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  1. Another possibility is that the receptacle the tab is to fit in is also too small ... too tight. You might have to carve it out a bit ... a tiny bit .. so that the tab fits better. All of these misfitting issues involve lots of dry fitting, then micro-adjustments, then dry fitting, then.....
  2. OK. Let me try this. If the Vex is produced by Badger and Reaper is not going to support it by making spare parts available, is there a Badger part that will substitute? Specifically, needles? I'm not going to use my Vex without having a spare. Past experience.
  3. Thanks again. That clarifies things.
  4. Thank you. I understood that titanium, zinc, and mixing white all have different opacity and intensity. The mixing white I saw in a video desaturated the least. I'll look for the zinc oxide in a fluid form.
  5. Anybody use acrylic mixing white to change the saturation of a color? I mean tube acrylic paint that you'd have to thin/mix/condition to use with a mini paint. If you have, what have the results been?
  6. Weren't the airbrushes supposed to be out today? Or did I get that wrong? I'm hoping spare parts will also be available. If not, I'd ask from where can we get them.
  7. Speaking of purges, the word is out that Reaper is about to purge one or more paint lines.
  8. Congrats to you winners, I appreciated seeing the work on the various platforms. A lesson I learned, after looking at the myriad of very good minis, was that my photography skills can be greatly improved. I'm looking forward to seeing minis on the table next year.
  9. I can assume, then , that the winners have been notified?
  10. I'll admit that, if cleaning up the mini was a major issue, I may strip and restart. However, if cleanup was easy and I'm completely frustrated, then I'll trash and reorder.
  11. An excellent thread ... both question and answers. Thank you all. Let me address another question that was asked ... should I scrap it? I have found that, when a mini becomes an absolute disaster ... when I reach the point of hating what I have done to it but it still is something I'd like to paint ... then is it worth the $5-$7 to dump it and begin again. A fresh start is sometimes the only sane way to go.
  12. Thanks for the tip on Scale 75 as a replacement for Reaper metallics. I too have decided that I need to move on to other metallics; ones that are more predictable and consistent.
  13. I don't know that I agree with the precise approach that the YouTube video takes, but I absolutely agree with the premise that many "how-to" videos are contra-productive. And I agree with the premise that basics are often ignored -- either by assuming that the complete beginner magically knows the basics or because the video's author is bored by presenting basics. Or, it seems, the author is not able to teach basics. I have stopped following a popular Twitch feed by a popular and influential mini painter. Because the painter seldom (close to never) explains what the painter is doing or why. The approach is "Watch me paint for hours and you'll learn by osmosis."
  14. The triads are great ... for, as others have pointed out, for a start. I use them, but expand them to a pentad. I add a compatible shade darker than the triad shadow; then I add a compatible shade lighter than the triad highlight. And that's my starting point.
  15. In short, we don't know. I was a logistician in a previous life. Spare parts were part of the game. You never need them until you need them. Then you really need them. My plan is to have a spare of each needle in hand. Just in case. And needle tips, for whatever reason and no matter how careful, get micro-bends. You can use sandpaper to make them work, but they don't work as well as an unbent, unfixed one.
  16. Where can one go to for spare parts for the new Reaper Vex airbrush? In particular, needles. It is always helpful to have at least one as a spare.
  17. I understand both POVs. The good YouTube videos are quite good; the poor ones are excruciating.
  18. Kick back for a day or two. You guys deserve it. Most of us can wait.
  19. You make a good point. I observe that the diffusion of "official" Reaper information is not limited to RC, but is evident in a number of high interest topics. I also don't use Twitter or Instagram, and don't use Facebook often. HST, I though Discord was a good venue for providing good info quickly. I'm not so fond of the format, but I did like the efficiency. P.S. I could slap myself upside the head. I submitted my official comments form, but I forgot this: A vRC allowed folks from all over the world and folks who can't afford the time or money to attend in person -- to attend a Reaper event where they could participate as fully as everyone else. That's a big positive.
  20. I'm guessing that the knowledgeable folks are prepping for ReaperCon. At least I'm hoping.
  21. Over time, I've read references to various apps that allow a painter to take photos of the candidate mini and then manipulate the photo. Specifically, the app allows the painter to color in the image for color planning. It can also allow the painter to manipulate light source direction to plan highlights and shadows. And other stuff. I think I'm ready to step up my painting planning and would like to try such an app. Photoshop is often mentioned. My impression of Photoshop is that it is way more powerful than I need or could use. What app do you knowledgeable guys suggest? Pros and cons? Cost? Usefulness?
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