number of paint lines. If you don't care about the opinions of artists who have painted for Reaper because they're not high profile enough or you think their opinions are biased due to their association with Reaper, then why would I reasonably think that you care about the opinions of members of Reaper's forum? And there we have the impasse that you set up with your initial posts. I don't believe that you actually care about the opinions of anyone here. Please, by all means, prove me wrong.
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