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  1. Maybe said halfling lady doesn't subscribe to the silly human prejudice against perfectly natural adult body hair? Especially a druid! When you occasionally cover your entire body in a luxurious pelt of fur, why would you feel compelled to shave parts of your body at any other time? That said, depending on the length of said pedal hair, if I were a halfling woman I'd be more concerned about my foot hair getting stuck in my nail polish. Now THAT is unsightly!
  2. I always used a T-pin, which worked well. But the Official Reaper Pokey Tool is cool, and more fun! :)
  3. Just peeking in. Scriblette, if you check back, I was serious about wanting to know what sorts of birds you live with.
  4. Greetings, Scribblette! You've already been given a lot of great information / advice. Just thought I'd add that non-toxic water based paints are frequently used to put temporary identification marks on wild birds, with no ill effects. Also, if the birds aren't actually chewing on the dry paint, I think there's little chance of them ingesting any of it by licking. Now I'm going to "demand" to know what kind of birds you have! Not lorikeets, obviously, despite the "brush-tongued" reference, because they chew EVERYTHING! Surely not honey-eaters?? I'd worry about them damaging plastic minis with their feet! Enquiring aviculturists want to know!!
  5. Stynelrez FTW brush on or airbrush.
  6. I'm definitely planning to take this class! I really love what you've done.
  7. I use Stynlrez primers in the airbrush with no problems.
  8. I haven't been painting as long as some (maybe 8 or 10 years), but I have never really like W&N brushes. From the beginning, I've always had the splitting problem, and found it very frustrating. Maybe it's something with the way I use / clean them, I don't know. But I switched over to using Rosemary & Co. a few years ago, and they've been beautiful for me. So I'm sticking with what works. :)
  9. Re: releasing previously "limited edition" models are part of Kickstarters -- It doesn't bother me. At least in the case of the dragon bust, the original was a very nice resin piece, so that "premiere" version of it is still limited. And, frankly, I wanted more copies of this bust so badly that I don't mind having a Bones version available.
  10. I was lucky enough to get that bust at ReaperCon, but love it intensely. I'm on board for getting another one (or two)! :D
  11. Just stopping back in to report that the tutorial on Massive Voodoo was exactly what I needed. My cases are now nicely modded, and appear to be staying dust-free. Thanks again! As a bonus, I found some YouTube videos that also showed how to use cable clamps to add additional shelves. Hello, double the mini storage!
  12. I'm not at all sure that this is where I should put this topic, but since it involves storage of minis, I thought this might be OK? I've been displaying my painted minis in the tall, glass Detolf cases from Ikea (recommended by some of the other painters here). My goal with putting the minis into a glass case was to protect them, at least somewhat, from dust. Unfortunately, that is not happening. I'm still getting quite a bit of dust on the shelves and the minis, only it's even more difficult to clean things off now that they're all stuffed into a case together. Has anybody tackled modding these shelves in such a way that they are at least a little more impervious to dust? Or do I have to be a trail blazer here??
  13. Well, no luck with painted buntings, but still had a great time birding with @Corporea, @TaleSpinner and family, and Derek. Thank you SO MUCH, @ladystorm for the suggestion of visiting Clear Creek! I can see why that's a favorite spot -- I went back on my own later and spent two very peaceful hours just wandering around. Also got to see ALL the flycatchers! LOL! You can be sure I'll be visiting there again next year. So what do you guys think? Worth trying for painted buntings again next year?
  14. Welcome to the forum! And to ReaperCon, and to the Reaper madness in general. This really is the nicest group of folks on the internet.
  15. Birders are always birding, my friend! I noted black vultures, great egrets, blue heron and a couple different types of pigeons just driving from the airport. Meanwhile, the great-tailed grackles who are all around the hotel are a never-ending source of amusement for me -- especially the juveniles, who all either have no tail, or just one single tail feather sticking out of their butt!
  16. Sitting at the airport in Pittsburgh, waiting for my flight to ReaperCon! Andy, I'm on board with Friday after 5 -- Maybe not as noisy as in the AM, but it's not like all the birds go to another dimension after sunrise. Should I stop by your artist station to finalize details? (Or we can do it via text, if that's easier for you. ) I'm also up for going out on a morning with anyone who's interested. Let me know!
  17. I have been looking on eBird for nearby painted bunting sightings. There was one is a smallish park area really close to the hotel, but more recent sightings at the Clear Creek center mentioned above. That looks to be about 20-30 minutes away (I assume without rush hour traffic). Do we want to plan on Saturday or Sunday? Anybody have a preference? If we don't want to do crack of dawn, we could shoot for more midday on one of the weekdays.
  18. Also, am I the only one who is amused that a bunch of people who paint miniatures are going out to find painted buntings?
  19. OMG, I can't believe I will get to be the painted bunting sherpa! I will now make it my mission to find the best possible place to see them within close proximity to the convention center.
  20. Good to keep in mind that we don't need to be there at the crack of dawn. We could get there around 7:00 and still get in some good birding.
  21. Whee! Fellow birders! If you want to pick up the buntings, @TaleSpinner, dawn is going to be a better chance than evening. Although there are other, different things possible in the evening. I've managed to do OK just going out mid-afternoons on my previous visits. Let the coordinating begin! :D
  22. Oooo! Painted Buntings! I have actually only ever seen one once, so would love another chance! I was lucky enough to get some really good views of a Roadrunner when at the San Diego Birding Festival this spring -- he was up on a fence post, just hanging around in plain sight for a good 10 minutes. Very un-roadrunner-like. I'll have to check my notes to see if the Denton Nature Heritage Center is one of the ones I found. There was a park with a really nice lake that I found the first time I was there. Then last year I found the LLELA Nature Preserve and had a really good time there. Thanks for the recommendation!
  23. If you aren't a bird watcher, you can stop reading now. . But if you ARE a bird watcher... I'm coming to ReaperCon from Pennsylvania. And if you're a birder, you know that any trip is also an excuse to pick up birds for the life list that you can't see at home. My first ReaperCon, I got a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in my hotel parking lot, and was absolutely chuffed. This will be my third ReaperCon, and in previous years I've found a couple of pretty nice nearby patches for birding. I usually go out at least once when I'm between classes, just to see what I can see. I've got a rental car, and would be more than happy to have company, if there are any other birders at the con who are interested in a nature break. Any takers?
  24. I'm painting my first Drow for a friend's gaming character, and am finding the hair challenging. This is the old "how do you highlight white" thing, with the added complication that it's totally NOT ok to end up with a beige/yellowish result. Anybody have a recipe that has worked for them? Or suggestions for how to approach base color and shading so I don't end up with either gray or ivory hair? Thanks for any suggestions.
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